Weekly Ammo: 02/19/2015

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Week 41.

So, I’d like to address the casing type. At this point (with only 11 more weeks of this experiment), adding in any additional vectors would literally double (at the least) the work. Not all of the vendors clearly identify casing which then necessitates manually parsing the descriptions of each listing. Yes, some are obvious, but not all are. The overall goal is to find the lowest-price, new ammo from as many vendors as possible to show a long term trend (12 months), which we can then map against timeline events (like problems in Ukraine, or mass shootings, etc), and determine whether or not ammo prices *actually* increase as a result, or if we just think they do. The supposition is if there is a true run on ammo, it will be irregardless of case type. While I appreciate that some people are using this weekly article as a way to scope out quick deals, the overall purpose is long term collection… ๐Ÿ™‚

Given the current proposal with the BATFE and M855 I expect we will see a spike in prices for .223 Rem as everyone scrambles to “stock” up on mere speculation–the ammo is not currently banned. But the shock purchasing is going to deplete the supply and likely drive all .223 Rem prices us.

Also new this week, I found new brand (to me–I’ve never heard of it): Pobjeda Technology. Lucky Gunner has it…

We do appreciate the support and constructive comments and will continue this article series as long as it is productive.

As always, if you have comment or witticisms, please leave them below. And if you find that some of the items are now out of stock or the prices have significantly changed, please let the other readers know. Also, if you know of any vendors that are not represented here and you have had a good experience with, comment below and we will see about adding them.

We have included the raw data so you can run your own trends: Weekly Ammo – 20150219


Best Prices

  500 rounds 1000 rounds
.22 LR Ammo Fast
$0.09 (ppr)
FG Ammo
$0.13 (ppr)
.223 Rem Ammunitionstore
$0.24 (ppr)
BulkAmmo
$0.25 (ppr)
.308 Win Surplus Ammo
$0.41 (ppr)
Sunflower Outdoor Sports
$0.69 (ppr)
.38 Special Alamo Ammo
$0.33 (ppr)
Ammo Fast
$0.30 (ppr)
.380 ACP Alamo Ammo
$0.34 (ppr)
Ammunitionstore
$0.28 (ppr)
.40 S&W Freedom Munitions
$0.27 (ppr)
Freedom Munitions
$0.28 (ppr)
.45 ACP Ammunitionstore
$0.28 (ppr)
Surplus Ammo
$0.32 (ppr)
300 BLK BulkAmmo
$0.64 (ppr)
N/A
7.62x39mm Surplus Ammo
$0.24 (ppr)
Ammunitionstore
$0.22 (ppr)
9mm Alamo Ammo
$0.21 (ppr)
SGAmmo
$0.20 (ppr)

Pistol Ammo

1000 rounds

  .38 Special .380 ACP .40 S&W .45 ACP 9mm
Alamo Ammo $320.00 ($0.32) $330.00 ($0.33) $310.00 ($0.31) N/A N/A
Ammo Fast $299.00 ($0.30)
↓ -0.03
$359.00 ($0.36) $299.00 ($0.30)
↓ -0.08
$329.00 ($0.33) $239.00 ($0.24)
↓ -0.01
Ammo Sale N/A N/A N/A $404.60 ($0.40) N/A
Ammo.net $369.00 ($0.37)
↑ +0.044
$385.00 ($0.39) $370.00 ($0.37) $360.00 ($0.36)
↑ +0.01
$215.00 ($0.22)
↑ +0.004
Ammunitionstore $375.99 ($0.38) $275.99 ($0.28) $319.99 ($0.32) $369.99 ($0.37)
↓ -0.106
$215.99 ($0.22)
↓ -0.014
BulkAmmo $350.00 ($0.35)
↑ +0.04
$320.00 ($0.32)
↑ +0.005
$300.00 ($0.30)
↑ +0.015
$345.00 ($0.35) $219.00 ($0.22)
↑ +0.02
Centerfire Systems N/A N/A N/A N/A $199.99 ($0.20)
Cobra Tactical N/A $296.40 ($0.30) N/A N/A N/A
DSG Arms N/A N/A $419.00 ($0.42) N/A N/A
Freedom Munitions $377.93 ($0.38)
↑ +0.066
$294.82 ($0.29) $278.94 ($0.28)
↓ -0.103
$342.09 ($0.34)
↑ +0.009
$214.65 ($0.21)
↑ +0.012
Gilberts Guns N/A N/A N/A N/A $239.00 ($0.24)
Guns and Ammo Superstore N/A N/A N/A $359.99 ($0.36) $299.99 ($0.30)
Joe Bob Outfitters N/A N/A $379.95 ($0.38) N/A N/A
K-Var Corporation N/A $369.99 ($0.37) N/A N/A N/A
LuckyGunner $334.00 ($0.33)
↑ +0.015
$405.00 ($0.41)
↑ +0.02
$299.00 ($0.30)
↑ +0.014
$360.00 ($0.36)
↑ +0.021
$210.00 ($0.21)
↑ +0.01
S.F. Armory N/A N/A $305.00 ($0.31) $360.00 ($0.36) $265.00 ($0.27)
SGAmmo $379.00 ($0.38) $279.00 ($0.28) N/A $419.00 ($0.42)
↑ +0.06
$195.00 ($0.20)
Sunflower Outdoor Sports N/A N/A N/A N/A $275.86 ($0.28)
Surplus Ammo N/A N/A N/A $319.99 ($0.32)
↓ -0.04
$229.99 ($0.23)
US Armorment $339.95 ($0.34) N/A $299.95 ($0.30) $374.95 ($0.37) $254.95 ($0.25)
Wholesale Hunter N/A N/A N/A N/A $282.73 ($0.28)
↑ +0.009

