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Does anyone know of a store where I can purchase .358 Winchester ammo (200 grain)? I tried special-ordering them from a couple local gun stores, and they're telling me "Winchester is out of stock and only making them sporadically"...this doesn't make much sense, I know Browning is still making a lever-action rifle in .358 Winchester. I tried an internet search and was able to find what look like reloads, but I don't think this will work, since they require a signature on delivery, and all the adults in my house work during delivery hours. I'm willing to drive up to 100 miles to pick them up, I live in Valley Forge. Thanks!
 

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.358 Win ammo isnt common, but its around. Any Cabelas
or Bass Pro shops in your area? There are a couple of
shops in the Clarion area that should have it, but they
are a long way from VF.
 

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By "sporadically", it means that 358 ammo is a seasonal product and it is probably only made once per year?

Most ammo manufacturers do that with ammo that typically doesn't sell as well as more common ammo, like 243, 308, 30-06, etc. Since it isn't being made on a more regular basis, ya gotta get it when it is available and in stock, generally prior to big game seasons in the fall.

It's a fairly long list: 358 Win., 250 Savage, 32 Special, 303 British, 7mm Mauser and so on.

Surely there will still be some around throughout the year, left over from the previous run, but you have to find out where. Call shops in your area to find out which ones, if any, still have some on hand.

And as Harry noted, some online ammo sources may still have some in stock, so call or email them.
 

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DennyF said:
By "sporadically", it means that 358 ammo is a seasonal product and it is probably only made once per year?
And the price will reflect it....If you keep an eye on Gunbroker, you can often find sellers who will have two or three boxes up for auction in one lot...If enough folks are sleeping, you might get a deal..Last year I got two boxes of old Winchester 250 gr. Silvertips for $55 plus shipping..You just have to watch for this stuff.....Other than that ...Reload!
 

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Yep. It's why 30-30 Core Lokts are usually on sale each fall for around $8 per box and 32 Special ammo will cost more than twice that much.

Our local Walmart once had a huge mess of Core Lokt ammo out each fall, for many years. The more "popular" stuff was usually offered at a good price, while all the "oddball" ammo wasn't. Same display of Remington ammo, far different pricing for those cartridges that sell far less quantities each year.

On the bright side, at least they had lots of 303, 7mm, 45-70, 32 Spl. and many other choices each fall. Haven't seen that at our Walmart in some time.
 

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It costs a lot more to shoot a .32 Special than a .30-30. It cost even more to shoot .30 Remington or a .303 Savage. All that expense and the performance between them all is the same.
 

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Its an old Model 99, I've had it for 35 years, it shoots great. I've had quite a few offers to sell it, but can't part with it; I may change my thinking soon, between the price & availability of shells....


I did stop in Cabelas in Hamburg a couple times during my travels, and they didn't have any.

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll keep looking. I bought stuff from Midway before & had good luck, I may give them a try. And yes Ken, reloading DOES sound like the way to go.
 

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Uncle Nicky said:
Its an old Model 99, I've had it for 35 years, it shoots great. I've had quite a few offers to sell it, but can't part with it; I may change my thinking soon, between the price & availability of shells....
No reason to sell it..Buy a box of ammo, sight the rifle in, and you should be set for a few years unless you like to blaze away at running deer..I have three 358 rifles and have been on the same box of ammo for years...It's not a gun that I am inclined to use for shooting at cans !
 

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Who's running the gun shop now? Talked with Doris briefly during the Sports and Outdoors Show, forgot to inquire.
 

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Very rarely do I ever see 358 in any store. Ordered handloads online a couple of years ago and now reload the brass. My 99 likes 225 grain nosler partitions.
 

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Big Ken said:
Uncle Nicky said:
Its an old Model 99, I've had it for 35 years, it shoots great. I've had quite a few offers to sell it, but can't part with it; I may change my thinking soon, between the price & availability of shells....
No reason to sell it..Buy a box of ammo, sight the rifle in, and you should be set for a few years unless you like to blaze away at running deer..I have three 358 rifles and have been on the same box of ammo for years...It's not a gun that I am inclined to use for shooting at cans !
No, I said this mostly jokingly, not planning to sell this gun any time soon, it just works TOO darn good.


We are on the same page here I think, I don't even hunt with this gun every year, I just fire a few rounds through it when I DO plan on hunting with it just to make sure the scope is still "ON". A box of shells lasts me a few years, it just seems that it is becoming harder to locate shells each time I do decide to buy some. The local gun store(s) used to be happy to order me some, but are running into difficulty finding them. Judging by what I've been hearing here, looks like it's A). make some calls, travel & stock up; B).try Midway; C).and look into reloading (when I eventually have the time & space).

Again, thanks to all of you for your suggestions.
 

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winchesterbob said:
That Midway stuff is custom loaded ammo, not factory loads....
Bob-yes, looks like just about ALL the .358 ammo I found on the net is non-factory loads. Have you had bad luck or problems with anything you bought from Midway?
 

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Seeing the price of the Midway ammo, you can get a genuine classic box of Winchester Silvertips on Gunbroker most days for around $50 or so, I see it all the time ..A lot of money perhaps, but they will keep that gun shooting..Even though I have the dies and brass, I shoot nothing but the old Winchester ammo out of my 358's as I like the total nostalgic experiance. .
 

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I would go with Ken's advice....and scarf up a lifetime supply the next time Winchester runs them...or start loading them....I have the factory recipe if you do....
 
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