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The Best Online Ammo Stores: Where to Find Great Deals on Ammunition

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So, you're in the market for ammunition and you're overwhelmed by the numerous online ammo websites out there. Don't worry, we've got you covered. In this article, we'll explore the best places to buy ammo online, based on our own experiences and fails. We'll also discuss recommended brands, types of bullets to buy, what constitutes a "good" price, and unfortunately, restrictions based on your state. Additionally, we've included the current best deals for popular calibers.

The Quick List

  1. Palmetto State Armory (PSA)
  2. Ammunition Depot
  3. LuckyGunner
  4. Bereli
  5. True Shot Gun Club
  6. Optics Planet
  7. Brownells
  8. Cabela's
  9. Sportsman's Guide

Palmetto State Armory (PSA)

AAC 115gr 9mm AAC 115gr 9mm

When it comes to buying bulk ammo online, my go-to place is Palmetto State Armory. They consistently offer some of the best prices for cases (1,000 rounds) of popular calibers like .223/5.56, 9mm, and .45 ACP. They also do a great job of keeping essential ammo in stock, especially AAC 9mm. Plus, they occasionally offer free shipping on cases, which is a fantastic deal. Their shipping used to be slow, but they've improved it greatly, thanks to their in-house firearms selling like hotcakes.

Ammunition Depot

If you're looking for free shipping on orders over $149, Ammunition Depot is a great choice. Their prices are surprisingly competitive, even rivaling those of Palmetto State Armory for popular calibers. They have a quick shipping process, although the delivery time may vary depending on your location. If you're buying a few boxes and want free shipping, give Ammunition Depot a try.

LuckyGunner

XM193 Rounds XM193 Rounds

For a wide selection, real-time inventory, fast shipping, and an easy shipping estimator, I always turn to LuckyGunner. I've been a loyal customer for over 6 years, and they never disappoint. Many other retailers lack advanced website technology or efficient shipping departments, resulting in frustrating experiences. LuckyGunner solves these problems by providing live inventory updates, a guarantee to ship your order the next business day, and an easy shipping cost calculation without the need to create an account.

Bereli

If you're in the market for 9mm ammo, look no further than Bereli. They consistently offer great deals, such as their Blazer Brass 9mm, which comes with free shipping. As a Florida resident, you'll only have to pay tax, making it an even better bargain. They have a quick 24-hour shipping turnaround for all orders, although the shipping duration will depend on your location. Check out their website for more exciting ammo deals.

True Shot Gun Club

True Shot Gun Club may be a relative newcomer to the market, but they've quickly gained a reputation for stocking 9mm and more, even during times of high demand. As the largest ammo dealer in Arizona and a top 10 dealer in the entire US, they have proven their reliability. Plus, their prices are often the best in the market. Give True Shot Gun Club a try and experience their excellent service for yourself.

Optics Planet

AAC 5.56 55gr AAC 5.56 55gr

Optics Planet is known for its extensive selection of optics and accessories, but they now offer a decent variety of popular ammo calibers. Whether you're looking for plinking ammo or specialized self-defense hollow points and hunting loads, Optics Planet has got you covered. Just make sure to double-check the availability of the ammo you're interested in before making a purchase.

Brownells

Brownells is my go-to store for specialty tools and gun parts. They offer unparalleled customer service, reasonable shipping rates, and some great deals on ammo. What sets them apart is their user-friendly website, which allows you to easily compare prices across different websites. With Brownells, you can add all the ammo you need to your cart, input your zip code, and instantly see the shipping cost. They also have a hassle-free return policy, although ammo returns may not be possible due to safety reasons. For parts, tools, and great ammo deals, Brownells is the best choice.

Cabela's

Cabela

Hunters and fishermen are familiar with the reliable Cabela's stores. Since their acquisition by Bass Pro, Cabela's ammo prices have dropped even further. They offer a wide range of hunting ammo in almost every caliber imaginable. Don't forget to explore their branded gear, which includes everything from optics to rifle bags to jackets. Cabela's products never disappoint in terms of quality or price.

Sportsman's Guide

From power tools to guns and ammo, Sportsman's Guide has everything you need under one roof. With a Sportsmen's Guide membership, you can enjoy even better deals, such as 10% off gear and 5% off guns and ammo. These savings can add up significantly over a year of shooting. They also offer ammo back-ordering, so you won't miss out on any deals.

