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FAQ

We get asked lots of questions about buying guns and ammo online and particulars about these products. We've answered some of the more generic ones below but each page across the site will have page specific questions and answers so if you don't see what you are looking for here, look around or ask us by clicking the live chat link at the bottom of the page!

Can I buy ammo online?

YES! In most areas of the US you can buy ammo online and have it shipped to your door. There are some restrictions which you can read about here. Buying ammo online is easier, cheaper, and gives you access to a much wider selection.

Can I buy guns online?

YES! You can buy guns online and have them shipped to a local FFL dealer of your choice for transfer. Local restrictions still apply but by buying online you get a much wider selection at better prices.

Do I need a license to buy ammo online?

There are some areas that require a license to buy ammo anywhere and buying online is no exception. If you want your ammo shipped to states like Connecticut, Illinois, and New Jersey, we will reach out to you to get a copy of your license after you place your first order. Once we have a copy on file we can continue shipping to your verified address until the license expires. If your state doesn't have these rules in place, you can order ammo online without a license.

What ammo is allowed at the range?

Indoor ranges generally will not allow any steel core ammo or any tracer. Steel core ammo can damage the backstop at the range and tracer is a fire hazard. Ranges usually use a magnet to check for steel core ammo as lead and brass are nonferrous and won't attract a magnet. Outdoor ranges may allow both of these, but some regions restrict tracer ammo being fired outdoors because of the fire hazard it presents. The best thing to do is to contact your range before you arrive to find out what, if any, ammo they restrict.

Can ammo be returned?

Yes! At Ammunition Depot, and nowhere else, you can return ammunition (and other products). Certain situations may include a small restocking fee. All the details can be found here.

Does ammo go bad or expire?

If stored properly, ammo can easily outlast you! Proper storage means cool, dry, and without temperature swings. If exposed to excessive humidity or extreme temperatures ammo can degrade over time. Ammo stored in an ammo can or purchased prepacked for long term storage like The Prepper will be safe to shoot for decades. There are countless stories of military surplus ammo being shot more than 100 years after it was manufactured!

What kind of ammo is Walmart not selling?

Walmart has said they will stop selling all "short barrel rifle ammunition," as well as all handgun ammunition. They specifically mention that they will no longer sell .223/5.56 ammo. Handgun ammo means things like 9mm ammo, .45 ACP ammo, and .40 S&W ammo will no longer be available at Walmart. Read more about their decision here.

Is ammo corrosive?

Most ammo is not corrosive. However, in ammo that is corrosive it is generally the primer that causes corrosion. Any ammo with corrosive primers will be clearly marked.

Can I fly with guns and ammo?

Yes, but there are restrictions. You must follow specific rules in order to fly with guns or ammo and you must not be traveling through airports in any jurisdictions that do not allow you to have a firearm. Research is key here as you do not want to end up in legal trouble. The TSA gives some guidelines here and if you plan to carry at your destination you want to make sure you can do so legally. USA Carry has some great resources to see what states will honor your concealed carry permit. Check it out here.

Whats the difference between rimfire ammo and centerfire ammo?

Rimfire ammo, like 22 LR ammo and 17 hmr ammo have a hollow rim on the base of the cartridge that has priming compound spun into it before the cartridge is loaded. Rimfire ammo is then fired by a firing pin crushing the rim of the cartridge to ignite the priming compound and then the powder. Centerfire ammo has a primer that is manufactured separately and then inserted into the base of the cartridge during the manufacturing process. As the primer contains an anvil to press against a firing pin or striker, it can simply hit the center of the primer to ignite the priming compound and then the powder. The greatest advantage of centerfire ammo is that the fired casings can be fairly easily reloaded at home. Each caliber will be either rimfire or centerfire and you will not have the option of which to purchase in a given caliber.