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Posted: 2/1/2011 6:31:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/1/2011 6:31:30 AM EDT by speedracer422]
Yes, long gone are the days of cheap ammo and expensive USGI mags; but they still live on in our minds, and this thread
Back when Wolf was for losers and was coated in that stinky lacquer, back when XM prefix Lake City was snubbed as supremely inferior and not worthy of Arf's safe queens...

Post your favorite ammo deals of yesteryear...I'll start:

My all time favorite was the IMI M193. It came in 1200 rd cases in 30rd boxes. Price: $140/case...shipped to my door
I shot more of that stuff than any other 5.56. In fact I still have some, as well as a couple empty cases marked: "Lot # 223"

A close second was the South African that came on stripper clips in bandoleers; that shit shot a giant fireball out the muzzle and sometimes little sparks from the chamber
Fun times.

But they are gone


Post your ammo stories and let us not forget the good times...






Speed
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 6:37:25 AM EDT
Portuguese 7.62*51 at $145 per case of 1,000 at local gun shows.

1980s Soviet 7.62*54R LPS at $40 a tin of 440. Your eyes and shoulder know the difference between this stuff and the rest.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 6:44:06 AM EDT
I miss the 7.62x39 brass case for $1.99/box.

And the 200 rd. battlepack of 308 for $39.95. Same thing is over $90 now

On a related note, I miss the FAL mags for $5 too
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 6:51:25 AM EDT
Chinese copper washed 7.62x39 at $75 for an 1100 round case, and it wasn't selling because everyone already had it stacked up at home.

That's all I remember.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 6:51:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By O_R_B_1:
I miss the 7.62x39 brass case for $1.99/box.

And the 200 rd. battlepack of 308 for $39.95. Same thing is over $90 now

On a related note, I miss the FAL mags for $5 too

A while ago i was digging through my ammo and I found a box of that Chinese copper plated 7.62x39 with a sticker on the box: $1.99
It's neat looking, but i can't even remember buying it, let alone how it shot



Speed
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 6:56:32 AM EDT
100rd WWB 9mm, $9.99 at Wal-Mart
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 6:57:42 AM EDT
The funny thing is, I complained about ammo prices even when they were cheap!
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:02:47 AM EDT
762x39 1440 round crates for $89

Its sad that my son will not get anywhere close to the center fire trigger time I did
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:05:44 AM EDT
I remember buying a couple thousand rounds of South African 7.62x51 for .16rd, then the price went up and I bought another couple thousand at .19rd. Then a couple months later I went to the Big Reno Show and they had the same cases of South African for .29rd, and I was WTF?? thats a crazy increase.

Now I would be damn happy to pay that.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:07:21 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/1/2011 7:08:06 AM EDT by HKgnnr]
Gunshow prices - 500 rounds of brass cased .223 for $50....and they even threw in an ammo can

I remember being surprised the next year when it "jumped" to $65 per 500....
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:07:42 AM EDT
Originally Posted By novaDAK:
100rd WWB 9mm, $9.99$7.99 at Wal-Mart


Fixed



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Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:08:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DriftPunch:
Portuguese 7.62*51 at $145 per case of 1,000 at local gun shows.

1980s Soviet 7.62*54R LPS at $40 a tin of 440. Your eyes and shoulder know the difference between this stuff and the rest.

Forget the Portugese stuff. I have 3 cases left of the South African I got for $120 a case. The way the price keeps going up on it I can hold on to it a few more years and retire. Last time I saw any it was ~$65 for a battlepack. There's 9 to a case and I have a couple of extra packs laying around. At that price I'm sitting on more than $1800 worth that I got for around $400.

Forget gold, invest in ammo!
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:09:48 AM EDT
March 1992 a case of 1000 Norinco 9mm 124.95, 1990 720 rounds of 7.62x39 $63.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:11:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By GUNGUY148:
762x39 1440 round crates for $89

Its sad that my son will not get anywhere close to the center fire trigger time I did


That's the one that leapt to my mind. I always put off getting a bunch of it, because it was a hassle to dolley it out of the gun show. I wish wish wish that I had stacked it floor to ceiling.

I DID, however stack the FNM 7.62 nato pretty deep when I got it for 100 bucks a case. There was a very short time that it was available at that price. Also the South African stuff when it was 1200 +/- rds for about 170.

Now, I won't hardly shoot the stuff cause it's irreplaceable.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:11:57 AM EDT
Originally Posted By novaDAK:
100rd WWB 9mm, $9.99 at Wal-Mart


Told myself I wasn't gonna cry, sniff.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:12:30 AM EDT
I miss the dirty Guat that AIM had a few years back
Radway green 5.56 about the same time (maybe a bit earlier)
$99/k Wolf shipped from Sportsmans guide

$97 shipped for Romy G kits in unissued condition
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:16:10 AM EDT
1050 rounds of turkish 8mm for $45 plus shipping

200 round battle packs of south african 308 for $36 plus shipping.

