Ammo, It's Back!, Or Is It?


October 25, 2009, 03:36 PM
Went to my local Wally world and they actually had plenty of 9mm, 38, .40 and .45, 1st time in about 6 months.

My local gun shop just removed the 2 box purchase per caliber to all you want in 9 mm and .40, so, is this the end of the shortage or is it just my local?


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October 25, 2009, 03:42 PM
I was at my local range and they had a ton of ammo, even 38 special for a change, 10+ boxes! I wonder how much the ammo craze has died down or if its more just an availability thing.

October 25, 2009, 03:44 PM
My local wal mart had a better supply of 9mm but no 45 and absolutley no 380's . they have not had any 380 ammo now for 9 months at least. 9mmis starting to show up more in wwb 115 graihn ammo at wal mart but no defense ammo there yet and gander mt, has some but they are so totally out of price with their ammo, it makes me sick to even walk into their stores any more. Almost like posting a big sign on the door saying heh, we have ammo, so screw you we are going to gough the price out of you to...

October 25, 2009, 05:06 PM
Haha maybe the ammo manufacturers finally finished their plant upgrades.

October 25, 2009, 05:17 PM
From what I've been seeing, you can get pretty much whatever you want, but at a price. Of course, here in Chikagoland, there isn't much competition among buyers! lol.

October 25, 2009, 05:26 PM
Mine has 9mm and .40, nothing else. Wait, saw some .44 mags too.

October 25, 2009, 05:39 PM
Yep 9 and 40. At least its not an empty shelf like it has been for the last year.

October 25, 2009, 06:02 PM
It is a little hit or miss here, but it is definitely more available than it was 6 months ago. I went a long time without buying any pistol caliber ammo so it makes me grin when I see it on the shelves.

October 25, 2009, 07:15 PM
Went to Cabela's yesterday, and I was frankly astounded at how much was in stock. .380, you name it; even value packs of 9mm WWB and 230 .45 WWB (like running into an old college friend, seeing those 230 JHP WWB boxes on the shelf, it was).

Oddly, the .380 thing lifted in my area early this summer-way before others reported. For the last several months, I have been able to "buy a box to shoot and one for stock" every couple of weeks. As a side effect of my own .380 paranoia, I've ironically shot more .380 this summer, and had a larger stash left over than during any summer that I can remember. Go figure.

And this even with me being unwilling to "hoard" and screw the next guy; I never bought more than 2 boxes at a time (ok, maybe the first time i saw it in stock.... I did buy 3 boxes to stash that time, and I didn't start shooting it again until I went back 2 weeks later to find plenty still on the shelf).


.45 and 9mm was a real issue until september though.

October 25, 2009, 08:58 PM
Anybody know if they are loosening up with primers?


October 25, 2009, 09:01 PM
I saw plenty of SPP's at Knob Creek. There was no big rush to buy them. I have to figure its loosening up a bit.

October 26, 2009, 08:34 AM
The Walmart close by is bone dry---Cabela's has plenty but at much higher prices.

October 26, 2009, 02:18 PM
Small pistol primers: Cabelas said "1 - 2 week backorder" and I bit and ordered....sure enough, 2 weeks and they have SHIPPED. I think that is an improvement.

October 26, 2009, 02:53 PM
Still not much here in Vegas. Wal-Mart has plenty of 223 lately but handgun stuff still is gone within hours of hitting the shelves.

October 26, 2009, 05:26 PM
Woofers, know any place in vegas that has .44 magnum? I am having a hard time finding any.

October 26, 2009, 05:36 PM
Some of the gun shops have it but it is expensive. Wal-Mart has been hit or miss
Try have a ammo sighting section.

lee n. field
October 26, 2009, 05:51 PM
My local gun shop just removed the 2 box purchase per caliber to all you want in 9 mm and .40, so, is this the end of the shortage or is it just my local?

Ammo's been a little more available here, last couple weeks. I actually saw and bought some bulk pack .22LR, which I haven't seen in months.

October 26, 2009, 07:36 PM

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October 26, 2009, 08:59 PM
Here in Florida Wal*Mart has some .40 and nothing else.

October 26, 2009, 10:09 PM
In BHam Al, my range had 9, 357, 38 and 45 ACP in stock now. Guy said supply has loosened, up some. No 380 except some a guy was reselling at inflated price.


October 27, 2009, 04:15 PM
Walmart here is still dry, but I got a surprise when I called the local Dicks. They had mostly all handgun calibers. All 9mm was 115g, but 6 different choices, and the only non-HP .45 was Blazer, but at least they had them.

October 27, 2009, 04:28 PM
I thank the deities for my .40 pea shooter.

