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Old 06-03-2020, 11:00 PM
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5.56mm ammo price question

Is $0.50/round expensive for 5.56mm? I havent bought any in a LONG while since I dont shoot my AR's very much, but I dont remember paying $400 for 800 rounds...especially on an advertised sale price.

At what prices have you other AR owners been purchasing 5.56 ammo?
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Old 06-03-2020, 11:22 PM
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It depends on the times and the ammunition. Before panic buying and shortages, $0.30 was seen for 55gr FMJ. Specialty bullets upped the cost.

Thus, $0.50 may not be expensive at this point given other than an FMJ, such as varmint bullets. Or it may be expensive reflecting demand at this point in time.

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Old 06-04-2020, 06:47 AM
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Reloader is pretty much spot on. “Normal” pricing days and most places have it for $7 for a single. Cases bring it down a bit. Reloading cuts it in half.
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Old 06-04-2020, 09:54 AM
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It's expensive, yes. Normal prices for quality brass case 55gr stuff was running at .30/cents a round before the rioting and looting which by my barometer is still overpriced. I won't pay that price for it, I started reloading and by my last loose calculation I can do that for .13/round. You can't account for your time though in reloading.
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Old 06-04-2020, 11:47 AM
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Before the lockdown Federal M193 was selling for $325/1000 bulk packed. After the tp panic started, supplies quickly ran out and prices for 5.56 that could be found went up to $.50 per round.

At the "worst," one lgs only had 20 round boxes of Gold Dot LE type loads for $38 each, that was the only 5.56/.223 they had.

About a month ago large shipments of ammo started arriving; Federal M193 is now $375/1000. The lgs also opened cases of the stuff and repacked it into 100 round lots for $45.

All of the recent local protests re: blm have been peaceful; I guess a round trip plane ticket is not practical for the professional agitators so there hasn't been a second run on guns and ammo yet. However the local public shooting range is set to open this weekend and the lgs I patronize has seen an uptick in sales of ammo and shooting supplies.
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Old 06-04-2020, 12:19 PM
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If you're ok with 223 it can be had for 40 cents a round of so.
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Old 06-04-2020, 12:21 PM
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There were a few places that had gotten under $300/1000 before the corona run started, now we are in the riot run with the election coming soon after. I don't think we will see cheap ammo again until next year, if then.
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Old 06-04-2020, 06:09 PM
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I still have some very accurate Bosnian black-tip (SS-109) I was paying $99-case/1200rds back in the mid-90s.
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Old 06-04-2020, 09:29 PM
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Pricing of true 5.56 ammo goes all over the board... because, on a worldwide basis, there are so many manufacturers and so many stockpiles. I suppose the answer is similar with regards to .223 ammo.

FWIW, I'm not so much a bargain seeker....n slight embarrassment, I confess that I don't recall my average or most recent 5.56 purchase price. Most of my AR ammo is of the .223 variety.
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Old 06-04-2020, 10:40 PM
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The last time that I ordered a case of ammo in 5.56.

This was on 2/21/20. I bought a case of IMI M-193. I paid 289.50 for a thousand round case at that time. Good luck getting the same deal today.
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Old 06-09-2020, 07:51 PM
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Is $0.50/round expensive for 5.56mm? I havent bought any in a LONG while since I dont shoot my AR's very much, but I dont remember paying $400 for 800 rounds...especially on an advertised sale price.

At what prices have you other AR owners been purchasing 5.56 ammo?
It's an absurd price for an advertised special-those are not the height of the Oborat-era panic price for .223/5.56 ammo but still too much!

I won't buy unless it's less about 35 cents a round...

Honestly, in the warm months it won't take that many rounds to create a perimeter of rotting flesh that most will be unwilling to cross unless they think I have toilet paper...of course I'm out in the weeds a ways with lots of well armed neighbors.

Nope, no azzwipe here, but we've got a couple of tulip poplars and they have nice, soft leaves. Plenty of poison ivy out back too for the rest of you!
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Old 06-11-2020, 11:08 AM
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That's an awesome post!
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Nah, that's just a range marker.
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I see $.30/rd advertised all the time, but they're always out. Only the guys selling for $.50 or more still have inventory. I just grabbed some for $.40/rd, but just a small quantity to keep me held over until things get better. Of course, if this rioting continues and the pandemic has a resurgence, we may not be out of the woods in time for the November elections. And if those don't go our way we may all end up dreaming of the days when 5.56 was "only" $.50 cents a round!
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Old 06-12-2020, 06:09 AM
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Or legal for that matter.....
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Old 06-12-2020, 07:18 AM
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I've changed all my practice to drills using only 1-2 shots per string due to these prices, insane how much they are.

This whole ammo price spike has me considering setting up my press since now the time taken to load my own will actually be worth it. Even steel case stuff is too much to practice at the level I want to cost wise
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Old 06-12-2020, 11:38 AM
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If you're worried about availability that much, then stop expending buckets of ammo every week. An awful lot of people have gotten into the habit of shooting hundreds of rounds a month. You don't need that much practice. Your skills won't deteriorate that much.

Stock up at good prices when you find them, and then sit on it. There's enough political crap going on that I want as much on hand as I can get. If my skills aren't up to snuff at this point, so be it. Even out of practice, I'm better than 90% of the people out there, and so are most of you.
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I've changed all my practice to drills using only 1-2 shots per string due to these prices, insane how much they are.

This whole ammo price spike has me considering setting up my press since now the time taken to load my own will actually be worth it. Even steel case stuff is too much to practice at the level I want to cost wise
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I know you know the difference, but even now, some people are saying that reloading doesn't pay off for 9mm or 223.
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