Anyone else having trouble finding .45ACP?


April 28, 2007, 09:03 AM
Seems as though the supply had dried up here in Central Ohio. Only seems to be .45 though, there's still tons of 9mm and .40 around. Vance's and Buckeye usually have stacks of Blazer and WWB at the register, but they've had none for 2 weeks now. All the ranges are down to either the dirty crud ammo, or expensive rounds like the Federals. Wally World and Meijer are both out all as well. I've got a few boxed of WWB left, but I'm running out of plinkers quick! What's the deal?

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April 28, 2007, 10:21 AM
I just rently received my August order of Ranger 45 ammo. My October order is not scheduled to arrive until March of 08. They just are not making it due to other priorities.

April 28, 2007, 11:42 AM
Make it yourself (cost me about $4.50 to make 50). Better ammo and you won't have to worry about the local beer and ammo store runnin' out.

April 28, 2007, 12:10 PM
im getting blazer brass for 10.00 at walmart

April 28, 2007, 12:34 PM
I recently had real issues getting components for reloading .45 Colt of all things. Midway was out as well as two of the larger local shops. There's plenty now, though.

There's plenty of .45ACP around here but it may well be old stock. I noticed that Federal Red Box .45ACP ball is now priced identically to top-end .40 S&W rounds. This may have always been the case and I just didn't notice. Seems odd though.

tasco 74
April 28, 2007, 12:39 PM
reload it yourself...... i'm thinking i'll never run out of ammo as long as i can keep getting primers and powder....... i also have means to cast bullets and plenty of lead to do so........ i'm thinkin 50 rounds cost right between $2-$3......... and it's fun besides!!

April 28, 2007, 12:55 PM
Nope, no trouble. Just went back to my workshop and found 2K rounds and enough components to load another 2K. ;) :D

April 28, 2007, 02:14 PM

I think with the weather turning nice due to change of seasons, folks are buying up ammunition , and components.
Some are getting ready for the "shooting season".

Buying Locally -
I went with someone to pick up 1500 rds of 45ACP recently.
We also picked up 4k rounds of 9mm and 20 bricks of .22.
Oh, Every Brennke' 12 bore 2 3/4 " slug in stock too...

Friend of mine who shops at Wal-Mart, has twice this month bought every box of 45ACP WWB they had.
Along with every box of 28 gauge target loads.

On Order
Another person has 15k bullets plus Primer, Powder and the like.
45ACP brass, - I forget exactly, I want to say 5K, maybe it was 10k
Case of shotgun slugs, Two cases of 9x23, .38spl, .357 and since the brown truck driver is going to have a aching back and bent two wheeler, .44 magnum.
"I got a bare spot that needs un-baring..."

32 gauge shotguns shells are r-e-a-l darn tough to find locally though ;)
Thems on order. :p

April 28, 2007, 02:27 PM
no problem in my area, or on the internet.

April 28, 2007, 03:36 PM
I think you should rephrase the question to anybody finding affordable .45acp ammunition?

The stuff is out there but it is getting pretty expensive even at wholesale.

April 28, 2007, 04:14 PM
Finding .45ACP?


I think it's behind the stack of .223, but I'm not sure. That might be the .38s...

April 28, 2007, 05:11 PM
While I was picking up my 870 Tactical at the shop I work at, one of the counter guys was trying to order .45ACP from one of the major distributor. (The one that shares it's acronym with a hit TV cop show) Couldn't get ANYTHING. He was frantically trying to come up with SOMEONe who had .45ACP that the boss would order from. (There are some people he won't do business with. ) Glad I reload.

April 28, 2007, 05:17 PM
Natchez has .45 ACP ( at $11.99/box of CCI Blazer Brass, and $12.49/box for Federal American Eagle.

They had the Blazer Brass on sale for $10.99/box up until a week or so ago -- I picked up 500 rounds when it was on sale.

April 28, 2007, 08:13 PM
Buy what you can from Natchez. When they reorder its not going to be pretty.

April 28, 2007, 08:22 PM
They're making it, but
It's popular
The situation in DC is causing a lot of people to buy far more than they normally would to stock up
And with some military units using the .45 more, they're getting more of it first.

