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Least exspensive deer caliber?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by neededausername, Nov 29, 2008.

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  1. neededausername

    neededausername Member

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    Of the calibers that are generally used to hunt deer and other similar sized animals which is the least expensive? Anyone have any links to ammo price comparison charts or anything? Thanks
     
  2. DRYHUMOR

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    Realistically, standard calibers are less expensive and ammo is easy to find.

    Magnums and belted magnums, short and super short magnums are more expensive.

    Ammo cost more when different bullets are used. Remington Core Lokt has been around for years and is good reliable ammo. It is consistantly less expensive.

    Keep in mind, your rifle may shoot some types of ammo well, and not others. If it shoots something a bit more pricey, stick to that for hunting. Use a cheaper ammo for practice.
     
  3. JimmAr

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    308 winny
     
  4. R.W.Dale

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    far and away 7.62x39mm, Ammunition with excellent deer hunting properties can be had just about anywhere for less than $5 a box of 20.

    next in line would be 30-30win coming in at appx $13 a box

    then 30-06, 270 and 243 at around $15

    everything else pretty much goes up from there

    Priced 308 ammo lately? Even 30-06 is cheaper.
     
  5. JimmAr

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    Merg... My club discount at sportsmans gets me 11.54 for a box for 20 146gr's. :confused:

    Your right about the 7.62x39 though.. always cheap.
     
  6. R.W.Dale

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    but deer ammo must be loaded with hunting bullets. Most don't consider a 147grn FMJ to be a suitable deer load and is in fact illegal to use for hunting in my state.

    Another one I should have mentioned would be 7.62x54r, soft point ammo can be had for this round for around $10 a box. Steel cased 140grn SP 30-06 from academy comes in at around $10 per box as well
     
  7. Shawnee

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    "7.62x39mm, Ammunition with excellent deer hunting properties can be had just about anywhere for less than $5 a box of 20."

    Who supplies it that inexpensively and what bullet is it ?

    Midway shows it for $20/box of 20.

    :confused:
     
  8. The King of Pants

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    Most of the shops around here (WI) have the Wolf 7.62x39 154gr. Soft Points for under 7 a box, I'd say that's about as cheap as it gets for hunting ammo.
     
  9. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    Like they said, .30-30 Winchester or 7.62x39mm. If you take up reloading, then other calibers can be cheaper.
     
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    During deer season Dicks was selling Remington 30-30 for $8 a box.
     
  11. Odnar

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    If you buy a case, ammoman.com has Wolf JHP 7.62x39 for $250/1000 including shipping, which works out to $5 a box. That's up from $199 right before the election.

    As for cheap deer rounds, .30-30 gets my recommendation. Much easier to find practical (non-FMJ) hunting ammo.
     
  12. trekgod3

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    Don't forget 7.62x54, I picked up a 300 round case for $45 online a couple of months ago.
     
  13. XD-40 Shooter

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    Wolf 154 gr soft points, $5/20 at sportsmansguide, it reliably expands in gelatin and would be effective out to 100 yards or so. After that, 30-30.
     
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    I've seen 30-30 ammo for as low as $6 recently at Wally World.

    Most gun shops around here sell 7.62x39 HP or SP for around the same price.
     
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    .30-06. It isnt the cheapest, but its still pretty cheap. And the best all-around caliber, in my opinion.
     
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    My vote would be for either the 7.62 x 39 or the .30-30.

    I saw a Marlin 336 for sale for $250 recently. Cheap rifles and cheap ammo make a good combination.
     
  17. Serial Crusher

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    I'm going with trekgod3, if there aren't regulations on rifle calibers, go for an M44 Mosin Nagant. You can be killing deer for less than $100 for a rifle and some ammo.
     
  18. Speedo66

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    If you're buying hunting ammo, does the price really matter?

    Once you're sighted in, a box will last you for years.
     
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    .30-06. It isnt the cheapest, but its still pretty cheap. And the best all-around caliber, in my opinion.
    +1

    fireman
     
  20. R.W.Dale

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    You really need to get out more. Wolf 154grn SP and 122grn HP is literally sold just about everywhere.....even midway

    Forget domestic 7.62x39 it's underloaded crap barely more powerful than 30 carbine that you get charged waaaaaaaay too much for.
    http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=409365
     
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    I can't believe all the folks recommending Russian surplus rifles & ammo for deer hunting.

    Crappy sights on crappy rifles.

    You can buy a good used Marlin 336 30-30 for less then most AK's sell for, and there are few better woods hunting deer rifles made.

    Ammo cost should not even enter into the equation, because how many deer are you going to shoot in a year anyway?

    rcmodel
     
  22. R.W.Dale

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    NEWS FLASH

    you can actually buy firearms chambered for 7.62x39 that aren't surplus garbage.

    I'd rather see a well practiced hunter in the woods with an SKS than a hunter with no familiarity with their weapon that's been shooting the same box of ammo he bought when Regan was president

    YES it does! because if you can practice more you'll become a better shot plain and simple. You can only learn so much from a .22lr. Harvesting a deer is 98% shot placement and 2% caliber anyhow and to get that you must practice
     
  23. BADUNAME37

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    Instead of "caliber" consider a shotgun with slugs or 00BUCK.
     
  24. neededausername

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    Thanks everyone, I was wanting a SKS anyway. I know it's not the best rifle for hunting, but I'm primarily looking for something to just take to the range and plink with, but figured I might as well get something that is capable of taking game if I decided to go do that.

    And yes I know for plinking, etc nothing beats a .22lr on price, but sometimes you just want something that has a bigger bang.
     
  25. R.W.Dale

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    Do yourself a favor and invest $50 in a Tech Sight, then you'll have a rifle that'll be every bit as good as any 30-30 with sights.

    http://www.tech-sights.com/sks.htm

    The SKS is a fine choice for the entry level hunter who doesn't plan on taking long shots over 150yds. Round these parts to some extent it's replaced the leveraction as the brush gun of choice
     
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