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Searching for Ammunition

Our claim to fame is our ability to search many online retailers for in-stock ammunition with a quick search on AmmoSeek.com. Our ammunition searches are broken down into four sections: handgun ammo, rifle ammo, rimfire ammo, and shotgun ammo. We support over 300 calibers. A full list of our calibers can be found here: http://ammoseek.com/calibers/

Searching for handgun ammunition

From the main page select Ammunition and then Handgun

Handgun ammo search form

Then specify your search criteria. Typically, one would at least choose a caliber. Additionally, other criteria such as type, manufacturer, number of grains, etc. can be specified to filter your results further.

General search options

See General Search Criteria.

Ammo "type"

We attempt to categorize all handgun ammo into one of two types: target/practice or defense/hunting. There's no exact science for this, but we do the best we can. When we cannot determine the type, we leave this field blank.
NOTE: if you narrow your search to one of these types, your results will contain all products that match the specified type, or any which have the type field empty. This way, you results won't be missing products that match your search just because we were not able to determine the type. Better to give you too many results than too few, we think.

Keyword searches

See Keywords.

Searching for rifle ammunition

From the main page select Ammunition and then Rifle

Rifle ammo search form

Then specify your search criteria. Typically, one would at least choose a caliber. Additionally, other criteria such as manufacturer, number of grains, etc. can be specified to filter your results further.

General search options

See General Search Criteria.

Keyword searches

See Keywords.

Searching for rimfire ammunition

From the main page select Ammunition and then Rimfire

Rimfire ammo search form

Then specify your search criteria. Typically, one would at least choose a caliber. Additionally, other criteria such as manufacturer, number of grains, etc. can be specified to filter your results further.

General search options

See General Search Criteria.

Keyword searches

See Keywords.

Searching for shotgun ammunition

From the main page select Ammunition and then Shotgun

Shotgun ammo search form

Then specify your search criteria. Typically, one would at least choose a Gauge/Bore. Additionally, other criteria such as shot size, shell_length, manufacturer, etc. can be specified to filter your results further.

Shot Size

To search for a specific shot size, use the Shot Size pulldown menu.

Shell Length

To search for a specific shell length, use the Shell Length pulldown menu.

General search options

See General Search Criteria, except for number of grains, which is not applicable to shotgun ammo.

Keyword searches

See Keywords.




Searching for other products

Searching for guns

From the main page select Guns

Guns search form

Then specify your search criteria. Typically, one would at least choose a caliber. Additionally, other criteria such as manufacturer can be specified to filter your results further.

Keyword searches

See Keywords.

Searching for magazines

From the main page select Magazines

Magazines search form

Then specify your search criteria. Typically, one would at least choose a caliber. Additionally, other criteria such as manufacturer can be specified to filter your results further.

Keyword searches

See Keywords.

Searching for reloading components

Searching for bullets

From the main page select Reloading and then Bullets

Reloading::Bullets search form

Then specify your search criteria. Typically, one would at least choose a caliber. Additionally, other criteria such as type, manufacturer, number of grains, etc. can be specified to filter your results further.

General search options

See General Search Criteria.

Ammo "type"

We attempt to categorize all handgun ammo into one of two types: target/practice or defense/hunting. There's no exact science for this, but we do the best we can. When we cannot determine the type, we leave this field blank.
NOTE: if you narrow your search to one of these types, your results will contain all products that match the specified type, or any which have the type field empty. This way, you results won't be missing products that match your search just because we were not able to determine the type. Better to give you too many results than too few, we think.

Keyword searches

See Keywords.

Searching for brass

From the main page select Reloading and then Brass

Reloading::Brass search form

Then specify your search criteria. Typically, one would at least choose a caliber. Additionally, other criteria such as manufacturer can be specified to filter your results further.

Keyword searches

See Keywords.

Searching for primers

From the main page select Reloading and then Primers

Reloading::Primers search form

Your results can be filtered by manufacturer using the Manufacturer pulldown menu, if desired.

Keyword searches

See Keywords.

Searching for powder

From the main page select Reloading and then Powder

Reloading::Powder search form

Your results can be filtered by manufacturer using the Manufacturer pulldown menu, if desired.

Keyword searches

See Keywords.

Searching for miscellaneous reloading supplies

We list miscellaneous reloading supplies such as dies, presses, molds, tools, etc.

