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Escape From Tarkov: Best Ammo Types

Escape From Tarkovis one first-person shooter not to take lightly when it comes to finding the best ammo. With a cornucopia of weapons, armor, and ammunition to sift through, finding efficient ammo can be mind-boggling for beginners.

There are 80 types of ammunition to find within Escape From Tarkov and they're all certainly not equal. Since this game is an MMO, there are quite a few role-playing elements that need to be juggled in order to make player's avatars become the ultimate killing machine. Escape From Tarkov was initially released as a closed Beta on July 17, 2017, by Battlestate Games and it's been updated regularly ever since. Now provides a more open-world experience with added locations such as; the lab, interchange, and the reserve. This game takes place in Northwestern Russia between 2015 and 2026 within a fictional city called "Tarkov". The city is collapsing because of political and economic turmoil which generated two factions that are at perpetual war.

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One faction is 'United Security' which are mercenaries hired by a Western corporation called 'TerraGroup' to cover up all the political scandals and maintain order. The other faction is called 'Scavs' and they are locals fighting for their city to ward off the presence of United Security. Each faction has its merits and taking time to find loot and storing up resources in a stash is a good way to sort through various items. Selling items at the flea market is effective for garnering much-needed cash and, of course, better equipment can get highly expensive. Although using what type of ammo and other components is just a preference to players playstyle, this game has rather realistic ballistics regarding different calibers and ammunition.

Knowing The Best Ammo In Escape From Tarkov

There are an estimated 55 weapons and 80 variations of ammo to find in Escape From Tarkov. Using effective ammunition is dependant on stats reflecting on caliber, flesh damage, armor damage, and meta-leg damage. It's recommended that going on quests and completing some raids to upgrade loyalty with traders to obtain upper-tier equipment. This will help players level-up and have access to better equipment, especially with Prapor. With each cartridge and magazine, players can switch out different bullets to experiment with loadouts and get a feel which is best to use depending on their playstyle. The following is a list of different pistol cartridges and assault rifle magazines and which bullets go best with which weapon.

Getting a hold of an assault rifle, such as an AK-47, and loading up the magazine with either; BS, BT or 7N39 rounds can make a handy armor shattering weapon. Encountering players with Class-4 armor or lower will go down quickly with this loadout. If players need an absolute choice while on a budget, then the 7N39 rounds are the way to go.

All the M4A1 variations that are found within the game have a myriad of options regarding firepower. This particular rifle isn't very good at tearing through armor with its bullets, but leg-meta damage and blacking out limbs is another good strategy to have. If that's the case, then loading up the magazine with; Warmage, M855, MK 255 Mod 0 and M995 is what players need. If by chance, players come across armored opponents, then the M995 rounds are the best chance for survival.

The SNB can be highly effective with a well-placed shot in the chest with armored players. This particular bullet can be loaded up with the SVD, Mosin and SV-98 sniper rifles and they have a high penetration rate. Players who like being surgical with their shots and like to hit between armor, then the 7N1 rounds with a scope can be their best friend.

Using the M61 and M62 ammunition type with the assortment of long-range rifles such as the; RSASS, DVL-10, M700, SA-58, and M1A is best used while breaking armor at a distance. The M61 is useful for slightly tearing through about any armor and the M62 is most effective with medium-class armor. Stocking up on these bullets is an excellent choice for players that use sniping techniques.

The AP SX, FMJ SX, and Subsonic SX go together really well with MP7A1 and MP7A2. All these rounds offer rather average stats with damage. However, players who rather use smaller weapons with a high-rate of fire will find that this combination rather deadly in close-quarter standoffs.

If players have an SR-1MP Gyurza then it is recommended to use the SP13 and SP10 rounds. If players are in a pinch with resources, then the SP11 and SP12 should be a secondary choice since they don't offer very high penetration with armor.

Only the VSS Vintorez and AS Val uses the 7N9 SPP and 7N12 BP rounds. Useful against medium-class armor, SP6 can be a good substitute early in the game for new players. Otherwise, if players can afford it, then it is recommended that players stock up on the variety of SPP and BP rounds.

Stockpiling on BP and PS rounds for all the AK variations found in Escape From Tarkov is the best way to go. With the AK-104, AKM, SKS, AK-103, and VEPR, these bullets are a good combination with flesh and armor damage. If players only have to choose one of these two options, then the BP rounds are the best way to go. They provide well-rounded damage to both flesh and armor. Meanwhile, the PS rounds do a little more damage to flesh, but not on armor.

Players that like a good, crunchy punch with their firepower will enjoy using the Star and Devastator Slugs for the TOZ-106. The 12/70 Star Slug has better armor penetration in comparison to the Devastator Slug. However, if players are looking for something that has high flesh damage, then the Devastator Slug is a prime choice.

If players only have access to alternate shotguns other than the TOZ-106, then the 12/70 AP20 Slug and 12/70 8.5mm Magnum Buckshot are the way to go. If armor damage is needed, then the AP20 slug is the best choice for shredding players. Although, the Magnum Buckshot is nothing to shrug at either. The spray of pellets can do massive damage to limbs and will slow down players in a split second.

The Vepr AKM and VPO-209 have relatively decent range and moderate armor damage with EKO and FMJ ammunition types. If available, the best combination is the EKO and VPO-209. It will provide players some pretty good armor damage and a rather healthy amount of velocity.

These clips go with the Gyurza and are a fine addition within any armory when it comes to pistols. If players are in need of a handgun with high armor damage, then the SP13 and SP10 with the 9x21mm Gyurza is the way to go.

Single-handed weapons such as the P90 SMG and 5-7 pistol go with the SS 190 and SS 193 rounds. These rounds garner a hearty arsenal regarding pulverizing armor with a quick re-load. The main difference between these two ammunition types is that the SS 193 rounds are subsonic rounds. If used with a sound suppressor, these bullets will make the discharge of the weapon extra quiet, providing an effective stealthy option for players.

In Escape From Tarkov, players will need the AP 6.3 and Luger CCI rounds for smaller weapons. There is a large variety of pistols and SMG's that use these bullets. These include the; GLOCK 17, GLOCK 18C, M9A3, MP-443, P226R, MP5, MP5K-N, MP9, MP9-N, MPX, PP-19-01, and Saiga-9. Combining these rounds with these weapons offer good flesh damage, but not really against armor. Using the Luger CCI with SMG's is an excellent way to tear down opponents if players prefer smaller weapons with moderate damage and high velocity.

When it comes to having a secondary weapon, the TT Pistol is a rather good choice to have on a player's side. These only take PT GZH and PST GZH rounds. These are especially recommended for new players since they offer good penetration against armored-up players. If flesh damage something players are looking for, then the LRNPC rounds can get the job done.

The SP7, SP8 and PSV rounds have moderate damage stats, but avoid using them during combat with armored opponents. These bullet types can be all-around useful if armor isn't a factor during shootouts.

Escape From Tarkov is a game that can have an overwhelming amount of "tools of destruction" for new players. With its realistic take on ballistics and anatomical damage, players have many layers to consider. Of course, the main draw for any FPS is the weapons and gear involved and this game has all that in spades. It's recommended to go out into the battlefield and find what is most suitable. With any luck, players will quickly adapt to its unique environment and quickly garner bragging rights across its community.

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 Escape From Tarkov is available on Macintosh Operating Systems and Microsoft Windows.

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[Top 10] Escape From Tarkov Best Ammo

You line up your shot with your trusty AK-74. 

He hasn’t seen you yet, you’ve got the upper hand.

Your red dot sights firmly aimed at his chest. Now’s your chance...

Bullets hail down as you unload an entire clip into your enemy.

Before he casually turns and one-shots you in the head.

Does this sound familiar? 

If it does, you might just be using the wrong ammo. And in Escape From Tarkov, a hardcore hyper-realistic FPS game, you can’t afford to make mistakes.

But don’t worry! That’s why I’m here to talk you through the Top 10 best ammo types in the game, so you can pack your mags full of the good stuff and finally get the kills you deserve. 

*Note: These are in no particular order. There are so many factors to take into account like budget, play style, etc. Plus, ammo opinions are just like Tarkov horror stories - everybody has one. 

10. BS - 5.45x39 mm

No BS here!

There’s nothing BS about this baby. With a bullet velocity of 830 m/s, a penetration of 51, and a damage of 40; BS rounds will make most level 4-5 armour look like a paper bib. Plus there’s a fragmentation chance of 17% for that tasty, tasty extra damage. 

Three taps to the thorax with these bullets and it’s ‘bye bye Vladamir’. 

The downsides here are that it might struggle a bit with level 6 armour and is definitely on the pricey side as it’s currently going for around 1850 RUB on the flea market. 

  • Projective Speed: 830 m/s
  • Damage: 40
  • Penetration Power: 51
  • Armour Damage: 57%
  • Accuracy: -3%
  • Recoil: +10%
  • Fragmentation Chance: 17%
  • Ricochet Chance: 38%

Pro tip: You can get a pack of 30 BS rounds if you trade two packs of Malboro Cigarettes and two cans of Hot Rod with a Prapor LL3. Maybe cigarettes aren't so bad after all?!

9. 7N39 “Igolnik” - 5.45x39 mm

Igolnik is Russian for OP (it's not)

Okay, now we’re really getting into it. When you’re roaming the streets of Tarkov, the 7N39 “Igolnik” is a bullet you don’t want to be seeing the business end of. 

This bad boy will take your armour out on a date and then not call it the next day. 

Essentially what I’m trying to say is: this ammo rocks.

With a bullet velocity of 905 m/s, and a recoil of 15; these rounds are lean, mean, killing machines. 

But as with every good thing, there is a sour side. 

These bullets are tough to come by. Your options are to pay a premium in the flea market, scavenge them off the body of the Scav Boss “Killa” (good luck), or craft them in the hideout. 

  • Projective Speed: 905 m/s
  • Damage: 37
  • Penetration Power: 62
  • Armour Damage: 60%
  • Recoil: +15%
  • Fragmentation Chance: 2%
  • Ricochet Chance: 38%

Pro-tip: You can craft a pack of 260 7N39 with a level 3 Workbench in the hideout, but it’ll cost you two of each gunpowder. Penetration comes at a price I guess!

8. M995 - 5.56x45 mm

Little metal kisses

Ping.

Did you feel that bullet whizz past your head faster than the speed of Barry Allen?

That was almost certainly the M995 with a huge bullet velocity of 1013 m/s.

The M995 is an end game round that will cost you a pretty penny, but my word is it worth it. 

This penetrates armour all the way up to level 6 and if you hit your shots, there won’t be much of your enemy left to loot. 

There’s also a nice, low recoil at only +8%, so this round is perfect for your laser beam builds. 

As with most of these high-tier rounds, they’re hard to come by as they’re gated by Peacekeeper LL4 and have a very expensive crafting recipe. 

