By August 15, 2012

Ammunition Prices Are Already Going Up

Back in March of this year I wrote about how an election year drives up demand and prices for firearms and ammunition. We’ve been training a lot this year, and have been shooting a lot of ammunition, especially 9mm.

I bought some Wolf Performance Ammunition (WPA) on sale and in bulk last spring from local farm supply chain Fleet Farm. I bought the same ammo last week, except that it was $0.48 more expensive per box of 50.

This may not seem like a lot, but when you buy in mass quantities it adds up. Worse yet, the retail price for the ammunition was up over $1.10 per box from the spring.

The least expensive of ammunition choices may not be inexpensive for very long.

Some of the companies I buy from online are already low on stock on common loads, or sold out. is a great company (more on them another time) and they are routinely sold out of practice ammunition in 9mm. I have purchased (and fired) thousands of rounds from them and are a great source for ammunition. Look to AIM Surplus for great deals and service as well.

Make sure you have your ammunition needs sorted out as soon as possible. Every delay may cost you.

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3 Comments on "Ammunition Prices Are Already Going Up"

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  1. Brice says:

    During the last shortage I went a different route. Reloading. I’ll let you in on a dirty little secret, reloading is a chore, not a hobby. A single stage press is a requirement because you’re always going to have some little task that it’s not worth setting up the progressive for, consider the ammo plant by Hornady. Sure it’s expensive, but it’s cheaper than buying each part separately. If you’re serious about shooting, you’re going to buy them anyway. I went with the Hornady single stage because it’s got the lock and load bushing system just like my progressive, die changes are silly fast and it’s marginally less expensive that the changable tool heads on a Dillon.

  2. DrFaulken says:

    What do you shoot?

    Reloading can definitely be a money saver, depending on component cost and the calibers one shoots. I had a Dillon 550 but I wound up selling it because after factoring in my time there wasn’t a cost savings by shooting 9MM. Components were very expensive towards the end of 2008 and into 2009, and it was hard to get pistol primers consistently.

    I used to shoot a lot of 40 and 45 and those were definitely more cost effective to reload. I also shoot 7.62×39 and that isn’t as easy to load as other rifle calibers.

  3. Brice says:

    9mm, .223, .308, some .40 and if my gun ever comes in, .45. Mostly I load 9mm. With a progressive I can load ~300 per hour. Cost of a box of ammo is about $6 for 9mm. It’s considerably higher if I count my hourly rate into the equation. I expect I’ll use a lot more .40 if I ever move to Open/Limited division. 9mm is way more cost effective. It’s been a very light summer of shooting for me and I’m still almost 3k rounds since May.