There are a couple companies out there that make ammunition for guns that have long since gone by the wayside. Specifically, Prvi Partizan and Fiocchi seem to make a living by producing factory fresh ammunition in obscure calibers that Remington, Winchester and Federal wouldn’t touch with a 50 foot pole. Need some 8x50r Lebel? They’ve got you covered. But one caliber I thought I’d never see in the wild was 4.6×30 HK, and yet . . .
Turns out Fiocchi is producing factory fresh 4.6×30 HK ammo, and making it available at damn near reasonable prices, too. AmmoToGo.com has it for $21 for 50 rounds, with CheaperThanDirt coming in just under that. Which actually makes the stuff slightly cheaper than 300 AAC Blackout at the moment.
There’s only one issue — the only gun that shoots this ammo is the H&K MP7, a gun which is not commercially available to the public. There are a couple guns out there that have conversion kits available, but nothing else is natively chambered in the oddball round.
And that actually might explain the low cost. Since there’s no demand for the stuff outside those lucky few police departments and military organizations that have taken delivery of their MP7s, the supply is (comparatively) overwhelming and therefore driving the price down.
According to CTD, the ammo is mostly purchased by people who are training police departments on the MP7 and SOTs with dealer samples. And, from what they tell me, the ammo sells pretty well. Which makes me optimistic that I might run into another MP7 sometime in the future, and hopefully they’ll let me fire more than 10 rounds.
Anyway, if and/or when H&K makes their MP7 available to the public (don’t hold your breath), it’s good to know there will be a supply of ammo readily available. Even if that supply is covered in dust and cobwebs.
[Thanks to David for the tip]