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

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by docbrown, Sep 8, 2021.

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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

    8 vote(s)
    10.1%
  2. No

    44 vote(s)
    55.7%
  3. Seriously? Not going to happen for a while!

    27 vote(s)
    34.2%
  1. DDDWho

    DDDWho Member

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    My LGS IS 3X the price for 9MM that I paid there 2 years ago. I’ve had some donations of 9 (I dearly love my bro-n-law) that should get me through. I found some .22 LR HP Aquila on line for 8 cents and bought 1500 rounds, the most I ever paid for it but around here it’s at least double that.
     
  2. brewer12345

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    I hadn't thought about the pecking order in who gets their needs filled first. The one thing that I have seen is lower end 12 ga 7 1/2 and 8 shot shells presumably intended for clays and doves. My impression is that steel shells require more care to make, and I imagine the volume is probably on the small side, so the continuing drought is not shocking. I think I am good for at least the next two seasons with what I have, so I can afford to wait. Worse comes to worst, I can just source some steel, bismuth, or itx shot and put some shells together with the components I already have,
     
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  3. AlabamaRoscoe

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    I'm seeing full shelves of multiple pistol calibers. I'm not seeing much in rifle hunting rounds. The price is no where near past normal price. 60-70% higher than 18 months ago. Maybe that's the new normal.
     
  4. Archie

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    The key is the word "getting". It is 'gettng' but isn't there yet. From what I hear casually from owners of gun shops and a limited number of manufacturing folk, it will be a while. And due to inflation - caused largely by governmental regulatory and executive decisions - prices will not uniformly fall to 2019 prices eventually. But like other times prior, one adapts.
     
  5. defjon

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    Not at all.

    If all I cared about was 9mm, I see plenty of aluminum case fmj for 16/50.

    Wheel gun guy that doesn't reload. SOL.

    Clean and put away.

    Once in a blue moon 22lr practice I suppose, and I'll indulge other hobbies.
     
  6. Meeks36

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    Smaller mom and pop pawn shop has a decent selection and decent prices. Maybe a few bucks over 2019.
     
  7. bassjam

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    Higher prices are likely the only thing keeping ammo in stock right now. Not every store I've been to has everything, but if I drove around to a few I could find most everything, except regular bird in 12 and 20 ga.

    For whatever reason I could buy buckshot and slugs if I wanted though.
     
  8. twarr1

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    Stock is slowly coming back, prices are still obscene. $0.75-1.00 for 223 and $3+ for hunting ammo.
    As far as reloading components; locally, I don’t expect to ever see again. For folks in my area it’ll be mail order or drive to the city (2 hours minimum)
     
  9. CapnMac

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    The poll did not include my answer. Which was "Yes" until the Russian ban was announced,
    They are rebounding now that the knuckledraggers have realized that it was not all ammo being banned,
     
  10. DustyGmt

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    Brass cased 9mm seems to be sticking right around $380/1K, just under $20 per 50rd box, I could almost live with that but of course I will welcome any improvements. I haven't actually seen any Wolf or Steel cased 9mm to compare prices but Brass M193 5.56 is $450 at my LGS.

    He also just posted these, along with a pic of a row of cases, to show that he has a good supply for $385. Tempting. Very tempting....
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  11. DustyGmt

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    IMG_20210909_180546.jpg Oh and here is something I haven't seen in ages, .357 mag. Haven't seen a box of FMJ .357 for over a year and last time I think I did I think it was $100/50. My guy has em for $29.99
     
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  12. Ignition Override

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    Two very separate topics.

    It seems far more productive to discuss availability - and I mean six hours, maybe a whole day After shelves are restocked -- than supply + prices as a single topic.

    If demand has been fairly consistent for a given chambering, then a continued availability of many popular chamberings should lead to lower prices.
    Obviously either production has multiplied (very unlikely), or Ammo Flippers can't buy certain retail ammo at typical 2020 prices, while seeing less of their ammo sell on Gunbroker etc.
     