  • Projective Speed: 1013 m/s
  • Damage: 40
  • Penetration Power: 53
  • Armour Damage: 58%
  • Recoil: +8%
  • Fragmentation Chance: 32%
  • Ricochet Chance: 36%

Pro-tip: If you’re a low-level Larry, then I’d recommend keeping hold of these rounds if you find them. They’re far too precious to waste on an unmodded gun.

7. BT - 5.45x39 mm

More affordable = more dead bad guys

Were you getting a bit depressed thinking you’ll never be able to afford any good bullets? 

I sure was.

That’s why the BT round is swooping in to save the day. 

The BT is a tracer round; which essentially means a round that, when shot, emits a nice bright trail; meaning you can admire the pretty red colour as one flies into your chest.

It doesn’t pack a penetrative punch as much as the previous rounds but with a high damage stat of 44, this bullet is capable of two-tapping people with armour up to level 4. And who doesn’t love two-tapping people?!

These rounds are relatively common to find on Scavs or as loose loot, so you can keep a constant supply. They’re also much cheaper to buy in the flea market at roughly 230 RUB a round. If bartering is your style, then they’re an easy trade with Prapor LL1 & LL2 for only two cans of delicious beef stew, or one Dry Fuel. 

Just don’t ask what he’s doing with the fuel… or the stew actually...

  • Projective Speed: 880 m/s
  • Damage: 44
  • Penetration Power: 37
  • Armour Damage: 49%
  • Accuracy: -2%
  • Recoil: +3%
  • Fragmentation Chance: 16%
  • Ricochet Chance: 37%

Pro-tip: This is a great mid-game round. Always keep a decent stash of these as the high damage will come in handy against other mid-tier players and Scavs. 

6. BP - 7.62x39 mm

So you can finally say goodbye to PS

The highest penetration round in this calibre, the BP round is a delicious mix of high penetration, high damage, and (relative) affordability. 

These rounds are what you’ll upgrade to once you’ve outgrown your PS rounds but still love running around with an SKS like a madman. 

A helmet’s bane, these metal kisses will one-shot most headgear. So get your aim right and you’ll be taking down beefed-up PMCs left, right, and centre. 

  • Projective Speed: 730 m/s
  • Damage: 58
  • Penetration Power: 47
  • Armour Damage: 63%
  • Accuracy: -3%
  • Recoil: +5%
  • Fragmentation Chance: 12%
  • Ricochet Chance: 31.5%

Pro-tip: You can buy these rounds from Prapor LL3, but only after you’ve completed his task “The Punisher - Part 5”.

5. M80 - 7.62x51 mm

All metal, all fun.

Ahh M80… This round is like a burger and fries after a long hard day - it may not be the flashiest, but damn does it get the job done. 

No article named ‘Top 10 Escape From Tarkov Best Ammo’ would be complete without a mention of this. It would be criminal. 

Some call this the ultimate budget round for this calibre, and I’d have to agree with them. It’s got great damage and will reliably get through armour up to level 4. 

Before the thorax HP was buffed to 85, this round was a nightmare for anybody foolish enough to not be wearing armour. Although at least they wouldn’t have much time to regret the decision as one shot would send them to ‘a better place’. Though let’s be honest, anywhere that’s not Tarkov is a better place.

  • Projective Speed: 833 m/s
  • Damage: 80
  • Penetration Power: 41
  • Armour Damage: 66%
  • Fragmentation Chance: 17%
  • Ricochet Chance: 38%

Pro-Tip: You can grab this round from the Peacekeeper LL2, which makes it a super accessible bullet from an early stage. Just remember to buy and sell from the Peacekeeper from the start to help level him up!

4. M61 - 7.62x51 mm

Bye-bye Scavvy

Okay, let’s talk common sense and logistics here:

If you’re going to be wearing your best gear, best armour, and best weapons - you’re probably only going to be killed by people doing the same. 

Right?

So, you might as well also be using your best ammo. 

M61. Please make your way to the stage.

Now, some people are going to say to you:

“But what about the M993?! It’s got a higher penetration power!”

Don’t listen to these people. They obviously have far too much money.

The M61 is the perfect end-game round that will do essentially the same job as the M993 but with a better price. I mean sure, if you have Rubles coming out the wazzoo then go for it. Must be nice to be you...

  • Projective Speed: 849 m/s
  • Damage: 70
  • Penetration Power: 64
  • Armour Damage: 83%
  • Accuracy: +3%
  • Recoil: +10%
  • Fragmentation Chance: 13%
  • Ricochet Chance: 30%

Pro-tip: Seriously, use this round instead of the M993...

3. M62 - 7.62x51 mm

It's like if fireworks were a bullet!

If, like me,  you love nothing more than climbing to the top of a tall hill, getting out your sniper, and pretending people’s heads are watermelons; then this is the round for you.

I personally wouldn’t use this round for general gunfights as it’s penetration power doesn’t come near to matching the M61, but with higher damage, it’s absolutely perfect for making people’s heads, arms and legs very, very squishy. 

  • Projective Speed: 816 m/s
  • Damage: 79
  • Penetration Power: 44
  • Armour Damage: 75%
  • Accuracy: -6%
  • Recoil: -5%
  • Fragmentation Chance: 14%
  • Ricochet Chance: 38%

Pro-tip: This is a tracer round with a green trail. The downside of this is you’re easier to spot, the upside is if you’re sniping; it’s perfect for tracking your shots and adjusting your aim accordingly.

2. AP-20 Slug - 12/70

Your one-stop cure for toomanylimbs-itus

It’s about time shotguns got some love right?! And boy do we love a shotgun in Escape From Tarkov. 

Before I continue, let me just quickly go over the difference between Buckshot and a Slug:

It’s super simple: Buckshot has a shorter range but a wider spread as it’s made up of lots of pellets. Slugs have a small spread, but a longer range as it’s just one entity. 

Easy right?

But if you’re a fan of the ol’ boomstick, then look no further than the AP-20 Slug. 

This little devil will scratch that curiosity itch you have of wondering what your enemies’ insides look like. Again, putting it simply, it’s just great fun.

It might not do that well against armour, but with a crazy high damage of 164; any shot that hits flesh is almost guaranteed to be a kill shot. 

So grab your gun and start aiming for some legs. 

  • Projective Speed: 510 m/s
  • Damage: 164
  • Penetration Power: 37
  • Armour Damage: 65%
  • Accuracy: +125%
  • Recoil: +50%
  • Ricochet Chance: 10%

Pro-tip: This round can be crafted in your hideout with a level 3 Workbench for one “Hawk” gunpowder and two damaged hard drives. Don’t ask me why they have to be damaged, they just do. 

1. 7N31 - 9x19 mm 

The amount of times I've been head-eyes'd by these is incredibly upsetting

The 7N31 is the ultimate round for pistols and SMGs. Try and change my mind. Fight me if you have to. This is a hill I’m willing to die on. 

With the highest penetration of any 9x19 rounds, these rounds are to the Vector, what wine is to cheese. The perfect combo.

With a lovely, low recoil; this round will melt the face straight off your enemies faster than you can say ‘what’s that metal thing flying towards my face?’

Literally, the only downside of these rounds is the price. They’re expensive to craft and expensive to buy on the flea market. 

  • Projective Speed: 560 m/s
  • Damage: 52
  • Penetration Power: 39
  • Armour Damage: 55%
  • Accuracy: +5%
  • Recoil: +15%
  • Fragmentation Chance: 5%
  • Ricochet Chance: 20%

Pro-tip: If you don’t have the cash or the resources to buy these rounds, I’d definitely recommend holding off on using these until you’ve looted a nice stash and have a good gun to put them in.

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So there we have it! My take on the Top 10 ammo types in Escape From Tarkov. 

There are literally hundreds of different rounds in the game which makes it so tough to narrow it down to 10. I’ve tried to give a mix of quality rounds and decent budget rounds so I’ve definitely had to leave out some great contenders. 

If you disagree with any of my choices, think it’s criminal that a round has been left out or just want to share what your favourite choice is; comment below and we’ll talk it out! 

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The Escape from Tarkov Ammo Guide

In Escape From Tarkov you want to deal as much damage as efficiently as possible. Sure, you have a powerful sniper rifle, or an M4 with a high rate of fire that can empty mags with barely any recoil, but if your bullets aren’t up to scratch it'll be like you're not shooting anything at all. Knowing which type of ammo you’re using, what you’re using it for, and what its best function is, can be a difficult learning curve that many Tarkov players will have to overcome. This guide will introduce you to the different ammunition and make sure that you are making the most of your hard-earned weapons.

Types of ammunition

The AS VAL in Escape from Tarkov, by Battlestate Games.

There are many different bullets in Escape From Tarkov. From the ubiquitous 5.56x45mm used by M4’s and 7.62x39mm NATO loaded into AKM’s, to the more esoteric cartridges like the 9x39mm for the VSS. If you manage to get through the early hours of Tarkov without buying the wrong sized bullet for your weapon, then you are doing well. It’s all too easy to confuse 5.56 with 5.45.

Getting the right ammo for the right gun is only the start though, as each calibre comes in a variety of types, with some being basic surplus ammo designed to move slowly and avoid ricochet, while others are hollow point rounds for dealing high damage to flesh. If you’re choosing to hunt down highly armoured players then you’re going to need something with high penetration, but if you’re able to choose your targets carefully then you can use lower penetration ammo that deals very high damage.

The best 9x19mm in Escape From Tarkov

The MP9 in Escape from Tarkov by Battlestate Games.

The small pistol calibre is used in handguns and many submachine guns such as the MP5, and MP9-N. The rounds themselves tend to do less damage, and travel slower. This means they are affected more by range and lose a lot of their impact. However, the weapons that fire this round tend to be able to put a lot of bullets out very quickly and with little recoil. This makes it excel in small spaces or if you can close the distance and overwhelm your opponents with a hailstorm of bullets.

If you’re using this cartridge to take out armoured opponents, you’re going to want the 9x19mm AP 6.3, which you can find on the Flea Market or from Peacekeeper at loyalty level 3. It has the lowest overall damage of the 9x19 family, but it had the best penetration and armour damage. If flat damage is what you’re after, and aren’t worried about armour, you can use the 9x19mm RIP rounds which do huge damage to exposed body parts, while being completely defeated by armour. It’s worth mentioning the 9x19 Luger CCI, which is a good intermediate between the two listed above.

The best 5.45x39mm in Escape From Tarkov

Trading with Prapor in Escape from Tarkov by Battlestate Games.

