AMMO MAKES THE GUN
A lot of times the ammo makes the gun. One wonders if the world would have ever heard about, cared about or started using the 223 without the M16 or the 7.62x39 without the AK. No one else started using the 303 British. Once the
and Garand started getting scarce, the 30-06 was relegated in use to a few old codgers. Not that 30-06 in bolt action is dead, just that it is not widespread. The Russian Mosin Nagant bolt uses its own unique round that never caught on in another rifle. Sure, there is the Russian semi-auto sniper rifle using the round, but they are pretty scarce in the civilian world. My point is this. Without a steady supply of a one of a kind round of ammunition, there is not much point in owning the MN bolt gun. Yes, they are cheap. Sometimes, cheap is what you get and all you can get and you are happy to have it. But don’t just buy the gun and then assume its inexpensive ammunition will be available forever more. If you can’t buy its ammunition now, in quantity, it might be a poor arsenal choice. Springfield
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Look, I know a lot of you reload. A lot of you could remain equipped with a plentiful supply of ammunition if the Apocalypse happened right now. If “1632” happened right now and your chunk of property was hurdled into another dimension, changes are good you could become the new supreme overlord with the number of MN’s and ammunition you have stockpiled. This article is not for you. It is for the folks that bought the gun and are planning, sometime, to buy its cheap ammo. Look around you. Oil is becoming dear to burn. Forget about ultimate supply. Just focus on the fact it is becoming too expensive, and that looks to be the new normal. Already, our domestic furniture industry has made a remarkable resurgence, all due to the fact that it is no longer economically viable to ship bulky furniture over here from across the Pacific. Our $10-$15 an hour labor, even at three to four times the cost of Chinese labor, still builds a cheaper unit because of the shipping costs. Which are determined by the cost of oil ( you wonder why the Baltic Index is dropping? The age of globalization is dead under $100 barrel of oil ). I’m not saying that cheap foreign, overseas shipping of steel cased ammunition will dry up tomorrow, although it could. I am saying that if the ammo keeps coming, and if oil stays above $100, I would not be surprised in the least if Russian bolt ammo went to thirty to fifty cents a round from its current twenty cents ( this is a WAG- ammo is dense, but historically the ammo has already doubled with increased oil cost ).
Sure, domestic ammo also might go up in cost. In that case, all things being relative, your bolt ammo will still be the most affordable. But are you willing to bet on that? I bet on the fact that the Lee-Enfield ammo would stay affordable and I lost that bet. Hell, I don’t mind reloading instead of buying surplus but even that is no longer viable with unloaded cases going for over sixty cents a round ( the bad part being that the Enfield chews up brass- again, speaking relative to others- so the replacement cost of brass is much higher than with other rounds. Eventually going to another arsenal will be spiritually painful, such as going from a Mac to a Windows computer, but cost wise it is necessary ). If at all possible, buy your cheap bolt ammunition while you still can. And be aware that it is likely that once the ammunition goes up in cost, this will no longer be a good bet for the frugal survivalist. Look at the SKS. Millions were bought by idiot militiamen, so broke from buying cammo that there was nothing left for firearms. So they bought $120 brand new Chinese carbines. Who would have thought that they would be going for nearly $400 a mere fifteen years later? The ammo only doubled ( from when oil was $20 a barrel ) but because those commie ass licking toad bastard liberals restricting Chinese importation ( making our politicians more communist than the ChiComs ) we are buying up in a limited market. It’s okay for
to export toxic baby formula, but God forbid some guy buy a piece of crap rifle that will miss its target past 150 yards ( making them almost as inaccurate as a black powder musket ). China
Perhaps you should look at your rifles as you would a car or a computer. Sometimes the old models just become obsolete for whatever reason. Ask yourself this. Would six antique Japanese rifles still be a bargain today, even if you did buy them for only $30 each thirty years ago? Of course not, not if the brass cost $1.50 each. The same might be true one day for the Russian bolts. Not because the components for reloading aren’t available but because they are too expensive. Not because they aren’t still making the ammo, but because its shipping cost got too high. You think underwear is cheap right now? Cotton crop failures, droughts, increased shipping and the fact that 90% of the globes skivvies come from China mean one day real soon a pair of underwear will go from 75 cents to two or three bucks. The same principle- changing logistic fundamentals- might come to steel cased Russian bolt ammunition. Either run out and stock up for your lifetime supply, or plan on replacing the rifles one day. And, no, this is not an endorsement for common caliber modern military calibers. They have their advantages but they aren’t the cat’s meow. They also have disadvantages as we’ve talked about before. Logistics win wars, and logistics helps in your survival.
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