Weekly Ammo: 02/19/2015

    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… 🙂

    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 teaches wilderness medicine and writes for a number of publications, including The Prepared, a site devoted to self-preparedness. 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.

    You can reach him at tom.r AT thefirearmblog.com


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