This rifle round is used by the AK-74 varieties, as well as the AK-105 and RPK-16. It has comparable speed and effect to the US 5.56x45 rounds. There are many varieties of this round so sorting through the list can be quite difficult. If you’re looking for high penetration, you’re going to want the 7N39 “Igolnik” rounds which can only be looted, crafted, or acquired from the flea market. If this is unavailable then try out the 5.45x39mm BS rounds, sold by Prapor at loyalty level 4. If high overall damage is more your style, then the hollow point rounds sold by Jaeger at loyalty level 2, the 5.45x39mm HP, will do lots of damage with little armour penetration.

The best 5.56x45mm in Escape From Tarkov

The AK-101 in Escape from Tarkov, by Battlestate Games.

The NATO cartridge that is used in the Colt M4A1, Heckler and Koch’s 416A5, and the budget ADAR 2-15. It can be fired very rapidly from weapons with the function to do so. If you’re looking to cut through high tier armour like butter, you will want to use the 5.56x45mm M995 rounds as these have the best anti-armour capabilities. They are only sold by Peacekeeper at Loyalty Level 4 which can take some work to get to. If you don’t feel like trawling the flea market for them, you can try the M855A1 which Peacekeeper sells at level 3. If it’s straight damage you’re after, then you should use Warmage ammo which can be traded for once you get Peacekeeper to Level 3.

The best 7.62x39mm in Escape From Tarkov

The AKM, and SKS variants fire this chunky round and can devastate opponents when it hits. The rounds you’ll want to use are the 7.62x39mm BP, which are unlocked after you complete part 5 of the Punisher questline and get Prapor to Loyalty Level 3. All the other available rounds are worse in every way, apart from the 7.62x39mm HP, which has the highest damage, but the lowest penetration. It is also worth bearing in mind that the 7.62x39mm US rounds are subsonic, and will fire without a loud sonic boom, but are a shade weaker than the BP rounds and travel much slower so expect bullet drop to be harsher.

The best 7.62x51mm in Escape From Tarkov

The M700 with 7.62x51mm M80 ammo in Escape from Tarkov.

This round is used in a variety of weapons, from Assault rifles like the SA-58 and DT MDR .308, Designated Marksman Rifles including the M1A, RSASS and SR-25, to sniper rifles like the M700 and Orsis T-5000. This is the round you want if you're looking at targets through a scope and want to put them down in as few shots as possible.

For high penetration, you’ll want to use the 7.62x51mm M61 which can be bought from Peacekeeper at loyalty level 4, but you’ll need to complete the quest Wet Job – Part 6. There is no hollow-point sniper round, but there is the 7.62x51mm Ultra Nosler which functions basically the same and boasts some very high damage numbers, despite not getting through armour.

Now that you know which rounds to use when you’re out player hunting, taking down Scavs for tasks, or simply trying to escape with some decent loot in your bag, you should find your shots being more effective, and engagements far more satisfying. Just be prepared for the hit to your rouble count when picking up these high performing bullets.

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Complete S-F Ammo Tier List - Escape from Tarkov

Tarkov has many different guns and many different calibers of ammunition. On top of that, most calibers have a number of different options for you to choose from. Sure an MP5 takes 9x19mm Parabellum, but do you use RIP? Pst gzh? PSO gzh?

Ammo Chart - Best Ammo To Use in Escape From Tarkov

This in depth Escape From Tarkov ammo chart guide will explain everything from ammunition for each weapon type to how to understand ammo charts.

What is the best ammo in Escape from tarkov?

As with seemingly all things in Tarkov, this has both a very simple answer and a very complicated one. I’m going to provide the list of ammo up-front. I’ve listed each caliber with what I believe to be the best performing cartridge, and the ones I believe to be the best value for your money. Minimum Viable has been attributed to ammunition that can be used when looted but shouldn’t really be bought. There’s a lot of caveats that went into this list, and if you’d like to understand it further please read on after it.

If you’re just here for the quick grab, here’s a list of each caliber with their Minimum Viable, Best Value, and Best Performing variants. Just CTRL+F to search for your gun or caliber. The list assumes chest shots.

EFT Ammo Chart

Rifle Ammo

5.45x39mm: used in all variants of the AK-74, the AK105, and RPK16
Best Performance: 5.45×39 mm 7N39 “Igolnik” (Can only be looted or crafted)
Best Value: 5.45×39 mm BT (or) 5.45×39 mm BP
Minimum Viable : 5.45×39 mm PP
(Note: currently the BS variant performs much better than BT, but it sells on the flea market for basically the same price as 7N39. If you can find BS, use it, but do not purchase it in the current market.)

5.56x45mm NATO: used in the ADAR, AK-101, AK-102, DT MDR, HK 416A5, and TX-15DML
Best Performance: 5.56×45 mm M995
Best Value: 5.56×45 mm M855A1 (or) 5.56×45 mm M856A1
Minimum Viable: 5.56×45 mm M855

7.62x39mm: Used in the SKS, OP-SKS, AK-103, AK-104, and all variants of the AKM
Best Performance: 7.62×39 mm BP
Best Value: 7.62×39 mm PS
(Note: both the US and HP variants are viable when exclusively going for the legs. HP is dirt cheap and has the highest raw damage of all 7.62×39, but US reduces recoil by a massive 30%, which makes it much easier to hold on someone’s leg. US however has a much lower muzzle velocity, and that means it falls much faster)

7.62x51mm NATO: Used in the Vepr Hunter, SA-58, DT MDR .308, M1A, SR-25, M700, T-500, DVL-10, and RSASS
Best Performance: 7.62×51 mm M61
Best Value: 7.62×51 mm M80
Minimum Viable: 7.62×51 mm TPZ SP

7.62x54mmR: used in all variants of the AK-74, the AK105, and RPK16
Best Performance:7.62x54R 7N37
Best Value:7.62x54R LPS Gzh
(Note: Here the LPS Gzh variant is the ammunition relevant to most players, as it can kill in one shot to the chest and will reliably penetrate most armors. 7N37 has much higher penetration, and can penetrate all armors very reliably, but will not kill in one shot to the chest.)

9x39mm: used in the AS VAL and VSS Vintorez
Best Performance: 9×39 mm 7N12 BP
Best Value: 9×39 mm SP-5
(Note: While BP has “better” stats overall, it costs around 2000 Roubles per bullet, and in a demonstration against level 6 armor it really only takes off about ⅕ of second on time-to-kill compared to SP-5 when used in the AS Val.

.366 TKM: Only used in the Vepr AKM/VPO-209 and the VPO-215
.366 TKM can’t be described in terms of “Best Performance” and “Best Value”. All versions of it are dirt cheap and have terrible performance. I mentioned that I try to be objective with how I present information and avoid letting my opinion or the general “meta” of the game to take precedent and that I’ll give more commentary for this article. .366 TKM is a big part of that. Don’t buy it, I don’t even think you should shoot it if you find it unless it’s very early into a wipe. If you must, use whichever you have, and find unarmored targets.

12.7x55mm STs-130: used only in the ASh-12
Best Performance: 12.7×55 mm PS12B
Minimum Viable: 12.7×55 mm PS12

SMG & Pistol Ammo

9x19mm Parabellum: Pistols – Glock 17, Glock 18C, MP-443 “Grach”, and P226R.
SMGs – MP5, MP5K-N, MPX, PP-19-01, Vityaz-SN, Saiga-9,
MP9, MP9-N
Best Performance: 9x19mm RIP if going for legs, 9x19mm AP 6.3 if going for headshots
Best Value: 9x19mm PSO gzh

9x18mm Makarov: Pistols – APB, APS, PB pistol, PM (t) pistol, PM pistol
SMGs – PP-9 “Klin”, PP-91 “Kedr”, PP-91-01 “Kedr-B”
Best Performance: 9×18 mm PM PMM for all pistols and the Klin SMG, or 9×18 mm PM PBM if using the Kedr or Kedr-B
Minimum Viable: 9×18 mm PM 9 BZT gzh
(Note: the Klin, Kedr, and Kedr-B all share magazines, but the Kedr and Kedr-B can’t fire PM PMM. This means you can load a Kedr’s magazine with PMM, and load the magazine into the gun, but it will not fire)

7.62x25mm Tokarev: Used in the TT pistol, and the gold TT pistol
Best Performance: 7.62x25mm TT Pst gzh
Minimum Viable: 7.62x25mm TT PT gzh
(Note: use Pst gzh if you have access to it, basically all 7.62×25 is the same price on the flea market)

9x21mm Gyurza: used in the SR-1MP Gyurza
Best Performance: 9×21 mm SP13
Best Value: 9×21 mm SP10

Shotgun Ammo

12x70mm (12 gauge): used in the M870, MP-133, MP-153, & Saiga-12
Best Slugs: 12/70 Flechette against armor, 12×70 RIP against legs and soft targets
Best Value: 12/70 8.5 mm “Magnum” Buckshot (limited range because it’s buckshot, but two shots to the legs will kill)

20x70mm: used in the TOZ-106
Best Performance: 20/70 5.6mm Buckshot / 20/70 Slug Star Slug
(Note: 20/70 isn’t very useful right now since the only weapon that uses it is the 106, and that means it’s rarely sold on the flea market. But if you can, the Star Slug can allow the 106 accurate enough for reliable headshots)

Understanding Ammo

Like all things in Tarkov, ammo is not as simple as in most games. Here I’ll be giving you a quick little breakdown in how ammo actually works, so you can reference the numbers on the EFT wiki or NoFoodAfterMidnight’s Ammo and Armor Chart and understand them yourself.

Effectively all cartridges have 3 major stats and 1 stat that would be important but is currently bugged.

How Exactly Does Damage Work?

Damage is the amount of health that gets subtracted from any limbs you strike. Damage is reduced as the bullet passes through walls/doors/armor/people but only enough to matter in some exceptional circumstances (such as shooting someone through a door and his buddy).

How does penetration work in tarkov?

This value determines how likely a projectile is to penetrate armor. A bullet has a 90% chance to penetrate if its penetration value is 10x the level of the armor.

  • ⦁ 40 penetration is 96% likely to pen level 3
  • ⦁ 30 penetration is 90% likely to pen level 3
  • ⦁ 20 penetration is 10% likely to pen level 3
  • (Note: as you can see here, this is not a linear relationship. Increased penetration is extremely valuable up to around 3 or 4 points under the 90% mark, and where armor degradation will quickly round it off)

If the projectile penetrates the armor, it will continue through, but can still be intercepted by additional layers of armor. This is relevant for preventing SMGs or shotguns from degrading your high-level armor by wearing a rig over it that can catch weak projectiles.

This penetration value is also relevant for determining object and player penetration. It’s difficult to say how penetration interacts with doors and walls, but if a projectile has less than 20 penetration, it won’t penetrate a player.

How does Armor Damage work?

This is a percentage value used when calculating how much damage armor will take from a projectile both if penetrated and if stopped.