500 rounds

  .38 Special .380 ACP .40 S&W .45 ACP 9mm
Alamo Ammo $165.00 ($0.33) $170.00 ($0.34) $154.95 ($0.31) $185.00 ($0.37) $104.90 ($0.21)
Ammo Fast N/A N/A N/A N/A $129.00 ($0.26)
Ammo.net $230.00 ($0.46) $355.00 ($0.71)
↑ +0.26
N/A $225.00 ($0.45)
↑ +0.12
$118.00 ($0.24)
↑ +0.002
Ammunitionstore $179.99 ($0.36) $219.99 ($0.44)
↑ +0.08
$189.99 ($0.38) $139.99 ($0.28) $114.99 ($0.23)
↓ -0.162
BulkAmmo $225.00 ($0.45)
↑ +0.122
$340.00 ($0.68)
↑ +0.292
$179.00 ($0.36)
↑ +0.104
$214.00 ($0.43)
↑ +0.112
$114.00 ($0.23)
Centerfire Systems N/A N/A N/A $139.99 ($0.28) N/A
DoubleTap Ammunition $395.00 ($0.79) $415.00 ($0.83) $440.00 ($0.88) $470.00 ($0.94)
↓ -0.01
$435.00 ($0.87)
Eagle Eye Guns LLC N/A N/A N/A N/A $147.49 ($0.29)
Freedom Munitions $188.97 ($0.38)
↑ +0.066
N/A $135.05 ($0.27)
↓ -0.111
$171.05 ($0.34)
↑ +0.009
$120.16 ($0.24)
↑ +0.012
Gilberts Guns N/A N/A N/A N/A $150.00 ($0.30)
GunBuyer N/A N/A N/A N/A $111.93 ($0.22)
↓ -0.024
Guns and Ammo Superstore N/A N/A N/A $279.99 ($0.56) N/A
HiTek Firearms N/A N/A N/A N/A $132.85 ($0.27)
Iron Sights Guns, LLC N/A N/A N/A N/A $132.85 ($0.27)
↓ -0.034
K-Var Corporation N/A N/A N/A $164.99 ($0.33) $169.99 ($0.34)
LuckyGunner $230.00 ($0.46) $345.00 ($0.69)
↑ +0.25
$187.00 ($0.37)
↑ +0.096
$255.00 ($0.51)
↑ +0.18
$115.00 ($0.23)
S.F. Armory N/A N/A N/A N/A $151.85 ($0.30)
↑ +0.054
SGAmmo $179.50 ($0.36) N/A $179.50 ($0.36)
↑ +0.02
$219.50 ($0.44)
↑ +0.149
$104.90 ($0.21)
↑ +0.015
Surplus Ammo N/A N/A $164.99 ($0.33) $156.99 ($0.31) $119.99 ($0.24)
US Armorment $199.95 ($0.40) N/A $224.95 ($0.45) $279.95 ($0.56) N/A
Wholesale Hunter N/A N/A N/A $176.49 ($0.35) $119.65 ($0.24)
↓ -0.024
Zx Guns N/A N/A N/A N/A $165.14 ($0.33)


