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I'd like to hear from members where the shelves are NOT bare

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by hso, Jul 25, 2020.

  1. hso

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    We've been talking about the difficulty in finding ammunition and defensive firearms, but in THIS thread I'd like to hear from members who have personal experience recently seeing if not plenty, but available if you want guns and ammo. They can be limited to a couple of boxes (even if the boxes are 100+).

    Please, no "My cousin's brother in law's dog groomer's mother in law said". If you were talking to someone that actually went to the LGS and bought some this week, that's fine.
    Please, no "we're out here in XXYY". We've heard plenty of that.
     
  2. NIGHTLORD40K

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    The supplies are thin here in SWFL, and you may have to pay a premium or make multiple stops, but ammo can be found locally. Guns too if your not too picky.

    I was at a medium-sized shop yesterday. They had plenty of shotguns, maybe 5 ARs, a handful of Taurus G2s, couple of Wranglers, and even a few nice old Colts and S&Ws in the consignment case. No shortage of bolt-action rifles here, but those are always slow sellers in this area due to the lack of hunting land and game.

    That said, it was maybe 20% of their "normal" inventory.

    9mm was available- $20 for a box of 50 FMJ. .223 was goin for $225/500.
     
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  3. potmetal

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    The shops here don't have the inventory they used to but, they are coming up with new guns, and even some used guns being traded in. One shop has a reputation for being fair on trade in prices, and they are getting stuff in. Plus, they are selling stuff for customers on consignment. That's how I found the Sig P226 I got recently. They get ammo, but range ammo goes fast. Higher priced self defense ammo sells a little slower.
    Academy and a farm and ranch store called Atwood's gets ammo in at pre-crazy prices but they go fast. I was able to get 45acp Federal 230gr aluminum case at Atwood's for $15.99 a box 2 days ago. They had 380 and 22 that day too.
     
  4. luzyfuerza

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    The LGSs that I visit regularly here in Utah have good selections of new and used handguns. Shotguns for defense use are thin, though. Ammo is pricey at the biggest LGS but available. Elsewhere, ammo, primers, and powder are very scarce.
     
  5. drobs

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    Went to West Plains Pawn and Gun (Missouri) last week. They had a large assortment of ammo in pretty much every caliber you could imagine plus lots of handguns, rifles, and shotguns.

    Ammo prices were up but not completely unreasonable.
    My buddy snagged 4 boxes of S&B 115gr 9mm @ $11.99 a box of 50.

    Gun prices were another thing - that Ruger PC 9 cabine that paid $489 for at another shop, 4 months ago. WP Pawn had it for $680!!!
    That's ridiculous. They had a pair of new S&W M&P AR15's with $900 price tags - also too high IMHO.

    My local Do it Best hardware store has a few guns and ammo. Last time I was in there they had a good amount of ammo at normal prices.
     
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  6. buddyd157

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    stocked shelves here at the LGS in RI
     
  7. Hartkopf

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    One central Texas gun store had a good bit of S&B 9mm for 26.99 per box and Gold Dots for $69.99 per box of 50. :what:


    So around here, where it is plentiful, it is painful.
     
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  8. .308 Norma

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    I was in Walmart (of all places) in Pocatello the other day, and I wandered over to the sporting goods department while my wife was trying on a pair of blue jeans. I could hardly believe it, but Walmart had 4, 100 round boxes of CCI Mini Mag 22LRs sitting on the shelf - all by themselves. I bought 2 of them.
    Which brought up another question - the guy behind the counter ask for my ID, and he punched some information from it into the computer before he sold me the ammo. What was that all about? Walmart policy? I'd never bought ammo there before.o_O
     
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  9. Mars5l

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    East Pasco County Florida here. There are 2 stores I goto, well 3 now that I think of it. They all have 9mm , .40, and .223. Box limits at all and prices are slowly creeping to $20 a box for FMJ. I'll spend a few hours on a day off after getting paid and buy some stock and check out their inventory. One place last weekend when I stopped in had a case of Tula 7.62x39 for $260
     
  10. westy39

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    I was in Scheels, the one in Billings, MT last week. The pickings were slim then, but on tuesday I was back in Billings so I went back to Scheels again because Cabelas shelves were mostly bare except for some 45acp. There was plenty of ammo at Scheels in almost all calibars. I didn’t see any great deals but at least there was ammo available.Be safe all.
     
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  11. Prince Yamato

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    Plano, TX area. Big box stores getting ammo and guns trickling in. Turkish guns coming in pretty steady.


    It’s the little stores that don’t order in the quantity of the big ones that are having trouble getting stuff in. Some of the purchasing is the mom and pop shops coming short on inventory, buying from the big box stores and doing a markup. If you see big box brand ammo at your local shop, it’s probably being sold at a markup.
     