That calculation involves quite a number of variables including what material the armor is made of, the angle of impact, and the distance you shot over, but overall just know the armor damage stat is better if it’s higher. Finally, armor is damaged much more if it actually stops a projectile, but is still damaged slightly by projectiles that pass through it.

This can be an extremely relevant factor in determining your choice of ammo since 9x19mm AP 6.3 only has an armor penetration of 25, but an armor damage stat of 48, so it will quickly degrade even fairly resistant armors.

What is fragmentation chance in escape from tarkov?

(Note: As of writing this, fragmentation chance is currently bugged, and the cartridges that would get the most value from it are not able to. If a projectile has less than 20 penetration, it will never fragment regardless of the stated fragmentation chance)

Fragmentation chance is, in simple terms, the percentage chance that any individual hit will deal an additional 50% damage.

In slightly longer terms, fragmentation is literally the projectile breaking off into multiple pieces each of which carries a portion of the initial projectile that overall increases damage by 50%, and each travels on their own separate path. This can lead to fragments damaging additional parts of the body, increases the odds of causing a bleed/fracture, and can also increase damage done to armor while reducing the penetration value of the fragments.

Final Note

So far I’ve tried to remain as objective as I can be when presenting information, and I’ve tried to avoid giving too much of my opinion or mentions of the meta. I feel that a lot of guides out there tell you what to do more than they tell you what you can do, and I don’t want to do that. But here I’ve had to make a few side notes because there’s a lot of easy ways to come to the wrong conclusion about ammo.

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Escape From Tarkov: The 10 Best Ammo Types You Need To Be Using

Using good ammo is can be the key difference between life and death. Very few games, if any, can match the depth of the ammo system in Escape From TarkovAs the wipe progresses, more and more players are using higher class armor which can invalidate certain rounds. Many newer players spend their money on tricking out their weapon, whether it be for stats or appearance, only to die in a raid and see the terrifying "400 damage absorbed by armor" message in the after raid lobby.

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The best way to increase survival percent is by using the best ammo that is also affordable. That's a delicate balance in a game about realistic scarcity and gunplay. Try these 10 ammo types in Escape From Tarkov to get an edge over other players.

10 Armor-Piercing AP-20 Rounds

AP-20 is an armor-piercing shotgun shell that will serve players well. It can penetrate class 4 armor and do so, more often than not, on the first shot. It can also one-shot someone to the thorax if it does penetrate. Effective against higher class armors, AP-20 ammo is often able to make it through class five in just a few shots.

One of the biggest upsides of AP-20 is that the weapons it is shot out of are cheap meaning that players can still stay well within a lower-end budget with them. This ammo is great for a budget kit and has a surprisingly high range, so don't be afraid to take engagements at distance. This slug can compete well within rifle range and is quite accurate. There is no better round to load into a shotgun than AP-20.

9 Take On High Armor Classes With 7n31 Rounds

7n31 is a 9x19 round capable of penetrating class 4 armor on the first shot and making short work of the highest armor classes. It can go through class 6 armor in around 7 shots. That might sound like a lot, but the bullets are fired from weapons such as the Vector that fire at 950 rounds per minute.

With good flesh damage, good penetration, and the privilege of being fired from guns with laser-accurate bullet hoses like the Vector, 7n31 has lots of good things going for it. Unfortunately, that is reflected in the price point. Expect to pay a premium for the round and expect to go through a lot of them. As a result, this is not recommended as a budget round at all.

8 Balance Budget With Power Using 7N1 Rounds

The 7.62x54R 7N1 round is a highly effective and budget-friendly option. It will one-shot enemies in the thorax through class 4 armor every time and can do the same to class 5 or 6 armor with a bit of luck. 7N1 is shot out of a variety of bolt-action rifles meaning that it is great for sniping and long-range engagements but can falter in close quarter-combat.

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7N1 cannot be fired out of any fully automatic weapon. This requires players to take their time and aim shots which can be a death sentence against an enemy who is mag dumping. Still, 7N1 rewards patient players who can use range to their advantage. The SVDS is where the round really shines as it is a semi-automatic rifle that immensely helps out in close-quarter engagements.

7 SNB Rounds: Armor Pen vs. Flesh Damage

Another 7.62x54R round, SNB trades a bit of flesh damage for more penetration. There is no armor in the game that can stop one of these bullets. The downside to such an awesome penetration value is that it is incapable of one-shotting without some sort of lucky fragmentation. As a result, SNB is best paired with an SVDS as it allows for quick two taps to the thorax against every enemy.

SNB is also very effective at range and makes for a fantastic sniping round. A relatively easy to find round in maps like reserve, SNB also serves as a great budget bullet to deal with highly geared enemies and gives every player a fighting chance. Like 7N1, it does suffer against enemies who utilize full-auto weaponry but is more competitive with its guaranteed two tap potential.

6 Close Quarters Supremacy With AP SX Rounds

Similar to the 7n31 round but better in every way, the 4.3x.30mm AP SX round is the best submachine gun round money can buy. Players will need a fair bit of money to buy it, too. Fired exclusively from the two MP7 variants, this round can go through class 6 armor in around 2 shots. This means that the gun has a potential 3 shot to the thorax kill time which is quite fast considering the MP7s shoot at 950 rounds per minute.

The incredible stopping power of this round makes it great for close quarter maps like Factory and Interchange, or in high traffic areas like the Shoreline resort. It is only held back by its range. As a submachine gun round, it won't be very effective once players start to creep into rifle ranges and get outclassed at sniper ranges. However, it is nearly uncontestable in close-quarter combat.

5 BS (No, Not That Kind) Rounds

5.45x39mm BS ammo has helped keep AK's competitive for years against the likes of the M4A1. This round ignores anything class 5 and lower and makes very short work of class 6. Capable of 3-tapping to the thorax, it is a fantastic "spray and pray" type of round. Unlike the submachine gun bullets, BS is shot from a rifle and is quite effective at mid to long-range engagements.

As an AK bullet, it can be loaded into larger magazines such as a 60 round mag. This gives players the ability to quickly and easily take down multiple players without having to reload or worry about opponents' gear. BS is a top tier round that will serve any player well in virtually any scenario and should definitely be purchased if it is within budget.

4 Better Weapons With M995 Rounds

The 5.56xx45mm answer to BS, M995's greatest advantage over the AK counterpart is that it is fired from the superior M4A1 and HK416A5 platforms. The bullet is nearly identical in performance to BS, only having slightly (and irrelevantly) higher penetration and fragmentation chance. The difference in weapons is what separates the two rounds.

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Both the M4A1 and HK416A5 are highly moddable and can be made to have much more manageable recoil than any AK variant. When combined with their higher rates of fire, players are left with a bullet that will be fired more accurately and more quickly. This can be the difference between winning or losing a fight. M995 is also craftable in the hideout which gives players guaranteed and relatively affordable access to it.

3 7n39 Rounds A.K.A. "Igolnik"

The pinnacle of AK bullets, the 5,45x 39mm 7n39 round, known as Igolnik, completely invalidates armor. It will go through every armor in the game like it was nonexistent and will down an enemy in 3 thorax shots. This round is so powerful that it is the ammo of choice for the Interchange Scav boss: Killa. Since it is possible to be target farmed off of the Scav boss, it is relatively affordable and accessible.

With access to 60 round mags, 7n39 is effective at wiping squads. Alternatively, players on a stricter budget can top load their mags with 7n39 and then fill out the rest with cheaper ammo. This strategy cuts down on costs while still giving them the best chance against highly geared players and Scav bosses such as Killa himself.

2 .338 Lapua Magnum AP Rounds

A round so powerful that the gun it is shot from had to be locked behind a quest, .338 Lapua Magnum AP is the best marksman round in the game. It is Tarkov's version of the "golden gun" meaning that it is a one-shot kill to the thorax on anybody. It has a higher penetration value than any other bullet (save mounted weapons) and does over 100 flesh damage. There isn't a better round for sniping than Magnum AP and chances are there never will be.

The only downside to this powerful ammo is that it cannot be fired from a fully automatic weapon. Players need to be able to hit their shot for the ammo to work which can be difficult in closer engagements when enemies are pre-firing with full auto weaponry. But, if people are patient and play their distances right, few can compete with this ammo.

1 The Multi-Tool: M61 Rounds

If players were to only ever use one round for an entire wipe, it would have to be M61. It does everything people want ammo to do. It ignores all armor, does very high damage, can be used in cheap weapons, and can be fired from fully automatic guns. M61 will kill every PMC in two shots to the thorax. It is so powerful that it will kill Killa, who has 210 thorax HP compared to a player's 85, in just 3 shots. As a larger cartridge, it is fantastic at range. Previously, it was the best in the game for sniping until the introduction of Lapua.

M61 is also great for those on a bit of a budget. While the ammo is expensive, it can be fired from cheap guns such as the Hunter rifle. As many of the guns are semi-automatic, players do not need to buy a whole bunch of ammo to make it work well. Regardless of the range, the budget, or the opposition, M61 will give players the edge they need to come out on top.

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Escape from Tarkov Ammo Chart

In-depth comparison of all ammunition types in EfT including detailed graphs and charts for various weapon types

 

Changelog
  • Updated All Penetration, Damage, and ADR% Values. 
  • Updated All "Compatible With" Sections. 
  • Added 13 12x70mm Ammunition Types. 
  • Added 7 20x70mm Ammunition Types. 
  • Added 7 5.7x28mm Ammunition Types. 
  • Added 3 12.7x55mm Ammunition Types. 
  • Added 3 7.62x51mmAmmunition Types. 
  • Added 3 7.62x54mmR Ammunition Types. 
  • Updated All Graphs. 
  • Added Graphs For 5.7x28mm and 12.7x55mm Ammunition Types. 
  • Added Separate Graph for 12x70mm Ammunition Types. 
  • Added Separate Graph for 20x70mm Ammunition Types. 

31.07.2020

  • Ammunition is now sorted by Penetration Power (within respective calibers). 
  • Updated All Penetration, Damage, and ADR% Values. 
  • Updated All "Compatible With" Sections. 
  • Added 5 ".45 ACP" Ammunition Types. 
  • Added .366 TKM AP Ammunition. 
  • Added 9x19mm Para 7N31 Ammunition. 
  • Added 9x19mm Para QuakeMaker Ammunition. 
  • Added 7.62x51mm M993 Ammunition. 
  • Updated All Graphs. 
  • Added a Graph for .45 ACP Ammunition Type. 
  • Added the "Ultimate" Graph that features 2 highest Penetration Power ammunition types of each caliber. 

