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Why is there an ammo shortage?

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

  1. Drail

    Drail Well-Known Member

    There has "almost" been an ammo shortage ever since we invaded Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S. production factories have been running 24/7 for years now and they are not able to produce what the D.O.D. is asking for. We consumers are at the bottom of the list for ammo consumption and supply. We buy more small arms ammo than we make from other countries now and have been doing so since George W. was in the big house. Be glad you can get anything.
  2. orionengnr

    orionengnr Well-Known Member

    Guess you weren't around four years ago?
  3. Drail

    Drail Well-Known Member

    I was around but I was and still am pretty well stocked up and don't need any more. I hate to even think about having to move all of my stock. I moved it all in 96 and it took 3 trucks.
  4. MCMXI

    MCMXI Well-Known Member

    The holiday shutdown for the majority of ammunition manufacturers hasn't helped availability either. Some might be astounded at how many rounds of ammunition are produced every day at these plants. Ammunition availability will start to improve over the next couple of months as many plants have been scaling up production over the past couple of years.
  5. Ky Larry

    Ky Larry Well-Known Member

    This ammo panic occured at the worst possible time of year. We reelected the same political prostitue. Many manufacturers shut down for a week or two for the holidays.Many stores started reducing stock to avoid the yearend inventory tax.Three strikes and you're out. (Of ammo.)
  6. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    Tankless pro said,
    He is right.

    No sympathy here. Enjoy you 1800 dollar Olympic AR's, $50.00 C product mags, $100.00 Pmags and $900.00/ case of 55grain PMC, you bought with the xmass money, or the rent money, or even worse, put it on plastic at 19%.
    Next paycheck will be less with the new tax law, IRS is looming by April, and by then your AR will sell for $500, mags will be plentiful, and ammo prices will decline.

    Being prepared means more than guns and ammo.
  7. B!ngo

    B!ngo Well-Known Member

    I have kept the number of cartridge types to a minimum (.22lr, 9mm, 5.56, 3.08) and have some single-digit thousand rounds total across all of them. At the rate I go out to the range, that will last me for quite some time, and well before I run low, the world will have changed many times and, in the case of ammo availability, likely for the better.
    Yes, there may be higher taxes
    There may be wind-down of specific cartridge-types if there is a ban on some gun designs
    There may be long-term hoarding as there is now (though I doubt it - the attention span of most americans is far too short)
    So just be patient. Unless you are absolutely dry or have some emergency need, 'this too shall pass'.
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2013
  8. OilyPablo

    OilyPablo Well-Known Member

    I do feel bad for those who just couldn't stock up due to low funds by no fault of their own. I know a guy at work, single dad (wife passed), got in accident (car totaled) , he would shoot with us once a month or so. Now, no ammo.

    I'm always stocking up when I see a deal. Been that way for awhile. Well stocked. Yes I discretely offered him some SD ammo. He will pay me back, that's just the kind of guy he is.
  9. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

    "What are these people going to do with all this ammo"

    Shoot it? Anybody remember when Wolf Match Target was $15/brick and Wolf Match Extra was $18/brick and then after awhile it went up a couple of bucks? I bought multiple cases of both and I'm still shooting it. I should sell it all. What's a $1.50 box of Wolf worth these days at auction? :)

    I retired October 1st and I've been acquiring ammo as deals presented themselves for at least 10 years. I still have some 28 ga. Win AA that I got on sale at Dick's for $3.49/box. When it's gone I start reloading.

    I suppose the answer to the question is either shoot it, store it or resell it.

  10. Ignition Override

    Ignition Override Well-Known Member

    No panicky price bubble lasts forever.
    It will be a rude awakening when so many people realize that they paid double or more for unwanted guns and ammo.
  11. DJW

    DJW Well-Known Member

    Another reason .22 rimfire is pricey and scarce is that many shooters have switched to it as it is(or was)much more affordable than center fire rounds. In order to be able to afford to shoot and stay tuned up many have given up their .45 ACP, .40, and even 9mm in favor of the rimfire.
    Having said that, I am amazed that the same $6 brick of .22 is now selling for upwards of $20 in 5 short years!
  12. I had to pay $28 today for 375 rounds of CCI 36 grain HP 22lr. Can you believe it? It's ridiculous under normal conditions but we are not faced with normal conditions. Today we are facing registration, bans and who knows what else. It's time to step up folks.
  13. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    The last time I bought .22lr, it was $95.00 otd for a case of 6250 rounds for Remington. Looks like I should have bought another at the time
  14. Rezin

    Rezin Well-Known Member

    Local Wal-Mart here is bone dry ... Dicks has some overpriced hd ammo, but not much. Gun shops have little on the shelves.
  15. Cougar71

    Cougar71 Active Member

  16. Zeke/PA

    Zeke/PA Well-Known Member

    My local FFL is a relatively small shop that sells Fish Bait, Dog Training Supplies and of course Guns.
    My friend at the shop tells me that in the current crises he has sold an unheard of 35 AR's, all of the AK's, and SKS's therein.
    Not a SPECK of .223 or 9MM ammo to be had.
    15 to 20 calls/day looking for an AR.
    Keep in mind that this is a SMALL shop catering MOSTLY to retirees and Farmers!
  17. horsemen61

    horsemen61 Well-Known Member

    better to have it than to not have it and pay more later.
  18. Ignition Override

    Ignition Override Well-Known Member

    Even when explaining this to a wife who is very intelligent and understanding, some of them must suspect that if we accumulate more than a few thousand rounds, we might later lose interest in either a specific gun or 'caliber'.
  19. Lakeshore

    Lakeshore Well-Known Member

    I too am seeing the .22 rimfire shortage that others have commented on. My usual online ammo source is backordered for months and the neighborhood WalMart has been sold out since before Christmas.
  20. GiorgioG

    GiorgioG Well-Known Member

    500 rounds of 5.56 fell off the back of the FedEx truck (in transit, not out-for-delivery) 8 days ago....2 hours drive from my home. And of course I can't get a replacement because the vendor (LuckyGunner) doesn't have any stock and doesn't plan to anytime soon. Anyone had similar experiences with FedEx? Is UPS any more reliable?

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