Cost of big bore ammunition

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Have you ever wondered how much big bore ammo cost? Here is a list of cartridges from a few manufacturers. It is not a scientific sample, I have not taken into account quality of the brass or bullets. I am sure by hunting around you could find cheaper prices (ha, no pun intended).

The reason many are very expensive is that they are not mass produced, unlike the .405 Winchester and .375 H&H.

CartridgeBullet weightCost/round
S&H 2 Bore Blackpowder Express3500 grains$79*
.700 Nitro Express1000 grains$50
.600 Nitro Express900 grains$36
.500 Nitro Express570 grains$14.0
.500 Jeffery535 grains$17.00
.475 No. 2 Jeffery500 grains$19.75
.500/.465 Nitro Express480 grains$13.25
.450 Rigby480 grains$11
.450 No. 2 Nitro Express480 grains$17.50
.450 Nitro Express480 grains$12.50
.404 Jeffery400 grains$42.50
.416 Rigby410 grains$3.32
.405 Winchester300 grains$3.23
.357 H&H300 grains$7.40

* Cost of bullet+brass unloaded, includes shipping cost.


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  • Josh J Josh J on Apr 18, 2009

    om@g that is insane I didn't know any modern or semi modern loads where still available for these mammoths.
    black powder is fun to shoot but just how is the wallop from these things" on the shooter and the target?"
    I only ask because I shot a 52 caliber bp and it had less recoil than a 30,06, the 52 was less than 6 pounds by the by.

  • Glenn Glenn on Nov 14, 2011

    I'm trying to decide to purchase 10mm or a 45acp and need the cost of both