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Sometimes It Pays to Shoot and Oddball Caliber

As we all know just about all types of ammo is sold out.  First the first time in my life I can not find 30-30 Winchester, or even 270 Winchester.

You want to know what I can find?   280 Remington / 7mm Express.

In the mid-1990s I asked for and received as a Christmas present a Remington model 700 mountain rifle chambered in 280 Remington.  In the 1990s and into the mid-2000s 280 Remington was comparable to 270 Winchester and 30-06 Springfield.   Over the past decade or so 280 Ammo went from around $18 a box to close to $30 a box for Remington core-lokt.

The writing was on the wall, either buy another deer rifle or spend a fortune on 280 Remington ammunition, so I opted for a 308 Winchester and a Marlin 336 chambered in 30-30 Winchester.  This gave me three deer rifles in proven calibers.


Since deer season is just a few months away I decided to get online and look for some ammo.

Let’s make it clear that I do not “have” to buy deer hunting ammunition as there is plenty in my stockpile.  Since buying the Marlin 336 in 30-30 and a DS Arms FN/FAL in 308 Winchester I stockpiled a few several rounds.

Guess what, just about everything is sold out in all three of my deer hunting calibers except 280 Remington.  The oddball caliber I phased out of the rotation is now the only caliber I can find in stock.

When I decided to get another couple of of deer hunting rifles – not that the FN/FAL was designe4d for deer hunting – I picked a couple of calibers that were usually always in stock, and those were the 30-30 Winchester and the 308 Winchester.

Fast forward to the Coronavirus pandemic, and wide spread civil unrest from communist, socialist and fascist hijacking the black lives matter movement, and the common calibers that were usually in stock are now sold out.

So sometimes it pays to have an oddball deer rifle sitting in the corner.

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