Stocks of ammo & prices getting back to normal at your LGS?

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Are you seeing stocks of ammo and prices getting back to normal at your LGS?

Poll closed Sep 15, 2021.
  1. Yes

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  2. No

    44 vote(s)
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  3. Seriously? Not going to happen for a while!

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  1. docbrown

    docbrown Member

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    Are you seeing ammo in stock at your LGS?

    Was in my local shop and they had cases of steel cased 9mm 115 grain FMJ $499/1000 and boxes on boxes of Winchester White Box 9mm 115 grain FMJ 200 for $149. Also tons and tons of 223/5.56 (ranging from 50 - 70 cents a round depending on steel case, grain, manufacture, etc), 38 Special ($49.99/50 - 125 grain FMJ) and boatloads of 22 LR for about 10 cents a round. Lots of other ammo too like 300 BO, 7.62X39, etc. I even picked up 50 rounds of Federal 6.5 Grendel there a couple of weeks ago.

    I am hoping everyone else is seeing this and that maybe we will get back to some sense of normalcy in the weeks to come and maybe primers will even become available as manufacturers are not demanding them for production.
     
  2. Hartkopf

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    Availability yes. Prices no.

    I was easily finding 9mm at 17 cents per round in 2019. Now we’re lucky to find it for 50 cents per round and it has not been dropping. It’s ugly and I don’t see what will make it better any time soon.
     
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  3. DustyGmt

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    I'm seeing federal brass cased 9mm going for $380/1K and Winchester brass 5.56 going for about $500, which is much better than I'm typically hearing from folks elsewhere in the country. Much better than it was but not quite normal, but it is available and it isn't flying off the shelf like it was. I suspect things will go up and down. Buy whatever you need to keep your fingers loose and store a lil bit for later....

    I'm surprised to hear someone sound so grateful for $0.50/rd steel case 9mm, but I guess it was pretty bad for quite a spell. I'm torn between whether I would advise people to stock up and buy what they can before things get all daft again or having them hold out and let it sit on the shelf til it starts collecting dust and force the prices down.
     
  4. wgp

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    My Cabelas in Kansas has had an increase in some ammo, and I actually was able to buy some primers. 9mm was $0.40/round. Very little revolver ammo. Was in Minnesota last week at a big store, cases and cases of 147gr 9mm. Quite a bit of .45, .380, .40. Very little revolver ammo and a clerk told me they can't get it and don't expect to get it. What little.357 they had was about $1/round.
     
  5. Carl N. Brown

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    I am seeing ammo on the shelves, more and more, at Dunham's, etc.
    I am no longer driving my grandson to work, so I don't stop to check Walmart after dropping him off at work any more.
    I have been sparingly shooting ammo I put aside pre-election, pre-COVID.

    But, I am seeing fewer totally bare shelves, and Walmart at least has not bumped prices up when they do have ammo.
    So stock as in store stockage on the shelves is returning. Aint normal yet.

    When I drop off brass at the recycler, the price I am paid per pound is more than last year and more than two years ago.
    So I suspect cost of copper and brass has really gone up.
    Will prices on ammo go down to pre-panic levels? I don' think so.
     
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  6. CoalCrackerAl

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    My LGS is closed. Due to remodeling a second store. But before he closed his prices were decent. I stopped at Dunhams the other day. They were outrageous.
     
  7. Carl N. Brown

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    " I stopped at Dunhams the other day. They were outrageous."

    A few months back, my son and a friend went to the local Dunhams. Dunhams was basically bare. But Dunhams had found some misplaced boxes of 9mm in the backroom and put it out on the shelf with the original price marked but a 3 box per customer limit. My son bought 3, our friend bought 2.

    Couple of months ago, Dunhams had .30 Carbine (Remington and Aguila) at $49 per box of 50rds. Maybe outrageous because I was used to buying PPU .30 Carbine at $25 or less per box, but the price was probably what Dunhams had to pay for it plus a reasonable profit. A decade or so ago ago, I could find only Winchester .30 Carbine at $50 a box of 50. So Dunhams price seemed steep, but not totally out of reason.

    I can remember buying CMP Lake City Arsenal .30 Carbine at 12 cents a round, $6 for a box of 50 rds. Those were the days.
     
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  8. CoalCrackerAl

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    I was going to buy a box of .223. I was having some accuracy issues with my rifle. I wanted to try some factory ammo. They wanted 20.00 for 20 rounds. 30.06 270 and 308 was 60 bucks!. We stopped at Walmart then. My son got his hunting license. Their center fire hunting ammo was 17.99. I figured out my accuracy issue too. Mounts were getting loose. One screw on the back was a 1/4 turn loose and the front mount was 1/2 turn loose.
     
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  9. BreechFace

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    As was said above availability yes, price not even close.
     
