Money-Saving Tips & Recommendations

Where to Buy Ammunition Online

I’ve been told there has been a big shortage of ammunition this year and many stores have sold out. With hunting season almost upon us, many are asking if they can buy ammunition online since their local retailers are out of stock. The answer: Yes, for most Americans over the age of 21, you can buy ammunition online (see restrictions below).

Some of the most popular retailers selling ammunition online are Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Lucky Gunner, and The Sportsman’s Guide. Each of these companies offer a large selection of rifle, shotgun, and pistol/handgun ammunition from many brand name manufacturers. Some brands are even sold at a considerable discount when purchased in bulk. These bulk ammo deals can also be found on domestic ammunition from Remington and from imported ammo manufacturers like Wolf, Silver Bear, and Brown Bear to name a few. Reloading supplies, reloaded bullets, specialty, and competitive grade ammunition can be purchased online as well.

I’ve linked some search results pages using our product comparison tool [no longer in service — please visit this Lucky Gunner page or Ammohead for in-stock bulk ammo sales sorted by caliber] for some popular shotgun, pistol and rifle ammunition options (sorted by caliber). Please note that at this time Cabela’s and The Sportsman’s Guide are not included in our product database and so their ammo results will not appear below. You can visit their pages on our site, though, for the latest Cabela’s coupon codes and Sportsman’s Guide coupon codes and then shop their extensive ammo selections directly.

Shotgun Shells

  • 12 gauge
  • 20 gauge
  • 28 gauge
  • 410 gauge

Rifle Ammunition

  • .22 ammo
  • .223 ammo (5.56)
  • .243 ammo
  • .270 ammo
  • .30-06 ammo
  • .30-30 ammo
  • 7.62×39 ammo

Pistol/Handgun Ammunition

  • .25 ammo
  • .357 ammo
  • .38 ammo
  • .40 S&W ammo
  • .44 ammo
  • .45 ammo
  • 9mm ammo

Other retailers selling ammunition online and not mentioned above include the following:

Ammunition Restrictions: Be sure to check with your state laws and local ordinances before ordering ammunition online since some prohibit the shipment of ammunition into their boundaries. Federal law requires that ammunition buyers be at least 18 years old to buy shotgun ammunition and 21 years old to buy handgun and rifle ammunition. There is no need to have a Federal Firearms License (FFL) to purchase ammunition online.

On a personal note, I also recommend that when you order ammunition online you make sure someone responsible is available when it is delivered to ensure that the ammunition is properly secured and does not end up in the wrong hands. For added safety, I also recommend storage in a gun safe (see my post on buying a gun safe online).

Updated 20-Feb-2013, 31-Oct-2015 and 03-Apr-2018.


  1. Allen Gibbs on March 30, 2010 at 5:10 am

    I am looking for ammo for a 5mm remington rifle, can you help me?

  2. Will on November 14, 2010 at 11:29 am

    You can buy ammunition (including reloads) handguns, rifles, shotguns, knives, reloading equipment, and other firearm/shooting/hunting related items from our site

  3. Ginny Crandall on January 13, 2011 at 11:31 am

    There are a lot of different places online to buy ammo. Thanks for this post with the links, though, they really help and are a great place to start. Thanks for all your help!

  4. buy ammo online on September 20, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Thank you for adding your personal note, making sure that someone responsible will be home that can receive the ammo when it is delivered. As we all know with all the crazy stuff going on in schools and throughout the nation, too many times ammo and guns end up in the wrong hands. Seriously, safety first.

  5. Uzag on April 5, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Awesome things here. I’m very glad to see your post. Thanks a lot.

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