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5 years 47 weeks ago, 3:35 PM

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Ammunition Basics

I reviewed 10 pages in order to avoid any repetition. I saw only a couple of ammunition threads, one on Wolf, one on where to buy. I'm interested in what you all have to say about ammunition brands in terms of quality. Which is the best ammo? Where's a good place to buy ammo in quantity? What are some of the things you ought to look for in judging ammo quality--that sort of stuff. Seems to me there is a wide variety in prices, but I sure wouldn't want to trade quality off to get a so-called 'bargain.'

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 3:53 PM

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Wolf Ammo

Wolf has Nice 9mm Bullets.But for Shot guns I would go with Remington and for rifles iwould go for Winchester.

5 years 47 weeks ago, 4:09 PM

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What caliber of ammo are you looking for? What are you going to use it for?

For plinking ammo in my handguns and American rifles... I usually get something decent with brass casing preferably american made (remington, winchester, federal, etc...)

For plinking ammo in my surplus rifles or AKs I will pretty much use what ever. I try not to get corrosive stuff unless I have to, and then I clean my rifles thoroughly. Even if they're Russian brands that are non-corrosive, such as wolf, I still clean them because of the laquer build up on the extractor and its dirty ammo. I prefer silver bear, golden bear or Barnaul for cheap Russian ammo.

For defense ammo I usually load a good name brand hollow tip. In the worst case scenerio where I have to use it... I want something that will work, but that I won't get torn apart by the prosecuter (don't use handloads, hunting loads, speciality ammo, incendiary ammo, military ammo, etc...) I usually like Federal, Corbon, Hornady, Winchester, any of the regulars, I'm sure I missed a few. I like DPX by corbon because it uses the Barnes X bullet for deep penetration, but be aware of over penetration.

Lastly, for ammo in bulk, I usually go to ammo to go(www.ammunitiontogo.com) they are pretty well priced, and usually have anything you would need and more. I recently made a purchase from Aim Surplus but haven't received it yet.

If you tell us what caliber and what you plan on using it for, we may be able to help out a little more.

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 5:07 PM

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Bulk ammo

As long as you're willing to clean your weapon after using it and I mean after using it, not a few days later, then alot of websites like www.sportsmansguide.com have milsurp surplus ammo. Like I found one deal for 640 rounds on stripper clips(7.62 x 39) for 154.97 that's .24212 cents a round. Now you look at cheaperthandirt.com? 1000 round box for 249.97, works out to .24997 cents a round now don't forget though you still have to buy stripper clips. To hold all 1000 rounds onto stripper clips you'll need to buy 5 packages of 20, each at 7.97, that's 39.85 just for the stripper clips. Factor that into the price for the rounds that's 289.82 for the whole kit and kaboodle. That means that per round it ends up being .28982 a round. MEANING, and yes there is a method to my madness, rounding up to the nearest cent WHICH is what these companies do, FOR the exact same amount of rounds, 640, you will spend 185.60. Thus just buying from the first website you save 30.63. NOW in answer to your question I use www.sportsmansguide.com for ammo but I use cheaperthandirt.com for everything that sportsmansguide doesn't have. MY ENDPOINT!!!!!! You really just kinda have to shop around. Although I do recommend sportsmansguide

5 years 47 weeks ago, 5:15 PM

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nutty

you confused me with all those number thingys.

700 rds. of 7.62x39 for $140... no stripper clips. I ordered it, but haven't received it yet

http://www.aimsurplus.com/acatalog/7_62x39.html

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 7:24 PM

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If you are shooting match ammo, I like Federal the best and ammoman has the best prices for it. But, most of the time I reload my own match ammo to save money and I can come up with a loaded just for my rifle.

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 7:32 PM

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What can I get for reloading my 9mm. What is at a reasonable price loader, powder, bullets, etc?

5 years 47 weeks ago, 8:00 PM

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Reloading 9mm, SamD

Sam do you want to reload a lot of 9mm fast, or you can reloaded them slow? Do you want to reload just pistol or do you want to load rifle to? This will deside how much you will need to spend.
For powder I was usine Winchester 231 powder and you will need a powder scale and I like the electronic scales I like the best. You can buy the electronic scale for around $130.00. Bullets you can shoot lead or jacketed bullets. If you shoot lead see if you can find someone around your area that makes and sales them. Bullets are cheaper if you buy them in bulk, same with powder and primers.
When I order I buy 5,000 primers at a time and I buy gun powder in 8 lbs. cans. Widener's has the best prices for powder and primers most of the time. Also check out powdervalleyinc.com they have good prices to.

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 7:51 PM

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Just 9mm

Would like to reload as fast as I shoot them.
I also want to get a 9mm Carbine of some sorts. Will these be loaded different?

5 years 47 weeks ago, 8:12 PM

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9mm

Will be the same for the 9mm. Only thing with the carbine will have a longer barrel and it will shoot the bullets faster.

I would buy a Dillon Square Deal B press and the dies come with it. If you buy it new it will cost you around $350 with shipping. You can load 400 to 500 rounds a hour with this machine. I started out with this press when I first started reloading. You can look around and you may find it used for a little cheaper. If you buy it new you tell them you want it in 9mm and when you get it all you have to do is bolted it to a workbench. Dillon has very good instructor to show you how to set it up. Dillon has a no BS warranty that goes with the life of the press, so if you buy one used it is still under warranty. That is why I like them so much.

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 8:27 PM

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Way cool, TY F350

I will surely look into that.

5 years 47 weeks ago, 11:46 PM

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my ammo

for mil surp guns i buy surplus ammo,for my hunting rifles i handload for the situation(and cause i like shooting something with my homebrewed ammo!) as far as ordering ammo dont forget the HAZMAT fee!under 48 pounds it is 20 bucks and over 48 it goes up differentially,so factor this into the per bullet price too!

5 years 46 weeks ago, 4:49 PM

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You can always find good deals at gun shows. Or check out sportsmansguide.com

5 years 46 weeks ago, 5:19 PM

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Good ammo

If you are lucky enough to have a Wal-Mart near you, check there for ammo first. The 100 rd Winchester value packs of handgun ammo are cheaper than anything I have found so far, bar none. The rifle ammo is pretty cheap, too. Especially when you consider the shipping cost of heavy items like bulk ammo through the mail

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5 years 46 weeks ago, 6:11 PM

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way overpriced, but better than a gun-range price....ill buy 50rounds at the range just to get the cheaper range fee.sometimes they don't charge you if you buy ammo.

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