User Guide


title: User Guide
description: The Definitive AmmoSeek User Guide
published: true
date: 2019-12-20T03:35:20.458Z
tags: ammoseek, user-guide

Take a guided Tour

Welcome to AmmoSeek! If you're new to our site, the first thing you may wish to do is take a guided tour. Simply click on the Help button at the top of the page and then select Tour AmmoSeek from the pulldown menu. Note that when you visit AmmoSeek.com for the very first time you should receive a dialog window pop-up that welcomes you to the site and asks if you'd like to take the tour.

The screenshot below shows where to access the tour if you didn't receive this popup or if you'd like to initiate the tour again.
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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, rifle, rimfire, and shotgun. We support over 350 calibers. A full list of our calibers can be found here: http://ammoseek.com/calibers/

Quick Methods

Use the Caliber Search Box/Area

Start typing a caliber in the search box and you'll be presented with calibers that match what you type. Select a caliber, hit enter (or tap on mobile) and you'll be taken to the results for that caliber. Note that this is for searching for ammunition only!
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Use a Quick Seek Link

If your caliber is one of the most popular, click on one of the Quick Seek links.
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Use the Search Form

Choose Your Ammo Type

From the main ammunition search page select the Ammo tab in the center panel, and then the ammo type (Handgun, Rifle, Rimfire, or Shotgun).
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Then specify your search options.

Ammo Search Options

Caliber
Most commonly, when searching for ammunition, you should choose a caliber that matches your firearm. Our search engine supports over 350 calibers.

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

Shot Size (Shotgun Only)
To search for a specific shot size, use the Shot Size pulldown menu.

Shell Length (Shotgun Only)
To search for a specific shell length, use the Shell Length pulldown menu.

Grains
If you're looking for ammo with 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.

Include/Exclude Keywords
Refine your search by including or excluding keywords.

Number of rounds
This pulldown allows you to select lot sizes, in case you wish to only be shown a box of 20 rounds, a case of 1000 rounds, or a range in between.

Show/Hide products with purchase limits
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.

Condition: include/exclude remanufactured ammunition
By default, we will include remanufactured ammo in the search results. If you wish to exclude remanufactured ammo, select Factory new ammunition only from the pulldown menu.

Casing
By default, we will not filter on the type of ammo casing. If you wish to search for only ammo with a certain type of casing (brass, steel, aluminum, etc.), select the type from the pulldown menu.

Shipping Rating
We rate each retailer on how expensive their shipping charges tend to be, giving them a rating on a scale from High to Low. (See details on our Shipping Estimation. By default, we will not filter the search results based on the retailer's shipping rating. If you wish, you can exclude results from retailers with "Average" shipping costs or higher.

Include Blanks
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.

Sorting
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.

Searching Guns

From the main ammunition search page select Guns.

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Then specify your search criteria.

Caliber
Most commonly, when searching for guns, you should choose a caliber that matches your firearm. Our search engine supports over 350 calibers.

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

Include/Exclude Keywords
Refine your search by including or excluding keywords.

Sorting
By default, the search results will be sorted by price. If you'd like to sort some other way, change the sort method from the Sort pulldown menu.

Searching Magazines

From the main ammunition search page select Mags

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Then specify your search criteria.

Caliber
Most commonly, when searching for magazines, you should choose a caliber that matches your firearm. Our search engine supports over 350 calibers.

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

Include/Exclude Keywords
Refine your search by including or excluding keywords.

Sorting
By default, the search results will be sorted by the least expensive per magazine. If you'd like to sort some other way, change the sort method from the Sort pulldown menu.

Searching Bullets

From the [main ammunition search page] select Reloading and then Bullets.

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Then specify your search criteria.

Caliber
Most commonly, when searching for bullets, you should choose a caliber. Our search engine supports over 350 calibers.

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

Grains
If you're looking for bullets with 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 bullets with that number of grains is for sale at any of the sites we search.

Include/Exclude Keywords
Refine your search by including or excluding keywords.

Sorting
By default, the search results will be sorted by the least expensive per bullet. If you'd like to sort some other way, change the sort method from the Sort pulldown menu.

Searching Brass

From the main ammunition search page select Reloading and then Brass.

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Then specify your search criteria.

Caliber
Most commonly, when searching for brass casings, you should choose a caliber. Our search engine supports over 350 calibers.

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

Include/Exclude Keywords
Refine your search by including or excluding keywords.

Sorting
By default, the search results will be sorted by the least expensive per unit. If you'd like to sort some other way, change the sort method from the Sort pulldown menu.

Searching Primers

From the main ammunition search page select Reloading and then Primers.

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

Include/Exclude Keywords
Refine your search by including or excluding keywords.

Sorting
By default, the search results will be sorted by the least expensive per unit. If you'd like to sort some other way, change the sort method from the Sort pulldown menu.

Searching Powder

From the [main ammunition search page] select Reloading and then Powder.

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

Include/Exclude Keywords
Refine your search by including or excluding keywords.

Sorting
By default, the search results will be sorted by the least expensive per unit. If you'd like to sort some other way, change the sort method from the Sort pulldown menu.

Searching Miscellaneous Reloading

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

From the main ammunition search page select Reloading and then Miscellaneous

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

Include/Exclude Keywords
Refine your search by including or excluding keywords.

