What Are You Willing To Pay For 9mm?

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  1. Good Ol' Boy

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    Please let's not fill this up with should've, could've, would've.

    For those of us still looking to add to our stash, or if you were in that position, what's the most you would be willing to spend on 9mm.

    Six months ago I was buying quality brass for $189/1000. Back then Wolf steel was $160/1000.

    The best I've found as of today is $399/1000 for unknown company brass and $250/1000 for Wolf steel.

    I've shot plenty of steel case in years past so I'm not at all opposed to it, I've just gotten spoiled with cheap brass.

    I've seen some places selling brass for as high as $600/1000.

    $400 seems like a heck of a lot but in a couple months it will probably seem like a deal if you can even find it.

    Still, with things being as they are I'm thinking of adding some steel to the stockpile just because it's more economical at the moment.


    What's the most you would pay for 9mm?
     
  2. 357smallbore

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    I have 7k of factory ammo by Federal laid away.(115 fmj) And another 200 of jhp. I wouldn't pay more then $14 per 50 ever. I've been stocked up for years, just for this very reason. I saw Wolf 9mm steel on a site yesterday. $500 for 1000 rds. NO WAY!!!
     
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    I should have prefaced that I'm a SHOOTER, I dont just stock ammo to have it, although I want to have some obviously.

    I currently have around 4,500 quality brass 115's on hand but I want to be able to maintain my habit (competition), while still keeping a SHTF level of inventory.

    So it's just a matter of constantly adding to the stockpile, until things get so bad I have to stop competing. I dont believe I'm there just yet.
     
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    I suppose it just depends on what its worth to a person. A lot of us can sit here and say we won't pay anything over x$ for a box of 50 rds. But most of us have ammo sitting aside already.

    For the guy that just bought his first handgun, 400 bucks for a case is alot better then no ammo. It may not be worth that much to us, but to him it may be worth much more. Just my thoughts on it.
     
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    I am a shooter as well. I have 4 9mm and shoot them all. I reload as well.You always should have a reserve. I do.
     
  6. Phaedrus/69

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    Well, I don't really need ammo so I'd say probably $.35/round for ball/plinking ammo and maybe $.75/round for stuff like HST or Underwood.
     
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    You may not like my reply so be it. We collectively have gone thru these disruption cycles in regards to kiss your backside good bye ammunition buying cycles. One should maintain of commercial stock of ammunition and components for reloading thus a better inventory to get thru these panic buying cycles. How many times is this going to happen before people take a more balanced long term procurement plan.
     
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    Even if you reload, if you actually shoot any monthly volume you have to maintain your inventory, whether that be bullets, powder, primers or full on cartridges.
     
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    I wasn't into guns like I am now back in the Obama era much less before. I came around during Trumps first win and even then it wasn't like it is now in terms of availability. Although it did prod me to buy an AR. But things have been pretty gravy through the last 4yrs up until now.

    It's really amazing that so many gun folks cant come to the realization that everyone who is a hardcore gun person right now hasn't been one since the Reagan era.
     
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    Some of us have been.;)
     
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    I've still got three gallons of once-fired 9mm brass, five gallons of hard lead bullets, almost eight pounds of powder and
    a stack of primers in addition to a 20mm can of 9mm rounds.
    I'm not willing to buy any 9mm until things calm down.
    Let the noobs buy what's available... .
     
  12. 357smallbore

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    Buddy I shoot plenty of 9, 357, 38, 44 and a slew of centerfire rifle,12 ga and the lowly 22lr on a monthly/yearly bases. Ain't my 1st rodeo to shooting, reloading, stocking up and watching runs on guns and ammo.
    The new people getting a gun and just starting out. Gonna be tough for em.
     
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    OP, whether someone is "new" to guns or has been around them a while, unless they were paying attention during the prior panic runs on guns and ammo, this is a "new" situation for them. It unfortunately is an old scene for some of us. And you're right reloading components are getting scarce too. But, many of us laid in the supplies when things were "pretty gravy". I didn't notice going through the Clinton panic time as I wasn't shooting as much. But, I definitely noticed the two panics during Obama's tenure.
    I thankfully had enough ammo during the first one that I kept my weekly shooting habit. I just had to search around to replenish what I would shoot up. The second time I was reloading again and never ran out of components. Again, search and buy as I found the components. I remember that .22LR started drying up around September 2012, then the election/re-election, Sandy Hook, and it was a while before things stabilized. For me, I kept on reloading and shooting. Since September 2012, except for .22LR and some great deals on some case quantities that I came across, I have not bought much factory ammo. I also have not shot much factory ammo since then either. And until the COVID kicked in, I normally shoot once a week.
    This time around, I'm casting as well, so that's less components I have to search for.
    As to your original question, what price? For me, if I had to buy, probably that $250 per case of 9MM would be my limit. Time to shoot more .22LR.
     
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    I have less 9mm on hand than I would like, but have plenty of .40 as well as components and ammo in .38/357 and .44. I’ll shoot my revolver more until 9mm gets back down below $250.
     
