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It may actually be getting better.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Queen_of_Thunder, May 10, 2013.

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  1. Queen_of_Thunder

    Queen_of_Thunder member

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    This week has been the best week ammowise since this mess started. Wednesday was the best day in 5 months. So far we have seen 9mm,40cal and 45acp each day. Wednesday and today there was a lot of ammo left but there were about 20 fewer people in line each day so that may have played a part. I saw not only 357 but 38 special on the shelf along with 44 special. We are getting 22lr on a regular basis but no 44mag. 223/556 is still hard to come by but it shows up every now and then. We get a lot of 308 and 7.62x39.

    There also seems that a pattern is developing where Friday is the worst day of the week for ammo and Monday being the best day for ammo.
     
  2. CB900F

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    I take it then that youre in a commercial situation? If you don't mind, what general area of the country please? I'm not noticing a significantl
    y better ammo supply at this time.

    900F
     
  3. Queen_of_Thunder

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    I'm not on the commerial side. I'm a user of ammo. This is what I've been seeing at my local Academy Sports since I started lining up in January. This week has been a great week for ammo. Granted this week may be a one time event but I hope not. We shall see come next week.



    Location is West Texas.
     
  4. Baldman

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    Just going by the internet messages I've received this week I would agree. Midway sent me a notification they had UMC .223 in stock for about $8 a box of 20 and Brownells sent me an email that my PMAG's have shipped. I'm not sure if it is a trend but it's like Christmas in May for me.
     
  5. FitGunner

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    Queen, your store gets better shipments than our's. On top of that, the managers decided to put out the shipments at random times to confuse the re-sellers. They caught on pretty quick that the early birds were buying everything they could and then posting the ammo on Facebook, Gun Broker, etc. for 2-4 times what they paid. They called the people out on it and were lied to about it. So they went to the random system. You never know when they will put it out.
     
  6. PabloJ

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    Random system is great idea. Every store with people lining up for ammo on expected delivery date should do that.
     
  7. Hondodawg

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    Just ordered 9mm, 40, 38sp, 223, 5.56, and 7.69x39, lots of butler creek steel lips 10/22 mags a variety of MPI mags and S&W M&Ps, ARs, handguns and shields and a few Henry's. I haven't had this variety of items since last year. I hope it is getting better. But dang 22lr is still impossible.

    As for putting items out its random most of the time were a small store and it depends on the brown truck arrival and when it gets added to inventory system.
     
  8. mrvco

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    The stacks of boxes of ammo at my local LGS's are only getting taller... all calibers. The prices aren't coming down as fast as the stacks are growing, but now that the supply seems to be stabilizing and the shelves are fully stocked, it's only a matter of time.
     
  9. 12many

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    I agree. Next step, get the prices down, and then let's go shooting.
     
  10. bushmaster1313

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    I saw 500 rounds of new American made 223 go for $315 on Gunbroker
     
  11. swalton1943

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    It's getting better!!!

    My LGS had every cal but .22lr. Still no primers at all.
     
  12. TCB in TN

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    My LGS has most everything except .22lr too. Walmart had a couple of boxes of 9mm, 30-06, .270, 7mm mag, 25-06, plenty of 12ga and a few odds and ends. It is getting better.
     
  13. SlowFuse

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    I can say something similar to the OP. My local Academy has had for the past 2 days:

    380, 9mm mak and luger, 40, 45, 357 mag, 223, 7.62x39, 308. All of these have been nonexistent for the past 2 months at least with the exception of spotty 40 and 357mag. Still no 22 rimfire except shorts and shot loads.
     
  14. Agsalaska

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    A better idea than the random system would be to price it at a point to take the incentive away from the resellers. That will ultimately bring the aggregat prices back down to a more familiar level.
     
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    I am also not a fan of the random system. I don't want to drop by my local gun store or big box retailer three times a day hoping I will get lucky. As much as we collectively hate them, the resellers are serving a purpose. They are getting ammo into the hands of people who cannot or will not wait in line in for it.

