And I was just at the range today! Smh didn't collect anything an older gentleman was tho!For FMJ's, get the cheapest brass cased ammo that you can. a good ratio to strive for is 4 or 5:1 FMJ:HP. Just make sure that your target ammo is the same weight as your SD ammo. If you're running 124 gr SD ammo, get 124 gr FMJ's.
You also stated that you don't reload and that's ok.... for now. Save your brass and pick up as much as you can. Somewhere down the road, empty brass will be a form of currency. These days everybody and their brother is shooting the snot out of .223/5.56. I just ordered 1000 rounds of sized and cleaned brass for 70 bucks. I've seen it as high as 150 bucks/1000. If you're not saving your "pennies" the dollars wont save themselves and you're paying the range you shoot at even more by leaving your brass. Also consider you might someday decide to reload. It would be a shame if you blow through 2-3000 rounds of ammo, then decide to start collecting brass to reload and have to pay someone for it.
I personally reload for cost savings (after the initial price raping for equipment) and because it's fun to do on quiet nights. Case in point... I recently got a Pietta Single Action army revolver in 45LC. I bought 1 box of SD rounds (25 ct) for 25 bucks and 2 boxes of plinking rounds at 32 bucks a box. So per hundred, the SD rounds cost me 100 bucks, the target rounds cost 64 bucks. so 164 bucks for 200 rounds. I bought the die set for 30 bucks and 200 brand new starline brass for 22 bucks each. I cast my own bullets so the mold was a christmas present and I get the wheel weights free. my Initial cost to make up 200 rounds is 44 plus 30 plus 6 for primers and probably 6 bucks for powder. The cost is 86 bucks for 200 rounds as opposed to the 164 for 200. My costs can only go down as I keep my brass so next go around will be about 12 bucks for 200 rounds. I can get 100 SD bullets for about 20-25 bucks so even on the outside pricing of 200 SD rounds I'm reloading them for 62 bucks instead of 200. 138 bucks is more than my press cost me. So start saving your brass..... Today
Also a way not to break the bank is get a box or two when in the store getting other things. Every now and then, order more from an online store as you can get bulk discounts no taxes or free shipping (bulking on a budget meaning 250 - 600 rounds unless you got it like that). You'll be surprised the amount you'll have.It all depends on your shooting habits. I would say figure out how much you shoot and build up at least a 2 year supply, 3 year would be better.
I always followed the shoot 1 box buy 2 box rule. This made stocking up easy on the pocket book. Now that I reload I have taken a different approach. Have to buy in bulk to offset that shipping.Also a way not to break the bank is get a box or two when in the store getting other things. Every now and then, order more from an online store as you can get bulk discounts no taxes or free shipping (bulking on a budget meaning 250 - 600 rounds unless you got it like that). You'll be surprised the amount you'll have.