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just setting here with a cup of coffee remembering the way things were over 50 years ago with what was out there for ammo. I remember going into any department store Kmart, WTGrants, tractor supply etc and was able to purchase rifle pistol ammo no questions asked and they had no shortage, But now can't find it, you need to show ID,or pistol permit,if you have a rifle that shoots the same ammo as a pistol you can't buy it for the rifle without a pistol permit, high prices, fear of putting a tax on the ammo that only the rich can afford. Shooting is the only thing I do, but wish now I got into something else that wasn't a threat to a Democrat.Its a shame it has came to this there alot of us that just like to shoot.Were no threat to anyone, But we always pay the price.
 

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A democrat would be offended by your statement. They are probably proud to be a threat to everything in the USA and not just gun owners. Not joking either. I'm not quite 50 yet, but I have been getting tired of being targeted when all I do is mind my own business. The past 10 plus years I'm either on the road in my RV with my dogs or back here setting up/building targets for multiple ranges on my land and occasionally I'll go fishing for a bit. I feel like I am living the American Dream for real, but at the same time we have to sit back and watch the socialist/democrat party attack everything simply for the purposes of creating political divide to coach people with Low IQs into voting their way. This isn't the way the country is supposed to be. Luckily I can still have a pallet of ammo delivered to my land... sometimes I have to go looking for it though... sometimes UPS and Fedex give up trying to find my place and leave it in the middle of the dirt road that leads to my house. I'm sure the democrats are fuming that there is still that kind of freedom in my state.
 

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Shooting is the only thing I do, but wish now I got into something else
Get an old truck and start to slowly restore. Enjoyable, fun, and you never will say the words "I'm bored".
 
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Many fond memories of getting ammo in the old days. My thoughts return to the early 1970's. I always accompanied my father on trips to the hardware store. He might need finish nails, washers for the garden hose, or a part for the commode. It didn't matter to me. I just wanted to be there to casually ask for a box of .22lr ammo, as if the thought had just occurred to me. I mean, a box cost nearly fifty cents and that was my weekly allowance. Dad usually humored me even though he knew that I would now begin pestering him to take me shooting. If I heard my mom say she needed to go to K Mart I started thinking of ways to earn a couple of bucks real quick. I would wash her car, and maybe haul a few loads of bottles to the store on my bicycle for the deposit. I was sure to make the K Mart trip now that I had money for a box of shotgun shells. Plus I always enjoyed looking at the handguns in the display case. Western Auto was my favorite place. For a boy it was heaven. They sold slot car tracks, guns, and ammo all in a store that smelled like new tires. I was 20 years old when I bought my AR-15 in early 1984. Florida would sell rifle ammo to 18 year olds, but you had to be 21 to purchase handgun cartridges. I remember being in a gun shop and the owner didn't want to sell me some .223 loads because the T/C Contender (a single shot handgun) was chambered for it. I told him I was shooting a rifle, and he said if I brought it in to prove it he would sell me the ammo. I went out to my car and got my AR-15. I left with my ammo and the thought that it was ludicrous that I was fine my rifle, but a Contender was too dangerous!
 

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Let's go back 60 years ago , Sat. morning ride around on bicycle collecting soft drink bottles , take them to corner grocery store and get deposits , 2 cents I think , then pedal down the street to the corner hardware store. The owner would open a box of 22's and sell you however many your collected bottles would let you buy .
22 shorts - 2 for 1 cent , 22 longs - 1 for 1 cent and 22 LR -1 for 2 cents .
I always bought shorts ... I liked to shoot and wanted to get maximum shooting .
Take your ammo and 22 rifle , ride out to the city dump and have an exciting morning going on an African Safari hunting the mighty Tigers and Lions (dump rats were pretty large ...and they could bite you...maybe ) .
No one looked twice at two kids , riding bikes with single shot 22's tied on handlebars riding through town ... then it was all just good clean fun ... boy's being boy's .

It's really sad to see that's now gone .
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As a young teen back in the 60's me and a friend would go to a nearby golf course with either a bb gun or bow & arrow. There was a dump there, next to a large pond. It was there we had fun shooting rats or fish. It was fairly out of the way so no one ever bothered us.
 