31.03.2021

  • Updated All Penetration, Damage, and ADR% Values. 
  • Updated All "Compatible With" Sections. 
  • Added 4 "23x75mm" Ammunition Types. 
  • Added a Graph for the "23x75mm" Ammunition Type. 
  • Added 2 ".300 Blackout" Ammunition Types. 
  • Added a Graph for the ".300 Blackout" Ammunition Type. 
  • Added 4 ".338 Lapua Magnum" Ammunition Types. 
  • Added a Graph for the ".338 Lapua Magnum" Ammunition Type. 
  • Added 5.56x45mm SSA AP and 5.56x45mm  Mk 318 Mod 0 (SOST) Ammunition Types. 
  • Added the 7.62x39mm MAI AP Ammunition Type. 
  • Updated All Graphs. 

 

Introduction

Escape from Tarkov does a great job reflecting the real-life ballistics and ammunition behavior. Bullets drop off over distance, lose velocity while traveling through the air, ricochet after impact, have a chance to fragment after entering the body, and so on. Understanding these gun-play mechanics is vital for in-game success, but it does not guarantee it. The other, maybe even more important, component of a successful raid is the right choice of ammo. Every Weapon available in the EfT has a variety of compatible cartridges and these cartridges have different properties that determine their combat effectiveness. 

This guide aims to show off all important EfT's ammunition parameters, compare different ammo types, point you towards the best cartridge of each caliber, and directly compare two parameters that you are, probably, the most interested in - Penetration Power and Damage Value, within respective calibers. 

 

EfT Ammo Chart

This is a complete list of ammunition available in the Escape from Tarkov. Cartridges of the same caliber are marked with the same color, and all compatible weapons are listed below each section. Let's get down to it, and present charts for all the EfT ammunition available on the market. 

We are aware that there are a lot of numbers featured in the table, and this is why we have decided to divide the table into caliber sections and show the data in a more accessible way in a further paragraph. 

Here is a quick explanation of the Table's Headlines meaning: 

  • Penetration Power - A number used to determine bullet's penetration chances, and damage inflicted on armor when it fails to penetrate. 
  • Damage Value - The number of Hit Points subtracted from Target's Total HP Pool when a bullet manages to penetrate through Armor. 
  • Armor Damage Ratio (%) - Percentage of Bullet's Damage that is done to Armor when it fails to penetrate. 
  • Projectile Speed - Bullet's initial velocity in meters per second (this speed lowers over distance because of air friction, gravity, humidity, and some other factors that are reflected in the game). 
  • Fragmentation Chance - A likelihood of a bullet splitting/splintering after entering Target's body. Bullets that have Fragmented after impact deal high bonus Damage to Targets. 
  • Ricochet Chance - Rather self-explanatory. Chance of bullet bouncing off a surface when it is shot at an angle. 
Ammunition TypePenetration PowerDamage ValueArmor Damage Ratio %Projectile Speed (m/s)Fragment.
Chance
Ricochet Chance
4.6x30mm AP SX5335466800.10.6
4.6x30mm FMJ SX4043416200.20.4
4.6x30mm Subsonic SX3645462900.20.5
4.6x30mm Action SX1865396900.50.3
Compatible WithSMG: MP7A1, MP7A2
.366 TKM AP4290606020.010.065
.366 TKM EKO3073407700.20.1
.366 TKM FMJ2398485800.250.065
.366 TKM Geksa14110385500.450.05
Compatible With

Assault Rifle: Vepr AKM/VPO-209
Sniper Rifle: VPO-215

.45 ACP AP3670432990.010.1
.45 ACP FMJ2369362850.010.065
.45 ACP Lasermatch FMJ1974372900.010.065
.45 ACP Hydra-Shock1395302740.50.066
.45 RIP31271229310.002
Compatible With

Pistol: M1911A1, M45A1
Submachine Gun: UMP-45, KRISS Vector .45 ACP

12x70 AP-20 Slug37164655100.030.1
12x70mm Flechette3125×82632000
12x70mm Shell with .50 BMG26197574100.050.1
12x70mm FTX Custom Llte Slug20183504800.10.1
12x70mm "Poleva-6u" Slug20150504300.150.1
12x70mm Dual Sabot Slug1785×2654150.10.1
12x70mm "Poleva-3" Slug17140404100.20.1
12x70mm Led Slug15167453700.20.1
12x70 HP Slug Copper Sabot Premier14206464420.380.1
12x70mm Grizzly 40 Slug12190483900.120.1
12x70mm HP Slug "SFormance"5220125940.390.1
12x70 7mm Buckshot339×82641500
12x70 6.5mm "Express"335×92643000
12x70 "Magnum"250×82638500
12x70mm RIP22651141010.01
12x70 5.25mm Buckshot137×81532000
Compatible WithShotgun: Saiga-12, MP-133, MP-153, M870, 590A1
20x70mm "Poleva-6u" Slug17135404450.150.1
20x70mm Star Rlug 16154424150.10.1
20x70mm "Poleva-3" Slug 14120354250.20.1
20x70mm Devastator Slug51981340510.1
20x70 7.5mm Buckshot325×81443000
20x70 7.3mm Buckshot323×91347500
20x70 6.2mm Buckshot222×81341000
20x70 5.6mm Buckshot126×81234000
Compatible WithShotgun: TOZ-106
23x75mm "Barricade"39192754200.20.4
23x75mm Shrapnel-101187x82027000.2
23x75mm Shrapnel-251078x82037500.2
23x75mm "Star"00000.30.4
Compatible WithShotgun: KS-23M
9x39mm 7N12 BP5560682950.10.5
9x39mm 7N9 SPP5064563100.20.4
9x39mm SP-64658603050.10.5
9x39mm SP-53868522900.20.4
Compatible WithDesignated Marksman Rifle (DMR): VSS Vintorez
Assault Carbine: AS VAL
9x21mm SP133963473970.20.4
9x21mm SP103549464100.20.4
9x21mm SP111865444130.30.2
9x21mm SP121580634150.350.2
Compatible WithPistol: SR-1MP Gyurza
9x19mm 7N313952535600.050.2
9x19mm AP 6.33052483920.050.2
9x19mm Pst gzh2054334570.150.05
9x19mm Green Tracer1458333650.150.05
9x19mm Luger CCI1070384200.250.065
9x19mm PSO gzh1059323400.250.065
9x19mm QuakeMaker885222900.10.1
9x19mm RIP21021138110.002
Compatible WithSMG: Saiga-9, PP-19-01 Vityaz-SN, PP-19-01, MPX, MP5, MP5K-N, MP9, MP9-N, KRISS Vector 9x19, STM-9
Pistol: P226R, MP-443 "Grach", Glock 18C, Glock 17, M9A3, PL-15
9x18mm PM PBM2840305190.160.09
9x18mm PM PMM2458334200.170.095
9x18mm PM 9 BZT gzh1853283250.170.095
9x18mm PM RG028 gzh1365263300.020.05
9x18mm PM  Pst gzh1250262980.20.1
9x18mm PM PPT gzh859223010.1660.1
9x18mm PM PPe gzh761152970.350.05
9x18mm PM PRS gs658163020.30.01
9x18mm PM PS gs PPO655163300.250.065
9x18mm PM PSO gzh554133150.350.065
9x18mm PM 9 P gzh550163020.250.065
9x18mm PM PSV36952800.020.05
9x18mm PM SP7 gzh27754200.020.05
9x18mm PM SP8 gzh16722500.020.05
Compatible WithSMG: PP-91-01 "Kedr-B", PP-91 "Kedr", PP-9 "Klin"
Pistol: PM, PM (t), PB, APB, APS
5.7x28mm SS1903749437160.20.6
5.7x28mm SB1933554373050.20.3
5.7x28mm L1913358417160.20.6
5.7x28mm SS197SR2062225940.50.2
5.7x28mm R37.X1181147240.70.1
5.7x28mm SS198LF1074157920.80.2
5.7x28mm R37.F898772910.05
Compatible WithSMG: P90
Pistol: FN 5-7
.300 ACC Blackout AP4455607200.30.1
.300 BPZ ACC Blackout2860366050.30.3
Compatible WithAssault Rifle: SIG MCX 300 blk
7.62x39mm MAI AP5846768750.050.435
7.62x39mm BP4758637300.120.315
7.62x39mm PS3257527000.250.35
7.62x39mm T45M3062467200.120.35
7.62x39mm US2956423000.0750.358
7.62x39mm HP1587357540.26250.175
Compatible WithAssault Rifle: Vepr KM/VPO-136, AKMSN, AKMS, AKMN, AKM, AK-104, AK-103
Assault Carbine: OP-SKS, SKS
7.62x51mm M9937067859100.130.28
7.62x51mm M616470838490.130.3
7.62x51mm M624479758160.140.38
7.62x51mm M804180668330.170.38
7.62x51mm TPZ SP3660408080.20.5
7.62x51mm  BPZ FMJ3188338400.250.2
7.62x51mm Ultra Nosler15107208220.70.2
Compatible WithSniper Rifle: M700, DVL-10, Orsis T-5000
DMR: RSASS, M1A, SR-25
Assault Rifle: SA-58, DT MDR .308
Assault Carbine: Vepr Hunter/VPO-101, RFB
7.62x54mmR 7N377072887850.0830.34
7.62x54mmR SNB6275878750.080.285
7.62x54mmR 7BT15978878200.0810.265
7.62x54mmR 7N1 Sniper4586848750.0830.285
7.62x54mmR LPS Gzh4281788650.180.39
7.62x54mmR T-46M4182838000.180.3
Compatible WithSniper Rifle: SV-98, Mosin Inf., Mosin, SV-98
DMR: SVDS
.338 Lapua Magnum AP79115898490.130.3
.338 Lapua Magnum FMJ47122839000.20.4
.338 UPZ Lapua Magnum 32142708490.60.4
.338 Lapua Magnum TAC-X18196558800.50.4
Compatible WithDesignated Marksman Rifle: Mk-18 .338 LM
7.62x25mm TT Pst gzh2550364300.20.1
7.62x25mm TT PT gzh1855344150.1660.1
7.62x25mm TT P gl1458324300.250.065
7.62x25mm TT AKBS1258324250.250.065
7.62x25mm TT FMJ431160294270.250.065
7.62x25mm TT LRN864283750.350.05
7.62x25mm TT LRNPC766273850.350.05
Compatible WithPistol: TT (gold), TT
Submachine Gun: PPSH-41
5.56x45mm SSA AP56366410500.20.48
5.56x45mm M99553405810130.320.36
5.56x45mm M855A14345529450.340.38
5.56x45mm M856A13751529400.3280.38
5.56x45mm M8553050379220.40.4
5.56x45mm 55 FMJ2452339570.50.26
5.56x45mm M8562355548740.3280.38
5.56x45mm Mk 318 Mod 0 (SOST)2165359020.150.1
5.56x45mm MK 255 Mod 01760329360.030.1
5.56x45mm 55 HP972229470.70.2
5.56x45mm Warmage385149100.90.05
Compatible WithAssault Rifles: M4A1, HK 416A5, DT MDR, AK-102, AK-101, ADAR 2-15, TX-15 DML
5.45x39mm 7N39 "Igolnik"6237609050.020.38
5.45x39mm BS5140578300.170.38
5.45x39mm BT3744498800.1640.37
5.45x39mm BP3248418900.160.36
5.45x39mm PP3046328900.170.38
5.45x39mm PS2550358900.40.4
5.45x39mm T2057388830.160.4
5.45x39mm FMJ2054308840.250.26
5.45x39mm US1565343030.10.4
5.45x39mm PRS1460288900.30.04
5.45x39mm HP1174208840.350.2
5.45x39mm SP1168348730.450.15
Compatible WithLight Machine Gun: RPK-16
Assault Rifle: AKS-74UN, AKS-74UB, AKS-74U, AKS-74N, AKS-74, AK-74N, AK-74M, AK-74, AK-105
12.7x55mm PS12B46102573000.20.65
12.7x55mm PS1228115602850.30.4
12.7x55mm PS12A10165222900.70.2
Compatible WithAssault Rifle: ASh-12

 

EfT Ammo by Caliber

The following graphs show the Penetration Power and Damage Value of all cartridges of each caliber. 