I could be mistaken on the last, but I do believe it to be a factor.

April 28, 2007, 08:27 PM
After loading ALL my own stuff (except for concealed-carry factory rounds) for several decades, I simply cannot visualize going to a store and paying the prices they get for loaded ammunition, be it surplus stuff or not. I don't remember the last time I bought a round of rifle ammunition, barring the impatience that hit me when I bought a new Whitworth .223 last year and had no loading dies on hand...I HAD to shoot it, y'know?

I have about 6,000 loaded rounds of .45ACP alone out in my shed, and there are about twenty other calibers out there to keep the .45 stuff company. The 'makings' are also there for at least fifty thousand more rounds. I cast all my own handgun bullets, and the vast majority of my rifle ammo is loaded likewise. Only my hunting ammunition uses good premium-quality jacketed bullets.

It's not hard to find space to reload. I've done it on a rudimentary bench in a 4' closet, and it worked just fine. I even have a van set up for reloading and shooting now; talk about luxury for a shooter!

I sure hope y'all are saving all that expensive brass from the factory ammo...?

April 28, 2007, 08:43 PM
I reload and have plenty of .45 components, but I recently bought a new pistol and wanted to test it with a couple of hundred rounds of factory ammo. I did have trouble finding it, and I had to settle for off-brand stuff I'd never heard of. It wasn't that the WWB or federal AE was too expensive, it just wasn't available.

April 28, 2007, 09:03 PM
just trouble paying for it!

April 28, 2007, 09:34 PM
$10.99 for Blazer Brass.
Can't beat that anywhere !;)

Ala Dan
April 28, 2007, 09:41 PM
No shortage of .45 ACP ammo here, as I roll my own~! ;) :cool: :D

April 29, 2007, 12:47 AM
Im in a tight spot, Im in Kali and want a .45 before they are banned, but cant afford to shoot it as much as a 9.

April 29, 2007, 12:57 AM
Who said anything about .45s being banned in California? As far as I know, there's nothing on the radar about anything like that.

Even if they were banned, why would .45s be banned and 9mm not be?

Buy and shoot what you's your money, your shooting time, and your fun. :D

April 29, 2007, 01:02 AM
No shortage of .45 that I can see. Just ordered 1,000 .45 & 9mm from

April 29, 2007, 08:08 AM
Must be something local then, I guess. I've been looking at doing reloading, but the G/F is not happy about the garage space situation as it is, and I'm going to be further into the doghouse once she finds out there is another car project on the way.....kind of unfair since she is the one who gets the interior space anyway.

April 29, 2007, 09:12 AM
When I see these "is XXX caliber drying up" threads, I always chuckle and pat myself on the back for my good sense in being a reloader for over 20 years (about the only thing I ever get to pat myself on the back for :))

My collection includes 28 different calibers and I reload for 19 of them. For high utilization calibers like .45 Auto, I always keep around 1000 loaded and have another 2-3K of components ready to go. problem finding it at all...

April 29, 2007, 10:22 AM
Vances was out of .45 for a couple weeks but I just bought 4 boxes from them Thursday.
Were they out of stock again.. already?

April 29, 2007, 02:46 PM
I have no problem finding 45. I just go down to my bunker um... I mean basement and get some. :neener:

M2 Carbine
April 29, 2007, 03:19 PM
Anyone else having trouble finding .45ACP?

No, not me.
When I empty a ammo box I just open another one.

I know I've said ten times in the last few months, I feel sorry for anyone that has to pay today's ammo prices.

These cost me $2.50 and about seven minutes of my time per fifty rounds.:)

evan price
April 29, 2007, 11:37 PM
I was in Vances' Friday the 27th and they had a crapload of .45 behind the counter. Looks like they just got a delivery or something. The Super Wal*Mart on US 23 north of Polaris is where I've been stocking up on CCI Blazer Brass for $10.97/50. Buy a box or two every few weeks. Sometimes they are out but they always get more by the time I have to go back in there.

They have Mossberg 500 poly furniture with slug barrel for $199. Blackwing has a well-used wood stock one for the same price on sale.

