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As stated, it depends on the caliber and the gun. The mentioned SS109 is a 62 gr, steel core .223 round that is meant to penetrate light armor and other objects and it the main service round of our troops. It is accurate in some guns (my captain's CAR-15 and my M-4 likes them) but are not very accurate in others (my Mossberg SSi-1). Much depends on twist rate of the barrel and velocity. In other calibers the results are just as variable. Some .308 ammo I used was very accurate and used a 168 gr boattailed bullet, others used a flat based spitzer and seemed unstable with some yaw evident at the target. There is some "surplus" ammo out there that is below spec for the military or remanufactured with military bullets and powders. These can have variable results down range but can make reasonable plinking rounds if you don't expect too much of them to begin with. uglydog
 

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??? 4 bucks for 10 rounds ain't very cheap unless it's match-grade or something else really off-the-wall. Come October, you can buy hunting ammo for a .30-06 or a .308 for $7.99 for a 20-round box at most any sporting goods store. If you shop around and buy in quantity, you should be able to beat that price by a mile. I dunno about .223... I don't have one, and I've never paid any attention to ammunition cost.

Take up reloading, and you'll produce some top-quality ammo for DIRT CHEAP.... provided you ignore the cost of the press, the multiple different die sets and types (I'm working up a good collection of bushings for a bushing-type neck sizing die), the case turner, the case trimmer, the chamfering tool, the powder trickler, the electronic scale, the tumbler, the.....
 

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When you're pricing ammo, you need to specify:

Caliber

Bullet weight, bullet type.

Primer type -- Berdan or Boxer. Boxer can be reloaded.

Brass or steel case?

Mfg -- Some are decent, some are crap.

Corrosive? Non-corrosive.

Age of the ammo.

Steel case Wolf, berdan primed, 122 gr. in 7.62 X 39 is a whole lot cheaper than 150 gr, brass case, boxer primed non-corrosive, 30-06 Springfield.

Commercial hunting loads for .458 Win. Mag. Federal Mfg. 350 gr. "Cape Shok" bullets run $120 for a box of 20 rds.
 

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When you're pricing ammo, you need to specify:

Caliber

Bullet weight, bullet type.

Primer type -- Berdan or Boxer. Boxer can be reloaded.

Brass or steel case?

Mfg -- Some are decent, some are crap.

Corrosive? Non-corrosive.

Age of the ammo. Is the brass corroded? Do the boxes look like they've been exposed to water?

Steel case Wolf, berdan primed, 122 gr. in 7.62 X 39 is a whole lot cheaper than 150 gr, brass case, boxer primed non-corrosive, 30-06 Springfield.

Commercial hunting loads for .458 Win. Mag. Federal Mfg. 350 gr. "Cape Shok" bullets run $120 for a box of 20 rds.
 
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