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Why is there a shortage on 22lr?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Russ Jackson, Jan 29, 2013.

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  1. Russ Jackson

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    I can understand the military calibers. But 22lr can someone explain?
     
  2. silicosys4

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    panic, pure and simple.
     
  3. RCArms.com

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    Because Centerfire dried up sonquick and got so expensive, 22lr is a cost effective method to keep your skills sharp.

    I enjoy 22LR more and more these days as my kids are getting into target shooting with me these days.
     
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    Not to mention it's made out of brass, lead and powder, just like centerfire ammo. The priming compound is the only different component.

    If there's a run on ammo, it's going to affect all of it. Component shortages are universal.
     
  6. wooly bugger

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    In my case, it's because I order match ammo from Midway. If in the near future, I need to pay an FFL + NICS fee, it's going to get quite expensive. Basically a $50-75 dollar surcharge on every purchase. Even worse if they start tracking quantity, as they're doing in NYS to flag excessive stockpiling, without defining what constitutes excessive stockpiling. It's 1984 in NYS.

    I don't shoot odd calibers, but if I did, it would be the exact same situation. Good luck finding 32-40 WCF at your LGS.

    My fervent hope is that if this comes to pass, which is likely in my home state, FFLs will go easy on us and charge a reduced fee for ammo purchases.
     
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    My hope is that most people are buying ammo just to shoot or hang onto, rather than flipping for a quick buck.
     
  9. Gato Montés

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    Tragedy of the commons.
     
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    Anyone in North Georgia area that shoots much 22lr I recycle the empty cases by swaging them into .224 and .243 jacketed reloading bullets. I collect up all mine but even shooting 2 to 3 boxes a week does not keep me fully stocked.
     
  11. slamfirev10

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    yes, me too

    ....the bud''s price is fair for the shooter considering the times and may be high enough to discourage the flippers
     
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    I'm on my last box of .22LR. I can find .22 WMR, but haven't seen a good brick of 22LR in a while. it's probably the easiest to hoard since it's smaller and cheaper.
     
  13. 316SS

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    Well, no. More like supply and [artificially stimulated] demand.
     
  14. ID-shooting

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    Scalpers are part of the problem.
     
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    Well, I'd like to think that I'm pretty much immune to "panic" buying but, I have to confess, when I found my lgs selling 550 rounds of CCI .22 ammunition for $15.99 per box a couple of weeks ago, I bought a couple more boxes of them than I had originally planned on purchasing. :eek:
     
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    Sure lots of it is hoarding but here and I figure everywhere if you only have 1 gun its either a 22 rifle or pistol or a shotgun so if you hear that ammo is in short supply you buy some. 22's are the most used plinking round also. I have 10 22's that I have to feed so I try to keep a good supply and I buy more regularly just to keep the supply up.
     
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    My latest order of heads is taking unusually long to arrive, so I've been practicing with rimfire and saving the center fire stuff for matches. I bet I'm not the only one.

    It is not going too well - now I am running out of rimfire :banghead:
     
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    Mr. Jackson:
    It also pushed .303 British from .75 to at least .90/round, when I checked last week.

    And much of the Prvi is sold out. Luckily I planned ahead starting in '09, but never suspeted that Enfields are a back-up for an AR, AK, or Vz-58.
    Not many of these WW2 bolt-action Battle Rifles attract attention in DC.
     
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    .22 LR easiest to run off shelves

    At end of 2012 no one had much inventory. The .22LR is cheapest to buy, easiest to clean off shelf as others have mentioned. There is probably less profit in .22LR so no one is going to gear up to make more than formerly. Expect prices to go very high unless you purchase a new source, I notice new stock of .22WMR is 30 cents a round if not more except for Fiocchi at 16 cents. This is a big difference! I can remember shooting Chinese .22LR rounds in the 1980's, ten dollars a brick and they were accurate. I wonder if they are still available.

    There has to be a strong reaction (or actually non-reaction) if this is not going to be a fairly permanent situation. The first high dollar box of .22LR ammo that hits a shelf needs to stay on the shelf a long time period.

    All the inventory that has been hoarded away really injured none of the hoarders to purchase, it was always the least expensive items. Here that means 9mm, .223, and .22LR. The .45 ACP is bought out except for high dollar rounds. That might have hurt a little more, cleaning off shelves of all the .45 ACP!

    I haven't bought more than a box or two at a time for a long time. I have quit shooting as much due to the uncertainty. There is a real bottleneck in future availability if all the sources are Internet or big box stores.
     
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    Because when society crumbles, we'll be defending the house with 7.62 and finding dinner with a .22.

    Ask me about my recipe for possum and sweet potatos some time... I'm pretty sure it could work with any similarly sized mammal. ;)
     
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    IMNSHO this "ammo/component shortage" is more of a "Johnny Carson Effect" than any real shortage. Recall when the Late Nite guru joked about a pending shortage of toilet paper only to have it come true when panicked viewers stripped store shelves ! But there is an "extraneous force" distorting the market; namely the government, (the usual suspect). So long as the government continues to apply pressure to the market, ( in the form of real or threatened restrictions) displacement of the normal demand/supply curve will continue. >MW
     
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    Because the Dealers all have it for sale in 1000 on up round cases on Gun broker.
     
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    Even Non-Gun people have a .22 in the closet.
    Probably more .22's out there than any other caliber.

    I just found 5 boxes (375 bulk packs) that I forgot I bought last April.
    Put the box on the shelf and forgot to add it to the 30 cal ammo cans I store my .22 in.
     
  25. herkyguy

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    exactly. large game will be gone and in freezers. Sad to think about it, but it's the truth.
     
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