There is a lot of surplus ammo out there. It is generally cheap and plentiful.
Cheap is a good thing.
But what is plentiful and cheap one decade, the next decade... not so much.
Now, and in the 90's old Warsaw Pact rounds are everywhere. Eventually they will run out. And there will be few commercial sources for cheap available for many calibers. 7.62x39 will stay around a while, but 7.62x54R will eventually dry up. Bulgarian 8mm Mauser, too.
6.5 mm Arisaka ammo might have been everywhere in the late 40's, but not now. Same with 6.5 Carcano, if a little longer window. Carcano also had that bad vibe attached to it since November 1963.
US Army .30-06 is long gone now, but in the 50's and 60's? Now, even the Greek stuff still rattling around will go away one day. Same with British .303.
7.62x51... still in use, and my preference... is limited by Clinton era regulations (I'm told) that restricts US Army surplus resale.
Surplus Swiss can't be around forever, but that is some good stuff.
So it's hard to pick a platform and count on ammo type to be their for when you pass on a rifle to the next generation.
Can anyone think of a decent caliber that best bucks this trend for a little bit other than .223, .308, and 7.62x39 (I don't consider this last too 'decent')?
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