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Old 10-16-2021, 06:05 PM
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I've been using pellets for small game for several years, JD.
AirKing 22cal springer for squirrels and rabbits is just as accurate
and effective as my rimfires out to 25 yards.
Since 99% of my shots are taken at less than 20 yards, no need to use my rimfire.
Inexpensive Crosman 1322 pump pistol for rodent control at close range.
Quiet, lethal and inexpensive compared to firearms.
They don't require much cleaning either.

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Old 10-16-2021, 06:53 PM
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Jaia, you amaze me with the work you are willing to undertake!
Since the 1st 'ammo shortage' I sensed writing on the wall and sadly it seems to be getting bolder. Shooting cartridge guns and even muzzleloaders (that in the 70s and 80s I could shoot cheaper than 22s!) is never going to get cheaper and will get more restricted. The same thing happened long ago in Europe were quality air-guns were then developed.
In the past couple of years I have shot far more air-gun pellets than cartridges. Good scores, groups, hits are satisfying no matter what I use. Hey, if bad turns to worse I might even make a round ball shooting crossbow and a trebuchet .
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Old 10-16-2021, 07:07 PM
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It kept me busy G.

Took way more time to disect and weigh all those cartridges,
than it would to fire 'em at the local range. Since two boxes of three were handed to me,
it was cheap entertainment, and the digital scale is now on my reloading bench.
Needed a new one anyhow so it all works out.

I still have my Bear 45lb recurve, circa 1970, for bow season.
I can still pick off a rabbit with it, if I'm close enough.
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Old 10-16-2021, 07:19 PM
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A Bear, No kidding. Ive still got a 60# Bear Polar recurve that has been sitting for years! A short, stout Shakespear for brush hunting and a dandy 35ish# stick-bow that was just plain fun once upon a time. After dislocating both shoulders I kinda got away from it.......
Boys will throw sticks and stones if nothing else.....now where is that boomerang and slingshot?
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This is just for comparison...

I finally finished off my older 223 warm up ammunition,
and had to dig out my last order of Fiocchi 223 55 grain FMJ's.
Purchased a couple years ago for 11 bucks per box of 50 on line.
Been in storage since then. Need to determine how they'll do.



Set up at 100 yards first to make sure they won't stray at 200.



Savage single shot target action, Shilen heavy barrel, Sightron SIII 50x and the Sinclair bipod



Sent 5 shots, impacted about where I expected, 1-3/16" of spread.



Moved over to the 200 yard range and set up the chronograph



Look at that, the double triple rule works for 223 also.
1-3/16" at 100, 3.5" at 200...nifty.

It ain't match ammo, but for warm up, it'll do.
Send 5 of these before sending my handloads.



11 bucks a box for mass produced centerfire.
Check back to page one and compare to the 22lr, 17hmr and 17 wsm results.

What's nice is the brass from these Fiocchi cartridges clean up well,
anneal well and can be reloaded up to 10 times before ending up in the recycle bin.

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Old 10-25-2021, 12:38 PM
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Bet they cost more than $11/50ct now, though.....
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Old 10-25-2021, 03:12 PM
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Yep, last I checked, 57 cents per cartridge, not including shipping, G.
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Old 10-26-2021, 08:25 PM
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Yep, last I checked, 57 cents per cartridge, not including shipping, G.
Im afraid to do the cost analysis on the "supplies" that are in storage. Replacement cost is a strong deterrent. 22LR looks down right bargin basement compared to 357 unless you reload. And don't get me going about the 308 and '06..........
Again thanks to all the guys that added to this long thread. The information here is a real treasure trove if you like to send the LR down the field past the 100 yard line.
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To that point, in the far 'last' shortage I took to my 357Mag H&R sgl shot (a custom 'Classic Carbine' in a non-factory chambering) with cast bullets. The cases never need resizing when using the low pressure cast bullet loadings so they last 'forever'.
I primarily made sub-sonic loads, much like the old British Rook & Rabbit loads.
Splendid accuracy, quiet, pleasant and way cheaper per round than what 22LR of questionable performance was/is.
Once 22 ammo became available I restocked ( in $ shock) so I have not had to resort to that 357M again....yet. And I do like playing with the various 22's I have, each a different character.
I almost said that I may have enough 22 ammo to last the rest of my life, but Id hate to be limiting my life to my ammo supply
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