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What is a good price 45ACP ammo?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by BlueHeelerFl, Dec 13, 2019.

  1. BlueHeelerFl

    BlueHeelerFl Member

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    After a many years (around 16 or so) of not buying any ammo at all I've started to restock but I'm still not used to current prices.

    My local Wal Mart has 100 round value boxes of 230 gr fmj for $30. So is $15 for a box of 50 a decent deal?

    I did buy a value box off Federal aluminum cased 230 gr fmj for $25, but unfortunately they are out of now.
     
  2. Trunk Monkey

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    I can't tell you this number is a good deal but I can tell you that SG Ammo has lower prices than Walmart you just have to buy in bulk
     
  3. WVsig

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    Walmart is out of the pistol Ammo business. That $30 box if they had any left was marked down to $17 as if Wed. 50 round count boxes were $7.-$9.

    My advice is to buy case lots. 1000 rounds. Right now Sellier & Bellot is one of the better deals on decent Ammo. $250 for 1000 plus shipping.
     
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  4. AK103K

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    I agree with buying by the case. You just need to shop around and look or those few that offer free shipping to make it a sweeter deal.

    A lot of the different places prices look great, until you get to that final page where they add the shipping. Then the deal often isnt as sweet.

    One place look that makes things a bit easier, is "Ammo Seek" (https://ammoseek.com/). It does most of the searching for you and shows the prices from low to high. It also shows how their shipping costs compare or if they are free.

    Some places, like Target Sports have really good deals, and if you join their club or whatever, for about $100 a year, you get more discounts and I believe shipping is free.
     
  5. Arubalover

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    Targetsportsusa has shipped prices on ammo.
     
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    This-Always include the shipping costs for the ammo in the total price and if there is sales tax.

    The ammo vendors also charge considerably more for .45 ACP and also relatively an arm and leg for .25 and .32 ACP along with .38 spl. Those are all popular calibers and the change in size relative to materials for .45 ACP does not explain the typical price hike over 9x19.
    During the early part of the new year I will be buying ammo in advance well enough I hope of the 2020 election campaign. Once the election hysteria starts I suspect that prices will go up. I will be looking for decently priced .308 and 6.5 G components
     
  7. WVsig

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    These days depending on your state almost everyone is now charging tax. I am in NC it used to be only some places were charging tax. Only the biggest online retailers were adding it but now it seems like everyone is. I heard N specifically when after any retailer of a certain size and threatened them if they did not start charging tax.

    I have also been using Outdoor Limited more often. They are in NC so everything ships to me ground in about 1 or 2 days. They have reasonable shipping with great prices. They were exclusively online but had recently opened up a showroom. https://www.outdoorlimited.com

    https://www.outdoorlimited.com/hand...-grain-full-metal-jacket-case-of-1000-rounds/ $249 + shipping which for me comes out cheaper than Targetsport for the same ammo.
     
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    15 for 50 ain't bad. ain't a great deal but ain't bad, especially if local pickup pricing. bulk is the way to go when you can find a bulk deal and as already said remember shipping costs when pricing ammo.
     
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  9. Fiv3r

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    It sounds like you're good with investment purchases by buying in bulk. I would check around for some of those deals online. You could also check out an Academy Sports if you have one nearby. Very reasonable ammo prices with several "bucket" bulk quantities available.
     
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  10. guyfromohio

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    If I can get it for $14 or less, I’m happy.
     
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  11. BlueHeelerFl

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    I do have an Academy within 30 min of my home. Academy also does free shipping on orders $25 or more
     
  12. Hartkopf

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    If I can find a great deal on Walmart close out or Academy Black Packs w/rebate, I jump on it. Otherwise I get 90% of my ammo from SGammo.com.
     
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  13. Dan-O

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    $12-$13 is what I’m willing to pay.
     
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  14. George P

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    Of course it does - it is all about sheer volume in production.
     
  15. WVsig

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    I bought this 45 ACP for yesterday for $7-9 a box. ;)

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  16. AK103K

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    Thats about what it costs me to load 45acp. A little over $8 a box of 50. Generally, and with any of them, about half the cost of buying by the case, seems to be about what things work out to be.

    Of course, if youre just getting into it, you have to consider that cost. Most all of my reloading stuff was paid for decades ago, and actually paid for itself and is now paying back.

