Category: Ammunition


Ammo Prices: 08/29/2014

Week 22. Looks like Fiocchi is putting out 300BLK to distributors now–there are several vendors with some. And 22LR is even more “stupid” expensive. Did something happen recently that depleted the stock? .223 Rem is all over the board this week. Brass [Read More…]



The last couple of years of “strong consumer demand” (panic buying) has finally come to an end. .22 LR ammunition is still thin on the ground (although easy to purchase online) but centerfire inventory is good, retailers are flush with AR-15 rifles and there [Read More…]


Ammo Prices: 08/22/2014

Week 21. What other calibers would you like to see starting next quarter? So far there have been requests for: 6.8 SPC and 38 Special? Vote for your favorites in the comments. Also, I should be bringing back Freedom Munitions (as well as a couple of others) into the [Read More…]

M&P 15-22 with a red dot. © Oleg Volk

Ammo Prices: 8/15/2014

Week 20. So some of the tweaking did pull in some odd results, and I obviously did not check every link (1000 rd tumbler, etc…). I went a little more conservative with the data this week and spot checked a lot more. My overall goal is to add more data points so [Read More…]

hornady recall

Hornady Critical Duty Recall

Hornady recently announced a recall of certain 9mm Critical Duty ammunition. The ammo is described as: Hornady Critical Duty 9mm +P 135 grain item# 90226 lot# 3141635 shipped from factory between 6/5/14 and 7/16/14 The ammo may have light or no powder charges. Contact [Read More…]


Ammo Prices: 08/08/2014

Week 19. We have added a whole bunch of new vendors and adjusted the process a bit. If you notice anything strange please let us know in the comments. Hopefully the tweaks have not impacted the overall data. We do appreciate the support and constructive comments and [Read More…]


Ammo Prices: 08/01/2014

Week 18. There was basically an even amount of price increases vs. price decreases across all of the vectors, so no real movement or spikes that are noteworthy. Ammoman has free shipping and it looks like some of the 7.62x39mm from SWVA Arms also qualifies. We do [Read More…]


Ammo Prices: 07/25/2014

Week 17. So, it appears that prices are generally moving a bit up. We have more vendors that have increased prices on calibers than have lowered. .223 Rem and .308 Win have taken the brunt of the increases. The Armory contacted me and wanted me to let everyone know that [Read More…]


Decapitated Brass

A reader emailed us with the above photo … Long time reader here, I went shooting on Saturday and this is what happened to me! I was very baffled. it was Hornady Steel Match .308 FMJ fired out of a CETME. I had a couple of hiccups when I first bought my CETME, but [Read More…]

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Ammo Prices: 07/18/2014

Week 16. A couple of the vendors contacted me today and wanted to pass on that they are seeing a run on ammo right now, likely due to the sanctions that were recently announced. Also given some of the other world events within the past couple of days we may see some [Read More…]

50 cal guided

Ammo Prices: 07/11/2014

Week 15 (of data). I took last week off to celebrate the 4th with my family–I hope this didn’t impact your thirst for data trending… I think I’ve found a somewhat reliable way to flag entries if they are free of shipping costs, but it is going to [Read More…]

tfb-ama MAN NATO Ball DM11

Ammo Prices: 06/27/2014

As many of us have noted, ammo prices are pretty stable overall. .22LR is still overpriced. .380 ACP is actually trending down. And most dealers are pretty close in price to one another for a given caliber and lot size. There are some vendors that have generally lower [Read More…]

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Ammo Prices: 06/20/2014

13th week! The summary article has been submitted and should be live at 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 [Read More…]


Ammo Prices: 06/13/2014

12th week. Next week I will do an additional post just breaking down the metrics with some graphs and stats. If there are specific metrics you would like to see, please leave a comment. While 23 vendors increased prices on some calibers, more than 2.5x as many reduced [Read More…]


Ammo Prices: 06/06/2014

11th week! Welcome to The Armory! One of you readers suggested it, and it looks like they are the clear winner for the week in terms of lowest priced ammo in almost all categories (sans shipping of course). We do appreciate the support and constructive comments and will [Read More…]

458 dropbear

New Cartridge: 458 dropbear

Inspired by the recent introduction of the 45 Raptor, an Australian shooter using the screen name of Quan-Time worked up another bigbore round based on the 308 Winchester case.  The new round is called the 458 dropbear. Quan-Time details the cartridge and the process [Read More…]


Ammo Subscription Service

A new service promises to deliver uninterrupted, regular supplies of ammunition to subscribers starting in July 2014.  The new service,, will initially offer ammo subscriptions for popular handgun calibers. There are several things not yet known.  For [Read More…]


Ammo Prices: 05/30/2014

Week 10. My apologies for last week’s issue with the table headers. The problem is related to some annoyances with the content management software–basically it strips out some of the attributes I put in the headers for styling and analytics. If I don’t [Read More…]


Ammo Prices: 05/23/2014

Week nine! I know looking at all this data is just too much work for some of you :), so this week’s new feature is a summary table of the best prices by lot sizes for caliber. The vendor’s name is linked to the ammo page. It looks like LAX Ammunition is [Read More…]


On the .300 AAC Blackout

As a suppressor guy, I am an unashamed fan and early cheerleader of the .300 AAC Blackout. Major Pandemic at All Outdoor is not convinced … OK, so I feel like the guy in the room who doesn’t get the joke. Why was that funny, or, in this case, why is everyone [Read More…]


See How .22LR Ammo is Made

Outdoor Channel went to CCI in Idaho to show how .22LR ammo is made. They make 4 million rounds a day. Sounds like a lot. But when you see that one pallet is only 250k rounds, then that means  they only make 16 pallets a day. It isn’t that much when you start [Read More…]


Ammo Prices: 05/16/2014

Week eight! Interesting to note that this week, bulk pistol ammo is trending down from previous prices at vendors. Only a couple of vendors have increased. SG Ammo is showing the lowest of the week for 3 types of rifle ammo (in 500 round lots). Bang It Ammo is showing [Read More…]