Whether you own a firearm for hunting, sport, or home defense, one of the cost considerations is the ammunition price for the weapon. Ammo cost affects your budget for recreational shooting as well as for proficiency training at a shooting range.
The cost of ammo is determined by the caliber, type, and manufacturer of the ammunition — as well as supply-and-demand market forces. Prices for ammunition can range from $0.05 for a .22LR round to $10.50 for a .50-caliber round. Ammo costs can be reduced when reloading your ammunition casings.
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Read on and discover how to determine baseline prices for some of the most popular ammunition sizes. Also, how reloading can lower per round costs.
How Much Does a Bullet Cost?
The cost of a bullet should not be confused with the cost of a complete round of ammunition. It is important to understand that the bullet is only one component of a complete round.
An individual round of ammunition consists of a casing, powder, primer, and a bullet. When you buy ready-made ammo, you are technically buying a cartridge, not an individual bullet. The bullet is only the projectile that is fired at the end of the cartridge in the barrel of the weapon when the primer is engaged.
To understand why costs can vary greatly — even when the same caliber is involved — it is important to note that there can be different types and weights of bullets. Likewise, there can be different amounts of powder inside the casing. There can even be differences in the casing material.
By understanding how so many combinations are possible, you can better make sense of the ammo price variances.
“Anatomy” of a Bullet and How It Affects Cost
Since ammunition prices can vary widely, it is best to first understand a few rules of thumb when it comes to the main components of an ammo cartridge and how they affect the cost.
Cartridge Casing Material and Cost
Four materials are used to commonly manufacture cartridge casings:
- Aluminum. Casings made of aluminum are lighter than the other three materials listed here. Aluminum cased rounds are also cheaper than rounds with brass casings. Aluminum casings, however, cannot be reloaded like brass casings. Also, they are not available in as wide a variety of calibers. Most are for handgun ammunition, not long guns.
- Steel. Rounds with steel casings are less expensive than brass casings. However, gun enthusiasts claim that steel rounds don’t form as solid of a seal in the chamber. This can cause greater amounts of escaping gas and unburned powder. Both of which can negatively impact muzzle velocity.
- Brass. Some consider brass the standard for shell casings. Gun enthusiasts view it as highly reliable, although costlier than rounds made of steel or aluminum casings. Brass casings are also the ones used more frequently for reloading. Here are some examples, found at my recommended online ammo supply store.
- Nickel. Cartridges with nickel casings are brass casings that have been nickel-plated. These will usually be the most expensive of the four casing materials. These casings are more corrosion resistant and load smoother than other casings. They can be reloaded, although they may not last as many reloading cycles as pure brass casings.
When you evaluate the cost of ammo, aluminum-cased rounds will usually offer the lowest price, while nickel-cased rounds will be the highest.
If you are looking to reload your cartridges after shooting, brass-cased rounds will offer you the best value from a reloading perspective.
Bullet Type and Cost
Bullets — the actual projectiles at the tip of the cartridge that fly out of the gun muzzle when fired — will usually be made of lead or non-lead materials. The latter is normally composed of all copper or copper alloys.
Generally, lead bullets will be less expensive than non-lead bullets. The price differential can be as much as 50% to 100%.
Not only does the material that the bullet is made of affect cost, but so too does the actual type.
Full Metal Jacket
These bullets tend to be the most affordable for any caliber. They are lead bullets covered in a copper jacket. Ideal for target practice and plinking due to their low cost, they are not recommended for hunting large game or self-defense. Full metal jacket bullets lack the stopping power of other types of bullets because they do not expand when they enter a target.
These bullets have a hollow point at the tip. This allows them to expand when they enter their target. This provides for greater stopping power than a full metal jacket round.
Some jurisdictions require expansive bullets when hunting large game to ensure a humane kill. They are also preferred for self-defense.
In terms of cost, they can be 50% to 75% more expensive than full metal jacket rounds.
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Practical Pricing Examples of the Most Popular Ammo
Here are some price ranges for the top four rounds of ammo sold in the United States. These price ranges were gathered from ammo price aggregators in July of 2020:
- .22LR. This round is used in rifles and pistols. Sometimes referred to as the most popular caliber, it is also the lowest in terms of ammo cost.
Per round cost range: $0.05 to $2.86
- 9mm. The 9mm is widely used in handgun rounds. Its wide use means that it is manufactured in large numbers helping to keep it affordable on the market.
Per round cost range: $0.18 to $2.05
Per round cost range: $0.30 to $3.95
- .223. This caliber is used in all-purpose rifles for everything from small game hunting to recreational shooting.
Per round cost range: $0.26 to $5.00
To check the current prices of the various calibers, here is the link to my recommended online ammo supply store.
How Much Does a .50-Caliber Bullet Cost?
.50 caliber rifles are sold for civilian use. They provide exceptional range and are used for big game hunting. In the military, they are used as sniper rifles and for deep penetration of hard targets.
