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Where do you get your .308?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by The Wiry Irishman, Dec 21, 2007.

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  1. The Wiry Irishman

    The Wiry Irishman Member

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    I might be getting into the market for .308 soon, and I'm not terribly familiar with it. Everyone says all the surplus has dried up, and from looking around online, it looks like the best deal I can hope for on commercial stuff is about $130-$140/200rnds.

    So where does everybody order their ammo from? Who has .308 in stock most reliably, and who has the best deals on shipping? What's the best deal on .308 you've seen?
     
  2. H2O MAN

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  3. H2O MAN

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    You can pick up sealed battle packs of surplus for about .50 per round.
    Maybe less per round if you buy the entire case...
    Post a WTB ad in a few forums, the Indiana section on AR15 is a good place.

    HTH ~
     
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    Same as TIMC, Milsurp is about dried up to the point prices continue
    to rise! Loading will keep you out of trouble:confused:
     
  6. goon

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    IMO the best course of action is...
    1. Suck it up and buy some of the factory stuff to store and have on hand. Shoot some to zero your rifle and save the brass.
    2. Scrounge all available brass and load your own
    3. Watch for "deals". They don't exist anymore like they used to. A $29 battle pack of SA surplus now goes for $65. I made a little money on mine but I'm now to the point where I am keeping the rest because it CAN'T be replaced.

    As for places to order from, Midway, AIM Surplus, Cheaper than dirt, and sportsmans guide have all been good to me but I don't know who has what. IIRC, AIM has lithiuanian stuff and Winchester but neither is really that cheap. Sportsmans guide has Winchester FMJ too but it is slightly more expensive there than it is at AIM.

    I am taking my .308 out tomorrow to zero it.
    My ammo?
    40 rounds of handloads using Winchester 760, 150 grain Speer BTSP's, and scrounged (meaning FREE !) Cavim and LC military brass. Total cost for this ammo is about $14.66 for the whole 40 rounds. That is $7.33 for 20 rounds of ammo loaded with decent JSP ammunition as opposed to twice that for FMJ. And it is about twice as accurate as the surplus I used to shoot - no complaints about that. But even with reloading, ammo isn't exactly cheap anymore.

    Before you buy a .308 I'd suggest you buy a 10/22 first if economics is your primary consideration.
     
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  8. TexasRifleman

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    ammoman is selling some now, aim and century have surplus come through now and then.

    You are gonna pay .50 a round most likely. The best you can hope for is the occasional surplus with reloadable brass hitting the market.

    If you are gonna shoot .308 in any quantity, now's the time to start reloading.

    Georgia Arms Canned Heat is a once loaded alternative to consider too. It's good ammo.

    Costs are going up, either pay it and try to smile or take up something besides shooting. My fear is that costs will get much worse before they get any better.

    I can see more import restrictions etc depending on the outcome of the next election.

    I have stopped buying guns. I'm just buying .223 and .308 ammo and components now.
     
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    I'm lucky and happy that my 91 digests Wolf happily.
     
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    Reload it.
     
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    ammotogo.com for online, and Academy sells it for 8 bucks per box of 20.
     
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    anybody can give a report on the Lithuanian and Privi ammo,classic arms says it's real good,I want to here that from a regular THR member.
     
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    I bought some of the Lithuanian .308. It shoots fine in my PTR91.

    That's the only rifle I've used it in so far.
     
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    Reloading is the way to go, BUT you need reloadable brass. Graf & Sons had Lithuanian ammo with boxer-primed brass and boat-tail FMJ bullets for about $220 per 400 rounds a few days ago. The South African appears to have dried up - good shooting, but it is Berdan-primed. SOG had some boxer-primed ammo a few months back, you might keep checking their web site. I haven't seen any Prvi lately, (but then I haven't been looking) - it's probably reloadable as well.
     
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    Just checked the Wideners site. They show Barnaul at 170 dollars for 500 rounds.
     
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    I see Wolf @ 5.99 a box at my local gun shop, and it's usually in stock for a day or two before it's gone. As the others have said, handloading is the best way to get affordable quality ammo.
     
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    Thanks for the links, Javelin.

    As for me, I bought some cheap Remington 150 gr SP ammo from WallyWorld, shot it out and kept the brass, then assembled my first batch of .308 for my FAL (Hornady 150 gr FMJ). Problem is, DFW seems to have a dearth of ranges where one can shoot FMJ... :banghead:
     
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