Ammo Pricing

Discussion in 'Rifle Talk' started by dh4stretch3, Oct 7, 2005.

  1. dh4stretch3

    dh4stretch3 Guest

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    About how much will a box of high quality 30-06 ammo cost me? and what brand+model(example:remington core-lokt) should i get?
     
  2. Papadoodles

    Papadoodles Super Member

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    stretch,

    That is not nearly enough information for anyone to provide you with an answer. Here is one page that contains NINETY-ONE different .30-06 loads.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/ebrowse.exe/br ... 3***690***

    What are you going to be shooting? Target, game (what?), etc. Even then the price depends on where you buy your ammo.

    In any case this link to Midway will get you starting on collecting information.



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  3. Drop-Shot

    Drop-Shot Super Member

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    Here in Montana the Rem 30/06 180 gr corelocks are $13.10, PMC 180 gr 10.80 federal premieum(trophy bonded bearclaw)23.50, Winchester silvertips 165 gr 13.95.Just came back from a sporting goods store and checked prices.All ammo was on sale.Drop-Shot
     
  4. mike .308

    mike .308 Well-Known Member

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    It's usually a buck a bullet for 30 calibers. I can't give you an exact price but that's as cheap as I've seen 'em
     
  5. The_Cook

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    I would suggest taking up a great hobby called reloading. Initial investment is about the cost of a decend gun $400-$500 but it pays for itself, and allows you alot of versitillity.
     
  6. mike .308

    mike .308 Well-Known Member

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    Well not everbody reloads. That's why I shoot a .308 instead of a .30-06. .308 ammo can be found cheap at gunshows and gunstores. And it's almost the same as a .30-06.
     
  7. Drop-Shot

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    The 308 is a good round,it's not a 30/06 though,the light bullets are great for 308 and even though I sold mine I HAVE to replace it.A deer shot with a 150 gr 308 will not know the difference between a 308 and 30/06,the difference is in bullets above 150 gr,I shot some factory 165's in my remington with good results but bigger bullets hang into the powder space and that reduces velocitys a good bit,I tried it.Even some long 165's like the swift scirocco don't work well for the 308.I did shoot my smallest 30 cal groups with a stock box rem 700 308 and want to replace the one I sold.I understand time constraints and not everyone has the time to reload,the ones I know that don't reload buy in bulk when on sale and some use the 308 even for elk.Just my opinion.Drop-Shot
     
  8. wired

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    DS is right about the bullet difference between the .308 and .30-06. Actually, according to the Speer manual #13, they are more or less identical for 165-grain bullets in most cases. Go less than 165, the .308 has the advantage. Go more than 165, the .30-06 does.

    For good quality factory ammo, just figure a buck a shot. Some might be a bit more, some might be a bit less, but it'll be fairly close. Given the same type of bullet, they're all gonna perform about the same, depending on your rifle. Find out what your rifle shoots the best, and stick with it. Unless you're going for some really serious critters, don't bother with the really fancy bullets. Just get some good softpoints like a Hornaday or Speer, and you should be okay for most game. If you're going for bigger stuff, Nosler Partitions seem to do the job quite well.
     
  9. Drop-Shot

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    Wired I have Speer manuals #6-#12,the oldest is 1964 edition and all show the 308 out ahead and alot of even velocitys from 110-150 gr,however,the Hornady # 6 edition(latest version)puts the 308 behind 30/06 200 fps on all loads to 180 gr,the Nosler puts the 308 behind the 30/06 100 fps to 150 gr and even and then well over 100 fps difference above 150 gr,the Barnes #3 manual puts the 30/06 ahead by only 81 fps for the 125 gr,125 fps for the 130 gr and 90fps for the 140 gr.Thats not saying all guns will shoot accuratly at these velocitys,the 30/06 may be ahead a bit in some loads but th 308 is king daddy at 150 gr and below,I said all that to say all this,if you overlook the 308 when making a purchase you will overlook one of the most versatile cartridges on the market.Just my opinion and not knocking the 30/06,I own 2.Drop-Shot
     
  10. mountainview

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    Stretch,
    As noted above, a bit more info would help us to make some general, broad recommendations to get you started. In any event, guns are like people and tend to be individualistic about their preferences as to what they will shoot accurately. You'll likely need to try a couple different brands/bullet weights to see what shoots best in your gun.

    Assuming you are hunting deer, and maybe plinking/target shooting, I'd recommend 150 grain Rem Core-Lokts as a good starting point. Depending on what your locale is, you should be able to find them for 12-13 bucks (+/- a buck) a box if the local marts are running sales. My Savage shoots 1" at 100 yards with these though I plan on reloading 30-06 rounds in the near future.