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    Question UGH... the battle to find ammo at a "reasonable" price

    Just something that has been bugging me a bit. i understand there isnt "mass amounts" of ammo growing on trees or vines on the farms out here, but damn. walmart, IMO, is the best place to buy, but thats if it even makes it to the shelf before its gone. (referring to .40 S&W for all of this by the way.)

    and it doesnt help that some people who do get the ammo turn around and sell it on sites such as armslist for a nice profit.

    where have you all been getting your ammo? what kind of prices have you been seeing? and d0 you think they are fair, even given the state of high demand?

    i am just looking for some FMJ's to blow through on the weekends, and its painful on the eyes (prices people are asking) and on the wallet (no explaining needed).

    what have your RECENT experiences been?

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    My LGS is not marking up any of his prices beyond his usual markup from his wholesale prices. This is true for guns, ammo, and accessories (I just recently purchased an AR15 from him for a great price, IMO. He told us he was getting it and held it for me until I could get there after work that day). My wife just recently bought a box of .45 ACP from him and they were right around his normal price. He doesn't have a huge supply and he is having a problem getting certain calibers in. Last time I was there he said he hasn't had 9mm in months. I have no idea what his supply of .40 looked like. I drive by there every day and it always seems to be busy, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmatting View Post
    My LGS is not marking up any of his prices beyond his usual markup from his wholesale prices. This is true for guns, ammo, and accessories (I just recently purchased an AR15 from him for a great price, IMO. He told us he was getting it and held it for me until I could get there after work that day). My wife just recently bought a box of .45 ACP from him and they were right around his normal price. He doesn't have a huge supply and he is having a problem getting certain calibers in. Last time I was there he said he hasn't had 9mm in months. I have no idea what his supply of .40 looked like. I drive by there every day and it always seems to be busy, too.



    If you don't mind my asking, what is the shop and a phone number. I would like to call an honest buisness and refer the shop to a few friends who are in the same boat as me.

    Its worth a little drive to me to get ammo at a fair price and keep good buisiness to that particular shop

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    Reload! It's not an easy fix, componants are pretty hard to find but you can still find them. I just loaded 300 rounds of .45 ACP for a cost of about $45.00. Not only is it cheap but it is the most accurate ammo I've ever shot! Give it a look.

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    I've found out that the local Gander Mountain (Winston-Salem) gets their deliveries on Wed. and Sat. mornings before they open. They open at 9 and I will usually show up around 8 or so. There is usually a line about 20-30 people long when they open and their ammo usually runs out before the end of the line (.22, 9mm, .223, .40, and a few others). Lots of the people in line are there to buy and resell or buy and stockpile. Can't wait for all this political stuff to blow over and ammo demand to stabilize.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JABEACHFAN View Post
    Guys,
    I've found out that the local Gander Mountain (Winston-Salem) gets their deliveries on Wed. and Sat. mornings before they open. They open at 9 and I will usually show up around 8 or so. There is usually a line about 20-30 people long when they open and their ammo usually runs out before the end of the line (.22, 9mm, .223, .40, and a few others). Lots of the people in line are there to buy and resell or buy and stockpile. Can't wait for all this political stuff to blow over and ammo demand to stabilize.
    Are they astronomically overpriced like the one in Raleigh? Raleigh GM has Winchester White box .45 at 34.95 a box......No Thanks!

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    Well. I have bought a couple of there bulk UMC 250 rnd boxs of 9mm for $80 each and I bought 2 Bucket O' Bullets (remington hollowpoints 1400 rds each) for $75 each. So they arn't the best priced but its not gauged like on armslist. You can't find 9mm FMJ's or any .22's online unless they are home defense or shotshells. To be honest I caved and bought it just so I had some ammo to go to the range with my wife and shoot targets. They had UMC 250 rnd boxes of .40 a couple weeks ago and had plenty of it, however I didn't price it since I don't own a .40.

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    I swear my next gun will be a SA revolver in .45Colt. It's the only handgun ammo I'm seeing these days lol.

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    Expect prices of ammo to be high through out the rest of the year and into 2014. When i was at SHOT this year I tried to place orders from every maker out there and none of them were excepting orders, Federal told me they were backlogged through 2013 into 2014. Even the companies outside of the US were backlogged through 2013.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USMC1911-MilSpec View Post
    Reload! It's not an easy fix, componants are pretty hard to find but you can still find them. I just loaded 300 rounds of .45 ACP for a cost of about $45.00. Not only is it cheap but it is the most accurate ammo I've ever shot! Give it a look.
    Take the above advice, not only will you find it saves you money, but it is relaxing. I have been reloading most of my life.

    If you get into it including casting your biggest problem will be primers, and I have still been able to get them at Ed's in Vass. Email ahead to see if he has them. Usually large pistol primers are available more than small pistol. But last time I was there he had a lot of both, guess I should have hoarded instead of just buying what I thought I needed.

    The initial cost of reloading will scare you, but it will pay you back in time. You can look at spending at least $200 for one caliber, but you do not need a very expensive setup for handguns. Lee products work just fine. Actually reloading equipment is harder to get than the primers.

    Brass you should be able to get from ranges or sites that sell range ammo, it usually is not that expensive if you shop around. Lead check the junk yards and tire shops, or ebay. I am going to start a thread in the social lounge for reloading sometime today as to not hijack this thread, it is needed, IMO. That way us reloaders can answer questions for those interested. Sorry but do to liabilities I will not give out load data, those are easy to find on the powder manufacturers sites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rotorhead View Post
    I swear my next gun will be a SA revolver in .45Colt. It's the only handgun ammo I'm seeing these days lol.
    A schofield would be a good choice, a tad more expensive then most clones but it ejects the rounds quickly and is much easier to reload.
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    Or you could go with the AK pistol......its a pistolized version of the AK-47 and is considered a handgun. Shoots the same 7.62x39 Soviet cartridge as the AK-47 and SKS. You can find that ammo all day long for cheap (about $8 per box of 20) Would be very interesting for a CCW lol.

