Ammo Subscription Review: Monthly Ammo Box Goodness

Want more ammo to shoot, keep, or…bury in the backyard?

But you can’t afford to buy 1000’s of rounds at a time?

That’s where a monthly ammo subscription like the aptly named Ammo Subscription comes in.

Ammo Subscription, 9mm and .223
Ammo Subscription, 9mm and .223

I’ll walk you through how they shoot, a strip-down of the components, and most importantly…does it make financial sense.

Background of Ammo Subscription

I was asked by the owner, Tanner, to try out some of his ammo.  I got on the phone with him and even met up with him at SHOT Show 2017.

Super nice guy who came up with the idea after finding out his wife never ran out of home supplies because…she had a monthly subscription.

Thus, Ammo Subscription was born.

Also, he’s down to get tasered for his craft.  So that’s some brownie points right there…

Aaaand, did I mention everything is veteran owned?

How It Shoots

Ammo Subscription Test Pistols
Ammo Subscription Test Pistols

Three words…it shoots fine.  It ran in all my guns…even my finicky competition 1911 9mm’s.

.223’s ran in all my AR’s too.

Correct power factor for regular ammo and not too dirty to boot.

I wouldn’t hesitate to use it as my plinking ammo.

Now let’s take stuff apart…

Loading Components

So Ammo Subscription keeps their prices low since they reload their ammunition.

They get previously fired brass from ranges, bring it back to spec, and make their own ammunition from new primers, bullets, and powder.

If you look closely you can see the different “headstamps” of the brass.  Nothing weird that stands out…I use this hodgepodge of brands to reload my own ammo.

Ammo Subscription at the Range
Ammo Subscription at the Range

I’ve gone through and taken apart a bunch of 9mm and .223’s to see how in-spec they are…

9mm Reloads

I randomly chose 10 9mm rounds and measured the overall length (OAL).  They were all within .0015″ of the average 1.115″ which works fine for 9mm.

9mm OAL
9mm OAL

Next was powder and I found the average to be 4.8 grains with a rougly .1 gr variance.  For scale…1 lb is 7000 grains so it’s all good.

9mm Powder
9mm Powder

Lastly, I checked the weights of the projectiles and found them all to be within .1 gr of 115 gr.

9mm Bullets
9mm Bullets

All in all…they do a better job in variance than I do for my own reloads.

.223 Reloads

Now onto the same thing for .223 rounds.  First…the OAL.  Slightly more variance but I found the average to be 2.211″ which works fine.

223 OAL
223 OAL

An extra step I do for all my .223 reloads is to see if it passes the chamber check.  This means that it will safely fit in mil-spec chambers without a hitch.

I’m glad to say the randomly selected ones do.

223 Chamber Check
223 Chamber Check

Powder was on point with .1 gr variance of the 24.0 average.

223 Powder
223 Powder

And the bullets were fine too at a 55 gr average.

Looks like they are cannelure (ridges on the side) with lead core exposed on the bottom.  What I use for my plinking .223 reloads.

223 Bullets
223 Bullets

Same conclusion here…better than what I can do with reloading on my own.

Economics

So does it make sense to have a monthly ammo subscription?

They cover the most common handgun calibers: 9mm, .40, and .45 plus .223 for rifle.  Chances are you’ll get what you want there.

Looking at the prices as of handgun on 2/12/2017:

Handgun Ammo Prices
Handgun Ammo Prices

$10 a box of 9mm is pretty good…on par with a good deal on bulk ammo

But, unless you can shell out $200 at a time for 1000 rounds though, you’re stuck buying several boxes at a time (at a higher price) or even worse…buying at the range which will charge 50-100% more.

So Ammo Subscription makes sense if you want to have a lot of ammo, but can maybe only afford a couple boxes a month.

One thing to look out for is shipping.  It comes out to be ~$20/month to ship one box of 9mm.  So don’t do that.

Renewal Time
Renewal Time

I’d recommend getting a couple (2-5 boxes) a month OR spacing it out on a longer duration (every 2 or 3 months).

Deals

The price is already pretty good if you’re smart about the number of boxes and duration.

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WildBillOH
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^ 9mm prices. I just bought 2 more boxes of the Monarch .40 S&W (Brass) for $25.98 ($12.99 per box of 50), to my door.

WildBillOH
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Hey Eric, I just tweeted at you, after reading this article. I checked out the site and their prices, but the shipping cost ends up making it more expensive than other options I’ve found online. I use wikiarms alot to search for bulk pricing and honestly still can’t find a better deal than Academy.com when you factor in their free shipping (and no tax unless TX). I routinely order as little as 2 boxes of ammo at a time, and with free ship/no tax it beats anything I can find locally. Their house brand (Monarch) in brass (Serbia) is pretty… Read more »
DGee
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What a great idea! Priced look great and it would’ve worked out real well however shipping to CA was double the cost of the ammo.

Evan
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Not to say that their ammo is or isn’t good, haven’t shot it, but you can currently get brass factory ammo at the same price or cheaper any day of the week. If you’d like.. I can send you links where factory ammo is under 11 bucks for 50. I’m sure this is still great ammo at a great value, but it’s currently nothing to toot about considering the current market.

Allen S.
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I would like to see these come in sealed 50 or 100 round packs. They would be best for storage if you chose to.

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