Will cheap .22lr ever come back?


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Praxidike
October 22, 2013, 05:46 AM
I'm wondering if you all ever think that .22lr ammo will ever be available again like it was a year or so ago? Everything else seems to be ready available, but the 22lr shortage continues. How much longer can this go on?

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Davek1977
October 22, 2013, 06:10 AM
It'll go on until people calm down to the point every box of .22 ammo isn't grabbed as if it were the last bit of food on earth. As long as people act silly, the shortage will go on.

steveno
October 22, 2013, 06:32 AM
I'm not sure if I care if the prices come down or not. I have decided to not to get involved with the hoarders and crazy prices. I cleaned my K-22 up and put it in the box. I have a couple of hundred rounds put away to shoot in my 22 rifle some day and that is it. I have just been shooting the heck out of my Springfield Range officer.

the other day Cabela's had a couple of bricks of German 22 target ammo for $93 a brick and I had never heard of the brand before. the guy I know that works there said they would be gone by the end of the day and he was right. the price may be right for the ammo but this stuff would normally stay on the shelf for just about anybody except the dedicated target shooter.

bannockburn
October 22, 2013, 06:42 AM
Well if .22 ammo does come back in mass quantity and pricing much like it use to be before all the panic buying/hoarding, then you might want to stock up on it while it's available. That's what I did every time I went to a gun shop, gunshow, Walmart, or a sporting goods store. I didn't try to clear off the shelves either; just a couple of boxes or maybe a bulk pack if it was a decent price (like at Walmart), or on sale at the other places.

HexHead
October 22, 2013, 06:49 AM
Has the price of gas come down, or is $3.00+ per gallon the new normal?

Reloadron
October 22, 2013, 07:08 AM
I'm wondering if you all ever think that .22lr ammo will ever be available again like it was a year or so ago? Everything else seems to be ready available, but the 22lr shortage continues. How much longer can this go on?
Define "cheap".

Ron

cfullgraf
October 22, 2013, 07:21 AM
I do not feel prices for 22lr will return to pre-panic levels. The manufacturers have discovered that folks will pay higher prices and folks are starting to get used to higher prices.

The prices will ease back to some level that the manufacturers feel are sustainable and they will not go any lower.

But, that assumes no incremental increase in capacity. If the panic buying continues, more capacity will be added to cash in on the high prices. Once the demand subsides, the manufacturers will lower prices to keep their investments operating.

Pilot
October 22, 2013, 07:25 AM
I've seen the bulk packs that have been gone for several months recently at pre-panic prices at a few local gun shops. Supply is starting to come back, at least in my area.

gdcpony
October 22, 2013, 07:36 AM
I ask the same question as my daughters shoot up my .223 reloads. Funny that those are cheaper now.

FROGO207
October 22, 2013, 07:47 AM
Reasonably priced .22 ammo will be back for sure. Anything now will cost more than a year or two ago due to inflation but when the panic buyers are full up the ammo will be on the shelves again. I also slowly purchased two boxes and shot one over the years. At this point I have two almost full 50 CAL ammo cans of loose .22 ammo. One of WIN plated HP and one of Federal plated HP. Also a few K of CCI of various flavors. When this blows over I recommend slowly stocking up when funds allow as a hedge for another run that WILL someday happen.:scrutiny:

MagnunJoe
October 22, 2013, 07:53 AM
No. And it has little to do with hoarding.

Carl N. Brown
October 22, 2013, 08:09 AM
I hope Remington has been replacing its worn out equipment and the .22 Remington Golden I remember from 1960s comes back. And I would be willing to pay a bit more than I paid for the crappy bulk pack Remington Golden (I would pay 1960s price adjusted for inflation).

I have traded to my son my Winchester SuperX that runs fine in his Colt M4 for some of his Remington that won't run in it but will feed in my .22s (Colt M4 Walther-made European chamber is on the tight side).

Arkansas Paul
October 22, 2013, 08:25 AM
The prices haven't went up at a lot of the major retailers like Wally World and Academy. When they get them in, they're the same price as before, so yes it will return to normal. Our Wally World had them the other day for $22.99/550. True they didn't have very many and they sold out fast, but the prices haven't changed. When the quantities come back, and it will, I don't see much difference in price. If the shelves are full and the big box stores are selling it for $22-$25/550, the others stores will have no choice.

85win
October 22, 2013, 08:54 AM
Gander Mountain had an ad start this past Sunday. They had Federal 510 {same as Walmart Federal Lightning} on sale for 1.99. $20/brick.

S&W620
October 22, 2013, 08:57 AM
Yes, eventually.

Hopefully sooner than later. Prices in some areas may be there but, in general, availability is not.