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Let's go back 60 years ago , Sat. morning ride around on bicycle collecting soft drink bottles , take them to corner grocery store and get deposits , 2 cents I think , then pedal down the street to the corner hardware store. The owner would open a box of 22's and sell you however many your collected bottles would let you buy .
22 shorts - 2 for 1 cent , 22 longs - 1 for 1 cent and 22 LR -1 for 2 cents .
I always bought shorts ... I liked to shoot and wanted to get maximum shooting .
Take your ammo and 22 rifle , ride out to the city dump and have an exciting morning going on an African Safari hunting the mighty Tigers and Lions (dump rats were pretty large ...and they could bite you...maybe ) .
No one looked twice at two kids , riding bikes with single shot 22's tied on handlebars riding through town ... then it was all just good clean fun ... boy's being boy's .

It's really sad to see that's now gone .
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It was a different world 60 years ago. My friends and I rode our bikes with our .22s back then and no one thought it was anything but normal kids having fun. We rode to the bridge at the edge of our small town to shoot down in the creek bank. Once the local deputy stopped and took a few shots with his service revolver at our tin can targets then told us to be safe and have fun. I doubt it was legal to shoot from the bridge even back then but no one minded. We had a show and tell while studying WWII in grade school for stuff our Dads brought back from the war. I brought a Nambu pistol, unloaded of course, and Samurai sword. Try that today and you face a swat team.
 

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I remember the days as kids when we would just have one of our moms stop at the neighborhood hardware store to buy a couple of boxes of .22 for us. We'd have our rifles across the handle bars of our bikes as we peddled to the edge of town to shoot gophers. When you needed more, you just bought some more. Never thought the day would come that you'd have to stockpile.
 

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Lot different world now, I drove to school with a gun rack in the truck with a 12 ga shotgun, and a m1 grand, there was probably 5 of us that all had weapons on school grounds,man alot different now. What the hell happen
 

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I remember the days as kids when we would just have one of our moms stop at the neighborhood hardware store to buy a couple of boxes of .22 for us. We'd have our rifles across the handle bars of our bikes as we peddled to the edge of town to shoot gophers. When you needed more, you just bought some more. Never thought the day would come that you'd have to stockpile.
You were RICH ... We was dirt-poor ... we had to collect empty coke bottles or mow a lawn to get ammo money . My Mom's standard reply when asked for money:
" Boy ...do you think money grows on trees " or " Do you think I'm made of money " or
" Sorry ...the money making machine is broken ...check with me tomorrow"
or the infamous ..." Go ask your Daddy" ... yeah right ...dad had less money than I did !
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Yep. 50 years ago, I would buy one box of 50 22 lr at a time. You knew you could always find more at the hardware store or Western Auto. Even the Goodyear tire store sold guns in my small town.
I bought 7x57 model 96 Mauser rifle at Montgomery Wards along with ammo for just about any firearm you had .
Western-Auto...bought lots of arms and ammo from them ...almost forgot about that !
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I am 62yrs. old and fondly remember my uncle getting 50 round boxes of 22LR from Western Auto before going on a family vacation to the lake in the late 60's. When we got there I was instructed and trained on 22 rifle. Graduated from BB guns to target shooting by 1970. Spend many a day cutting grass, collecting bottles and earning money to go and plink. Even the small grocery store at the lake sold ammo. I loved those days and am VERY grateful for the safe instruction from my uncle. No longer do kids get a hunting day in the fall. Too many kids have been brain washed about the evil of firearms and some of them have grown into adults without ever learning the joy of shooting.
 

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I remember buying shotshells individually but .22lr was 50 round Wildcats.

My birthday is in October so I’d get a box of Remington Express shotshells and 100 rounds of .22lr mini-mags that had to last till Christmas or until trapping money came in.


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We actually had a shooting range in the basement of our high school, and we kept the rifles in a regular school locker . My Dad was the shooting instructor. It WAS over 50 years ago though. Now EPA would probably have a fit over the ventilation system ( lack of one?) I'm sure. Different times for sure.
 

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You were RICH ... We was dirt-poor ... we had to collect empty coke bottles or mow a lawn to get ammo money . My Mom's standard reply when asked for money:
" Boy ...do you think money grows on trees " or " Do you think I'm made of money " or
" Sorry ...the money making machine is broken ...check with me tomorrow"
or the infamous ..." Go ask your Daddy" ... yeah right ...dad had less money than I did !
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We were not rich. Mom would buy, but WE had to PAY. There were no freebies.
The best thing was that we could sells squirrel tales to Mepps, so the ammo helped make some money back. We also ran trap lines. An occasional mink seemed like a gold mine to us back then.
We did the bottles, cans, and lawns too. Night crawlers, leaches and mud puppies were also good ways for us to make a couple bucks. We would also wade the ponds at the city golf course for lost balls to sell back to the hackers.
 
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