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I mean, this is a common caliber in this country and has been for a very, very long time. Shouldn't production of .30-06 have been running at a high level all the time? Why, then, is it so pricey? What am I missing?
 

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Because its not used by anyone really. For instance, I have a 3006 rifle. I shoot it twice a year. You dont count. The cheapest calibers tend to be those that are also used by Fed/Gov/LEO. Or of cource cheaper imports. If you look at whats the cheapest its usually 9/40/45/7.62x51/5.56.........All are used by some type of Gov agency. There is Greek surplus but like all surplus it will run out and Im sure its running out already
 

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I mean, this is a common caliber in this country and has been for a very, very long time. Shouldn't production of .30-06 have been running at a high level all the time? Why, then, is it so pricey? What am I missing?
It fell out of favor and .223 took it's place. I like and shoot 30.06 and buy from Sportsman Guide when available. Still over-priced from panic as are several more calibers...and .22lr is just ridiculous.
 

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Most of the US 30-06 surplus is gone and I don't believe the US gov't has made 30-06 since the late 60s/early 70s. The CMP Greek ammunition is your best bet though the latest Prvi 30-06 for M1s goes for about $0.68. I bought a can just to have some standard copper jacket 30-06 around without dipping into my partial can of clipped M72.

Side note: sometimes the Greek surplus isn't always Greek. I have a can of clipped 30-06 that was US made but sold by the CMP as Greek. Headstamps are mostly RA in the mid 50s.
 

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Thanks for the replies. Stottman's right, it's running the same as .303 and 8 mm Mauser. GB auction has it for $1/round... or more.

Looks like my interest in Old School MilSurps has been crushed.
 

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Looks like my interest in Old School MilSurps has been crushed.
When you miss the boat by decades you just have to move on. As much as I'd like a Garand, it'd be more useful hanging on a wall than it would ever get shot with the price of ammunition for it.
 

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Well-stated, and I agree.

Right now I'm in 5.56, 5.45, 7.62 x 39, and 7.62 x 54R. 5.45 is affordable (for the moment), and x39 is ok. 5.56 is coming back down.

Only have 1 Mosin now, wondering if I should sell it before 54R surplus dries up, or keep stackin'...



When you miss the boat by decades you just have to move on. As much as I'd like a Garand, it'd be more useful hanging on a wall than it would ever get shot with the price of ammunition for it.
 
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