Sam1911
October 22, 2013, 09:01 AM
Yes. Within a few bux of pre-panic prices. Be patient.

It is amazing to watch people look at a mass reaction to a rough patch in time -- a rough patch extending less than a year, in fact, and already diminishing -- and saying, "Well, this is the new normal." Waves come and go. Panics, shortages, wars, recessions, natural disasters, political upheavals, all come and all go.

CHILL.



OUT.

BSA1
October 22, 2013, 09:06 AM
In Retail Stores yes…

On Discussion Forums…No

Look at the sky is falling threads in the past months for AR’s. Now not only they back in stock but inventory levels are so high the stores such as Cabelas are running them at sale prices.

Most ammo inventories are back in stock.

All is left is to run around yelling that 22 rimfire is gone forever.

So yes Virginia as long as there are Interent Discussion Forum prices 22 LR ammunition will never be low enough in prices for the common man even if a few rounds find their way to retail stores.

Queen_of_Thunder
October 22, 2013, 10:04 AM
First on the AR's. They are not expendable like ammo thereby it's much easier to meet shortages.


As far as ammo.

No. Ammo prices from the recent past and beyond are gone for good. Your 22lr will level out in the 8 - 10 cents a round range if we are lucky. Our problem with 22lr is two fold. One is the production of AR platforms for .22lr and conversion kits for our other non 22lr firearms. The other is the surge of new shooters that have come into the shooting sports.

Granted its been rough these last 10-11 months but according to a Forbes article the number of gun owners in America has now passed the 100,000.000 mark.

Arkansas Paul
October 22, 2013, 11:09 AM
Your 22lr will level out in the 8 - 10 cents a round range if we are lucky.

10 cents a round would be $55 for a 550 pack. I was at a gun show this past weekend and they were selling for less than that. And that's a gun show. Wally World still sells them for $22.99/550 here. Its just a matter of supply catching back up and it eventually will.

rule303
October 22, 2013, 11:15 AM
It will come back down to close to what it was selling for this time last year. Wholesale prices are not much higher than they were before from most sources, and as demand eases supply will catch up. The only reason prices are as high as they are is because people are willing to pay it.

rodinal220
October 22, 2013, 11:55 AM
Probably not,I think the days of cheap promo type plinker 22RF are long over. No more .80-.99 cent a box blaster ammo. Everything has gone up 2-4 times in cost. I pay the same for air gun pellets now what I paid for cheap .22RF. Cheap 22RF was like 18-20 bucks a brick last I saw some,I noticed at Wally World even the cheap promo shotgun ammo went up $6 bucks per 100($28 now).

Shooting has become very expensive for the average working class person.

rockhopper46038
October 22, 2013, 12:01 PM
Just this weekend I was able to pick up a couple bricks for $0.043 per round. That isn't as good as what my big stash was bought for years ago, but was good enough for me to get a few replacement boxes of CCI SV. It's coming back, just a matter of time.

hso
October 22, 2013, 12:07 PM
Of course it will, but the question should be what price will cheap 22lr settle on.

TBH
October 22, 2013, 12:12 PM
I had a dream. 5000 blazer for $200😭. Still waiting..

artpotts
October 22, 2013, 12:12 PM
Yesterday my local wally world had CCI mini-mag @$7.47/100 and CCi 50rd boxes @ $2.19. It's the 3rd or 4th time I've seen them there in the last few weeks, so it is coming back. I didn't buy any, I have plenty.

Sam1911
October 22, 2013, 12:39 PM
Your 22lr will level out in the 8 - 10 cents a round range if we are lucky.
I have to agree with Paul. That's an absurd prediction since that's a average mid-panic, worst-case price to begin with, AND since prices have already fallen to less than half that in the big stores in many parts of the country.

It'll be $16-$20 for a 550 pack just about everywhere by January (just after the holiday rush), no question -- and quite likely will be so sooner as holiday sales hit.

wally
October 22, 2013, 12:56 PM
It'll be $16-$20 for a 550 pack just about everywhere by January (just after the holiday rush), no question -- and quite likely will be so sooner as holiday sales hit.

I sure hope so!

By dumb luck I hit some sales on-line and had 25K delivered by the Thanksgiving before Sandy Hook, that combined with the ~25K I had on hand has lasted, although we have started to cut back our shooting to stretch out the supply as this craziness has dragged on. We were shooting ~3K rounds of .22lr per month, normally a bit more this time of year when its not summer and 95+ outside. We should make it to February without too much pain.

j1
October 22, 2013, 01:05 PM
I do know that my 10 22 has not even had one hi cap mag in it for a couple of years now. :)

Prices go up fast and down slowly if at all.:)

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