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Average/Good price on ..22 LR

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by S3v3n, Oct 21, 2015.

  1. S3v3n

    S3v3n Beaverton, Or Active Member

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    So I am fairly new to .22LR and was curious what would be considered a good price for ammo?

    I have seen it as low as $2.19 for a 50rd box of blazer ammo @ Bimart which seams good to me. But They have since ran out and everything else is higher.

    I bought a brick of 500 of CCI from Fisherman's @ $39.99 which is almost twice the cost.:mad:
     
  2. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    IMHO, stay away from Golden Bullets, Thunderbolts or other craptastic lead nosed/spray painted rounds. CCI won't steer you wrong like Remington does. CCI and Winchester run well. Stick with copper plated rounds when you can. If lead is all "they" have, buy Blazer as they are a CCI brand.

    $20-35 per 500 is ok. After that, keep looking. This isn't 1984 when 500 bricks were under $10.
     
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  3. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Look for Mini-Mags, Stingers, Winchester SuperX, AR Tactical, M22 Tactical, Velocitors (watch chamber specs) and other higher end rounds. Yes, they cost more, but its well worth it. Golden bullets, Aguila bulk and other cheap-o rounds look like a deal until you pull the trigger.
     
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  4. Flopsweat

    Flopsweat Slightly right of center Well-Known Member

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    If I see .22LR below 6 cents a round these days I buy it. Under 5 cents is great. CCI is one of the better brands, so 8 cents doesn't seem out of line to me.
     
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  5. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  7. AMT

    AMT Vancouver, WA. Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    0.04 cents per round? My guess is no where anymore.

    Depending on what 22LR firearm you have and what you want to do with it. I buy the cheap stuff and I have maybe had 2-3 rounds out of 500 (or so) that I have had to toss aside. The kids and grandkids aren't picky and have a great time.

    Seems that 0.06 - 0.07 cents per round is a great price anymore. Yes, more for the "better" stuff.

    This past gun show at the EXPO had tons of it for 0.10+ cents per round.
     
  8. Kid@Heart

    Kid@Heart Vancouver, USA Cynic Lifetime Supporter Diamond Supporter

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    Make sure Stingers will run in your firearm before you buy a bunch of it. I believe they are a shade longer than a normal .22lr and can cause feeding problems.
     
  9. razormanxx

    razormanxx eugene Active Member

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    Bi-mart usually lowest price. Federal 325ct - $17, mini mags $7/100 they get the 300 packs sometimes for $20. They no longer sell Remington ammo. And then them 50ct Blazers $2.19
     
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  10. IheartSig

    IheartSig Beaverton Diamond Supporter Diamond Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    I love my golden bullets though, :(
     
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  11. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    My favorite .22LR is the Remington Yellow Jacket, especially when it came out 30 or so years ago. Shoots very straight in my bolt action Remington rifle. Like Stingers also. Hope to find some to buy again!

    Brutus Out
     
  12. Head Shot

    Head Shot North West Iowa New Member

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    Hello
    Obviously everyone has a favorite 22 lr brand they like.
    But i was taken back or surprised to read remington goldens were no good by some.
    Not looking to object to anothers opinion by any means but id like to read the reasons as to why or why not the remington golds.
    Because thats about all i see coming in on the shelves now and then are the remington golden bulk packs of 525 ct at 30 dollars a bulk pack.
    I was thinking about trying to get some of the rem golden bulk packs to pad my hunting on rabbits and other small game.
    I have shot rem goldens in the past years back and had no complaints myself.
    Are they worse now or same today?
    Thank You
    Head Shot
     
  13. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I had one batch of Armscorp (those are out of the Phillipeans, same folks who manufacture firearms under RockIsland) which was "sticky" it was like some "wax" had gotten on the bullets. (maybe like a varnish which had not set-up properly) Worked fine in a bolt action. My 10/22 had trouble extracting them. I was thinking it was something used in manufacturing which contaminated the box I opened.


    I have run a couple of boxes (500) of Thunderbolt thru my 10/22 over the spring / summer without issue. Also some Winchester 333.


    When I shoot steel, since most of the competitors run 22lr, they all say the same thing, verify what you will shoot in competition will run in your gun.
     
  14. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    They tend to be dirtier then the average .22lr. Also, the better rimfire bullets rarely if ever have issues in guns. Not so much with the thunderbolts and goldens.


    Point to ponder:

    Price is only one aspect of .22, you also have to deal with availability.

    Would you rather pay $0.10 per round and get a bunch or get them at $0.08 and buy one box at a time and use up gas and time driving back and forth?
     
  15. thorborg

    thorborg portland oregon Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Seems your cost questions have been adequately address so here is some other food for thought:
    Cheap ammo has its place but not for most self loaders.
    I have a shot out single shot antique pistol with a ten inch barrel I shoot regularly and is dead on accurate with any bullet but "good" bullets wont extract because they have more or better powder so fire form too well in the worn out chamber. The Remington gold plate are under powder just enough they easily extract 95% percent of the time. the other 5% one can hear the extra loud pop telling me their loads are not consistent and it wont be extracting in this gun easily. The only exception to the cheap bullets are the steel cased Russian 22's which are exceptionally dirty and for my guns, are grief stricken adventures. Nonetheless, if the 22 deal is impressive, I'll not walk away empty handed regardless the brand.
    All in all; single shots plinking you can go cheap, but buy better for your self loaders and premium for target (unless you sort the "better" for size and weight consistency)
     
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  16. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    I chose to trade the 2 bricks of Remington gold bulletstandard for 300 rounds of Independence 5.56.