  13. Airborne Falcon
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    If this were a political poll it would be considered a -90% slaughter.

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  14. bersaguy

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    Around here availability is creeping back. Prices are still high, but in some cases not outrageously so. 380 is still stupid expensive when it can be found, $60-$80/50. Thats fmj mind you. Mini Mags are about .20/end but other options are available. I see 9mm routinely at around $18/50. My prediction is that by mid to late '22 things will start evening out, and we will have about 6-9 months to stock up before the election starts putting a crunch on supply again. Before this all started I thought having a 4-5 year stockpile was going a bit too far. That's about what I had on hand, and was thinking I needed to sell some off. Now, I'm looking at it like firewood...collect as much as you think you will need, then double it.
     
  15. Kookla

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    @stonebuster Happy Birthday!
     
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  16. doubleh

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    My LGS has little in the way of ammo. His ammo has always been expensive and it is more so now. He is not bad on gun prices but I hardy ever see a decent price on ammo.
     
  17. jeff-10

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    What I have noticed as far as handgun ammo in general, online or stores, is that 9mm and 40 S&W are some what reasonable. Everything else, like 357 Mag and 10mm Auto, have gone bonkers. Even 38 Special is ridiculous. The above posters experience with 380 will keep any of the newer buyers from purchasing one when in previous years it would have been a perfectly reasonable first gun.

    Keep in mind, everything from houses to computers and cars have gone up considerably. No reason to expect anything, including ammo, to return to 2019 levels ever. The saddest part for me is it may derail the popularity of other calibers I have interest in such as 10mm Auto and 327 Federal/32 H&R.
     
  18. Trey Veston

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    Definitely getting more ammo on the LGS shelf, but prices are steep. As a reloader, I am more concerned with components such as powder, bullets, cases, and primers.

    Lots more bullets lately, and we had a bunch of powder show up for almost an entire week last month, but no primers for a couple of months.

    I thought it would be fun to take my late grandfather's Remington Model 241 rifle in .22 Short grouse hunting later this month. I have about 4 boxes of ancient .22 Short ammo and I did some research and it seems the best stuff is the CCI 29 grain HP .22 Short high velocity. Runs about 1,100 fps compared to the standard 720 fps.

    Haven't seen any .22 ammo locally for almost a year. Went online thinking finding .22 Short would be a breeze. I used AmmoSeek.com to find the CCI ammo I needed and it was $18 for a pack of 100. I figured two packs would last me a while and was shocked at the final price of $49 at check out for 200 rounds of .22 Short ammo. Couldn't do it. Seems ammo is getting more plentiful and cheaper by the day, so I'll wait another week or so and see if I can find it cheaper.
     
  19. Gun4Fun90

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    For me they were getting better at my LGS but they have gone back up in the last 2 months. Currently sitting about 50¢ per round for 9mm and about 70¢ per round for 5.56. These are the prices for brass cased ammo, I don't shoot steel and don't know the prices.

    I would like to see 5.56 get back to 50¢ per round or less and 9mm 20¢ per round or less. But I don't think that will happen any time soon, for various reasons.
     
  20. shafter

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    Availability is pretty good but prices seem to be stabilizing.
     
  21. brewer12345

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    The Aguila 22 short is good stuff, too, should you run across it.
     
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  22. MechAg94

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    Common calibers are there even if price is not that great yet. What hasn't happened is stocks of all the various hunting calibers coming back in stock. Getting a little better though.
     
  23. rhodester

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    My LGS, Fin Feather Fir in Canton, Ohio has a pretty good selection of hand guns but ammo is about 3x compared to pre-COVID prices with quantity limits. All in all, a great LGS.
     
  24. Insignificant bill

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    No 22lr but there is other calibers on the shelf at too proud prices.
     
  25. david58

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    Went by a pawn shop that wanted $99 for a box of 30-06. Got the lecture about the russian ammo ban. Went a couple of miles to a gun shop, and found three boxes of 7mm-08 for my wife - -$38.99 is steep, but only $10 more than I paid this time last year.
     
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