Ammunition imports may have surged upwards in the past few years, but it remains expensive in many areas. That can be a problem for avid shooters, since it is easy to go through a few boxes of ammo during a trip to the range. It’s reasonably to want to find ways to save money while still building an adequate supply of ammunition. Fortunately, there are a few reasonably convenient ways to do precisely that.
One of the best ways to save money on ammo is to buy new ammo that has quality brass, along with a set of reloading components. Once you use the ammunition, you will be able to collect the brass, reload it, and use it several more times. The lifespan of the brass cartridge will vary depending on how well it was constructed in the first place, so you do want to be sure that your initial investment is in quality ammunition so that you can reload it as many times as possible. When in doubt, look for reviews that mention the quality of the brass so you can be sure that you are buying the right kind.
Wait For Sales
It can be surprisingly easy to find sales on ammunition, especially for the more common calibers. When possible, you should make a point of waiting for these sales before making any purchase. When you do find a good deal, you should buy as much ammunition as possible to make the most of it.
It is also a good idea to track these sales as they happen. Some stores will offer good deals when they have a surplus, but others will offer them at a predictable rate. If you track the sales, you can identify the stores that hold them regularly and plan your purchases to take advantage of them. If you do that, you can be confident that you will always have enough ammo to last until the next sale, which will save you from having to buy ammo at a bad price when you run out.
Choose Affordable Firearms
Some calibers are simply more expensive than others. In general, ammo will be cheaper for the most popular calibers, such as .22 and 9mm. Ammunition for less popular calibers is generally made in smaller quantities, which makes it harder to find and more expensive to purchase when it is available.
You can minimize your expenses by using the cheapest caliber that you have available for a task. Most plinking should be done with a .22 rifle, while a handgun in that caliber or a 9mm will usually be the best deal for practicing with a pistol. Be sure to check your local prices before you do the math to make sure you really are using the cheapest option!