We’ve all been there. We have spent a lot of money on a new, exciting gun, are still eyeing some extra magazines and a good optic, and are quickly running out of cash. So, where do you skimp? For most people, it is on ammo. Sure, we have all been there, looking for the cheapest rounds we can find so we can get out on the range for the least amount of money. And, we have also heard how this can be a mistake and not be good for our firearms. Is it true?
Well, We are going to tackle that subject today. There are a lot of “cheap” ammo options out there that can offer really good performance and a lot of bang for your buck. Let’s get one point out in the open first. Just because ammo is affordable does not mean it is “cheap.” This can cut both ways. Some companies can make some really good ammo for a low price, and some ammo can be so bad that it is not worth any price you pay for it.
As we all know, this is very easy to say, but how do you prove it? Well, let’s dive in and take a close, technical look at some “cheap” ammo options I have tried and see how they stack up. I selected several types of .223/5.56 ammo from TULAmmo, Freedom Munitions, Armscor, PMC Bronze and Fiocchi. All the loads came out to less than 25 cents a round. Let’s take a close look and see how they all stack up.