What handgun ammo is NOT in short supply?


May 8, 2013, 09:11 AM
Since word of this ammo shortage first started I haven't even bothered trying to get out and get any (I figure you guys'll let me know when it's over :D). But man, it's been a while. I'm almost to the point where I'm ready to go buy another gun that ammo is available for just so I can get out and shoot (plus my birthday is coming up next month).

So is any handgun ammo available in decent quantities? The local Dick's had .357 magnum last time I was up there, but nothing else.

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May 8, 2013, 09:45 AM
There really isn't much out there in any caliber. You may as well just order stuff for whatever caliber you already own and enjoy.

May 8, 2013, 09:52 AM
I've seen .38 Special FMJ's (or maybe it was LRN) and .380's. And a little .44 Magnum. Haven't really been looking tho'. I have plenty of everything I shoot *except* .22LR; that's the one I'm looking for.

Jim, West PA
May 8, 2013, 09:52 AM
One of our local stores has plenty .32 Short.

May 8, 2013, 10:05 AM
38/357 and 44mag is on the shelves here, some ere even dusty

May 8, 2013, 12:43 PM
im seeing 40s and 45s in a couple places everyday around here...my gander has had bookoos of 40s for over a week now (250 for 109$) i dont know if thats a good price because i dont shoot 40

May 8, 2013, 12:58 PM
When I bought my first handgun at age sixteen or so, pre-internet, I did a zennish thing to see what was the most viable/common handgun/cartridge available.. worldwide. I bought me a sweet Hi-Power. The 9mm is still the most common centerfire handgun cartridge on the planet by far.

May 8, 2013, 01:20 PM
I've seen .25ACP and .32 Short on the shelves, when everthing else was gone.

May 8, 2013, 01:33 PM
Last time I was there, Cabela's in Glendale, AZ had several shelves full of 7.62 Nagant. :)

May 8, 2013, 01:37 PM
Last time I was there, Cabela's in Glendale, AZ had several shelves full of 7.62 Nagant. :)
No kidding lol. I couldn't believe how much there was last time I was by.

The closest walmart to me always has combination boxes of .410 and .45 Colt. Idk if that counts... must not be as many Judge fans as they thought.

May 8, 2013, 01:40 PM
40sw and sometimes 45

May 8, 2013, 01:45 PM
.40, ive seen it everywhere.

May 8, 2013, 02:31 PM
I haven't even checked on availabilty of ammo. Handloads are my thing and I am in good shape since last panic in 08 & 09!:)

May 8, 2013, 02:51 PM
I reload for all my calibers. And I have 6k of 22lr in the vault. And 1000k of 12ga stashed away also. So for me it is more about keeping my reloading supplies stocked up. And i am pretty good in that dept also.
There is nothing at any Wally worlds here in the KC MO area. The gun stores have there usual odd ball ammo still setting collecting dust. But the gun stores are looking like ghost towns. Very little weapons in thier show cases, no real ammo to speak of. So if and when the run on ammo slows up. My advice is to go stock up and get set for the next run on ammo and supplies.

May 8, 2013, 03:00 PM
10mm is about the only handgun cartridge that was always in stock around here..

I was just in my local Wally World and passed on Tula 9mm and 45

May 8, 2013, 03:17 PM
The big boomer handguns (.454, .460, .475, 500)

Just my .02,

May 8, 2013, 03:20 PM
.25ACP at Walmart and 10x25 at local gun stores plus large caliber revolver stuff designed for hunting.

Jim K
May 8, 2013, 03:37 PM
The ammo companies responded to the increased demand for some calibers in the way you would expect - they shifted production capacity to the more popular calibers to meet the demand. That meant that less popular calibers, like .32 S&W Long or .44 Special, were dropped from production, at least temporarily. As long as panic buying of 9mm and other calibers continues, calibers in less demand will continue to be put on the back burner.


May 8, 2013, 04:19 PM
By far the most easy to obtain and most affordable ammunition is black powder and caps. It gets even easier if you cast your own round balls and make your own wads.

In regards to cartridge ammo Hornady and Federal 32 magnum is available,

May 8, 2013, 08:35 PM
I was at on of the LGS last week and they had everything including 22. Prices were a little high, 9mm was $18, 40 was $19,45 was $22 and 22 was $34 a brick.
Before then the only thing local was 357 sig.

I did pick up a case of 45 gap during the rush, just be size it was $14 a box.

May 8, 2013, 09:34 PM
Seems to be tons of 32 ACP around here...

May 8, 2013, 10:22 PM
One I've seen some of pop up that was hard to come by even a few years ago locally is non-+P .38 Special in a 158-grain JHP load.

May 8, 2013, 10:31 PM
I have recently bought 1000 rounds of .32 ACP - seems to show up at Midway about every 2 weeks or so. .38 special has occasionally showed up at Cabelas. I JUST managed to snag some .380, but I think that was a fluke.

May 9, 2013, 12:36 AM
45 Colt, 32, 17 hmr, 45 GAP. Crap nobody shoots. And how did Berry's bullets treat the situation for reloaders a few weeks ago? Offering two calibers. 45 Colt bullets and 32s. THANKS, GENIUSES.

Chevelle SS
May 9, 2013, 12:40 AM
40 and 10mm

May 9, 2013, 01:23 AM
I have seen acceptable amounts of .45, .40, .380. Prices suck though.

May 9, 2013, 07:02 AM
You need a "Judge" or a "Governor" if you're looking for a handgun that you could easily buy ammo for throughout the last shortage.

