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458 SOCOM...Outrageous ammo cost.

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by badguybuster, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. Jul 17, 2011 at 2:30 PM
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    badguybuster

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    I am in the process of building a new lower and thinking of an upper. I've been looking at some different options and really like this caliber but OH, MY GOD!!! $2-3 dollars a round!! Thats obscene.
     
  2. Jul 22, 2011 at 7:58 PM
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    Forgive me if this comes off as cynical but what would you do with a .458 anyways? It's a specialized round designed for disabling light vehicles and their occupants inside 100 meters. It wouldn't be good for any particular kind of hunting unless you're charging at a moose or something, the ammo is way too expensive and parts are way too scarce to shoot it much, and it's not accurate enough to have one as a range toy.

    What are you planning to do with the build?
     
  3. Jul 22, 2011 at 7:59 PM
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  4. Jul 22, 2011 at 8:02 PM
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    If the apocalypse comes, good luck finding .458 ammo. And good luck being able to afford enough to stockpile. :D
     
  5. Jul 22, 2011 at 8:14 PM
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    Thats why some of us reload:cool:
     
  6. Jul 22, 2011 at 8:55 PM
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    Reloading for the .458 is still going to cost you many times more per round than a healthy mainstream .30 cal manstopper. :D

    I reload, by the way. ;)
     
  7. Aug 5, 2011 at 9:16 PM
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  8. Aug 6, 2011 at 6:49 AM
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    why don't you just get a .50 beowulf?

    it's designed for the same thing, it's slightly cheaper, replacement parts are easier to find, ammo is easier to find, ammo is cheaper etc...

    here is a post i found at ar15.com from a guy who has both.

    I have both.

    Beowulf:
    1. CorBon factory ammo in several loadings
    2. Lesser initial expense, production line uppers
    3. Readily available reloading components
    4. Modified mags
    5. Limited bullets for reloading
    6. Less expensive brass
    7. Limited reload recipes

    SOCOM:
    1. CorBon factory loads in several loadings
    2. Slightly higher expense, custom built uppers
    3. Readily avaliable reloading components
    4. Unmodified mags
    5. Dozens of bullets for reloading
    6. Slightly more expensive brass
    7. Extensive supply of reload recipes
    8. More reliable feeding

    Beowulf has the edge on cost and availability of factory loads as well as types of factory loads, as well as ease of reloading.
    SOCOM has the edge on accuracy (slightly), brass life, reloading, overall flexibility, and quality.

    Basically, you need to decide if you're a reloader or not. If not, no contest, Beowulf.

    I would NOT trade my SOCOM for anything, though, and it's the big bore that I favor.

    Tom
     
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