4 Simple Ways to Lower Your Ammo Costs
Shooting is, unfortunately, an expensive hobby. The guns themselves are expensive enough, but paying for ammo every time you go to the range, head out to hunt, or have another opportunity to use your gun can be crushingly difficult. If you’re struggling with the rising cost of ammunition, consider these simple tips to lighten the load on your wallet.
1. Try reloading. Reloading your ammunition means taking all that brass you’ve probably had to pick up at the end of your experience anyway and taking the time to refill it so that it can be used again. While the initial setup may be expensive, reloading gives you the opportunity to save quite a bit of money over time, especially if you’re regularly reusing your brass and not buying that particular component. The only downside to reloading your ammo is time: it is a time-consuming process, so you’ll want to be sure you have the additional room in your schedule to take care of it.
2. Engage in dry practice. While dry practice isn’t quite the same as actually shooting your gun, it can give you the opportunity to practice the mechanics of shooting without having to actually use large quantities of ammunition. Even if you’re using dry practice techniques, always treat your gun as though it’s loaded: never point it at another individual or, for that matter, at anything you wouldn’t be willing to put a hole through.
3. Buy in bulk. While you can’t get ammunition off the shelf in most gun stores any cheaper when you buy in large quantities, buying online in bulkcan offer the opportunity for substantial savings. Save up until you have the funds for a substantial order: the larger the order, the more your ultimate savings will be, especially since you’ll typically only have to pay for shipping once per order instead of by weight. Whether you’re stocking for a potential bad situation that will require you to have a great deal of ammunition on hand or simply planning to keep enough on hand for a visit to the range, you might as well go ahead and buy in bulk at lower prices: you’ll use it eventually.
4. Practice with cheaper ammunition. The bullets that go in your carry gun don’t have to be the same ones that you practice with! Instead, choose to practice with lower-quality ammunition to save a little in your pocketbook. This is particularly important if you’re practicing with friends or are planning to spend a long time on the range for recreation purposes instead of just putting a few rounds through to practice: the more you’re shooting, the more you’ll save with inexpensive ammunition.
Saving money on your ammunition is a serious concern for many gun-carrying members of the population. From the ammo that’s actually in your gun when you carry it on a daily basis to the ammo that you use to practice, those costs can add up fast! Taking advantage of money-saving opportunities allows you to shoot more often, and that’s an advantage that can’t be ignored.