Plinking Ammo: Affordable Options for Fun and Practice

Welcome to the world of plinking! Whether you’re a seasoned shooter or new to the hobby, plinking offers a fantastic way to have fun and improve your shooting skills. At KIR Ammo, we understand the importance of affordable ammunition for regular practice and recreational shooting. In this blog post, we’ll explore the concept of plinking and highlight some affordable options for ammunition that will keep you on target without breaking the bank.

What Defines a Good Plinking Ammo?

“Plinking ammo” refers to inexpensive ammunition used for informal target shooting, often at non-traditional targets such as soda cans, water bottles, or any other small objects that produce a satisfying sound or reaction when hit. The term “plinking” is an onomatopoeic word that represents the sharp, ringing sound (a “plink”) made when a bullet strikes a metal or glass object.  The term has evolved over the years and now includes all types of targets.  In other words, “plinking” can mean any type of informal shooting at any type of target.

There are no specific calibers that define plinking. The term can extend to any low-cost ammunition suitable for casual, recreational shooting. Plinking is often done at close range and with no specific goal beyond enjoying the shooting process and improving basic shooting skills.

In general, a suitable plinking ammunition is somewhat consistent, won’t jam or harm your firearm, easy to obtain, and is relatively inexpensive.

Sale!Magtech .22 LR 40 Grain LRN

Magtech .22 Long Rifle CASE 40 Grain LRN – 5,000 Rounds (CASE) [NO TAX outside Texas]

Original price was: $325.00.Current price is: $289.00.

$0.05 / per round

PPU 7.62x39mm 123 Grain Round Nose Soft Point

PPU 7.62x39mm 123 Grain Round Nose Soft Point – 20 Rounds (Box) [NO TAX outside Texas]


$0.79 / per round

CCI STINGER .22LR 32 Grain Copper-Plated Hollow Point

CCI STINGER .22LR 32 Grain Copper-Plated Hollow Point – 50 Rounds (Box) [NO TAX outside Texas]


$0.15 / per round

PMC 7.62x51mm NATO 147 Grain FMJ Boat Tail

PMC 7.62x51mm NATO 147 Grain FMJ Boat Tail – 20 Rounds (Box) [NO TAX outside Texas]


$0.99 / per round

Sale!PPU .303 British 150 Grain Soft Point

PPU .303 British 150 Grain Soft Point – 20 Rounds (Box) [NO TAX outside TX]

Original price was: $24.95.Current price is: $23.95.

$1.19 / per round

Sale!Magtech Cowboy Action .44-40 Win 225 Grain Lead Flat Nose

Magtech Cowboy Action .44-40 Win 225 Grain Lead Flat Nose – 50 Rounds (Box) [NO TAX outside Texas]

Original price was: $64.95.Current price is: $54.95.

$1.09 / per round

Norma Whitetail 20 Gauge Slug 2.75" 7/8oz. 1345FPS

Norma Whitetail 20 Gauge Slug 2.75″ 7/8oz. 1345FPS – 25 Rounds (Box) [NO TAX outside Texas]


$0.99 / per round

Norma BONDSTRIKE .300 PRC 180 Grain Bonded Long Range

Norma BONDSTRIKE .300 PRC 180 Grain Bonded Long Range – 20 Rounds (Box) [NO TAX outside Texas]


$2.49 / per round

Norma Claystrike 20 Gauge 2.75" 1 oz. #8 Shot

Norma Claystrike 20 Gauge 2.75″ 1 oz. #8 Shot – 25 Rounds (Box) [NO TAX outside Texas]


$0.39 / per round

HSM Game King .375 Win 200 Grain Sierra Pro Hunter JFP

HSM Game King .375 Win 200 Grain Sierra Pro Hunter JFP – 20 Rounds (Box) [NO TAX outside Texas]


$2.69 / per round

Sale!Norma .357 Magnum Increased Velocity 158 Grain Full Metal Jacket

Norma .357 Magnum Increased Velocity 158 Grain Full Metal Jacket – 50 Rounds (Box) [NO TAX outside TX]

Original price was: $28.95.Current price is: $23.95.

$0.47 / per round

Sellier & Bellot .410 Bore 2.5" 1/2oz 3 Pellet 000-Buck

Sellier & Bellot .410 Bore 2.5″ 1/2oz 3 Pellet 000-Buck – 25 Rounds (Box) [NO TAX outside Texas]


$1.07 / per round


Benefits of Affordable Plinking Ammo:

  1. Cost-effectiveness: One of the primary advantages of plinking ammo is its affordability. With lower prices per round compared to premium ammunition, you can engage in more frequent shooting sessions without worrying about high costs.
  2. Stress-free Shooting: Using affordable plinking ammo can alleviate concerns about wear and tear on your firearms. Without the worry of depleting expensive rounds, you can relax and enjoy shooting without added pressure.
  3. Fun and Relaxation: Plinking sessions are all about unwinding and having a good time. The affordability of plinking ammo allows you to shoot more freely, encouraging a relaxed and enjoyable shooting experience with family and friends.

Which Calibers are Most Popular for Plinking:

Plinking is a popular pastime for many firearm enthusiasts, and there are a variety of calibers that are commonly used for this purpose.

