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What is a cheap round to shoot other than a .22? I used to shoot .223.

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by nw.style, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. nw.style

    nw.style Yamhill County Member

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    What is a cheap round to shoot other than a .22? I used to shoot .223 but the cost is prohibitive. Mosin Nagant?


    If you're good at something, never do it for free. The Joker.
     
  2. chariot13

    chariot13 Near Eugene/Springfield Well-Known Member

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    Pellets & bb's
     
  3. safetyman

    safetyman Clark County, WA Active Member

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    Another vote for pellets here. Plenty cheap!
     
  4. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    I saw them throwing rocks on "Top Shot"
     
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    sandman1212 NW Oregon Active Member

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    Bow and Arrow...sling shot and spit wads, and like the others said, BB's
     
  6. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    I'm loading my own 38 Special for Cowboy action. Shoot out of Revolvers and the 73 Winchester Lever. $10.96 a box (50) using new Starline brass. $4.81 with recycled brass.

    The press has long since paid for itself.
     
  7. unplugged

    unplugged West side Wa. Member

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    Blow guns are pretty cool.
     
  8. Sheldon

    Sheldon California Member

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    Take up reloading. I have reloaded from the getgo and just recently started to cast my own bullets too. Then you start scrounging brass and lead....oh where does it ever end??!!
     
  9. foomanchu

    foomanchu Milwaukie, OR Member

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    +1 for reloading, but I still have a ways to go before I break even... Its sort of a short/long term investment, depending on how much you shoot. But you can save roughly half the cost of cheapest commercial ammo if you buy components in bulk, and that doesn't include casting bullets from wheel weights!
     
  10. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    You can get one of those games on the computer that's free.

    A flash based game. That's cheap.
     
  11. chariot13

    chariot13 Near Eugene/Springfield Well-Known Member

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    Strippers are cheap flash games!
     
  12. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    9mm is the only caliber I still consider cheap to shoot that is not .22lr. I don't reload either so I usually buy in bulk. 7.62 x 39 or the 5.45 caliber in AK's are a little cheaper than 5.56mm.
     
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    boxer13 PNW Active Member

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    7.62x54R is pretty cheap especially for a large centerfire rifle, 5.45 and 7.62x39 ranges from real cheap to kinda cheap.

    9mm isn't bad either but its probably the most expensive of the lot. If you can find it, 7.62x25 isn't bad either but prices are going up on that.

    Russian and Rimfire are usually the cheapest things to shoot
     
  14. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Outside of .22, surplus 5.45x39 is probably the cheapest ammo to shoot nowadays.

    Keith
     
  15. Otter

    Otter Oregon - mid Willamette Valley Active Member

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    You have to start reloading. I can shoot .223 for the same cost as .17 HMR. Granted not as cheap as .22 LR, but a lot more fun to shoot and allows you to move out to 200-300 plus yards. I also shoot 6BR, 6PPC and .22-250 for slightly more cost. If you reload you can try some of the wildcat calibers. I'm thinking of a 20 VarTarg. While bullets are the biggest expense, powder is not cheap and the little 20 VT shoots a light charge with amazing accuracy and minimal noise.

    223 is still the cheapest centerfire ammo you can buy in bulk. That is about your only alternative if you don't plan to reload.
     
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