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I see ammo prices online, and I think "Wow, that's a good deal..." relative to what I have paid in the past.

I only got into guns about 4 years ago. This was post Sandy Hook, pretty much. While I respected and supported the Second as written, I didn't own a gun, though I was in the "research" process at the time of SH.

Right now, via Ammoseek, i see 5.56 (M193) is at about 33 cents a round. Seems alright to me. However, some people who have been doing this forever would complain that it's expensive...

With that in mind, what were ammo prices like back in the day? Account for inflation and such of course...

Was 5.56 like 15 cents a round?
 

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I'm 46. Approx 20+- years ago I remember 9mm being about $100 a case, .45 $150ish, 5.56 around $200 depending on the ammo and .308 under $300 for a case.
But we also used to get A LOT more surplus foreign ammo. I bought a case of 1600 rounds of Philippine 5.56 that was sealed in 400rnd battlepacks in a nice wooden crate (that I still have) for $200 at a gun show way back. Don't see things like that as much these days. I think there's a ban on importing ammo or something isn't there?
 

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500 rounds of Remington 22 LR for $5.00 - $6.00 packaged in a milk carton......
 

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I was buying winchester 55 gr .556 military overrun in the early 2000's for $2.50 per box of 20.

Back around 92-93, I bought 7.62X39 for $68.00 per 1200 (two spam cans per wooden crate wrapped with steel bands).

I still have a good bit of both, plus other stuff I picked up all along, but most prior to '08.
 

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I was buying winchester 55 gr .556 military overrun in the early 2000's for $2.50 per box of 20.

Back around 92-93, I bought 7.62X39 for $68.00 per 1200 (two spam cans per wooden crate wrapped with steel bands).

I still have a good bit of both, plus other stuff I picked up all along, but most prior to '08.
:aarg

That'd only be $3.35 or so today. The lowest I've seen for a box of 20 of anything worth feeding to your rifle is like $8.00.

Why in 2002 did I concentrate on things like food and film for my camera? :grin
 

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:aarg

That'd only be $3.35 or so today. The lowest I've seen for a box of 20 of anything worth feeding to your rifle is like $8.00.

Why in 2002 did I concentrate on things like food and film for my camera? :grin
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1988 or so- 22lr for 1.35 for a 50 rd box of yellow jackets [ what a great bullet that was back in the day ].
 

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I bought a box of 8x57 Winchester-Western hunting rounds in the late '70s... the price tag is still on the box @ $4.85. The reason I still have the box is that I reload and reuse the box. I recall buying 8x57 surplus European military rounds at Woolco in the '70s for $2/15 rounds. Seems like a box of 50 .22 LR was <$2 in those days.
 

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I remember 223, 1000 rounds $90.oo plus shipping. $5.00 for a box of wolf 9mm 50 rounds...
 

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1988 or so- 22lr for 1.35 for a 50 rd box of yellow jackets [ what a great bullet that was back in the day ].
I still have some Yellow Jackets!
 

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1988 or so- 22lr for 1.35 for a 50 rd box of yellow jackets [ what a great bullet that was back in the day ].
When I was a kid in the early '60's, we'd ride our bicycles into town to the Western Auto, and buy .22 ammo.

We'd get the house brand (Revelation) shorts for .35 a box. The long rifle was .50 a box, which was a whole weeks allowance, so we usually stayed with the shorts.
 

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You all need to remember that the dollar is not worth what it was 10 years ago either.
Therefore, it takes more dollars to buy the same thing. Anyone who has been grocery shopping can attest to that.
I remember buying Mini-Mags at Wal-Mart for $7/100, now my Wal-Mart (so I was told) has stopped selling .22 LR.
The online retailers seem to be selling Mini-Mags for about $15/100 now, an increase of 100%. That's not inflation.

I see Federal for a good price sometimes in the 525 value pack.
 

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1.00 in 2000 now takes 1.40 inflation adjusted dollars.

1.00 in 2006 [ 10 years ago ] now takes 1.20 inflation adjusted dollars.

1991 to date 1.00 is now 1.77. A box of 22's at 1.35 a box would now cost 2.02 in inflation adjusted dollars.

One has to take into consideration materials and labor costs that have risen when comparing then and now.
 

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For me,"Back In The Day" is 2005. I seem to remember 9mm. range ammo (sold at LGS) was maybe $7.00/box.
 
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