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.223 ammo hullabaloo

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by SigSour, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. SigSour

    SigSour New Member

    So it's gone everywhere... as in EVERYwhere. I have both an AR-15 and a Savage Axis .223 (I'm kicking myself for not getting a sweet, all black AK-47 on sale this past summer for $389)

    I go out to Bass Pro Shop, my local gun store(s) etc. sold out. I go to BulkAmmo.com where 1,000 rounds is usually about $305 - today 1,000 rounds of .223 ammo is listed at $599?? Are you kidding me??? Felt like a kick in the marbles when I saw that price... so BulkAmmo has/is effectively "sold out" of .223 (because I'm not paying 600 bucks for a box of bullets)

    I'm just wondering when this madness will die down - I'd like to do some shootin' soon.
  2. GlockFan

    GlockFan New Member

    That's one reason I bought a case of XM193 last year before I even had a rifle to shoot it. Was $149 for 500 on 8/11. I also purchased a bunch of .22 so it looks like that might be the way to go for a few months here.
  3. chris in va

    chris in va New Member

    Good time to start reloading.
  4. Ratshooter

    Ratshooter Active Member

    That would be true except if you would have checked you would have found all the componants are sold out too.
  5. browningguy

    browningguy Active Member

    It would seem that only "cheap" .223 is sold out. I got a new case of Black Hills delivered today, as far as I know Midway still has plenty in stock.
  6. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Active Member

  7. Balrog

    Balrog Active Member

    Why did you wait til now to buy? There have been plenty of other wake up calls. You are probably better off just sitting tight til the current panic is over. Of course, that may be 2016 before it ends, and its also possible nothing you can buy now will be legal to buy then. You may have missed the boat on this. Have you considered taking up other hobbies, like crochet or gourmet cooking?
  8. Hypnogator

    Hypnogator Active Member

    Just bought another K of 62-gr steel cores along with a K of processed brass, $125 ea. Already have 8 lbs of Varget and a K of CCI small rifle primers. :neener::neener::neener::evil:
  9. Steve CT

    Steve CT Member

    I've got about 800 rounds of Federal to turn into brass, and I recently started reloading again. So, I have 2000 primers, three different powders to work with, and about 1000 bullets in various weights and types, and a couple hundred new brass. Every week or so I pick a couple hundred more bullets, once I get to 2000 on them, another 1K on primers, more bullets, ....

    I don't shoot much rifle in the winter, but getting ready for spring.
  10. Deanimator

    Deanimator Active Member

    I've been reloading since 1979.

    I always chuckled when people said that "x cartridge" was "too cheap to reload"...
  11. Grassman

    Grassman New Member

    I can't find any .223 reloading stuff anywhere. If anybody knows where I can find some bullets and brass, please share.
  12. plodder

    plodder Member

    As a guy who reloads all calibres for all my firearms except .22 rimfire, I strongly advise that nobody take up reloading at this time. (that way we who have been prepared for just this type of incident will not have to compete with the masses for reloading supplies):neener:
  13. mope540

    mope540 Member

    the 5.56/.223 ammo prices mean the ARs will stay locked up for a while. A few weeks ago i found a NIB Mossberg MVP at a gun show...it uses AR mags so i'm good there, and much easier on the ammo usage count. All it needs is a good scope..it will make a nice coyote plinking gun.
  14. Grassman

    Grassman New Member

    Well plodder, my reloading equipment has been dormant for a couple years. I was thinking of dusting it off, but what's the point can't find bullets.
  15. LubeckTech

    LubeckTech New Member

    .22 LR is getting scarce too
  16. LNK

    LNK Member

    This is why you should not wait until you're empty before filling the gas tank.:banghead:

    I would like to have more than I do, but I have enough until the rush is over.....I was planning to get my wife an AR/AR lower for Christmas. I'll just have to wait now.

  17. Steve CT

    Steve CT Member

    Graf & Sons still shows about 50% of their 239 varieties of .22 bullets in stock, admittedly some results for .22 caliber are not the .224 used for loading .223 Rem, but there are many good choices still available there. Cabela's on line has less available, but they do have stuff available

    Believe me when I say that the frenzy is at it's worst here in CT, even so, I have purchased primers, powder, and bullets as recently as yesterday, and by no means did I buy out the last stuff on the shelf. I check 2 fairly good sized gunshops and Cabela's about weekly for reloading stuff, and normally buy something(s) every week. I prefer the less widely available 55-60 gr bullets, and still no problem.

  18. Pilot

    Pilot Active Member

    I was able to get some 75 grain match bullets at a decent price to reload, which I've been wanting to anyway to see the capabilities of my AR with something other than 55g, or 62g bulk.
  19. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Active Member

    I rarely bothered to reload plinking ammo for 5.56 and 9x19 until a couple years ago. It really was cheaper to buy loaded ammo than components. Even when it was a penny or two a round higher it was still more practical to buy rather than chase down brass and spend the hours doing prep & loading.

    Now? A short time ago I ordered 2k once fired brass and 2k 55 gr. FMJBT. A few months earlier, I had ordered quite a bit of WC844, and I routinely grab a brick of primers whenever they're in stock. I'll be shooting $0.23/round 5.56 while everyone else is spending $0.60-$1.00/shot.
  20. SigSour

    SigSour New Member

    Yea, I thought I'd have tiiiime! I was going to get myself a couple thousand rounds for Xmas but that's old news.

    I actually decided to take up knitting instead but my first sweater ended up being shaped like a 1911, go figure. :)

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