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We carry a full line-up of 9x19 ammo for sale, including full metal jacket rounds for training and jacketed hollow point rounds for self-defense. you might know, 9mm goes by a number of different names but all refer to the same NATO-standardized cartridge. Some of those other names include:
- 9mm luger ammunition, 9x19 ammunition, 9mm NATO ammo, 9mm Parabellum
When most folks say "types", they are generally referring to the bullet that's loaded into the 9x19 cartridge. There are a lot of different bullet types used but predominantly, you'll want to know the difference between full metal jacket (FMJ) and jacketed hollow point (JHP).
9mm FMJ ammo is sometimes referred to as "ball ammo" because the round is designed to remain intact and won't expand upon impact with the target. These bullets aren't particularly sophisticated and are generally cheap enough that shooters use them for range training. Full metal jacket ammo is ideal for buying in bulk.
Jacketed hollow points are typically much more sophisticated. Ammo manufacturers spill lots of money into the research and development of these loads and typically, this is what you'll want to use when your life depends upon the ammo. These loads are designed to expand upon impact with a soft target. That means you are looking to inflict maximum damage on the target in order to neutralize a threat. Typically, hollow point ammunition is what police officers use on-duty.
Today, 9mm is the most popular caliber in the world, still used by the militaries of hundreds of countries and relied upon by millions of American civilians as their go-to caliber for self-defense. Many concealable pistols can easily handle 12-15 rounds of 9mm, making it superior to larger calibers when it comes to the number of rounds you can comfortably carry with one magazine. You'll generally find the rounds available in reloadable brass cases or in steel-cases. The steel-cased 9mm ammunition is especially common from Russian manufacturers like Wolf and Tula.
A partnership of both Smith & Wesson and Winchester led to the development of .40 Smith & Wesson ammunition with the round making its debut in 1990. Introduced as a round that could nearly replicate the performance of the 10mm round that was used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the time in a smaller package, the round packs more muzzle velocity into a package that’s nearly as small as a 9mm cartridge.
Generally, shooters will prefer to fire full metal jacket (FMJ) rounds for range training. These rounds have a bullet that is not designed to expand upon impact with a target. Because they are relatively unsophisticated in their design, these “ball” rounds are generally cheaper than the projectiles that are used for self-defense.
For self-defense, look for jacketed hollow point (JHP) .40 S&W ammo. Rounds like Federal’s HST ammo, Remington’s Golden Saber or Winchester’s Defender series are all good choices for shooters looking for defensive ammunition.
180-grain is generally considered the standard weight for 40 Smith & Wesson bullets but you’ll also find .40 S&W ammo in-stock in 165-grain weights often as well. Of course, the 165-grain bullet travels faster than the 180-grain bullet and many shooters believe a 165 grain 40 S&W has lighter recoil, allowing for faster retargeting after firing.
John Browning developed the 45 automatic colt pistol, or 45 ACP cartridge in 1904 for use in what would become his iconic 1911 pistol. The design has its roots dating back to the 1890's. At that point in time, the United States Calvary was testing various handgun calibers and determined that there was no caliber on the market large enough to take down the most determined of threats. Eventually, they would give up their 38 special firearms and ammunition in favor of handguns chambered in 45 ACP.
Famed for its longevity and performance, the 38 SPL cartridge is one that's especially associated with revolvers today. Smith and Wesson introduced 38 Special to the world in 1898 and today, you'll find formidable loads at cheap prices made by big names like Federal, Winchester, Hornady and more.
We carry a full line of 38 special with more than a dozen different bullet types. Full metal jacket or lead round nose rounds are very popular for range training. More particular shooters will want to go with a wadcutter load. These wadcutter bullets are particularly good at punching precise holes in paper and are quite popular among competitive shooters where scoring zones are of the utmost importance. Of course, if you carry a 38 special for protection, you'll likely want to pick up hollow point rounds of some kind. These bullets expand upon impact with a soft target, doing the maximum amount of damage and giving you the best chance at neutralizing a threat. +P ammunition is very common among 38 special loads and you'll find increased pressure affords shooters about 20% more muzzle energy than standard loads in the caliber.
