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Location: Northern Minnesota
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With ammo prices on the rise who has the lowest prices?

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Location: Eatonville, Wa
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I was at sportsmansware house last weekend and they seemed to have some decent prices they were definately cheaper than cabelas

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Location: Puyallup, WA / Grand Rapids, MI
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That's why I prefer military cartridges. Ammo becomes a lot cheaper when you can buy surplus. Even though sometimes I get terrible accuracy, often it shoots just fine.

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Location: Central Alabama
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I was at sportsmansware house last weekend and they seemed to have some decent prices they were definately cheaper than cabelas

yea, most of the big name stores like Cabelas and Bass Pro Shops, usuallt have expensive prices so like the small family owned stores are sometimes my best bet

Best of Luck

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The main culprit to rising ammo costs is that metals in general have gone up. The rise in price of brass and copper particularly are to blame. I think your best bet is Sportsmans Warehouse, or mail order from Sportamans Guide.

The problem with trying to find military surplus ammo (especially US surplus)is that it's nearly non-existent anymore. Stockpiles on the surplus market started really drying up the afternoon of 9/11/2001. There is no surplus of US ammo being dumped into the commercial surplus market these days. Every ammo company that hold a military contract is also running round the clock to fulfill shipments to the armed forces.

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The other issue in higher ammo prices is the one you will start seeing more and more of and that is the higher fuel prices they affect everything. I think even some of the brass for hand loaders are pretty expensive. I just bought a bag of 50 325 wsm brass for $25. Not that cheap but when a off the shef box of 20 goes for $47-$50 its not that bad.

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Reloading is the way to go. The last time I looked ammo for my .375 was $55+ per box. I have to reload in self defense. I have had my equipment for over 20 years now so it has paid for itself several times over.

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I agree. Reloading is the way to go if you have the time to devote to it. When I was single and before kids I used to have plenty of quiet time to reload and reloaded all my rifle, pistol, and shotshell ammo.

Now for the last 4 years or so I have nearly given up reloading target load shotshells because I've found some real cheap ($3.99 per box) Federal dove loads that I buy around dove season and use those for trap shooting and sporting clays. Of course, for waterfowl loads I've always shot factory made high velocity steel loads, never hand rolled my own waterfowl loads.

With a single stage press I now find reloading for 9mm and .45 ACP to be way too time consuming and inconvenient, so instead for handgun target practice I've been buying the cheaper Russian made Wolf ball ammo. I now only reload for rifle, accurate full powered hunting loads. I only fire 50 to no more than 75 rifle rounds per years in practice anyway, with only 2 or 3 shots being used to fulfill two tags while hunting. I'm real particular about my rifle rounds, so this is now the only thing I'm willing to devote time to reloading.

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WH,
I hear you. If you promise not to tell I'll let you in on one of my secrets. I don't load for my 9mm either. I can buy reloads cheaper & easier. I do load for all my centerfire rifles but not shotgun. I don't go through a box of shotgun shells a year. But another one of my secrets is when I am feeling stressed I have been known to take the 10 ga. to a prairie dog town and whack away. Some day I will have to start loading for it though.

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I quit loading for my 9mm too. But for the 38 spec. and the 32 long, I still load on a single stage press. I also shoot only cast bullets in them I cast myself, great thearpy!

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Our Distributors raised ammo up almost 60% on us last year. I sell RCBS Rock Chucker Kit for $285 so I really am selling the reloading kits knows. But those prices will not be for long either. I look for RCBS to raise there’s soon.

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