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1911Luvr
09-10-2012, 1:25 PM
I feel a little like Rip Van Winkle having fallen asleep and waking up to .44Mag ammo that's a buck a bullet or more. Granted I haven't priced .44 ammo in years, but I recently acquired a new toy and while at Bass Pro Shops the cheapest I could find was $50 for 50 rounds. Are there any ammo deals to be found on this stuff?

jessegpresley
09-10-2012, 1:44 PM
I haven't bought 44 Mag in awhile, either. But I think they have 240gr Winchester JSPs at Wal-Mart for $42 or so. One thing about 44 Mag is that after half a box I'm exhausted. 250 rounds of 45ACP and I'm still ready for more.

socal147
09-10-2012, 1:45 PM
As with 45 Colt, the only way to go is reloading. The big stuff is very steep to purchase anywhere.

newglockster
09-10-2012, 1:47 PM
Maybe they will get these back in stock soon... http://www.sgammo.com/product/pmc/50-rds-44-magnum-pmc-180-grain-jhp-ammo

003
09-10-2012, 1:47 PM
http://www.ammunitiontogo.com/product_info.php/pName/50rds-44-mag-federal-american-eagle-240gr-hollow-point-ammo/cName/44-magnum-hollow-point



50 rounds $35.95

sfhondapilot
09-10-2012, 2:34 PM
If you watch for the ammo deals you should be able to get It for $0.50-ish.


Edit. I purchased 500 rounds at militaryshooters.com in late May. It was factory load Fiocchi 200GR JHP. It cost $250

Root66
09-10-2012, 2:59 PM
Georgia Arms has FMJ for about $0.50 a round when they have it. Lead is a little less.

http://georgia-arms.com/44remmag240grfullmetaljacket50pk.aspx

Mr. Beretta
09-10-2012, 3:01 PM
Ref prices.....Just wait.......6 months from now, we're going to look back and say
"Those were the good old days"..

23 Blast
09-10-2012, 3:03 PM
Size of the round coupled with relatively low demand. Besides, compared to full-sized rifle rounds (i.e. anything NOT .223), .44 Mag is almost a bargain. $1/round and up is typical of 30-06, .300WM, and the like.

I recently got a .44 revo myself, and scored a nice deal on ammo from a fellow Calgunner, but I think that this gun and ammo might just be the push I need to start reloading.

CSACANNONEER
09-10-2012, 3:04 PM
I cast and load my own for around a nickle a round or $2.50/box of 50.

Fjold
09-10-2012, 3:07 PM
The 44 Mag is why I started reloading.

23 Blast
09-10-2012, 3:08 PM
I cast and load my own for around a nickle a round or $2.50/box of 50.

Can I borrow the DeLorean to go back in time and buy those cheap components? :D

CSACANNONEER
09-10-2012, 3:11 PM
Can I borrow the DeLorean to go back in time and buy those cheap components? :D

Brass = FREE
Lead = FREE
Primers +/- 2 cents bought by the case
Powder varies but, surplus powder is still available pretty cheap

psango
09-10-2012, 3:17 PM
I'm not a reloader so heres what I've been using: CCI Blazer 240g JHP $28.95 for 50.

http://www.ammunitiontogo.com/product_info.php/pName/50rds-44-mag-cci-blazer-240gr-jacketed-hollow-point/cName/44-magnum-hollow-point

23 Blast
09-10-2012, 3:30 PM
Brass = FREE
Lead = FREE
Primers +/- 2 cents bought by the case
Powder varies but, surplus powder is still available pretty cheap

Where do you get free lead?

Also - with the brass, how many times can you reuse the same case?

FeuerFrei
09-10-2012, 5:26 PM
Have you considered 44 Special? BTW, reloading is really your fast track to cheaper 44 mag shooting. CS has it right.


Sent with 2 cans & a long string.

marathonman
09-10-2012, 5:41 PM
Through reloading and Missouri bullets I pay around .14 each including primer and powder but not my time.

Fishslayer
09-10-2012, 7:51 PM
http://gun-deals.com/ammo.php?caliber=.44+Magnum

1911Luvr
09-10-2012, 11:21 PM
As with 45 Colt, the only way to go is reloading. The big stuff is very steep to purchase anywhere.

I already load .45ACP but none of the components are interchangeable so I wasn't really thinking seriously about it. I do have two practically new single stage presses sitting in a box, so perhaps it's time to break those out.

1911Luvr
09-10-2012, 11:23 PM
I haven't bought 44 Mag in awhile, either. But I think they have 240gr Winchester JSPs at Wal-Mart for $42 or so. One thing about 44 Mag is that after half a box I'm exhausted. 250 rounds of 45ACP and I'm still ready for more.