Using the same pricing range methodology used above for the more popular calibers, its price range per round is $2.50 to $10.50.
How Much Does a 30mm Round Cost?
There is no civilian variant of a 30mm round for sale. In the case of the U.S. military, it is used primarily as an armor-piercing round for machine cannons. It is used in attack helicopters, such as the Apache AH-64. It is estimated that each 30mm round costs $100.
Can I Buy Ammo Online?
Today, online is a great way to get quality ammo discreetly delivered to your door. There are numerous reputable vendors out there who offer deals throughout the year. The two that I currently recommend are guns.com and Palmetto State Armory (PSA).
Guns.com typically has a lot wider selection while PSA is known as one of the best places to get bulk ammo online. Take a look at both, you really can’t go wrong either way.
Can You Save Money Reloading Your Casings?
There is a cost savings of 68% to 88% when you reload your brass casings. However, to do so, it requires investment in the equipment required to make this possible. Additionally, you must factor in the time to reload your casings and the learning curve involved.
Some gun enthusiasts do it to have improved accuracy by minutely controlling the pressing of their customized cartridges. The work involved, however, is often described as “painstaking.”
There are kits sold that include all of the equipment you need to reload your casings. They range in the $300 to $600 range. These include a press and tumbler. The Rock Chucker Supreme Master Kit is an example of such a kit that includes everything you need to press your ammunition.
For the most part, unless you are shooting an extremely large number of rounds or you want to dive deeper into gunsmithing as a hobby, the time in mastering the reloading of your casings may outweigh the savings.
As you have read, multiple factors that come into play with the cost of ammo. Even within a single caliber, the per-round costs can vary. By knowing the basics about the different casings and bullet projectiles that comprise a single cartridge, you are better prepared to gauge which ammo round represents the best value for your shooting style.
Once again, if you decide to buy your ammo online, I highly recommend shopping at guns.com or PSA. As a big bonus, they focus on selling locally as much as possible rather than from warehouses from across the globe.
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Ammo Prices Falling? Yes, But Good Luck Finding The Bullets You Need
It could still be well into next year before ammunition supplies return to levels that could be considered normal, but as production is now running at near capacity – and round-the-clock at a few facilities – store shelves aren’t continually bare. Shooters that take the time to look online and shop around can increasingly find more ammunition than they could a year ago, and as a result prices have begun to level off. However, it will also be months before ammunition prices fall to pre-pandemic levels.
“I would tell people who are holding out and thinking the prices are going to drop that they might want to start looking, to kind of turn a phrase a little bit, to bite the bullet and buy the ammunition that you want now, if you can find it,” said Mark Oliva, director of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearm industry trade association.
Oliva, who spoke to the Panama City News Herald last month, explained that the influx of new gun owners last year and widespread stockpiling – even hoarding – drove up prices to levels that were previously unseen.
“5.56 ammunition for an AR-15 used to be about 33 cents a round,” Oliva said. “Now you’re looking at closer to almost a dollar a round. So it is much more expensive and it is much more difficult to find ammunition.”
The good news is that as the supply of ammunition has increased, the prices have also declined. According to data from AmmoPricesNow.com, which tracks daily average prices, the price for the aforementioned .556 hit a yearly high of $0.79 in late March. As of Sunday, the average price was down to $0.47 per round. It is still higher than the pre-pandemic $0.33, but a lot better than what consumers were paying just five months ago.
Prices of almost all popular calibers have seen a decline in recent weeks, even as hunting season is around the corner. The price of 30-30 Winchester has fallen by nearly half, from nearly $3 per round in late March to $1.7. However, that is actually up in price from the yearly low in early June when 30-30 hit an average price of $1.25. It is likely the coming hunting season has shooters stocking up, so prices climbed accordingly.
The story is very similar with .308 Winchester, which was about $0.50 per round in June of last year just as the pandemic drove up prices. It skyrocketed in price, and in January 2021 hit an average high of $1.28. Prices dipped by early August to $0.48 but have started to climb again. For hunters, now is the time to buy the ammunition when you see it available.
Tired of finding empty store shelves, many shooters now look online for the best deals. However, as with any consumer product, one needs to be cautious of “too good to be true” deals online. If ammunition is far cheaper than anywhere else that should be seen as a red flag.
It isn’t just that the ammo might never arrive, but the quality could be an issue as well.
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“Do your due diligence and check out those websites to make sure that they’re legitimate,” said the NSSF’s Oliva. “Make sure that they’re trustworthy and make sure that you’re not getting burned, because we have seen reports of some fly-by-night sites where people aren’t getting the product that they’re ordering. You know, the big guys in the industry who have a good reputation have a good reputation for a reason, because the vendor stands by their customers. So it’s worthwhile to maybe invest in purchasing from those people.”
Glock 17 with ammo. Image: Creative Commons.
Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He regularly writes about military small arms, and is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on Amazon.com.
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Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on Amazon.com.
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