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thesoulution22 10-19-2013 10:11 PM

Cheapest ammunition?
I am going to purchase my first handgun, an was wondering what pistol caliber would be the best price wise. Like, what pistol ammunition is easily found and not to bad on my wallet, I am trying to decide between .22 and 9mm, I am leaning towards 9mm because it seams to be less sought after then .22 ammo, any opinions?

roughneck266 10-19-2013 10:18 PM

Right now 9mm is MUCH easier to find. 6 months from now, that will most likely be a different story. As far as cheapest, 22 is still cheaper per round than 9mm. You can narrow that gap if you start reloading, but you would be hard pressed to make it cheaper than 22.

c3shooter 10-19-2013 10:23 PM

.22 LR is NORMALLY cheaper and easier to find. The past 9 months have not been normal.

I just checked prices over at Bass Pro. Remington 22 LR is $2.49/ 50 rds. Remington 9mm Parabellum is $15.99/ 50 rds.

magnumman 10-19-2013 10:26 PM

Yeah, if you are going to buy a gun strictly for target shooting. 22 is the way to go. If you want to defend yourself with it. 9mm is probably your cheapest route.

JW357 10-20-2013 12:01 AM


Originally Posted by magnumman
Yeah, if you are going to buy a gun strictly for target shooting. 22 is the way to go. If you want to defend yourself with it. 9mm is probably your cheapest route.

Agreed. 100%

beretta9988 10-20-2013 02:47 PM

Another alternative is a .40 cal. Little more expensive than 9mm but much easier to find. Walmart, local GS and cabelas in my area seem to have 40 in stock more than 9mm. Local GS lifted there limit on .40 but not on 9mm.

Argyle_Armoring 10-20-2013 03:00 PM

9mm is the cheapest besides .22 lr.

gunnut07 10-20-2013 03:15 PM

Well if you know where the Air marshals keep their ammo all you need is gloves and bolt cutters. Just don't run into the curb while fleeing the scene.

Overkill0084 10-20-2013 03:23 PM

Lazy, indecisive ;) way out of the problem: Buy a CZ75 series pistol in 9mm. When .22 ammo starts becoming somewhat common again, buy the CZ Kadet kit (.22LR). High quality way to have it both ways.

Vincine 10-20-2013 03:48 PM

I asked the same sort of questions while I was waiting for my permit to come through.

I specifically asked that; if the 9mm ammo is so popular because more people have them, wouldn't the ammo become scarce, and thus expensive, if anything happened that caused people to need ammunition? I was assured up, down, and sideways that one would always be able to find 9 mm on the shelves, even at Ma & Pa's general store in Podunk.

Man plans and God laughs.

I bought a 9mm Glock because I was able shoot it, if not well, at least better than the larger calibers, and because it was ubiquitous, Magazines and parts would always be available.

If I were to do it again, I'd get a .40 Glock because you can get a 9mm barrel for it and then be able to use whichever caliber was available and/or cheaper. It doesn't work the other way around. You can't put a .40 caliber barrel on a 9 mm frame. There are .22 conversions for Glock frames too, but they're picky on ammo and cost as much as a .22lr pistol.

There are other brands with pistols specifically designed for interchangeable calibers. I don't know what they are. They've a lower market share and probably cost more.

My point is that in uncertain times, it is good to be flexible.

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