I had forgotten how much the .44MAG wears you out when shooting. My Super Redhawk has a 7.5" barrel, and the weight combined with the recoil does put some serious strain on the muscles. I can't image how it will be with a scope on it...

Cuda440
09-11-2012, 12:02 PM
At the last Costa Mesa gun show, I picked up PMC JHP for 21.95/ 50.

CSACANNONEER
09-11-2012, 1:41 PM
Where do you get free lead?

Also - with the brass, how many times can you reuse the same case?

I scrounge freee lead where ever I can find it. I used to work at an indoor range so, I still have a few 5 gal buckets from there.

How many times brass can be reused varies depending on the quality of the brass, how hot the loads are (I don't lile to load hot - specially with non GCed hardcasts) and how tightly the chamber(s) match the dies.

edgerly779
09-11-2012, 2:09 PM
Who has the cheapest .429 plated bullets or hardcast lead.

23 Blast
09-12-2012, 11:35 AM
I scrounge freee lead where ever I can find it. I used to work at an indoor range so, I still have a few 5 gal buckets from there.

How many times brass can be reused varies depending on the quality of the brass, how hot the loads are (I don't lile to load hot - specially with non GCed hardcasts) and how tightly the chamber(s) match the dies.

Ah - I see. Thanks for the info.

otteray
09-12-2012, 7:58 PM
Brass = FREE
Lead = FREE
Primers +/- 2 cents bought by the case
Powder varies but, surplus powder is still available pretty cheap

1 pound of Unique for $20 gets you about 700 rounds.
Many more than that with milder .44 special loads. :)
Cheap lead is getting hard to find but it's still out there. I've got 1500-2000 lbs of wheel weights, diver weights, fishing weights, lead roof flashing, printer lead, plumbers lead, and lead cable sheathing and got it just by letting folks know I'm looking for some.
Reminds me to ask my dentist next time I get my teeth cleaned.
Bear Creek Bulllets moly coated lead bullets are reasonable for target and plinking. About $40/500

marathonman
09-12-2012, 10:42 PM
I already load .45ACP but none of the components are interchangeable so I wasn't really thinking seriously about it. I do have two practically new single stage presses sitting in a box, so perhaps it's time to break those out.

Primers and powder can be interchangeable.... Lpp and hp-38.

Oldnoob
09-12-2012, 10:55 PM
RIP affordable ammo price.

BigDogatPlay
09-12-2012, 11:10 PM
Have you considered 44 Special?

.44 Special is often more expensive than .44 Mag, although one of the better bargains in .44 Special is Blazer aluminum, loaded with a 200 grain Gold Dot HP (http://www.midwayusa.com/product/462521/cci-blazer-ammunition-44-special-200-grain-speer-gold-dot-jacketed-hollow-point-box-of-50). $34 for 50 at Midway USA. The exact same round in a brass case under the Speer brand is $29 for 20. It's a pretty decent defensive load.

I bought 250 rounds of 180 grain HP at the Red Line ammo booth at the Vallejo gun show a few months back. Granted they're reloads, but they are top quality and cost me less than $100.

SGAmmo runs PMC 180 grain JHP at $23.95 per 50 and it's one of the best prices I have found, although it's PMC ammo which can be spotty on quality.

Another pretty decent deal on .44 Mag is BVAC from Cheaper than Dirt, if you feel okay buying from them. 240 grain semi wadcutters for $25.66 per 50, 240 grain JHP for $27.89 per 50. I've shot this ammo and it shoots well.

HermanH
09-13-2012, 11:16 AM
The 44 Mag is why I started reloading.

DItto. I just shot off the last of my 11 rounds I put together some 10 years ago. Still loud and still just as much kick. I think back then, I calculated my cost at around $0.18 per round because... I don't cast bullets (I was using TMJ at the time).

And out of a Contender, 50 rounds will last me about 2-1/2 range time (I will bring my 9mm or 45ACP with it.)

Lead Waster
09-13-2012, 1:02 PM
Yeah, I gotta say that you can buy a lee classic turret press kit for a bit more than $100. If it's really $30-$50 per 50, you can get your money back sooner than if you were reloading 9mm that's for sure!

I got into reloading because I was shooting mil surp rifles at a buck a round and hard to find at that!

It really pains me to pull the trigger and watch $1 go flying down range! I mean, that' could be a chocolate bar! So I'm throwing chocolate bars down range! :p

That's another reason I bought a .22lr pistol!