Note1: In order to show the best ammo choices more clearly, we have decided to choose Penetration Power stat as our segregation criterium for all graphs. 

Note2: We have decided to show 12x70mm Shotgun Shots and Slugs on a single graph for clarity reasons, they are the same caliber after all (20x70mm Shotgun ammo was treated likewise). 

4.6x30mm Ammo4.6x30mm Ammo Graph

Ammunition for the MP7 SMG. Unlike other ammo types for Submachine Guns, some types of the 4.6x30mm cartridges can actually go through high-tier Armor with ease. If you choose the 4.6x30mm AP SX ammunition, your MP7 will be able to demolish even the most heavily armored targets in close-quarters combat. 

.366 TKM Ammo366 TKM Ammo Graph

Ammunition for the Vepr AKM/VPO-209 Rifle and VPO-215 Sniper. If you go for the strongest ammo of this type, the .366 TKM AP, you will be able to put up a fight against opponents wearing up to Tier 5 Armor (at rather close ranges, however, because of the .366 TKM AP's increased recoil and decreased accuracy). 

.45 ACP Ammo.45 ACP Ammo Graph

Legendary ammunition used by well-known-and-loved weapons, including Colt 1911 Pistol, H&K UMP SMG, Thompson Submachine Gun (movie star among firearms), and the Kriss Vector (one of the most advanced Submachine Guns available to the general public). The strongest ammo of this type, .45 ACP AP will go through Tier 4 Armor and weaker without too much of a problem. 

12x70 Shotgun Ammo
12x70 Shotgun Ammo Graph

Ammunition type compatible with all twelve-gauge shotguns. If you want to have any hope of penetrating armor, use Slugs (12x70 AP Slugs are the best), or Flechette Shot that pierces through armor rather nicely at short ranges; Also, please remember that Damage Values for Shots pertain to a single pellet (to check the number of pellets, please refer to the table above - we have also added the information about this to the graph for easier read). 

20x70 Shotgun Ammo
20x70 Shotgun Ammo Graph

Ammunition type compatible with all twenty-gauge shotguns. If you want to have any hope of penetrating armor, use Slugs (20x70 "Poleva-6u" Slugs and 20x70 Star Slugs are the best, but that's not saying much); Also, please remember that Damage Values for Shots pertain to a single pellet (to check the number of pellets, please refer to the table above - we have also added the information about this to the graph for easier read). 

23x75 Shotgun Ammo
23x75 Shotgun Ammo Graph

For all of you who love their Shotguns, the TOZ KS-23M and its 23x75mm ammunition should be a real treat. The 23x75mm "Barricade" is powerful enough to contest even the toughest armors in the game and the two "Shrapnel" ammo types of this caliber can shred all types of armored vests with just a little encouragement. Moreover, you don't want to get hit by any of these while you're not wearing any armor... Also, the flashbang round (23x75mm "Star") is a fun addition to the game. 

9x39mm Ammo
9x39mm Ammo Graph

Subsonic Ammunition for the legendary VSS Vintorez and the AS VAL, designed for Russian Spec-Ops forces. Every type of this ammo is effective against up to Class 4 Armor, and the 9x39mm 7N12 BP will penetrate even the Class 6 Armor without too much of a problem. If you go for VAL or the VSS, be aware that the bullet drop-off over distance is massive for these weapons, because of the low initial bullet velocity. 
 

9x21mm Ammo
9x21mm Ammo Graph

Powerful pistol projectiles used exclusively in the SR-1MP Gryurza. SP 10 variant will penetrate Class 3 Armor very easily and SP 13 will go through Class 4, but anything stronger will prove to be a problem. 

9x19mm Ammo
9x19mm Ammo Graph

Quite common pistol/machine pistol ammunition. If you are going for a gun that fires these, you should try to get your hands on, at least, the 9x19 AP 6.3 ammo, as it can penetrate Class 3 Armor reliably. If you have access to it, the new 9x19 7N31 ammo will be the best choice as it can pierce Class 4 Armor after just a few shots. 

9x18mm Ammo
9x18mm Ammo Graph

This pistol/machine pistol ammunition is generally one of the weakest available in the game and you should avoid any weapon that fires it like, well... fire (in the late game, of course; SMGs that use 9x18 are extremely powerful early in the wipe and when used for "leg meta" tactics"). The notable exceptions are PM PMM and PM PBM rounds that will penetrate Class 3 Armor; If you have to use a 9x18 Caliber weapon, load it with one of these two if you want to stand a chance of winning against a medium-armored opposition. 

5.7x28mm Ammo
5.7x28mm Ammo Graph

Ammunition Compatible with well-known and respected FN 5-7 Pistol and P90 SMG. High-end projectiles of this caliber (SB193, L191, and SS190) will go through armor with relative ease, which makes FN 5-7 the best Sniper sidearm in the game (close-quarters combat with Snipers is even more dangerous now). 

.300 Blackout Ammo
.300 Blackout Ammo Graph

Ammunition used exclusively in the SIG MCX 300 blk Assault Rifle. The AP variant can penetrate Class 5 Armor in ~2 shots and Class 6 Armor in ~4 shots which makes it highly competitive. 

7.62x39mm Ammo
7.62x39mm Ammo Graph

Ammunition used in the SKS and AKM series of Rifles. If you want to be able to penetrate any Armor reliably, go for the 7.62x39 BP but please be aware that 7.62x39mm PS can get the job done too. The new ammo of this type, the 7.62x39 MAI AP shreds through Class 6 Armor like through butter. 

7.62x51mm Ammo
7.62x51mm Ammo Graph

Very powerful cartridges used in Sniper Rifles, Designated Marksman Rifles, and some of the deadliest Assault Rifles available in Tarkov. Ammunition of this caliber is very expensive, but with the high price comes very high effectiveness. If you are looking for ammo that can go through armor like through butter and do massive damage, look no further, the 7.62x51mm M61 (and the new 7.62x51mm M993, which is even better) has got you covered. 

7.62x54mmR Ammo
7.62x54mmR Ammo Graph

Ammunition used for the SVDS Designated Marksman Rifle, and the Mosin rifle family. All bullets of this type have high muzzle velocity and are effective against armor. If you want to be 100% sure that you will penetrate any target with the first shot, go for the 7.62x54mmR 7N37, however, even the 7BT1 will do just as fine. If you want to score 1-shot Torso eliminations, pick the 7.62x54mmR Sniper (Tier 4 and even 5 Armor can't stop it reliably). 

.338 Lapua Magnum Ammo
.338 Lapua Magnum Ammo Graph

One of the most famous (and powerful) commonly-used ammunition types is finally here, and what an entrance has it made! The .338 Lapua Magnum AP is the new king of Armor Penetration - it ignores even the strongest armors and the damage it deals is unbelievable. Other ammo types of this caliber are very powerful on their own as well, but TAC-X and UPZ will struggle against high-end armors. 

7.62x25mm Ammo
7.62x25mm Ammo Graph

Ammunition used for the TT pistol and the mighty PPSH-41. While AP values of this ammo type are nothing to write home about, it deals respectable damage and can be highly effective for "leg-meta" tactics, especially when used with the PPSH-41. 

5.56x45mm Ammo
5.56x45mm Ammo Graph

Ammunition used, among others, in the very popular M4A1 Rifle. As you can see from the graph, the 5.56x45mm SSA AP has dethroned the 5.56x45mm M995, however, both of them still lack in the Damage department, so the less powerful M856A1 or M855A1 are good alternatives as they can penetrate respectively Class 4  and Class 5 Armor rather easily. 

5.45x39mm Ammo
5.56x45mm Ammo Graph

Ammunition for the AK-74 Rifle family, less powerful projectiles of this caliber are very cheap and easy to come by, but you should go for the 5.45x39 BT or better. There is no Armor currently available in the game that can stop the 5.45x39mm 7N39 bullet, but cheaper and less rare 5.45x39 BS is almost as effective. 

12.7x55mm Ammo
12.7x55mm Ammo Graph

Ammunition for the ASh-12 Assault Rifle designed for Urban Operations. Rounds of this Caliber are devastating, especially at short ranges; even a single bullet can easily drop you dead. For the best Armor Piercing potential, use the PS12B Round. 

Ultimate Comparison
Ultimate Comparison Graph

This graph compares two ammunition types that feature the highest Penetration Power stat, for each caliber, with each other. It should make comparing the effectiveness of different weapon types, loaded with "meta" rounds, much faster and easier. As you can see, 7.62x51mm and 7.62x54mmR were dethroned by the .338 Lapua Magnum AP. The top 5.45mm, 5.56mm, and 4.30mm rounds are extremely solid and will be effective against any type of armor. Moreover, with the addition of 9x19mm 7N31 ammunition, Glocks, Grachs, MP5s, MPXs, MP9s, Vitiaz's, and other weapons chambered with 9x19 Parabellum are deadlier than ever. Also, the introduction of the .366 TKM AP ammunition turns VPO-215 Sniper Rifle and VPO-209 Civilian AK into solid and extremely devastating budget choices (just look out for its reduced Accuracy and high Recoil). 

 

END NOTE

We hope that this guide will help you chose the best ammunition types for your favorite weapons in The Escape from Tarkov. However, please remember that these are just numbers and there is much more to the game than statistics. If you struggle, even after selecting appropriate ammunition for your weapon, practice, practice, practice, and you will be eventually able to overcome even the hardest challenges that Escape from Tarkov has in store. 

Please do note that this is an early version of our guide, and we will be happy to receive constructive criticism, that will help us improve it, so leave your suggestions in the comment section below.

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  • Reviewed and updated all ammunition descriptions. 
  • Updated all ammunition prices and traders. 
  • Added 5.7x28mm and 12.7x55mm Ammunition Types. 

