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.22LR Shortage..? This might give you hope.?.!

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by tjs45d, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. tjs45d

    tjs45d New Member

    Here is a really good video on the production of .22 Rimfire ammo..

    This details the manufacturing process and is very informative. (Source: Shooting USA.. )


    (Video is 7:00 min..)

    Let's see : 4,000,000 rounds per day (One company, CCI)

    ( Math Based on 5 days per week production, multiplied by 12 months)

    Total Rounds produced this year : 960,000,000

    If there are 100,000,000 .22LR rifle owners in the country, that gives an average of 9.6 rounds per owner....

    Just thought I'd pass this along as I hadn't seen this yet, and thought it needed to be passed along... :)
  2. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig New Member

    Right now bricks of 22 ammo are selling for $75-$100+ on Gunbroker.

    I have absolutely NO hope prices will go down soon, nor do I believe they will ever go back to where they were since we have demonstrated that we will pay way more than they thought. Why should they reduce it to $22 again when folks are paying $100+? In maybe a year or so I see the retail dropping to $30 and staying there. And the people paying so much now will think it a bargain.
  3. buckeye8

    buckeye8 New Member

    I disagree with Saxon. The .22 shortage was mostly a byproduct of fears that had nothing to do with the .22LR cartridge. Everyone just scooped up the .22 along with everything else they were buying.

    Most folks have what they want, and some of them have more than they need. I think .22 prices and availability will be fairly normal again sometime this summer. Wouldn't be surprised if it was even early in the summer.

    The .22LR world will come back to reality long before the AR-15/AR Mags/.223 world does.
  4. Ignition Override

    Ignition Override New Member

    Many people already stored 1,500-2,000 (+) rds. of .22 LR and aren't even considering paying "tourist prices" for .22.

    We/they knew that there would be no forewarning of a massacre and the resultant panic.
    A friend of mine has stored about 30,000 rds. of Centerfire ammo (imagine his rimfire), and expects no future govt. notices that ammo imports
    'could' one day be banned, or taxes increased etc.
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2013
  5. BigBore44

    BigBore44 Active Member

    I bought 375 rds of CCI 22lr at Academy 2 days ago for $22. There were 12 boxes on the shelf. Gonna go back and get some more soon. They also had several hundred rounds of 223, 308, and 45.
  6. coloradokevin

    coloradokevin Active Member

    I'm just happy to say that .22lr ammunition is the ONE cartridge I feel like I have in a decent supply around here. It's kind of ironic that it happened that way at all, since .22lr was the last cartridge I thought I'd have any trouble getting!
  7. Snowdog

    Snowdog New Member

    Prices fluctuate. I remember prices of .22LR hit the roof when Obama first took office. I knew it would settle and when it did, I replenished my supplies and purchased a couple cases extra to auction for the next panic (because there's always the next panic).

    Sure enough, the highly publicized shooting sparked the latest panic and I sold one of my cases of CCI for nearly $600. Before any ballyhoos, there was NO reserve and the starting bid was set at what I paid for it before the panic.

    Price will come back down. Perhaps not to what they were, but to within reason.
    When they do, I'll buy another case or two for the next panic (because there's always the next panic).
  8. Reloadron

    Reloadron Active Member

    Pretty cool video of how those little rimfires are made. I have also seen videos of the Lake City plant in operation. Interesting stuff.

    Yeah. go figure, four million rounds per day and currently the stuff is hard to fine and that's just CCI.

  9. Coyote3855

    Coyote3855 Active Member

    This week I received 1400 rounds of CCI mini mags from Cabela's. I ordered in late December. I think future prices will be driven by market and will return to something like pre panic. But I don't have a crystal ball.
  10. I've been waiting fo the wolf extra match to come back in stock. It shoots very well in my Hammerli.
  11. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire New Member

    I think you're "stretching" a bit here. Hmm... using your rationale, it would take me 5 years to acquire a single 50-ct box of 22 ammo. So where is the "hope"?

    Otherwise... welcome to the forum.
  12. ID-shooting

    ID-shooting New Member

    It is only the idiots paying those prices. I bought three 50-round boxes of CCI .22 lr at wally world yesterday for $2.97 each, the wife went in later and bought 3 more.

    While morons are complaining about paying so much for .22 ammo I am going shooting later today.
  13. Mobuck

    Mobuck member

    Anyone in the position of "needing" to buy 22lr now should have their hands slapped for not being better prepared. Twenty two ammo was cheap and easy to store so no reason not to have several thousand on hand. If you have a 22 and don't have at least 5K of ammo, go shut your hand in the first door you encounter.
  14. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire New Member

    I have quite a bit cached away for my needs. Other than a pyschological influence on shooting in general, this ammunition shortage has absolutely no effect on my shooting. I pulled 5,000 rounds out of my cabinet the other day to make room and you couldn't even tell I removed any. Need to pull another couple 100 boxes out of the cabinet.

    The fact is it doesn't bother me in the winter to not be shooting much, but as it warms up for Spring, I wll start going thorugh some ammunition. The shortage has the effect of making me not want to shoot at all and that is just ridiculous.
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2013
  15. tjs45d

    tjs45d New Member

    What I was trying to say it that there is a LOT of production capacity, and CCI is only one of a number of .22LR manufacturers. I would hope that supply would start coming back soon. Can 100 million rifle owners buy all of the supply? Due to current events, it obviously can, but at some point, manufacturing by multiple companies at these kind of volumes "should" catch up to demand..

    Point taken on the 5 years to accumulate a 50 round box..

    Thanks for the welcome...!
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2013
  16. heeler

    heeler New Member

    I too was very lucky the other day and found a brick of Aguila 22LR at Midway for $28.99 and I also found and ordered 10 boxes of 50 count Aguila I am pretty sure it was $3.19 a box at Natchezz.
    Of course it's gone now.
    Both of these places are following a good business model by keeping their prices in check with reality.
    And looking at Midway's site it appears a lot of 22 ammo will be coming in the next several weeks.
    I know it's not easy being patient,especially if you have no ammo,but this thing is starting to change.
  17. wally

    wally Active Member

    That is less than 1 months supply for my wife and I, hardly a "stockpile", ten times that was our starting point so we hope to get thru the current craziness.
  18. avs11054

    avs11054 New Member

    Don't know if I have much hope right now. I got an e-mail from Midway the other day saying that they expect the current shortage to last at least another six months. The expected arrival date of all the ammo that is out of stock on their website keeps getting pushed back, so I tend to believe the e-mail.
  19. stinger26

    stinger26 New Member

    Scored 5K of CCI Blazer the other day while monitoring the web and received it Friday. Paid a little more, but it should last til things get closer to normal.
  20. breakingcontact

    breakingcontact New Member

    Unfortunately I don't think things will return to "normal" as in the before times. Prices will hopefully come down as quantities increase but there will be a new normal. I saw boxes of 22mag today for the first time in months. CCI w the swamp choot 'em guy. $40 I believe.

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