Sorting
By default, the search results will be sorted by the least expensive per unit. If you'd like to sort some other way, change the sort method from the Sort pulldown menu.

Using Keywords in Searches

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 - https://www.laxammo.com/handgun/9mm-ammo/fiocchi-9-mm-subsonic-158-gr-fmj-9ape-detail
  • manufacturer name - Tula
  • retailer's name - Lax Ammo

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. Do not use commas.
  • 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 luckygunner.com, put luckygunner.com in the Include Keywords box.
  • To find lead-free ammo, try putting lead-free in the Include Keywords box.
  • To permanently exclude products from particular retailers, do not use the Exclude Keywords box. Instead, use the Exclude Retailers feature.

Reading the Search Results

The search results pages contains a lot of information you might find useful. Most fields (Retailer Name, Description, Manufacturer, Caliber, etc.) are self explanatory. Below is some additional information about other fields:

  • Share - clicking the Share icon lets you easily share the product via social channels (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.)
  • When - this column tell you how long it's been since our database has been updated for this product.
  • Limits - this column alerts you if the retailer has any set purchase limits for the product (e.g. max Limit 1 box per customer)
  • New? - this column lets you know if the product is in factory new condition (New), remanufactured (Remanufactured), or factory seconds (Factoryseconds)
  • S/H - this column gives you our metered rating for the average shipping costs for retailer in question. See details on our Shipping Estimation here.
  • Err? - If you notice a discrepancy in our data, click the green flag (Greenflag) to let us know what's wrong. If there's already a Discrepancy symbol, it means someone else has already submitted a discrepancy report for that item.

NOTE: on mobile and smaller devices, the results page will have only a few basic fields, with an extra Details button you can click to see everything:
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User Accounts (Why?)

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

  1. See more than 100 search results. Anonymous users get to see only 100 results for any search. If you're logged in you can view multiple pages of results.
  2. 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.
  3. You can receive email and SMS/text price alerts. If you wish to be notified when a particular product hits a specified price 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.
  4. Exclude Retailers you don't like from your search results, permanently. Maintain a list of any/all retailers you wish to ignore.
  5. Rate & Review retailers. Submit reviews for retailers you've used to let others know your experiences.
  6. Custom Color Themes - change the color scheme of the entire site to something that suits you better!
  7. Get our newsletters. We sent out a bi-monthly newsletter with news, tips & tricks, and deals we've found along the way. You can opt-out from receiving our newsletters any time you wish.

How to Register for an Account

At the top of the page next to the AmmoSeek logo, click on the Sign In / Sign Up button. (On mobile devices, this is found under the Hamburgermenusmall hamburger menu).

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The resulting page contains a form where you can sign up for a free account:

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  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 knowing how you first learned about AmmoSeek.com.
  4. Finally, click the Sign Up button at the bottom.
  5. 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).
  6. Otherwise, you should be presented with a message indicating Success!
  7. 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 Signupsigninbutton 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 [email protected] are no longer treated as spam.

2 - If you still can't find the email, go to our main ammunition search page where you'll see a message containing a link to resend your verification email. If you continue to have trouble, please email us at [email protected] 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 Signupsigninbutton at the top of the page, next to the AmmoSeek logo. (On mobile devices, this is found under the Hamburgermenusmall hamburger menu).

Once you are logged in, click the user button with your name on it.
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Then select Account Settings from the user menu.
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On the Account Settings screen, double-check to make sure the mobile phone number you entered is correct, and then press the Save button. You will then have to enter the code texted to you to verify the number you provided is yours.
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If you wish to save your account settings 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.

Saved 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 at the top of the site next to the AmmoSeek logo.

Simply click the Save This Search & Set Alert button
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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. Now, 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.

Deleting Saved Searches

To view/modify your list of Saved Searches, click the User button at the top of the page (or under the Hamburgermenusmall hamburger menu on mobile devices)., and select Saved Searches from the pulldown.

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Click the small trash can Trashcan next to a Saved Search to delete it.
Once deleted, a saved search cannot be retrieved.

Alerting (Price 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, you can 1 25 X 25 set an alert threshold (cost per unit), and 2 25 X 25 activate the alert.
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At any other time, you can click on the user menu and select Manage Alerts
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First, you must create a price threshold. Let's use the following example:
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It shows that the lowest price at the moment is 17.1¢ per round.

1 25 X 25 Enter 0.15 into the Alert Threshold box in order to be alerted if this same search yields a product that's 15¢ 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 any.
2 25 X 25 Then, in order to save this threshold and make the alert 'active' you must move the Active slider to Slideron

Deactivating Alerts

Click on the user menu and select Manage Alerts
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Then, move the slider to Slideroff for the alert you wish to deactivate.

Exclude Retailers from your search results

If there are retailers you know you'd like to avoid, you can set it up so that you never see any products from those retailers in your search results.

Click on the user menu and select Exclude Retailers
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Select as many retailers you'd like to exclude from all searches.

Click in the box to pull down a list of retailers.
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Then select as many retailers as you'd like. Each time you select one from the pulldown menu, it gets added to the box at the top. To remove a retailer click the X next to the corresponding retailer you wish to remove from the exclusion list.
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When you're finished, click outside the pulldown menu (to the left or right) and then click the Savebutton button.