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22 ammo at Walmart

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by tkaction, Oct 26, 2013.

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  1. tkaction

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    about 15 boxes of remmington 22 lr at the Olean ,NY Walmart and no lines or interested buyers. $4.99 a box. I didnt buy any but just looked and was hoping that maybe the tide has turned.
     
  2. JVaughn

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    Still not seeing much .22 in NE Tennessee, but other calibers are coming back good. The LGS here has .22 but WalMart has none.
     
  3. frankenstein406

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    Bet money its either the shorts or lr subsonics, no one seems to buy them here either.
     
  4. tkaction

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    They had the yellow lettering on the end panel. I could see I thought they were thunderbolts. Maybe not...I am from PA and I dont know if I can still buy in NY.
     
  5. 340PD

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    I have been buying .22 at my local Walmart all year. They usually have a three box limit and I use the website to check when it is coming in, but I have had little or no problem whatsoever.
    www.ammo-can.net
     
  6. bannockburn

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    Only .22 ammo I have lately at Walmart was three boxes of CCI Standard Velocity. The rest of the ammo in the display case was shotgun shells and 100 round bulk packs of Federal .223.
     
  7. Fast Frank

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    I have the highest of hopes that .22 will come back to being a regular "In Stock" item at a fair price.

    This nonsense has gone on far too long.

    Those of us that tried to profiteer, and those of us that supported them by paying too much, and those of us that greedily bought far more ammo than they would normally use are equally to blame.

    I tried to be reasonable throughout this mess. I refused to pay triple prices, I did not sell any ammo, and did not buy and hoard more ammo than normal.

    All I want to do is go shoot my .22s. That's the sad part, because I have fired about 250 rounds so far this year.

    I would normally shoot more than that in a week.

    The gun grabbers sure put us in a spin, didn't they?
     
  8. MagnunJoe

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    If u r lucky enough to find .22LR in a south FL WM, u can only get 1 box of 550 Federal at a time, for some odd reason the 3 box limit does not apply for a brick of 22s. Go figure.
     
  9. 22-rimfire

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    I was in Walmart yesterday in East TN and saw no 22LR. They told me that they typically get it in, but it sells of course. They indicated it is not selling as quickly as it used to which means either people are running out of money, have sufficient supply on hand, or supply is beginning to catch up with demand.

    The most common 22LR they get in are the bulk packs.
     
  10. marv

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    I found .22 at my local Walmart last week. First time in months. CCI std vel. $4.97/box. $4.97 for a fifty cent box of rifle shells.
     
  11. Eb1

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    20 miles from Remington factory in Lonoke, AR. Walmart has zero. That is a BIG 0 for .22 LR.
     
  12. wow6599

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    Had more than a few boxes of .22lr at WM tonight.
    I bought my limit of 3 boxes - CCI Mini-Mags @ $7.4? for a "box" of 100.
     
  13. BHP FAN

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    I figure it's not hoarders we should be blaming. When I was in the military, we used it as training ammo in boot camp. We have heard that the Government is buying up all the centerfire ammo....why wouldn't they be buying .22, as well?
     
  14. X-JaVeN-X

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    Thank you for posting this website...I had never heard of it. I've been trying to find .22lr for months and just don't have the time to go stand in my walmart every morning on the off chance that they get some in (my walmart puts their stock out every morning at 7:00am and anything they get is gone within a few minutes).

    I checked that website you posted and it said that my walmart got some winchester .22 lr bulk packs (500 rds) late yesterday afternoon. So, I figured if they got it yesterday afternoon, then they would be putting it out at 7:00 this morning, so I went out there at 6:30 this morning and waited, and sure enough, they got a case of those 500 rd packs...the exact ones the website showed they received yesterday...so, my wife and I each got a box (1 box limit @ $24.97 a box) and we can finally go shoot some.

    Thanks again for posting! Now, I just have to wait for some .22 wmr and I"ll be set.
     
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    Thanks for the website.
     
  16. jimmyraythomason

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    These rounds are even scarcer than long rifle ammo around here! We predator trappers need these rounds as they are less damaging to caught animals being dispatched. Even before this last ammo shortage,.22 shorts were hard to find!
     
  17. Byron

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    Spoke to the Sporting Goods clerk last Friday at the Walmart in Murfreesboro,TN. She said the ammo is put out early in the AM and it is the same people in line buying it and as there is a limit,often she can tell others are buying for one of those in line.A friend went early and got several boxes.He saw several in line at a Gun Show selling the 22's for over 3 times the price paid. I keep an eye on Midway and yesterday they had a 500 round box of Norma USA 22 HV for $55. Ordered one.
     
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    tagged for future referrence
     
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    Bull! The amount of centerfire ammo the government is actually buying, not reserving the right to buy, is just a drop in a bucket compared to what the ammo companies make in a week. The amount of rimfire ammo the government buys is small compared to a day's production. The problem is 100% hoarders, resellers and the suckers who buy from the resellers.
     
  20. Guy B. Meredith

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    CCI Mini-Mags at the South Salem Wal-Mart. Three box per day per caliber, 100 count sleeve $7.67, I believe.
     
  21. Tirod

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    It very much is hoarders.

