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Chicken or the Egg

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by dullone, Jan 27, 2013.

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  1. slamfirev10

    slamfirev10 Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    i've done both, doesn't matter as long as you are sure and patient imo
  2. CGT80

    CGT80 Member

    Mar 12, 2012
    I already had brass, primers, bullets, and dies (45 LC) for the gun I wanted to buy last year. I ended up with the components when I bought everything that a guy was selling as a package deal. The gun doesn't use mags either.

    I bought the gun, a Smith 460 mag XVR, and had to wait for my 10 day background check. During that time I also ordered the dies, and brass to load for 460. When I picked up the gun, I had all the components waiting at home. I didn't bother with 454 loads. I load both 45LC and 460 and also cast my own 270 grain hollow points for it. This gun has never seen factory ammo, unless test fired at Smith and Wesson.

    I rarely buy ammo for centerfire metallic chamberings. When I first got my 40 S&W, I didn't have the brass, so I bought factory ammo while my gun was in 10 day jail. When I bought my 10/22, I already had 22lr ammo that I used in my dad's guns.

    I also stocked up on various 12ga ammo (for break in), just before I picked up my shotgun. Now it eats whatever small, light birdshot loads I can buy the cheapest, to use for skeet.
  3. justice06rr

    justice06rr Member

    Oct 7, 2011
    Not really. Its actually a decent way to see if you want to buy a firearm of a particular caliber before you buy either.

    For example, if you are deciding between a 380, 9mm or 45ACP pistol, you can check the availability/price of ammo first and see if it fits your budget. In my area, there is hardly any 9mm to be found, but there are usually 45 and 380 ammo available.

    In that case you would go with the 380 and 45ACP.

    Same with an AR/AK/SKS. 5.56 is almost impossible to find (so are mags) unless you are willing to pay "panic" prices of $1/rd. 7.62x39 is more readily available and usually cheaper so you should go with a SKS or AK47 right now. AK/SKS is also cheaper than AR15's in general. I found an SKS for $400 at my local pawnshop, while AR's are $1400 at minimum. The SKS is a no-brainer in that situation.
  4. orionengnr

    orionengnr Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    Ding Ding Ding Ding....winner.
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