8mm bullets: are they much pricier than .311?

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by Laufer, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. Laufer

    Laufer New Member

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    Although I don't have any 8 mm (or other) Mauser rifle, if economical bullets are extremely difficult to find in the US, will not contemplate a Mauser for next summer or fall.

    Saw a very good bent bolt Yugo rifle on a table at Saturday's Southaven gun show and was only listed at $150.
    It easily sold by 1100 and the wood looked really new, but was original.
     
  2. Esteban

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  3. jpattersonnh

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    OP, not sure if you are asking about ammo or bullets to reload.
    Aim has surplus Romanian that is pretty good, although it is light ball.(147gr as opposed to 196gr) 8x57 is more than 7.62x54r, but still resonable.
    For reloading there are plenty of options for quality bullets. Commercial ammo is where things get funny. Look for S&B, Prvi Partizan or Igman for full power loads. U.S. made stuff is grossly underpowered and Norma is way to expensive.
     
  4. Laufer

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    Thanks guys.

    Low-priced bullets for reloading might be hard to find.
    The actual ammo seems to cost about .33/round.
     
  5. gandog56

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    There may not be any actual savings on reloads with so much milsurp out there. But there are two main advantages to reloading. You can tailor make a handload to be way more accurate in your rifle, and you will not be using the corrosive primers that most of the milsurp haves, with the special extra cleaning steps needed to be taken.
     
  6. Laufer

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    "Roger that" Gandog.

    Having heard the unsuspected "siren song of the Lorelei" last night, entered and won a bid for 450 rds. of surplus 8mm at GB.
    Her song was bewitching, having read many comments that surplus 8mm is going the way of surplus .303.

    My wife's calm response this morning :rolleyes:"You have an addiction".

    Esteban: Quite true about availability, but whether the surplus is still being imported or not, have surplus 8mm prices steadily gone up, for example in the last 2-3 years or so, or only very slowly?
    I've only tried to look up anything, beginning about three weeks ago.
     
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  7. Esteban

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    " Esteban: Quite true about availability, but whether the surplus is still being imported or not, have surplus 8mm prices steadily gone up, for example in the last 2-3 years or so, or only very slowly? "
    I've only tried to look up anything, beginning about three weeks ago.

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    The link I posted above, shows the ammo at about 40 cents per round. You may find the ammo a little cheaper. Surplus like that was 1/2 that price in about 2000.
    I see new ammo [ clean burning, reloadable, hunting ] around 80 cents a bang !
     
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  8. willfully armed

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    5 years ago I could find 1440 rd spam cans from a dealer in Nebraska, for $79.

    Latest I saw its $79 for 440 rd packs.

    It used to be $3 a bandoleer, Turkish, at the local gunshop. Now they are heavily taxed. $10-15.