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  • Updated All Penetration, Damage, and ADR% Values. 
  • Updated all "Effectiveness Against Armor" sections. 
  • Updated All "Compatible With" Sections. 
  • Reviewed and updated all ammunition descriptions. 
  • Updated all ammunition prices and traders. 
  • Added the .45 ACP Ammunition Type. 

 

Introduction

Ballistics present in Escape From Tarkov is among the key aspects of the game, and they reflect real-life weapon, ammunition, and armor behaviors. Understanding the ballistic mechanics of the EfT is vital for in-game success. Three main ballistic aspects of the Escape from Tarkov are projectile behavior in the air, projectile behavior when it enters the body, and how projectile is affected by armor.

Bullet flight in Escape from Tarkov is affected by things like muzzle velocity, bullet weight, air friction, bullet type(its shape and so on), and gravity. This means that the heavier and slower a bullet is, the larger its drop-off over distance will be (that is why your VSS is not that accurate at longer ranges).

The effect that a bullet has on the body is simulated at the point of impact. Damage done depends on an affected body part, bullet's distance traveled before a hit, possible fragmentation, and a player position in reference to the shooter (bullets can penetrate multiple body parts for increased damage; for example, if a bullet hits your arm, pierces through it and then enters your chest cavity, you will suffer higher amounts of damage). Please note that Damage Dealt is based on an Ammunition type, and not on a Weapon!

Armor protects its wearer from taking damage when struck by certain bullet types, depending on its Armor Class. In Escape from Tarkov Armor can stop a bullet completely; when this happens a % of bullets damage is done to the durability of the armor (Armor's protection quality lowers gradually as it loses durability), and the player receives some amount of "blunt" damage - a result of the bullet's impact force. Every bullet type in the game has its Armor Penetration Value, the higher it is, the better the chance for a penetrating hit it has. If a bullet penetrates the armor, it does its full damage to the body (unlike in other games, when armor reduces damage taken by some set percentile). This is why the right ammunition choice is necessary for fighting heavily armored targets effectively.

This Guide aims to describe the best ammunition types of every caliber present in the Escape From Tarkov. There a lot of statistics listed down below, so here is a quick roundup of their meaning:

  1. Damage - The number of Hit Points subtracted from Target's Total HP Pool when a bullet manages to penetrate through Armor.
  2. Penetration - A number used to determine bullet's penetration chances, and damage inflicted on armor when it fails to penetrate.
  3. Armor Damage Ratio (%) - Percentage of Bullet's Damage that is done to Armor when it fails to penetrate.
  4. Effectiveness Against Armor -  How good a bullet is at penetrating certain types of armor. We have assumed that a Bullet is "Effective" against an Armor Class when it pierces said Armor Class with first 6 (or less) hits.
  5. And some other self-explanatory stuff.

You can also check our list of the best "budget-friendly" weapons in EFT in this article: Budget Weapons in EFT

 

Table of Contents​​​​​​

1. Rifle Ammunition
2. Personal Defence Weapons Ammunition
3. Shotgun Ammunition
4. Pistol Ammunition

 

Rifle Ammunition


.366 TKM
Compatible WeaponsVepr AKM/VPO-209, VPO-215
The Best Ammunition of This Caliber:
1. .366 TKM AP
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)90 ; 42 ; 60
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 5 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial priceMechanic (Loyalty Level 3); also available as a craft on Level 2 Workbench ; ~238₽ 
Description - The best Cartridge of this Caliber, penetrates Class 5 Armor after ~2 shots and Class 6 after about 4 hits. 
2. .366 TKM EKO
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)73 ; 30 ; 40
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 3 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial priceJaeger (Loyalty Level 2), ; ~67₽ 
Description - Penetrates Class 3 Armor easily, but is unreliable against Class 4 Armor (first ~7 hits will be stopped). 
3. .366 TKM FMJ
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)98 ; 23 ; 48
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 2 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial priceSkier (Loyalty Level 1), Jaeger (Loyalty Level 1) ; ~43₽ 
Description - Penetrates Class 2 Armor easily and punch through Class 3 eventually (~4 hits), but is unreliable against Class 4 Armor and better. 

9×39mm
Compatible WeaponsVSS Vintorez, AS VAL
The Best Ammunition of This Caliber:
1. 9×39mm 7N12 BP
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)60 ; 48 ; 68
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 6 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 4 + Completed Grenadier Task, Barter; Also Craftable) ; ~1180₽ (Flea Market) 
Description - Subsonic Round. The strongest Cartridge of this Caliber penetrates Class 6 Armor after ~2 shots.
2. 9×39mm 7N9 SPP
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)64 ; 45 ; 56
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 5 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 4 and LL3 Barter) ; ~1180₽ 
Description - Subsonic Round. Strong against Armor up to Class 5, penetrating Class 6 requires ~4 shots. 
3. 9×39mm SP-6
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)58 ; 43 ; 60
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 5 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 3) ; ~764₽ 
Description - Subsonic Round. Very similar to 7n9 SPP, but has lower Fragmentation Chance. Penetrating Class 5 Armor with it takes around ~2 bullets. This is a good budget choice for VSS or VAL (but if you can afford to run these rifles, you probably don't need to bother about your budget). Penetrating Class 6 Armor takes ~4 hits. 

7.62×54mmR
Compatible WeaponsSV-98, Mosin, Mosin Inf. SVDS
The Best Ammunition of This Caliber:
1. 7.62×54mmR 7N37
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)72 ; 70 ; 88
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 6 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 4) ~974₽ 
Description - The strongest Cartridge of this caliber, has no problems dealing with Class 6 Armor. 
2. 7.62×54mmR SNB
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)75 ; 62 ; 87
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 6 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 4) ; ~517₽ 
Description - Very strong projectile, penetrates Class 6 Armor with the 1st shot. 
3. 7.62×54mmR 7BT1
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)78 ; 59 ; 87
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 6 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 4) ; ~597₽ 
Description - Still solid ammunition choice, penetrating Class 6 Armor will just take 1 shot. This ammo is pricier than SNB and has a disadvantage of being a Tracer Round, however. 

7.62×51mm NATO
Compatible WeaponsM700, DVL-10, Orsis T-5000, SA-58, DT MDR .308,  RSASS, M1A, SR-25, Vepr Hunter/VPO-101
The Best Ammunition of This Caliber:
1. 7.62×51mm M993
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)67 ; 70 ; 85
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 6 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial priceLoot only (current price on the Flea Market - ~1688₽, but it fluctuates heavily) 
Description - The best ammunition choice for this caliber, pierces through ANY Armor with ease. 
2. 7.62×51mm M61
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)70 ; 68 ; 83
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 6 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePeacekeeper (Loyalty Level 4 + Wet Job - Part 6 Task) ; ~13$
Description - Very Respectable cartridge, piercing through Class 6 Armor takes just 1 shot. 
3. 7.62×51mm M62
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)79 ; 54 ; 75
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 6 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePeacekeeper (Loyalty Level 3 + Spa Tour - Part 6 Task) ;~1500₽ (Flea Market) 
Description - Solid Ammunition Choice, penetrating Class 6 Armor will take 2 shots on average. This round has a disadvantage of being a Tracer -it will reveal your firing position (on the other hand, it costs half of the M61's price). 

7.62×39mm
Compatible WeaponsOP-SKS, SKS, AKMSN, AKMS, AKMN, AKM, AK-104, AK-103, Vepr KM/VPO-136
The Best Ammunition of This Caliber:
1. 7.62×39mm BP
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)58 ; 47 ; 63
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 6 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 3 + The Punisher - Part 5 Task) ;~750₽ 
Description - Strongest Ammunition of this caliber, pierces through Class 6 Armor after ~4 shots, and through Class 5 after ~2. 
2. 7.62×39mm PS
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)57 ; 32 ; 52
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 4 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 1) ; 88₽ 
Description - Much cheaper than BP, pierces Class 4 Armor after ~4 shots. Budget and quite solid early game ammunition for 7.62×39mm chambered rifles. 
3. 7.62×39mm T45M
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)62 ; 30 ; 46
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 3 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 2) ; 71₽ 
Description - Pierces through Class 3 Armor after ~1 Shots. Penetrating Class 4 Armor takes 7 shots on average. This projectile is a Tracer which means that firing it is likely to reveal your position. 

5.56x45mm NATO
Compatible WeaponsM4A1, HK 416A5, AK-102, AK-101, ADAR 2-15, TX-15 DML, DT MDR
The Best Ammunition of This Caliber:
1. 5.56x45mm M995
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)40 ; 53 ; 58
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 6 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePeacekeeper (Loyalty Level 4) ;13$
Description - The most effective ammunition of this caliber, piercing through Class 6 Armor will take ~2 shots on average. 
2. 5.56x45mm M855A1
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)45 ; 43 ; 52
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 5 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePeacekeeper (Loyalty Level 3), Skier (Loyalty Level 4) ; ~3$/300₽ 
Description - Quite effective armor-piercing ammunition, goes through Class 5 Armor after around 2 hits, but piercing through Class 6 Armor will take around ~4.
3. 5.56x45mm M856A1
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)51 ; 37 ; 52
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePeacekeeper (Loyalty Level 2 + The Cult - Part 1 Task) ; ~3$ 
Description - The M856A1 penetrates Class 4 Armor with the 2nd hit but is less effective against the armor of Class 5 and above (it will take ~4 hits to go through Class 5 Armor and ~7 to go through Class 6). This is a Tracer Round. 

5.45×39mm
Compatible WeaponsRPK-16, AKS-74UB, AKS-74UN, AKS-74U, AK-105, AKS-74N, AKS-74, AK-74N, AK-74M, AK-74
The Best Ammunition of This Caliber:
1. 5.45×39mm 7n39 "Ignolnik"
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)37 ; 62 ; 60
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 6 Armor and Weaker
Where to Get ; The initial priceDrops from Scav Riders in The Lab, from Killa on the Interchange, and spawns on Reserve ; n/a
Description - Very powerful, but rare cartridge, pierces through Class 6 Armor in one hit. This is a very rare and very expensive round, but there is no better one for 5.45×39mm chambered weapons. 
2. 5.45×39mm BS
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)40 ; 51 ; 57
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 6 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; the initial priceLoot Only, can be found on Reserve quite easily; ~1050₽ (Flea Market) 
Description -  The best readily available ammunition of this caliber, penetrating Class 6 Armor takes around 2 hits. 
3. 5.45×39mm BT
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)44 ; 37 ; 49
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 5 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 3 + The Punisher - Part 4 Task); ~509₽ 
Description - Descent ammunition choice for this caliber, will penetrate Class 4 Armor with ~2nd shot, but Class 5 Armor will withstand ~4 direct hits and Class 6 will easily absorb ~7. This is a Tracer Round. 