Rifle Ammo

1000 rounds

  .22 LR .223 Rem .308 Win 300 BLK 7.62x39mm
AGS Armament N/A N/A N/A N/A $226.95 ($0.23)
Alamo Ammo N/A $285.00 ($0.29)
↑ +0.035
N/A N/A $245.00 ($0.25)
Ammo Fast N/A N/A N/A N/A $249.00 ($0.25)
Ammo Sale N/A $466.10 ($0.47) N/A N/A N/A
Ammo.net N/A $262.00 ($0.26)
↑ +0.007
N/A N/A N/A
Ammunition Depot N/A N/A N/A N/A $244.97 ($0.24)
Ammunitionstore N/A N/A N/A N/A $219.99 ($0.22)
Bang It Ammo N/A N/A $1,437.33 ($1.44)
↑ +0.806
N/A N/A
Brownells N/A $259.99 ($0.26) N/A N/A N/A
BulkAmmo N/A $249.00 ($0.25)
↑ +0.03
N/A N/A N/A
Bullets.com N/A N/A N/A N/A $325.00 ($0.33)
↑ +0.05
Centerfire Systems N/A $249.99 ($0.25) N/A N/A $249.99 ($0.25)
DSG Arms N/A $440.00 ($0.44) N/A N/A N/A
Eagle Eye Guns LLC N/A $394.98 ($0.39) N/A N/A N/A
FG Ammo $125.90 ($0.13)
↑ +0.011
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Freedom Munitions N/A $720.31 ($0.72)
↑ +0.42
N/A N/A N/A
Guns and Ammo Superstore N/A $349.99 ($0.35) $742.99 ($0.74) N/A N/A
Joe Bob Outfitters N/A $309.95 ($0.31) N/A N/A N/A
Sunflower Outdoor Sports N/A N/A $687.27 ($0.69) N/A N/A
Surplus Ammo N/A $259.99 ($0.26)
↑ +0.02
N/A N/A $229.99 ($0.23)
US Armorment N/A $322.00 ($0.32) N/A N/A N/A

500 rounds

  .22 LR .223 Rem .308 Win 300 BLK 7.62x39mm
Alamo Ammo N/A $145.00 ($0.29)
↑ +0.03
N/A N/A $123.75 ($0.25)
Ammo Fast $47.00 ($0.09) N/A $359.00 ($0.72) N/A N/A
Ammo Sale N/A $162.36 ($0.32) N/A N/A $155.58 ($0.31)
Ammo.net $72.00 ($0.14)
↓ -0.05
N/A $310.00 ($0.62)
↑ +0.18
$325.00 ($0.65)
↓ -0.04
$162.00 ($0.32)
↑ +0.058
Ammunition Depot N/A N/A $319.97 ($0.64) N/A N/A
Ammunitionstore N/A $119.99 ($0.24)
↑ +0.018
$219.99 ($0.44) N/A N/A
Brownells N/A $149.99 ($0.30)
↑ +0.02
N/A $359.99 ($0.72) N/A
BulkAmmo $67.00 ($0.13)
↑ +0.005
N/A $299.00 ($0.60)
↑ +0.178
$320.00 ($0.64) $154.00 ($0.31)
↑ +0.083
DSG Arms N/A N/A N/A $625.00 ($1.25) N/A
DoubleTap Ammunition N/A $349.00 ($0.70)
↓ -0.062
N/A N/A N/A
Eagle Eye Guns LLC N/A N/A $347.49 ($0.69)
↓ -0.05
N/A N/A
FG Ammo $56.95 ($0.11) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Freedom Munitions N/A $239.13 ($0.48)
↑ +0.178
N/A N/A N/A
Gilberts Guns $58.50 ($0.12) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Joe Bob Outfitters N/A $209.95 ($0.42) N/A N/A N/A
LuckyGunner $67.00 ($0.13)
↑ +0.004
N/A $310.00 ($0.62)
↑ +0.19
$325.00 ($0.65) $155.00 ($0.31)
↑ +0.09
Prime Club $50.93 ($0.10) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Raleigh Tactical Supply N/A N/A $338.27 ($0.68)
↓ -0.006
N/A N/A
SGAmmo N/A N/A $224.75 ($0.45) N/A N/A
Smokey Mountain Munitions $51.95 ($0.10)
↓ -0.01
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sunflower Outdoor Sports N/A $246.61 ($0.49) N/A N/A N/A
Surplus Ammo N/A $164.99 ($0.33)
↑ +0.01
$206.99 ($0.41) N/A $119.99 ($0.24)
US Armorment N/A N/A $344.95 ($0.69) N/A N/A
Wholesale Hunter N/A $166.42 ($0.33) $257.83 ($0.52) N/A $186.38 ($0.37)




Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner โ€œWarrior Hippieโ€ and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • Scooby

    A suggestion ? Agreed that adding the casing type at this time may not be “cost effective” – and even if you were to do so, you would be missing the data for the previous 40 weeks – so it would be of limited value to perform trend analysis. HOWEVER: this is an opportunity for collaboration with other sites ! ๐Ÿ™‚
    The wikiarms folks have been providing information about “reloaded/steel case” for some time now. Maybe reach out to them? Swap dataset for prominent banner @ TFB ? Just a thought ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Doc Rader

      What about aluminum cases? In addition to the collection of info, then it involves doubling (or more) the charts (i.e. lowest in brass, lowest in steel, lowest in aluminum, lowest in unknown, etc.)

      Also several of the search engines (not just wikiarms) highlight casing, but when I was initially browsing, it didn’t seem like it was 100% since not all vendors actually list the casing type.

      That said, depending on where this series goes, maybe we will look at working with an engine… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ruinator

    Irregardless is not a word (something is with “regard” or “regardless”). Seriously did you spell check?

    • Doc Rader

      You mean the red squiggly thing under the words? Nah. Never tagged up when I posted this. Irregardless I will keep my eyes out for it and try and not use it in the future… ๐Ÿ™‚

      • ruinator

        (sigh)

        • ruinator

          As long as you do not lack regard for you initial lack of regard,….
          don’t never want to do that.

  • IXLR8

    I wish that you would differentiate between brass and steel ammo. Many like steel, but I only shoot brass.
    Great job! I have read every post.

    • Doc Rader

      Thanks!

  • TangledThorns

    One of my coworkers bought 50K rounds SS109 right when the panic started. I don’t know how much he paid per bullet but I expect him to try and sell them for $1/rd.

  • WV Cycling

    I’m Completely dumbfounded how I haven’t seen a round of .22LR since Dec 2012 (in store). Its getting a bit ridiculous.

    • Doc Rader

      Somewhere there are several someones with 100k’s of horded .22LR, miserly rubbing their hands together, growling out “My Precious”…

      • GreatScott!!

        My dad was a prepper of sorts but sadly his time came before his prepping could come in handy. I currently have about 10k rounds of 22lr and 1000 rounds of .223. What would be a fair asking price?

  • Sledgecrowbar

    Curious how your tracker works, as all three of the trackers I regularly use show 1000 rounds of .223 at 2c/round cheaper than you do (or 1c/round cheaper when including their flat-rate shipping), from a retailer that you do track because I see them listed elsewhere in the chart. I’ve seen it in stock each night all week, because I’m waiting for my next paycheck. I’d rather hear from you, but it does look like dishonesty.

    • Doc Rader

      Dishonesty, eh? So, I pull a snapshot of data generally late Thursday afternoon and run through the listings looking for issues. I pull the listings based on the lowest harvested from vendors based on lot size and caliber. Then, I compile the data and submit it. These listings are stale the moment I pull the data, and do not necessarily coincide with stocking at the various vendors. By the time the article gets published the data is sometimes days old. Some vendors reuse stock numbers (or pages) and refresh inventory for that lot while adding new items.

      Honestly I don’t have the time (or compunction) to do shady stuff with the data. This is to define a base trend. I can assure you that a variance of a cent here and there is not going to impact the purpose in the slightest.

  • DaveC79

    Fine job yer doing here fellers.