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Why is 22 LR sold out everywhere?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by TooManyToys, Mar 31, 2013.

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  1. skoro

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    Why is 22 LR sold out everywhere?

    Panic.
    The only 22LR available this time 4 years ago was rat shot.
     
  2. lcambre

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    Four years ago, during the last panic, I had no problem finding 22 LR. Now, all I have found at reasonable prices, was a few local dealers and only for a short time.
     
  3. JohnBT

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    MagnumDweeb- that is absolutely fabulous.

    If I ever needed to do it, that sounds like it works.

    Now, I have a 22 bullet mould, so it'd be a little easier.......... but I like it !
     
  5. Carl N. Brown

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    All I have seen is speculation. The ammo was dry at WalMart and Dick's and I asked, what are you distributors telling you. Well, the retailers are not getting any reason.

    I suspect there are millions of people panick buying guns and stockpiling ammo. Looking at the NICS figures posted by the FBI, there has been up to a three million a month up tick in NICS checks (usually 4473 gun sales at FFLs and used as a proxy for gun sales in academic studies). Remember, a 4473 has space for 5 guns listed (one NICS check). If I were in the market for an AR, I would be buying a .223 M4gery and a .22LR Colt(Walther) M4.

    So my speculation is people are buying a lot of .22 rifles and dragging that old .22 out of the safe or closet because other calibers are in short supply, creating a run on .22LR.

    It would be nice to hear something from the distributors, wholesalers and manufacturers.
     
  6. 12many

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    Last time I want shopping, couple weeks ago, the three stores I went to and talked to the clerk/manager, they all said they were not getting any in, or if they did get it in, it was only a couple boxes. They said their is demand, but not crazy demand, just no supply. The big demand at the time was for .223 and the popular pistol calibers. None knew why they were not getting any .22 in.

    If I had to guess, I would guess that the profit margin is higher on other larger calibers so the manufactures put the limited resources (powder, lead, brass) to these more profitable calibers. It will come back when things settle down a bit.
     
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    Only if people start hoarding C02 cartridges and drive the price up.
     
  8. PabloJ

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    That is ok. Panic is very good for business of selling ammo.
     
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    I don't know if this is some great secret or what, but there still are retailers getting 22LR in stock regularly. Sure, you can't lollygag up any given day and buy it, but if you're willing to spend a couple of hours in line, you can still buy CCI Stinger 100 rd packs, 500 rd boxes of Golden Bullet, 100 rd packs of Subsonic, etc, etc. And its still selling at prepanic prices.

    Idk if everyone knows that and some of you just love complaining, or if I should write out the process. I'll leave it at that for now.
     
  10. JohnBT

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    I know I'd like to see you write out the process. :D
     
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    Went into Bass Pro in Toronto this weekend . CCI Mini Mags $29.95 for 375 round. They had a small skid of them locked in the cage .
     
  12. David E

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    No, that's not happening. They are cranking out millions of .22 rounds each and everyday.
     
  13. saenzrich

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    Ok. so who is it going to? Definitely not any of the retailers...I doubt all these "new" shooters with AR's in 22lr or anybody with a 22lr could cause any shortage like this. Obviously, because they cant even find it on the shelves and what there is on the shelves its being rationed to 1-3 boxes.

    People must be really naive not to there must be some other reason why retailers are not getting in little..... to no stock.

    This is the new form of gun control.
     
  14. David E

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    The .22 numbers have been crunched before on this forum several times. A best case scenario is around 10 months before you can find it on the shelf at any given time......but I don't think we're looking at a best case scenario.
     
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    What's weird is that here in Oz we don't have any supply issues with US made ammo. I am fortunate to live in a rural area so I try and shoot every day. This can of course get expensive, even for a .22 so I was in my LGS looking for Federal 525 as my CZ 452 likes them almost as much as Power Points (made here) they were out, but had Winchester 555 so I bought a pack for $32. Compare this to PP @ $58 per 500 and Federal 525 @ $ 42

    I erroneously assumed they were made here, in the same plant that make the other Winchester ammo, when, I looked at the box and a made in USA stared back!

    Odd...
     
  16. 45_auto

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    Not very weird. Most likely the US made ammo currently being sold in OZ was there before the current hysteria.

    If you're lucky, there was enough in stock to meet your needs until the current hysteria blows over in the US. If not, then you're going to gradually see what we're seeing here.

    Doesn't Oz have a total population of just over 20 million? I believe that over 20 million new guns have been sold in the US since Sandy Hook. Imagine if EVERYONE in Oz bought a new gun then went looking for ammo!
     
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    Gun store manager spoke to ATK Rep and was td they are cranking out as much .22 LR as possible. Rep also said most of it is going to govt agencies.

    And.....that they haven't seen demand plateau......at all since December.
     
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    Which Govt agencies use 22LR?
     
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    You really think their 3 year-old centerfire move is having that much of an effect on the rimfire operations they moved 10 years ago?

     
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    I scored some Winchester at Academy this morning, an entire box! (50 rounds) :) $2.99
     
  22. Midwest

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    Dog catcher or animal control? I saw a TV show about those Swamp Rats called "Nutria" and the Sheriff of some Parish in Louisiana shoots them several nights a week with .22 cal.
     
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    Nutria control in the city at night with suppressed .22LR from the back of a pickup truck.
    Drainage ditch slopes as backstop

    Nice work when you can get it.

    The segment I saw had the SWAT guys doing the shooting.
     
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