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Rifle Ammo For Sale at the Right Prices

Restocking your rifle cabinet with the best ammunition can be a pricy process. You demand top quality, but also don't want to break the bank. Finding the right balance between dependable rifle ammunition and affordability can be tough, especially if you prefer to buy rifle ammo online. Hinterland Outfitters, the online leader in hunting gear and outdoor accessories, has a great selection of rifle ammo for sale – and you'll love our low prices.

Our rifle ammo makes up just one corner of the complete Hinterland Outfitters online ammo store - we also carry shotgun ammunition, pistol ammunition, and even blanks & dummies. From hunting small game to regular trips to the shooting range, you need to make sure your rifle ammunition performs up to standards – and if it exceeds typical firearms benchmarks, that's even better!

Factors to Consider When Buying Rifle Ammunition

There are many factors to consider when selecting from the many different types of rifle ammo for sale on the market today. We hope that you'll find the information below helpful in making your choice.

Anatomy of a Rifle Cartridge

  • Bullet: The bullet is the part of the cartridge that strikes the target.
  • Neck: Holds the bullet in place and aligns the rifling
  • Case: A brass or steel shell for the bullet, powder and primer.
  • Powder: It can be either spherical or extruded, and ranges in burn rate from fast to slow, depending on the bullet weight, case capacity, and shape of the case.
  • Primer: Composed of a cup, anvil, and a small charge of explosive compound, primers come in several sizes, as well as some with longer burning flames.

Rifle Bullet Types and Shapes

  • Spitzer: A pointed bullet that is more streamlined than a round-nose, but structurally less strong. Most bullets designed for us at long range are spitzers, as are most military bullets.
  • Round-Nose: A bullet with a blunt nose, round nose bullets are typically used on dangerous game cartridges and on bullets used in rifles with tubular magazines.
  • Semi-Spitzer: A shape that falls in-between a spitzer and round-nose, combining the advantages and disadvantages of both.
  • Boat-Tail: A bullet whose base tapers toward the bottom, like a boat's stern when viewed from above.
  • Rebated Boat-Tail: A boat-tail bullet that curves inward leads to a base that is much smaller in diameter, making it more streamline than a simple boat-tail.
  • Very Low Drag (VLD): This type of rifle ammo is the most extreme type of bullet streamlining. It features a very sharp point with a long taper and rebated boat-tail.
  • Other bullet types and tip shapes include the Full Metal Jacket, Soft Point, Hollow Point, Flat Nose, Wadcutter and Semi-Wadcutter.

Rifle Ammunition Velocity - The velocity of a rifle cartridge is the speed of a bullet at the moment it leaves the muzzle of a gun. A faster-burning propellant may accelerate a lighter projectile to higher speeds if the same amount of propellant is used. The lower the grain size of the bullet, the faster the bullet velocity. Rifle ammunition has a much higher velocity than handgun ammunition, ranging from 390 fps up to 5600 fps.

Rifle Ammunition Grain - The grain is a measure of weight for rifle bullets. The heavier the grain, the bigger the bullet. Bullet grain will also have a direct effect on the bullet's velocity, meaning the bigger the grain of a bullet, the slower velocity it will have. The 50 BMG, for example, has bullet grains that will go up to 650 grains!

Match Grade Rifle Ammunition - These are cartridges that utilize higher quality components, including the brass, bullets, powders and primers. These types of cartridges are loaded with strict specification, and are closely monitored and often hand inspected by the manufacturer for quality insurance. Match grade ammunition is often the most accurate type and expensive type rounds, and is used by most competition shooters.

Firearm Applications – Figuring Out Your Primary Rifle Usage

People use rifles for all sorts of activities. Analyzing your own personal usage habits will help determine which type of rifle ammo you should buy. Here are just some of the different ways people utilize their rifles:

Hunting Rifle Calibers

For many outdoor enthusiasts, life isn't the same without their rifle at the ready. Keeping varmints under control, stalking big game, you name it – rifles are popular for their portability and considerable range & power. Doing some extra research with your ammo purchase – which types of ammo are ideal for bringing down certain kinds of prey – is highly recommended.

There are almost as many options about what the best cartridges out there are as there are hunters. Many new hunters are given ill-informed advice from friends and family on what the best option is for the hunting application. Hinterland Outfitters is here to help decide on what will be the most effective round for your hunting needs.

