Bullet costs?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by xcoreyyyx, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    I do not know if there is such thing out there but does anyone have a bullet cost sheet? Something that tells you generally how much ammo is costing per bullet and what is the cheapest to most expensive bullets to shoot? I figure I will be picking up a few new rifles soon and I want something bigger than a .22lr but I do not want to be spending tons and tons on ammo. Just figured that there may be a chart on this somewhere or general knowledge on it? I know there are plenty of variations of ammo to buy and there is the cheap kind and the higher end kind. If not then oh well.
     
  2. Ranger-6

    Ranger-6 New Member

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    When I purchase bullets I usually use a calculator.
    Due to my shooting fetish I shoot a BB pistol and Air rifle a lot.
    It is great practice and aids in trigger control and target acquisition.

    .177 BB's at $.002/BB...Crosman
    .22lr at $0.03/rd...Blazer

    .380acp at $.26/rd...Tula
    9mm Luger at $0.24/rd...Tula

    .40acp at $0.28/rd...Tula
    .45acp at $0.30/rd...Tula
     

  3. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    Thanks. This is something that I am generally looking for. I just figure that I want something cheap to shoot but yet fun to shoot. I know I could always switch to reloading if I bought any big calibers. So I was just looking for a nice chart that displayed general price of calibers so I could see how much it would be to shoot whatever rifle I would be getting so that I am not spending tons and tons on ammo and I would eventually get tired of spending it and just hang it on the wall.
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    First, let's get the terms right.

    You buy BULLETS when you are a reloader. A bullet is the part that comes out of the barel.

    OTOH, YOU are looking for CARTRIDGES or AMMO.

    In general, the more widespread the use of a caliber, the less it will cost at retail- which is why 12 g shotshells are a lot cheaper than .410s.

    In handguns other than 22 rf, least expensive is likely 9mm Parabellum, .45 ACP, and MAYBE .38 Special.

    Rifles- 7.62x54R, 8mm Mauser, 7.62x39, 7.62 NATO, 5.56, 5.45x39. Much of the cheap 30-06 is gone. The CHEAP MILSURP 6.5 Carcano, .303 Enfield, M1 Carbine, 6.5 or 7.7 Jap is LONG gone.

    You can go to a site like Ammoman or Cheaper than Dirt, check their prices, or go peruse the shelves at WallyWorld.

    And if you think any of THAT stuff is pricey, I have a Winchester Mdl 71. Caliber .348 Winchester. About $75/20 rounds. (John 11: verse 35)
     
  5. Ranger-6

    Ranger-6 New Member

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    Sorry teacher, I keep confusing those layman and technical terms.
    Cartridges vs Bullets...Clip vs Magazine...Gun vs Weapon...
    Girl vs Boy...Pistol vs Revolver...Me vs You...
     
  6. Fathead00

    Fathead00 New Member

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    So I do shoot bullets out of my gun, so I do need more bullets to shoot then, right??;)
     
  7. jjfuller1

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    you can do simple math when you go to lookat prices too. just divide the total cost by the number of rounds.

    ex. $300 for 1000rounds= .30cents a round

    now to the chart.. i dont know of one. just general knowledge
     
  8. W. C. Quantrill

    W. C. Quantrill New Member

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    Corey, you need to do some homework. Go to the various online sellers with ammo and compare their prices. That is how you find out. There isnt any chart.
     
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  10. ktmboyz

    ktmboyz New Member

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    Thanks Beagle, I forgot where that was at .
     
  11. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    I am just headed to an upcoming gun show and some people say that gun shows are a little more pricey than some of the online sites but if I am there I figure that I could save on the shipping costs and possibly it would be the same if not cheaper than ordering a bunch online.
     
  12. Muliemaster

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    Good answer c3
     
  13. genesis

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    I reload my own 38 wad cutters and cast my own bullets. Every couple of years, I sift all the sand and recycle the lead from my sand trap. Get almost every bit of my lead back. I count brass and my initial lead purchase as an investment. I know it takes some electricity to melt the lead, and some cases get splits, but it's such a small fraction that I don't even count those costs. So the only ongoing cost to me is primers and powder. My cost per round is approximately $0.04 per round, or $2.00 per box of 50.

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  15. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    ^^

    Thanks I will check it out.
     
  16. c3shooter

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    BTW, while I DO make smartassed comments now and again, those usually have a smiley face.

    The distinction between bullets and ammo was made for a reason. We have had new shooters walk into a shop or a gunshow, or buy on-line, and buy a box of 500 .357 Wadcutter BULLETS- and when they open the box, are very upset to find that is exactly what they bought- BULLETS- not loaded ammo.

    Unlike the magazine/ clip issue, this actually can make a difference in the prices you will see listed- and you DO need to ask for the correct thing. Did not want you to think I was poking fun atcha.
     
  17. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    No worries c3shooter. You are correct on the issues you have directed me on. It's just I use general terms not "gun shooter" terminology. Maybe one day I will be as smart as you haha. Where are you located in central virginia if you don't mind me asking. Do you own a shop or just do gun work in your spare time? I am looking to off a few of my current guns that I don't have the tools or knowledge to repair and was looking to send them to a nice home or just get them worked on.
     
  18. c3shooter

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    Corey- Powhatan County. Not, not a smith nor a dealer- Engineer (semi-retired) and gun collector. where R U ?
     
  19. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    Well, I am in Maryland, but I am headed to see family in south western Virginia, near Roanoke so I will be driving all through Virginia to get there.