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Old May 9th, 2012, 05:35 PM   #1
 
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why is 22mag so much more expensive than 22lr

This probably has been talked about before, but why is 22WMR, on average, more than twice as expensive as 22lr? At the last LGS this past weekend, cheapest I saw 22WMR for was about $13.50 for a box of 50, and at the same table they were selling CCI mini-mags for $7.00 for a box of 100 and the Blazer ammo bulk pack was cheaper still (by the round), $23.00 for a box of 525, or less than 5 cents a round.

And, is there such a thing a 22WMR bulk ammo that would be cheaper (I doubt it).



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Probably because there's like a million times more 22LR made than 22mag. Economies of scale.
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Probably because there's like a million times more 22LR made than 22mag. Economies of scale.
Yes, while true having said that, then why isn't 22WMR more popular....especially with more and more 22 SA pistols coming with 2 cylinders?

Maybe it will become more popular, then more of it will be made and the price will come down?
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Time will tell, but 22lr has a huge lead and it doesn't look like it will be losing marketshare anytime soon.
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Well, whats the difference in components?Magnum has a jacketed bullet and RF does not.More powder, larger case ,all adds up to more production costs and, the 22 RF is produced in 20 times the quantity of the 22 Mag.Same with the .17 HMR costs more than a 22 RF and maybe just a tad higher or the same as the Magnum 22.I think cost may have something to do with the difference in popularity.What would you rather plimk with, a gun that shoots $12 per 50 rounds or $2.30 for 50 rounds? And the Mag is much more destructive on small game.If you want to eat it you may not want to shoot it with a 22 magnum.
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Maybe it will become more popular, then more of it will be made and the price will come down?
For as long as the .22WMR has been around I highly doubt it.
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The 22 mag is simply too much of a good thing, in that it has more power than is needed for the bulk of rimfire work. It's too much for edible small game and it's more than is needed for informal target shooting and plinking where most rimfire ammo is used. It's also more than is needed for most competitive shooting, with the possible exception of some silhouette. That's not to say the Mag isn't useful or a good round - it's great for varmints, especially the larger ones, such as coyote or jackrabbits and, in fact, that's where it holds its own, though the 17 HMR has muscled in on its territory. Simply put, the 22 Mag has more power than is needed for the bulk of rimfire work.
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The .22 magnum is a great hunting round for critters up to javelina & coyotes. It costs more than the long rifle because it's worth it. The .22 lr is great for small game & targets.
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The .22 magnum is a great hunting round for critters up to javelina & coyotes.
Oh?
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I know for a fact that .22 Mag is enough for Yotes, even the 50+ pounders we have up here, but as I have never even seen a Peccary (Javelina), I can not speak to hunting them with the .22 Mag...

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The 22 Mag. is one of my favorite rounds, handgun (4) & rifle (3)! Very good varmint round out to 125 yds. My brother has one of my rifles for yotes and bobcat, for when deer rifle is too much and 22 lr not enough. Ya, wish price of ammo would drop!
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Probably because there's like a million times more 22LR made than 22mag. Economies of scale.
I'd go with that as one of the major reasons.

Some will point to how more materials go into a .22 Mag, but then more materials are needed to make 9mm ammo, yet it still costs less than smaller (and less popular) .380 rounds.
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Oh?
The use of 22lr on yotes has been well debated in other threads, I'd do it if it's all I had and could make a good shot placement, would have no hesitation with a 22 mag
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Just picked up a brick of Aguila .22 Supermaximum Hyper Velocity. It virtually matched a .22Magnum ballistics.

Long rifle hollow point, 30 grain copper jacketed bullet at 1750fpm. Price was $4.19 plus freight from Midway USA. There are no warnings about any overstressing the weapon.

I think this is just what you are looking for. Good shootin wishes from an old timer.
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I've all but entirely converted my gun collection to 22LR save a couple of carry snubbies, one in 38 the other 44 mag. I look at it this way, I have to pay 30 bucks for 20 rounds of decent 44 defensive ammo and even the cheapest new box of 50 costs 26 to 30 bucks (240 gr SWC). I did choose a third carry gun in a 22 magnum and just picked up two boxes of CCI 40gr HP's for $10.50 a box. That's a whole lot better than 30 bucks for 20 rnds. But you're right, it's a 22 for crimany sakes. (How would a 22/250 figure into the 22 notion?). Smithy.
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