Brown Bear Ammo For Sale

A part of the BEAR series of specialty hunting ammunition, Brown Bear cartridges have a lacquer coating on the steel case – along with lead-cored FMJ, soft point, or hollow point bullets, Berdan primers, and non-corrosive propellant. Learn More

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  1. Brown Bear 223 Rem Ammo - 20 Rounds of 55 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    76 In stock now

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    $5.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 30¢ Cost Per Round
    • Brown Bear SKU AB223FMJ
    • UPC 4607094860082
  2. Brown Bear 7.62x39 Ammo - 20 Rounds of 123 Grain HP Ammunition

    37 In stock now
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    $6.49 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 2404 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 32.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Brown Bear SKU AB762HP
    • UPC 4607094860280
  3. Brown Bear 7.62x39 Ammo - 20 Rounds of 123 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    20 In stock now

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    $6.50 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 32.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Brown Bear SKU AB762FMJ
  4. Brown Bear 223 Rem Ammo - 20 Rounds of 62 Grain SP Ammunition

    1 In stock now

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    $7.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 3045 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 35¢ Cost Per Round
    • Brown Bear SKU AR223SP
    • UPC 4607094860242
  5. Brown Bear 7.62x39 Ammo - 20 Rounds of Polymer Coated 123 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    10 In stock now

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    $7.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 2430 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 35¢ Cost Per Round
    • Brown Bear SKU AP762FMJ
    • UPC 4607094860181
  6. Brown Bear 7.62x39 Ammo - 20 Rounds of 123 Grain HP Ammunition

    59 In stock now

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    $7.49 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 2404 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 37.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Brown Bear SKU AP762HP
    • UPC 4607094861713
  7. Brown Bear 9mm Ammo - 50 Rounds of 115 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    15 In stock now

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    $11.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 1180 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 22¢ Cost Per Round
    • Brown Bear SKU AA919RFMJ
    • UPC 4607094860365
  8. Brown Bear 7.62x54r Ammo - 20 Rounds of 203 Grain SP Ammunition

    34 In stock now

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    $11.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 55¢ Cost Per Round
    • Brown Bear SKU AB754SP
  9. Brown Bear 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 145 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    20 In stock now
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    $12.50 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 2754 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 62.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Brown Bear SKU AB308FMJ
    • UPC 4607094860297
  10. Brown Bear 9mm Ammo - 500 Rounds of 115 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    31 In stock now
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    $87.99 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 1180 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 17.6¢ Cost Per Round
    • Brown Bear SKU AA919RFMJ
    • UPC 44607094860363
  11. Brown Bear 223 Rem Ammo - 500 Rounds of 55 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    60 In stock now

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    $114.99 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 3050 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 23¢ Cost Per Round
    • Brown Bear SKU AB223FMJ
    • UPC 24607094860086
  12. Brown Bear 7.62x39 Ammo - 500 Rounds of 123 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    27 In stock now
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    $129.00 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 2430 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 25.8¢ Cost Per Round
    • Brown Bear SKU AP762FMJ
    • UPC 24607094860185
  13. Brown Bear 7.62x39 Ammo - 500 Rounds of 123 Grain HP Ammunition

    26 In stock now
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    $130.00 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 2404 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 26¢ Cost Per Round
    • Brown Bear SKU AB762HP
  14. Brown Bear 7.62x39 Ammo - 500 Rounds of 123 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    8 In stock now
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    $134.99 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 2430 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 27¢ Cost Per Round
    • Brown Bear SKU AB762FMJ
    • UPC 24607094860260
  15. Brown Bear 308 Win Ammo - 500 Rounds of 145 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    2 In stock now
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    $214.99 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 2754 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 43¢ Cost Per Round
    • Brown Bear SKU AB308FMJ
    • UPC 14607094860294
  16. Brown Bear 308 Win Ammo - 500 Rounds of 140 Grain SP Ammunition

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    $215.00 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 43¢ Cost Per Round
    • Brown Bear SKU AB308SP
    • UPC 14607094860300
  17. Brown Bear 9mm Makarov Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 94 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $249.99 Price

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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear

    • New Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 1013 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 25¢ Cost Per Round
    • Brown Bear SKU A918RFMJ
    • UPC 64607094860374
  18. Brown Bear 7.62x54r Ammo - 500 Rounds of 174 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    8 In stock now

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    $259.99 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 2559 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 52¢ Cost Per Round
    • Brown Bear SKU AB754FMJ
    • UPC 14607094861949
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Barnaul Cartridge Plant is a Russian cartridge manufacturer dating back to Emperor Alexander II, and opened one of its first plants in St. Petersburg in the 19th century. It was here that Barnaul produced arms during WWI for the Russian Army. Today, it's known for many quality lines of ammo – including Brown Bear ammunition.

In its long and storied history, Barnaul produced 7.62mm, 12.7mm, and 14.5mm with armor-piercing bullets during the Great Patriotic War. They even received the Soviet Union’s highest decoration for outstanding services rendered to the State, known as the Order of Lenin. Barnaul went on to specialize in sport, hunting and military ammo, and continues to be known for its wide variety of production to this day.

