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Ammunition is a major feature and item featured in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Overview

Ammunition in Redemption 2 expands upon the feature as it appeared in Red Dead Redemption; whereas the previous game simply featured different ammunition for every weapon type, Redemption 2 features several different ammo types for each category, differentiating in range, damage or accuracy.

Ammunition can be purchased from both General Stores and Gunsmiths.

Ammunition types

Handgun Ammunition

Name Dmg Rng Acc Base Price Source
Revolver Cartridges - Regular - - - $1.00 for 60 Buy or loot
Regular cartridges are plentiful.
Revolver Cartridges - Split Point +0.2 - +0.5 NA Craft
Split point drain Dead Eye slower while in the chamber.
Revolver Cartridges - High Velocity +0.2 +0.5 - $2.00 for 60 Buy
High velocity can pierce multiple targets.
Revolver Cartridges - Express +0.5 - - $1.50 for 60 Buy/Uncommon loot
Express cartridges can be made into Explosive cartridges.
Revolver Cartridges - Explosive +1.0 - - NA Craft
1 x Express Cartridge + 1 Animal Fat
Pistol Cartridges - Regular - - - $1.00 for 30 Buy or loot
Regular pistol cartridges cost twice as much as Revolver Cartridges.
Pistol Cartridges - Split Point +0.2 - +0.3 NA Craft
Split point drain Dead Eye slower while in the chamber.
Pistol Cartridges - High Velocity +0.2 +0.3 - $2.50 for 30 Buy
High velocity can pierce multiple targets.
Pistol Cartridges - Express +0.5 - - $1.50 for 30 Buy
Express cartridges can be made into Explosive cartridges.
Pistol Cartridges - Explosive +1.0 - - NA Craft
1 x Express Cartridge + 1 Animal Fat

Repeater and Rifle Ammunition

Name Dmg Rng Acc Base Price Source
Repeater Cartridges - Regular - - - $1.50 for 60 Buy or loot
Regular cartridges are plentiful.
Repeater Cartridges - Split Point +0.2 - +0.5 NA Craft
Split point drain Dead Eye slower while in the chamber.
Repeater Cartridges - High Velocity +0.2 +0.3 - $2.50 for 60 Buy
High velocity can pierce multiple targets.
Repeater Cartridges - Express +0.6 - - $2.00 for 60 Buy
Express cartridges can be made into Explosive cartridges.
Repeater Cartridges - Explosive +1.0 - - NA Craft
1 x Express Cartridge + 1 Animal Fat
Rifle Cartridges - Regular - - - $1.50 for 30 Buy or loot
Regular cartridges are common.
Rifle Cartridges - Split Point +0.2 - +0.5 NA Craft
Split point drain Dead Eye slower while in the chamber.
Rifle Cartridges - High Velocity +0.2 +0.3 - $3.00 for 30 Buy
High velocity can pierce multiple targets.
Rifle Cartridges - Express +0.6 - - $2.00 for 30 Buy/Uncommon loot
Express cartridges can be made into Explosive cartridges.
Rifle Cartridges - Explosive +1.0 - - NA Craft
1 x Express Cartridge + 1 Animal Fat
Rifle Cartridges - Varmint - - - $1.00 for 60 Buy or loot
Lowest damage bullets for hunting small game. Same rating as Small Game Arrows.

Shotgun shells and Arrows

Name Dmg Rng Acc Base Price Source
Shotgun Shells - Regular - - - $1.00 for 18 Buy or loot
Regular shotgun shells can be used in crafting Small Game Arrows.
Shotgun Shells - Slug - +0.2 +0.8 $1.50 for 18 Buy
Can be used to make Explosive shotgun shells.
Shotgun Shells - Buckshot Incendiary +0.6 - - NA Craft
1 x Regular Shotgun Shell + 1 Moonshine
Pamphlet found at Copperhead Landing.
Shotgun Shells - Explosive +1.0 +0.2 +0.8 NA Craft
1 x Slug Shotgun Shell + 1 Animal Fat
Pamphlet found in New Austin.
Arrows - - - $0.50 for 5 Buy
Arrows can sometimes be retrieved from targets.
Arrow - Small Game -0.8 - - NA Craft
1 x Arrow + 1 x Flight Feather + 1 x Regular Shotgun Shell
Arrow - Improved +0.6 - - NA Craft
1 x Arrow + 1 x Flight Feather
Arrow - Fire +0.8 - - NA Craft
1 x Arrow + 1 x Flight Feather + 1 x Animal Fat
"Sets fire to target and surroundings."
Arrow - Poison +0.2 - - NA Craft
1 x Arrow + 1 x Flight Feather + 1 x Oleander Sage
Poison Arrow Pamphlet is sold by Fences.
Arrow - Dynamite +1.6 - - NA Craft
1 x Arrow + 1 x Flight Feather + 1 x Dynamite
Pamphlet is found at Wapiti Indian Reservation.

Trivia

  • Explosive cartridges are the most powerful ammunition type. However, players can carry a very limited number of them, such as 20 Rifle Explosive cartridges.
    • They are greatly suitable for hunting Legendary Animals as their pelt cannot be damaged by any means.
    • On the other hand, players should avoid using explosive ammunition when hunting normal animals because it will damage the pelts.
  • Beside damage and range, High Velocity cartridges also increase the penetration power of the guns which make it possible to kill multiple enemies in a single shot.
  • In the case that players want to loot dead bodies of enemies after gunfight, avoid using incendiary shells, fire arrows or fire bottles because the burned corpses cannot be looted.

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