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Old December 23, 2007, 10:50 PM   #1
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most readily available ammo present and future, what caliber?

just wondering what rifle round you guys think is the most abundant, widely produced, easiest to aquire presently and will be in the future?.

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Old December 23, 2007, 10:54 PM   #2
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22 Long Rifle.
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Old December 23, 2007, 11:29 PM   #3
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Right now I wouls say 5.56/223 due to the war. Then I would say 7.62 after that.
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Old December 23, 2007, 11:40 PM   #4
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I second the .22lr
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Old December 23, 2007, 11:43 PM   #5
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22 Long Rifle.
The most popular caliber on the planet!
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Old December 23, 2007, 11:44 PM   #6
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Another vote for .22lr
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Old December 23, 2007, 11:48 PM   #7
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ok,ok..........i didn't really consider the .22lr when i was posting this........that's more like the bb gun of my childhood.

so BESIDES the .22lr............

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Old December 24, 2007, 12:26 AM   #8
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.308 and 9mm, probably.
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Old December 24, 2007, 12:26 AM   #9
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223, 7.62x39, 308, 45 ACP and 9mm. All of these calibers are currently in use by the US Military, or have been used at some point in the past. Every third world country on the globe has weapons chambered for 7.62x39, that will always be around. 9mm is the current NATO sidearm and US army sidearm.
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Old December 24, 2007, 12:39 AM   #10
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In the US, or everywhere?

In the US it's 22LR, .223, 308, and 7.62x39 in the rifle calibers. In pistol calibers 9mm and 45 ACP are the most popular with civilians, 40 SW with police.

Worldwide 22LR, 7.62x39, 5.56x45, and 7.62x51 are probably the most popular in the rifle calibers. 9mm is likely the most popular pistol caliber.
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Old December 24, 2007, 12:43 AM   #11
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i didn't really consider the .22lr when i was posting this........that's more like the bb gun of my childhood.
You've obviously never shot CCI Velocitors. That's a far cry from any bb gun.
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Old December 24, 2007, 09:00 AM   #12
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my vote goes for ANY .22 rimfire !!
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Old December 24, 2007, 09:15 AM   #13
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Due to instability both in our country and in the worlld, I stock up on common callibers. No doubt ammo will be the first to be restricted. Right now I have it narrowed down to 22 LR, 30-06 and 223. One day you might have to protect yourself or donate some to a neighbor.
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Old December 24, 2007, 09:24 AM   #14
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If readily available is an important part of your list you can take .223 off the list. Even on components it’s hit or miss Midway is out of stock with no backorder on most of the .223 bullets. I’d say behind the .22lr, 9mm might make second.
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Old December 24, 2007, 10:54 AM   #15
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.22 rimfire, 9mm and .45ACP. .223, .308, '06 and .30-30. Some things won't change...
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Old December 24, 2007, 11:14 AM   #16
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Another vote for .22lr
Then 9mm, .38spcl, .45acp, 30.06, .308.

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Old December 24, 2007, 11:18 AM   #17
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Not a rifle caliber, but 12 gauge shotgun ammunition.

For rifle, .30-06 and .30-30.

Oh yeah, and .22lr too.
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Old December 24, 2007, 11:24 AM   #18
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The answer is definitely .22lr. FYI, it is several universes beyond the bb gun of your childhood in power level - much more killing power than it's small size would indicate.

But now you say, besides .22lr..... it's probably bound to be the 5.56x45mm NATO, as far as rifle calibers are concerned. This caliber is being adopted more and more with each passing years by militaries around the world. And where we have .mils using it, we inevitably have mass availability. Beyond that, for more power, it's 7.62x51mm / .308 win. Again, military use being the reason. Second and third world countries are starting to follow 1st world NATO countries' lead on these two calibers, and have been for some time.

Besides those two, it'd have to be .30-06, .30-30 win, and 7.62x39mm.
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Old December 24, 2007, 02:11 PM   #19
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May I suggest you choose one you can afford to buy 5-10K rounds of and stick to it.

The financial crisis has not even started and come mid 08 I doubt there will be a lot of ammo available at least not reasonably priced.

IMO except for the CZ-58 and Daewoo Dr-300 there are no quality rifles in 7.62X39 at least not by my standard.

Likewise I do not consider the Ar-15 a great SHTF gun, too maintenance prone.
I prefer the DR-200 in 223 and there are others that are more reliable than an AR. Again, IMO

A nice back up SHTF gun would have been a K98k or other 98 24/47, VZ24 etc) with a couple cases of cheap 8Mil but ammo is no longer cheap or readily available. Good round, heavy bullet will kill anything, very durable and easy to maintain. If you find a case of ammo the gun will be easy enough to come by cheaply

I would lean on the 308 if I was starting from scratch and, as many have noted, a good 22LR. A 308 M1A-M14 type with a R-700 HB or Savage HB with a good scope would be a nice pair with a CZ-452 22LR along with a H&K 45ACP and you will have a better than average chance in 2008.
Buy some CCI Brass pistol ammo at Wal-Mart as Midway etc are now 50% higher in price and Wally will figure this out soon enough and raise his prices.

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Old December 24, 2007, 02:41 PM   #20
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What's happening in 2008?
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Old December 24, 2007, 02:47 PM   #21
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probably .223, .30-06, .30-30, 9mm, .45, and .38spl
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Old December 24, 2007, 02:49 PM   #22
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Unfortunatly, A democrat will get elected as president, Probably Hillary, again so very unfortunate for us gun lovers. Offoradable ammo could be a thing of the past and guns could be even harder to get. Im preparing myself now
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Old December 24, 2007, 02:59 PM   #23
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.22 rimfire, 9mm and .45ACP. .223, .308, '06 and .30-30. Some things won't change...
Art nailed it.

I'd add 7.62x39 for giggles

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Unfortunatly, A democrat will get elected as president, Probably Hillary, again so very unfortunate for us gun lovers. Offoradable ammo could be a thing of the past and guns could be even harder to get. Im preparing myself now
Ammo bunker!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old December 24, 2007, 02:59 PM   #24
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If you went out to the 'sticks' somewhere and looked for ammo, I'd have to say 22 and 30-06 with 30-30 being close behind. They're pretty much universal in the US.

I don't know why everyone is saying 7.62x39. I can NEVER find any browsing a country hunting store or WalMart.
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Old December 24, 2007, 03:02 PM   #25
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Wildalaska, - i got a backhoe now and am busy digging my hole for my ammo bunker. Soon the concrete truck will be here to pour the walls of my ammo bunker.
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