Ammo Shortage? The Aussies Are Coming, The Aussies Are Coming!

Australian Outback Ammunition has just announced that they will be selling .223 and .308 ammunition here in the U.S.A starting this month. They have developed a few different loadings, but their big claim is a feature they call BTI, or Ballistic Temperature Independence. The company claims that their ammo maintains a more consistent velocity over a wide range of ambient temperatures.

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This simple graph actually makes an audacious claim.


Practically, this means you can sight in your rifle on a hot summer day and have a very close point of impact with the same scope settings on a cold winter day six months later. Alternately, a big game hunter could sight in his rifle on a cold day in Wisconsin, then go on safari in hot, humid South Africa without having to re-zero his sights (although after a transcontinental trip, would you trust yours anyway?).

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Initial loadings offered by Australian Outback Ammunition.

Regardless of the utility of Ballistic Temperature Independence, it is always a good thing to see more high quality, accurate brass cased ammunition on the way to our shores during this time of insatiable demand and seemingly limited supply. Send us all you can from the land down under!


  • Mr. Fahrenheit

    Can they export some .22 long rifles, please?

    • D Stevenson

      ??? whats so special about our .22 long rifles?

      • nothing, other than almost everything in the USA, including 22LR, being out of stock.

        • Josh

          Odd, last time I checked we had plenty of 22lr on the shelf over here in LA and TX. And you can still get it online too. Check out CTD

          • Bill

            I haven’t been able to find .22LR here in Texas. And don’t ever mention CTD. No. Bad.

          • David Hinerman

            CTD is trying to make amends. They made a sizeable contribution to the Second Amendment Foundation last week.

          • “Im sorry baby, you only made me mad, and I wont ever hit you again”

          • Cymond

            I think the term here is “back pedaling”. They stepped way over the line and were shocked by the backlash. Now they’re scrambling to “undo” their offense.

          • Criticalthinkingiscritical

            When was the last time you checked? If LA stores still have 22lr I’m going to get on a plane.

            CTD has been pretty much out of everything except powderless Aguila for over a month.

            Luckygunner hasn’t had any at all. Nor has Cabella’s. Walmart has stopped listing any ammo other than 12g on their website entirely.

            Not a single store I’ve visited in New Mexico has had any at all for weeks.

  • YAY for the AUSSIES!

  • SawThumper

    Cool! Maybe we could get some AIA M10s also!?

  • Any word on pricing for their products?

  • turner

    hope u guys are ready…for the cost…ammo in aus is expensive…

    • matthew_carberry

      Is that due to actual higher production costs, or domestic (punitive?) taxes and fees that won’t apply to export?

      Be an interesting thing to follow-up on when it hits store shelves here. You should be able to see online, and perhaps weep. 😉

  • Nmate

    I’d rather they just sell us 5.56 NATO and 9x19mm. They surely have a decent amount of production for their military forces and the Australian surplus 5.56 that I’ve shot worked great. Their SOF units use the M4, so it’ll fine in ARs.

    • Karina

      They don’t produce 5.56x45mm NATO though, if we’re going by military specs. What they use for their military is actually a different loading, tailored for their F88 Austeyrs, a bit like how the FAMAS only likes the (formerly) French-made 5.56 ammunition.

      I’m not sure how Aussie milspec would fare in their ARs though…

  • iMick

    Aussie shooter for years, never ever heard of or seen this brand of ammo! Where is it really coming from?

    • DanTheMan

      I went to the shot show in Melbourne Australia last weekend and Australian Outback Ammunition had a stall there.
      The brand belongs to the Australia military munitions supplier ADI hence why they currently only produce .223 and .308 by using the same brass as the NATO ammunition supplied to Aussie troops.

      This also means there will be no .22lr from this brand any time soon.

  • Mr Nine Millimetre

    Seems like a good idea. I would imagine the powder is some type of special formula that is more resistant to heat change.

  • Brian Fulmer

    Probably uses Varget or one of the other temp insensitive ADI powders. Hodgdon’s “extreme” temp insensitive range is all Aussie powder. We shoot High Power at 30 deg and 110 deg, and if you don’t want to keep your ammo in an ice chest, you handload with Varget.

