That’s about right for good defensive ammo...plinking ammo should be much, much less (70 cents a round if you are lucky). Cheaperthandirt.com has some .223/5.56 ammo available, but the pickings are still pretty slim.
Yeah....but they had some great, great deals a year or so ago on Lake City SS109 and steel core 7.62X39.......they came in ammo cans and in sealed tins. The only thing I got recently was I picked up 200 rds of 223 DRT I’d been meaning to order....they took 3 weeks plus to process. There was virtually nothing else available but those.
But,guess what, had to buy ammo storage boxes so all these packs of ammo weren't jumbled together. Ammo storage boxes are not easily found, either - the most popular are not plentiful. Plus, needed shoulder strap for the 22 lr. The straps were easy to find, but not the storage boxes.
This morning I found the right boxes for individual cartridges of those various rounds but still needed two generic storage boxes for extra packs. FOUND ZOMBIE AMMO BOXES! They are good MTM boxes with place for lock, with a big picture of ZOMBIES on them - no way to not know what's in these boxes.
I found the MTM ZOMBIE ammo boxes on Amazon and not on any gun supply website. I am through with buying what I need to kill zombies with numerous weapons. My defense weapons belong to me and Hussein can pound sand, plus I live in Texas and we'll put that sucker in jail if he comes for our guns.
And not all .223/5.56 is created equal. I only buy IMI, Lake City or Winchester Q3131.