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Posted: 4/21/2007 4:19:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/21/2007 4:20:08 PM EDT by ArmyInfantryVet]
Why is it now that ammo is expensive. I used to be able to buy a pack of 20 rounds of .223 for less than 4 bucks. Now they're like 9 bucks. Is the military taking up alot of the resources? Meaning is there more demand for rounds because of the war and so the prices have gone up?
Link Posted: 4/21/2007 4:26:47 PM EDT
IIRC, there has been a shortage of brass. So the cost of every round has gone up. Not just .223. I imagine .223 is a bit more because of the "conflict" in Iraq/ Afghanistan. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong.
Link Posted: 4/21/2007 4:38:26 PM EDT
I thought it had to do with copper going up on account of strikes in Brazil or wherever at the copper mines?
Link Posted: 4/21/2007 5:12:46 PM EDT
You are both right. The price of brass, copper, and lead have gone up significantly in the past few years. There are three main reasons for this: U.S. military operations, China buying U.S. metals (mined and scrap), and India buying U.S. metals (mined and scrap).

Just take a look at the commodities market for metals and you can see exactly what is going on.
Link Posted: 4/21/2007 5:22:16 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/21/2007 5:24:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/21/2007 5:24:43 PM EDT by 53vortec]
double tap
Link Posted: 4/21/2007 5:26:53 PM EDT
I think i'm gonna reload my ammo. I've never done it, what equipment do i need? just a press?
Link Posted: 4/21/2007 5:29:55 PM EDT

C'mon dude, you've been here a year and a half!
Link Posted: 4/21/2007 5:30:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ArmyInfantryVet:
I think i'm gonna reload my ammo. I've never done it, what equipment do i need? just a press?

The price of ammo is why I started reloading myself. It is an economy of scale (the more you reload the more you save). Get yourself a good progressive reloader, scale, caliper, and dyes. The startup costs are a bit much, but the savings start from the get-go.

I LOVE my Dillon Precision 550B progressive reloader, but I got mine for free because my girlfriend's father had it sitting, unused, in his gun-closet for years.
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