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Old March 17th, 2017, 04:29 PM   #1
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Economical target ammo?

Alright, so i've been shooting my M14 more lately (imagine that), but i'm getting sick of ammo prices. I'm currently not set up to reload. Is there any economical ammo that would do well in my M14? Most of my shooting is at 200 yards.

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Old March 17th, 2017, 05:20 PM   #2
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Alright, so i've been shooting my M14 more lately (imagine that), but i'm getting sick of ammo prices. I'm currently not set up to reload. Us tgere any economical ammo that would do well in my M14? Most of my shooting is at 200 yards.

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Within 200 yards maximum?

The cheapest stuff you can get. May want to look into the Russian steel cased stuff. It will not be as accurate as American made ball ammo. But if all you're looking for is short range blasting stuff the Russian stuff is the cheapest at about 40 cents per pop

http://www.bulkammo.com/rifle/bulk-.308-win-ammo

If you are content with ball ammo accuracy at 200 yards max best then no need to reload. There will be no real cost savings involved in reloading at that level compared with buying cheapest factory stuff. If you get the itch to compete or really go for longer ranges you will find yourself wanting to hand load.

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Old March 17th, 2017, 05:23 PM   #3
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Hello, TGG. Well, since you don't reload...
Some people have no problem with shooting steel cased ammo (Tula/Wolf) in their rifles; that's 30-35 cents per rnd. or Hirtenberger 70's surplus brass cased for about .50 per rnd. Those are your choices for budget 308 ammo.
It's your rifle, you make the choice; steel vs brass....


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Old March 17th, 2017, 05:35 PM   #4
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Russian for price per round in the 43 cent range

http://www.aimsurplus.com/product.as...+Can&groupid=6

Or this stuff (link above) in 55 cent range, and reloadable, so you can save brass reload later, brass being big part of cost in reloading. You can sell brass to reloaders. Very high quality ammo for what is not a bad price. However looks like they are selling it in 640 round cans, which is a big chunk for some to bite off. But it shows there are better prices and maybe prices are coming down some.

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Old March 17th, 2017, 06:28 PM   #5
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Alright, this is some good info. Good to know that the cheap turkish ZQI / MKE ammo I buy for my FAL will work fine in my M14 in my CMP match tomorrow. Thanks!

The longest range i've got access to is 225 yards. There is a range in a neighboring state that's 500 yards (about an hour away), but it's a club and requires a membership.

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I put a lot of steel cased ammo through my AR's but would never feed it to one of my M14's.

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Russian steel cased may not be very accurate but is cheap. I would not worry about "wearing out" the extractor. Even if you had to replace the extractor at $30, you still saved hundreds on ammo. The Turk MKE isn't that accurate either. You spend 30% more for the same accuracy maybe. Not much of a value in my opinion. Reloading is the best option-give it some consideration

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I do reload for other calibers, but use a hand held scissor press. I'm done trying to resize 308 brass with that thing. I have lots of large rifle primers and 308 brass waiting for me to get set up with a table and press.

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I have the same dilemma but have found that reloading does not save anything with today's lower prices. I have considered using this stuff http://www.dansammo.com/images/inv/as30815.jpg but have balked at the idea, so far. It states accurate to 100m max @ 300m. Maybe someone has experience with it.

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Cheap match ammo does not exist from what I see on today's market, but even though you may not save that much money by reloading it is still the best way to go with your rifle. Take the plunge and get you a decent press and custom make your loads for best success and your rifle did not come cheap for sure and deserves being fed the best ammo, not surplus military. You have two choices really for "match grade ammo" and one is of course Fed. Match and reloading you own. Few dollars a week stashed away, buying basic RCBS press or similar, some good dies, etc., etc., and in due time you will be ready to go. Visit a gun show or two and decent presses will be found that are a bargain and even if the RCBS press is damaged they will most likely rebuild it for you to new condition for very little if any cost. Just a suggestion.

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I have the same dilemma but have found that reloading does not save anything with today's lower prices.
It gives you superior accuracy, though, and a lot more load flexibility. And you're no longer dependent on what's on someone's ammo shelf -- or web page. Cost isn't the only reason to reload. It's probably not even the most important reason.

And for what it's worth, I've never used steel-case bargain ammo in my M1A, or even my AR. But I tried it in my Mini-14 once, and it kept stovepiping on me. My Romanian SKS is the only rifle I have that tolerates it.

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Russian for price per round in the 43 cent range

http://www.aimsurplus.com/product.as...+Can&groupid=6

Or this stuff (link above) in 55 cent range, and reloadable, so you can save brass reload later, brass being big part of cost in reloading. You can sell brass to reloaders. Very high quality ammo for what is not a bad price. However looks like they are selling it in 640 round cans, which is a big chunk for some to bite off. But it shows there are better prices and maybe prices are coming down some.
GGG is good stuff....some of the best mil-surp ammo you can buy. I have fired a lot of it through various .30 caliber rifles and they all gobble it up.

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I have the same dilemma but have found that reloading does not save anything with today's lower prices. I have considered using this stuff http://www.dansammo.com/images/inv/as30815.jpg but have balked at the idea, so far. It states accurate to 100m max @ 300m. Maybe someone has experience with it.
I saw some of those on the range yesterday, had no idea what they were, thought they were malformed 410 shells. They were already shot.

I think i'm going to buy some American Eagle 308 to get me by till i'm better set up to reload.

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When you've purchased an M1A you've automatically joined the "deep pockets" club.

Cheap ammo for an M1A is an oxymoron. The words "cheap" and "M1A" do not exist in the real world together.

So, suck it up and buy a few thousand rounds of Winchester white box, shoot it and start reloading.


I've usually found that most guys who balk at a few dollars a box for good ammo will invariably stop at the pub after shooting and blow $20 or more for
craft beers and Buffalo wings.

It's all where you spend your discretionary cash at.

My magnificent rifle gets the best money can buy. Unless , of course the wife has other plans.

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