410 shotgun shells are still available everywhere around here. Never was any shortage of them or any other shotgun ammo. All the sporting goods stores around here spread shotgun ammo across their empty shelves to fill in the empty centerfire section.

May 9, 2013, 07:10 AM
Montana has everything except 22 Lr, even all the way the whole craze. Just had to look for it. Pallets of ammo, literally!

In God and Glock we Trust

May 9, 2013, 07:35 AM
A local store in this area, named G.A.T. (Guns, Archery, Tackle) in Elgin, IL claims it is the 3rd largest seller of ammunition in the country, and when I last visited they had every caliber that I was interested in. Prices were high but not astronomical as I have read on this forum and other gun related forums. The only limit on purchasing was that you could buy only one box of each caliber, and up to 5, 50 round boxes of 22LR (at $3.99 a box). Maybe the shortages are actually easing up now.

May 9, 2013, 07:48 AM
Lots and lots of .40S&W

10mm available. And lots of 357Sig. Both at great prices too. I have bought 10mm and 357Sig for less (from $18 to $25 per 50) than some current 9mm prices when available. Amazing. Even lower prices than before the banic.

Times like this it really pays to have a platform or platforms with multiple interchangeable barrels. My Glock 20 comes to mind. :D

Carl N. Brown
May 9, 2013, 08:02 AM
Vito, I make a point of thanking fair dealers like that (rationing at fair prices, rather than jacking prices or selling out to resellers) with my repeat business. I also avoid the scalpers. In the current drought I have not traded with any scalper who bought ammo up at end user prices to corner the market and then sell dear (bulk pack Federal .22 at $90 and stay lited in the classifieds).

(During the 1980s, Handgun Control Inc talk of sin taxes on ammo or outright bans prompted me to stockpile a 5 year supply of every caliber I use, and to replace old stock with new ammo only when prices are sane and availability high, hoarding without hurting other shooters).

Opening post. What handgun ammo is NOT in short supply?

Last gun show, I found two boxes of 7.63mm Mauser (C96) for $22 ea., 50 ea. boxer-primed reloadable brass., same vendor had 9x18mm Mak at $18 a 50. April I bought a box of Hornady 9mm Mak premium ammo at pre-panic prices, still steep but not jacked, as a B'day present for my son.

Jim Figaniak
May 9, 2013, 09:35 AM
Brass cased ammo is just about non-existent around Louisville for a reasonable price.Most dealers will sell brass cased if u buy a gun from them,otherwise u can only get 2 boxes max of steel or aluminum cased ammo.

May 9, 2013, 09:56 AM
And 1000k of 12ga stashed away also.

You have 1,000,000 rounds of 12ga? :P

May 9, 2013, 10:11 AM
^ I looked at that one twice too. I hope he meant 1k. Although it would be cool to see a million rounds of 12ga lined up!

May 9, 2013, 01:56 PM
My bad
1000 rounds :-)

May 9, 2013, 02:09 PM
Out of the handgun calibers I look for (.45ACP, .38/.357, 9mm and .22LR), I've had the best luck finding .45ACP. IIRC, since the first of the year I've been able to buy:

400 rounds .45ACP (mix of FMJ and JHP)
100 rounds .38/.357 (LSWC)
50 rounds .9mm (JHP)
0 rounds of .22LR

May 9, 2013, 03:01 PM
I was lucky enough to find 2 550 federal boxes of .22lr, haven't seen any in stores for some time.

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Vern Humphrey
May 9, 2013, 05:40 PM
I understand that stores which stock 4.5mm Velo Dog still have some on the shelves.:p

May 9, 2013, 05:55 PM
No kidding lol. I couldn't believe how much there was last time I was by.

You KNOW that someone must have heard a heavenly choir singing when he saw that...but it wasn't me! :D

May 9, 2013, 06:02 PM
I've had no problems getting .357 and .44 magnum

May 9, 2013, 07:39 PM
41 mag and .480 ruger are easy to find online compared to everything else I shoot.

May 9, 2013, 08:27 PM
I keep seeing the same ol' boxes of 327 Fed Mag on the shelves every time I go to Farm and Fleet.

And the Gander Mountain by me must have nearly half of the world's available supply of 17HMR on their shelves. It's keeping all those unloved boxes of .22 shotshells company.

But that's about all they have aside from shotgun ammo.

May 9, 2013, 09:56 PM
.45, .40, .380

Same here +30-06 since its shotgun only up here.

May 9, 2013, 09:59 PM
I see a lot of .40.

May 10, 2013, 10:14 AM
I saw this ammo shortage as a distinct possibility before O was was a candidate for President in '08. I stocked up heavily on stuff I shoot and kept replacing it. Now that this shortage has hit us hard I think I'll be able to make it thru without self imposed rationing.

May 10, 2013, 09:46 PM
Tonight the only handgun ammo in my local chinamart was half a dozen boxes of .40S&W. Didn't bother pricing it 'cause I don't own a fotay.

May 10, 2013, 09:48 PM
.40 auto

evan price
May 10, 2013, 09:54 PM
A month ago all cabelas had was 327 federal magnum and 10mm.
Today vances was well stocked except for rimfire which was about zero.

May 10, 2013, 10:43 PM
I shot for three hours at my club range today. No one else was shooting, in fact no one was there at all. There were some .22LR cases on the ground. A rich guy must have been there before me. :D

May 10, 2013, 10:51 PM
+1 7.62 Nagent. then .327 Federal Magnum rounds. It is getting better though. Other stuff is staying longer, though it does still sell out.

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