mac5155 wrote:why do you think ammunition is going to be crazy expensive? I can get .308 shells for my rifle for like 75 cents a piece or less.
How far back does your ammo purchasing go? I mean, it's not that I think ammo is going to get expensive, it's that it has gotten really expensive already.
I've been using Quicken and similar programs for years, so I have financial records of all my gun-related purchases going back to the first gun I bought in July 1997. I have concrete evidence of how much ammo has gone up in cost. For an example, the current price for Speer Gold Dot 125 gr. .357 SIG rounds is around $22 for a box of 20. I have a old box of 50 in my ammo crate (which my records show I bought on 06/03/2000) that still bears its $14.99 price tag. At that price/round, a box of 20 would cost $6. It's more than tripled in price. On 05/27/1999 I bought three boxes of Winchester white box .357 SIG for $13.29 per box of 50. Today, a box of the same ammo is around $32. That's about 2.5x the price. On the same day I bought the Gold Dots, I also bought two 20-round boxes of Winchester Super-X .30-06 Power Points for $12.99 a box. The exact same ammo is around $19-20 a box today. Not as much of an increase as the other stuff, but still substantially more. Two 500-round bricks of Federal .22 ammo cost me $18.00 on 02/25/2000. Try to find 500 rounds of .22 for less than $10 today.
Of course, I lot of these increases are related to big increases in the prices of metals, and that would also raise the price of handloading components like brass and bullets. But if there are savings to be realized, I'm looking for them. This post also makes me feel old.