Q: Help! what's the cheapest rifle caliber?

kffight3r
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The .223 is blowing up right now, prices went up 300%. 

Is the .308 the next cheapest? I am looking for something for range practice as well as hunting small to medium game. What are some of the cheapest calibers and where do you buy them from??

The .270 right now is running me at $1.5-$2.0 per factory filled bullet.... ridiculous. Every time I pull the trigger, $2 is gone.

Thanks guys!
kffight3r posted Apr 08, 2013
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mrbob
I've seen a fair amount of 10mm available
mrbob (rep: 153) posted Apr 08, 2013
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kffight3r
dude what are you shooting with 10mm? and Where?
kffight3r (rep: 712) posted Apr 08, 2013
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Acidbaby
Since you mentioned a .223 I assume your looking at game such as coyotes. Id say go with a 22-250. This Savage is a beast. 22-250 has great range and shootd nice and flat with very little drop. http://www.savagearms.com/firearms/model/12FV
Acidbaby (rep: 6.83k) posted Apr 08, 2013
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kffight3r
How much is a box of 22-250 these days? I want something cheaper that I can practice more with. It used to be the .223 but thanks to Obama, ammo tripled in price. I am a long range shooter, usually going for 400-600 yards.

Is there another caliber that has sub $15/box ammo? The .308 seems to have some cheap ammos. Any experiences?
kffight3r (rep: 712) posted Apr 08, 2013
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Acidbaby
A .308 will suit you just fine if you want to kill a moose. >308 has about triple the energy at 500 yards compared to a 22-250 even though the velocity on the 22-2550 is faster it has less mass and drops off faster. If your looking to take down a coyote at 300 yards youre good with the 22-250. If you want to down a deer at 500 yards the 308 is the way to go. All depends what your looking to do, you said small game but also if you want high energy at long distances you wont get that with a 22-250
Acidbaby (rep: 6.83k) posted Apr 09, 2013
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nthsll
Agreed. .308 is a large round. My suggestion would be to go to a gun show and see if you can pick up some reloads. If that proves to be too expensive, then think about changing platforms. Ammo is hard to find right now and way too expensive.

There are Facebook groups that are set up with the primary purpose of selling guy stuff in certain areas. Ours locally here has ammo advertised all of the time. Some reloads and some new. Sometimes for the current gouged price, but sometimes fairly reasonably.

I leanred last weekend that .223 can be reserved and bought at the customer service counter at Academy. I don't think their prices have really gone up. What is driving the costs is that people are buying the rounds then reselling them.
nthsll (rep: 12.4k) posted Apr 09, 2013
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xptrish
My dad used to reload his own,he built a cabinet and everything,had scales for the powder,all that stuff,have you considered something like that?
xptrish (rep: 72.4k) posted Apr 09, 2013
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tyguy66
I would also suggest a 308. It is the caliber I currently use for deer hunting. Cheap ammo and a versatile caliber!
tyguy66 (rep: 2) posted Apr 10, 2013
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kffight3r
just got a Sako in 30-06 due to availability. Thanks everyone!
kffight3r (rep: 712) posted Apr 11, 2013
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