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I read the sticky post on the "Best rifle/caliber rifle" and didn't see a answer to my question, Sorry if its already here.

I'm a range shooter with my 22LR rifle. I'd like to take a single step up in caliber but keep the factory ammo cost as low as possible. Hand loading is not a option.

So for a rifle used solely for target shooting, what is the next step up in cost per round from a 22LR ?

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For SERIOUS target shooting, the .223 is likely to be as low as you will see. For informal shooting (not trying to put 5 in one hole at 100 yards) there is relatively cheap milsurp 7.62x39, 7.62x54R, and 8mm Mauser. Do not expect military surplus ammo to be match grade target ammo- but it can be better than you might think.
 

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^^^What he said. For the cheapest ammo, bulk mil-surp is really hard to beat. It's not going to hit sub MOA groups but it sure as heck will punch a hole in a paper target.

A Mosin Nagant and 880 rounds of ammo will set you back about $300...after that ammo is currently about $80 per 440 round can...that's $.20 per round. Bulk .223 can be picked up for about $.30-$.32 per round but an AR or Mini-14 will typically cost $600 and up. An SKS, WASR or AK-47 in 7.62x39 is another good inexpensive choice as C3 stated...
 

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So is the 223 round less than a 9mm ? Cost of the rifle is less of a issue than cost of shooting over time.
 

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So is the 223 round less than a 9mm ? Cost of the rifle is less of a issue than cost of shooting over time.
9mm is generally cheaper than .223 but 9mm is a pistol cartridge. Are you looking at a Hi-Point carbine or a 9mm upper for an AR? Or are you not set on a rifle?
 

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flw If all you want is a plinker of a rifle then a 9mm is fine, but the 9mm as not a rifle cartidge. Also not much choice in long guns!!! With a 223 you can shoot out to 500 yards accurately with a good firearm and optics. You also have a choice of firearms to pick from from bolt to semioutos and single shots.
 
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