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Are .303 ammo prices a victim of the sheep stampede?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Ignition Override, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. Ignition Override

    Ignition Override Well-Known Member

    The last time I checked the lowest price/rd., which was about one or two months ago, it was .75 or so.
    Now it is .80/rd. on "Ammoseek".

    Could some of this increase be the hunting season, or are some people in a headless panic to grab it/store it, resell for a tiny profit, or has the dollar exchange rate and inflation been at work?

    The previous price was very stable for about a year, if not longer.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2012
  2. gotigers

    gotigers Well-Known Member

    nevermind, i thought i saw .308
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2012
  3. nathan

    nathan Well-Known Member

    Prvi Partizan is what i have . The 180 gr SP is the best so far . i stay away from old surplus that are way overpriced and corrosive.
  4. ball3006

    ball3006 Well-Known Member

    Privi is great ammo....

    I shoot it in several calibers. My Finn M39 will shoot around 1/2 inch 100 yard groups with Privi 150 gr sp. The brass is good for reloading too...chris3
  5. Mamertine

    Mamertine Well-Known Member

    I would speculate yes.

    As I understand it ammo manufacturers have a few assembly lines and choose to make a caliber on a line for a few days then retool the line to make a different caliber. Because of this they are likely producing all the 5.56/.223 they can ship and thus the other calibers also have a shortage in supply. I doubt demand on the .303 has increased much, but with the dealer not being able to easily restock his .303 for the same old price he must raise prices there also.
  6. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    You say "sheep stampede", I say people voting with their wallets!
  7. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    .303 British ammo probably isn't a real big seller, so I'd be more inclined to blame supply and demand rather than panic buying.
  8. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    face it; .303 ammo demand is dying out AND the old stock is going away rapidly.
  9. DougW

    DougW Well-Known Member

    Glad I got a good inventory of .303. But then, I have been reloading for the .303 for 10 years now, so the supply chain is still reasonable.
  10. Ignition Override

    Ignition Override Well-Known Member

    Gordon: I suppose it is dying, but the gun bug bit me so late in life. The nice aperture sights and the rifles' character are such a good combination.

    My 300 rds. of newer Prvi seems too limited, even with some pulled Russian .311 bullets.
    Do the various combined factors indicate that after this AR bubble deflates, there probably won't be any modest price discounts on retail Prvi .303?
  11. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    Once ammo goes up, it very rarely if ever comes back down. "What the market will bear"

    The last Winchester .303 British retail price I saw was $39.95 a box of 20 or two bucks a round!
  12. aka108

    aka108 Well-Known Member

    Guess you guys don't remember when Greek HXP in 303 was 34 bucks a case delivered.
  13. That was probably before I owned an Enfield rifle. My .303 stash is no more and my 7.5x55 is heading that way. Funds were diverted so I could continue shooting my AR and pistols.
  14. GCMkc

    GCMkc Well-Known Member

    I've seen PRVI .303 for around $16 a box. That seems pretty standard considering it's factory commercial ammo. I heard that the surplus stuff dried up years ago.

    EDIT: Just got some from AIM Surplus for $14 a box. PRVI 174grain FMJ. Get it while it's hot!
  15. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    I still got a case of Kynoch around for the 2 smle's and the Martini. The stuff "spots" tho.....
  16. Steel Horse Rider

    Steel Horse Rider Well-Known Member

    I bought several boxes of Privi .303 at a local gun store yesterday for $18 per box. They had about 20 boxes on the shelf. I usually buy my brass that way so I can use the factory boxes when reloading.
  17. poboy6

    poboy6 Well-Known Member

    I noticed the same thing that you noticed which is why I began reloading within the past few months. I started with a Classic Lee Loader and I haven't blown myself up yet. The price per round is much cheaper. I also shoot Prvi Partizan.

    I doubt the demand is drying up, but the supply sure is. Note the cost of a box of domestic .303 ammo. It is absurd. There are plenty of Enfields out there but it does not seem to be something that many young people are familiar with (I may be an exception).

    At the very least, save your brass!
  18. Caliper_Mi

    Caliper_Mi Well-Known Member

    Would be great if all those people would write letters after geting home with their panic purchases...

    As for 303, that was the only PPU brand ammo left at my LGS. They had it at $20/20 rounds. I think that is the normal price. I'll be honest, we usually buy it online from AIM at $12-15/20. I reload, so not much sense in buying nonreloadable surplus.

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