I was thinking about the price of 22LR ammo recently, and seeing no end in sight, if ever, to the high prices, I'm starting to wonder if 22LR is no longer the best choice for the activities for which we use 22LR. I wonder if there isn't a small, reloadable, center fire cartridge that can be economically reloaded that might replace 22LR.
Current retail pricing (I'm not even going to discuss scalper prices) is running about 5 cents per round in the bulk cartons, when it's available. I believe that price will only rise from here and never return to earlier price points. I recognize that component prices will also rise, but are there any cartridges that can be reloaded for near that price?
I'm considering 32-20, which, I've read in reloading manuals was once the "grown-up's 22." But any rifle in that caliber is going to be pushing a century old. I wonder if a 22 Hornet might be loaded for a similar price and used for plinking, small game hunting, training, etc. I wonder if I can bring down costs by making cast lead bullets rather than buying factory projectiles. Or perhaps some other cartridge might suit my purpose. Any ideas?