From the main page select Reloading and then Misc

Reloading::Misc search form

Your results can be filtered by manufacturer using the Manufacturer pulldown menu, if desired.

Keyword searches

See Keywords.




General Search Criteria

Grains

If you're looking for a specific number of grains, use the Grains pulldown menu. If the number of grains is not listed in the pulldown, it means that for the caliber you have selected, no ammunition with that number of grains is for sale at any of the sites we search.

Manufacturer

If you are looking for a specific brand, you can select it from the Manufacturer pulldown menu.

Miscellaneous search options

  • By default, we will exclude blank ammunition from the search results. If you wish to include blanks, select Yes, show blanks from the pulldown menu.
  • By default, we will not hide products with purchase limits. If you wish to do so, select Hide items with purchase limits from the pulldown menu.
  • By default, we will not filter on the type of ammo casing. If you wish to search for only ammo with brass casings, select Brass casing only from the pulldown menu.
  • By default, we will not exclude remanufactured ammo. If you wish to exclude remanufactured ammo, select Factory new ammunition only from the pulldown menu.
  • By default, the search results will be sorted by the least expensive per round. If you'd like to sort some other way, change the sort method from the Sort pulldown menu.




Keywords

To help refine your search, you can include or exclude keywords. Any keywords specified will search the following fields: product title, the product URL, the manufacturer name, and the retailer's name. Example of each of these are:

product title - TulAmmo 9mm Full Metal Jacket Polymer Coated Steel Case, 115 Grain, 1150 fps, 50 Round Box, TA919150
product URL - http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/AMM-4700
manufacturer name - Tula
retailer's name - Cheaper Than Dirt

Important Considerations

  • Keyword searches are case insensitive, so a search for jhp is the same as a search for JHP.
  • Keywords should be separated by spaces.
  • All characters in keywords are treated literally. No wildcards or regular expressions at this time (but perhaps in the future!)
  • Multi-word phrases are not supported at this time, so quotes are not useful.
  • You are allowed up to 10 keywords to include, and 10 keywords to exclude.

Keyword Search Examples

  • To search specifically for XM855 ammo, put XM855 in the Include Keywords box.
  • To search only items from cheaperthandirt.com, put cheaperthandirt in the Include Keywords box.
  • To exclude products from Cheaper Than Dirt, Sinclair, and Brownell's, it's best to use their domain names because phrases with spaces are not permitted, only keywords. So, you should put cheaperthandirt sinclair brownells in the Exclude Keyworks box.
  • To exclude steel casings, put steel in the Exclude Keywords box.




User Accounts

Why sign up for an account?

You can quickly and easily set up an account at AmmoSeek.com. Why would you do this?

  1. You can save "bookmark-style links to your favorite searches. Once you've crafted a search to find what you want, you can "save" that search and then from that moment forth, the same search is only a single click away. See: Saving Searches.
  2. You can receive email and SMS/text alerts. If you wish to be notified when a particular product hits a specified threshold, you can set an alert. We'll automatically check every few minutes and let you know instantly if your price threshold is met. See Setting Alerts.
  3. You will be informed of any major updates. We rarely send out email, and you can opt-out any time you wish, but occasionally we'll send out email letting you know about any major updates at AmmoSeek.com

Signing up

In the top right-hand corner of the main page, click on the Login / Join button.

Login join button.png

A small window should appear where you can sign up for a free account:

Sign-up form
  1. You must provide at least a first name and email address, and you must create a password for use with AmmoSeek.com.
  2. Additionally, if you wish to receive SMS text alerts on your mobile device, you should provide your mobile phone number.
  3. Lastly, we'd appreciate knowinghow you first learned about AmmoSeek.com.
  4. Once you click the Join button, you will be given two questions to test if you are a human being. This is simply an anti-spambot measure. One you answer those questions correctly:
    1. If you supplied a mobile phone number, you will be given the opportunity to verify it now. (For more details, see Verifying your mobile phone number.
    2. Otherwise, you should be presented with a message indicating Success!
  5. At this point, you must verify your email address.

Verifying your email address

After you submit a request for an account, you will need to verify that the email address you entered is indeed yours.

NOTE: If you submitted a mobile phone number, you'll need to verify that as well as a separate process. See Verifying your mobile phone number.