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    Fin, Feather, Fur in Rossford, Ohio had some ammo. 32 auto, 357 SIG & magnum. 40 s&w is all I can recall. A little of 223/556. The rimfire I didn't look at, as there were a few people in that aisle. Hit and miss on reloading supplies, but not bare shelfed.
    I didn't think of looking at the gun counter.
    As a side note, I crossed paths with a man who came out as I was heading in, carrying 2-8 lb. jugs of powder. He had the look of someone who had the prized booty and was getting out of dodge before anyone noticed. :D
     
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    Lots of 22LR, a decent selection of 223, few choices in 9mm and 1 box of 308 noted at LGS today (Saturday). I did pick up some CCI clean subsonic for $8.75/100 and a 400 round box of blazer LRN for $22.
     
  14. xring3

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    Ammo and reloading supplies appear to be plentiful in my area. Luckily, however, I’ve probably got enough to last for some time. About a couple of years ago I’d start buying a box or two of 9mm when the local farm and home store would have it on sale (8.99 for 50 rounds). I’ve several thousand primers in large and small rifle and pistol. Ok on powder also. Anyway, if I do ever have to buy supplies I’ll probably faint from price shock.
     
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    I picked up a Dan Wesson Vigil at a LGS in Naperville, IL yesterday. They were busy, but still had quite a few handguns and different rifles as well as 5.56 ammo.
     
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    We're doing ok out here on the Big Island. Gun wise I usually have my FFL buddy order stuff for me (or order it and have it sent to him), but there ARE gun on the shelves for folks that want them, and there's plenty of common ammo, tho cost has gone up.

    Some gun are simply unobtanium right now, but there are other options.
     
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  17. bersaguy

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    LGS in Pinellas County that I get to frequently had a fairly decent selection of handguns, some ammo and small magnum pistol primers in stock. Was able to pick up a lb of Unique, plenty of BE-86 and other alliant powders available.
     
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    Trading places in monroe ga is/was stocked. With how quick it goes it's a crap shoot. I call before I go. Academy is a waste land. Most lgs and pawn shops are out of everything.
     
  19. Telum Pisces

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    Had to take my wife for her quarterly doctor's visit at UAB hospital in Birmingham. They are not allowing anyone but the patient into the hospital unless it's absolutely necessary (wheelchair bound or pediatric patient etc...)

    So I went to a "man" store. Mark's Outdoor Sports there in Birmingham had shelves and racks full of stuff. Even found an elusive micro red dot I've been looking for for my Springfield Hellcat I bought a few months back. Have not been able to find one in stock online or in a store anywhere since I bought it in February. They had one. So I bought it.

    All prices were retail or slightly more depending on the item. But they had just about everything. Nice shop and nice owner. Chit chatted with him to waste time while my wife was at her doc apt and getting labs and scans done etc...

    I live here in NW Florida and one of our local store called Ranger Firearms is fully stocked pretty well too. I was able to buy small pistol primers there the other day.
     
  20. daniel craig

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    Western NY area seems to be ok
     
  21. magyars4

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    Just stopped by two LGS in east central Indiana... While not full shelves, there were plenty of handguns and rifles just no ARs or AKs...ammo was decent, some gaps
     
  22. Shanghai McCoy

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    On a "hunch" I stopped into the Orshelin's Farm store in Lawrence Ks yesterday. They have a small ammo display and there were three 25 round boxes of 38 special XTP, lots of Aquilla 22, about a dozen 380 fmj and one lone box of the Fiocchi 9mm plus assorted hunting rounds in most of the common calibers. Bought a box of the 38's and that lonely little box of the 9mm. Prices were about the normal retail.
     
  23. FROGO207

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    Up here in Central Maine there is a LGS just off the interstate in Newport. True to their past when I have visited the store was full of firearms and ammo. I have never purchased anything there due to lets say HIGH prices. Examples were a used 10-22 for $350, new Mini 14 Ranch for $1,399, bricks of primers at $65 per K, LB of Green dot $45.95, box of 30-30 CorLoct's for $39.99 and similar such prices. They even had 50 round boxes of .22 LR. Assorted brands for $11.99 each. Most of the stuff still had the dust on it from before the "O" shortage. If push ever gets to shove they will probably will still have something for you on the shelves LOL.
     
  24. dh1633pm

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    Except for 9 mm, my dealer has a great supply. No I won’t share where he is. His prices are excellent. Picked up 22 LR last week. Oh he is out of double oh as well.

    I think because he is open from 12 to 5 and one person at a time in the shop. I went at 1030. Have special privileges.
     
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  25. MrShooter

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    There's only one store in my county that sells ammo, the shelves are mostly bare, but if you check in often you might get a decent deal on one caliber or another. You just have to be lucky enough to stop in right after they get some in.
     
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