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Can someone explain why prices of 7mm-08 ammo is nearly twice that of 30-06 ammo, and same as that of the much larger 300 Win Mag ammo?
 

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supply and demand. same reason 243, 308, 30-30 and 30-06 are cheap. more they sell the cheaper they are. i feel your pain. i own a 7mm-08 and if i can find them at $22 at walmart i snatch them up.
 

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It's not going to get any better either. I went about 2 weeks ago to pick up a box of 130 grain .270 accu tips that I ordered..... Last year they were 26.00 a box for 20 shells this year they are 37.00! Last year my 300 ultra mag shells in power level 3 were 50.00 a box. thank god I don't have to buy any of them for a while. I have 2 and a half boxes so I should be good for a few years! I don't fun shoot that sucker.
 

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It's not in the top selling category of the "common mans " 30-06, 270, 30-30,308, 243...Large outlets like Wal-mart order these cartridges in large bulk at low prices because they will sell a lot of them. Not so with other cartridges like the 35 Remington, 7mm-08, 260 Remington which have a following, but nothing like the previously mentioned cartridges.
 

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I shoot Federal Premium 140gr NP and haven't found any in 6 months. I just ordere 4 boxes from a local gun shop and hopefully they'll come in. He checked with 9 different suppliers and these were the only 4 available. For the price they charge for them one would think that they would be much more readily available.
 

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Just wanted to clarify a bit before I get slammed... I am not placing the 2 cartridges mentioned above in the common catergory just mentioning some prices. To see a jump of $10 for a box of shells in a year is lame! that's .50 a shell more and a 1.85 a shot(total box price divided by 20 shots). Just throwing out some numbers.
 

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folks; in case all didn't notice the price of ammo has been creeping up over the last few years. really climbing since the 2008 election. everytime a new order comes in the price is at least 25 cents more a box usually more. customer was in shop one day asking about .458 lott ammo, which priced out at just under 160 dollars per box of 20 before tax. i shoot rifle in competition sometimes shooting 150 rounds of .223 or .308 per weekend. reloading is a must. hunters that only buy once a year often suffer sticker shock. short magnum, super short magnum, amd short action ultra mags are real pricey. IT WILL NOT GET ANY BETTER!!! the manufacturerers now realize that they can charge what the traffic will bear in the less popular cartridges. the hunter that has the super whiz-bang double magnum death ray is finding 3 or 4 dollars or even more a shot is here. sighting in is now 50 dollars. WHOA!
 

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WELL,there's no better reason to start reloading...it's gotten expensive also but no where near the prices of factory ammo at the big store.. $60-90 or more for twenty shells...I'd quit shooting if I had to pay those prices..all the 30's shoot the same basic bullet..the difference is only a little bit of powder and the size of the case...I've seen standard /06 shells for $20 for 20 and the same bullet in 300 short mags for $60!!! Makes no sense, but unless you reload your trapped..they did the same things with primers over the lastfew years..they doubled or trippled the prices and the supply they said was low and the reloaders hoarded all they could get..now, you can buy just about anyting you want but it's alot more expensive for sure..set yourself to reload, you'll enjoy it and it'll give you something to do..
 

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I remember the days of 6-7 dollar a box for 30-06 or federals at K-Mart. them days are long gone therefor I reload also.
 

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How about $10.98 per box for 150gr 30-06 Core Lokts? That's what it cost me for the usual two boxes I take up each year for the cousin that takes care of my camp.

Gander Mtn. had them on sale a couple weeks ago and with the Remington rebate and the GM rebate, that was my final cost. Wasn't that long ago when the Rem. rebate was $5 per box, now it's $2.50 per box. Limit two boxes per address.
 

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Good thing my Rem. model 700 7mm-08 is extremely accurate. I only shoot 3-5 shots a year so I won't need to buy any ammo for awhile. I need 3 every fall to make sure it is still sighted in and then a shot per deer.
Then again, maybe I should buy 3 or 4 boxes now before they go up more, another 60 or 80 rounds might last me a lifetime with that great gun.
 