  10. docbrown

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    I wouldn't say I was "grateful" - merely making an observation that I have not seen that much ammo in stock for a while and it is at least half what it was just a few months ago. I have enough 9mm made...and enough components to keep me going...for a good while. I was just thinking that if availability was coming back and prices were dropping, that there might be some light in the distance with reloading components being available by year's end or first quarter next year. Maybe I am being overly optimistic, but it seems to me that with the exception of primers, prices are coming down on most firearms related items. 6 months ago a Lee single stage press could not be had for less than $100 - now they are going for around $60-$70 and a 4 hole turret press can be had for a little over $100 shipped. Other presses have come down similarly, as well as dies. Powder is popping up more frequently (albeit higher than a year ago) and primers come up infrequently, but they do come up. Like I said, maybe I am just an optimist...:)
     
  11. brewer12345

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    Shotgun ammo remains very scarce locally, which is kind of amazing considering we are in dove season and small game and waterfowl are a few weeks away.
     
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  12. DoubleMag

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    Not really if you think about it. Along with the usual suspect shortages of primers powder etc. , there is a plastics issue. I do not remember if it's supply or manufacture once they get the pastics. Shotgun hulls, plastic. Wads, plastic. So when shells are made they produce for the #1 buyers, trap shooting / sporting clays & such. Then lead shooters dove/squirrel/rabbit etc. ....Last on the list is daffy duck. Around these parts you can find OCCASIONAL flats of the el cheapo Fed Field & Clays lead shotshells for $100-$120. Our local WM*** thinks this stuff is sent from heaven and Midas approved, a box of Federal 12ga ''field heavy'' 1 1/8oz #71/2s had a sticker price of $9.50 ; WIN 1oz 20ga #6 was just north of $13

    Have a gr8t day one & all, and REMEMBER when/ if it 1)comes back in AND 2) comes down in price...buy it cheap & stack it deep. Another 3.2 years of political upheaval, maybe the saying will be, buy it cheaper stack it deeper LoL
     
  13. sarduy

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    This ... ^^
     
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  14. Waveski

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    It stands to reason that a prolonged primer drought is going to suppress the sale of loading machines. Suppressed sales results in lower prices.
     
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  15. Steve S.

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    Budgets and behaviors always adjust to supply and demand - today is the good old days as the past is gone and the future is unknown. Stop worrying about something you cannot control - a total waste of time. Buy what you can, shoot what you can and enjoy the moment - life is fleeting.
     
  16. cc-hangfire

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    No & no.

    some rifle ammo & shotgun ammo at the local Academy Sports. Prices high but not extremely so.

    no handgun ammo or .22lr
     
  17. mcb

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    Stock is getting closer but still light, prices not yet. You can get what you need but selection is no where what it was and the prices have not come down much from their high.
     
  18. stonebuster

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    My thoughts exactly. High prices will result in folks shooting fewer rounds and allow for production to catch up. I'm no spring chicken, so I don't worry about what I can't control and enjoy every day I have left. If I was younger I might wait it out until the market settles out. I'm going to reload 38spl today in the basement and enjoy doing it. Tomorrow is my 71st b-day and will be going to have a MRI of my brain. Retirement is fantastic, old age comes with a price.
     
  19. Steve Milbocker

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    Stopped at Dunham’s in Cheboygan Mi yesterday while visiting with my sons and the shelves were pretty bare. Stopped at an old shop I knew about years ago in Rogers City Mi. and they had Remington Thunder Bolts for a 138 bucks a brick! Insane! I’m glad I’m well stocked.
     
  20. Axis II

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    I went to cabelas last night and couldn't believe the ammo they had. Probably 20k rounds of Winchester 5.56 and around 1k rounds of winchester 9mm. 9mm was $19.99 box which beats anyone around me by $6-10.
     
  21. Riomouse911

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    Around here, no. :(


    Not much variety. No real bargains.

    I also think retailers are keeping prices a bit high locally to discourage flipping.

    Stay safe.
     
  22. GNP

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    The prices are too high on what they do have, and I have plenty of everything except for .38sp in any sort of actual SD load, and it is apparently unobtainable here.
     
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  23. Buzznrose

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    I was at My local’ish Cabelas recently and bought a couple hundred rounds of Herters .22LR for $8.99 per 100. Copper jacketed. If it shoots okay, I’ll be slowly adding more.

    CCI and Federal are my preferred flavors, but I’m really not too picky with drill ammo as long as it goes bang.
     
  24. Double Naught Spy

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    "Normal" would be a no, if you mean pre-pandemic/Biden. Paying full msrp would be a YES, which is higher than what used to be 'normal'
     
  25. 375supermag

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    Hi...

    I was doing a gun shop tour yesterday and noticed more ammunition, powder and bullets on the shelves at almost every shop.
    Prices have dropped a bit but selection and caliber are very hit and miss.
    Still can't find any primers anywhere although the rumors of shops holding them back for employees and friends continue to be prevalent.
    One shop got a large delivery of Alliant powders but unfortunately no Blue Dot which is the one powder that I don't have a large supply of in reserve. I have copious amounts of Unique, 2400 and Bullseye but many thousands of rounds of.357Mag fired during this current shortage have taken a toll on my Blue Dot supply.
     
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