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Minuteman November 27th, 2011 12:36 PM

Ammo cost comparison by caliber
There are a lot of other factors to consider, but how much it costs every time you pull the trigger is certainly important.

Why I did this- I was thinking about getting into 7.62x39mm shooting as a cost saving measure over 5.56 or .308, wanted to see if it was significantly less expensive. I was curious how much cheaper .22 Mag was over 5.7; also was interested if the .40 had caught up with 9mm in price. Also, looking around, it seemed 12 gauge was cheaper than .410, this didn't make sense, so I decided to do some online comparisons. These price per round (*estimates) do not include shipping or taxes.

Don't ask how I came up with these 'raw' figures, they will be useful to many especially new shooters; you gun guru's already know the deal.

Cheapest to most expensive (approximation of median price per round), of the calibers I picked to compare, not conclusive, not scientific.

22LR - 4
9mm - 18
22WMR - 20
7.62x39 - 23
17 HMR - 24
5.56 - 25
40 - 28
380 ACP - 30
38 SPL - 30
45ACP - 33
20 Ga. - 35
7.62x51 (.308) - 42
30 Carbine - 43
5.7 FN - 44
357 SIG - 50
10mm - 53
357 MAG - 54
44 MAG - 60
41 MAG - 63
12 Ga. - 70
410 Ga. - 73
30-06 - 75
30-30 - 79
10 Ga. - 90
300 AAC Blackout - 110
458 SOCOM - 250
50 BMG - 275
338 Lapua - 415

Some rounds have a huge range in price from the cheapest commonly available to the most exclusive; here's some examples:
You can find 12 gauge shells from 21 - 320 cents per shell; and 357 SIG ranged from 29 - 181 cents per shell, huge differences. The smallest variances in pricing was for 22 LR (3-6 cents per round), 9mm (16-22 cents per round), 17HMR (20-28 cents per round) and 7.62x39mm (17-25 cents per round). I didn't take into account the absolute cheapest or most expensive rounds (no blanks, no special loads or exotics; just the stuff that most people routinely shoot).

I hope someone finds this useful, happy shooting! :)

rsilvers November 27th, 2011 04:22 PM

How do you get 25 cents a round for 5.56mm?

The cheapest I know of is 35 cents a round. The median (50% above and below) has to be higher than 35 cents.

rsilvers November 27th, 2011 04:22 PM

300 AAC BLACKOUT UMC is $12.99 MSRP per box of 20.

Grrrr November 27th, 2011 04:37 PM

i pay right at .18/rd for 7.62x39

krashmania November 27th, 2011 04:41 PM

I noticed 7.62x54r, and 5.45x39 missing.
if I get a chance tonight, I'll look, at work tonight, but if someone else got these, it'd be great.
Not to sound pushy, just noticed these.

zombiehunter November 27th, 2011 04:47 PM


Originally Posted by rsilvers (Post 1378826)
How do you get 25 cents a round for 5.56mm?

The cheapest I know of is 35 cents a round. The median (50% above and below) has to be higher than 35 cents.

Median is the number in the middle when you line up all the data so you're right, 50% above and 50% of the data below but that data isn't necessarily distributed evenly.

Anyway, I don't know where you're buying ammo but I suggest googling better next time. Cabela's has brass case ammo for 26c and aimsurplus has steel case for 18-19c. Just two examples.

erwos November 27th, 2011 05:14 PM


Originally Posted by Grrrr (Post 1378850)
i pay right at .18/rd for 7.62x39

And it's corrosive, which is why "comparisons" like this that don't strictly delineate what the qualities of the ammo they're comparing are essentially worthless.

Just use,, or to make a decision when you need to buy.

Mark75H November 27th, 2011 06:34 PM

Exactly. I've seen 7.62x54r as cheap as 17 recently ... but it was corrosive. I've been able to find 54r one notch cheaper than 39 every time I compared the 2.

Deep Creek Rock November 27th, 2011 06:37 PM

$4.15 for 338 Lapua is a bit underpriced. More like $7.00 -$8.00 each pull of the trigger unless your handloading.

yellowsled November 27th, 2011 06:41 PM

this seems to be a good pricing website I use

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