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April 10, 2005, 01:36 AM
Out of curiosity...

What's the least expensive centerfire rifle caliber?

Lawyer Daggit
April 10, 2005, 02:05 AM
What do you mean- to buy or hand load, and are you are looking at buying commercial ammo or military.

IMHO most shooters want more than 'bang for buck' accuracy and performance play a bigger part than price.

April 10, 2005, 02:15 AM
I apologize for not being more precise with my initial post...I was talking about general retail (Wal-Mart, etc.) and sporting good store available ammunition.

Taking the time to do some looking around though, I believe I've answered my own question: .223

April 10, 2005, 03:03 AM
I'm not sure if you would find it at Walmart, but I would have to say that the cheapest centerfire rifle cartridge that is readily available would be 7.62x39.

April 10, 2005, 12:22 PM
7.62x39. You can find it at Wal-Mart sometimes, but any gunstore should have it.

If you look at military surplus, I've seen 8mm for $80 for 1400 rounds.

April 10, 2005, 02:40 PM
its the cheapest ive seen but id take a .223 over one any day

April 10, 2005, 03:41 PM
The 7.62X39 is definitely the cheapest. And it's a superb little cartridge for what it was designed for. It's not a 500 yard prairie dog cartridge, and it;'s not an elk or moose cartridge. But for 300 yards or less, for fun/duty/self defense/varmint control etc. it's superb.

April 10, 2005, 03:45 PM
I 7.62x39 is pretty cheap, especially when you are talking about Wolf Ammo. I paid like $3 for a box of 20. The only guns I would buy in that caliber is an AK47 or an SKS. I used to have a Mini-30 and it was a jam-o-matic, and good magazines are hard to come by. Thank god I sold that, I should have bought a Mini-14.

April 10, 2005, 05:04 PM
Just got back from Wal-Mart:

They wanted nine dollars and change for a box of twenty Remington UMC 7.62 x 39mm.

Lawyer Daggit
April 10, 2005, 06:00 PM
This varies over time and between countries- when Commonwealth Countries phased out the .303 and 7.62 they were the cheapest here, we have in the 70's also seen lots of cheap .30 M1 carbine.

Now it would be a toss up between 7.62x39 and 5.56.

Death from Afar
April 10, 2005, 06:27 PM
And if you handload it gets cheaper still. It is cheaper to shoot .223 out of my VS than .22 magnum from my Ruger!

April 10, 2005, 07:13 PM
7.62 / 39 is one of the cheapest rounds to buy if you are looking at millitary surplus ammo. If i was buying commercial ammo i would go to walmart. They have some of the cheapest ammo i have ever found.

April 10, 2005, 10:48 PM
I buy my 8mm ammo at guns shows for generally$65/case. Get yourself an old mauser and have at it. You won't generally find 7.62x39 that cheap most anywhere. 7.62x54 can generally found for about the same price/600 and the Nagants are most always found cheaper than the SKS.

April 10, 2005, 10:53 PM
There are some decent bolt action rifles chambered for 7.62X39. There are Ruger, CZ & rebarreled small ring Mauser action sporters on the market which are a lot of fun to shoot. Plus you can have inexpensive surplus delivered right to your door: WWW.AMMOMAN.COM

April 11, 2005, 11:37 AM

Don't buy American made, or Korean made 7.62X39. The prices are out of sight.

Buy ComBloc surplus, Wolf, Barnaul, Ulyanovsk, or Norinco. (if you can find it.)

April 11, 2005, 01:36 PM
Without a doubt Russian made 7.62x39mm ammo. You can buy it on line from numerous sources for under 2 bucks a box. Since Wolf and Barnaul have changed their cases,now polymer or zink over steel- no more laquer, I haven't had any problems shooting it in my Mini-30. Acceptable accuracy also. Good shootin' to ya, dgang

April 11, 2005, 01:44 PM
Looks like the 7.62x39 is it...approximately ten-eleven cents per round is great! Even with its mass popularity, the low cost still befuddles me though (relative other calibers).

April 12, 2005, 01:05 PM

Greatprices and service.

Caught them at a local gunshow and got 1000 rounds of wolf HP (new polymer cased) for $65. $0.065/round is hard to beat except in .22LR.

April 12, 2005, 08:17 PM
I generally pay around 5-6 cents per round for 8mm Mauser. That beats any 7.62x39 that I have found. I usually pay around 7 cents per round for 7.62x39 and 8 cents per round for 7. 62x54. In this day, that's pretty decent.

Moe Mentum
April 14, 2005, 05:06 PM
7.62 x 39 Russian. Don't buy name brands. Buy, Wolf, Brown Bear, Silver Bear etc. You can get it online, or at Cabelas, Gander Mountain, Academy etc.

May 20, 2005, 11:07 AM
I had an 8mm mauser (98 long) and sold. I lived how the ammo was cheaper than air. Where can I get another one. I want a short carbine, not the long one. Capacity really isn't an issue, although it would be nice to have one magazine fed.

May 20, 2005, 11:23 AM
I meant start a new thread with that. But 8mm is the cheapest I have seen

May 20, 2005, 11:27 AM
I get my 7.62x39 from www.cheaperthandirt.com

May 20, 2005, 11:47 AM
The cheapest ammo (centerfire) I have seen is Wolf 7.62x39 for under $2/20, although it generally is runing about $2.29/20 right now. Albanian Mil-Surp 7.62x54R a bit under $4/20. IIRC, last time I looked, $3.79/20.

Bought a 1/2 case (500) of 7.62x39 Wolf for $40 at the last gunshow.

I haven't priced .223/5.56 ammo because I don't have a rifle in that calibre.

Sometimes, I see PMP brand (Pretoria Metal Pressing, a South African based company) in popular hunting calibres & styles for $7/20 .243 .270 .30-06 .308 .303Brit in various SP bullet weights for each calibre. PMP markets their hunting ammo in brown PMP labelled boxes, and blue "Pro-Amm" brand.

PMP is the Military & Commercial 'South African' ammo maker.

May 20, 2005, 12:35 PM
7.62, may be better to still start a new thread. The new shotgun news had an ad right on the front for Inter Ordance, $149 for German mausers. Dunhams has the Yugo and Czech mausers for $80 all the time.

May 20, 2005, 01:36 PM
Not only is 8mm mauser the cheapest round I've ever seen, you can pick up a milsurp rifle for <$100. Invest in a new trigger and customize at will and you can have a great target/ hunting rifle. I bought a Turk a couple years ago for $60 at a gun show and put a couple hundred in it. New stock, bolt, trigger, drilled and tapped, scope, reblued, cut and crowned the bbl. It shoots moa at 100 with milsurp ammo that was manufactored in the late 30s. Not bad for .05/round.