OMG…he has an arsenal of high-powered sniper rifle ammo

Well, or that’s about how the media would portray the arrival today of 800 rounds of surplus Czech 7.62x54r ammo for my Mosin-Nagant.

When it’d be far more accurate to say 800 rounds for an antique WWII bolt-action rifle similar to the average hunting rifle commonly used today.

The fact that the media always leans toward the frightful portrayal of arms at every turn does not necessarily mean they are biased. It’s quite possible their just greedy SOBs out to make a $$$ any way they can…even if it requries scaring the elderly and soccer moms.    That said, regardless of whether the motivation is from bias or greed.  I would term either a condition of poor character on the media’s part.

Also interesting is the box that arrived is labelled 7.62×59. At first I was very confused as my order was for x54r. But did find a thread talking about this surplus ammo from Czech.  Many presume it is the .308 (corrected thanks to Chris) but that is in fact 7.62×51 NATO.  Of further interest, one of the threads commenting has a mention by a poster of having purchased 800 rounds for $69 back in 2007.  Which is about 1/2 what I paid for it.  As a nu user of guns I hear tales of when just a few years ago you could buy a box of 9mm for $6-$8.  How times have changed.

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Published in: on March 23, 2009 at 9:53 pm  Comments (1)  
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On Ammo…. (or the lack thereof)

So this month I took out a little savings from my IRA to invest in an asset unlikely to depreciate. Namely ammo. My intention was to pick up a case of .223, a sardine tin or two of 7.62x54r for my Mosin-Nagant.  And some 45 ACP.  And maybe split a case of 9mm or .357 Magnum with a friend.

The result?

Well, I did get my sardine tin of 7.62x54r from a local dealer at the York Gun Show for $99. I eyed the cases of .223 Remington he had, but my withdrawal check had not arrived yet. A few days later it arrived and I went back to the store to buy a second tin and some of the .223 Remington.  ALL GONE!!!

So I went to several online sites. Most of which were all out of standard .223, 45 ACP, 9mm, etc.  I eventually bought a case of Fiocchi .223 Remington at $410/case.  A little bit more than I really wanted to pay.   I also ordered another 800 rounds for my Mosin-Nagant for $172 taxed & shipped.

I’ve stopped at a number of different local Walmarts on several occasions. The 100 round White Box Winchester .45ACP ($30/100), the Blazer Brass .45 ACP ($15/50), Federal American Eagle .223 ($40/100) and most of the lesser stuff I buy all OUT OF STOCK.

The entire nation appears to be OUT OF STOCK on ammo.  I did purchase some auxiliary items I needed from MidwayUSA.com (namely a tactical Mini-14 stock, cleaning rod, cleaning supplies, few books, etc) as I had a birthday coupon that expires on Friday.  It’s almost easier trying to find silver bullion than it is ammo. And if you collect silver or gold, you know that while prices have been down in recent months availability has been low.

Anyways, here is a site that tries to collate a number of the online stores for best ammo prices.

http://www.ammoengine.com

“Bullet for a loaf of bread”

Published in: on March 11, 2009 at 6:48 pm  Comments (2)  
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A Great Gun Week…

This has definitely been a great gun week for me personally…

  • Saturday and Sunday was spent at Freedom Armory in Glen Rock taking the NRA’s “Basic Personal Protection In The Home” course.
     
  • Sunday morning before class I went to York Gun Show and bought my very first rifle. A 1945 Mosin-Nagant. (Gets me a bit more in touch with my Russian heritage.)
     
  • Wednesday I picked up a 2nd rifle. My first “new” rifle. One I’d been eyeing at a local FFL (Federal Firearm License a.k.a. “Gun Shop” for my newer listeners) for the past three months.  A Ruger Mini-14 Target…it is a beauty.
     
  • Thursday I participated in my first ever competitive shoot (also at Freedom Armory ). Did better than I expected. Learned a lot…mostly I learned that I have a LOT more to learn.
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  • Lastly, my new “mini-cards” for advertising my blog arrived Wednesday. So I was able to pass those out Thursday night. 🙂
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All-in-all a GREAT gun week!

I hope to post further details on each of the above in the near future – so stay tuned!

– N.U.G.U.N.