Brown Bear Ammunition’s Roots in War

When this Brown Bear factory initially opened in the 19th century, it was known as “Arsenal P” under the Tsarist regime of the time. After the Bolshevik Revolution, during the Russian Civil War, the factory was evacuated. By 1920, production continued again, this time under the jurisdiction of the Communist regime. The factory was now called “Factory P.” In 1928, the factory was renamed once again, this time as “Factory 17.”

World War II saw the factory evacuated for a second time in 1941. The Soviets sought to prevent the factory from capture at the hands of Nazi Germany. In post-Soviet countries, World War II is called “the Great Patriotic War.” This is true everywhere except the Ukraine, due to a 2015 statute directing the country to call the war “World War II” or “the Second World War” as part of their de-Sovietization process.

During the Second World War, the plant produced some heavy-duty, armor-piercing rounds for the war effort – including 7.62mm, 12.7mm, and 14.5mm. During peacetime, the plant became known for its array of sporting and hunting rounds. This is still their niche to this day, though they continue to produce military ammunition as well.

The Siege of Leningrad and Brown Bear

The Siege of Leningrad is known in Russia as “the 900-day siege.” In fact, it’s one of the longest sieges in all of human history and quite possibly the most destructive. Contemporaneous sources frame the Siege of Leningrad as far more significant than the atomic bombs that landed on Japan. All told, 642,000 Soviets died throughout the siege, and an additional 400,000 died throughout various evacuations of the cities.

Hitler instructed his army thusly: "Leningrad first, Donetsk Basin second, Moscow third.” Lines of communication were cut off as the Wehrmacht passed through some of the most northern regions of the Soviet Union. While the capital of the Soviet Union was Moscow, the Revolution began in St. Petersburg, making it an emotionally significant city for the Soviets.

Beyond the emotional impact of losing the city, there was a simple question of survival for the citizens of Leningrad. Some believe Hitler planned to take the city and rename it “Adolfsburg,” but this appears to be Soviet propaganda. Internal documents make Hitler’s plan crystal clear: Starve the city to death, raze it to the ground, and pass the surrounding area off to Finnish allies. Hitler’s words in this communication to his military couldn’t be any clearer: "St. Petersburg must be erased from the face of the Earth… We have no interest in saving lives of the civilian population.”

Germany’s goal did not involve any conquest or occupation of Leningrad as it is commonly understood. On the contrary, they were explicitly instructed to refuse any surrender. Germany did not want to deal with the large civilian population of the Soviet Union’s second-largest city. So confident was Hitler of the Wehrmacht’s victory in Leningrad, he printed up invitations for a victor’s party in Leningrad’s Hotel Astoria.

Nominally neutral, Finnish politics made Finland bounce back and forth between the Axis and the Allies throughout the war. This is due to the history of Finland in relation to both Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union. Finland was a part of the Russian Empire, but not a part of the Soviet Union. However, as the Soviet Union entered its expansionist phase, it sought to integrate this former Russian territory during the Winter War. It succeeded in conquering significant portions of Finnish territory, which the Finns then sought to win back through a tactical alliance with the Axis.

While mortars and other more traditional weapons were used, Germany planned to starve the city to its knees. It was simple: The Wehrmacht would surround the city, seal it off from the rest of the world, and wait for everyone inside to starve to death. This plan, however, did not come to fruition, leading to the extended siege, ultimately failing to conquer the city.

Finland and Operation Barbarossa

With Leningrad as the first target of Operation Barbarossa, the Nazi invasion of the USSR began. The Germans sought to conquer Leningrad, raze it, then meet up with their Finnish allies of convenience north of the city.

Again, Finland’s aim was to reconquer territories in Karelia lost to the Soviet Union during the Winter War. Finland only ever fought the Soviets during the Second World War. In fact, it was the only democracy to fight in alliance with the Axis powers, though it was never actually a signatory to any of the Axis treaties.

Still, Germany would not have even had the limited success it did without the aid of Finnish intelligence. They made significant inroads to breaking Soviet codes used in low-level communications. For their part, the Germans didn’t even mind if the Finns were the ones to enter the city first, because occupation was the furthest thing from their minds.

By the end of the war, however, Finland had ceded 10 percent of its total territory as well as the second-largest Finnish city to the USSR. Nearly the entire Finnish and Karelian population of the Soviet Union fled at the end of the war.

Life in Leningrad Under the Siege

A total of 1.4 million Soviets were systematically evacuated from the city. Most of these were children and women and a large proportion of them died. Inside the city, there was tight food rationing. At one point, most civilians inside Leningrad received only 300 grams of bread daily as their ration. In the late summer and early fall of 1941, intense German shelling obliterated every food warehouse in the city.

The remaining citizens of Leningrad went to desperate measures to eat. Wallpaper was pulled off of the walls to make soup out of the potato starch used to make it stick. Old leather goods were boiled up for dinner. The first reports of cannibalism appeared in the winter of 1941 and 1942, with ground human flesh sold in the city’s markets. Soviet authorities stepped in to ban all sales of ground meat. By 1942, a good portion of the city was covered in vegetable gardens, taking some of the pressure off.

