LRN vs FMJ, why the price difference?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by therhino, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. therhino

    therhino New Member

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    I've been shopping around for target ammo for the wife's 38 SPL revolver, and was curious why FMJ ammo tends to be slightly cheaper than LRN. Lead round nose seems like it'd be easier to manufacture, leading to cheaper rounds. What gives?
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Probably hazmat shipping fees and more people buy fmj.
     

  3. Eturnsdale

    Eturnsdale New Member

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    I would think that if more people bought FMJ then it would be more expensive. Supply and demand and all.

    But I would like to know where you are getting copper jacketed that is cheaper than LRN. Every place I buy LRN is much less expensive, and the shipping is pretty much the same as copper jacketed and copper plated.
     
  4. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Supply and demand will drive the price, but high demand begets higher production to satisfy the demand. Higher production drives the per shot price down.
     
  5. Eturnsdale

    Eturnsdale New Member

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    It makes sense yeah. But still from looking online HClead seems to be cheaper. Unless Im looking in the wrong places.
     
  6. therhino

    therhino New Member

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    The only source I have right now is my local Cabelas:
    Magtech LRN is 18.99/box (though currently on sale for 17.99), and FMJ is 17.99/box.
    Winchester White Box is 21.99 for either.
    Selier&Beliot is 19.99/box for LRN, 18.99/box for FMJ.

    It's not a universal truth, just something I was curious about.
     
  7. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    If a factory has to halt production of a popular product (FMJ) to make a product of lesser popularity (LRN), it may effect the manufacturer's cost of the more popular product (FMJ) so even though it may be a less expensive product to manufacture, they will instead tack that loss (due to lack of production) onto the cost of the lesser popular product (LRN).

    Make sense?
     
  8. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I believe much ot it has to do with the "war on lead." The gummint has issued a whole batch of regs concerning lead.
     
  9. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    Try www.luckygunner.com they have fast shipping and good service, their emails are a bit excessive.
     
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  10. onenut58

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    Remember back when they started putting diesels in pick up trucks. Diesel being just very light oil is way cheaper and less time consumming to refine than gasoline. There fore shouldnt it it be way cheaper like it used to be.
     
  11. Eturnsdale

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    There are two reasons it is more expensive. One the taxes on diesel are higher. Two the additions of things to make it less harmful to the environment increase the cost of refinement.

    Look at the price of offroad diesel.
     
  12. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    ??? :confused:

    I only pay $10 per 500 for LFP, FMJ is close to $30 per 100?? (.30 cal)
     
  13. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    what are you buying??

    I buy .30 cal Remington 147gr FMJ for ~$17/hundred
     
  14. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    Where is that??? :eek:

    Mine are Horandy 150 gr FMJ...
     
  15. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    He is talking about bullets not loaded cartridges. I load my own in 38spl. I buy the Rainier plated for practice at $110 per 1000 + shipping. Add primers which went through the roof and powder and it cost about $10 for 50 rounds. I buy primers and powder locally because of hazmat fees. If you buy bulk, you can find loaded fmj's for about $15 for 50. 9mm is a lot cheaper to shoot. It does not even pay to load 9mm fmj unless you want something special.
     
  16. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Winchester white box 38 Spl, FMJ, is typically about 130 grain. IIRC, this is overrun of the .38 Special ammo made for the US military. Yes, military still uses a .38 revolver.
     
  17. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    Really? Why? I thought those disappeared in 1911...... :confused: :)
     
  18. Eturnsdale

    Eturnsdale New Member

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    Which one and where?
     
  19. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Hornady,Speer, Sierra will always cost 50-75 percent more than Remington or Winchester.

    E-mail Remington and ask them where their nearest dealer is to your location that sells bulk packs of 1,000 bullets. Or check the bigger online sources, like Midway, Natchez, etc.
     
  20. fupuk

    fupuk New Member

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    I usually buy bulk ammo from georgia arms and there stuff works great for me. Depending on where you live if you spend a certain amount the shipping is free. For me if i spend $400 shipping is free. I usually buy once or twice a year but i buy alot, around 4000 rounds. Hope this helps.