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Old 03-13-2014, 02:58 PM   #1
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As I consider furthering my long range marksmanship knowledge & skills, I am considering a GAU-8. They’re mounted on the A10 Warthog. As A10s will be taken out of service soon, I expect there may be a glut of GAU-8s on the market and the price will come down. The GAU-8 uses depleted uranium 30×173 mm rounds. Although it can fire up to 4,200 rpm, it has been changed to a fixed rate of 3,900 rpm. That’s 3,900 rounds per minute.

I’m just wondering; does anybody know what one round costs? Are they being horded as well? Who has them in stock? Would I be able to get this with a FFL3 license?

Or should I stick with a bolt action?

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I'm a Vulcan fan myself,,, of course Bloopers are my first love,, I expect the internet may have some ammo outlets that specialize in those types of rounds,
but the bolt action may be a little more cost effective as you eluded.

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I'm a Vulcan fan myself,,, of course Bloopers are my first love,, I expect the internet may have some ammo outlets that specialize in those types of rounds,
but the bolt action may be a little more cost effective as you eluded.
You may be right. I thought I would reload, but I'm having trouble finding any dies for it though. Niether Dillion OR Hornady have them.
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If I'm not mistaken both 20mm and 30mm are larger than .51" and don't use loose powder for proppellant which makes them a cannon for nfa purposes. Since the gau is also full auto and none were ever registered pre-86 as a civilian transferable meaning your right to keep and bear arms was infringed you can not get one.

You could make a 20 or 30mm but I believe it would fall under destructive device nfa rules.

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Well, best start working out now- curls and crunches. The GAU-8 system weighs 4029 lbs.

Last numbers I saw were for ammo purchase in 2001, and there are at least 4 different cartridges for the GAU-8. The API cartridge was $26.04 a cartridge, and the Training/Practice round was $11.46.

Unfortunately, the GAU-8 is not only a Destructive Device (requires an ATF transfer as a Class III) but it is full auto- and only the full autos already registered by May 1986 CAN be transferred to a private citizen. So unless you can convince DoD that you are an army, you will not be picking up a GAU-8 at a surplus sale.

Oh- and each round of ammo is a Destructive Device- so pony up a $200 tax on each round of ammo.

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Yep,, the bolt action is looking like a much better option vincine, although I give you kudos for the idea,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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By the way c3,, I still think about your brace of shortened M-79's,, just outstanding.

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shoot design a 30 mm bolt action I mean there are already 20mm bolt actions whats 10 more mm

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Gee! A bolt action 30mm cannon! Golleeee! What will they think of next?

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1986-08-21/news/8603020463_1_anti-tank-robert-dilger-federal-weapons-charges

Sorry- been done. Did not end well. Did a hell of a job on the gas pump, tho. The military covered 80% of the damages, and the judge let him off. Concept was a 30mm anti-tank rifle.

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I was going to post this before you guys chimed in. It's what I found so I’m going to post it anyway.

I’ve found ONE price on the internet. It lists the round at $65 each. (It wasn’t specified whether that was for the regular stuff or the match quality.) One minute of operation would cost me $253,500, and I’m sure I’d have to practice for more than one minute to get any good with it. That’s significantly more than what I paid for the 22lr and even the 9mm that I have and it’s a little beyond me right now anyway, even at todays inflated prices. Besides, Midway didn’t have any and you couldn’t even backorder it. Neither did any of my usual bulk ammo suppliers. Maybe if Cheaper Than Dirt gets some in, I don’t know.

I wouldv'e asked if it could be converted to semi, but as I can't afford to feed it anyway, I'm just gonna forget about it. It's a shame though. It wouldv'e solved my wind drift issue.
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