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It is important to note that it is the Ammunition which dictates which "Class" of animal it is most suited for and not the actual weapon itself. Therefore one must look at the ammunition details rather than the weapons themselves to determine which type of ammunition is most well-suited for each animal and then find the appropriate weapon using that ammunition type.

For most weapons there is at least two types of ammunition is available. For firearms such as Rifles and Pistols these are generally divided in two types; ammunition with high expansion value and ammunition with a high penetration value.

  • Expansion is commonly used to ensure a quick kill as the expansion will cause high damage and severe bleeding, especially on vital hits. However, this is highly dependent on achieving enough penetration to reach vitals.
  • Penetration is typically used when deep penetration is needed (e.g. shooting the front of an animal or even at a quarter from front/rear). Higher penetration ammunition is also useful in situations where you encounter an animal which is of a higher class than your current ammunition/weapon. Example of this is using the .243 rifle which uses Class 2-6 ammunition and running into a Roosevelt Elk which is a Class 8 animal. In such a situation it is better to use high Penetration (typically Polymer-tipped ammunition) rather expansion focused ammunition.

For Shotguns and Bows (including crossbows) there is no expansion / penetration specific ammunition. Instead these weapons have shells, arrows or bolts with different class ranges. For these weapons you have more versatility when hunting as you can easily switch from hunting rabbits (Class 1) to hunting Roosevelt Elks (Class 8) by simply changing ammunition rather than changing weapon. As an example when using a shotgun you would simply switch from Birdshot to Slugs.

Rifle Ammo

Caliber Type Price Weight Range Pen Exp Class
.223 Polymer-Tip Cash Icon.svg 350 0.01 Weight Icon.svg 150 m 20 3 2–4
Soft-Point Cash Icon.svg 220 10 12
.22LR Jacketed Hollow-Point Cash Icon.svg 200 0.01 Weight Icon.svg 100 m 5 10 1
No Penetration Ammo (1) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
.243 Polymer-Tip Cash Icon.svg 530 0.02 Weight Icon.svg 150 m 30 4 2–6
Soft-Point Cash Icon.svg FREE (2) 15 17
.270 Polymer-Tip Cash Icon.svg 700 0.03 Weight Icon.svg 150 m 35 5 4–8
Soft-Point Cash Icon.svg 440 17 24
.30-06 Polymer-Tip Cash Icon.svg 850 0.03 Weight Icon.svg 150 m 40 11 4–8
Soft-Point Cash Icon.svg 590 19 50
.30-30 Hollow-Point Cash Icon.svg 480 0.02 Weight Icon.svg 75 m 17 17 2–6
Soft-Point Round Nose Cash Icon.svg 220 35 4
.300 Polymer-Tip Cash Icon.svg 950 0.03 Weight Icon.svg 150 m 42 14 7–9
Soft-Point Cash Icon.svg 720 21 60
.303 Polymer-Tip Cash Icon.svg 880 0.04 Weight Icon.svg 150 m 40 12 4–8
Soft-Point Cash Icon.svg 610 20 53
.338 Polymer-Tip Cash Icon.svg 1050 0.05 Weight Icon.svg 150 m 45 16 7–9
Soft-Point Cash Icon.svg 790 22 68
.45 Hollow-Point Cash Icon.svg 200 0.01 Weight Icon.svg 50 m 15 70 2–4
Round Nose Cash Icon.svg 300 27 6
.45-70 Hollow-Point Cash Icon.svg 660 0.03 Weight Icon.svg 75 m 20 27 4–9
Soft-Point Flat Nose Cash Icon.svg 390 40 6
.470 Full Metal Jacket Cash Icon.svg 2660 0.03 Weight Icon.svg 75 m 100 23 9
Soft-Point Cash Icon.svg 2000 25 100
.50 Minié Ball Cash Icon.svg 450 0.01 Weight Icon.svg 200 m 40 30 4–8
Round Ball Cash Icon.svg 300 100 m 30 30 3–7
6.5mm Polymer-Tip Cash Icon.svg 650 0.03 Weight Icon.svg 200 m 40 4 4–8
Soft-Point Cash Icon.svg 400 20 20
7.62x54R Soft-Point Cash Icon.svg 380 0.01 Weight Icon.svg 150 m 15 17 3–7
No Penetration Ammo (1) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
7mm Polymer-Tip Cash Icon.svg 880 0.04 Weight Icon.svg 150 m 40 12 4–9
Soft-Point Cash Icon.svg 610 20 53
9.3x74R Polymer-Tip Cash Icon.svg 880 0.01 Weight Icon.svg 150 m 40 12 5–9
Soft-Point Cash Icon.svg 610 20 53

