Is ammo supply shrinking again?

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  1. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Moderator Staff Member

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    Not quite true. Russian ammo imports were restricted as a result of executive action. It may not seem like much, but every restriction has some effect on supply and on perception of supply.
     
  2. 280shooter

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    The basspro in Hbg.pa.never have 22 ammo.
    I stopped look for it thier.I have better luck at the Walmarts,at better prices the lgs
     
  3. MagnunJoe

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    Plenty of damage to gun owners @ the state level. With 10 states capping mags and several others contemplating doing the same.


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  4. Warp

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    In what years did each of those 10 states initially put the magazine caps in place?

    Counting a state that has had such a ban in place since the days of/end of the federal ban is a bit different than something like Colorado
     
  5. Ignition Override

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    It does not seem apparent. Even .22 LR has come down a bit. Retail stores in my area have numerous small boxes and bricks of it.

    The "Gunbot" website always shows vast quantities of various handgun/rifle selections available. Based on the lowest prices of .22-.23/rd. before shipping for steel-case 7.62x39, either supplies have increased, or demand has remained consistent for about two years.

    Hasn't .223 also remained consistent over the last two or so years?
     
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  6. Teachu2

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    Well, two months later, and the market is still unpredictable. I check ammoseek often, and the 9mm Lawman ammo I prefer has dried up. On the few occasions it pops up, it's 15-20% higher than it was January 1 at the same vendors. OTOH, my LGS got 32 cases of MiniMag HPs last week, and is selling them at about the same price WalMart was several years ago, and 10% LOWER than the lowest ammoseek price - and no limits. I stocked up while I can.
     
  7. JohnKSa

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    Actually, if you go back a few weeks, availability and pricing were pretty good and getting better. Since the Orlando shooting, things have gone downhill a bit.
     
  8. Panzerschwein

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    Yes, they're buying ALL the ammo!! Get it while you can!! Oh my God Hillary's going to ban ALL THE AMMO!! What are we gonna do!?!? Hurry get your butt off the dang computer and get to Wal-Mart! They're gonna take all the .22s so you won't be able to train or hunt squirrels on the day after!! :eek:

    All kidding aside, we are the cause of these STUPID panics. Personally, I would not buy any ammo right now if you already have some. If we can all just CALM DOWN and breath, I think you'll find the ammo won't be disappearing nearly as fast.
     
  9. MagnunJoe

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    I have noticed some BANIC since Orlando. Freedom munitions was out of normal 556 & 223 yesterday. They were just about giving them away a month ago.


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    Only reason I'm not buying right now is I need to shoot more to clear space in the ammo cabinet. Doing a little caliber re-aligning, not to mention shooting up the stuff that doesn't work quite as well to make room for stuff that shoots better.
     
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    For the first time in several years I went into Bass Pro and the had thousands of rds of 22 rf laid out for sale at decent prices. No scalping.

    9mm is low priced to a point where I can buy ammo for less than it costs to reload and 45ACP is also dropping in price. Still save prettyi much loading the rilfle calibers except 7.62x39.
     
  12. ColoradoShooter77

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    Doesn't matter to me if people want to go ape crap over political scenario's. I've got enough powder, primers, and bullets to load 223, 40 cal, and 9mm for at least 2 years.

    Panic away!
     
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    There is something amiss with this statement
     
  14. WiTom

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    We are blessed to be able to stock up as most in other countries do not have this option. A gun without ammo doesn't even make a good paperweight.
     
  15. ColoradoShooter77

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    My 9mm reloads are running 11 cents/round with 115 grain X-treme 9mm bullets.

    Cheapest factory rounds are 20 cents/round.
     
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    Yea, I can't find it *that* cheap, but it is getting pretty darn close. If you reload other, more expensive cartridges, it makes little sense to spend precious reloading time on 9mm, for me anyways.
     
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    AIM Surplus is selling Russian steel 9mm for $8.50 a box, does it pay to reload?

    Factor in time and effort to recover empties, time and gas to get supplies or cash to have it shipped to you, plus more time for all the actual reloading processes, and I'll happily spend $8.50 a box.

    People say time is free, but time is a non renewable resource. I'd rather be doing something more enjoyable than sitting in front of a loading bench doing mindless repetitive actions for a difference of a small amount per box.
     
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  19. ColoradoShooter77

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    I'm not putting steel cased crap in my pistol.

    If I'm not reloading, what else would I be doing, watching T.V? I enjoy the activity of reloading.

    I can basically shoot two boxes of ammo for the cost of one box of factory ammo, I'll take that deal.
     
  20. herkyguy

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    It seems to be regional... I'm in MS right now and just picked up reloading bullets at an Academy and did a double take when I saw their very reasonably priced supply of 22LR (which i passed on BTW, since I'm happy with my current supply at home). In NC, where home is for me, it's still priced high when it's available, which isn't often.

    Otherwise, ammo is generally available for most calibers. I still think it's moving off the shelves at a good clip, but it's available.
     
  21. joem1945

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    I reload so there's no shortage for me.
     
  22. Warp

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    You must have started reloading in 2014-2015.

    Because recently, especially 2013, there was a shortage for EVERYONE, including reloaders.
     
  23. Ignition Override

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    Can many laymen Not differentiate between gun owners who believe every buddy's rumour about a politician's ultimate intentions, or whether many of these comments were overheard as 'inside confidential info' from gun shop/show staff?

    So many people don't seem to be able to understand the profit incentive. Certain people need it in really plain English. Profit is the reason for so many "Hillary's gonna---" stories.
     
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  24. shafter

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    I can't believe there are people who haven't learned their lesson from the last shortage. Anyone who isn't stocking up these days is a fool.
     
  25. ATLDave

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    FWIW, I stopped by the big gun-focused sporting goods store in my area this morning, and ammo was AMPLE on the shelves. Bought some .22lr, some primers, and some pistol powder, all at "normal" prices.

    I think most serious shooters already have their "hoard" in place, they're mostly just trying to maintain. The last shortages came, I suspect, in large part from a big group of shooters moving from a just-in-time purchasing approach to an I'm-the-warehouse approach. Not a whole lot of people left to make that transition now, so a shortage may be a bit harder to spark this time around.

    Or not. I could be wrong. But I hope I'm right. Shortages are bad for the gun community.
     
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