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Why is there an ammo shortage?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by radiotom, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. radiotom

    radiotom Well-Known Member

    Everywhere I look there is low stock of ammo and higher prices. I know that a lot of people anticipate a ban on AR and AK type guns and high capacity magazines etc, but why would that make people buy and hoard ammo? Won't it be just as available post-ban?
  2. XD 45acp

    XD 45acp Well-Known Member

    Because another thing the Gov't can do is Tax ammo. If you have it, yer good.
  3. browningguy

    browningguy Well-Known Member

    Because everyone is buying all they can?
  4. Coop45

    Coop45 Well-Known Member

    I'm just guessing here, but maybe it's a distrust of the government.
  5. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Because panic robs thinking men of reason and makes non thinking people mad.
  6. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Many are afraid that the government will simply outlaw the use of any cartridge that the military uses, which would make all those ARs and 9mm pistols expensive boat anchors
  7. Coyote3855

    Coyote3855 Well-Known Member

    I can't even buy .22 LR locally. And most of the internet is out of the good stuff.
  8. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    Not a shortage--it's just held in different hands.
  9. Grassman

    Grassman Well-Known Member

    I'm having a hard time finding small rifle primers. I'm good on all else.
  10. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

    I don't have an ammo shortage. I have enough ammo to shoot 500 rounds a month for well over 10 years without running out or having to reload. I have enough reloading materials to shoot that same volume for another 10 years. :)
  11. JustinJ

    JustinJ Well-Known Member

    I can almost for a second kind of start to see a tiny grain of plausibility to somebody proposing that 5.56 ammo be banned but the 9mm and .308? No way.
  12. gspn

    gspn Well-Known Member

    Same reason my gas station runs out of fuel when a snow storm is coming.

    You can't drive anywhere when snow has shut everything down...but people run and get all the gas they can.

    Don't expect panic to make much sense.
  13. browningguy

    browningguy Well-Known Member

    60,000 rounds is quite a bit.
  14. RevDerb

    RevDerb Well-Known Member

    There is no ammo shortage. There are just greedy hoarders who will grab all that they can just like 4 years ago and then graciously offer to sell it to their buds at inflated prices. I resolved that it wouldn't happen to me again and invested in Dillon equipment and components.
  15. JBrady555

    JBrady555 Well-Known Member

    I haven't tried to buy ammo for about a week now and I honestly expected for things to gradually start to slow down like it did after the election but as of now the panic is still in full effect. My walmart had nothing and they have now implemented a 6 boxes per customer rule to try to evenly distribute the ammo.
  16. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member


    Folks have bought into tall tales being spread by gunstore owners, dubious "news organizations", online retailers and gun rights organizations. Its a TEOTWAWKI thing. :D
  17. OilyPablo

    OilyPablo Well-Known Member

    I agree with all of the above about panic, but I will also add that it's circular....all the panic has gun sales at all time highs and people will want ammo for those guns....and so on....
  18. Just out of curiosity what did you folks expect to happen when the President made his remarks after the Connecticut shooting and the non stop media coverage? Did you expect people to just ignore it?

    Now people are upset with dealers with higher prices and yes in some instances you may be justified but before you start complaining check and see what it cost them to provide that product to you in an environment where even 22lr has disappeared from the shelves. If you didn't understand the significance of Brownell's statement that over the course of a few days they sold as many magazines as they had in the past 3 1/2 years then you never will.

    No brass, no bullets, no ammo, no magazines, no primers, no guns just bare shelves at the wholesale and local gun shop level and people expect prices to remain stable.
  19. Hangontight

    Hangontight Member

    I've found it depends where you go. There are about 15 walmarts close to me and some have plenty, some don't. They are not raising their prices though....wish I could say the same for the LGS
  20. Carpedium

    Carpedium Well-Known Member

    My Walmart is stocked at normal prices.

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