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Old 10-18-2014, 09:43 PM
Status: "Gone hunting until December!" (set 25 days ago)
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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It's supply and demand, no political intervention required. When a democrat is in office, people go nuts and start hoarding. I watched it time and time again at the local shop by my office. Guys buying boxes and boxes of ammo as soon as it was brought in. I watched a guy lay down over $1,000 in ammo.

And the war(s) have put a large dent in civilian availability. There were shortages even when Bush was in office. And it got worse.

I'm not going to argue one side or the other, however I have witnessed and talked to ammo manufacturers personally. (I called a few to get our local scout camp a truck load of .22 ammo). It was, in my opinion, supply and demand. Now with a lame duck prez and wars winding down- it will go back to what was once 'normal'.

People need to stop freaking out every time political parties ebb and flow. We're only victimizing ourselves.

 
Old 10-19-2014, 08:36 AM
 
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I still can't find 22LR in decent quanities for decent prices, and on a recent trip to IL we stopped at very Cabelas and Bass Pro we could find. I'm finding 22Mag, 17, but not 22LR, anywhere. I did find a shop in Atlanta, MI, and paid $8.50 a box (ouch) so I could at least have some, but at this rate I might just take up with air rifles.
 
Old 10-19-2014, 09:14 AM
Status: "Gone hunting until December!" (set 25 days ago)
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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I got a good deal on Winchester target .22 ammo. Older, but shoots great in my Winchester target 75. Bought two bricks and have been shooting gophers (sparingly).
 
Old 10-31-2014, 01:04 PM
 
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I still can't find 22LR in decent quanities for decent prices, and on a recent trip to IL we stopped at very Cabelas and Bass Pro we could find. I'm finding 22Mag, 17, but not 22LR, anywhere. I did find a shop in Atlanta, MI, and paid $8.50 a box (ouch) so I could at least have some, but at this rate I might just take up with air rifles.
Odd, I can find 22LR without an issue (as a matter of fact, the Cabelas in Hoffman Estates had a decent supply), but have not seen 22WMR in ages.
 
Old 10-31-2014, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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I bought yesterday two boxes of rem, 325 each, at 18.46 per box .
At Walmart, there where more than 20 boxes available.
 
Old 11-02-2014, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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It's supply and demand, no political intervention required. When a democrat is in office, people go nuts and start hoarding. I watched it time and time again at the local shop by my office. Guys buying boxes and boxes of ammo as soon as it was brought in. I watched a guy lay down over $1,000 in ammo..........
What classifies as hoarding for a shooter?

I just did an inventory of my stocks and while I'm not going to say details, it seems I am pretty well supplied with .308. Why, I even came across some boxes where it was 20 rds for $5......yes, they were bought that long ago.

But at the time, the .308 was my only rifle and my active gun supply was few in numbers. As time went on, the different types of guns increased, I needed different calibers.......and I found how much cheaper it was to shoot something other than .308 all the time. So my bought up stocks from the WWIII surplus sat idle.

Back to the topic. Did a decent purchase of ammo the other week, 9mm, 45, 5.56. Those prices were down. Not like the WWIII surplus buys of years ago, but still pretty decent. Did take a look at .308 and it was not at such a comfortable price, so I left it alone at the time (this was before I did my inventory).

I don't have anything that shoots .22 and since the only .22 I shoot is the range's Ruger, I have to use their ammo anyhow. So I wasn't looking at .22.......though someday, I might have my own .22 rifle.

But 5.56 is pretty popular as well and with its prices down last week, I might say there is some hope. But it is not hope that goes across the board for once again we come back to .308 prices and I'd say there we see a point of less of a market that might bring the prices down.

So why not .22 then (if what others are saying is correct)? Perhaps those who make ammo are seeing the market differently and that 5.56 and 9mm are the current calibers to produce for a mass market.
 
Old 11-17-2014, 07:33 PM
 
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I still dont see it. Once a month ago. I saw this thunderbolt crap. For 10 bucks for fifty. Else than that its bare shelves.
Its so bad i read about reloading 38 specials and it would be cheaper than 22's.
 
Old 11-18-2014, 04:36 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Scored several thousand rounds @.05/rd a few months ago at the flea market. One of those storage locker finds.
Trade ya some Deer meat for ammo
 
Old 11-20-2014, 11:31 AM
PDD
 
Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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Bought 222 rounds of Winchester 36 gr hollow point copper jacket for 10.97. This AM at Walmart.
 
Old 11-20-2014, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Bought 222 rounds of Winchester 36 gr hollow point copper jacket for 10.97. This AM at Walmart.
Considering the economy with gun related things right now, you did OK, but its still a little high. Shipton's, local shop, has 500 end brick, either hollow point or regular, for $18. So the price you paid wasn't too bad.
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