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Old 02-22-2013, 10:39 AM
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So there is a gun show coming in March, and I was wondering if it's better to go on the first day in the early morning vs the second day in the early morning. Are all of the deals usually on the first day?
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:46 AM
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Won't be anything left to buy after noon on Saturday. It was that way 20 years ago, anything popular was gone. Miwall was about the only one that brought enough to be in stock into Sunday. But even they would be picked over by Sunday.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:04 AM
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I'm only asking because I've never been to a gun show before and they are having one in San Diego in March. I know not to expect too much, but there might be ammo or reloading products I may find.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:06 AM
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lol i saw this one too, second day will still be packed. i might swing by, but usually they have nothing there these days.
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It's an unfortunate time to be going to your first gun show! Even in 'normal' times the SD gun show is pretty packed and the lines for reloading supplies and ammo are long. I'm guessing that this time you'll have to get in line around 6AM to stand a real chance of getting anything.

For ammo, just track gunbot.net and you'll find something.
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Last 2 Costa Mesa shows were crazy croweded...IIRC 11000 in November 2012 and twice that in January.
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Passes up a 98 Mauser once for $200. The guy had a dozen of them at that price. Came back 1/2 hour later to pick one up. They were gone. Go early.
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It's an unfortunate time to be going to your first gun show! Even in 'normal' times the SD gun show is pretty packed and the lines for reloading supplies and ammo are long. I'm guessing that this time you'll have to get in line around 6AM to stand a real chance of getting anything.

For ammo, just track gunbot.net and you'll find something.
Only because I had no one to go with since it's a 30 min drive for me from near Nati City. I guess I'll just sit out of this one. But I will check that site.
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neither, nothing to buy at a decent price...the last one I went to in the 90s was the Great Western at the Pomona Fairgrounds....
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I'm only asking because I've never been to a gun show before and they are having one in San Diego in March. I know not to expect too much, but there might be ammo or reloading products I may find.
I guarantee there will be ammo, but you're not going to like the prices.
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lol yeah, they have stuff available, but the prices suck these days.
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Early sat is the best bet.
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Early sat is the best bet.. But with today's craziness I ain't gonna try going..
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You are going to have to go early Saturday to get anything worth going for. Ammo and anything AR/AK will be gone early.
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So there is a gun show coming in March, and I was wondering if it's better to go on the first day in the early morning vs the second day in the early morning. Are all of the deals usually on the first day?
If you want ammo be there at door opening on Sat.
For non-mall ninja stuff Sun PM should be okay.
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If you've never been, it's a must see. I can only imagine the desperation on peoples faces nowadays, worth it for that alone.
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Old 02-24-2013, 2:27 PM
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Hey BucDan, I would only bite the bullet (forgive the bad pun) and go to a show if i needed ammo (really really bad) other than that, most everything that you are looking for you could probably find on Amazon. Go on Sat if you really need something but be prepared to spend $$$. In these times, the very last people to bring their prices down are gonna be the vendors at the shows. They rely on people not being very well informed and impulse buys.
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If you're in C&R guns at all, you might even want to get there well before it opens. It won't be this way for much longer (till 2014 I think), but if it's a private seller you can cash and carry C&R guns. That means no DROS or tax or 10 day waiting period.

Some of my friends have found some pretty cool rifles at gun shows, and I actually found a nice 1925 Tula Mosin-Nagant for $150 OTD. That might sound like a lot, but it is actually cheaper (not to mention way more collectible) than the mid-war Izhevsks that you typically find at Big 5. ;-)
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I went to the Reno Crossroads show a couple of weeks ago. There were 200 people in line when I showed up an hour before they opened the doors. By the time I got to the door there were at least 700 people behind me. I strolled around for about a 1/2 hour and then went over to a long line along the back wall and asked what it was for. Dude said it was for the "Ammo Corral" where they have bulk ammo. I asked if the prices were good and he said he would find out once he got there. And he said the wait at his spot to get there was about 2 hours. No thanks. It was worth it just to see everyone around the high capacity magazine vendor's tables. CRAZY!!!! And the magazine prices? $35 for USGI 223 30rd, $90 for factory Ruger 30rd Mini 14, $60 PMAG 30rd 223, $90 PMAG 30rd 308. CRAAAAAZY!!!
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Old 02-24-2013, 3:44 PM
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Both days are good to attend for different stuff. If you want common ammo and other non-rare stuff, go Saturday before it's all sold. Vendors buy a certain amount of this type of stuff to peddle at the shows, and when it's gone, they re-order.

If you want unusual stuff or a particular gun, go Sunday. Although off-the-wall stuff is sometimes priced too low and sold the instant someone sees it, it's less likely these days with crazy ammo and gun prices. But there might be a gun or other high-dollar item that the vendor would rather sell at a big discount than haul back home. Especially if it's been a bad show for them (BTDT).
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Old 02-24-2013, 9:46 PM
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I would go for the c&r
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Old 02-28-2013, 9:42 AM
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how much is .223 at the show?
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