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How many rounds in a box of .22LR?
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As long as I can remember CCI has always had packages of 100 or 50. Bulk packs or bricks of most brands could be had in packages of 500 rounds and Federal is or was marketing packages of 325.The Remington Bucket of Bullets has 1400 rounds so there are several options available, but when someone mentions a box of .22 ammo I always envisioned a box of 50 rounds, carefully packager alternating bullet up beside bullet down, 10 rows of 5. A "box of 22" is 50 rounds.
A few weeks ago I was in Dunham's looking for something unrelated and checked to see if they have any .22LR in stock. To my surprise, they had several boxes of a few different brands, as well as a few bricks. I looked at the prices to see if there was a bargain to be had and saw the American Eagle was priced lower than I've seen any .22LR in a long time, ($2.99 per box) so I bought both boxes. (More on the shelf, but a 2 box limit).
I was in the neighborhood a few days later so I stopped in and bought 2 more at that price. Tonight I happened to notice them sitting on top of the rest of the .22LR I have handy and picked one up to look at it and noticed the quantity isn't what I expected it to be.
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It's still a better price than I've seen lately but not as good of a deal as I thought. The best I've seen lately was CCI Standard Velocity and Fiocchi Standard Velocity at $39.99/500 which works out to about 8¢ per round, (before tax). The per box prices were about $4.50 -- $5.00 each so by the brick was the better deal. The American eagle at $2.99/40 rounds works out to about 7½¢ per round or about $37.40 for 500 rounds, which is OK if American Eagle is up to your standards. (Some people like it, some don't). Still the lowest price I've seen lately but not the bargain I thought I was getting.
I've seen it happen with ice cream, cereal and other packaged goods, I didn't imagine it would ever happen with .22 ammo. A "box" has always been 50 rounds, it's sacrilege to reduce the content of a box of ammo by 20%. Another well established and long standing standard, kicked in the ass.
I'm not bitching, .22 ammo is finally available, even though the price is about triple the previous "normal", it's still the most economical "off the shelf" ammo to shoot, but if you think you've found a lower price on some .22 ammo, double check the quantity before you pat yourself on the back for finding the deal of the day.
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mauser;170890 Wrote:~snip~

American Eagle was priced lower than I've seen any .22LR in a long time, ($2.99 per box) so I bought both boxes. (More on the shelf, but a 2 box limit).

I was in the neighborhood a few days later so I stopped in and bought 2 more at that price.

~snip~

Whenever I run into "limit" sales and I want more than the limit I'll buy the limit, take them out to the car, come back in and buy another "limit". I've even bought more than one limit at the same time telling the cashier to ring each limit up as a separate transaction.

PS I remember bulk boxes of 550+ rounds of 22LR.

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I've also noticed the disturbing trend of ever shrinking product sizes but the prices don't shrink along with the size.






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#3
Makes me glad that one habit I've had for the last decade or so is when I saw bulk packs somewhere I bought them. I remember when a 500 round pack was around $10. When I first really got into shooting 1K rounds of 9X19 UMC was $100.

Now days it's more like an investment in precious metals that literally and deliberately gets spent.

I have bought CCI's recently that were marked with a 2 box limit. I bought two and my wife bought two.
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P89;170892 Wrote:Makes me glad that one habit I've had for the last decade or so is when I saw bulk packs somewhere I bought them. I remember when a 500 round pack was around $10. When I first really got into shooting 1K rounds of 9X19 UMC was $100.

Now days it's more like an investment in precious metals that literally and deliberately gets spent.

I have bought CCI's recently that were marked with a 2 box limit. I bought two and my wife bought two.

I remember the days of $10.00 bulk packs and no limit. I don't know why but I always had the urge to buy more even though I didn't need it. Because of that urge, I have plenty of .22 ammo to last me well into my retirement but I still have the urge to buy some when I see it. These days it's easier to pass when I see it "on sale" because I remember so well the $10.00 bulk packs. I stopped buying it when it got to around $12.00 for a bulk pack. I'm sure I'd start buying again if it would get back down to $15.00 or $20.00 for a bulk pack.
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i remember getting 50 round boxes of Remington 22's for 22 cents. those were good times
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goofin;170899 Wrote:i remember getting 50 round boxes of Remington 22's for 22 cents. those were good times
What was your weekly take home pay at the time?
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P89;170892 Wrote:Makes me glad that one habit I've had for the last decade or so is when I saw bulk packs somewhere I bought them. I remember when a 500 round pack was around $10. When I first really got into shooting 1K rounds of 9X19 UMC was $100.

