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Has ammo cost or availablity made you change your rifle choices?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by DMK, Jun 13, 2007.

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  1. DMK

    DMK Member

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    Have you avoided buying certain rifles or changed your mind about buying certain rifles due to ammo cost or availability?
     
  2. Frog48

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    Nope.
     
  3. db_tanker

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    no sir...


    have rockchucker, will shoot. :)


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  4. PotatoJudge

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    No, so long as I can get my hands on at least 100 brass cases I'm good. I shoot mostly lead now because of increased prices of components.
     
  5. taliv

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    nope, but then, i reload.

    actually, that's not ENTIRELY true... because ammo has gone up so much, it's making 5.7x28 seem much cheaper by comparison, so i've been shooting more of that in the past few months than normal.
     
  6. Mikee Loxxer

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    No, another reloader here.
     
  7. erict

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    Yes and no, I find that I'm shooting my .223 rifles alot more lately but I plan on purchasing a nice bolt rifle in .308 also, so:

    "yes" because I'm shooting the cheaper ammo lately and,

    "No" since it's not stopping me from buying one that costs more to feed.
     
  8. Texas Colt

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    Nope. I'm another reloader. The only exception is the Mosin Nagant 91/59 that I just bought.
     
  9. ziadel

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    Yes, I'm not adding any more CETME/HK91 type rifles to my stable...
     
  10. esmith

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    I shoot a lot more .22 these days thats for sure. Maybe thats because i dont have money in the first place.
     
  11. birdv

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    I have not shot alot of surplus this year. Because I cannot find anything decent to replace my nice surplus. I am cheap; however I am not a fan of low quality ammo at 3 times the price of my goodstuff three years ago.(last time I bought surplus ammo)
     
  12. akolleth

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    Yep. Used to own a nice Imbel Fal, and a Cetme kit that I was planning to build. Sold them both because of the insanely high prices .308 is fetching, even reloads. I couldn't see owning a semi Fal and only being able to shoot up like 50 rounds a sitting.

    I guess in my opinion it would be like owning a Ferrari but only being able to afford 1 gallon of gas a month for it. Whats the point.

    This is the picture of the Fal I used to own.

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    And before any of you start crying out "never sell a gun" here is what I bought with the proceeds. Had enough from the sale of the Fal for the rifle from CMP, some accessories, 10 clips, and 240 rounds of Lake city. It seems 30/06 is MUCH cheaper when bought through CMP :)

    [​IMG]
     
  13. The Deer Hunter

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    7.62x54R is wicked cheap :)
     
  14. cracked butt

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    No, in fact I bought a M95 Steyr-mannlicher about a month ago and still haven't found ammo for it.
     
  15. Don't Tread On Me

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    Yes, for me it has.

    For 9mm, I've gone to lead. $17 for 500. Brass I get free. Powder and primers are not much. That's better than the near $80 for 500 that WWB is going for now.

    I reload for .223, but I was never set up for production. I'm set up to make match-grade stuff in lower quantity. The purpose was to make 75gr and 77gr loads actually affordable to shoot and practice with. Not set up to crank out 55gr blasting ammo. I'd have to do much higher volume and buy in large bulk (as well as get a progressive press) in order to make the labor efforts offset the savings vs. Wolf. Right now, Wolf is high priced and scarce, but it is still a value (barely) when compared to the work I'd have to put in making bulk .223.

    My next project is to get a bolt action precision centerfire rifle (like a "sniper rig"). Focus more on low volume precision shooting and learn to really tweak loads as well as to learn drop comp, wind, and other goodies. I've been focused more on practical rifles (AR-15's) for rapid fire 0-200m. Loading .308 is not cheap either, but it is a more productive use of time within the whole firearm hobby for a guy who cannot shoot 300rds a week due to ammo prices when doing other styles of shooting.


    I'm also going to bring back out my accurized 10/22 that has been neglected for a while. 25 and 50 yard shooting isn't the greatest, but you can definately get good trigger time and practice working on mechanics and technique that way.


    Shooting is actually a 2nd hobby for me, so I try and keep it somewhat on a budget. If it were my main hobby/sport - I'd have about triple the budget for it and would do regular bulk ammo purchases or more serious reloading.
     
  16. ArmedBear

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    Cabela's has M95 ammo. It's not cheap, but it's modern non-corrosive ammo.

    And yes. It helped me to have an excuse to buy a Marlin 39A. Glad I did it!:)
     
  17. SaMx

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    yup.
    or planned purchases rather.
     
  18. Full Clip

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    Actually, I've more ammo than ever, 'cause it's not going down, only up.
     
  19. SoCalShooter

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    No not at all, I have been stocking up for a while.
     
  20. MMcfpd

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    I'm in the same place as Full Clip, which has actually got me shooting more. Don't know how long that'll last, though.
     
  21. RNB65

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    Only to the extent that I'm now spending more time shooting bolt-action rifles and trying to make each shot count rather than blasting away with my semiautos. I can make two boxes of Wolf 7.62x39 last all afternoon with my CZ Carbine.
     
  22. Eightball

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    Not really. I'm getting into reloading anyhow, so it'll be cheap by comparison, so no worries. That, and I already have a huge stockpile of ammo for all but my .308s and my .30 Carbine.

    If I'd known then what I know now about ammo prices, it might have changed my mind a bit, but I've got what I've got, and I'm sticking with it.
     
  23. dstorm1911

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    been stocking up on all calibers for 20 years, and invested in 3 Dillon 1250s a couple years ago, we also cast bullets (free lead from copper mines many years ago to just haul it off... got 10,000lbs out back) for every milsurp caliber as well as most handgun cartridges, last year I setup a 12'x40' room just for ammo production to feed all the milsurps and even shooting a couple thousand rounds a week we load 1.5 times what is used.

    remember when ya could get pull down military powder and surplus virgin powder cheap? I stockpiled it rather than pay jacked up ammo prices the only cal thats slow right now is 7.62x39 mainly cause I've only got bout 8,000 rnds worth of loadable brass right now but...... am constantly adding to the brass so.........

    I did stop burning up my Chicom 7.62x51 so much though and started useing more of the FN and SA surplus instead, I save the reloaded 7.62x51 for the L1A1s and the PSG1 etc.. where the added accuracy actually makes a difference

    insteada gettin rid of guns cause of ammo prices invest what ya'd spend on a new gun to get setup for reloading, cast bullets really are so much nicer for killin paper allowin ya to save the surplus stuff for blue hat target practice ;)
     
  24. Gewehr98

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    Not even the slightest bit.

    I have a few Dillon progressives, as well as several single-stage reloading presses. I handload for 24 different chamberings already.

    Ammo availability is a non-issue for me and my choices in firearms purchases.

    As ammo prices increase, I'm holding out that gun prices will drop as folks get disgusted with feeding them. :D
     
  25. Aaryq

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    Yes. Before I start drooling over a weapon that I want, I make a quick trip to cheaper than dirt and midway usa for a rough estimate. If the ammo is expensive, I'll move on and start drooling over something else. The only exception to this rule is the Enfield. I've wanted one for a long time and will eventually get one. Then again, there's a lot of other weapons that I intend on getting before I get an Enfield.
    That said, when I start reloading, things will change. Like PotatoJudge said, all I'll need is around 100 casings and I will be good as gold.
     
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