    If youre shooting a lot, its really the only way to go.
     
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  17. BlueHeelerFl

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    I do need to get into reloading, but starting from scratch is daunting
     
  18. WVsig

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    Yup but that is not factoring in my time. I don't like to reload. I do it for better more accurate and consistent ammo but when I can buy factory for a few $$$ more than I can reload I will take the factory ammo. 9mm is almost not worth it anymore at the prices we are seeing. I am just keep my components because I believe ammo prices are going to rise so I am shooting the cheap stuff now and will reload when the numbers move more in my favor. My stuff was paid for long ago but that does not mean I have saved any money. It hasn't saved me a penny.
     
  19. WVsig

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    This is a good place to start. You need to add a set of dies a tumbler, a sifter, cleaning media, electronic scale and a bullet puller. Add to it a few reloading manuals and you will be set. Pick a powder, some primers a projectile and have at it. It is not that hard and there are tons of resources online. You might find you like doing it. For many it is a hobby within a hobby.

    https://www.brownells.com/reloading/reloading-kits/4-hole-turret-press-deluxe-kit-prod56289.aspx

    I like RMR for bullets and Power from whoever has the best deal with free or $.01 Hazzmat shipping.
     
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  20. AK103K

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    Its really not bad, once you get going. There are "sets" to get you started, and .45acp is a good round to get started on.

    Personally, Id just get one of the bigger name, single-stage press set ups and go with that until you get some expereince.

    As WVsig said, there are lots of resources online.

    I generally dont save any money either, but I do shoot a lot more for the same money. :)

    Your time is just part of it. I really dont mind reloading, and have done it with single-stage and progressives since the 60's.

    These days, its all single stage, and I load or prep pretty much every day. I load what I shoot as I go each week, which is pretty steady at around 500-1000 rounds a week. 300-500 of that is usually 9mm, the rest, a mix of other things.

    Back in the 90's, while surplus was readily available and dirt cheap, I went that route and just bought that. Why wouldnt you? It was cheaper loaded than it was to buy just the components.

    Those days are long gone now though. Then again, now that Trump is selling US rice to the Chinese, maybe he can get those cheap, $125/2000 round cases of Norinco/China Sports 9mm to flow back in. :D
     
  21. Heir Kommt Die Sonne

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    I second AK103K, start on a single stage of some sort and get some experience from that.
    .45 ACP is a great cartridge to start on, along with .38 Special (the one I started with).
    I've found Missouri Bullet Company sells the best priced bullets online, I like the powder coated cast.
    Blue Dot powder is a favorite of mine for Auto loaders. 8.1 Grains for .45, with .230 Grain bullets and it's a great range load.
    Speaking of the election year I have some stocking up to do myself before ammo prices go through the roof.

    EDIT: A lot of modern .45 ACP brass is loaded with small pistol primers. When/if you start collecting brass, make sure you sort them out between LARGE vs. SMALL pistol primers.
     
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  22. Hartkopf

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    Yes reloading is worth it. Buy a manual this weekend and read it over the week and you’ll be shopping for a press by the next weekend. Not hard just respect the known load data and be methodical. I would get rolling on it WAY before the election.
     
  23. Heir Kommt Die Sonne

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    Make it your Christmas present to yourself . *Now* would be the time to start if you decide to.
     
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  24. Dan-O

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    Reloading isn’t as scary now as it used to be. The internet changes many things. YouTube, forums like this, etc make it easier to learn from scratch.

    Lots of mega gunstores/sporting goods stores that are still pro 2a do beginner courses as well.

    reason i said $12-$13 per box of 50 is because I roll my own for oodles less. I figure at $12 it saves me time. I can be shooting or drinking beer instead
     
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  25. Barr

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    Our good friends at the local Mart were kind enough to discount all their handgun ammo. At $7-8 a box its not worth it to reload. Making 4-500 rounds an hour and saving $1 per 100 to load it paying yourself $5 an hour.

    I enjoy loading and have been doing it since I was 18. I save it for oddball calibers, rifle ammo, milsurp guns, and hobby time at the holidays. Keep all your tools and supplies stocked, there is always the next panic scare and election to put a real crimp on the hobby.

    The night our last anti-gun president was elected I put in a fair sized reloading order for powder and primers and kept shooting at a steady pace for several years.
     
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