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    Abert found a solid "cheap to shoot" concept.

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    Rights, and Privileges, are not synonymous. We have the Right to Bear Arms. As soon as the Government mandates firearm registration, and permiting, then that Right becomes a Privilege, and may be taken away at our Master's discretion.

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    When primers were $20/k and powder was $15/lb, my "cheap to shoot" was 125 gr bullets in .38 Spl cases and 2.7 gr of Clays. The cost of a new gun, barrel, reamers, gunsmithing, sights, mold, and dies killed the idea of a .30 Badger. With .38's, I could shoot my lever actions (3 at the time) and revolvers (4 at the time) instead of being limited to one gun. Plus, I reloaded .38's on the 1050 at 700/hr. BTW, see no reason for "cheap to shoot" unless you intend to shoot a lot. Investing in something new, and shooting less than 2500 rounds a year, does not make sense when .22LR is $160 for 2400 delivered - $.067/rd. You cannot reload anything for $70/k.

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    I am ordering a good quality airsoft gun. Got a recommendation on an airsoft forum but was advised to wait for the new model to be introduced. Cost for the gun and battery will be $300-325 and 10,000 biodegradable BB's are $32. That come 300 shots for a buck without needing CO2 or air. It will be neat to shoot full auto too! The grandson will have a blast.

    Here is the current version of the gun I am ordering:

    https://www.evike.com/products/104049/

    I will post a review in the airguns subform when I get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dverna View Post
    When primers were $20/k and powder was $15/lb, my "cheap to shoot" was 125 gr bullets in .38 Spl cases and 2.7 gr of Clays. The cost of a new gun, barrel, reamers, gunsmithing, sights, mold, and dies killed the idea of a .30 Badger. With .38's, I could shoot my lever actions (3 at the time) and revolvers (4 at the time) instead of being limited to one gun. Plus, I reloaded .38's on the 1050 at 700/hr. BTW, see no reason for "cheap to shoot" unless you intend to shoot a lot. Investing in something new, and shooting less than 2500 rounds a year, does not make sense when .22LR is $160 for 2400 delivered - $.067/rd. You cannot reload anything for $70/k.

    https://2awarehouse.com/federal-22lr...ange-pack-box/


    I am ordering a good quality airsoft gun. Got a recommendation on an airsoft forum but was advised to wait for the new model to be introduced. Cost for the gun and battery will be $300-325 and 10,000 biodegradable BB's are $32. That come 300 shots for a buck without needing CO2 or air. It will be neat to shoot full auto too! The grandson will have a blast.

    Here is the current version of the gun I am ordering:

    https://www.evike.com/products/104049/

    I will post a review in the airguns subform when I get it.
    Just as a "note", Dverna and perhaps others, in the state I reside in any/all ammunition purchases MUST be face to face -- ZERO mail-order -- and, "a firearms dealer or ammunition seller may not transfer ownership of ammunition to any purchaser who is not a firearms dealer or ammunition seller, unless the purchaser has first passed a background check." Oh... there's a $2.50 USD "fee" added to each ammo purchase -- whether you buy but one round out of a barrel, or a case of factory ammo.
    Many sellers of ammunition KNOW they have anyone who wishes to shoot "by the short-hairs", as they say. Sooo, one can generally find the going price in most states, add 15% to 20% -- and you get the cost in New York. PLUS, of course, that $2.50 fee; and... 8% sales tax on it all!
    I so appreciate the ability to still find some lead (this is now viewed by most as more toxic than arsenic (slight -- very slight exaggeration -- a neighboring town is digging up and replacing all lead water-supply piping with plastic; removed lead NOT for sale or acquisition -- going to secure toxic site!). It's getting soooo hard to even find lead wheel-weights -- they've been ILLEGAL here since April 1st, 2011! But, one might still get lucky... (God bless RotoMetals!)
    Assuming one has the brass, home-cast, sized, and lub'd bullets, primers, and powders -- my only real cost is from the primers and powder. While I do wish to go to Heaven, I'm in no hurry to get there and hopefully when I pass I'll still have a few of the latter in my reloading den.
    I do have a few (31) air arms -- and love the quiet fun (at camp) spending full days at a time shooting them; truck-battery-powered compressor for the PCPs.
    And, I do agree with you the purchase of "something good".

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    My attempts at a cheap shooter have never been to build a high dollar rifle or handgun. But more of a contraption. I have made some tools and rebarreled a S&W revolver and could do somethng on that order or weld a lug on a piece of barrel and convert a single shot, shotgun, I have rebarreled a few bolt action rifles and have some actions to work with or maybe an encore or contender. I have narrowed my choices to the 30 Badger, or something made with 223 rem brass. I will do some more research on the TCM before I make a choice. Buying off the shelf dies does seem like a cost-effective way to go. Challenger, I saw that video a few days back and its just a little too crude for me. My friend has made some 3/4 inch bore cannons and would make a new one or give me one of his completed barrels in a heartbeat. I am a retired carpenter with a lot of woodworking equipment, and I will be making the carriages for them anyway.

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    Ebb, I posted that as a joke, as some of the "suggestions" being put forward were a bit... outlandish?
    "Cheap" to shoot is relative: like Blondes, Brunettes and Redheads: it really goes back to what One's preference is.
    30 Badger is easy: all One needs is a stash of orphan 38 brass and a 30 Mauser die set. Heck, I'm shooting 30 Mauser
    cast reloads in my P14. As soon as the Bonnie Boys in Alaska get my new chamber insert made, I will be doing the same
    with my Argentines. Still will not be as "cheep" as potting away with my 22's, but it is the path I have chosen.
    Rights, and Privileges, are not synonymous. We have the Right to Bear Arms. As soon as the Government mandates firearm registration, and permiting, then that Right becomes a Privilege, and may be taken away at our Master's discretion.

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    When .22 LR was 15.00 to 20.00 per brick a few years ago, I stocked up to the point that I was almost embarassed...almost. I got over my embarassment when bricks topped 80 bucks. My advice: Stock up on .22's when the price gets a bit lower as they are the least expensive option there is for cheap shooting. My .02 cents.

    At one time I could load and shoot .44 magnum and .45 acp for about a nickel a pop, Ah, the good old days. Of course I didn't count my labor as my casting/reloading was considered a hobby. I never put a price on a 'labor of love'.
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    Agreed, Slugster. Oh how I long for the primer and powder prices of 5-6 years ago. I can remember passing on a case of 5,000 small rifle primers at an action because the bid went to $30 or $35 per 1,000. Hindsight...

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