Compared to many other popular pistol rounds, the .357 Magnum is actually relatively new to the market. Introduced in 1934, the .357 Mag outperformed the vast majority of old revolver cartridges then in use by law enforcement and quickly became a favorite among police officers due to its impressive performance. Though mostly retired from police work due to the rise of semiautomatic handguns in that field, .357 Magnum ammo is still widely used for target shooting, concealed carry, home defense, and occasionally (and somewhat anachronistically) cowboy action shooting. The versatility of this cartridge means that many different types of .357 Mag ammo are available. Low-powered action and target shooting loads are designed to aid with rapid, accurate fire against paper or steel targets. Defensive jacketed hollow point (JHP) ammo is typically of medium power and designed to keep recoil and blast to a reasonable level while still achieving strong terminal performance; full metal jacket (FMJ) and lead round nose (LRN) ammo provides a cheaper, similar-handling alternative for training. The most powerful loads are often soft points are optimized for hunting applications where the fragmentation produced by a JHP would be unwelcome but high diameter expansion is crucial. 38 special rounds can also be safely fired from a .357 revolver.
The hard hitting (and hard kicking) .44 Remington Magnum, or ".44 Mag" for short, is a highly effective cartridge that finds most of its practical use in hunting. Based on a high pressure loading of the .44 Special developed by Elmer Keith, the .44 Mag differs from its predecessor in its use of a longer case. Much as the .357 Magnum has a longer case than the .38 Special, this feature serves to prevent magnum rounds from being usable in .44 Special guns not designed for the added pressure. The S&W Model 29 (introduced in 1956) and the Ruger Blackhawk (introduced later that year) were notable early revolvers chambered for this caliber; long guns from Ruger and Marlin followed.
There are many different types of .44 Magnum ammo available. Most fire bullets in the 240-300 grain range, with heavier game requiring heavier projectiles to achieve sufficient penetration. Muzzle velocities for .44 Magnum ammunition typically fall in the range of 1,200 to 1,500 feet per second. The high caliber of the .44 Mag helps ensure excellent expansion and solid close range performance against deer, boar, elk and other animals. It should be noted that bullet selection for this caliber depends partly on the firearm used. Soft point projectiles expand more reliably and perform better when fired from long guns, while jacketed hollow points are better used in revolvers. Bullet choice also varies with the terrain the user will be facing; for heavily wooded areas where shots may be taken through light barriers at close range, heavy, flat-nosed bullets are better. On the other end of the spectrum, polymer-tipped projectiles like those found in Hornady Leverevolution ammunition deliver strong accuracy and terminal performance even at extended ranges.
.223 Remington Ammunition is basically the civilian version of the military's 5.56x45 cartridge. An excellent round for plinking, self-defense, or varmint hunting, AR-15 shooters love 223 ammo because it's largely available and provides very little recoil.
Fittingly, Remington developed the 223 Rem cartridge in 1964 to slide in between the smaller .222 Remington cartridge and the slightly larger .222 Remington Magnum round. Once fired by the public, it was clear the benefits of this cartridge were highly valued and 223 Remington continues to be one of the most popular rounds available today.
.223 bullets come primarily in FMJ (full metal jacket) and HP (hollow point). For range use, you’re likely to prefer FMJ rounds as these bullets are typically the cheapest ammo available and will reliably feed, fire, and punch holes in any piece of paper you can place down range. For hunting and defense situations, you will likely want to find a dependable hollow point or specialty round, like these rounds from Wolf. In both the case of FMJ and HP/JHP rounds, you can find bullets equipped with a boat tail that provides additional stability to the projectile while it soars toward your target.
As far as bullet weight, we carry a huge variety of in-stock 55 grain (including M193) and 62 grain (including M855) loaded rifle cartridges. Additionally, you'll find some of the less popular fringe weights on both the higher and lower ends of the spectrum. Look for 77 grain bullets and those as light as 35 grain for sale here on our site.
