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Posted: August 09 2017 at 11:42am | IP Logged Quote M700

Old Ranger wrote:
Guy, my father always said to carry a gun that you can find ammunition for in any feed store, hardware store, or trading post (still had one on the rez as a kid). I always found that works. One can go anywhere ammo is sold and find 308Win.


Indeed!

One of the reasons that so many of my most-used cartridges are standards:

.22
9mm
.38/357
.44 mag
.45 ACP

.223/5.56
.308
.30-06

20 ga
12 ga

Can almost always find that stuff!

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Posted: August 09 2017 at 12:24pm | IP Logged Quote REM1875

M700

RE:

.22
.9mm
.38/357
.44 mag
.45 ACP

.223/5.56
.308
.30-06

20 ga
12 ga

I own em but other than the 45 ACP and recently the 22
-they are the least shot--- the benefits of being a
reloader.
I hope to pick up a Ruger M77/357 this afternoon and
along with my "new" Mod 28 S&W I may be upping the use
of 38/357...

Guess I am just contrary
I never did like the stores that treated you like dirt
if they had to stock anything but the above mentioned
calibers and sneered a you as if you were dirt if ya
owned anything but.....

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Posted: August 09 2017 at 3:27pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Oh, I haven't run into that kind of bad-attitude, but I have stopped in at odd places that had a little ammo to sell.

They're not big on something like the .22 whipersnapper, or the .312 brit-boomer...

But they've for doggone sure got some .30-06 on hand, and likely the .270 Win, .308 Win, and maybe even .223 anymore.

Paid attention to what was avail as I drove up through British Columbia and the Yukon on my way to Alaska.

Once in Alaska, pretty much EVERYTHING is avail! Those folks like their guns & ammo!

But in the small settlements scattered through the sparsely populated areas of B.C. & The Yukon... Not so much. They hunt & shoot, but I found mostly the normal, standard cartridges.

Perhaps not so oddly, a lot of 12 gauge slugs and even some .375 H&H in some of the little places! Must be something up there that rates such heavy hitters!

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Posted: August 09 2017 at 5:19pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

I remember buying 12ga and 20ga during dove season here in Texas at the Seven-Eleven store. They also sold .30-30Win,.30'06Spr,.270Win, and .243Win during deer season. Ammo was just behind the counter and young folks got I.D.ed for ammo, but that was ok with everyone. This was common in smaller towns, Dallas and the like not so though. And every mom & pop grocery store and larger gas stations stocked everything Guy listed. A different age I suppose....

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Posted: August 09 2017 at 9:35pm | IP Logged Quote REM1875

I finally got to shoot my M1A1 SOCOM 16 in 308/7.62
and it was very pleasant and very accurate (similar
but not the same as the M-14 I had in Marine Corps
basic)

AND I LIKE IT

Recoil was as pleasant as a 308/7.62 can be. It was
way more accurate than I am...
I am a Happy Camper

I did pick up and shoot the M-77/357 and I want a
little more range time with it before I comment on it
to be fair to the rifle ........


And I have run into that attitude and in more than one
shop on rounds that were not that bizarre and several
who told me I would kill myself because I reloaded and
that as a reloader I was taking money out of their
pocket by reloading - 2 shops in particular - who
oddly enough couldn't make a go of it just selling
their rounds at over inflated prices..... that was
before the internet and some things have changed.....

Just asking if they had x- round (They were all behind
the counter in the smaller shops and you had to ask to
find out what they had) was no reason to become a jerk
cause they didn't 'approve' of that round (the now
common 9mm was one of those in that class back then
because basically only foreign guns shot them...)

It was also a good way to find out if they had older
rounds that had gone out of "style" at prices marked
decades before and they were often happy to finally
get rid of them (I can think of 2 bargain batches I
got that way of 30 REM and 32 Win SPL- ohh and some
38-40 more than once)
And 7.62x54 or 7.62x39 was unheard of. I found a weird
35 Rem casing and it was only later I found out
someone used them to make custom 7.62x39 -the only way
to shoot them back then.

Things have really improved......

Edited by REM1875 on August 09 2017 at 9:37pm


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Posted: August 10 2017 at 12:34pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

In many, if not most cases, I can understand limiting supply to common calibers. It's a simple matter of demand-side economics. Giving attitude to customers - not good. Not good at all. I've experienced similar problems with asking about 35 Whelen ammo, or non-corrosive 7.62.54r. I don't patronize those locations any longer.

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