My local gun store has plenty of ammo on the shelves. Of course at $40 for 525 rounds of .22 I'm not buying any!
While i was at the gun shop today, i did hear that there is a rumor of a price hike on ammo coming this summer. If that is a wide spread rumor then there is another reason the increased buying and hoarding.
As long as the gun debate leads the evening news night after night, prices will remain or even climb more. Its taken a toll on everything gun related. Ammo is non existent in some cases, prices exorbitantly high in others, components such as powder and primers are climbing in price if you can even find them.
Give it some time, when the mid-term elections come up, no politician will be talking gun control and in turn the media frenzy will shift elsewhere.
I wonder how many politicians own stock in the firearm industries????
Plenty of ammo around here. The problem arises if we want to purchase high-end components like Nosler Partitions. There are plenty of Hornady and Sierra bullets around. Most powder is still readily available, but powder supplies are starting to dwindle.
I have a November 1946 American Rifleman with an article that whines about an ammunition shortage and calls for a congressional investigation. The then Civilian Production Administration which was in charge of allotting critical materials to industry during the war, was still withholding allocations of materials for making civilian ammo at a time when the munitions companies had switched back to peacetime production. They were unable to make the ammunition because the government refused to allow lead, brass and copper to be used for civilian production. No trap or skeet cartridges had been made by anyone in the US for 7 months and according to the article, the nation's entire supply of 22 RF ammo was exhausted. "The situation has been aggravated by the fact that when shells or cartridges appear on a dealer's shelves, shooters do not buy for immediate use, but "stock up" with as much as the dealer will sell."
During and after the first Gulf War there was a severe shortage of basic brass for those who make up some of the obsolete cartridges.
I hope sooner than later because I'm staring to run low on primers, powder, and bullets. Trying to find what I need is almost impossible. I diddnt hoard stuff bc I diidnt want to fall into the mass buyers but maybe I should of. But then again what goes up will come back down.
My step son told me last night he called wal-mart and asked for the inpossible 223 ammo. They said they just got some in. He went up only 10 minutes away and got 100 rounds for 40.00. And of course that was all they got in. I have bought around 15 lbs of powder in last few weeks and will have pretty well what i need. I have one rife that i use imr 4831 and my buddy at local gunshop only has a 8lb jug. I hat to buy that much for only one rifle but i guess the best thing to do is to buy it and have it. MY big 338's i use h-1000 and i only have around 2 lb left i was able to get a 8 lb jug along with 4 1lb cans so ill be in good shape. Alliant powders the reloaders seem pretty good to find in my area but my 6mmx284 i use imr 4350 and it seems impossile to find. I am able to find h-4350 though.
I don't see ammo going down for a long time; maybe never. It's not just the cost of ammo going up it's everything. The cost of everything we purchase is going to go up in the next few years at least. Inflation has to happen and it will happen accross the board.
The next thing is that interest rates will explode eventually to try to hold the inflation down. None of it is going to be pretty. The buying and hoarding just increases demand and prices but it's still better to buy now.
AS SOON AS OUR FELLOW SHOOTERS STOP THE HOARDING....just like they did with the primer shortages that never existed until they caused it to happen..I would think that by the middle of summer you may start to see it start to come back but the costs will be high..just don't buy anything and it'll straighten out in a year or so..
Hoarding is the issue. I cant even buy a box of 50 .22lr bullets to enjoy a few rounds with my wife. Fortunately, Ive been able to secure a source for thousands and thousands of .22lr, .223, and 12 gauge shells. No, Im not gobbling up all that ammo, just buying as needed to enjoy a few rounds when time allows for it.