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Have you noticed ammo prices increasing?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Mr. T, Mar 20, 2010.

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  1. Mr. T

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    In the last few weeks, I have noticed that ammo prices are creeping up again slightly. I would say that ammo has gone up in the last few weeks roughly 5% to 7%. I don't know if this is going on anywhere else, so I am looking for some feedback; call it curiousity.:)
     
  2. Ky Larry

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    Last Tuesday, Wally World here in Lexington had Fed bulk packs, 525 rnds of 22lr for $14.97. On Thursday, it was $19.97. 500rnd bricks of Fed .22lr stayed the same price, $14.47. Who knows what tommorow will bring.:confused:
     
  3. TEAM101

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    Federal and Remington 550 packs went up by 3.50 at my walmart.
     
  4. Mr. T

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    A buddy of my that is a manager at a local/regional sporting goods store told me that ammo prices are more than likely going to be going up between 15% and 20% from now to August. He's heard it now from at least two different suppliers. I'm just wondering how much of this has to do with the economy and how much might be driven by our government.
     
  5. huntsman

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    yes the .45acp UMC at WW went up a buck in the last month.
     
  6. Elm Creek Smith

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    At the Metcalf Gun Show in Tulsa today, I heard a vendor talking about the wholesale price of some of his ammo going up in the next week or two. I haven't bought any ammo lately myself.

    ECS
     
  7. gondorian

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    Bulk .22 also went up at my walmart this week, but I haven't noticed any other places being noticeably more expensive.
     
  8. Mr. T

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    I wonder if this is limited to specific regions?
     
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    Yes. Region of Walmart. Only. As far as I've seen.

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  10. BCCL

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    My local WM just jumped theirs this week, a 9.47 box of .223 ammo went to 9.97 and most other shells went up a little also.
     
  11. oneounceload

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    Between supply and demand, wholesale costs of raw materials, cost of living adjustments, etc. things go up. We have been lucky that for the last ten years (the last one and half excepted), ammo costs had either gone down or stayed static. All good things come to an end - now, with a more volatile market for materials, lead is reacting more lie gasoline.
     
  12. Texas Gun Person

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    .22 bulk at Walmart went from $16.something up to $18.something


    Although they did have plenty of Federal 9mm at $9 a box... good for the range.
     
  13. KarenTOC

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    Some government statistics:

    The producer price index (PPI) shows a 2.1% increase in Feb 2010 over Feb 2009 for the category "Small arms [manufacturing] cartridges and shells" (naics 332992-0A; small arms defined as: 30 mm. or less, 1.18 inch or less).
    http://www.bls.gov/ppi/ppitable05.pdf (page 48)

    The "all-items" consumer price index (CPI) for all urban consumers is up 2.1% for the 12-month period ending Feb 2010.
    source: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cpi.pdf

    The personal consumption expenditure (PCE) price index for "Sporting equipment, supplies, guns, and ammunition" has declined since 2005, just slightly topping it's 2005 figure in 2009 (2005 = 100; 2009 = 101.743)
    source: http://www.bea.gov/national/nipaweb...stYear=2009&3Place=N&Update=Update&JavaBox=no

    Conclusions (IANAE*)
    The cost of producing ammo is rising (PPI).
    Prices are rising in general (CPI).
    Between 2006 and 2008 folks spent less on sporting merchandise; it's just beginning to creep back up (PCE).

    Not surprising the price of ammo is higher than it used to be.

    note: The CPI and PCE don't have specific "ammo" categories; it's not included at all in the cpi and in pce it's clumped in with sporting goods.
    PPI = wholesale prices
    CPI = retail prices.
    PCE = consumer spending.

    * I am not an economist.
     
  14. HOWARD J

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    The Walmarts around here don't carry gun & ammo anymore--We are close to Detroit.
    I don't know if that has anything to do with it.
    We are at the mercy of the gun shops- $25 for 500 .22's
    I am set for a while-10000 rounds.............................
     
  15. Lakeshore

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    I too have noticed ammo prices creeping up again.

    A big part of it is government purchases of huge quantities of ammo for the military and civilian agencies. Dept. of Homeland Security recently awarded a 5 year contract to Winchester for 200 million rounds of .40 S&W. In effect Uncle is using our tax money to curtail ammo availability.
     
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    i noticed 9mm and .40 and .45 was up again but at least they had a load of it but shotgun shells have stayed the same price for 12 months, 4.47 a box of 5 slugs/buck,been that way for a long time,25 round box centurion #7or 8- 5.75 a box.pistol ammo is like a roller coaster ride on price.
     
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    Yes personally I would agree the prices are slowly increasing. But at the same time I see a much healthier stock of ammo in places that had nothing a month ago. I can buy 9 almost any place that sells ammo now, while a few months back you couldn't get 9 anywhere in my area.
     
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    Moody's is about to drop the bond rating on US Treasuries. Once that happens, interest rates will skyrocket.

    If you have ANY sense, you'll buy as much ammo as you can right now.
     
  19. AzBuckfever

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    This is sad. Just think that 10 years ago, if that, you could buy a brick of .22 for $7. THANK YOU to all those who make every attempt to drive up ammo prices. And thank you fellow law enforcement for not savings your stupid butt because increased prices mean less ammo, means less training, means more risk. Hope the price of caskets doesn't go up :eek:)
     
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    Went to a gun show about a month ago and the dealer I buy from there had 9mm (PMC) for $225 for a case of 1,000. I bought one. I went back yesterday to get some more and this time he had the exact same ammo for $195 a case. I was there about an hour after the show opened and he was already down to eight cases. I bought two more cases and my friend bought two cases for himself.

    Then we checked periodically to see how long the last four cases lasted. Within two hours, they were all sold out of this ammo. At $9.75 / 50 rounds for ammo I really like, I'm still wondering if I should have bought even more.

    Bulk sales of his other ammo seemed brisk also. Maybe in anticipation of a future price rise.
     
  21. taliv

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    i bought all the federal 22 bulk my local walmart had a few weeks ago at the $14 price. I went in last night and saw the shelf was packed with more ammo than I've ever seen in a walmart. My first thought was, "i can't buy all that". Then I saw the price and didn't buy any of it.
     
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    Guess those mean old hoarders from a year ago were astutely wise shoppers.....
     
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    I don't know about everywhere else, but the one WallyWorld I go to for ammo still has the same prices as before. Federal 9mm. is still $9.47/50; WWB 9mm. still at $19.97/100; Federal .223 is also still $39.97/100. But out of 4 stores in the general vicinity, this is the only store that regularly gets pistol and rifle ammo. The other 3 either just have mostly shotgun shells, or next to nothing at all.
     
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    :confused::confused:

    Milk was cheaper 10 years ago too. So were eggs. Bread. Soda. Electricity. Water. Virtually everything. In fact, ammo has gone up in price slower then most of those items. All-in-all, prices are still pretty attractive compared to 10 years ago.
     
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    Just had to buy a car battery today. last time I bought one with my son, the average price was about $60. Now, closer to $80 in the same store. Lead is a commodity that price fluctuates daily. Brass is another one, as is the gas to transport it all.
     
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