The city’s service industry and education went offline for the entirety of the siege. And every winter, bombardment would destroy the city’s water supply. People went outside to search in the frigid cold for water, collecting ice and snow for this purpose, causing casualties to skyrocket. Factories and public transportation shuttered as electricity was unable to meet the demands of this massive metropolis.

The transportation issues caused a whopping three million people to be trapped inside. Barnaul Cartridge Plant and 86 other strategic industries were evacuated alongside the 1.4 million citizens of Leningrad.

The memory of the siege looms large in St. Petersburg even to this day. The people of the city share a deep pride of their city’s resistance. “Troy fell, Rome fell, Leningrad did not fall” is a phrase often heard in the city.

Brown Bear Ammo Review

The history of Brown Bear in relation to the Great Patriotic War may be enthralling, but is the ammunition any good? Absolutely.

Brown Bear specializes in shotgun and rifle rounds for hunting and sporting. Its reasonable cost makes it a popular bulk ammunition purchase, alongside the entire BEAR series (Brown Bear, Silver Bear, and Golden Bear). Each prong in this line is specialized in its own way, with a different protective cartridge coating. Brown Bear cartridges feature a lacquer coating on the steel case – while each brand features lead-cored FMJ, soft point, or hollow point bullets, steel cases with Berdan primers, and non-corrosive propellant.

  • Click To Purchase This 9mm Brown Bear Ammunition
    based on the 2 reviews below
  • JT said:

    "This product worked great. I shot at a Tactical Response course where it rained all day and I was getting mud in my mags even and this ammo still cycled through my Glock perfectly. I will say the ammo was a little greasy feeling when I got it. I'm not sure if this is some sort of case lube or what but it functioned great and I saved a few bucks. "

  • Cobra said:

    "I wanted cheap ammo for the range. I like to just get out and shoot. My order came quickly and in good shape. Even had an issue with Fed Ex damaging a package but resolved it efficiently with ammo.com. As far as the product is concerned it shoots well. Have to spend some extra time cleaning after the range but I knew I was going to have to. The product is perfect for what I ordered it for. I got it cheaper even with shipping than I could find anything local. I got it timely and in good shape. I have recommended this site to all my shooting enthusiast friends. "

  • Click To Purchase This 308 Win Brown Bear Ammunition
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  • Mac said:

    "For a lighter cheaper round, this is a great bullet. Penetrated just behind the shoulder and severed the heart in half. The bullet did is job! Have shot all sorts of .308 and found this to be most effective."

  • playin4keeps said:

    "Purchased 500 rounds of this ammo. Have fired 30 rounds so far with a total of 4 DUDS. Not a good ratio. Ammo is ok for just messing around and is pretty acurate given what I paid for it. DO NOT use this ammo for self defense or hunting, or any other time when you NEED the round to fire."

  • Click To Purchase This 7.62x39 Brown Bear Ammunition
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  • Neil said:

    "Tested 40 rounds in a Mini-30, no feeding issues, all fired nicely. At least hit a target at 50 yards. Was looking for feeding issues mainly. Had 70% failure rate with TULA stuff. BB was perfect 100%. Price was decent in these times and great delivery time from ammo.com."

  • Click To Purchase This 7.62x39 Brown Bear Ammunition
    based on the 1 review below
  • Neil said:

    "Tested 40 rounds in a Mini-30, no feeding issues, all fired nicely. At least hit a target at 50 yards. Was looking for feeding issues mainly. Had 70% failure rate with TULA stuff. BB was perfect 100%. Price was decent in these times and great delivery time from ammo.com."

  • Click To Purchase This 308 Win Brown Bear Ammunition
    based on the 2 reviews below
  • Mac said:

    "For a lighter cheaper round, this is a great bullet. Penetrated just behind the shoulder and severed the heart in half. The bullet did is job! Have shot all sorts of .308 and found this to be most effective."

  • playin4keeps said:

    "Purchased 500 rounds of this ammo. Have fired 30 rounds so far with a total of 4 DUDS. Not a good ratio. Ammo is ok for just messing around and is pretty acurate given what I paid for it. DO NOT use this ammo for self defense or hunting, or any other time when you NEED the round to fire."

  • Click To Purchase This 9mm Brown Bear Ammunition
    based on the 2 reviews below
  • JT said:

    "This product worked great. I shot at a Tactical Response course where it rained all day and I was getting mud in my mags even and this ammo still cycled through my Glock perfectly. I will say the ammo was a little greasy feeling when I got it. I'm not sure if this is some sort of case lube or what but it functioned great and I saved a few bucks. "

  • Cobra said:

    "I wanted cheap ammo for the range. I like to just get out and shoot. My order came quickly and in good shape. Even had an issue with Fed Ex damaging a package but resolved it efficiently with ammo.com. As far as the product is concerned it shoots well. Have to spend some extra time cleaning after the range but I knew I was going to have to. The product is perfect for what I ordered it for. I got it cheaper even with shipping than I could find anything local. I got it timely and in good shape. I have recommended this site to all my shooting enthusiast friends. "