Why is everything still out of stock?


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Owen Sparks
May 9, 2011, 01:06 AM
I just went to the Midway site to stock up on bullets for this Summers reloading and many of my favorites were out of stock, some with no back order avalable. These were not exotic or non-standard calibers but things like .45 Speer Gold Dots and Hornady XTP's. What gives? Is the "Obama panic" still going strong after all this time? Midway used to have just about everything I need on the shelf ready to go but there appears to be a serious shortage of popular handgun bullets.

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Jolly Rogers
May 9, 2011, 08:57 AM
Midway seems to always be out of what I would be looking for and still email me once a month or more with overstock and discontinued items...:(
Joe

doc2rn
May 9, 2011, 09:22 AM
Metal is heavy and costs a lot to transport, in case you have been hiding lately, gas is at $4 so deliveries are down until it gets cheaper.

oneounceload
May 9, 2011, 11:46 AM
They most likely cannot get firm pricing from their suppliers - that would explain the no backorder - they don't want to quote a price that might come in lower than their new costs

rugerman
May 9, 2011, 02:51 PM
Speer Gold dot bullets have been hard to come by for over a year, last summer I had gold dot 90 gr .380 bullets on back order from midway & midsouth for about 8 months, I finally canceled both orders.

mhphoto
May 9, 2011, 02:57 PM
I've been waiting for them to restock HK USPc 357 Sig barrels for over two years.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
May 9, 2011, 03:22 PM
Because many people took up buying guns and ammo who were not interested before. Also, those who have been shooting all along are all buying a bit of extra bullets, cartridges, factory ammo, reloading components, etc. so they are positive they won't run out in the middle of a reloading session.

Better to have and not need than to need and not have 'syndrome'.

Just figure, if everyone who reloads purchases one additional pound of powder and one box of 1,000 primers, suddenly there is going to be a huge dent in the powder and primer stock! Now, add to that the thousands of people who have learned from friends and family that reloading is a good sport and results in extreme accuracy, custom-made loads suited for the purpose and cartridges that are more reliable and less expensive than most factory loads!

There goes another huge "dent" in the inventory! So, in order for supply to meet and exceed demand takes ramping up of small companies and for larger companies it takes putting more people on three different shifts running the facility 24-7-365. Also figure that many of these facilities suddenly realize they must expand in order to keep up with sales. Building large additions, buying bigger, better and faster equipment all takes much time to get to the point where the business is flowing smoothly again, producing the products they produce best!

None of this happens overnight but takes time to happen. I believe a time will come when supply exceeds demand again and at that point we will all start seeing a glut in the market where they are trying to sell everything to empty all this huge inventory in warehouses and distributors!

jiminhobesound
May 9, 2011, 09:11 PM
Seems to me that the military consumption of ammunition may have something to do with the shortage. Although the Iraq war has diminshed there are still combat situations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Stocks need to be built back up and that should be a priority and I think we will all have to suffer for some time. I will be happy to wait while stocks are resupplied.

Owen Sparks
May 10, 2011, 12:09 AM
Maybe I should go into the bullet business, it seems lucrative enough.

9mm+
May 10, 2011, 12:45 AM
Maybe I should go into the bullet business, it seems lucrative enough.

By "bullet", I'm not sure if you're referring to the actual bullet or the entire cartridge. Bullets should be in good supply (at least that has been my experience) for those who reload their own. Cartridges, though, are hit or miss (pun unintentional) with regards to stock. .380's used to be harder to find than a four-leaf clover, but I just ordered a boatload from Midway from various manufacturers.

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