Expensive 30-06


#1

I found this at a local gun show last year I paid $400.00 and that was a bit more than I was comfortable paying. But in 1952 this gentleman paid 96.25 that seems to me to be a lot of money for 1952. At least the shipping seems very reasonable. Head stamp is DEN 42 and one bandoleer is short to make it an even 1000 rounds.




#2

That price in 1952 was a bit expensive, although remember, there was not yet any quantity of surplus .30-06 Non-corrosive ammunition available anywhere. Virtually all American Military .30-06 known to civilians in 1952, right in the middle of the Korean War, was corrosive. I am surprised the government was selling any .30-06 at that time. Certainly there were shortages in availability of civilian ammunition, due to war needs, but not perhaps like the shortages during WWII. I cannot comment accurately on the price of 400.00 per 1000, as these days, other than a specimen for a collection, I would not even purchase corrosive .30-06 ammunition, so since I don’t ever look for it, I am not up on prices. It does seem high to me, though, for corrosive ammunition that was about 67 years old when you bought it. It probably still shoots o.k. - U.S. ammunition of the time was pretty good, but I think one could reload .30-06, even now, with a good jacketed bullet for 40.00 bucks a hundred or less. I suppose these days, the empty wood case has some collector value, and perhaps even a sample of the bandoleer, though.


#3

I love how the postage & handling on that big heavy crate is listed at .75 cents!


#4

Well 100 $ might be a monthly pay in that days :-)


#5

Using inflation calculators… here’s the answer to what that crate would cost today

What cost $97.00 in 1952 would cost [color=#FF0040]$787.82[/color] in 2010.

Also, if you were to buy exactly the same products in 2010 and 1952, they would cost you $97.00(2010) and $11.87(1952) respectively.