12.7x55mm STs-130
Compatible WeaponsASh-12
The Best Ammunition of This Caliber:
1. 12.7x55mm PS12B
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)102 ; 46 ; 57
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 6 Armor and Weaker
Where to Get ; The initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 4) ; ~603₽ 
Description - Very powerful high caliber cartridge that will pierce through Class 6 Armor in ~4 hits. 
2. 12.7x55mm PS12
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)115 ; 28 ; 60
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 3 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; the initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 4) ; ~361₽ 
Description -  Heavy subsonic round, effective against Class 3 Armor. However, it struggles against Class 4 (it will take ~11 hots to go through). 
3. 12.7x55mm PS12A
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)165 ; 10 ; 22
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 1 Armor 
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 3); ~342₽ 
Description - Light subsonic bullet of high caliber. It deals massive amounts of damage but is not effective at piercing or damaging armor. 

 

Personal Defence Weapons Ammunition


4.6×30mm HK
Compatible WeaponsMP7A2, MP7A1
The Best Ammunition of This Caliber:
1. 4.6×30mm AP SX
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)35 ; 53 ; 46
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 6 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial priceMechanic (Loyalty Level 4) ; ~751₽ 
Description - Very good Armor-Piercing ammunition, pierces Class 6 Armor after ~2 hits. This ammo makes MP7s the best SMGs in the game. 
2. 4.6×30mm FMJ SX
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)43 ; 40 ; 41
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 5 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePeacekeeper (Loyalty Level 3);~1$ 
Description - Very effective against Class 4 Armor and weaker (penetrates with 1st hit), but penetrating Class 5 Armor will take ~4 rounds. 
3. 4.6×30mm Subsonic SX
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)45 ; 36 ; 46
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 4 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial priceMechanic (Loyalty Level 3) ; ~269₽ 
Description - Subsonic round. Descent ammo choice for MP7, piercing through Class 4 Armor will take 2 hits on average, but Class 5 will stop ~7 rounds. This ammunition is suited for stealthy tactics thanks to its subsonic nature. 

5.7×28mm FN
Compatible WeaponsFN 5-7, P90
The Best Ammunition of This Caliber:
1. 5.7×28mm SS190
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)49 ; 37 ; 43
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 5 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePeacekeeper (Loyalty Level 3) ; ~3$ 
Description - Solid Armor-Piercing ammunition, pierces Class 5 Armor after ~4 hits and has no problems against Class 4 Armor and weaker. 
2. 5.7×28mm SB193
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)54 ; 35 ; 37
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 4 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePeacekeeper (Loyalty Level 3);~2$ 
Description - Great ammo choice for FN 5-7 and P90, piercing through Class 4 Armor will take 4 hits on average, but lower-class armors are not a problem. 
3. 5.7×28mm L191
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)58 ; 33 ; 41
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 3 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePeacekeeper (Loyalty Level 3) ; ~2$ 
Description - Tracer Round. Below-average ammo choice for FN 5-7 and P90, piercing through Class 4 Armor will take 7 hits on average, but lower-class armors are not a problem. 

 

Shotgun Ammunition


20×70mm
Compatible WeaponsTOZ-106
The Best Ammunition of This Caliber:
1. 20×70mm Slug "Poleva-6u"
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)135 ; 17 ; 40
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 2 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial priceJaeger (Loyalty Level 2) ; ~67₽ 
Description - This powerful 20x70mm Slug round will pierce through Class 2 Armor after ~2 shots, but higher classes of armor will prove impregnable against it. 
3. 20×70mm Star Slug
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)154 ; 16 ; 42
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 2 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial priceJaeger (Loyalty Level 3);~83₽ 
Description - Second best ammunition choice for 20x70 shotguns (as far as armor penetration goes). Star Slug will go through Class 2 Armor after ~2 shots. 
3. 20×70mm Slug "Poleva-3"
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)120 ; 14 ; 35
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 1 Armor
Where to Buy ; The initial priceJaeger (Loyalty Level 1);~49₽ 
Description - 20x70mm Slug Round with low Armor Penetration capabilities. It will go through Class 1 Armor, but even Class 2 Armor will withstand ~11 hits with this type of ammo. 

12×70mm
Compatible WeaponsM870, Saiga-12, MP-153, MR-133, 590A1 
The Best Ammunition of This Caliber:
1. 12×70mm AP-20 Slug
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)164 ; 37 ; 65
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 4 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial priceJaeger (Loyalty Level 4) ; ~196₽ 
Description - Deals massive amounts of damage to Lightly (Class 4 or lower) Armored targets. Devastating at short to mid ranges and in buildings. 
2. 12×70mm Flechette
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)8×25 ; 31 ; 26
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 6 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial priceJaeger (Loyalty Level 3) ; ~77₽ 
Description -  This Dart round is deceptively powerful because it fires 8 Armor Piercing rounds at once. These rounds will break any armor very quickly and devastate any soft tissue hidden underneath it (Class 6 Armor will break after 2 or 3 hits if every dart will find its way to the target). There is no better ammunition choice for close-quarters combat with a 12x70 shotgun. 
3. 12×70mm shell with .50 BMG bullet
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)197 ; 26 ; 57
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 3 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial priceJaeger (Loyalty Level 4) ; ~127₽ 
Description -  This 12x70mm tracer round will go through Class 3 Armor in ~2 shots and inflict extremely high damage if not completely stopped by armor. 

 

Pistol Ammunition

.45 ACP
.45 ACP
Compatible WeaponsM1911A1
The Best Ammunition of This Caliber:
1. .45 ACP AP
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)70 ; 36 ; 43
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 4 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePeacekeeper (Loyalty Level 3) ; ~3$
Description - Armor-Piercing bullet able to penetrate Class 4 Armor in ~2 shots, but going through Class 5 will take ~7 hits on average. 
2. .45 ACP  FMJ
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)72 ; 19 ; 36
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 2 Armor
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePeacekeeper (Loyalty Level 2) ; ~1$
Description - Full metal jacket Round, penetrating Class 2 Armor with it will take ~2 shots, but Class 3 will withstand about 17 hits. 
3. .45 ACP Lasermatch FMJ
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)74 ; 18 ; 37
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 2 Armor
Where to Buy ; the initial pricePeacekeeper (Loyalty Level 2) ; ~1$ 
Description - Full metal Jacket Tracer round, it has AP capabilities very similar to the standard .45 ACP FMJ. 

9×21mm Gyurza
Compatible WeaponsSR-1MP Gyurza
The Best Ammunition of This Caliber:
1. 9×21mm SP13
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)63 ; 39 ; 47
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 5 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 4) ; ~282₽ 
Description - Tracer Round, one of the best pistol cartridges in the game, pierces through Class 5 Armor in ~4 shots. 
2. 9×21mm SP10
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)49 ; 35 ; 46
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 4 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 4) ;149₽ 
Description - Penetrating Class 4 Armor will take this round 4 hits on average, but piercing through Class 5 Armor will take at least 7 hits. 
3. 9×21mm SP11
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)65 ; 18 ; 44
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 1 Armor
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 3) ;159₽ 
Description - Effective only against very lightly Armored and Unarmored targets. Piercing Class 2 Armor will take ~7 hits. 

9×19mm Parabellum
Compatible WeaponsSaiga-9, PP-19-01 Vityaz-SN, MPX, MP9-n, MP9, MP5K-N, MP5, P226R, MP-433 "Grach", M9A3, GLOCK18C, GLOCK17 
The Best Ammunition of This Caliber:
1. 9×19mm 7N31
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)52 ; 39 ; 53
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 5 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 4) ; ~489₽ 
Description - The best 9×19mm Parabellum ammunition, bullets of this type will pierce through Class 5 Armor in ~4 hits. 
2. 9×19mm AP 6.3
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)52 ; 30 ; 48
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class Armor
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePeacekeeper (Loyalty Level 3) ; 3$ 
Description -  Strong Armor-Piercing 9×19mm Parabellum ammunition, bullets of this type will pierce through Class 4 Armor in ~4 hits. 
3. 9×19mm Pst gzh
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)54 ; 20 ; 33
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 2), Peacekeeper (Loyalty Level 2), Mechanic (Loyalty Level 1) ; 67₽/1$/67₽ 
Description - Only Parabellum ammunition available at LL1 that is worth using without resolving to "leg meta". Punching through Class 2 Armor will take ` shot on average. but Class 3 will withstand ~11 hits. 

9×18mm Makarov
Compatible WeaponsPP-9 "Klin", PP-91-01 "Kedr-B", PP-91 "Kedr", APB, APS, PB, PM(t), PM,
The Best Ammunition of This Caliber:
1. 9×18mm PM PBM
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)40 ; 28 ; 30
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 3 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 3) ; ~161₽ 
Description -  Makarov projectile with "increased" penetration ability, effective against lightly armored targets. It will take ~2 hits to go through Class 3 Armor with this ammunition, and as far as 9x18 rounds go, there are no better options. 
2. 9×18mm PM PMM
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)58 ; 24 ; 33
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 3 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 3) ; ~118₽
Description -  Round with increased powder charge, effective only against Class 3 Armor and weaker. Piercing Class 3 with this will take ~4 hits. 
3. 9×18mm PM 9 BZT gzh
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)53 ; 18 ; 28
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class Armor
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 3) ; ~68₽ 
Description - All-Steel bullet that pierces through Class 2 Armor in ~2 shots, but does not stand a chance against anything heavier. 

7.62×25mm Tokarev
Compatible WeaponsTT, TT (gold), PPSH-41 
The Best Ammunition of This Caliber:
1. 7.62×25mm TT Pst gzh
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)50 ; 24 ; 36
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 2 Armor and Weaker
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 3) ; ~75₽ 
Description - Steel-Core bullet able to penetrate Class 2 Armor in ~1 shot, but going through Class 3 will take ~7 hits on average. 
2. 7.62×25mm TT PT gzh
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)60 ; 12 ; 34
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 1 Armor
Where to Buy ; The initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 2) ; ~67₽ 
Description - Tracer Round, penetrating Class 2 Armor with it will take ~17 shots. 
3. 7.62×25mm P gl
Damage ; Penetration ; Armor Damage Ratio(%)58 ; 10 ; 32
Effectiveness Against ArmorEffective against Class 1 Armor
Where to Buy ; the initial pricePrapor (Loyalty Level 2) ; ~56₽ 
Description - TT round effective against very light Body Armor. 

 

END NOTE

Do note that there are a lot more ammunition types available in the game, and describing them all would take unbelievable amounts of time, so we have chosen the best ones for each Caliber. We hope that this guide will help you chose the best ammunition types for your favorite weapons in The Escape from Tarkov. If you have any suggestions, please share them with us in the comment section below. 

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