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Old 03-29-2010, 12:19 AM   #1
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Just got back from the range for my first time and we dropped about $60 on 200 rounds of Winchester 9mm target ammo. At this rate I can't afford to go shooting as often as I hoped. I'm hoping for some advice from some of you more experienced and frugal shooters. Where is a good place to buy ammo? I've also heard that cheap ammo is a bigger pain to clean up after. I'd be willing to spend that extra time cleaning my gun if it also meant I could spend more time shooting before I run out of money. As long as it's safe I'd like to hear your advice on what type of 9mm ammo to get also.

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Old 03-29-2010, 12:23 AM   #2
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I buy most of mine at Walmart where it's $9 a box or so. If you buy online in bulk you can do better sometimes. Try AMMOMAN.COM d/b/a Discount Distributors
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Old 03-29-2010, 12:26 AM   #3
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You can either try to buy bulk on line, or check your local Wal Mart, they usually have the lowest prices on 9mm (if you can find it). You will probably shoot less they next time you go to the range and learn to conserve you ammo after the novelity wears off a little.
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$60 for 200 rounds is insane Like everyone else said, Wally World usually has 100 rd Winchester boxes for $20. Or 50 federal for $9. Here in VA they usually always have 9mm. Rarely have 40 tho
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Even .45 100 round WWB is just a bit over $30 here. For 9 mike mike, that is outrageous at $60 for 200. Just my $.01
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I am so glad I started reloading 2 years ago. I pour my own lead for bullets. The only things I buy are powder and primers. I cost me quite a bit to get set up. But I reload everything I shoot for less than $6 a box. Thats even 45 Colt at 255 grains for less than $6 for 50 rounds. Back when we had real ammo shortages I had the entire range all to myself.
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:14 AM   #7
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I guess that's what I get for buying at the range. At least they give a discount for the range rental if you buy $10 in ammo. I never see Ammo in stock at my Walmart, but at those prices I'll definitley keep looking! As for, it looks like his prices are even higher then the range. Most of his cheap stuff (which is all out of stock) goes for $159 for 500 rounds which is almost $32 for 100 rounds.
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Nationally- Walmart. Here in the PacNW, we also have BiMart...if you're not in the NW, you probably have some other similar regional chain.

Expect to pay 20-25cents per round of cheaper 9mm range ammo...or $10-12.50/box of 50. I think that's pretty typical anywhere. I buy most of my practice ammo at Walmart and order most of my JHP defense ammo online.

As to 9mm, look for these 115gr options:

1) Winchester White Box- 100 rounds, $20-24 at Walmart
2) Federal Champion- 50rd, $9-12
3) CCI Blazer (there's a few flavors)- 50rd, $9-15
4) Remington UMC- 50rd, $12-15 / 250rd mega box, $55-65

FWIW- Here, Walmart charges $21.97 for the 100rd WWB.
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Another vote for reloading. As much as the place disgusts me, check Ebay for USED reloading dies and presses- frankly, have never seen a reloading die worn out. While I also cast my own bullets, even BUYING bullets, powder and primers, it is a lot cheaper. You can get a basic set of dies, press, cheap scale, shell holders- for about what you paid for 200 rounds of ammo.
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Buying ammo at the range always brings a premium price tag with it. $15/50rd box is actually pretty good for range prices. I have heard of prices in excess of $20/box for target fodder. Kind of like buying gas at the marina vs filling up the boat before you put it in the water.
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