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#157103 - 12/04/08 07:27 PM Re: $85 or $25 per 20 rounds and why handload? [Re: camerono]
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Originally Posted By: cameron2trade


1) What is the difference between $85 and $25 boxes of rifle ammunition?



Sometimes it is $60 in additional profit for the retailer.


Edited by GarlyDog (12/04/08 07:28 PM)
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#157107 - 12/04/08 08:08 PM Re: $85 or $25 per 20 rounds and why handload? [Re: camerono]
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Originally Posted By: cameron2trade
I hope someone can help me with a simple answer. I have done some research and even purchased industry magazines. I must say WOW! you can spend more on shooting and reloading toys than you ever could on a firearm.

Can anyone answer this for me?

1) What is the difference between $85 and $25 boxes of rifle ammunition?

2) Assuming there is a difference between $85 and $25 ammo can I improve in the quality of the $85 box of ammo by reloading myself?

Thanks

Cameron


What are you shooting that a box of ammo costs $85? I assume we are talking about a 20 round box. At $85 I am envisioning a .50 BMG.
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#157129 - 12/04/08 09:55 PM Re: $85 or $25 per 20 rounds and why handload? [Re: Desperado]
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Thank you everyone for all of the excellent information thus far. It is very helpful in forming my opinion about reloading.

Desperado.........The ammo I am referring to is 300 Winchester Magnum. At Cabelas it appeared that 2 identical types of ammunition 20 rounds one was Hornady the other was Federal. Hornady was about $85 and Federal was about $25. What gives?
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#157133 - 12/04/08 10:04 PM Re: $85 or $25 per 20 rounds and why handload? [Re: camerono]
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I tried to check this out at Cabela's website, but it was too big a deal to undertake on slo-mo internet. But again, I have to bet that the bullet type has a lot to do with the difference in price. Plus, one might be "match" grade, the other "field" grade, which usually just means that one batch of ammo is put together with more care (for lack of a better term) than the other...
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#157136 - 12/04/08 10:11 PM Re: $85 or $25 per 20 rounds and why handload? [Re: camerono]
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Ouch. Maybe reloading will be a good idea. Or a good Ruger 10/22 for practice. And I complain when purchasing 7.62 NATO Match rounds for about $30.00.

.300 Win Mag really isn't "standard" like .30-06, .308, etc. May also be economy of scale issue also.


Edited by Desperado (12/04/08 10:13 PM)
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#157141 - 12/04/08 10:52 PM Re: $85 or $25 per 20 rounds and why handload? [Re: Desperado]
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Bulk ammo for .300 win mag at Cabela's is $119/100
Hornady custom handloads for $37 per 20
Hornady light magnum $39 per 20

Didn't see anything for .300 win mag for $85.

Maybe you saw some Weatherby ammo. It can be a couple of dollars
each just for the Brass. Different calibers tho. Specialty high
velocity chamberings.

.300 win Mag- a common elk etc. round and used by long range
snipers.

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#157142 - 12/04/08 10:58 PM Re: $85 or $25 per 20 rounds and why handload? [Re: clearwater]
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Sorry, we went from 7.62 nato straight to .50 BMG for long range. I have seen somewhere that the .300 Win Mag was being picked up now that you mention it. Glad I don't hunt any of the critters you mentioned. Weatherby is like Harley Davidson. Everything I buy with that name costs more due to the name. HD=Hundered Dollars
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#157150 - 12/04/08 11:42 PM Re: $85 or $25 per 20 rounds and why handload? [Re: Desperado]
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Agreed the prices on-line don't jive with my question. A few weeks ago I spend half a day at Cabelas in Lacey WA. It had just opened this year and I was excited about taking it all in.

I went to the ammo section and carefully priced a few things for my new Remington 300 win mag. (I make this point because I was paying particularly close attention)

It was not 300 weatherby and I don't recall the type of bullet but I am 98% sure they were identical. To further the point I have noticed brands such as Buffalo Bore, Hornady and a few others are remarkably more expensive.

I think the question has been answered insofar as it is probably just more "carefully" loaded than maybe some other mainstream brands.

However the question although already answered is still open to additional input if you have the time.

Do you think reloading will give me a significant advantage over $85 for a box of 20 300 win mag?

Thanks
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#157165 - 12/05/08 01:36 AM Re: $85 or $25 per 20 rounds and why handload? [Re: camerono]
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"...Do you think reloading will give me a significant advantage over $85 for a box of 20 300 win mag?..."

I think that depends on how much you shoot. If you only touch off 15-20 rounds a year, then no, you would be better off buying factory ammo.

But if you shoot a lot (and keep in mind that you can reload reduced rounds that won't beat your shoulder to death), then reloading will pay for itself in a reasonably short time. After that you will be in the green all the way...

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#157198 - 12/05/08 04:04 AM Re: $85 or $25 per 20 rounds and why handload? [Re: camerono]
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Originally Posted By: cameron2trade

Do you think reloading will give me a significant advantage over $85 for a box of 20 300 win mag?

Thanks

Advantage in what? Price? Accuracy?

Accuracy, absolutely. It's not hard for a reloader who keeps accurate records to beat factory rounds on accuracy.

Price, it depends how much you shoot.

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