.22lr tracers - source?


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Third_Rail
October 2, 2006, 12:06 AM
I've seen a few different places offering tracers for .22lr, but the prices are crazy - $8 for 10, $100 for 250, etc.

Is there any source for less expensive .22lr tracers, or is that just the going rate nowadays? My dad was telling me about 20 years ago, that the tracers were about twice times the price of regular ammo. I could pay that, but 40 cents each (or more) is just too much.

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mp510
October 2, 2006, 12:33 AM
Tom, What you found is probably about it. There is 1 or 2 mfgrs IIRC. They are a specialty item, with little market.

Third_Rail
October 2, 2006, 12:34 AM
Alright, that figures. I suppose forty cents a round isn't too much for some fun... :)

CanonNinja
October 2, 2006, 01:26 AM
a .22 thats more expensive than the equivalent .308?!

Third_Rail
October 2, 2006, 01:31 AM
Ayep. But at least they're SHINY and they GLOW! :D

VA27
October 2, 2006, 02:33 PM
I gave up on the 22 tracer after I bought a new box years ago. (they were loaded by Eley, IIRC) They didn't trace out of a pistol, and about 1 in 3 or 4 didn't trace at all. I still have some left and I fire one occasionally. They aren't very bright so you have to shoot them at dusk to see the effect. They were a cool idea, but no better than they worked, a waste of money.

Third_Rail
October 2, 2006, 03:26 PM
Strange - the type out now says "Made in USA" and they guarantee trace in anything over 4" barrel...

Henry455
October 2, 2006, 06:32 PM
Here is one source:

http://www.outlandsales.com/tracer22.html

ArmedBear
October 2, 2006, 07:11 PM
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0024233215331a&type=product&cmCat=search&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&QueryText=tracer&N=4887&Ntk=Products&Ntx=mode+matchall&Nty=1&Ntt=tracer&noImage=0

trainwreck100
October 2, 2006, 08:01 PM
^cabelas has them, but they're nearly as high as .30-06 and .223 is.

ArmedBear
October 2, 2006, 09:21 PM
That's because .30 and .223 tracer bullets are available through military surplus channels, even if they have to be loaded by the manufacturer into civilian cartridges. AFAIK that's what you get. So you're not paying the full price for the bullets.

.22LR tracer bullets have to be made specially; I don't think any military in the world uses .22LR.:D

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