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Old 04-16-2018, 9:39 AM
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Default What's your ideal/acceptable price/round for .223/5.56??

Being new to these calibers, I've been doing a lot of price per round comparisons to account for different brands and box sizes. Boy, if you're not careful you can pay as much as $0.60/round out there. What's your buy-don't-buy threshold? Other than online purchases, what are some good places you've found to get good price-per-round deals?
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Old 04-16-2018, 10:47 AM
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The last time I bought .223 factory ammo was about two years ago. I think I pad around 40 cents for Fiocci VMAX rounds at Cabelas in Reno.

Prices are in part a function of the quality of the round. Lead-free is going to be a lot more expensive but that only matters if you're hunting.
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Old 04-16-2018, 10:51 AM
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.30/rd for plinking brass
.20/rd for plinking steel
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I paid .25/round delivered last year for Federal 55gr fmj with the federal rebates. I would pay a lot more for Black Hills match ammo. Just depends on what you are shopping for.
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with CA the way it is now probably 30-35 if you are lucky for brass cased
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Last time I bought 5.56 it was $5 a box
I haven’t bought 5.56 in 20 years.
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Jhandload for about 12 cents for non lead copperheads and 20 cents for bthp 55 gr. Not counting brass cost I have couple thousand brass and lots of powder and primers. I found copperheads for 7 cents a bullet, primers for 11 bucks a thousand and pull down powder for 9 bucks a pound.
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1. 30 cents a round for decent brass cased lead core ammo (good for 1 MOA)
2. 16 cents a round to reload using fmj bullets, maybe a couple cents less for pulled bullets
3. 10 cents a round for reloads using GC cast bullets

I've only been shooting the first two.
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A couple of weeks ago. LAX had American Eagle 556 for $299 case of 1000.
That's was a good price.
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$300 on a 1000
$150 on 500

Anything below that is a deal.

Buying it by 20 round boxes is silly.
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It depends on the ammo. I'd be tickled pink to find FGMM or any Barnes for $0.60 per round. It normally sells for about a buck per round. When it comes to cheap .223 for plinking, I won't even pay 20 cents per round. I'd rather load my own for just under that and end up with decent ammo instead of cheap azz bulk ammo that shoots 2-3 moa at best.
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