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    Re: UGH... the battle to find ammo at a "reasonable" price

    Quote Originally Posted by WalkingWolf View Post
    Take the above advice, not only will you find it saves you money, but it is relaxing. I have been reloading most of my life.

    If you get into it including casting your biggest problem will be primers, and I have still been able to get them at Ed's in Vass. Email ahead to see if he has them. Usually large pistol primers are available more than small pistol. But last time I was there he had a lot of both, guess I should have hoarded instead of just buying what I thought I needed.

    The initial cost of reloading will scare you, but it will pay you back in time. You can look at spending at least $200 for one caliber, but you do not need a very expensive setup for handguns. Lee products work just fine. Actually reloading equipment is harder to get than the primers.

    Brass you should be able to get from ranges or sites that sell range ammo, it usually is not that expensive if you shop around. Lead check the junk yards and tire shops, or ebay. I am going to start a thread in the social lounge for reloading sometime today as to not hijack this thread, it is needed, IMO. That way us reloaders can answer questions for those interested. Sorry but do to liabilities I will not give out load data, those are easy to find on the powder manufacturers sites.
    Starting the thread will be awesome. I haven't gotten my casting tools yet, but I did find a old iron pot I plan on cleaning up for smelting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WalkingWolf View Post
    A schofield would be a good choice, a tad more expensive then most clones but it ejects the rounds quickly and is much easier to reload.
    I might hit you up privately for some SA and cap & ball advice if you don't mind. It's my next adventure as I move further away from the more modern "combat" guns due to pricing/ availability. I'm comfortable with SA brands and have an idea of what I want, but cap & ball stuff is kind of new to me.

    Thanks.

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    you have to order online

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpguy View Post
    Starting the thread will be awesome. I haven't gotten my casting tools yet, but I did find a old iron pot I plan on cleaning up for smelting.

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    +1 Been meaning to get into reloading and not really quite sure where to start. We use 12a, 9mm, .40 and 7.62.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carolina guy View Post
    +1 Been meaning to get into reloading and not really quite sure where to start. We use 12a, 9mm, .40 and 7.62.
    Everything is hard to get right now. I've been lucky to pickup 10lbs of Varget, large rifle primers, 155gr, 168gr and 185gr bullets to reload for my long range 308 competition rifle. Course it does help to be a FFL to
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    Hmmm. I honestly don't know AANYTHING about reloading right now and don't have the spare change to get started in it either. The closest gander mountain to me is fayetville.

    JABEACHFAN, did the people at GM openly tell you when they get their deliveries? I get off work at 0630 would work out good -to get in line at GM

    I think that's the route for me right now. If anybody runs accross good buys. Please post. Here. Thanks in advance

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    If anyone in the fayettville area needs ammo......rhudys pawn shop has reasonable prices and PLENTY of aammo in all calibers

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    Best time to find ammo at walmart

    7-8AM (if you are lucky, you might find it up until 12PM)

    13th-17th of each month
    1st-5th of each month

    Everytime I go to 3 walmarts I am sure to find ammo atleast 2 of them.
    I go through about 3-5 hundred rounds a month and I am always able to get ammo at my walmarts.

    Good luck though, I know it hard to find sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jrebb View Post
    Hmmm. I honestly don't know AANYTHING about reloading right now and don't have the spare change to get started in it either. The closest gander mountain to me is fayetville.

    JABEACHFAN, did the people at GM openly tell you when they get their deliveries? I get off work at 0630 would work out good -to get in line at GM

    I think that's the route for me right now. If anybody runs accross good buys. Please post. Here. Thanks in advance
    Yes, however they claim that most deliveries are scheduled for Wed. and Sat. (but the driver might be a day early or a day late from what they claim) so far the past 4 or 5 weeks he has been there on the scheduled day between 0730 and 0800 at the W-S location only. I have been in line on both Wed. and Sat. and can verify that the truck usually pulls in between 0730 and 0800. Around 0830 they typically come out to the line and give info of what they received as far as ammo. Funny thing is I usually see the same people in line each time I go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JABEACHFAN View Post
    Yes, however they claim that most deliveries are scheduled for Wed. and Sat. (but the driver might be a day early or a day late from what they claim) so far the past 4 or 5 weeks he has been there on the scheduled day between 0730 and 0800 at the W-S location only. I have been in line on both Wed. and Sat. and can verify that the truck usually pulls in between 0730 and 0800. Around 0830 they typically come out to the line and give info of what they received as far as ammo. Funny thing is I usually see the same people in line each time I go.
    Haha - they probably see you and think the same thing, then.

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    Re: UGH... the battle to find ammo at a "reasonable" price

    Picked up a half bucket of lead wheel weights today for 20 bucks. I also found a older iron pot, that needs some love in the rust department. I think I'll go get a muffin tin, and see how my casting ignot skills fair.

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    Picked up 2 boxes of Winchester (100 rounds of FMJ each) and a box of Federal (100 rounds FMJ) for $75 total at Walmart in Havelock this evening. :-)

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    Walmart

    I work at Walmart in sporting goods and we get ammo 2 to 3 times a week but it doesn't last. If we get a lot it mAy last a few hours but never get a lot in back to back days.

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