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Old August 13, 2011, 10:09 PM   #1
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why are 308 bullets so expensive?

he cheapest ive seen are the 100-10 gr short jackets and they are 12-15 bucks for 100. i understand if its alot heavier and has a ballistic tip but the above is the cheapest?
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Old August 14, 2011, 09:38 AM   #2
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Those 100 grain short-jacket "plinkers" made by hornady or speer, are intended for use in .30 caliber rifles, to make short range lightly loaded practice ammo. For hunting purposes, the 150 grain hornady interlok, sst, or nosler ballistic tip are excellent for thin skinned, light boned critters. Push them at a muzzle velocity from 2400 to 2900 fps.

I assume you are shooting a .308 winchester, .30-06 spring, or a .300 win mag.

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Old August 14, 2011, 11:08 AM   #3
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o man so i was looking at the wrong bullets for a 308win. with the jackets i would like to load a near max velocity cartridge. ive only been reloading lead so far.
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Old August 14, 2011, 11:58 AM   #4
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Those 100 gr plinkers are actually quite entertaining in a .30-06. I hit a crow at a bit under 200 yds with one (I know, incredibly lucky!) @ near max velocity and it rained feathers for awhile, not much else left. But yes, they're designed for low-cost, low velocity, short range plinking.
Premium jacketed bullets are precision made with pricey materials so they generally aren't cheap.
Welcome to the world of jacketed bullet rifle cartridge loading! Some of my hunting loads cost well over $1 per round with new cases, $2-3 not unheard of.
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Old August 14, 2011, 02:48 PM   #5
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.308 RECIPE

Here is an awesome load recipe for the .308 win / 7.62 nato round:

The camp perry national match load: 150 / 165 grain bullet----45.0 grains imr-4895---win large rifle primer. Velocity: 2400-2600 depending on bullet weight & barrel length. Plenty of killing power. Very tight grouping on the paper. Light recoil, long brass life, & cheap to load.

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Old August 14, 2011, 04:07 PM   #6
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If you compare retail bullet prices I don't think you will find anything unique about .30 caliber.
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Old August 15, 2011, 01:45 AM   #7
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o man so i was looking at the wrong bullets for a 308win. with the jackets i would like to load a near max velocity cartridge. ive only been reloading lead so far.
You were looking at bullets designed for .30 Carbine. They are not designed to handle the velocity of .308 Winchester, or .30-06. And, I consider them to be quite cheap, in comparison to other .308" bullets.

The "tipped" bullet, however; I'm guessing was a 110 grain V-Max. It's a varmint bullet, and explodes nicely, out of nearly any .30 caliber centerfire.
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Old August 15, 2011, 07:15 AM   #8
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I was looking at some yesterday neeed more 30 cal.for reloading just have 47 left! but NOTHING I WANTED! I wanted Hornady 165 gr. IB anyway I looked at other cals.they had and 45/70 cost more!.
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Luckily this guy is about a 20 minute drive from the house...

http://www.hi-techammo.com/

GOOD STUFF!!!!

And Dan is a SUPER nice guy!
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Old August 15, 2011, 02:44 PM   #10
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"...intended for use in .30 caliber rifles..." They're made for the .30 Carbine.
"...would like to load a near max..." You have to work up the load for your rifle not just pick one and hope.
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Old August 15, 2011, 09:00 PM   #11
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I wanted Hornady 165 gr. IB anyway I looked at other cals.they had and 45/70 cost more!.-JACK308

No kidding! Brass ain't cheap either but I do like to keep Boomer well fed! Thank goodness for cast boolits and cases that outlast bottlenecks!
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Old August 17, 2011, 04:43 PM   #12
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is it possible to use a 7.62x39 bullets inside a 308 case?
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Old August 17, 2011, 05:16 PM   #13
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7.62 x 39 are .311 not .308. I would not do it, though some do.
There is a little more to it than fitting in the case. You have to Consider chamber pressure is going to be higher and swaging a .311 down a .308 bore.
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