View Full Version : Best place to buy 12g ammo in Southern California?

09-19-2005, 9:07 AM
Hi all!

Does anyone have any wonderful suggestions with regard to purchasing 12g ammo, either online or at a shop in So Cal?

I'm particularly interested in Remington Reduced Recoil 00 buckhot or the Federal low recoil equivalent.

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09-19-2005, 9:15 AM
I get most of my 12 guage from:




09-19-2005, 10:07 AM
For cheap practice ammo, it's hard to beat Walmart's prices, though some folks don't like shopping there. They don't carry defense ammo for shotguns, though.

Another good online source is http://www.outdoormarksman.com. They're competetive with ammoman, but I don't know if they have the Federal reduced recoil, which ammoman does.


09-19-2005, 10:34 AM
+1 on Outdoormarksman. Shipping costs from there usually aren't too horrible since they are on the west coast.

You may also look in to checking out local gun shows.

Miwall (company behind Outdoormarksman) usually has a booth at some of the different shows. I know I've picked up some of the Federal low recoil stuff from them at the Cow Palace gun show.

Looks like they'll be in Del Mar, CA on Oct 1/2.


09-19-2005, 10:51 AM
Ditto on Outdoor Marksman and Ammoman. I've bought a lot of ammo from both... the last time I think was a bunch of Federal reduced recoil 12ga from Ammoman.

09-19-2005, 12:08 PM
Slightly off-topic, but.. I brought a new shooter to the range last week, and she commented that the normal 00 buck we were using seemed to have less recoil than the Remington reduced-recoil 00 buck. I tried both and what do you know, she was right..

09-19-2005, 12:19 PM
I get Estate cartridges from Cheaperthandirt. They are great shells and less expensive than a lot of places. I don't know about reduced recoil, but I know their 3" magnum 00 buck will decimate just about anything.

09-19-2005, 2:51 PM
Looks like Ammoman and Outdoor Marksman have about the same prices on Federal Tactical 00 buckshot -- OM is cheaper but after shipping, Ammoman is cheaper.

San Francisco 1911,
What were you using that had less recoil than the reduced recoil Remys?

Thanks for the imput everyone. Gosh that was FAST!

I'll hold off a day so if you all have any other suggestions, please post 'em!


09-19-2005, 7:24 PM
i go to ammo bros in cerritos. yes it is indeed a bit more pricey than getting a 100 round econo-pack at wal-mart, but supporting the smaller store and quality gun-talk more than make up for it. not to mention it's just down the street from me.

09-19-2005, 8:58 PM
Just remember that shotgun ammo is so heavy that shipping can greatly distort the prices. Up here in the bay area, the cheapest places for generic clay loads and for generic field loads are either Walmart (100-packs), or the good sales at Big 5 (the sales are pretty rare), or a good sale at a major gun store (Trader Sports in San Leandro).

If you need specialty loads (reduced recoil tactical, slugs, or something like that), you are at the mercy of the full price department at gun stores, unless you get lucky, and Walmart carries it. At that point, mail-order is much cheaper.

It is not clear to me that reduced recoil tactical loads have any less recoil than light clay loads (like the 7/8 oz 3 dram stuff). Try a box of thos target loads; they might be the cheapest way to practice going through lots of shells.

If you happen to travel to Oregon by car, pick up ammo there. First, there is no sales tax. Second, it is considerably cheaper. I picked up a 1000 rounds of name-brand .45 ACP ammo (Remington UMC) for $160 (no shipping, no tax) in the July 4th sales; best price in California would have been $215 (Walmart or Trader Sports); best price online was $190 (CheaperThanDirt). This was at Bi-Mart (big discount store), but GI Joes had similar prices.

Another option that is occasionally discussed are group buys of large quantities of shells (pallet loads). If you look at the forums at http://www.shotgunworld.com, you might find people discussing how they organized this at their clay range, and saved some money.