What is the next cheap ammo/gun?


March 8, 2008, 07:25 PM
Reading and being and the gun community for about 2 years i have watched prices of ammo and rifles soar, where some other guns and ammo have come onto the scene being relatively cheap for today's standards. For instance, the sks could be had in the late 90's early 00's for about a hundred bucks. Today you find yugo's going for over $200. Today you can find mosins for a hundred bucks, and ammo is still cheap yet is going up as the supply drys. So what do you think will be the next cheap shooter? I see 5.45 x 39 for 11 cents a shot, which isn't bad.

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March 8, 2008, 07:44 PM
Prices are going up in response to rising commodity prices. If you want something cheap to shoot it either has to be combloc surplus or use a very small amount of commodities (eg. 22 lr).

7.62x25 tokarev bulgarian surplus 9 cents a shot
5.45x39 rguns 9.7 cents
22lr anywhere 2.2 cents

that's it for deals

March 8, 2008, 08:13 PM
nothing is going to be cheap.

the surplus bolts, and semis are drying up.

there wont be any new surplus because the BATFE is unreasonable in its definition of a machine gun

ammo and remaining surplus in europe is being destroyed rather than sold due to thier unreasonable logic about "illegal arms traffic"

the major powers are no longer jockeying for position. its gunna be us and the chinese. polititians on our side dont want us to have arms. and that will and has stoped supply flow from their side. and dont feed me the "ohh they sold missle secretes to iran, they should be baned from import" look at other nations that have, and continue to sell weapons to our enemys. Russia, Germany, France and more. its trade, accept it.

March 8, 2008, 08:39 PM
22 Rimfire; I have been shooting more all the time and the price of it is going up quickly as well.

March 8, 2008, 08:45 PM
I agree, 22LR is the up-and-coming thing (again). Prices of 22s are going up, and the stores I frequent are moving 22s rifles/pistols/revolvers from the back room to center stage.

March 8, 2008, 08:53 PM
It does come in cycles though. I bought my first Enfield in 1982 for $100, great gun, could not find surplus ammo for it, shot commercial.
Bought another around 1998 for $59 dollars and could get all the cheap surplus I could store. Try to find cheap .303 now.

My biggest fear is that the weak dollar will also effect the ammo from the Combloc countries. The ammo is still cheap but it is being but exchange rates are driving up the price.

For newly manufactured ammo commodity prices are rising, manufacturing prices are rising (fuel costs) and transportation prices are rising (fuel costs).

Throw on top of that an uncertain political climate which is leading to hoarding you have prices going crazy. It just does not look good for a while. The only possible break I can see is if the war in Iraq ends and the major ammo companies get stuck with surplus components and loaded ammo. Have to keep a sharp eye out for that when it happens.

March 8, 2008, 09:01 PM
I wouldn't worry too much about it. If Putin has his way, there will be a new cold war arriving any minute! Lots of new 5.45x39, 223, 7.62x39 and 308!

March 8, 2008, 09:06 PM
.22 LR is "up and coming?" I'm thinking more .22LR is sold in a day than all the centerfire combined in this country. I might be wrong, but I bet I'm not TOO far off. I burn tons of it and I reload centerfire. I have a 46 year love affair with the rimfire. :D

March 8, 2008, 10:40 PM
I'm stocking up on .22lr which in my opinion is the most useful ctg. ever made.

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