Hunters will likely also want to take note of other specialty bullets such as PSP (pointed soft point) and SP (soft point) that can give you increased performance in self-defense or hunting situations. Winchester’s Ranger .223 ammunition is a good example of this type of specialty bullet.
While there is some evidence that steel-cased rounds can cause more wear and tear on your rifle than brass-cased rounds, typically the price difference will make up for the cost of barrel replacement or maintenance. (Typically, steel cased rounds are cheaper than brass, which may allow you more time at the range for your money, even if you take into account replacement barrels and other expenses of that sort).
While similar, the two rounds aren’t the same and shouldn’t be treated as interchangeable. While you can safely fire .223 Remington Ammo from a firearm chambered in 5.56x45 NATO, it doesn’t work both ways. In other words, you shouldn’t fire 5.56 in your rifle if it is chambered for .223. Basically, 5.56 is loaded at higher pressures than .223 and using the 5.56 in your AR-15 could lead to a catastrophic failure and serious injury.
5.56x45 NATO Ammo
5.56x45 ammo derived from the .222 cartridge and was officially adopted as the standardized NATO round in 1963. Essentially, 5.56x45 as a caliber came into being because the military was using 7.62x51 and critics believed the larger round was too powerful for light service rifles, leading to rough recoil and a slower than desired rate of fire in military service rifles. Today, the NATO standard cartridge is designated as “M855”.
The majority of 5.56x45 rounds sold today are full metal jacket (FMJ) or full metal jacket boat-tail cartridges. Incredibly fast, with a muzzle velocity that’s generally more than 3,000 feet per second, you’ll find 5.56 ammo with a 62-grain projectile as well as lighter rounds with a common 55-grain bullet. In either case, you can expect muzzle energy to be in the ballpark of 1,300-foot pounds.
While the civilian .223 Remington round is very similar, it is not the same as 5.56x45 ammunition. The two cartridges are loaded to different pressures when adhering to SAAMI (Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute) specifications. Because of that difference in pressure, you may run into trouble if you elect to fire 5.56x45mm NATO rounds from a chamber with a shorter .223 Remington.
308 Winchester Ammunition is a simply called “308 ammo” by most rifle shooters today and is among the most popular rounds used by American hunters.
An American-designed rifle cartridge without a rim, .308 ammunition is the commercial or civilian version of the NATO 7.62x51 round. Introduced in the 1950’s, 308 Winchester rounds are most frequently used by hunters but a growing tactical crowd is adopting the powerful caliber for use in carbines and other self-defense platforms.
That's a very common question among shooters. The short answer is that you can fire 7.62x51 rounds in a .308 rifle safely but it's not suggested that you fire .308 ammo in a 7.62x51mm rifle.
The .308 civilian firearm evolved from the military 7.62x51 rifle. In fact, the 308 Winchester made its debut two years after NATO adopted the 7.62x51mm rifle for its military purposes. While the cartridges are very similar, there are some subtle differences that may play a role in how comfortable you feel using them interchangeably. The image below illustrates those differences and what it might mean for you as a serious shooter.
Traditionally, shooters will use the full metal jacket (FMJ) rounds of .308 at the shooting range for target practice. Common FMJ .308 ammo is typically available in bulk here at BulkAmmo.com. PMC’s .308 Win Ammo is a popular choice for plinking or range use.
More elaborate bullets or projectiles are available for hunters or match-grade shooters. These cartridges feature expanding hollow points or soft points that can do significant damage with their target. Shooters looking for match-precision will most likely be interested in rounds containing the highest quality components like Federal’s Sierra Match King, a round that features a hollow point boat-tail bullet along with exceptional performance and incredible accuracy. Remington is one of the more popular manufacturers of 308 hunting ammo and their Core-Lokt bullet is a very well-known choice for American whitetail deer hunters.