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Great thing about that cheap Remington ammo is that you can expect 18 or 19 out of a box of 20 to actually go off when you squeeze the trigger. That's not too bad of odds considering the great price!
 

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rugered said:
Great thing about that cheap Remington ammo is that you can expect 18 or 19 out of a box of 20 to actually go off when you squeeze the trigger. That's not too bad of odds considering the great price!

Sad part is you're right. That's been my experience too. The last box of Remington's I bought only 18 went off.
 

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WELL,there's no better reason to start reloading...it's gotten expensive also but no where near the prices of factory ammo at the big store.. $60-90 or more for twenty shells...I'd quit shooting if I had to pay those prices..all the 30's shoot the same basic bullet..the difference is only a little bit of powder and the size of the case...I've seen standard /06 shells for $20 for 20 and the same bullet in 300 short mags for $60!!! Makes no sense, but unless you reload your trapped..they did the same things with primers over the lastfew years..they doubled or trippled the prices and the supply they said was low and the reloaders hoarded all they could get..now, you can buy just about anyting you want but it's alot more expensive for sure..set yourself to reload, you'll enjoy it and it'll give you something to do..



Reloading is getting bad too. You can't get a pound of powder for $20 anymore and you can't get 100 bullets for $20. I only shoot common calibers anymore and I'm really not beating Wal-Mart's prices by all that much by handloading.
 

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Great thing about that cheap Remington ammo is that you can expect 18 or 19 out of a box of 20 to actually go off when you squeeze the trigger. That's not too bad of odds considering the great price!
That's exactly why I switched over to Federal over 20 years ago. Had one of these miscues on the biggest buck I've ever seen here in NY.

I saved the bullet and had a buddy of mine, who reloads, remove the bullet and there was no gun powder in the case.
 

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I have shot Rem for over 40 years and have never had one fail to go off. Either I am lucky or that is what is usual will let it up to you guys to decide.
 

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Great thing about that cheap Remington ammo is that you can expect 18 or 19 out of a box of 20 to actually go off when you squeeze the trigger. That's not too bad of odds considering the great price!
Not in my experience. Never had a bad Core Lokt round yet.

Used to load my cousin's 30-06 loads for him. Then about 18 years ago, my huntin' bud started buying him two boxes of 150gr Core Lokts each year. When my bud passed away in 2001, I started buying the ammo for ol' cuz.

If he's ever had a misfire with that 30-06, he never mentioned it to me. When I looked after our club's ranges and monitored them closely prior to deer seasons, the majority of the shooters were using Core Lokts. It was the source of most of my once fired R-P brass, primarily in 30-06 and I have a mess of them from those days.

In all the years I spent at our ranges, don't recall any misfires from CLs at the range, that were due to "bad ammo".

Most were due to problems with the rifles, such as gunked-up bolts. Cleaned more than one guy's bolt with paint thinner or lighter fluid, then they refired the "offending cartridge", which almost always went bang.

If they didn't go bang, it was usually because there were other issues, like faint firing pin indents in the primers.
 

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Just a few weeks ago I bought a box of Remington .35 Rem. 200 grain CL's and only 18 went off. The primers were struck adequately. I pulled the bullets and dumped the powder on the two offending cartridges and replaced both primers. I then reassembled the cartridges and they fired.
 

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I no longer use Remington primers for that reason. I handload 98% of my own ammo so I don't use much factory ammo. I had some problems with Rem primers igniting. If I buy factory for whatever reason It's usually Federal.
 

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DennyF said:
How about $10.98 per box for 150gr 30-06 Core Lokts? That's what it cost me for the usual two boxes I take up each year for the cousin that takes care of my camp.

Gander Mtn. had them on sale a couple weeks ago and with the Remington rebate and the GM rebate, that was my final cost. Wasn't that long ago when the Rem. rebate was $5 per box, now it's $2.50 per box. Limit two boxes per address.
Yep did the same thing at my GM this week with 150 sp's for my .270!
 
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