If you’re going to buy ammunition for your handgun or rifle, buying bulk ammo is a great idea because doing so ensures that you have ammo whenever you need it, ensures that you have an ample supply in case of a government-dictated gun and ammo ban, and saves you money in the long run. And with increasing sales of firearms and ammo in recent years and a current average of more than 10 million guns being sold in the U.S. per year for hunting, sport or home protection purposes, there is a corresponding plethora of sources for bulk ammo.
Storing Bulk Ammo for the Long Haul
If you don’t have any ammo in your possession, of course you’re not going to be able to do much with your gun. Purchasing ammo in bulk, however, would likely mean that you wouldn’t have to ever worry about having to deal with this kind of scenario. Once you have purchased bulk ammo, the first thing you must address is how to store it. In order to store bulk ammo safely you must keep it in a clean, dry place that is protected from the elements. You can also store your ammo in an ammo box inside a gun safe. The gun safe is a locked box that protects your ammo from moisture, dust and other elements. Bulk ammo can be stored safely for six to 18 months.
The Government May Limit Gun and Ammo Sales
Some gun owners fear that the federal government as well as state and local governments may, in the near future, pass regulations restricting the purchase of guns and ammo. Gun owners fear that such laws would limit the number of guns and amount of ammo they can buy. If these new laws are enacted, you want to have plenty of ammo stored away. So, buying bulk ammo would give you a healthy stockpile just in case you need it. Presently, there are no federal, state or local laws on the books that restrict the amount of ammo or the number of guns you can purchase.
Buying in Bulk Saves You Money
The cost of ammo varies depending on the caliber and type of gun you have. Ammo for a handgun costs less than ammo for a rifle or shotgun. For instance, ammo for 45-caliber automatic handgun rounds cost on average of about $35 for one box and $23 per box if purchased in bulk. Meanwhile, the cost of a Remmington Centerfire Rifle Cartridge is about $30 for one box and $29 per box if you purchase in bulk. Most online stores and local gun shops and some big-box stores such as Walmart offer discounts on bulk ammo purchases. An ammo purchase of 10 boxes or more is considered a bulk ammo purchase.
Where to Purchase Bulk Ammo
If you are looking to purchase bulk ammo, you can go to your local gun dealer, Walmart or an online merchant. Ammo can also be purchased in bulk at gun and ammo trade shows, gun auctions and from private individuals. Some states have laws that prohibit their residents from purchasing guns and ammo from out-of-state dealers and online merchants. If you are considering purchasing a gun from an out-of-state dealer, check your state and local laws. Also, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recommends that you purchase your ammo and from a federally licensed dealer that has passed ATF compliance inspections. Additionally, keep in mind that, according to federal gun laws, you must be at least 21 years of age to purchase large quantities of ammo.