Now days it's more like an investment in precious metals that literally and deliberately gets spent.

I have bought CCI's recently that were marked with a 2 box limit. I bought two and my wife bought two.
last week I was picking up a case of 7.62X54r and while waiting to pay a guy started bs'ing with me.
He asked what I was doing with all the 7.62 and I told him my 1910 Maxim gun seems to burn right through it.
At which he looked at me sideways, I don't know if he took me seriously, thought I was joking, or simply didn't have a clue as to what I was talking about, but anyway the talk turned to .22 ammo.
He goes on about not finding any.
I tell him there is some right there on the shelf, $22 for 325 box of Automatch.
Too expensive he says.
Says he is going to sell his .22's.
What are they and how much?
He ignores that and asks how could I shoot them, do I have some .22 ammo.
Sure, about 50,000 rounds IIRC of full cased ammo, mostly Blazer and Thunderbolt, a couple cases of Automatch and some odds and ends bricks and plastic sleeves hare and there, maybe more but I'd have to get to the safe up north at my uncles place for an accurate count.
He gives me another sideways stare and says "sure, right" at which point the dealer looks at him and says, "I'm sure if he says he has it he has it".
He mumbled something about hoarders and pouted off.

Little does he know that some of those cases I've had since I was a FFL many years ago and the rest is from just like you did, I'd buy a brick or bulk pack when I was in Walmart, Gander Mtn or Dicks before they became dicks.
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#8
American Eagle "boxes" have been 40 rounds for quite some time.

I think they do that for ranges that insist that you buy your ammo from them. They sell you "a box" of 40 for the same as a normal 50.

I've found AE to be of indifferent quality. The copper on the bullets seems to corrode faster than most, and it doesn't seem to be as reliable as, say, Federal Bulk.

It does seem to work okay in my Ruger SR22 which strongly prefers plated bullets, or it did for the first few thousand rounds.
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#9
I haven't bought ammo for a long time, and I know that A.E. isn't "top shelf" stuff. I thought I found a deal, (relatively speaking in recent terms of price).
At $2.99 for 40 rounds it's about 7½¢ per round while the best rertail price I've seen lately is $4.59 for 50 rounds, which is about 9¢ per round so the A.E. is still the cheaper ammo. I was just surprised to see that they've hiked their price the same way as other industries have done. (reduced quantity to help offset, (disguise), the price increase).
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mauser;170923 Wrote:I haven't bought ammo for a long time, and I know that A.E. isn't "top shelf" stuff. I thought I found a deal, (relatively speaking in recent terms of price).
At $2.99 for 40 rounds it's about 7½¢ per round while the best rertail price I've seen lately is $4.59 for 50 rounds, which is about 9¢ per round so the A.E. is still the cheaper ammo. I was just surprised to see that they've hiked their price the same way as other industries have done. (reduced quantity to help offset, (disguise), the price increase).

Sorry to disappoint you, but AE was sold in boxes of 40 way before the post-Sandy-Hook shortage started. They haven't reduced as a back door price hike. That's how they've packaged for a decade or more.

These days, the best price on .22LR is probably Remington Thunderbolts.

Often called "Thunder-Turds" by the hardcore rimfire community, they in fact of late have been pretty damned good and reliable. I can reliably shoot one ragged hole groups at 25 yards with a $80 used Marlin 80 variant. And in spite of rumors to the contrary, they aren't any dirtier than any other .22LR, all of which use basically black powder as a propellant.

Their quality control is better than Winchester bulk ammo. While copper plated, the Winchester shit has on and off issues with weak crimps leading to near-squibs and debris firing into your face from shells that don't build up proper pressure to expand fully into the chamber. (Rimfire's kind of odd.)
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