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    What kind of gun has the cheapest ammo?

    I know there are many types of hand guns and I certainly want to read up on all the different types to know what kind to get in the future. But what are some that have the cheapest ammo?

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    .22LR, .22, .22 short, and .22 magnum.

    So, any of the .22LR or the PMR-30 Kel-Tec .22 Magnum pistol.

    There's a significant jump per round when you go up to .25, .32, .38, .380, 9MM etc.

    .380 is probably the smallest/cheapest round that is still effective for defensive purposes. (.38 is way bigger).

    A lot of people go with 9 MM because it's all over the place and pretty effective. Rounds bigger than 9 MM will have yet another price increase.

    It sort of depends on what you are doing though, you can't beat the price for a nice .22LR pistol and a couple bricks of ammo for plinking/target.

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    Cheapest ammo for what? Long gun or hand gun?

    .22LR is probably the cheapest you can go.

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    .22 lr---550 rounds for less than 20 bucks. I try to buy .22 conversion kits for most of my guns--makes for a cheap day at the range.
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    Airsoft, it is only about $10 for 4000 rounds.

    And thats the good ammo. lol
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    Rubber band gun. Sorry, I couldn't help it...

    On the serious side:

    It depends on what you are using it for. If it is a first gun for you and it is not going to be a carry weapon, I would suggest the .22 cal. I used to own a Ruger Mark II pistol in .22 long rifle (I gave it to my brother, which was stupid. I wish I still had it). The ammo itself is fairly inexpensive so you can shoot it a lot. Everyone should have a .22 pistol (even seasoned shooters) as you get a lot out of it. I had some of my best times out shooting with friends and a couple .22 LR pistols/rifles. There are a bunch of different manufacturers besides Ruger you should look at (Walther, SIG Sauer, Smith & Wesson, etc...).

    If you are buying a pistol for carry (self defense), 9mm is perfectly acceptable. The practice ammo is relatively cheap (in comparison to larger calibers). You can expect to pay around $13-$16 for a box of 50, 115 grain FMJ. .40 S&W is about $7-$10 more a box. Once you get into jacketed hollowpoint self defense ammo, they are all pretty expensive. Another option is that you can buy conversion kits for some of the higher caliber pistols and convert them to .22 Long Rifle to use in practice (the conversion kits are fairly expensive though).
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    If we are talking about an inexpensive Hand gun round with an effective amount of stopping power. then I would say 9mm. Cheap ammo for target practice & the more expensive 115 grain or 124 grain +P Hollow points will put a bad guy down. The 124 grain Sub Sonic rounds will also do number on a scum bag too.
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    Squirt gun.. Cheap ammo, although not very effective, unless your target is too hot.

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    Wow!

    I have one of these! The EVIL black one, though. :-p
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    Quote Originally Posted by VW_Factor View Post
    Squirt gun.. Cheap ammo, although not very effective, unless your target is too hot.
    I was gonna say a super soaker filled with gasoline.....but that would probably be the most expensive ammo right now...lol
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    Load your own. Seriously, If you want to shoot any amount yet are on a budget, buy a press and the dies for your caliber. I'm loading .40 right now for about 17 cents a round. My new press cost $400 but I should make that back in savings this summer.
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    well,,,

    im going to make some assumptions,,,,,,

    you dont have a gun yet, and youre on a budget.
    not the time to start reloading, and 22 LR is only for play.

    classic arms is selling used CZ-82 da/sa with holster, 2 12rd mags and holder for 200 bucks!
    caliber is 9X18mm makorav, for sale on line, cheaper than 9X19mm luger and 9X17mm 380 auto.

    the only gun i know of thats cheaper would be hi-point, not recommended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carcharodon View Post
    Load your own. Seriously, If you want to shoot any amount yet are on a budget, buy a press and the dies for your caliber. I'm loading .40 right now for about 17 cents a round. My new press cost $400 but I should make that back in savings this summer.
    +1

    I just started reloading .44mag. Investment was about the same initially but I'm at about $4 per 100 round count shooting wad cutters. CTD price before shipping is $29 per box of 50 for the cheap and dirty Blazer brand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freedom_fighter_of_america View Post
    I know there are many types of hand guns and I certainly want to read up on all the different types to know what kind to get in the future. But what are some that have the cheapest ammo?
    Whats YOUR life worth ???

    Firearms and the Ammo they use fall into " You get what ya pay for " category.

    If you aint worth nothin ....then buy the cheapest garbage you can get your hands on.
    The sky is the limit for what you can spend. Most of us try different brands and bullet weight combinations to find a happy compromise between consistent reliability and and affordability.

    There are many things that can and do affect the price.

    LEO Agencies use what they use for good reasons.

    They want reliable primers that fire every time...."Click" is a bad sound in a self/home defense situation.

    They want powders with little or no flash.Muzzle flash is a bad,...very bad thing in low light.How are you gonna do a follow up shot if your blind from the first shot.

    Bullets are more than just a chunk of lead. A bullet that doesnt expand will could punch a wall and kill your wife and kid.
    A bullet that expands too much could plug up and fail to penetrate deep enough to stop the bad guy.

    I shoot what I use...and use what I shoot. Yes,its expensive. But I am worth it.

    I dont shoot to kill...I shoot to STAY alive.

    What are you WORTH ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by RR_Broccoli View Post
    .22 magnum.
    False.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marshaul View Post
    False.
    No doubt, last time I bought some it was $8 for 50. Wish I could reload THOSE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freedom_fighter_of_america View Post
    I know there are many types of hand guns and I certainly want to read up on all the different types to know what kind to get in the future. But what are some that have the cheapest ammo?
    A .22LR pistol, revolver or rifle all shoot 525 rounds for about $16. 50 9x19 (9mm Luger) can be well under 10 bucks for Russkie; about $10 for decent US. It goes up rapidly from there. Get the .22 if you just want it to target shoot or plink; get a Ruger 9MM if you also want home defense. $250-300 buys a nice .22--Ruger, Browning, etc. $400 will buy a decent 9MM. Next up is .38 spcl at about $15-16 for 50. Talking revolvers now, and a nice Taurus will run less than the $400 for a 9MM. Check them all out and get what you like in one of the above calibers.
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    Really the best thing you could do was go out and shoot as many different options as possible before you make up your mind. Shoot semi's & revolvers, large frame & compact and as many different ammo options as possible.

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