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    I'll pay what I normally would. I stock up so I don't have to pay inflated prices during panics. That said, there is still some 9mm ammo that you can buy for non-panic prices if you poke around. It's expensive though--as it always is--because it's high-quality JHP ammo.
     
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    I already posted on this subject. I am a shooter. Have a good supply of 9mm that I stocked away for years. But I will not pay any of the high prices now. I will shoot only 22.cal on weekly range days while using 9mm very sparingly in order to retain familiarity with them. I have been buying thousands of rounds of 22.cal in the past few months. I do not see this sport ever being the same again. Once I use us x amount of 9mm, I will put a complete halt to using any more.
     
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    I don’t need ammo so it’s hard to say what I’d pay if I did. After stocking up at .16 to .20 per round it sure is hard to stomach .35ea.

    I’m also the luckiest THR member because I started reloading Nov ‘19. :D

    If I was a total newbie right now, I’d shoot less. Or shoot 22. Shooting sports wasn’t cheap last year and it would hurt way too much to drop $400 for a relatively short amount of shooting time.
     
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    I was in an ammo store near me the other day and 9mm FMJ was going for 45 cents a round on average.
    I wasn’t there to buy 9mm but I noticed people looking at it, shaking their heads and walking away. I guess they weren’t that interested in buying it. I was there to pay a buck a round for Norma .308 FMJ.
     
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    I have less than a box of 9mm in the house. I won't give more than 10 bucks a box for it. I can wait this drought out and shoot something else in the meantime.
     
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    The current price listed by Academy for its lowest-cost, bulk Winchester, Remington or any avail. (nope) Russian brand.
    The fairly fixed, stable prices are a * primary factor why Academy is cleaned out soon after any ammo has been put on the shelves.

    It's seldom available at the store, but having planned ahead for two years or so, it's not an issue.

    The pair of .22LR handguns were acquired over a year ago simply to limit 9mm consumption.
     
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    Putting 500-1000 rounds downrange every month is not necessary to maintain serviceable skill levels. Worst comes to worst, just shoot a semi-auto CO2 BB pistol in your basement or back yard to keep sharp, followed-up with occasional range sessions. Any shooting is better than not shooting.

    Last week, I just got another 200 rounds of CCI Blazer Brass (115 gr, not my preferred 124 gr) for $11-something a box in Sportsman's Warehouse. I really can't complain.

    $20 would be my limit for high quality FMJ, like WWB 9mm NATO, Sig 147 gr, or 158 gr PPU.
     
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    I guess I have spent only locally.
    $32/box of 50, 119gr fmj winchester training ammo.
    The only game in town 546 jet miles away from the big city Anchorage.
     
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    I paid $22 for a box for some boxes of 50 Winchester bonded hollow point 147 grain +p service ammo last year. I guess that’s the most I’d pay for 9mm.

    Thankfully I bought a bunch of Blazer Brass and CCI lawman FMJ in 124 and 147 grain varieties at the same time for under $10 per box.

    I’m not sure how much I’d pay for a box of the regular stuff, but I have a feeling it’ll be well into 2021 before I buy anymore.
     
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    I've never understood the need for people to say "shoulda stocked up" whenever this question is asked. Doesn't do anyone any good, nor does telling someone to start reloading (if you're new to that, components are going to be hard to find for that too).
    I don't know about during the Clinton years, but this hasn't felt like any of the panics we've had in the past 15 or so years. This feels serious, and may drag on awhile.
    I've cut back drastically on centerfire, I do have 22 and that might be an option to ride the storm out.

    As to the question, What are you willing to pay for 9mm?
    That answer will change, eventually. As of now, I have plenty.

    I had a price point set at 20 cents a rd ($200 a case); below that was good, above that was too much. That held for a long time, probably a decade or more. For awhile, I was applying it to specific brands, getting S&B when I could for that. Fiocchi was 2nd, PPU was acceptable. MEN and Geco were good. If you go down to, say, 180 or lower, I'd be open to more brands, as long as I found decent reviews. Aguila. Yavex, etc.
    When Covid started, I had a bad feeling, and started looking more actively (until then, if I had a couple cases, I would wait until I saw a GREAT deal). So once the Covid scare hit, if I found any brass at under $200 shipped, I would buy it. Added 2 cases of Herters that way. Have a case on order from Fenix at that price, long wait, still promised, and recently informed it should ship in August. Got a case of Aluminum Federal for that price, figured it would run, and I could use it before dipping into the brass. Found a case of Tula steel for under 170 shipped, again figured "why not", and put that away too. So, I've added 5k since April, at/below $200 a case; because I saw the wave coming.

    Once things settle down, figure out what the new norm is (might be $200 a case again, who knows?). Put some away when you can, and be prepared to put a good bit away if you sense that price is going to be seriously threatened.
     
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    at this point and because i screwed up on my math looks like 90 bucks for 250rnds.......cause i bought bulk box........
    If id actually DONE the math that same 250 woulda cost me 55 bucks.
     
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