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What did 22 LR cost in the great depression? - Scottman - 06-04-2018

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RE: What did 22 LR cost in the great depression? - Jimbo - 06-05-2018

The little snippet of the article you showed was interesting, and I enjoy reading things of that nature, myself.


RE: What did 22 LR cost in the great depression? - 7.62 - 06-05-2018

When I was a kid in the 1960's,.22 LR rounds were 1cent per round. Many Sundays after church,we would stop at Robert's news stand on depot street in Youngwood PA,my dad would get the Sunday paper and a 500 round brick of .22 LR's,and we would spend the afternoon shooting. I want to go back in time.


RE: What did 22 LR cost in the great depression? - Jimbo - 06-09-2018

Remington Wholesale Price List dated January 1, 1930
list .22 Long Rifle ammo prices as follows:

.22 Long Rifle Kleanbore - 7.00 /M
.22 Long Rifle Hollow Point Kleanbore - 7.60/M
.22 Long Rifle Palma Match LESMOK - 10.00/M
.22 Long Rifle Palma Match Kleanbore - 10.00/M


Remington Wholesale Price List dated January 15, 1932
list .22 Long Rifle ammo prices as follows:

.22 Long Rifle Kleanbore - 7.00/M
.22 Long Rifle Hollow Point Kleanbore - 7.60/M
.22 Long Rifle Palma Match LESMOK - 10.00/M
.22 Long Rifle Palma Match Kleanbore - 10.00/M
and added in this catalog were the following offerings:
.22 Long Rifle Palma Kleanbore Hi-Speed - 12.00/M
.22 Long Rifle Kleanbore Hi-Speed - 8.00/M
.22 Long Rifle Kleanbore Hi-Speed Hollow Point - 8.60/M


RE: What did 22 LR cost in the great depression? - Jimbo - 06-09-2018

For comparison purposes, the Remington Dealers Price and retail cost price list which became effective January 8, 1958 listed the following products:

.22 Long Rifle, Hi-Speed, Kleanbore, 40gr wholesale list 15.60/M, 78 cents/box retail
.22 Long Rifle, Hi-Speed Hollow Point, Kleanbore, 36 gr wholesale list 17.60/M, 88 cents/box retail
.22 Long Rifle, Standard Velocity, Kleanbore, 40 gr wholesale list 15.60/M, 78 cents/box retail
.22 Long Rifle, Match for Rifles, Kleanbore, 40 gr wholesale list 23.60/M, 1.18/box retail
.22 Long Rifle, Match for Pistols, Kleanbore, 40 gr wholesale list 23.60/M, 1.18/box retail 
.22 Long Rifle, Hi-Speed, Kleanbore SHOT, wholesale list 26.20/M, 1.31/box retail

The selections were fewer and the shot cartridges had been added.


RE: What did 22 LR cost in the great depression? - Rifleman55 - 06-10-2018

(06-09-2018, 02:46 AM)Jimbo Wrote: For comparison purposes, the Remington Dealers Price and retail cost price list which became effective January 8, 1958 listed the following products:

.22 Long Rifle, Hi-Speed, Kleanbore, 40gr wholesale list 15.60/M, 78 cents/box retail
.22 Long Rifle, Hi-Speed Hollow Point, Kleanbore, 36 gr wholesale list 17.60/M, 88 cents/box retail
.22 Long Rifle, Standard Velocity, Kleanbore, 40 gr wholesale list 15.60/M, 78 cents/box retail
.22 Long Rifle, Match for Rifles, Kleanbore, 40 gr wholesale list 23.60/M, 1.18/box retail
.22 Long Rifle, Match for Pistols, Kleanbore, 40 gr wholesale list 23.60/M, 1.18/box retail 
.22 Long Rifle, Hi-Speed, Kleanbore SHOT, wholesale list 26.20/M, 1.31/box retail

The selections were fewer and the shot cartridges had been added.

What was the pay scale then, what would they be when adjusted for inflation, I bought a case of ten thousand in about 1970 for about 45cents a box, I was making less than $2.00 per hour.


RE: What did 22 LR cost in the great depression? - Jimbo - 06-11-2018

The Fair Labor Standard Act of 1938, set the minimum wage at 25 cents per hour ($4.28 in 2018 dollars), effective October 24, 1938.  The following year the federal minimum wage was raised to 30 cents per hour, or the equivalent of $5.28 in 2018 dollars.

In 1958 the federal minimum wage was $1.00 per hour or the equivalent of $8.68 per hour in 2018 dollars. 

I was teaching high school in 1970, at a salary of $440/month, and I received $370.10 of that to have & hold very briefly each month.  Based on an average month having 22 working day that equates to 176 hours worked (for the average eight hour work day) that salary was the equivalent of $2.50/Hr.  Admittedly, teaching school was more equivalent to 7 hours (8 - 3:30 = 7.5 hours - 30 minutes for lunch = 7 hours total), so based on 7 hours per day my hours decreased to 154, raising my hourly rate to $2.85 more or less per hour, compared to the Federal minimum of $1.45/Hr. ($9.48 in 2018 dollars) which became effective February 1970 and $1.60/Hr. ($9.91 in 2018 dollars) which became effective February 1971, roughly half way through the 1970-71 school term.