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Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by edwardo, Jan 27, 2012.
Why is 7mm-08 ammo so expensive? Is because not that many rifles are chambered for it; less demand?
Pretty much. No real demand.
But, you should be able to make 7mm/08 cases pretty easily from .308 brass, which is common and relatively inexpensive. Just run them through your 7mm/08 full length resizing die.
I know you were talking about ammo and not brass, but if expense of new ammo is a concern, think about reloading if you don't already.
Very good advice. I like the 7mm-08, but factory cartridges are harder to find and quite expensive. That's why I have a 243 and 308.
i think it's an under-rated round myself and just hasn't caught on as well as some of the older calibers. it's only been around as factory chambering since the early 80's. the ammo is a bit higher than some of the others. i bought my rifle in 7mm-08 about three years ago, and i have only shot about two or three boxes of factory ammo in it. i bought reloading dies and bought about 100 cases and since haven't shot anything but reloads in mine. the 7mm-08 is very easy to reload for and is one caliber that if you wanted to shoot quite a lot of, would be a good canidate for reloading due to the cost of factory ammo.
Low demand so the makers do not crank out as much at a time. Re-tooling for a new caliber is costly and is figured into the price. They load .308 by the boat load (probably never change out those machines) so there is not much tooling cost involved.