Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by HankC, Oct 3, 2015.
Shooting other countries guns and ammo is fun and informative. I shoot 9x18 rather than .380 because I brought my first one when surplus handguns were common and low in price. I have stayed with the 9x18 simply because it is so close in performance to the .380 and I don't want to reload two cartridges that are so similar.
also, corrosive primers are better
The price of ammo, and not much else.
an equivalent .308 bullet alone is about $0.26/rd, so theres absolutely no way you could ever reload or purchase that size of cartridge at a cheaper price
Most of us Americans prefer .308 Win. So they order more .308 rifles. When you order, ship, or manufacture more of an item, the cost each individual item generally goes down.
Also, in a shop, that spot on the shelf has a time cost. If it takes a long while to sell something, that display space could be occupied by something that would sell faster. In order to make it work, the owner has to make more gross profit per item. This would assume 7.62x54R rifles would take longer to sell, of course.
It could also be that the mechanisms to feed and extract the 7.62x54R are more expensive, though I doubt that any former combloc country's arms industry struggles with that round.
I can get 7.62x51 at walmart for 9.99/box. Even that's cheaper than any 54 I've seen in a retail store in the last year. It's almost always at least $10-12+/box unless you find them on sale. Even sites like bulkammo.com, luckygunner, ammoman.....ALL of those sites just as the first 3 examples I pulled from a google search (I have not ordered from any of them personally,...just the first 3 hits that google had where I recognized the names), the .308 is cheaper than the 54 by around $10 per 500 rounds or so on every single one of them.
The .308 has actually come down a bit in price lately whereas the 54 has gone way up in price the last couple years.
Now....there is one exception. If you can find some old romanian, russian, bulgarian, etc surplus 54 you can get it much cheaper in battlepacks. I have never come across that in any store for a reasonable price but online you can get some good deals if you can find it in stock. You won't find those kind of deals on 51 generally.
But my point is...walk into any store and you're gonna pay more to walk out with 54 than you are for 51. I have almost never seen it cheaper anywhere in the last year except for internet deals....and even those are few and far between these days. Just checked aim surplus...yep...sold out. The 51 is cheaper on aim right now because they don't have any cheap 54 in stock and most other people don't either.
this is the primary reason (besides rim + semi auto = suck, and the cost of higher capacity magazines) why i never bought an AK54R type of carbine
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