50 round box of ranger +P+ hollow point 9mm $15 per box and even less.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:17:45 AM EDT
wolf 5.56 for $90/1000 at the local gun shows as late as 04 IIRC.

Those were the days. My GF would run 2500 rounds through her AR in an afternoon when I first bought it for her. She was disappointed that we always ran out because she didn't realize what it cost yet. When I told her she was shocked. And that was back then!

Obligatory pics.

Note: We remodeled our bathroom since the pics were taken. That was just after we bought the place.

Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:21:17 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:26:04 AM EDT
It wasn't even bottom of the barrel pricing, but I miss buying XM193 or Q3131A 500rd cases for $79.99.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:37:59 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/1/2011 7:38:14 AM EDT by captainpooby]
I remember 2700 rnd tubs of SA surplus 5.56 for about 200 shipped.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:41:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/1/2011 7:41:41 AM EDT by Phoebus]
50 round boxes of CCI Blazer 9mm Al cased for $3.49 at Academy in '06.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:43:04 AM EDT
Norinco 7.62x39 for $80 a case (1024 rnds)
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:47:01 AM EDT
Originally Posted By CAR_16:
http://i55.tinypic.com/2n0k2o6.png


DUDE WE BELIEVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:48:51 AM EDT
Not ammo prices, but firearm nostalgia still:

It is summer 1995.
I am Ten years old.
I am on holiday at Butlins (I saw the Chuckle Brothers).
I have my various Firearm and Airgun magazines with me.
I am looking at the adverts for handguns, drooling.
I am mentally picking out what I will buy when I am old enough (I couldn't wait to grow up back then) .

Just under two years later...

BANNED

Later that year, they 'take aim' at the previously legal .22 and below calibre weapons.

DOUBLE BANNED



Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:51:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By novaDAK:
100rd WWB 9mm, $9.99 at Wal-Mart

I bought it cheap & stacked it deep.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:52:37 AM EDT
1000 rounds XM193 or Q3131A for $125/K

Circa 2001.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:52:53 AM EDT
I remember the days when Tapco actually had some cool stuff. FAL mags, AK parts kits, etc.


Same thing with CTD.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:53:35 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Blaculo:

Originally Posted By novaDAK:
100rd WWB 9mm, $9.99 at Wal-Mart

I bought it cheap & stacked it deep.

It's never enough though, is it?
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:54:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/1/2011 7:57:23 AM EDT by gus]
Malaysian 5.56, 1440 rd crates for $129 at the gun shows, late 1990's.
Australian .308, 900rd cases, on stripper clips in bandoleers, $106 per crate. (and this was in 2005!)
Endless supplies of Federal XM193 at $169 per 1000 rds as late as 2004.
7.62x39 Russian, marked "Hunting Ammunition", 1400 rd crates for $99 at guns shows in the `90's
Canadian C77 (5.56 62gr steel core, like M855), 1620 rd case, on plastic stripper clips, $150 at guns shows, late 1990's.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:55:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By GUNGUY148:
762x39 1440 round crates for $89

Its sad that my son will not get anywhere close to the center fire trigger time I did

The way things are looking in the world that might be a good thing. - Just trying to be optimistic.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 8:00:52 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/1/2011 8:02:20 AM EDT by Ken_in_Va]
I can remember when you could buy a SKS and a case of 7.62x39 for about $110.

People were walking out of the shows with a case of SKS's and hand dolly's stacked high with 7.62x39. Wish I knew then what I know now.

My all time favorite was begging my dad to buy a Norinco AK in the styrofoam kit with 3 mags, Bayo and cleaning kit for $169. There were pallets full of them for sale. He told me, "boy, why would you want that thing?" and didn't buy it for me. I had the cash too, just wasn't old enough to do the paperwork.


O yea, I still have some of the brown tubs of south african 5.56 I bought for $200 per 2700 rounds. At least I was smart enough to buy and stack up that stuff.

Got a stack of 8mm crates that I bought for $30 each too.

Link Posted: 2/1/2011 8:02:38 AM EDT
Originally Posted By gus:
Malaysian 5.56, 1440 rd crates for $129 at the gun shows, late 1990's.
Australian .308, 900rd cases, on stripper clips in bandoleers, $106 per crate. (and this was in 2005!)
Endless supplies of Federal XM193 at $169 per 1000 rds as late as 2004.
7.62x39 Russian, marked "Hunting Ammunition", 1400 rd crates for $99 at guns shows in the `90's
Canadian C77 (5.56 62gr steel core, like M855), 1620 rd case, on plastic stripper clips, $150 at guns shows, late 1990's.


I was so busy buying guns back then that ammo was a second thought. Now I am selling guns I bought to buy ammo at four times the price...

Link Posted: 2/1/2011 8:03:20 AM EDT
I mostly reload. 8 pound kegs of powder for $70, primers for $11/thousand and brass was free or almost free.