October 27, 2009, 05:42 PM
My walmart is still pretty much out of everything. I was able to buy a 50 round pack of .22lr and was told that I was "lucky" because she just got those in last night.

Gander Mountain has tons of pretty much everything but at prices that are ridiculously out of sight. My local gun shop has most everything depending on when you get there.

So, as of right now I'm sticking with cheap stuff off the net. I have a couple boxes of JHP for my 9mm, .357, and .38. But I've just been picking up a couple boxes here and there of cheap Bear 9mm and 9x18mak for plinking.

Of course, there is always plenty of good ol' 12 gauge to be had:D

chris in va
October 27, 2009, 07:06 PM
Knob Creek never really 'ran dry', but holy cow...cha-ching!

October 27, 2009, 07:24 PM
My local walmart always has plenty of federal and wwb .40, and they usually have a few 100 round boxes of .45. They've been getting shipments of wwb 9mm, .380, and .38 in every couple weeks, they usually sell out within a day or two. Dick's has plenty of remington and blazer 9mm, but they charge $15 for 50 and $40 for 100:scrutiny:, compared to $22 for 100 at walmart. I guess nobody around here shoots .40, because every store I've gone to is fully stocked with it. I've been stocking up on wwb 9mm at walmart, but none of the stores around here seem to carry 9mm hollow points.

October 27, 2009, 10:38 PM
Its random and spotty around here. Sometimes in a blue moon wally world will get in a box of .45 or .223. Been a long time since I seen 9mm or .380 in local store. .40 is plentiful of course. Academy sports has some monarch brass 9mm the past couple times i was in there, plenty of .40, and some .44 mag. A few other things like bulk packs of .22, and some .223 was available at a marked up price.

Dicks never has .45 when I go in there, they got a lot of other stuff if you got the money. They did have a decent sell on shotgun ammo last week when I was in there. Buy 1 get 1 50% off limit 10(no birdshot or target loads). Bought 10 boxes of Brenneke K.O. slugs. Went out, came back in got the last 4 boxes of them and 2 boxes of 16 gauge 4 shot express loads.

A guy at my gun club got hold of some re-manufactured ball ammo .45acp from Georgia arms, and sold me 250 rds for 35 bucks. It appeared much more expensive on the website, but i'm hoping he can get hold of a lot more at that price.

EDIT: Can someone explain why there is such a surplus of .40?

October 27, 2009, 11:34 PM
our wally-world sold me 9mm for 9 bucks today, .45 for 16.50......

October 28, 2009, 04:32 PM
Last Saturday, the Wal*Mart Supercenter in Levittown PA had Federal .40 JHPs and FMJs and nothing else in centerfire pistol ammo.

October 28, 2009, 05:12 PM
My local walmart did a re-model over the summer. I was excited when they opened up this fall. I went in to check out the new selection. Nothing...and not because they were sold out, they went liberal and no longer carry any sporting goods that can't be used at a city park. Not even any camping or fishing supplies...Sad, sad day...

October 28, 2009, 08:44 PM
Local Academy had an ad in Sunday's paper, Monarch steel case 55gr .223 $3.99/20 rounds limit 20 boxes.

Got 20 boxes yesterday at the store near work at lunch, got the last three boxes at the store I drive by on the way home. Went back to the store near work today at lunch and as I was starting to count out 20 boxes into my basket, the counterman came up and said: "want a case, we got plenty".

So I think it still depends strongly on location, these stores are about 20 miles apart.


October 28, 2009, 08:49 PM
bone dry here not even 22 ammo. When you do find it the price is crazy

October 28, 2009, 11:10 PM
I went to a gun show last weekend and saw plenty of ammo, EXCEPT, no 380! The last two times I went to Cabelas (Reno) there were full ammo shelves EXCEPT for 380. Cabelas had a few boxes of Buffalo Bore 90gr JHP and a few boxes of 90gr JHP Gold Dot (I bought 1box of GD) to go with the new Bersa 380 Duo Tone with Crimson Trace grips I bought for my wife. Wally World has a little pistol ammo coming in , but I always seem to check with them after they sell out of it all...

October 28, 2009, 11:26 PM
First let me say I'm pretty impressed that your Wal-Mart's still carry more than a token couple of boxes of ammo, or GOD FORBID! <Gasp> Guns! (Here in N. IL, they stop doing that when they build the new super centers).
Farm & Fleet, however, has finally begun getting back into stock on 9mm and .223, but they are still limiting you to just a couple of boxes.

October 29, 2009, 10:20 AM
Here in Houston the local Gander Mountain has plenty of ammo, albiet way overpriced! Same for most gun ranges & pawn shops...

One of the walmart's nearby limits to two boxes of ammo, the other walmart does not.