Other Suggestions

If you're in desperate need of ammo and the above stores don't have what you're looking for, consider these additional options:

  • Gorilla Ammunition (niche manufacturer with subsonic loads and 8.6 BLK)
  • Sportsman's Warehouse
  • Kentucky Gun Company
  • Cheaper Than Dirt (Be aware of extreme price gouging)

For the most up-to-date information on in-stock ammo, visit our In Stock Ammo page.

Why Buy Ammo Online?

A survey conducted by the NSSF (National Shooting Sports Foundation) revealed that 53% of gun owners buy ammo online. The main reasons cited were lower prices and quantity discounts. Retail stores often have significantly higher prices compared to online sellers, even after factoring in shipping costs. Additionally, buying ammo online offers a greater variety of options and potential tax savings if the seller is located out of state.

Recommended Ammo Brands

Popular Pistol Calibers Popular Pistol Calibers

Here are some of my recommended ammo brands based on price, availability, and personal experience:

  • AAC: Currently the most affordable and available brand for 9mm and 5.56 ammo. It has consistently performed well and reliably.
  • PMC: Cheap and readily available, PMC is a reliable brand that I've used in various calibers. It's manufactured in South Korea.
  • Federal/American Eagle: These budget-friendly rounds are widely available and made in the USA. Federal Champion is their budget line, often found at Walmart.
  • Blazer: Another budget brand that provides surprisingly good performance. Be aware that the super cheap options may have aluminum casings instead of brass. However, I've never encountered any issues with handguns when using Blazer Brass.
  • Tula: If you're shooting an AK, Tula is my go-to brand. It offers super cheap rounds with polymer-coated steel cases. For AK lovers, Tula is the perfect choice.
  • Lake City: Although it is government-owned, Lake City also sells surplus ammo and brass through various vendors. Their products are high-quality and trusted by many firearms enthusiasts. You may also find Lake City components in other brands' products, such as Federal.

I have also had good experiences with Sellier & Bellot and Fiocchi, although they are usually slightly higher in price. If you're unsure about a particular brand, a quick Google search along with the caliber can help you find feedback from other gun enthusiasts.

Recommended Ammo for Common Calibers

A quick overview of the different calibers and bullet types will help you understand the acronyms commonly used, such as FMJ (full metal jacket) and JHP (jacketed hollow point).

More Popular Ammo Brands More Popular Ammo Brands

We've compiled a comprehensive guide on the best ammo for self-defense and range shooting, but here are a few top picks for common calibers.

223/5.56 Ammo

The .223/5.56 round is popular for AR-15 rifles. It's essential to note that you can shoot .223 ammo in a 5.56 barrel, but not the other way around due to higher pressures. Palmetto State Armory is a great place to find affordable ammo in this caliber. Standard 55 gr bullets are typically priced between 25 and 40 cents each. You'll also come across designations like XM and M, which indicate specific features of the ammo.

9mm Ammo

AAC 115gr 9mm AAC 115gr 9mm

As someone who has shot over 10,000 rounds of 9mm, I recommend going for 124-grain bullets instead of 115-grain for a smoother shooting experience. Brass cartridges are preferable to cheaper aluminum or steel options. Federal HST is an excellent choice for self-defense, while AAC offers great plinking rounds in either 115gr or 124gr.

.45 ACP Ammo

I have personally shot over 2,500 rounds of .45 ACP and have found success with budget brands. Stick with the standard 230-grain bullets, which are priced between 40 and 50 cents each. Federal HST is a highly recommended self-defense option that has performed exceptionally well in the FBI's ballistics gelatin test.

.22 LR Ammo

Reasonably priced .22 LR ammo can be found for less than 8 cents per round. Although availability may be limited, CCI offers great 40-grain rounds for the Ruger 10/22. Federal Automatch Target and Sellier & Bellot also provide reliable options.

7.62×39 Ammo

Popular 7.62x39 Ammo Popular 7.62x39 Ammo

For AK-47 enthusiasts, Tula and Wolf are excellent choices. Tula offers magnetic and steel rounds, perfect for ranges that allow them. PMC provides non-magnetic brass-cased options for ranges with restrictions on magnetic ammo. Self-defense ammo options in this caliber include Sellier & Bellot and Hornady SST.

.308/7.62x51mm Ammo

This caliber has similarities to 7.62x39 but with some differences in pressure and dimensions. It's crucial to stick to the proper round for your rifle. If you're uncertain, consult an expert.

Buying ammo online provides convenience, better prices, and a wider selection. By exploring the recommended stores and brands mentioned in this article, you can find great deals on ammunition that cater to your specific needs. Happy shooting!

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