RE: Ammunition Prices
The supply and demand model is indeed a simple macro economics model, commonly know, ironically enough in this context, as guns and butter.
But to advance the model into actual use, there is also the theory of diminishing returns. At what point does the price get high enough that demand starts to drop because of it? This is the "what the traffic will bear" point and beyond that, profits actually drop because a sale isn't made at all at a certain profit margin vs. a sale being made at a slightly lesser profit margin.
To be honest, the $60 per box 240's, p***es me off, but it won't change me using that rifle due to the limited amount of shooting I will do with it -- sight in, practice, actual deer hunting -- probably amounts to less than 3 boxes per season. I used to shoot it more, but will back down. That is a pity because it is a real fun rifle to shoot.
The $100 per box price for the 257's will regulate that rifle to hauling it out when I shoot the other ones and running 3 - 5 rounds through it and putting it away for another year. It will probably never see the deer woods again because I am not willing to invest in the amount of practice shots -- bench, standing, kneeling, different distances -- required in my mind to make me secure in using it on a live animal. I have reached my bearing point at that price point. And that too is a pity. The rifle which is custom built with a Sako Magnum action, Shielin target grade barrel turned down to a # 3 conture, but left at 27", set in a Fagen Aristocrat AAAA feathered **** Walnut stock (completely glass lined for stability) and topped with a Nikon 4 - 12 is not only beautiful and shoots well (not to mention that it really, really hammers a deer with the 87 grain Interlock showing 3825 at 15 feet on the chorny), but my wife bought it for me for our 1st anniversary.
The poster formally known as Duncsdad
Everything I say can be fully substantiated by my own opinion.