What I' ve had a hard time finding at Vances' is the CCI .22LR ammo they sold for $9.99 per brick of 500. They had oodles of it a few months ago, now its all gone. I liked it better than the Federal 550 pack at Wal*Mart for $9.97 but if that's the only game in town I guess I buy .22's at WM too.

evan price
April 29, 2007, 11:44 PM
The Wal*Mart lawsuit being referred to is the Las Cruces incident? I say that the Escobedos' family got fast-talked by a shyster in hopes of a settlement. Ammo is not controlled by the .gov and Wal*Mart is not in charge of asking any questions other than are you old enough to buy it legally.

Might as well sue Sunoco for selling Ken Rauch the gas he put in his car to drive to where he shot Escobedo.

This one will die quickly. No need to worry about WM getting out of ammo sales because of it.

April 30, 2007, 12:10 AM
Ha Ha I purchased 1500 rounds of Remington 45 ACP two weeks ago for $38.00. Local sports shop had it on sale for $11.99 a box if 10 or more boxes were purchased. They had 3 full cases so I bought them all. When I went to ring out the clerk had to get the manager to figure out how to apply the discount, checkout took around 10 minutes. Near the end I was getting impatient so when they finally handed me my CC receipt I was out of there. Later that day when I was putting up the ammo I notice that I had only been charged for 3 boxes not 3 cases. I called the store and requested to speak with the manager. I explained to him that earlier that day I had purchased ammunition and there was a problem, he immediately broke in with all ammunition sales are final in a condescending tone. I smiled and replied that I guess there isn't a problem after all. Funny thing is I was prepared to go down to the store and pay what was owed but in the end I had to respect thier "all sales final" policy.

April 30, 2007, 01:07 AM
What's everyone paying at Wally World these days for the WWB 100 round value-packs of .45ACP? It's been awhile since I've bought any, mainly because they're never in stock anymore. But I'm just curious if the price has gone up significantly since I last bought any.

April 30, 2007, 01:27 AM
I was just checking out the prices in WM earlier and Remington 230 Hollowpoints were 32.07 for a box of 100. The hardball...I think it was UMC 250 rounds for 63.76. Seems like the Winchester was 26.97 for a box of 100.

tasco 74
April 30, 2007, 01:31 AM
you did good on that deal catsailor!! every now an then a guy gets a deal like that.... enjoy it!!.................

April 30, 2007, 02:10 AM
The worry is HANDGUNS being banned in Kali. Im just able to shoot more for less money with the 9mm vs .45
I believe the .45 to be superior in my limited experience, just wish the price wasnt also.

April 30, 2007, 02:50 AM
What's everyone paying at Wally World these days for the WWB 100 round value-packs of .45ACP? It's been awhile since I've bought any, mainly because they're never in stock anymore. But I'm just curious if the price has gone up significantly since I last bought any.

$28 a box for WWB here. Pre-tax. At my Wal-Mart, it's cheaper to buy two boxes of Blazer Brass (50 rounds each), which comes to $22 pre-tax.

April 30, 2007, 12:04 PM
I checked a local Wal-Mart for .45 Blazer Brass and they only had one box left. I checked with a manager and he agreed to order 1,000 rounds for me when he places the next order. I did grab a box of 100 WWB but it's more then 2x as much as the Blazer 50 pack.

April 30, 2007, 12:56 PM
I had this problem recently. Walmart puts their overstock of WWB ammo in common sizes (9mm, .40 and .45) under the counter on the side where the register is. They may have an empty spot on the shelf behind the back of the clerk, but their may be more under the register in those locked shelves. If you can, go around to the other side and look there first.

Also, they've got the cheapest 12 ga rifled slugs and buckshot that I've found. it was $2.38 for 5 1oz winchest super x rifled slugs, and $8.82 for 15 rds of 00 buck winchester 12 or 15 pellets (can't remember). Bought all they had yesterday, and will continue to do so. Sorry to anyone who wants 12 ga buckshot at the Newton, KS walmart, better get there before Sunday afternoon when I do my grocery shopping.

April 30, 2007, 08:28 PM
No problem here finding .45 ACP just the price alone keeps it on the shelf. $15.99 for a fifty round box of 230gr FMJ in places.

Catsailor, I wish you well, but you don't need it you lucky bum.;)

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