Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ammo Shopping and Gratuitous AR/ Burris MTAC Pics

Overall I am fairing well through this gun/ gun stuff/ ammo panic. Sure there is stuff I want but that's life. The biggest mistake single mistake I made was not differentiating between operational ammo and training ammo. We stocked about enough to be comfortable if something happens. However I did not have a separate stash for zeroing optics, test firing new guns, training and such. A half case each of .223 and 9mm plus a couple bricks of .22lr, 250 rounds of .38 and 150 rounds of mixed 12 gauge ammo (mostly bird shot, some buck and a few slugs) or so that is allocated for training and such stuff would be really nice.

It isn't a great time to buy ammo but as Tam noted you have got to keep something coming in even during the bad times. So I've been doing some looking around at the local shops. The last few days have been pretty good for me.

Can't figure out how to get the picture the right way. That is three of the new fangled midget 325 round bricks of Federal .22lr, three 20 round boxes of 55gr XM193 and a 50 round box of 9mm FMJ. One box of .22lr was $22 and the others were $16. The .223 was $12.95 and the 9mm was painful at $22 something. This leaves me happy for .22 training ammo. The .223 will get burned up on my next range trip to really zero in the scope on Project AR. The 9mm is headed to my upcoming class.

To conclude this topic it seems like ammo is slowly becoming available again. Some is at less than ideal prices and some at ok prices. It's just selling as soon as it shows up. There is always that trade off of driving around to different places and waiting in line or paying a bit more. The options are to put in the energy/ time/ gas shopping around, pay steep prices or bitch about the situation. What's right for one person might not be for another. I don't think it is time to go big and stock up on cases of ammo (at these prices) but getting a few boxes of stuff you are seriously short on or replacing some shooting ammo is probably realistic.



It occurred to me that I have not really talked about or shown a pic of the new scope on my rifle.
Here is my rifle these days. Still need to get a DBAL and free float the rail but otherwise this is what it's going to look like, well at least till it's done and gets painted. I am pretty happy with it. Actually that is an understatement as this gun frickin rocks.
A close up of the Burris MTAC and La Rue mount. Shooting it is great. Zeroed it in about 15 rounds, well at least a 90% solution anyway. Specifically it's zeroed at 25 but I need to back out and confirm/ adjust to 50 meters. I think the 50 meter zero is probably the way to go. On the last range trip I sort of got sidetracked, which is another story I'm not ready to write yet, and ran out of time. Will go back and get it finished on the next trip. Since my training ammo budget is a bit better I'll throw some rounds downrange to confirm. One feature I particularly like about this scope is that the illum turns off between power setting. That means unlike an aimpoint where you have to cycle through all the power setting to get to the one you like it can be put to the setting you want with a slight twist.

A pic that shows the La Rue mount more clearly. I like the quick detachment option a lot and consider it a prerequisite for a fighting rifle, especially if you cannot co witness. This way if the optic goes down, which seems unlikely as it's ridiculously stout, I can pull two levers then flip up the BUIS and get back into the fight.

How are things looking in your neighborhood?


14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pretty much all LaRue all the time here, Boss. It ain't cheap but it is solid.

Solid is good.

H

Ryan said...

H, That it is.

highdesertlivin said...

Traded a unfired glock 30 and a 100.For a ruger gunsite scout ,used unfired. So naturally I had to start looking for more 308/7.62.Found some prvi 145 gr for 18.50/20 limit 2 boxes. And some remmington 180 gr. for 30.00.I notice its starting to be available online , but its not cheap.

Ryan said...

Highdesertlivin, That is a good deal. The Gunsight Scout seems like a neat rifle, do wish they took standard mags though.

chadow10 said...

Everything seems to have broken free at the store last week. They had several stripped lowers and AR's in 5.56 and 7.62 on the shelf.
Still really limited on ammo. I am going to be forced to send wifey to the range with some 9mm and the XD because I don't have enough 380 to sacrifice sending her with the Bursa thunder.

The guy at the store said that since it has become clear that only a magazine ban might have the votes to get passed (or executive order), that things had become much better.

PS. Really envious of the Burris. I settled for the Aimpoint red dot and wish I had stuck with that scope.

Ryan said...

Chadow, I would agree. Went to a few stores today. Lots of AR's and lowers, mostly complete ones, some M1A's and AK's also. Prices varied from OK considering the environment to laughable.

The cost difference between the MTAC and a basic Aimpoint is not that big. The only real difference is the MTAC does not include a scope mount which costs $50-220 depending on your tastes.

highdesertlivin said...

Yeah, I like the rifle alot. It did come w/2 10 rd mags ,and 2 5 rd. mags.Light and handy ,plan to hunt with it in the fall.take care

Ryan said...

Highdesertliving, I would like to get either a Savage 110 or one of those down the road a bit.

highdesertlivin said...

I have a 110 tac in 308.When I zeroed it for last seasons elk hunt, I shot a 1 inch group at 150 yards w/barnes 168 gr.Great gun ,however I wanted something w irons .You know, 2 is 1.Thanks for the read.

Ryan said...

Highdesert, There is that angle. Those two would be a great combo.

2heavyb said...

Multiple Walmarts are still dry. I have been finding some common handgun & rifle calibers at gun shop/ranges and Academy sporting goods. One box per caliber limits too. Prices aren't back to normal but down from lunatic range.

chadow10 said...

I KNOW!!! I was up against having to write my yearly check to Uncle Sam and wasn't going to go with anything that wasn't "quick connect and return to zero". I caved.

Ryan said...

Chadow10, Makes sense.

2heavyb said...

Just a little bit everytime I can find it. I check every trip to Walmart. Make a side trip to any nearby sporting goods etc.. when I am out doing other shopping or taking the wife somewhere. Today I was lucky I had my mother and sister with me at the WM. They had 20 rd Winchester.223 for $12.27 so instead of 3 boxes limit I got 9. It's getting more common to find something I can use on the shelf lately. I just take a little extra time in my errands to check regularly and am starting to benefit from the effort

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