Buying bullets is an expense that can add up quickly, especially if you’re an avid shooter. Fortunately, there are several ways to save money on bullets, so that you don’t have to limit time spent on your hobby or re-allocate money from another area of your budget. Here are three great ways to save money on ammunition:
Roll Your Own Ammo
You can save as much as 50% on ammunition by handloading it. You’ll have to buy the equipment for reloading your own ammo, but it will save you money in the long-run. Rolling your own ammo comes with additional benefits as well, such as easier access to odd bullet sizes, the ability to create special bullets that can’t be found elsewhere, and more accurate loads. You can also increase the velocity of the bullets when you roll your own ammo.
With so many benefits, it’s hard to believe rolling your own ammunition is cheaper than buying it factory-made. However, not everyone will have the interest in rolling ammo and will still prefer buying from a factory. There is a learning curve to overcome as well.
Check for Discounts and Sales
Another way to save money on bullets is to check for discounts and sales. This tip seems obvious, but many gun enthusiasts forget to look for discounts before placing an ammo order. Go to back county general stores and local gun shops to search for old ammunition that’s been sitting around. The price will usually be a good deal. Big stores like Walmart and Dick’s sometimes run sales on bullets too, so check there and stock up whenever ammunition is on sale.
Turn in Used Cartridges and Shell Hulls at a Scrap Metal Yard
Don’t throw out or leave behind your used cartridges and shell hulls. Scrap metal collection facilities will pay you to turn them in. Steel and aluminum cartridge cases can be exchanged for money at scrap metal yards too. You obviously aren’t going to earn thousands of dollars recycling your used cartridges, cases, and shell hulls, but the extra cash is still nice. You can put it toward buying new ammunition, dinner at your favorite restaurant, or whatever else you desire.
Because the prices of bullets is steadily increasing, you should implement the above tips for saving money on ammunition. Always stock up when you find a sale. It’s nice to always have bullets on hand when you’re itching to go hunting or target practice. Also get into the habit of collecting your used cartridge cases and shell hulls to exchange for cash at a scrap metal business. If you’re up to it, start rolling your own ammo. You may find that it’s an enjoyable activity and improves your accuracy because you can customize bullets as needed.