We’ve been waiting a loooong time for 5.56 ammo prices to fall back down to pre-Newtown levels, but it looks like we’re finally getting close. Case in point: steel-cased 5.56 plinking ammo can now be found at less than $300 per thousand before shipping. AIM Surplus currently has scads of steel-cased Wolf on hand for $.29 a round plus shipping. This isn’t the pre-Newtown cost of $.22 per round, but it will get you back practicing run-and-gun drills without breaking the bank . . .
I’ve shot mountains of Wolf and Tula over the years; it’s not terribly accurate but it’s totally reliable. I can’t recommend it for target or varmint shooting, but for quick offhand shooting out to 100 yards only a pro like Larry Vickers or Jerry Miculek will notice the diminished accuracy.
The better news for most shooters is that better brass-cased 5.56 from PMC and other manufacturers can be had for an extra $.06 per round.
Why is the price dipping a little bit right now? It could have something to do with the unusually crappy winter weather we’re having, or the all-corruption Sochi Olympics keeping people glued to their TVs. Whatever the specific reason, demand seems a little bit off right now because this just isn’t the best time of the year for most of us to go shooting.
And while we’re all celebrating, Atlantic Firearms has ATI Omni reinforced-polymer ARs (the whole gun) for under $600. A new AR and a thousand rounds of ammo for about $1000 including shipping? If you’ve been frugal during this post-Newtown panic and you need an AR, this is a great time to pat yourself on the back and tool up.