  • Go to your email and find the message that was dispatched to you. It will have a subject line of: ACTION REQUIRED: Verify your account with AmmoSeek.com
  • Inside that email will be a link that, when clicked, will verify that you indeed own the email address you entered when you created your account.
  • Click that link, and then you will be allowed to log into AmmoSeek.com using the same Login join button.png button.

If you cannot find the verification email:

  1. Check your "spam" or "bulk" mail folder. If this happens, use the mechanisms within you email client to make sure that messages from admin@ammoseek.com are no longer treated as spam.
  2. If you still can't find the email, go to our main page where you'll see some red text and a link to resend your verification email. If you continue to have trouble, please email us at admin@ammoseek.com from the same account you attempted to sign up with, and we'll do our best to assist you.

Verifying your mobile phone number

If you specified a mobile phone number when you signed up for an account, you will need to verify that it is indeed yours.

If you were unable to (or chose not to) verify your mobile phone number during the sign-up process, you still have the opportunity. Simply follow these steps:

If you are not logged into AmmoSeek.com, do so by clicking the Login join button.png in the upper right-hand corner of the main page or any search results page.

Once you are logged in, click the user button with your name on it.

User button.png

Then select User Options from the user menu.

User options.png

On the User Options screen, double-check to make sure the mobile phone number you entered is correct, and then press the Save and verify mobile phone button.

Verify mobile phone.png

If you wish to save you user options without verifying your mobile phone, simply clear out the mobile phone number field. You are free to supply it at a later date, if you wish.


Saving Searches

Once you have crafted your search the way you want it, and the search results are showing you what you expect, you can save your search for quick retrieval later. First, make sure you are logged into AmmoSeek.com. You should see your name in the user button in the upper right-hand corner of the site.

Simply click the orange Save This Search button

Save search set alert button.png

Your search will be saved, and then you have a choice to set an alert or Close the confirmation dialog to go back to the search results screen. The page will reload and in the left-hand column you'll see a list of your saved searches, organized by product type (ammo, magazines, guns, etc). At any time all you have to do is click the link corresponding to the search in order to run the search again.

Modifying Saved Searches

Currently you cannot modify a saved search. What you can do, however, is just as easy:

  1. Click on the one you wish to modify to execute the search.
  2. Modify your search parameters on the search results screen.
  3. Click the orange "Save Search" button to save the new search
  4. Delete the old search, if desired. See Deleting saved searches.

Deleting saved searches

To view/modify your list of Saved Searches, click the "Manage/Alerts" link at the top of the left-hand column. Click the small trash can (Trash 15x15.png) to left of a Saved Search to delete it. Once deleted, it cannot be retrieved.


Alerts

If you have an account on AmmoSeek.com and are logged in, you can set price thresholds for products that match a Saved Search. If the price threshold is reached, you will immediately be emailed an alert. If you have a mobile phone number activated in your account, you will also receive a text message to alert you.

How alerts work

We check literally every few minutes to see if your price thresholds have been met. For example, if you set an alert for $400 or less for a Glock 22, and one comes available for $390, we'll immediately send you an alert with a link to your saved search. Also, we'll automatically deactivate your alert for you (otherwise, you'll be alerted again in about 3 minutes, and again about 3 minutes after that, forever, until the product is no longer available or you log in and manually turn it off).

Setting Alerts

To set an alert immediately after saving a search, click the Set Alert button.

At any other time, you can click the Manage/Alerts link at the top of the left-hand column to manage your alert settings.

First, you must create a price threshold for. Let's use the following example:

Set alert.png

It shows that the lowest price at the moment is 15.9¢ per round. Enter 0.12 into the Alert Threshold box in order to be alerted if this same search yields a product that's 12¢ per round or less.

If the item currently does not show up in your search, it would say the Current Low is [none]. So if you'd like to be alerted when the item appears (at any price), then enter a value of 99999.99.

IMPORTANT: In order to make the alert 'active' you must move the Active slider to On

Activate alert.png

And finally, you must then Save your alert settings by clicking the Save alerts button.png button.

Deactivating an alert

Click the Manage/Alerts link at the top of the left-hand column to manage your alert settings.

Then, move the slider to Deactivate alert.png for the alert you wish to deactivate.

Finally, click the Save alerts button.png button to save your changes.