$9.99 for 500 rounds of Remington Thunderbolt or Winchester Wildcat .22 at Kmart, early 90's. 1440 rounds of Chinese 7.62x39 for less than $80 at gunshows, early 90's. There was actually a glut of 7.62x39 back then. You almost had to give it away.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 8:07:51 AM EDT
Guns and Ammo!




Link Posted: 2/1/2011 8:15:36 AM EDT
A 1000 case of Wolf 7.62x39 for $69.00. 2003
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 8:15:42 AM EDT




Yeah I bet you were around in those days



Link Posted: 2/1/2011 8:18:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By quijanos:




Yeah I bet you were around in those days




You'd be right...I was alive in those days.. I got that book from my uncle and kept it all of these years. It's actually pretty cool to look at.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 8:19:43 AM EDT
Originally Posted By 1387Delta:

Originally Posted By quijanos:




Yeah I bet you were around in those days




You'd be right...I was alive in those days.. I got that book from my uncle and kept it all of these years. It's actually pretty cool to look at.


My bad.....so you must be oldddddd......like dirt


Link Posted: 2/1/2011 8:20:08 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/1/2011 8:21:53 AM EDT by quijanos]

Some stuff I still have...... - and this was the expensive price [ buying it by the 20 round box ]

Can't remember exactly but I recall cases of 1000 were well under $100 bucks

Link Posted: 2/1/2011 8:22:47 AM EDT

Originally Posted By quijanos:
Originally Posted By 1387Delta:

Originally Posted By quijanos:




Yeah I bet you were around in those days




You'd be right...I was alive in those days.. I got that book from my uncle and kept it all of these years. It's actually pretty cool to look at.


My bad.....so you must be oldddddd......like dirt


I was 1 year old when that book came out. My uncle had it laying around and I picked it up when I was about 8 years old. I'm 56 now. Not quite as old as dirt, but close.

Link Posted: 2/1/2011 8:24:52 AM EDT
1950s Yugoslavian surplus 8mm - $55/900rds
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 8:27:50 AM EDT
Originally Posted By quijanos:

Some stuff I still have...... - and this was the expensive price [ buying it by the 20 round box ]

Can't remember exactly but I recall cases of 1000 were well under $100 bucks

http://quijanoranch.com/resources/DSCF9222.JPG


I still have some of that and the 7.62x39 from CTD! in Ft Worth.

Best deal was in '05 when I found Q3131A at Sports Authority in Arlington for $1.99 a box.
Oh the good ol' days.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 8:28:18 AM EDT
Originally Posted By raysheen:
I miss the dirty Guat that AIM had a few years back
Radway green 5.56 about the same time (maybe a bit earlier)
$99/k Wolf shipped from Sportsmans guide

$97 shipped for Romy G kits in unissued condition


I remember when people were complaining about the AIM Guatemalan, I splurged for the good stuff and just gave my friend a battlepack worth for Christmas. He was super happy.

$5.99 for S&B 9mm.
(Drool.)

Luckily I stacked deep in military calibres, the one I really missed out on was .380ACP. Never thought it would got to $20 a box. Cheaper to shoot my .357Sig.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 8:32:59 AM EDT
Q3131A for $110/case on sale... Man I miss that.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 8:36:56 AM EDT
I still have some 8mm Mauser from when it was $39 for 900 rounds.........

Link Posted: 2/1/2011 8:43:05 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 8:56:05 AM EDT
I was lucky. Stocked up when Barnaul "marlboro man" 7.62x39 was about $80/1000, Izzy Winchester Q3131a 55gr was $120/1000, Czech silvertip was like $60 per whateverthehell is in the crate ()... Someone or other cleared out a bunch of Wolf poly case x39 with the non-expanding HP's at $60/1000 near the end there, and I stocked that up just for blasting. Still have some, still not a fan. The golden tiger stuff started in not long after that, wish I'da waited and got on that instead.

I picked up bricks of .22 Colibri at $9 per, Super Colibri was $11 per. Got a shit ton of Winchester T22 for something ridiculous that I remember thinking was a misprint even then but can't exactly remember. I want to say $6 a brick, but that sounds just flat crazy.

I still have at least a little of all of the above, and they do represent some of the best deals available even then. "Going rate" was around $180/1k for decent M193, $100/1k for Russian FMJ x39.

Then again, AMD-65 parts kits were going for $40
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 9:03:34 AM EDT
sellier-bellot 7.62x39mm was like $80 for a case. What great ammo.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 9:09:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By akethan:
I remember the days when Tapco actually had some cool stuff. FAL mags, AK parts kits, etc.


Same thing with CTD.
Yeah they used to sell ammo and kits. I remember when they were blowing out FAL kits for $89 each. I got 2 G1 kits and 2 Imbels. Wish I woud have bought more.

Link Posted: 2/1/2011 9:11:19 AM EDT
Back in 2005 or so I remember seeing a case of Federal XM 193 for about $200; I thought it was too expensive so I didn't buy it.

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