At Walmart they have had plenty of .22 bulk Federals. In the past six months I've seen maybe ONE box of .380... In the past month or two they usually have a fair supply of .40 S&W always in stock. 9mm is *usually* in stock in small quantities, and getting the 100rnd VP is hit or miss. 45's I'll see maybe one in four times I check...

I refuse to pay jacked up prices at other places for target ammo... I can wait till I see them at Walmart and stock up then. I also reload so.... ;)

I haven't been paying much attention to primers, stocked up before the election. But from the few times I've checked, nobody has them in stock (at reasonable prices at least).

October 29, 2009, 10:44 AM
WalMart has really been getting a good amount of 9mm but no 380 of any kind. If you do not purchase when you see it on the shelf it will be gone in a matter of hours.

Guy de Loimbard
October 29, 2009, 01:39 PM
The LGS here got in so much that he didn't even bother shelving it, just put cases right on the floor in front of the counter. Can't say I blame him.

October 29, 2009, 01:41 PM
I'm in Pompano Beach, FL. I visit 2 local walmarts. They have: shotgun ammo. Rifle ammo even .223 and 7.62.

I managed to get a 50rd box of .45 JHP WWB in the last 9 months and 2 100rd boxes of 9mm FMJ. THAT's IT!!! All they have is .40S&W every time I go. And a ton of it... which is why I bought XD(M) .40S&W yesterday :-)

October 29, 2009, 01:42 PM
P.S. Both walmarts are on Atlantic Blvd. One near Powerline, second near SR7 if anyone is interested.

October 29, 2009, 03:14 PM
I'm in eastern WA, and the local walmarts are still pretty sparse, but the sporting goods stores don't have bare shelves anymore. Really the hardest thing to find right now are hunting calibers, 30-30, 243, and 270 especially

October 29, 2009, 03:24 PM
The two local Walmarts have a lot of .40 and some assorted rifle ammo. Haven't seen any .380 or .45 ACP in their shelves in months.

Dick's has ammo most of the time.

I think the .40 gunners may have been on to something. . . :D

October 29, 2009, 06:38 PM


October 30, 2009, 01:14 PM
Madison, MS and surrounding area is getting better - like everyone else 40 has never been in short supply - 40 is everywhere and always has been.

October 30, 2009, 02:30 PM
I was looking around today and the local walmart had Winchester .45 auto 230 grain JHP's for $28.95 for 50 rounds and a local farm store had Blazer .45 auto 230 grain FMJ's for $21.95 for 50 rounds. Bought a couple of the FMJ's for now. Need to get my stash back up. Funny thing is, everywhere else in this area ammo is really high, the farm store has sold at that price for years now but usually better brands.

Mike In Charleston
October 30, 2009, 02:49 PM
For those that have a Sports Authority around, they have full shelves here in Charleston and currently are having a 10% discount on centerfire cartridges. I picked up a couple box of 30 06 Remington Core Lokt discounted to $17.49 plus tax even though their sale sign said Winchester ammo was on sale. :)

October 30, 2009, 11:08 PM
Here in MD, I have 4 Wallys within 20 mins of my house and 2 of them have consistently been stocked (even 380) and the other two --- nada most trips. Either my timing is very bad or very good depending which way the ammo gods point me. Got enough of everything I need for my rifles and handguns (22/38/9/357/45/380/223/308/7.62) so I don't make the circuit as much anymore. My supply took a while to build but I got it built. Like others have said, its out there - if you want to pay, if not, patience and persistence is the key. Funny how the same company can be so different inventory in same area..???? :scrutiny:

October 31, 2009, 08:13 AM
Around here, it's still bare shelves for the most part. I've been getting my ammo online for months now. It's a waste of time to even look at Walmart. Academy Sports sems to be getting more but finding 38/357 380 or 45acp is still tough.

October 31, 2009, 11:10 AM
I, too, see more bare shelves than anything else, and I do a lot of ammo cruising during the course of a week. I'll stumble into a box or two of 9mm from time to time, and the odd .40 S&W, but I sure as shootin' don't see much of anything else -- especially in an quantity. As for .380? Forget it, unless you've said your prayers and done your homework and taken out the garbage and cut the grass and shined your shoes and made your bed. And even then you don't see it. I'd sure like to know where it's all gone.

November 2, 2009, 10:37 AM
Best time to go to Walmart is in the morning since they get their shipments at night and stock at that time too... ;)

November 2, 2009, 02:56 PM
I can get a ready supply of 115gr. 9mm Blazer by the case (20 boxes) for $200.00, this is what I've been feeding my G-17, which has become my main shooter since I've been stockpiling my .45 ACP ammo, so the SW1911 and Sig P220 won't get as much exercise until the ammo shortage subsides

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