Originally Posted By jimmy-buffett:
This reminds me of the guys who buy luxury sports sedans and then don't run them on premium gas. Yeah you can do it, but when the knock sensor retards your timing and you lose 40-50 HP, is it worth it? Compared to the price of the car (or, our guns), the amount you save by going cheap on fuel/ammo is just stupid for all but the most active shooters (and those guys usually reload their brass before buying Wolf).
As a previous poster already said, just buy some Lake City in bulk. You can get it for $0.40 per round all day on Gunbroker. Divide the extra $0.15 you'll pay over Wolf into how long it takes for you to shoot the case, and then you'll realize that the price difference is trivial.
If you're having cash flow problems, maybe you should sell the POF and buy a cheap DI gun instead?
I never understood this attitude. I hear it all the time, but never really understood it.
Let's say you and I have a fixed shooting budget. I simply can't (or won't) spend more than oh let's say 1000 bucks a year on ammunition. (I have a P308, btw, so that affects my thinking)
A quick search on gunbroker (as you suggested) says the cheapest I can get Lake City .308 is 400 dollars for 500 rounds. $.80/round. So for my yearly budget, I can fire my weapon 1,250 times. We'll ignore shipping, for the time being, and we'll assume I can't for whatever reason pick up my brass. I'm not a bench shooter, I bought a semi auto so that I could move AND shoot, not set up a sandbag fort and concentrate on not moving (just so I can pick up my brass).
So how about wolf? That same 500 rounds costs only 250 dollars.
Probably less if I really bothered to search. (But you told me to go to gun broker, so here we are.) So, now for my 1000 dollar budget, at 50 cents a round, I can fire my weapon 2000
times. Half again as much and then some! You don't think that's worth considering?
Your car example, by the way, is pretty flawed. Lets say you have a Porsche 911 Turbo, it makes 500 horsepower. It also gets 24mpg, both on 93 octane. Now in your example, you'd have be some kind of bleeding moron to save 30 cents a gallon and lose, let's say 10% horsepower. And I'd agree with you. But let's say you can go to your local Wolf Fuel station, and fill her up with a magic steel-infused 87 octane that drops your horsepower down 10%, but increases your fuel economy 10% (Oh, and costs 10% less). Now you've got a 450 horsepower 911 that gets 26 and a half miles to the gallon. Not to shabby. Perfectly acceptable, one might say. Not only that, but Porsche says "Hey man, if you want to use Wolf 87 in your car, she'll take it. We designed it to be robust enough that you won't have to worry about it."
Now, some people paid for 500 horsepower and by God they're gonna get 500 horsepower. And that's fine. But there's no reason to call people stupid for being ok with 450 horsepower, and enjoying the extra fuel economy every once in a while.
I mean, in the end, you take 2 shooters of equal skill & potential, have one shoot a gun 1200 times and the other shoot it 2000 times and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out who's the better shooter in the end.