Dirty Little Secret about Defensive Ammo at Retail Stores

Dirty Little Secret about Defensive Ammo at Retail Stores

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    Dirty Little Secret about Defensive Ammo at Retail Stores

    What do retail stores and defensive ammo have in common? Small boxes of 20 or 25 rounds at $20 to $25 a box depending on brand. Now, goto to a couple of the online vendors and what do you see? 50 round boxes at $27 a box with no sales tax. Yeah, there is a shipping charge but even after $10 for freight you still come out ahead by $28 if you buy a 100 rounds (2 boxes). I have 4 mags; two 15 rounders, one 17, and one 10 for a total of 57 rounds plus throw in a couple for the chamber and now 59! I'm a two box kinda guy.

    Yep, Gold Dot, HST, Hydro Shok, Ranger, and PDX all come in "Big Kid" ammo boxes of 50 rounds in all of the popular bullet weights and +P. I use Ammunition Depot but I'm sure the other vendors are good too.

    Buy ammo online and save money.


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    Depending on the type/maker/caliber what you say is not entirely so.
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    Also depends on the store. My LGS is an LE distributor and has the 50 round boxes of Gold Dot and HST.

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    I think you are right about online ammo being a secret.
    Whenever 10mm or 357 Sig is discussed, there is nearly always someone that is against those calibers because they don't see the ammo on the shelf of their local store.
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    Actually it's not a "secret" to people that shoot a lot,people that shoot a 50 round box every 6 months to a year or less aren't gonna go looking for better prices and for the most part aren't members of gun boards like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CDW4ME View Post
    I think you are right about online ammo being a secret.
    Whenever 10mm or 357 Sig is discussed, there is nearly always someone that is against those calibers because they don't see the ammo on the shelf of their local store.
    Actually were not so much against the calibers in a normal world,but unless you stockpile ammo,or reload and have plenty of brass if the supply chain is interrupted,unless you have guns in the common calibers 9,40,45 you probably won't find any ammo to feed your gun.Back in 2008 after the elections,people were begging for places to get 9mm,40,45 due to panic buying and hoarding,so if you have a caliber that isn't real common that will be the first ammo to disappear
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    I thought that would be true but I've yet to find an online retailer that can deliver ammo to my front door at less than what I can get it -- with sales tax -- at WalMart. You find what look like good deals until they figure in shipping and "handling", whatever that is. A profit enhancer no doubt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CDW4ME View Post
    I think you are right about online ammo being a secret.
    Whenever 10mm or 357 Sig is discussed, there is nearly always someone that is against those calibers because they don't see the ammo on the shelf of their local store.
    This people just don't know what they are talking about. Where I live, I have NOT been to a retail store that didn't have some type of 10mil ammo.
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    It's true for defensive ammunition, if not exactly a secret. Not many stores in my area get my preferred LE-overrun ammo, and the Gander Mountain that does carry defensive ammunition doesn't carry my ammo of choice, and what they do have comes in the standard 20 round box.

    So I buy 50-round LE boxes from ammunitiontogo.

    But practice ammo is not cheaper online, usually. Granted, it usually takes as long for me to find a person in Wal-Mart who knows where the Sporting Goods security key is as it does to wait for shipping from an online retailer...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    Actually were not so much against the calibers in a normal world,but unless you stockpile ammo,or reload and have plenty of brass if the supply chain is interrupted,unless you have guns in the common calibers 9,40,45 you probably won't find any ammo to feed your gun.Back in 2008 after the elections,people were begging for places to get 9mm,40,45 due to panic buying and hoarding,so if you have a caliber that isn't real common that will be the first ammo to disappear
    And it a SHTF situation with the Internet down and long distance transportation interrupted how are you going to get those oddball ammo calibers? Stockpiling is your only viable solution for any caliber.

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    It's all relative. Some ammo is cheaper online, some isn't.

    I have yet to find any .17 HMR cheaper online than what I can get it for locally.

    Seems like a hit or miss, I just watch for good deals whether online, or local store.

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    I don't know what that the OP considers a secret but it's well known that there is "retail" packaging which are 20 round boxes and LE / Agency packaging which are 50 round boxes in regards to most issued ammunition....all comes down to supply and demand. Most people goto the LGS, buy one or two boxes of ammo, load it in a magazine, maybe a second magazine, put it in the nightstand drawer and never touch it. So if they can sell them 20 rounds for the price of 50, they are none the wiser and sleep well knowing that they have the best super duper bad guy ammo that exists.
    Do your due diligence and evaluate the cost per round, with shipping and handling charges included.



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    Why is it that so many people these days need to sell their point of view with the "secrets" label?

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