  1. .22 Long Rifle (.22LR): By far the most popular caliber for plinking, .22LR ammunition is inexpensive, has a low recoil, and is less noisy compared to larger calibers. It’s also suitable for a wide range of firearms including rifles and handguns.
  2. 9mm: 9mm ammunition is popular for plinking, particularly for those who want to practice with a handgun caliber that is also commonly used for self-defense. While typically more expensive than .22LR, it’s still relatively affordable.
  3. .223/5.56mm: Often used in AR-15 style rifles, .223 or 5.56mm ammunition is another popular choice for plinking. While more expensive than .22LR or 9mm, these calibers offer a different shooting experience that many find enjoyable.
  4. .45 ACP: For those who prefer larger caliber handguns, .45 ACP is a common choice for plinking. It provides more recoil than 9mm, giving shooters a different type of shooting experience.
  5. Whatever Caliber You Want! Plinking can be for any caliber! Find yourself a good, inexpensive ammo and start shooting for practice and fun. If you are looking for the least expensive way to plink, one of the above calibers are your best shot!

Factors to Consider When Choosing Plinking Ammo:

  1. Caliber Selection: Plinking ammo is available in various popular calibers, such as 9mm, .22 LR, and .223 Remington. Choose the caliber that matches your firearm and is readily available to ensure a steady supply for your plinking needs.
  2. Quality and Reliability: While affordability is a crucial factor, don’t compromise on quality and reliability. Stick to reputable brands like Remington, Winchester, or Federal that offer reliable and consistent performance, even at lower price points.
  3. Ballistics and Recoil: Consider the ballistics and recoil characteristics of plinking ammo, especially if you’re looking for a specific shooting experience. Lighter loads can offer reduced recoil and be more enjoyable for extended plinking sessions.

Affordable Plinking Ammo Options:

  1. Budget-Friendly Brands: Explore options from brands like Norma, CCI, or Magetech, known for their cost-effective ammunition offerings. These brands provide reliable performance at affordable prices, allowing you to shoot more without breaking your budget. Be careful not to buy the cheapest ammunition on the planet, as cheap ammunition sometimes has a high cost.
  2. Bulk Ammo Purchases: Consider buying plinking ammo in bulk quantities to enjoy significant cost savings. Purchasing in larger quantities not only reduces the price per round but also ensures you have an ample supply for your plinking sessions.
  3. Reloaded Ammunition: Another affordable option is reloads, which are cartridges that have been reassembled using once-fired brass casings. Reloaded ammo provides a budget-friendly solution while still maintaining reliability, making it an attractive choice for plinking purposes.
  4. It’s important to understand the typical rising costs of ammunition and how prices on ammunition are evolving.

Consider Shipping Costs When Calculating Cost Per Round:

KIR Ammo offers free shipping on ammunition orders over $199+, so always consider the shipping cost when evaluating how much you are going to spend on inexpensive, practice/target, plinking ammunition.  We also pack and ship orders on the same day so your ammunition arrives quickly!

The Plinking Ammo FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

  1. What is plinking ammo? Plinking ammunition refers to low-cost, readily available rounds used for casual, recreational target shooting, often at non-traditional targets that produce a satisfying sound or reaction when hit.
  2. What are the most popular calibers for plinking? The .22 Long Rifle (.22LR) is by far the most popular due to its low cost, low noise, and low recoil. Other common plinking calibers include 9mm and .223/5.56mm.
  3. Can I use any caliber for plinking? While any caliber can be used for plinking, the key factors are often cost, recoil, and noise. Calibers like .22LR and 9mm are popular because they’re affordable, have a manageable recoil, and aren’t excessively loud.
  4. Is plinking ammo the same as target ammo? Plinking ammo can be considered a type of target ammo, but not all target ammo is suitable for plinking. Target ammunition can be premium rounds designed for high precision, while plinking ammo is typically more about being cost-effective and fun to shoot.
  5. Can I use self-defense or hunting ammo for plinking? Technically, you can, but it’s generally not cost-effective. Self-defense and hunting ammunition are typically designed for specific purposes (like stopping power or controlled expansion) and are more expensive than basic round-nose or full metal jacket ammunition often used for plinking.
  6. Can plinking improve my shooting skills? Absolutely! Plinking can help improve fundamental shooting skills such as aim, trigger control, and handling. Plus, it’s fun, which encourages more practice.
  7. Is plinking safe? As with all shooting activities, safety should be the primary concern. Plinking should be done in a safe direction with a suitable backstop. Be aware that bullets can ricochet off hard surfaces, so choose your targets wisely.
  8. Is it legal to plink on my property? This depends on local laws and regulations, which can vary widely. Always check with local law enforcement or a legal expert before shooting on private property.
  9. What can I use as targets for plinking? Many objects can be used as plinking targets. Popular choices include soda cans, plastic bottles, and steel targets that produce a satisfying ‘ping’ when hit. Always ensure that your targets are safe to shoot and won’t cause dangerous ricochets.
  10. Are there environmental concerns with plinking? Yes, spent ammunition casings and lead from bullets can have environmental impacts. It’s important to clean up spent casings after shooting, and some shooters choose lead-free ammo to mitigate environmental impact. Always follow “Leave No Trace” principles when plinking in natural areas.

Safety Considerations: As with any shooting activity, safety should always be a top priority. Remember to adhere to all safety guidelines, including proper handling and storage of firearms and ammunition. Choose appropriate targets and always shoot in designated areas to ensure the safety of yourself and others.

Plinking ammo opens the door to endless hours of fun and practice without breaking your budget. At KIR Ammo, we offer a wide selection of affordable plinking ammunition options to meet your shooting needs. Take advantage of these cost-effective choices, enjoy the relaxation and thrill of plinking, and continue honing your shooting skills. Embrace the world of affordable plinking ammo and experience the joy it brings to your shooting sessions.

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