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Ammo Basics

New to shooting? Looking for fundamental information on ammunition? You’ve come to the right place. Our Ammo Basics pages spell out everything you need to know in every category.

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Learn the anatomy of rifle cartridges, their ballistics and the most common bullet styles for every use.

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Hit the range or prepare to defend with this rundown of handgun cartridge construction, bullet types and more.

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Make your shotgun the all-purpose tool it can be with this breakdown of payloads, shot types and chokes.

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