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Help: Cheapest Gun/Ammo Combination

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Birdmang, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. Birdmang

    Birdmang Well-Known Member

    All the rifles that I have are expensive to shoot except for my .22, I like to shoot it a lot but I want something bigger.

    Is there a rifle out there that is inexpensive and has readily available cheap ammo, regardless of ammo quality?

    I was thinking it would probably be Military Surplus, but my 7mm and 8mm mausers are very expensive to shoot!

    Please help me out!
  2. Shadow 7D

    Shadow 7D Well-Known Member

    Mosin Nagant
    Hi Point Carbine
    most pistol caliber carbines
    a number of lever actions in pistol caliber
    something in 308, 5.56 or 7.62 x 39

    COMPNOR Well-Known Member

    Hi-Point Carbines rock. Say $200 for the gun, and ~$9/box of 9mm ammo.
  4. musick

    musick Well-Known Member


    ~$80 for the rifle, and ~$85 for 640 rds of ammo at J&G sales. If you have a C&R license ($30/3 yrs.), they will ship it directly to your house.
  5. Birdmang

    Birdmang Well-Known Member

    Should I check my local shop for a Mosin, and only $80, that would be awesome!
  6. Kwanger

    Kwanger Well-Known Member

    But only if you can find 9mm in those Wally world prices....can be tricky these days.
  7. CWL

    CWL Well-Known Member

    I think that an SKS would fit your needs.
  8. John Wayne

    John Wayne Well-Known Member

    The SKS rifle and 7.62x39 round have increased considerably in price and been harder to find with the recent ammo buying craze.

    The Mosin Nagant (91, 91/30, M-38 and M-44) all remain inexpensive and readily available. Surplus 7.62x54R ammo is often cheaper than 9mm, much cheaper than x39, and easy to find. Corrosive com-bloc ammo is great for busting rocks, with ballistic tipped, soft point, AP, tracer, and just about every other round you can imagine available as well.


    The 5.45x39 round is considerably cheaper than the 5.56x45 (which it is often compared to) but the platform to shoot it is a lot higher. An AK-74 will probably run you at least $600, whereas Mosins can be had for around $100 depending on model and condition.
  9. Claude Clay

    Claude Clay Well-Known Member

    cz-52 ($200) firing 7.62x25 (12 cents a round)

    9mm drop in barrel ($100) optional [works best with +p ammo so reloading is the way to go]
  10. damien

    damien Well-Known Member

    Good luck. Even Wolf crap ammo is exceeding those prices these days. Unless you can find it at WalMart, the least expensive prices I have been seeing have been around $15 for "standard" FMJ brass cased ammo. That was at Cabela's, and stock is spotty.

    COMPNOR Well-Known Member

    Its hard, but not impossible. One of my Walmarts had 8 boxes in the case last night, and I bought 6(which is the most they allow at the moment).
  12. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    Pretty much what Shadow sadi: Mosin Nagants
    Anything in .223
    Rifles in 9mm or 45ACP
    Rifles in 357/38spl.

    Price is kind of relative though.
  13. SCKimberFan

    SCKimberFan Well-Known Member

    No offense, but do you really want to trust your life to the Cheapest Gun/Ammo Combination?
  14. Birdmang

    Birdmang Well-Known Member

    SCKimberFan: This is a thread for cheap and fun shooting, not for self defense. I don't live in fear, I will be fine, but thanks though.
  15. theotherwaldo

    theotherwaldo Well-Known Member

    -Past that, shotgun is fun to shoot and cheap enough.
  16. cauberallies

    cauberallies Well-Known Member

    +1 for the Mosin. I can't think of a better power/price/fun ratio. I even enjoy shooting my M-38 more than my AMD 65. Cheap surplus ammo is plentiful, too. I'd pick it over lots of other options, even if I had the money.
  17. cchris

    cchris Well-Known Member

    I'll give a +1 for the Mosin here, even though I've only shot a few and don't own one. The ammo is cheap for it, and not as crappy as the leftover stuff for Mausers. The gun itself is inexpensive, accurate, and 400+ rounds can be purchased for around $100.

    -edit- I just contemplated picking up one when I get my paycheck next week. I make around $200 a week and part of that goes to food. If this wasn't a cheap gun/ammo combo, I wouldn't have even given it a thought.

    COMPNOR Well-Known Member

    I'm going to disagree slightly with the Mosin. Yes, they're cheap. Yes, ammo is cheap. And yes they're fun to shoot. But for me, they're not fun to shoot more than a few clips. After 5-10 rounds, I'm done.
  19. bearmgc

    bearmgc Well-Known Member

    Marlin 30-30 or /and CZ52.
  20. Birdmang

    Birdmang Well-Known Member

    I have a Marlin 30 30 and cant find ammo for it!

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