Notes

(1) Currently there is no penetration ammunition available in this caliber.
(2) The free .243 ammunition is to ensure players have a means to make money.

Handgun Ammo

Caliber Type Price Weight Range Pen Exp Class
.357 Flat Nose Hard-Cast Cash Icon.svg 350 0.01 Weight Icon.svg 50 m 50 4 2–6
Jacketed Hollow-Point Cash Icon.svg 220 12 18
.44 Flat Nose Hard-Cast Cash Icon.svg 530 0.02 Weight Icon.svg 50 m 70 16 3–8
Jacketed Hollow-Point Cash Icon.svg 260 17 70
.45 Flat Nose Hard-Cast Cash Icon.svg 530 0.02 Weight Icon.svg 50 m 17 70 2–5
No Penetration Ammo (1) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
.454 Flat Nose Hard-Cast Cash Icon.svg 770 0.03 Weight Icon.svg 50 m 100 23 4–9
Jacketed Hollow-Point Cash Icon.svg 440 25 100

Notes

(1) Currently there is no penetration ammunition available in this caliber.

Shotgun Ammo

Gauge Type Price Weight Range Pen Exp Class
.410 Birdshot Cash Icon.svg 200 0.05 Weight Icon.svg 25 m 0 0 1
10 GA Birdshot Cash Icon.svg 200 0.05 Weight Icon.svg 25 m 0 0 1
Buckshot Cash Icon.svg 600 5 0 4–7
Slug Cash Icon.svg 950 50 m 45 22 6–9
12 GA Birdshot Cash Icon.svg 180 0.05 Weight Icon.svg 25 m 0 0 1
Buckshot Cash Icon.svg 530 5 0 2–5
Slug Cash Icon.svg 880 50 m 40 19 4–8
16 GA Birdshot Cash Icon.svg 180 0.05 Weight Icon.svg 25 m 0 0 1
Buckshot Cash Icon.svg 530 5 0 2–4
Slug Cash Icon.svg 880 50 m 37 16 4–7
20 GA Birdshot Cash Icon.svg 150 0.05 Weight Icon.svg 25 m 0 0 1
Buckshot Cash Icon.svg 500 4 0 2–4
Slug Cash Icon.svg 800 50 m 33 16 4–7
Steel Birdshot Cash Icon.svg 150 25 m 0 0 1

Arrows

Grain Price Weight Range Pen Exp Class
300 gr. Arrow Cash Icon.svg 530 0.06 Weight Icon.svg 20 m 10 0 1–2
300 gr. Bolt Cash Icon.svg 600 30 m 10 0 1–2
350 gr. Trad. Arrow Cash Icon.svg 500 0.07 Weight Icon.svg 20 m 15 0 1–3
420 gr. Arrow Cash Icon.svg 700 50 0 2–7
420 gr. Bolt Cash Icon.svg 770 30 m 50 0 2–7
540 gr. Trad. Arrow Cash Icon.svg 750 0.08 Weight Icon.svg 20 m 75 0 4–7
600 gr. Arrow Cash Icon.svg 880 90 0 7–9
600 gr. Bolt Cash Icon.svg 950 30 m 90 0 7–9
700 gr. Trad. Arrow Cash Icon.svg 900 0.09 Weight Icon.svg 20 m 90 0 8–9
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