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Which Cartridge Shortage Is Causing You the Most Angst?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by bushmaster1313, Feb 26, 2013.

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The scarcity of which cartridge annoys you the most

Poll closed Mar 28, 2013.
  1. .22 LR

    264 vote(s)
    53.9%
  2. .38 Special

    9 vote(s)
    1.8%
  3. .357 Magnum

    8 vote(s)
    1.6%
  4. 9 MM

    71 vote(s)
    14.5%
  5. .40 S&W

    5 vote(s)
    1.0%
  6. .223/5.56

    74 vote(s)
    15.1%
  7. .308

    16 vote(s)
    3.3%
  8. Buckshot

    3 vote(s)
    0.6%
  9. 7.62x39mm

    10 vote(s)
    2.0%
  10. Other

    30 vote(s)
    6.1%
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  1. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Member

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    Lots of cartridges are hard to find at reasonable prices.

    Personally, it is the scarcity of low recoil 12 gauge 00 Buckshot that impacts me the most.

    I enjoy setting up 3 targets at 15 feet and practicing for both accuracy and quick follow-up with a 12 gauge riot gun.
     
  2. Torian

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    Quality M855 or SS109 (green tip NATO) loads. I hate shooting that wolf crap...it stinks and rarely shoots accurately.
     
  3. Sport45

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    I'll probably run out of .22lr first. I reload for everything else and should have enough components to ride this out.
     
  4. Birdhunter1

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    I had just got into reloading for my 9mm in early December so I had not bought alot of bullets or primers as I was going to find a load then buy a bunch. Unfortunately I didn't find a load I liked till the week of Christmas and by then supplies were scarce. I was able to come across some primers and bullets weren't hard to find, but now I've got everything except primers and just enough loaded to sustain a practicing level of shooting if I so desire.
    For now I have just stopped shooting for the most part in general, can't replace anything except shotgun shells.

    However I also have a ton of shotgun components and a nice electronic clay target thrower.
    I also have a rifle I am still searching for the right load so that keeps my burnt gunpowder addiction at bay.

    P.S. I have my own range so I can pretty much shoot anytime with anything, don't have to worry about brass scavengers.
     
  5. Killian

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    My M388 Davey Crockett. I just can't find ammo for it. Maybe in Texas.
     
  6. Torian

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    You have your own range? But...you live in IL? How is that legal?

    :p
     
  7. fehhkk

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    Can't find small pistol primers, and my stock is down to 500.

    So this means all pistol caliber shortage annoys me.
     
  8. bushmaster1313

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    I was surprised at the run on .22 LR.
    But given the escalating cost of everything else it does make sense.
     
  9. JTHunter

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    Start with .357, then .38 Specials, ending up on .22 LR.
    I have enough 7.62 x 39, .243, and .380 (I reload the last two) BUT I need brass and primers!
     
  10. Spymaster

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    I have no angst whatsoever, I learned my lessons well from the AWB, it was then that I began stockpiling cases of ammo, literally tens of thousands of rounds of 9mm, .45 ACP, 5.56, .40, and .38/.357.

    I think many of those hardest hit by the commie purge of the American firearms market, are SOL for at least the next two years, and God help them if the commies secure another super-majority at the next mid-term, which at this point I'd say is all but an absolute certainty.
     
  11. bushmaster1313

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    Assuming it legal, I would save what I need to shoot for the next 20 years and unload the rest at a profit.
     
  12. Fishslayer

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    The only thing I'm really sweating right now is the shortage, or rather the unavailability of Bear Creek bullets. None to be found...:uhoh:
     
  13. Spymaster

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    Of course its legal, I can own as much ammo as I want, and I have, and you can to, at least for now. As for selling it, I've been doing just that over at gunbroker. The profits are now approaching ridiculous levels. I've never seen anything like it, cases that I purchased years ago for as little as $90.00 selling easily for $600.00!

    Soon, I'll be able to simply trade ammo for just about any firearm I want, currently a case of 9mm is worth more then an NIB Glock-19, and I am quite certain that in the weeks ahead it will soar beyond that point.
     
  14. hueyville

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    Not a vote for none. Can't participate.
     
  15. Teachu2

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    I ran into an old friend at the range Monday. He'd brought his BHP in to get a little practice, and thought he was going to buy ammo there. They told him he was six weeks too late.

    I happened to have a spare box with me, and was done for the day, so I handed it to him. He tried to pay me for it, but I simply told him he'd done so much for so many over the years (very charitable guy) that it was an honor to get to help him out. He got a little choked up, then told me he'd been having a lousy day but that I'd just turned it around. That made MY day!
     
  16. HOWARD J

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    I have no shortage of anything in the weapon field
     
  17. towerdog

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    I have plenty but I can't believe .22lr is hard to get I am just shooting a little less of it to make it last. Everything else I reload for and have all the stuff I need for now.
     
  18. Ignition Override

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    hueyville: I'm with you.

    People (who had some extra cash) should have anticipated the clear possibility of a future panic, via the increasing media spotlights following recent well-publicized/exploited tragedies over the last one/two years.

    I feel sorry for the masses who made wild assumptions, but those with extra loot should have bought a small contingency heap, at least .22.
     
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  19. MedWheeler

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    I voted 22LR, but only because it is my most-commonly fired round, not because I don't have any. What I do have would be used up in probably three or four more range sessions, maybe even fewer because I have less centerfire stuff as well, so I'd probably be shooting a higher ratio of rimfire-to-centerfire than I usually do.

    I've also recently acquired two new .22 handguns that are really enjoyable for me to shoot, and want to fire them some more. One is a revolver (and a single-action one at that), so it will run cheap stuff, and take longer to do so.

    But, my Ruger/Tapco 1022 will go through my more-expensive MiniMags a lot faster, as will my other rimfire handguns.
     
  20. Plan2Live

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    No angst here, I just backed off on how much I shoot. I can practice mag changes without firing a shot and I can use snap caps to practice dry firing. Live fire practice is down to a minimum until this passes. When I do shoot I am mixing dummy rounds in with live ammo so I can practice clearance drills rather than just punching holes in papaer. If anything, this shortage has caused me to train smarter. I have a good supply of all calibers but I'm not going to shoot through them.

    As for .22, I was stocked up on that. Not because I shoot it all that much but I always thought it would be a desireable caliber for barter if we ever get to that point. The current shortage proves I was right.

    From a RSO standpoint, I'm kinda glad to see the .22 shortage. People shooting .22 at the range don't seem to think they have to clean up their brass and manage to sneak away without cleaning up while us RSOs have our attention diverted with a new person coming online or some similar distraction.
     
  21. sansone

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    I just sold a box of .22LR winchester bulk (333 count) for $19 and apologized to the customer 3 times while giving him change :eek: He said he would take another if I would sell it :eek: This ammo shortage is beginning to frustrate mom/pop merchants to the point of feeling responsible for it. (us anyway) seriously considering a vacation (close store) until this blows over... so I chose .22LR for the poll
     
  22. Grassman

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    Not even close, .22lr is the hardest to find. At least in my neck of the woods.
     
  23. jmorris

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    None, I ran low in '94 on some things and learned my lesson. I also keep gloves in the shop and in the truck, it makes life easy when you are prepared.
     
  24. Carne Frio

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    I voted other; would like to see more 10mm.
    I have all I want or need of the rest.
     
  25. MErl

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    I got caught without any large pistol primers on hand, otherwise no issues.
     
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