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Why is there an ammo shortage?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by radiotom, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. radiotom

    radiotom Member

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    Everywhere I look there is low stock of ammo and higher prices. I know that a lot of people anticipate a ban on AR and AK type guns and high capacity magazines etc, but why would that make people buy and hoard ammo? Won't it be just as available post-ban?
     
  2. XD 45acp

    XD 45acp Member

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    Because another thing the Gov't can do is Tax ammo. If you have it, yer good.
     
  3. browningguy

    browningguy Senior Member

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    Because everyone is buying all they can?
     
  4. Coop45

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    I'm just guessing here, but maybe it's a distrust of the government.
     
  5. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

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    Because panic robs thinking men of reason and makes non thinking people mad.
     
  6. oneounceload

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    Many are afraid that the government will simply outlaw the use of any cartridge that the military uses, which would make all those ARs and 9mm pistols expensive boat anchors
     
  7. Coyote3855

    Coyote3855 Senior Member

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    I can't even buy .22 LR locally. And most of the internet is out of the good stuff.
     
  8. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Senior Member

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    Not a shortage--it's just held in different hands.
     
  9. Grassman

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    I'm having a hard time finding small rifle primers. I'm good on all else.
     
  10. Trent
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    Trent Resident Wiseguy

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    I don't have an ammo shortage. I have enough ammo to shoot 500 rounds a month for well over 10 years without running out or having to reload. I have enough reloading materials to shoot that same volume for another 10 years. :)
     
  11. JustinJ

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    I can almost for a second kind of start to see a tiny grain of plausibility to somebody proposing that 5.56 ammo be banned but the 9mm and .308? No way.
     
  12. gspn

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    Same reason my gas station runs out of fuel when a snow storm is coming.

    You can't drive anywhere when snow has shut everything down...but people run and get all the gas they can.

    Don't expect panic to make much sense.
     
  13. browningguy

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    60,000 rounds is quite a bit.
     
  14. RevDerb

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    There is no ammo shortage. There are just greedy hoarders who will grab all that they can just like 4 years ago and then graciously offer to sell it to their buds at inflated prices. I resolved that it wouldn't happen to me again and invested in Dillon equipment and components.
     
  15. JBrady555

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    I haven't tried to buy ammo for about a week now and I honestly expected for things to gradually start to slow down like it did after the election but as of now the panic is still in full effect. My walmart had nothing and they have now implemented a 6 boxes per customer rule to try to evenly distribute the ammo.
     
  16. alsaqr

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    Bingo!!!

    Folks have bought into tall tales being spread by gunstore owners, dubious "news organizations", online retailers and gun rights organizations. Its a TEOTWAWKI thing. :D
     
  17. OilyPablo

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    I agree with all of the above about panic, but I will also add that it's circular....all the panic has gun sales at all time highs and people will want ammo for those guns....and so on....
     
  18. Queen_of_Thunder

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    Just out of curiosity what did you folks expect to happen when the President made his remarks after the Connecticut shooting and the non stop media coverage? Did you expect people to just ignore it?

    Now people are upset with dealers with higher prices and yes in some instances you may be justified but before you start complaining check and see what it cost them to provide that product to you in an environment where even 22lr has disappeared from the shelves. If you didn't understand the significance of Brownell's statement that over the course of a few days they sold as many magazines as they had in the past 3 1/2 years then you never will.

    No brass, no bullets, no ammo, no magazines, no primers, no guns just bare shelves at the wholesale and local gun shop level and people expect prices to remain stable.
     
  19. Hangontight

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    I've found it depends where you go. There are about 15 walmarts close to me and some have plenty, some don't. They are not raising their prices though....wish I could say the same for the LGS
     
  20. Carpedium

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    My Walmart is stocked at normal prices.
     
  21. Carpedium

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    Now if I could just replenish my stock of small pistol primers...
     
  22. FiremanJim

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    Went to Academy on a whim today. The shelves were emptying as fast as the kids could stock them. I walked out with 10 boxes of 9mm that I cant find anywhere without being gouged. I only found one box of 5.56 and it was tracer rounds. Fortunately, they were selling at the pre-freak out rate. I usually dont buy this much ammo, but I dont know when I'll be able to get some again.

    There may not really be a shortage, just psycho demand and sometimes you gotta just grab as much as you can when you can.
     
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    I wish i had 15 Walmart's close by :rolleyes:
     
  24. Archangel14

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    Man, people are just acting insane right now. I know a guy that has FIVE tricked out AR's, and he's all worried about his inability to get another AR! How many guns can one guy shoot at a time?! I'm not advocating that we shouldn't have a back up gun or two, but it's just plum crazy!

    Same with the ammo. Same guy I know must have 100,000 rounds of AR ammo. And he spends half his days surfing the web and calling around to get more! That's why average Joes with a job are having a hard time picking up dwindling supplies.
     
  25. OilyPablo

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    My Walmart is a LONG drive and they never have much any ammo left. I mean ravaged!
     

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