Expensive 30-06


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.


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.


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


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


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.