    The Remingtons did not shoot well in my 10-22 at all with 1-3 misfires per 25 round magazine.

    That said, the CCI mini-mags shoot the best for me.
     
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  17. Flopsweat

    Flopsweat Slightly right of center Well-Known Member

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    I don't buy 500 at a t9ime
    Me? Nowhere. Haven't seen it that low in years.
     
  18. Head Shot

    Head Shot North West Iowa New Member

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    Hello:
    I too would love to buy 22lr bricks at 20 dollars but thats not going to happen anytime soon around my area as the brick price has gone up from 25 dollars a year back to 30 dollars going price today on a 525 ct bulk pack of remington golden.
    The remington golds seem to be whats showing up in my area of north west iowa the most and ocasionaly we were seeing some federal and winchester 22lr ammo but that too in the last 6 months dried up with few to none shipped in to the 5 lgs stores around me as of lately anyway.
    I was going to add cci to the above coment but just yesterday i saw on the shelf 100 ct packs of cci cb shorts / cci 22 lr bird shot/ and blew me out of the water for the first time in over two years i did finaly see several 50ct cci boxes of 22 magnum ammo but ws 18 dollars a box of 50ct and i have always sorta wanted a 22 mag rifle since i have never owned one but at 18 dollars a 50ct box ill pass.
    The 22 lr ammo has always served my 50 yards hunting senarios anyway so 22 mag wasnt needed .
    But ill be cussing myself when that coyote at 75 yards comes in too soooo ? :)
    Not picking on anyones opinion or rifle of choice SO PLEASE DONT TAKE OFFENSE AS NONE INTENDED.
    I myself had a ruger 10/22 years ago and it wouldnt shoot remingtons worth a hoot and jammed ocasionaly as well but dont recall any fail to fire issues but might have happened just dont remamber it as a problem for me.
    I read here as in other forums and posts that the ruger 10/22 gets mentioned on remington golds not working up to par and im curious if by chance the rifles needed a good cleaning or if the 10 shot box clip was getting worn or out of locking up right in the gun.
    I do myself agree and believe the remington golden 22lr is dirtier than other brands but i clean my rifles when i get a fail to extract and the gun shoots fine again and ill admit i dont clean my rifles like i probably should and just wait till that one give you a clue dumby im dirty need cleaned clue you in with a fail to extract.
    And id make a qeuss at say every 2 years i need to clean my rifle and if id clean it once a year id probably never have a problem.
    So the remington 22lr golden has served me well as long as i clean my gun every now and then and i dont need to clean it very often just once in a couple years maybe once a year if i shoot the crap out of it.
    Remington goldens have more than enough accuracy for feild hunting rabbits as i have no problem head shooting tham at 50 yards and if i missed its my bad .
    Im not saying the rem golds are target shooting grade ammo by any means but well suited for the average hunter target shooter in my opinion which makes the rem golds even at 30 dollars a 525ct bulk pack a decent price for my use.
    Maybe not others and i respect others opinions and there idea of what works for them.
    If we all liked the same girl well heck it would be world war three :(
    So its good we do have varied opinions even if those of you dont quite agree with my idea of whats right for me and i understand it may not be your right thing.
    By the way Those of you that dont agree with my thought YOUR ALL WRONG :)
    JUST KIDDING POKING SOME FUN AT YOU SO LAUGHING WITH YOU NOT AT YOU ;)
    But as another said above and i do 100 percent agreewith his statement.
    I wont walk by a bargain price eigther .
    And ill add for my extra input EVEN IF ITS NOT MY 1ST CHOICE BRAND .
    I do have fortunately 22 ammo showing up but not just pick your flavor so i buy what i can and for me it always was rem 22 goldens so it was my buying habit and ill admit if it wasnt others preferred brand then yes 22s are dificult to buy near me in other brands since remington for what ever reason is being shipped in much better than the other brands.
    Many many other postees have posted time and time again that they havent seen a 22lr on the shelf in over two years and thats sad but id be willing to bet my bottom dollar if a 525ct bulk pack of rem 22 gold showed up at not a gougers price theyd buy it up faster than a turbo charged cheater at full run.
    And even be happy if they paid a bit too much just to get some.
    I know thats not what we want but its most likely a true statement for most.
    I see 525ct rem gold bulk packs being sold at the area gun shows for 60 to 80 dollars and i can buy them for 30 dollars at my stores if i just check in on truck days now and then.
    Hopefully all of us will be able to do this as well and end the shortage usa wide.
    Again i read the replies with interest and look forward to others input on my thinking too as it does help me realize whats important to you as another respected 22lr shooter and member :)
    Keep the peace - ITLL COME IN HANDY SHOOTING THE BAD GUY .
    Yeah i know i played the peace word diferently but hey it works.:D
    Head Shot
     
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  19. GuyBMeredith

    GuyBMeredith Salem, Oregon Active Member

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    I bought some Winchester from Big 5, box of 100 about $8, a friend of mine gave me a 100 ct box of my favorite CCI MiniMag that she had purchased from BiMart fpr $7 or a little under. Also had a box for her own use (in my Ruger).