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    I bought a Bucket O' Bullets

    I never thought I'd do this. I've heard the stories about it's iffy quality and dirtiness, so I've always passed it by. However...

    I had to go down to Langley for my mom's 96th birthday, so as always, I stopped in at Cabela's in Abbotsford. They had almost no .22 at all, and only 3 "bulk" packs of Winchester 333 packs. Foolishly, I only bought 2 of them. Checked back on my way out of town- the last one was gone.

    Went to Bass Pro in Tsawwassen, they had no .22 at all except for .22 shot shell.

    Stopped in Canadian Tire in Chilliwack... all they had was the Remington Bucket O' Bullets, and taxes included, it came to $175.00 for a bulket of 1400 rounds, which works out to 12.5 cents per round, a truly awful price, BUT... a small voice inside said "you'd better buy these while you still can."

    Totalled up my .22 supply, and I have just over 16 bricks worth. Not enough.

    Going to Kamloops on Thursday, I'm hitting up the Canadian Tire for more Buckets, and/or the Powderkeg for more .22 bulk packs. They have some Wildcat.

    I'm telling myself I haven't paid too much, I've just bought too soon... and the sad thing is, I'm probably right.

    But I'm shooting more .22 than anything else these days, so I'm ok with these prices.
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    And still they continue to lie." - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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    I just recently opened my last bulk pack of Winchester Wildcat, 500 I think or maybe 555, and the sticker was $17.27 from a LeBaron's, which closed down a few years ago. Back in those days I used to buy at least one bulk pack every time I stopped in at LeBaron's.

    So... my supply is way way too low and I haven't seen any deals in a while.

    On-the-other-hand I just got a Savage A17, and despite the ammo costing quadruple that of 22lr I think it's my new favourite rimfire... nothing quite like a semi-auto that can get moa or under at 100+ yards -- so now I find myself picking another box of 17hmr at every shop that carries ammo that I stop in

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    We know prices of all ammo is too high however I doubt it will get much cheaper in the long run.

    IRC there are around 8 million new shooters in the US so it will be difficult for any manufacturer to catch up to the current demand.

    You didn't pay too much, you just paid the current going price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Enfield View Post
    We know prices of all ammo is too high however I doubt it will get much cheaper in the long run.

    IRC there are around 8 million new shooters in the US so it will be difficult for any manufacturer to catch up to the current demand.

    You didn't pay too much, you just paid the current going price.
    Fair enough... it's just that the last time I bought a case of .22... admittedly some years ago, it was 3 or 4 cents a round.

    I was trying to wrap my head around 10 cents/round, and this was a bit of a shock.
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    And still they continue to lie." - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevebc View Post
    Fair enough... it's just that the last time I bought a case of .22... admittedly some years ago, it was 3 or 4 cents a round.

    I was trying to wrap my head around 10 cents/round, and this was a bit of a shock.
    Hasn't been 4-5 c per rd for over 10 yrs. You probably bought that a long time ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwissArmyMan View Post
    Hasn't been 4-5 c per rd for over 10 yrs. You probably bought that a long time ago.
    Paid $200.00/5,000 all in during 2018 so 4cents.

    Bought 25,000 over 4 months.

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    Last Spring when 'C' began and businesses were 'restricted' my LGS was only taking on-line prepaid orders with pick up at the door - no customers inside! He had lots of his ammo around 'cost' to get cash flow. I got CCI-SV and Fed Champion 40gSV for ca. $2.50/bx and Rem Golden for $7/100. I got over 10K total of them (last of his CCISV and FedChSV) and a few boxes of Fed AutoMatch for $20/bx. I'm down to ca. 13K after a Summer of shooting and looking for more deals but he only has a few brands of 22LR now, no re-supply yet.
    Bass Pro here is getting 'some' new 22LR stock - CCI-MM SV for $11.99, some Wildcat and AE too. No real 'deals' so far. Their AE .223 in 150 rnd boxes is $80 + tx, which is UP ca. $15 from last Spring!! And very little variety in other cals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Enfield View Post
    Paid $200.00/5,000 all in during 2018 so 4cents.

    Bought 25,000 over 4 months.
    I don't think I've ever seen 4c /rd. That's unbelievable!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Enfield View Post
    Paid $200.00/5,000 all in during 2018 so 4cents.

    Bought 25,000 over 4 months.
    You got a deal fer sure. {High fives}

    My experience is probably more typical.
    I like to support local business, so rarely leave the LGS empty handed, even if it's only a box of this or that.
    I look at the prices and tell myself I am dollar cost averaging.
    For bricks of .22 they are right around the mail order price, so why bother -
    I have a pile of Remington that cost me 4 cents 10 yrs ago, when the price difference between that and Mini Mags was roughly 4 cents. Now the differences seem smaller, so why not go for the good stuff.
    Actually last week I picked up a brick of Mini-Mags for 12 cents/round, shocking compared to only a couple of years ago, it's true, but the real eyebrow-raiser was the price of Win Super-X... half a cent more. Which indicates the relative volumes of each that they move.

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    The bucket of bullets are dirty and I found with my 10-22 Ruger it got dirty and started jamming
    after a few rounds but they worked well in all my bolt action .22 rifles.
    I'm glad I stocked up when I did.
    Last edited by t_glover; 09-24-2021 at 06:53 AM.

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