One of the biggest obstacles competitive shooters face is the cost of the sport.
These costs include things such as; registration fees, travel costs, and ammunition costs. For this particular discussion we are going to leave out the gear costs because if you are experiencing these other expenses, then you already have the gear required to compete.
For now, we are just going to take a closer look at the ammunition cost because if you are putting in the necessary training, then you are burning through a high volume of rounds. This means that your competitive shooting adventure is really becoming a significant investment.
By now, you are comparing the differences between match grade ammo and regular range ammo because you notice the price difference.
You are asking yourself, “Do I really need to spend the extra money for match grade ammo?” Well let’s take a little closer look at why match grade ammo costs more and then you can decide if it is worth it or not.
The biggest factor that drives the price up on match grade ammo is the higher quality components of the round like the brass, powder, and bullet.
The significance of using higher quality rounds is that you get more consistent performance from round to round. This is critical in competitive shooting because you want to be able to replicate your training during a match. For example, if you have your rifle sighted in and go to a match with cheap range ammo, then you are probably not going to be very accurate because the rounds you shot to sight the gun are probably drastically different than the ones you took to the match. Using match grade ammo eliminates this risk because you have much more consistency between each box of ammo.
Basically, match grade ammo is worth the extra cost if you care enough about being able to simulate your performance every time you shoot.
Luckily, there are companies out there now producing match grade ammo at a very affordable cost, such as AmmoSubscription.com, so you can take your shooting to the next level without making such a significant financial commitment. I personally do not shoot anything other than match grade ammo because I feel that if I am going to put in the time and effort to perform at a high level during a match, then I am not going to let my ammo be what holds me back. The best test in determining whether the match grade ammo is worth the cost or not is to buy a box of both, with the same bullet weight, and compare your performance.
It will not take long at all for you to decide which round shoots more consistent.
Now go get stocked up on ammo and I will see you at the range.