The problem is people like the guy you mention shelling out 90 bucks for a brick of 22LR, if ammo purchasers would step back and say "Hell no" to prices like that things would settle down.
BTW is Pharr TX anywhere close to Neer TX?
“Somebody has to speak for these people. Y'all got on this boat for different reasons, but y'all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything, I know this—they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten? They'll swing back to the belief that they can make people...better. And I do not hold to that. So no more runnin'. I aim to misbehave.” Mal Reynolds Serenity/Firefly