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Always years ago? I think we may be living in the good ole days for m14's. I know that the surplus parts are pretty much gone, but when in the past have we had such a good choice in the receivers, bolts, barrels, ect. I was looking at a shotgun news from 2004 this weekend and the only items that had a major price difference between now and then is ammo and ak's.
Heck all the ar stuff is cheaper now then it was 10 years ago.
 

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I feel that way because I see milsurp prices from a few years ago and lament not getting into firearms a few years earlier. 8 mm Mauser, 303 brit, gp11 etc all seemed a lot cheaper years ago.
 

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THe good ole days for me was 84=94. I missed Desert Storm by months and got my 1st M1a NM but lost my SAW. Bought lots of cars/guns but missed the hummers, 155's, TWASEAS, rifle range, PFT's. Not to mention comm, mt, squid & S3 friends. Live each day like it was your last!..it may be. Just losing friends makes you feel old. Nowadays us old timers can try & teach the kids a new mindset, toolset, skillset. They need to do something other than electronic media/gaming/drinking. I have to talk about the blue ridge to even get anyone interested in leaving the tri-county area. 9mm/45ACP brass now cost what the ammo sold for 25yrs ago.
 

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Ammo prices.

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Many more milsurps available at rock bottom prices. I sure wish I had money back then. (and now.)
 

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Here ya go.....

I'll bet that's a pre-CBS (before 1965) Fender Telecaster Merle is playing. The pre-CBS years are considered the good ol' days for Fender guitars. They all get more valuable the further back you go from 1965.

The funny part is the guitars that were considered junk after then are becoming sought after now for their own specific charms and foibles.
 

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All things are,as they say,relative. (Some more so than others?) Our buying power is better,us being older and better established now. We remember the low prices but forget that our wages then were crap compared to now,for a lot of us.
My kid is 26. Most jobs available to him now pay about what amount to starvation wages. They don't pay much more than they did in 86 when I was his age,but prices are through the roof. And sadly enough,he'll look back on these times as the good old days because of his current youth and state of mind. For him,they are.
For us they will be,too. Our gun laws are still tolerable overall,ammo prices and availability are still really pretty decent for us older more established folks,and I've never been able to afford the volume of firearms I can now. In 2000 an m1a for $1000 was more than I would/could pay,and I thought $400 was too much for a Colt King Cobra. It's an age and wage thing for a lot of us.
That same m1a for $1500 is a bargain now,as is the Colt at a thousand. Sorry,wandering rant.
 

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Always years ago?
Yes....

From my listing on military surplus ammunition from April '07 edition.

Ammo 4 Guns
................. Pakistan ................1980's ...............400/20Bx.................. 29.997¢ 147 gr.

Ammo Guy
................. Pakistan ................1980's ...............400/20Bx.................. 29.997¢ 147 gr.
................. British .......................? ....................600 .......................... 46.500¢ 147 gr. Radway Green
................. Portuguese ...............? ....................200 BP .................... 47.000¢ 147 gr.
................. Austrian ....................? ....................300 .......................... 44.000¢ 147 gr.
................. West German ...........? ....................300 .......................... 43.000¢ 147 gr.

Ammunition Store Inc.
................. Pakistan ................1980's ................20Bx........................ 39.950¢ 147 gr.

Ammunition To Go
................. British ...................1970's.................200 clip ....................59.975¢ 147 gr. Radway Green
................. British ...................1970's.................200 linked w/tracers.59.975¢ 147 gr. Radway Green

The Armory
................. Lake City ...............2003 .................20/Bx ........................94.950¢ 175 gr. XM118LR
................. Federal ..................2006 .................20/Bx ........................49.950¢ 150 gr.
................. Federal ..................2006 ...............500/case ....................44.950¢ 150 gr.

Cheaper Than Dirt
................. Lake City ...............2003 .................20/Bx ........................99.850¢ 175 gr. M118LR
................. Indian ....................1970's ...............50/clip.......................49.940¢ 147 gr.

Delta Force
................. Lake City ...............1990 .................20/Bx ......................114.750¢ 174 gr. M118 SB
................. Lake City ...............1990 .................40/Bx ........................99.875¢ 174 gr. M118 SB

Impack Guns
................. Lake City ...............2001 .................20/Bx ......................180.000¢ 175 gr. M118LR

Sportsman's Guide
................. Lake City ..................? ......................20/Bx ......................98.850¢ 175 gr. XM118LR
................. Lake City ..................? ......................60/Bx ......................92.700¢ 175 gr. XM118LR
................. Lake City ..................? ....................200/Bx ......................94.985¢ 175 gr. XM118LR
................. Lake City ..................? ....................400/Bx ......................93.742¢ 175 gr. XM118LR

Surplus Ammo
................ South African .........1980's ...............140/BP...................... 42.850¢ 147 gr.

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I was lamenting over "Hunter's Haven" in Virginia and others, SMLEs for $7.50 and Lahtis for $65. My dad put it in perspective when he told me how much per hour he was making in 1962. Guns are cheaper now. There were no 'good ole days'.
 

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The good ole days are gone in many ways. Pricing and the value / purchasing power of a dollar is relative to a particular time period, and hard to compare unless you compare the dollar value then vs. now. We also make a lot more money now for the same job 20 years ago, but it's all relative.

One thing for sure is gone are the days of going to a hardware store, camping store, etc. and not having to look for Made in USA marked on products you were searching for. That really burns me. I spend more time looking for quality american made products than I care to admit, and it's really sad.
 

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Back in 2005-2006 or so I really got cranking on my milsurp collection...was finding $100-$120 K31s, $79 Mosins and the like. I wish I had my state residency even sooner...if I had been able to see ahead, I would have been snagging up every single K31 back then that I could afford and just have lived off ramen.

It seems like I've been hearing a lot the old saying 'now is the time'...course, last year maybe it wasn't the time! I have also heard people say that when they have seen deals that they remember as being really good, they have acted on them only to see supply either dry up, laws change and they were proved right. The one that sticks out in my mind is I can remember seeing Blaser R93s in standard, non-fancy hunter config with synthetic stock for $1200 or so...man if I would have had the cash.
 
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