Ammo seems all over the boards since last week


April 14, 2014, 12:08 PM
Whats a fella to do...LOL

Okay, so my 9mm is down per round but .380 ACP is up...and by a good margin..

Since I started this recently, watching ammo prices is like watching commodity futures - fluctuations are all over the place..sheesh.. No wonder people buy in bulk when the price is right,,,and horde.

I think THIS is the biggest cause of ammo hording

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April 14, 2014, 01:54 PM
Ever stop to think that people buying bulk actually CoNTIRUBUTES to the price fluctuations? Back in the day when the average guy kept a box or two of ammo around, as opposed to cases of ammo, it was never hard to find or outrageously expensive. I believe this is one of those situations where cause often becomes the effect, and vice versa.... Regardless, the old adage still applies....if you can buy it cheap, stack it deep...the odds of ammo prices decreasing drastically are slim to none.....

April 14, 2014, 02:50 PM
But its like a vicious cycle...if you don't buy (in bulk) when its priced right and available, you pay much higher prices. If you do, you contribute to the problem. Catch 22.

April 18, 2014, 12:20 PM
Actually it is demand that will spur more production and importation which will bring prices back down. The solution to high prices is high prices.


April 18, 2014, 12:30 PM
Do you go the grocery store and buy one porkchop at a time......why should ammo or components be any different. At least Bimart has changed their store policy so I can now buy five trays of primers at a time instead of two. And the had some bulkpacks of 22s in for the customers that ask and Cabellas had some more in so I have more then 1k of 22s so next week I will take my old BP model 90 to the cabin and shoot it for the first time in four years.

April 21, 2014, 08:06 PM
All this PLUS the fact that there have been huge unprecedented numbers of people buying guns, ammo, and reloading supplies. Its nice so many are supportive of gun ownership, but the fly in the ointment is THEY are also entering the buying market. I bought my 9mm in the middle of the worst part of the drought, and owned it for 2 months before I found 9mm ammo other than at the range!

Hopefully the political climate will subside, all the people that dived in will be following new interests, supply will fall in line with demand and all will be good until the next disaster that sets it off again.

Many people were on the cusp, they have wanted to be a firearm owner, then the great shortage happens, everyone rushes in not to be left out, panic buying begins and here we go. Not the first time this has happened.

I always "sort" of wanted an AR, so when all this fired up I decided I better do it before some ban occurrs. Same thing as reloading, I never quite got off the fence until I couldnt find ammo OR reloading components.

I guess that is the good part I can take from this gun/ammo/reloading shortage is that several good things came out of this for me. One, I learned how to build an AR15 rifle and did so, and am now building a few more. Two, while I have always wanted to reload, I never got busy and this shortage got me busy in that regard! Thirdly, the first two got me to this forum, which has been a wonderful source of learning to be sure.

These things, I guess I can be thankful for.


April 23, 2014, 10:25 AM
The manufacturers claim they are running 24/7 but I still can't find any quantities of 22 lr.

I am giving up club shooting this year. It is ridiculous to be trying to shoot several different brands in matches.

April 23, 2014, 10:41 AM
My understanding is that manufacturers make ammo in lot runs, not continuous production. So for common calibers lot runs would be large and often. For less common cartridges they would be few and uncommon. So if Ammo makes a million boxes of 9mm then they will run out 3 weeks later, price stays pretty consistent. If Ammo makes .256win mag in between 9mm runs those lots will be small -say 1000 boxes- and they run out in a year. The s/d models vary quite a lot. 9mm has a consistent supply and demand so prices don't fluctuate much. .256 has a constant demand but a wildly varying supply which changes price based upon where the curves intersect. Sticking with the common calibers typically keeps prices consistent where the oddballs are iffy. .25acp SHOULD cost a lot less than the others due to material usage, but since it's fallen out of favor demand has declined and prices have increased.

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April 27, 2014, 11:07 AM
Supply is starting to stick around in local stores and on a few on-line locations. Likewise, prices are beginning to come back down. Hopefully by summer things will be close to pre-panic conditions.

April 27, 2014, 05:58 PM
As long as you don't go to WM or GM you can find .22lr around here most of the time, but it's the premium HPs which cost about $0.10 a round.

April 28, 2014, 07:48 AM
i picked up three boxs win .22 mag 40gr 1910fps jhp,s for 10.87 a box. at walmart, the local gun shop wants 16.00 a box when they have them. so walmart is it for me. walmart also had the new winchester long beard turkey shotgun shells for 24.00 for a ten round box of 3.5" mags. and the local gun store wanted 28.00. eastbank

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April 28, 2014, 09:18 AM
Walmart has the best local ammo prices in my area.

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