Here are a few of the most popular rifle calibers for the type of game you might be hunting:

  • Small Game: Species include cottontail rabbits, squirrels, rodents and prairie dogs. These rifle calibers are light recoiling and easy on the wallet. Rimfire rounds are the perfect choice for hunting this type of game. These calibers can also be used on short-range varmints. .22 Long Rifle, .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire (WMR), .17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire (HMR) are excellent rifle ammunition choices for this application.
  • Varmints: Species would include coyotes, foxes, bobcats, racoons and feral hogs. These rifle rounds are long-range, flat-shooting, hyper-accurate calibers with lighter recoil. .223 Remington, .220 Swift, .22/250 Remington,.204 Ruger are great ammo choices for varmint hunting.
  • Medium-Sized Game: Wolves, whitetail deer, hogs, mule deer, etc. Heavier bullets than straight varmint rounds are required for hunting medium-sized game, which make the following calibers a popular choice for deer hunters: 6mm Remington, .257 Roberts,.243 Winchester
  • Large or Dangerous Game: Species include moose, brown bear, elk and buffalo. These are large, hard-hitting rifle calibers capable of taking down larger game; that being said, they can also create a big recoil, making them sometimes unpleasant to shoot. Recommended rifle ammo rounds for large game would include .338 Winchester Magnum, .338 Remington Ultra Magnum, .300 Weatherby Magnum, .325 Winchester Short Magnum (WSM).

Sport/Target Shooting Rifle Calibers

Shooting ranges are one of the best places to hone your rifle skills. Sportsmen clubs, outdoor organizations and other establishments typically offer some type of range for shooting rifles. You might not know it, but rifle shooting has been a staple at the modern Olympic Games! If you're looking to improve your rifle shooting skills, it's a good idea to conduct practice sessions with different ammo to get a feel for accuracy.

Like hunting rifle calibers, choosing the right caliber for target and sport shooting can be daunting. Knock down power and grain size is not as important when trying to decide on the best caliber to shoot. Rimfire and centerfire rounds are both extremely popular with target shooters, with the .22 Long Rifle still being one of the more prevalent target shooting rounds. Enthusiasts love this rifle caliber because the rounds are cheap to shoot, have little recoil and it's a great caliber to train with. Rimfire rifle calibers are also a great choice for beginners who are looking to learn the fundamentals of shooting and firearm safety before stepping up into bigger centerfire rifle calibers, while long range and precision shooters prefer a flat shooting round with a high velocity for precise accuracy. Some of these rifle calibers have an effective range of over 1600 meters, with the 338 Lapua, .50 BMG and the newer 6.5 Creedmoor being very popular with long range target shooters.

Great ammunition choices for target shooting rounds include.22 Long Rifle, .22 Winchester Short Magnum, .223 Remington/5.56 NATO, .308 Winchester/7.62 NATO.

Options for long range shooting ranges include .338 Lapua Magnum, .300 Winchester Magnum, 6.5 Creedmoor, .260 Remington,.50 BMG.

Home Defense

Keeping a rifle handy in the home gun cabinet brings extra peace of mind – and unquestioned security – to any homestead. Rifles are popular with homeowners as versatile, affordable defense mechanisms. The AR-15 is by far the most popular rifle used by people for home protection and personal defense, which typically shoots .223 Remington/5.56 NATO ammo. However, many people feel this round is too powerful to use within a household and worry about over-penetration, which leads to converting these rifles to shoot a smaller rifle caliber. Some will also use frangible bullets, which are designed to disintegrate upon striking a hard surface.

Collector's Value

Aside from the many benefits that stem from rifle ownership, here's another one to consider: an investment option! From an ammo perspective, some classic bullets and rare calibers demand top dollar.

Which Rifle Ammo Is Right for Me?

Like many other preferences with outdoor gear, the trial and error method is a surefire way to find exactly the type of rifle ammo you need. Rarely does a rifle shooter find their preferred ammo right away, but with all the great choices available, you'll have plenty of chances to eventually settle on your favorite.

Remember the three Cs when purchasing your rifle ammo:

  • Caliber: From .17 Hornet to .375 Ruger to 8mm Mauser rifle ammo, make sure your rifle accommodates a given caliber. For more information, consult your firearms owner's manual.
  • Control. When you're shooting a rifle, accuracy is everything. Find which ammo gives you optimal control and accuracy. We recommend trying a few different types of rifle ammo at shooting ranges. Some people prefer different kinds of ammo configurations (hollow-point tips, metal bullets, etc.), but at the end of the day, the most important opinion is yours!
  • Confidence. Buying rifle ammo online shouldn't be a hassle. It's an important decision, and you should be able to make your purchase confidently, knowing that you've bought the right ammo for the right rifle application.

The Best Rifle Ammo for Sale Online & Much More

As one of the most reputable online firearms dealers, our selection of rifle ammo and other gear offers a one-stop shopping experience for all of your outdoor needs. When it comes to buying rifle online, we want you to feel knowledgeable about your purchase as well. We've provided an ever-growing online knowledge base to benefit our customers — check out our Online Buying Guide for handguns, pistols, rifles and other firearms.

From hunting apparel to camping accessories, archery supplies to firearms parts – regardless of your outdoor gear needs, we have you covered. Our customer service record speaks for itself, and our knowledgeable associates are always here to help you find ammo, answer any questions you have, offer advice, and more. We believe that responsible gun ownership is an integral part of the American experience – and also essential to many of the freedoms we enjoy today. Check out our financing programs for a flexible, affordable way to own a firearm, and join the fast-growing community of regulars who've become satisfied customers!

For any questions you may have about buying rifle ammo online, please feel free to call our customer service team at 877-446-8370 or send us an email using our contact page.

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