  • Esh325

    Hopefully more countries will start capitalizing on the ammo shortage in the USA.

  • Lance

    Pls Pls Pls let there be more Aussie F4 ball 7.62mm ammo I loved it so much when they did import it works so well.

  • John

    where can we buy it from ????

  • Bryan Barshinger

    Pa.has all kinds of 22lr.never had any problem finding.

  • WoodyTX66

    Those look like solid loads. The 150 and 168gr .308 are similar to what I already shoot, as are the .223 loadings. I’d buy that for a dollar…

  • Funny, they can’t sell it in their own country.

  • Soggy


  • Thank you. Now where do I buy some of this woderful ammo?

  • rusko

    can you buy just their powder?

  • lex

    I though the change in point of impact was due to the change in air density with temperature/humidity. There’s no way they could have changed that.

    • Anonymous

      I’m wondering this myself. Using my normal ballistics data in Shooter for my .308 Win, I’m getting a difference of 9 inches of elevation at 600 yards, when transitioning from 5 to 125 degrees F. Whether Shooter is adding in an adjustment value for powder burn rates, or whether it’s purely based on air density, I’m not positive…but I’d wager it’s the latter.

      No matter what your powder does or doesn’t do, it can’t change the environmentals themselves.

  • cant say I want to support a country that denies it’s citizens gun rights by purchasing their ammo

  • jaquebauer

    If its cheap and stable Ill buy it, even if their gun laws are draconian. It could be Aussi rounds we three percenters use to defend and insure our liberty here.

  • Manny Fal

    I thought the powder temp stability was for storage, didn’t know it had such a big effect on accuracy. Neat. I wonder why Australia is the only nation to do that though, must be expensive.

  • why are the American companies not stepping up production or are they waiting for the price to max out then there will be lots of ammo on the market

    • They are too busy producing for the Dept of Homeland Security. By the way, did you hear anything about this in September 2012?


      On September 13, 2012, the Dept of Homeland Security graduated its first class of FEMA Corps youth, aka the Homeland Youth. Image courtesy of

      The federal government calls them FEMA Corps. But they conjure up memories of the Hitler Youth of 1930’s Germany . Regardless of their name, Obama’s Dept of Homeland Security has just graduated its first class of 231 Homeland Youth! Kids, aged 18-24 and recruited from the President’s AmeriCorp volunteers, they represent the first wave of DHS’s “Youth Corps”, designed specifically to create a full time, paid, standing army of FEMA Youth across the country!

      On September 13, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security graduated its first class of FEMA Corps first-responders, “Homeland Youth”. While the idea of having a volunteer force of tens of thousands of volunteers scattered across the country to aid in times of natural disasters sounds great, the details and timing of this new government army is somewhat curious, if not disturbing!

      DHS raising an armed army!

      The first problem one finds with this ‘new army’ is the fact that they are mere children. Yes, 18 is generally the legal age a person can sign a contract, join the military or be tried as an adult. But ask any parent – an 18, 20 or even a 24 year-old is still a naïve, readily-influenced kid.

      The second problem with this announcement and program is its timing. Over the past two years, Obama has signed a number of Executive Orders suspending all civil and Constitutional rights and turning over management of an America under Martial Law to FEMA!

      Also in that time, domestic federal agencies under DHS, including FEMA, have ordered billions of rounds of ammunition as well as the corresponding firearms. Admittedly, these new weapons and ammunition are not to be used in some far-off war or to fight forest fires in California , but right here on the streets of America !

      Strange Armored Fighting Vehicles

      Individuals around the US have begun reporting the site of strange, new, heavily-armed FEMA fighting vehicles.What would a disaster relief agency like FEMA need with 2,500 brand new GLS armored fighting vehicles?According to the agency’s own mandate, as well as Obama’s recent Executive Order, the answer is‘population control’ during a time of Martial Law.

      • Somos Los de abajo

        Shit ain’t happening bro the gun control is dead look up weapons ban on google they inform every day on what’s happening. Quit being a fucken paranoid ass person it’s dead in state legislature.

  • Just A Aussie Shooter

    It is made by ADI that make the Aussie army ammo, it will be great stuff…it runs the ADI powder..