    Anyway, I'd better get to bed. I've got to be up in 6 hours to go to Academy.
     
  16. CharlieDeltaJuliet

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    I agree with the Queen of Thunder. It seems to be getting a little easier to find ammo. While my local Walmart and LGS are still slim pickings, it is because they are the only place to buy it within 40 miles. The other LGS's (40-45 miles away) have almost every caliber of some sort. It is still a little overpriced and might be a brand you are not used to shooting, but it is there. I am finding more and more online. If you will watch sights like www.slickdeals.net and sign up for updates with keywords like "ammo", you can usually find decent deals. I just bought 5k rounds of ..22 LR from Grafs and Sons, but found the deal from slickdeals.
     
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    Not getting better in my neck of the woods. Still no ammo here, will be glad when this nightmare is over.
     
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    Slightly better. It seems like 9mm is around, at some places. Online still sucks.
     
  19. Queen_of_Thunder

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    Oh goody. Someone wanting price controls. Explain to everyone why you support making the shortage much worse then it already is by going to price controls. Price controls lead to shortages.

    What many fail to understand is those putting their ammo on sites such as gunbroker are in effect helping to ease the shortage by putting more ammo in the hands of shooters then the current situation is presently doing. Granted prices have gone up but prices will retreat somewhat here in the future. Probably won't be as cheap as it used to be but there are more gun owners today then in Sept. of last year. That alone pushes the price up due to increased demand. The only question that remains is how will this increase in demand be met. Imported ammo, factory expansion, new entrants into the market, who knows. Could be one or a combination. We just have to ride this out as the market decides on which path is most economical to take.
     
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    Good! Those resellers on Gunbroker need to be drawn & quartered! :cuss:
     
  21. Queen_of_Thunder

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    Explain your reason for that position.
     
  22. NHCraigT

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    Just got a shipment of Blazer Brass 9mm from SG today (that had been backordered since Jan).

    Cost: $11.20/50 rounds (obviously I had ordered more than 50).

    Worth the wait!
     
  23. Ankeny

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    I have only sold two items on Gunbroker in my life. Both were last month. I had a 500 pack of CCI Stingers that I bought for my nephew to shoot in his pistol. As it turned out, his pistol won't shoot Stingers reliably so he told me to sell them. I put them on GB with a reserve of what I paid for them plus estimated shipping. What's wrong with that?

    I also bought 1000 rounds of Federal .223 ammo for my new AR. After the purchase, a buddy gave me a handful of the same ammo (different lot) to try in my rifle before I opened the box. My rifle didn't shoot well with the Fed. 55 gr. FMJ so I put them on GB with a reserve of exactly what I paid plus $25.00 shipping. I ran the auction short term rather than the usual one week. The ammo didn't even show up in the GB search engine until the auction was half over. The "winning" bidder bought them for about 10-15 cents less per round than most folks are paying for ammo of lesser quality. I made about $12.00 on the sale, but it's 44 miles round trip to the Fed Ex office. My pickup truck gets 17 mpg.

    No one made anyone bid on those items. I could have just as easily hoarded them away.
     
  24. Agsalaska

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    What? Who is advocating price controls? Certainly not me. The retailers who are so far under market price that resellers have an incentive to buy from them and resell for a profit actually help to drive the price up. And causes shortages. If WalMart, Academy, etc. would raise their prices and take the incentive away from the resellers the highest prices would drop off fairly quickly. But they are free to price it however they want to price it.
     
  25. Blackbeard

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    I actually saw some ammo today! Farm & Fleet had some .223 soft point 55gr, 20 for $23.48. The $13 stuff was, of course, sold out. Walmart actually had two boxes of .380 auto. Unfortunately I don't have a .380 or I'd have grabbed them.

    Is it bad if you consider buying a gun because you found some ammo for it?
     
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