Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by UTdave, Dec 30, 2007.
I have a new .380 that I want my sweetie to shoot ... oh well .... the .38 spl will have to do.
22 LR shells disappeared rather quickly right after the election. Supplies are beginning to come back now.
All of this means nothing unless you buy ammo for resale or own firearms (and shoot them) in the calibers that are in short supply.
I was in a country hardware store the other day and noticed they had a case of Remington 44 mag ammo on the shelf priced at $24 or $25/box. Good price, but I don't own a 44 mag now. I suggested they check to see what 44 mag is selling for and adjust their prices to allow for resupply.
Guess it's time to get into reloading, but I don't have any kind of space suitable for generating the amount of ammo I would like to have.
Where do you live that 10k primers is all you can have? I'm sitting on more than that now.
On one trip I stopped at probably 6 Wal-Marts, and all I found anywhere was 357 SIG (in about half of them).
Of course, there always seemed to be plenty of shotgun shells.
Just not on the clock..
They (and their buds) know when it's coming and they buy it all. Resale at the gun shows or to other friends.
There are four Super Wal Marts around me and there hasn't been any pistol caliber for months. Nothing, nada! Sucks.
Now at the LGS you can get some home rolled stuff from Alabama for range work (at WWB or Remington Green box prices) and the PD is available in one major brand or another. Still the prices are high due to commodity prices.
I found some Remington FMJ a few weeks back at Bass Pro and picked up a couple boxes.
The .380 situation is ridiculous. Lucky I had a stash well before.
Guy told me that the employees and their friends know when the stuff arrives.
Off the clock they can then buy all they want. Resell at the gun shows.
There hasn't been any handgun ammo at the four Super Wal Marts in E. TN for 8 months.
When I stop and ask at the Lenoir City store the counter man is the biggest pr*** in the world and acts like I am out of my mind even asking.
I mostly avoid Wal Mart any more at every opportunity. Target gets my discount business.
I am going to Florida on a drive trip. Interesting to see what is on the shelves at my old haunts.
The fun of shooting is falling fast...
I know the ammo shortage discussion has been beaten to death and I don't intend to belabor that point here, but the impact on shooting enthusiasm has been profound. I recently bought a Ruger 10/22 to get back into cheap rifle shooting and quality ammo is, of course, difficult (not impossible) to find. The prices have risen to the point where the sport is becoming a real strain on the wallet. As for bigger calibers that I used to shoot a lot (and enjoy), I have pretty much shelved them. I'm lucky if I get in 500 rounds a year in some types (I used to shoot ~1,000/month).
While some of my local ranges are still doing okay business, some are veritable ghost towns. Sure, firearms sales are brisk, but this is due to fear of being locked out more than anything else. Gun dealers are making a killing for sure.
I'm slowing down my gun buying and shooting for the time being. My job is stressful and shooting helps me vent some frustrations, but I'm probably going to ramp up my golf game instead. Hitting those dimpled golf balls as hard as I can is a close second to shooting, and a round of golf is cheaper than a day at the range (at least where I live).
My problem is I've got some training to go through away from home, and I don't have room for reloading equipment. I'm out of the hobby for a while, too.
Same here. No space for reloading. If I had the space, I would do it in a NY-minute...
It doesn't have to take up much space. If you've got three feet of bare wall anywhere, you've got room to reload... I started while I was renting a single bedroom at a friend's house.
I find that reloading can be almost as much fun as shooting. Getting started can cost some money up front, but now I do save a minimum 50% on just about any centerfire caliber I shoot, plus it is a lot of fun and very interesting in its own right.
Reloading does not take all that much room. I load for 4calibers and do it in A 5'x4' space
I hate to see fellow shooters leaving the sport over ammo issues.
And reloading relieves stress.
AND... it isnt just the ammunition that is difficult to find right now... it is reloading components as well... PRIMERS PRIMARILY...
when they come available again, I have every intention of reloading... not to save money...initially.... or even for availability issues...but because I would like to sustain my shooting without the aid of others.. and the prospect of developing some loads for my rifles is interesting...
All the ranges I frequent out west are busy. Even if each shooter cut down on ammo purchases, there are more shooters than ever before. USPSA and other shooting events remain full.
I would never leave the sport over the costs, but I would consider a temporary hiatus until things calmed down a bit. I love to shoot and always will, but it just seems a bit too crazy right now. My beef is that these anti-RKBA fears are sucking the fun (and money) out of the sport. I suppose if people feared golf would be banned and golf clubs ballooned to $4K and up and no golf balls could be found anywhere (except at the bottom of a pond), then golfers might consider a similar "sabbatical".
One thing is for certain: I am holding on any additional firearms purchases for now. With Obama's approval rating hovering around the 50% mark, I think the fears of an EBR ban have long passed and prices will start to work their way back down. Not immediately, but soon...
Components are scarce and patience is needed, but once you find them for the right price you can save a good bit of money reloading. I save about $12per 100 on my 9mm plinking ammo (for IDPA, etc), and it only goes up from there, in terms of cost savings per round...
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