    The Army has it's own centerfire ammo made at the Lake City plant, and they are reportedly so advanced after ten years of production they are cancelling the night shift, taking voluntary early retirements, etc. There's no longer a surge, we've been pulling out of SW Asia for over two years. It's more than a downsizing.

    During that time, with flush budgets and a war ongoing, the Services don't piddle around with shooting .22 and all the hassle. They shoot issue ammunition, especially combat arms troops, and any unit going overseas. In my case, we shot and familiarized on every weapon we owned - M9, M16a2, M249, M60, Mk 17, M2, etc. MP's get a lot of firepower - more than the average infantry squad. We did all that back in 2002, and at the time, they already knew they were sending us to GTMO where we would rack our guns for 6 months and not even touch them.

    As for Homeland or others buying up all the ammo, it's a convenient excuse, but untrue. It was based on the normal open ended contract and looked huge, break it down to what the average agent would get per service (it was a bulk order for DOD, too, ) it barely covered target practice twice a year. It was mostly for concealed carry pistol ammo.

    Nope, what we have is hoarders. Right now there's plenty of ammo, but the guys lining up at WalMart to snag three boxes aren't the big players anyway. That is about the worst place to get ammo in any quantity - it's at the end of a long chain of distribution that doesn't sell much, it just gets a few boxes out at the neighborhood level. Locally, a lot of that ammo is getting snapped up and used as collateral for other trades by the flippers - gun guys who make deals daily as a matter of their income. They are supplying the guys who throw up their hands at having to line up a 7AM at Walmart.

    The heavy users went to reloading years ago after the last scare, and that is where they saw shortages. They hoard primers, sales on them went up exponentially when they thought a shortage was coming. Last February, you couldn't buy a Lee turret press kit, much less any, all the new guys wanting to reload had the wait time out past 6 weeks or more, just like trying to buy a new AR.

    It's definitely hoarders - what we experienced was a larger than normal number of folks getting into shooting, and the Just In Time supply system the Internal Revenue is punitively enforcing means we can't stockpile goods in the retail system anymore. Take a look at the natural disasters we've had - there wasn't even enough sheetrock in Florida to fix up houses after the last major hurricane, they imported Chinese sheetrock by the boatloads, and it was defective. All because Congress taxes inventory and nobody keeps any in stock now.

    Goes to Walmart - the cases of ammo usually get broken down at a distribution center, and they ship boxes of each caliber to the stores - not pallets. No place to put it anyway, and the bean counters don't like excess inventory because it doesn't get flipped in stores. If you have two years supply, you lose money on it sitting in the back warehouse. Better to ship a quarter of it and use the money for something else this season to make more profit. Money sitting in the warehouse can't make money on the sales floor this quarter.

    That's what is really going on with ammo now - there's no retail bulk purchases, people are buying ten times what they did because they are in a panic. Lot's of things are getting back on the shelf as they finally realize it was just exactly that.

    And reloading supplies are still selling briskly. You can't reload .22, therefore it's still in demand and it's not going to get better.
     
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  22. rdhood

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    I have been checking Walmart/Academy/online weekly. For the FIRST time this year, I was able to purchase some .22LR.

    I was in Walmart, checking as normal(today, Oct 30). The guy behind the counter says "can I help you find something". I mentioned that I was doing my weekly check for .22lr. He goes over to the side, pulls out and plops a 500 round box of Winchester Xpert HV. He had a box with 10-12 500 rd boxes in it, and 6 of them were sold in the last 20 minutes. He said that without trying... almost any time of the day... a case like that will be gone within an hour.

    I don't have the opportunity to play the .22lr game at local stores. I work for a living. I went for 10 months without seeing a single box of .22lr on the shelves anywhere, and got lucky to be in the store within the same half hour that this was came available.

    p.s. I have never shot Winchester before, and I normally would purchase Blazer/Federal. Hopefully, one of my guns will like this stuff.
     
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  23. madwildcat

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    Walmart near me had some Winchester 22 in 50 round sleeves for $10 bucks a pop, and that's the first 22 LR I have seen since January there. Maybe the hoarders are running out of money. There seemed to be a lot of over priced, Walmart bought 22 LR at the last gun show I went to, but it didn't seem to be selling.
     
  24. aarondhgraham

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    Last week I got some Mini Mags from WalMart,,,

    Last week I got some Mini Mags from Wal Mart,,,
    It was in the evening and I had walked to the ammo counter on a whim.

    The girl was unloading a shopping cart of ammo boxes,,,
    I was able to get three 100 round packs for $7.something per pack.

    That's the first time I have been able to buy any .22 since January,,,
    I wasn't low on normal .22 LR but was low on Mini Mags,,,
    That's three more days of shooting slow and easy. :D

    9mm, .38 Special. .380 ACP, .357 Mag, and .44 Mag have appeared over the last 2 months,,,
    Not in any huge quantities but at least I've been able to replenish my bench stock a bit,,,
    When I see some 550 round Federal Bulk Packs back on the shelves,,,
    I'll buy my limit and dance a jig in the aisles.

    Aarond

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    Thunder Bolts:barf: :) I saw some too at our walmart. I guess for the cost it shoots but I have had so menu duds outta thunder bolts in the past few years I pass them up even now. I do however see a pick up also of ammo. Everywhere except gander Mtn. To me it seems like they are playing on and playing up the drought a bit for marketing. prolly not just thinking out loud silently on a keyboard...
     
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