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A change of Caliber---who needs a 22 anyway

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Old 06-08-2014, 06:27 PM   #11
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Love the .22 shortage

Got a 10/22 DSP fingergroove (factory checkered) and a Mk 1 6 7/8" at steal prices due to old timers dumping them (due to ammo price/shortage).
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Old 06-08-2014, 07:24 PM   #12
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Getting 22 LR is not a problem. It is in shorter supply than before, but enough to feed any motivated gun owner. If you go with 17, woe to the ground chuck, otherwise smaller holes in your targets, and forget the semi autos or any handguns. (Except for a "just for you" revolver). That said, jumping calibers is an emotional process, and I shall not delve any deeper. Good shooting! M
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:33 AM   #13
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I have lived out in the country or small towns most of my life. Early on I started getting catalogs and would order rim fire rifle ammo when it was on sale whenever I could. After getting a computer it was even handier to find good buys . I was lucky, I ordered ammo by the case before the big price increases. My best buy was Eley 17 HM2 ammo fore less than $ 4.00 per box . I m not changing any shooting , I have plenty of rimfire 17 HM2, 17 HMR, 22 LR HP PP , and 22 WMR ammo. But my shooting of the new CZ 527 Varmint 17 Hornet is somewhat limited , I only have gotten ten boxes of Hornady ammo and one box of brass.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:15 PM   #14
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Even at $60 for a brick of 22lr ammo it is still cheaper than any other caliber. That is why people are buying 22lr at inflated prices. The cheapest centerfire ammo I saw at a quick glance was 24 cents a round. Changing calibers to avoid overpaying for 22lr is like cutting your nose off to spite your face.

22 lr supplies are picking up. Most of the LGS in thise area are charging under $50 a brick for 22lr. Now the LGS needs to start getting more than 3 bricks at a time.

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Old 06-11-2014, 12:35 PM   #15
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i might give 17hmr a try seeing as the price gap between the two has closed.
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Old 06-11-2014, 10:33 PM   #16
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No trouble buying 22LR ammo the past 6 weeks, between A Regional Gun show, and Big 5, we picked up 3 small bricks(at the gun show-225 Remington Golden Bullets, and Winchester WB 2-222's last week at Big 5..ya just gotta look around.

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I remember when a 50 round box of 22lr was 50 cents for the good stuff. I also remember when gas was 25 cents a gallon, bread was 10 cents a loaf and 2 packs of cigarettes were a quarter. You could order a firearm from Sears or other mail order businesses and it would be delivered by the US Postal Service with no damn forms to fill out. Damn, I'm old.
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:52 PM   #18
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And how much did the hay cost for your horse to get you to work?
I don't see what the problem is. Everybody is being nice, and getting along, and I, for one, am learning stuff. So, if you don't like the discussion, don't look at the thread. Or, simply cut to the chase, and close it.
Is there an age limit for a thread, after which we kill it?
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:17 AM   #19
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I haven't owned a .22 LR in years. Everything .22 caliber that I shoot is now 5.56MM.

I mostly use Federal M193, although I also use Remington and Winchester. It's more a case of what's available, than anything else. Just about every place that sells ammo around here has Federal, Remington and/or Winchester 5.56MM or .223. My Colt loves it and it makes me pretty happy, too.

The Federal 5.56MM and .223 cartridges are slightly less expensive than Federal 9MM FMJ, as prices go. Remington and Winchester always seem to cost a little more, but they're all high quality.

As long as our munitions manufacturing plants keep pumping out 5.56MM, 9MM, and 7.62MM at reasonable prices I'll be happy to purchase it.
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I still have enough 22LR that I bought long before the crisis began to keep me going for awhile, but even so I don't shoot them as much now.

38 special was crazy abundant for the last year, so I bought a nice S&W 10-8. absolutely love that gun, my new favorite range toy. for long range stuff, I reload .223 costing me about $0.15 round & put it through my Savage 25.

the 22 shortage isn't the crisis to me that it seems to be for a lot of people, I'll happily shoot my 9, 38, & 223
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