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    .22 Magnum ammo prices

    Some of you may already know this, but for those of you who don't...
    I traded off my broken PT22 + some cash for a gently used 941 Ultra-Lite .22 revolver. I took the new gun out to the range and it was only firing 50% of the time. One of our great members here on the forum informed me that I needed .22magnum ammo. (Stupid me, I was putting .22lr in it)
    I should have known this but since I have proven to myself that I am not the brightest bulb in the string, nothing shocks me.

    Today I went to one of the gun shops that I like to deal through and 50 rounds of CCI .22 magnum rounds set me back almost $12.00! I was shocked because i pick up Federal ammo for my 9mm for $10.00 for 50 rounds. I got a .22 because I am not as filthy rich as I would like to be and plinking is more fun with low cost ammo.

    So that leads me to my question: What should I be paying for .22 magnum ammo? Where is the best deal on .22 mag rounds? I see the prices to order it online, but it would only make snse if I bought 5,000 rounds once you take in to consideration the shipping cost. I like to have a couple hundred rounds at most to control the amount of shooting I do.

    I am located in the Spokane Washington area so I have tons of sporting goods stores (Sports Authority, Cabela's, etc...) and the normal Wal-Mart big box stores. Your pricing help and suggestions would be much appreciated- Thanks in advance!
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    Welcome to the world of 22 mag! I agree that the ammo is outrageous. That is one reason I only use mine for hunting anymore. The last two boxes I got were 9.49 and 11.89 each. Since its not ammo that is in high demand like 223 or handgun ammo, most prices are fairly equal because its not such a demand and they cant sell in bulk.
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    $10 to $12 sounds normal to me. The last few times I've bought .22mag. it was within this range. Sounds pricey, when you think .22.
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    I see it around either side of $10 at best. I gave up on it, you can reload just about any centerfire for $5-$10. I don't think 9mm is going to stay $10 forever though.

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    Walmart near me has the best price $8.97/100. My guess is next time they get it in it will go up about $1.00 like everything else did. It does not sell fast, maybe i should go buy it up.

    I have an old Marlin 57M lever rifle. It does not feed the rounds from the tube properly, one of these days I will find somewhere to get it fixed. Shoots real nice when it chambers a round, which it will do if I ever so slightly bump the round forward before closing the lever.
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    It's all about volume of production. They make a handfull amount of .22 WMR compared to the dump truck load voume of .22 LR they make. Even the bullets are different. .22LR use a .222" bullet while .22 WMR uses a .224" bullet. I would assume the cases have to be made from very different punches as well. You need a whole new line to make .22 WMR when it's a much slower sales item than the .22LR that's constantly bought and sold.
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    The last box of .22mag I bought cost $3.79, which I thought was pretty dang expensive for .22 ammo. I changed the cylinder in my convertible Ruger Single Six to .22LR and decided to save the .22mag for special occasions. I guess there haven't been many special occasions as I still have about 40 of the 50 rounds left in that box of .22mag ammo that I bought in 1979.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSkiff View Post
    The last box of .22mag I bought cost $3.79, which I thought was pretty dang expensive for .22 ammo. I changed the cylinder in my convertible Ruger Single Six to .22LR and decided to save the .22mag for special occasions. I guess there haven't been many special occasions as I still have about 40 of the 50 rounds left in that box of .22mag ammo that I bought in 1979.
    BigSkiff- I read that and was thinking "$3.79 a box!?!? Wow, I wonder where he picked those up. I am going to be stocking up at that price..." Then I read on to see that you got them in 1979! 33 years and you still have it. Amazing! I am thinking that my .22 magnum 941 revolver might just end up being a CCW for the truck! Too expensive to just randomly take it out target shooting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSkiff View Post
    The last box of .22mag I bought cost $3.79, which I thought was pretty dang expensive for .22 ammo. I changed the cylinder in my convertible Ruger Single Six to .22LR and decided to save the .22mag for special occasions. I guess there haven't been many special occasions as I still have about 40 of the 50 rounds left in that box of .22mag ammo that I bought in 1979.
    He-He-He, Yes indeed!
    thats why you see a lot of Ruger Single 6 that have scratched up, beat up cylinders in them, but the Magnum Cylinders seem to always look brand new!
    I know mine does too!
    heck you can shoot 9 MM cheaper than 22 Mag.
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