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When are ammo prices and supply expected to get more normal

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by bushmaster1313, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    In December I bought four boxes of Federal American Eagle .357 Magnum ammo for about $20.50 per box. I should have bought a case.

    When are ammo prices and supply expected to get back to a steady state equilibrium?
  2. HorseSoldier

    HorseSoldier Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't expect anything to change at least until the administration announces their actual intended course of action and then people get a look at what Congressional response is going to be. Given that there are other things going on as well, like their postponement of the fiscal cliff stuff, it would not surprise me if things are unresolved for another few months.
  3. Arp32

    Arp32 Well-Known Member

    We all decided to go back to the normal prices next Thursday.
  4. Arp32

    Arp32 Well-Known Member

    (It was too easy...)
  5. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    That is really funny!
  6. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    I guess my real question is: what is the minimum time to get back to normal given the current backlog.

    The actual time could be much longer
  7. Arp32

    Arp32 Well-Known Member

    Glad you have a sense of humor!
  8. OilyPablo

    OilyPablo Well-Known Member

    It's a bit like the stock market and an unsettled business climate - the market hates instability. No one really knows exactly what the outcome will be, so the cycle begins - and apparently the supply chain has no ability to keep up.

    My guess the earliest possible stabilization will be March. Maybe summer.
  9. jim243

    jim243 Well-Known Member

    You won't have to wait till thursday, they will be starting their pre-pre-pre Christmas sales Monday with all the stuff they did not sell last Christmas. (LOL)

  10. Impureclient

    Impureclient Well-Known Member

    Where was the poll for the Thursday vote? Whatever, I'm just glad things will be back to normal.
  11. Arp32

    Arp32 Well-Known Member

    I'd say part of what makes this unknowable is that we are seeing new demand based on fear, and it's not easy to quantify that.

    When they had the Cash for Clunkers program, they said it just moved future demand into the present. I'd guess some of that is happening now, but probably more of what's going on is guys like us buying things we might not have otherwise just because we're afraid it won't be there for long. You can't really look at historical trends to quantify how deep this demand is.
  12. wrs840

    wrs840 Well-Known Member

    The last big shortage (2009) took about six months to play out, IIRC.
  13. Jenrick

    Jenrick Well-Known Member

    I'd honestly give it no more then 30 days more, unless something major changes. Beyond that point, people are going to be either stocked up, or out of money. Either way the buying frenzy will have slowed down, give it maybe another month for production to catch up. So IMO two months from now things should be normalizing unless something major changes.

    Edited to add: The last big shortage caught suppliers by surprise big time, and they had never had to ramp up for that level of demand. This one was wasn't quiet as big a surprise, and manufactures have been better able to meet production demand.

  14. MaterDei

    MaterDei Well-Known Member

    It's the new normal.
  15. gspn

    gspn Well-Known Member

    This is a fear cycle...good luck calling when it will end.

    The first issue you have is many thousand new gun owners...and they all want ammo to go with their guns. Those buyers alone could have drained all the ammo from the shelves...just buying a normal amount of ammo to go with their new guns.

    Next throw in the panicking hoards who feel they need to stockpile ammo...good luck calling when that might taper off. I really don't even know why they feel the need make panic ammo purchases to begin with.

    I can certainly understand buying things now that might get banned...and items high on that list would appear to be magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and many types of semi-auto rifles. If you've always wanted one or if you want multiples to keep in the safe...I get it...it makes great sense to buy them now to be sure you can have them.

    Ammo on the other hand...no clue what has caused the panic...I don't know of anyone in DC trying to ban ammunition. Crowd mentality I guess...one one sheep sees another run...they all start to run...the history of "markets" is full of stories like this. Once the crowd starts running for the door...nobody wants to be the last one out.

    Sooner or later people will run out of fear, money, and credit and the supply chain will catch up. I'm not sure that prices will come all the way down to pre-panic levels though. If I was a manufacturer I'd bring them down slowly to try to find the "new" equilibrium level.

    If I had to guess...and this is just one guys guess...things will look more like "normal" sometime in late 2013.
  16. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    No one knows.
  17. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    The problem is that there is not enough stock to stock up.
  18. gspn

    gspn Well-Known Member

    Chuck Norris knows...
  19. JohnnyK

    JohnnyK Well-Known Member

    the worst I've seen with ammo 7.62 x 39 back ordered... expected due Sept 2013... wow... look online... everybody is wiped out... all the cheap stuff... gone...
  20. Killian

    Killian Well-Known Member

    A lot of ammo comes from overseas. I think that will be no longer an option for importation. So my guess on when ammo prices will go back to "previous conditions" aka "normal", then my answer would be...never. Or not anytime soon at any rate.

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