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Ammo

Ammunition for every need possible

Webster’s Dictionary defines ammunition as “projectiles with fuses, propelling charges, or primers fired from guns." Here at Second Amendment Sports, we like to think of ammunition as something necessary for bagging that trophy buck, or getting that sub-moa pattern you have been seeking. Whether you need shot shells or any select items from our wide variety of cartridges and calibers, we take pride in offering a vast selection. We also carry clean range, or lead free ammunition, for those who shoot indoors at frequent intervals. With over 90 calibers available, we are sure to find ammo to fit your tastes.

In addition to military surplus ammunition, Second Amendment Sports offers top selling brands such as:

Which Type of Ammo do You Need?

Plinking Ammo
This class of ammo is great for shooting targets. You can shoot plinking ammo with very reasonable accuracy. It's cheaper than match grade, hunting, or self defense rounds, due to its simplicity. Shotshells are just lead shot, usually designated as "game and target" or "target load." Bullets for rifle and handgun are usually full metal jacket (FMJ) or "ball" ammo, lead round nose (LRN). Sinple components help keep the cost of the ammo down, as opposed to other types of bullets, which are made with ballistic tips, or made of tin, copper, bismuth, or tungsten. Plinking ammo comes in almost every caliber and gauge.

Lead Free
This terminology can be tricky! "Lead Free" can mean a few things: it can mean that you need bullets or shot made of something other than lead. "Lead free" can mean that the PRIMER is free of lead, also. Or, you can have a lead core bullet with a total metal jacket (TMJ) and a lead free primer so you have NO exposure.

To help with the distinction, ammo manufacturers have begun using terms such as "green" or "non-toxic" for ammo that just has lead free components. Typically, the application of use for lead free primers is use on enclosed ranges and/or use for instructional classes. The goal in using non-toxic or clean ammo is to reduce the amount of exposure to lead particulates for shooters and instructors. Hence, most lead free primers are offered in handgun calibers.

Lead free PROJECTILES are typically reserved for hunting. They can be bismuth, steel, or tungsten for shotshells. Federal law dictates that waterfowl hunting must be done with something other than lead. The idea is that shooting lead over water will contaminate dabbling ducks, if ingested. Additionally, if you are hunting in the Condor Region of California or Arizona, all rounds carried by hunters must be lead free rounds. Varmint, big game, small game, upland, or waterfowl must all be lead free --including the rounds you carry in your sidearm! Finally, the last application for non-lead rounds is self defense. The concept behind solids is that if the bullet is all copper, versus just lead with a copper jacket, there is no seperation between the jacket and the core of the bullet, thus providing maximum transfer of energy and penetration.

Big Game
Ammo designed to fly with the flattest trajectory, highest penetration, and highest accuracy. For game such as deer, elk, antelope, and moose, fused jacket bullets maintain controlled expansion, weight retention, and penetration. For shotguns, rifled slugs, sabot slugs, and buckshot are suitable for big game. You only want to cause enough trauma to dispatch the animal, but you don't want to obliterate it, since you usually want to preserve as much of the meat as possible. For extra large game like Cape Buffalo or elephant, a solid, heavy grain, non-expanding bullet is necessary to penetrate to vital organs. In California and Arizona, most big game can be harvested using 243 win and larger.

Small Game
Small game rounds are equally fast, but lighter than big game cartridges. Penetration on small animals does not require as much force as big game targets. Typical small game are squirrel, rabbit, coyote, and bobcat. .17 and .22 calibers are the most common cartridge sizes for small game. Shotguns are very effective at close ranges. The main objective in small game hunting is usually pest control, rather than a means of feeding your family. Therefore, preservation of meat is not a concern to the small game hunter. Rifle or handgun bullets are typically hollow point (HP) or Ballistic Tip. One manufacturer even loads its bullets with compressed powder contained in a copper jacket, ensuring devestation of its target.

Self Defense
Self defense usually applies to human attackers. In some instances, it may be malicious dogs, mountain lions, or snakes. These are usually handgun calibers ranging from .22 to .45. Self defense rounds almost always use jacketed hollow point bullets. Some bullets have gel balls in the tips to help ensure expansion of the bullet inside the target. One thing to remember about self defense rounds is that they have better quality assurance that they will go "bang," when you shoot them. Plinking rounds may contain a single dud in a box of 50 rounds, but self defense rounds are manufactured with your well being in mind. You cannot afford to have a dud, when you are fighting for your life!

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