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Yunus 12-18-2013 08:17 PM

American Rifleman article on ammo shortage
Anyone else read that article? I thought it was pretty interesting but I really wish they would have gone into more detail about .22 shortages.

The short version of the article is this. It's not a government conspiracy or buyout, commercial sales are WAY up and manufacturers are increasing production.

They didn't mention .22 specifically though and I want to know what is going on with that round, is the profit margin per round/box not enough or is it more cost effective to increase production for centerfire or what?

molonlabexx 12-18-2013 08:23 PM

It's funny you say that because today my friend mentioned something about it. I have not got my magazine yet. Will have to check it out!

Tinstar 12-18-2013 08:51 PM

I read it but not sure I agree with it. Interesting never the less.

chloeshooter 12-18-2013 08:51 PM

I think 22 is easy to explain. It's cheap to buy this in bulk. So people that use to buy 1 brick now buy 2 or 3 without breaking the bank. And since it has been so difficult to get for about a year now, I think people who normally would buy 500 rounds are buying 1000 or 2000 because it isn't that expensive, and, because it has been scarce people are prone to want to stock up. No vast government conspiracy here. It's a matter of supply and demand. The next time I get an opportunity to buy .22 long rifle in quantity, I will probably do the same thing.

John_Deer 12-18-2013 09:04 PM

A link would be nice.

c3shooter 12-18-2013 09:14 PM

John- that was not an internet thingy- it is a story in this month's issue of American Rifleman from the NRA. Cannot post link to ink.

mahall 12-18-2013 09:42 PM

So if we all continue to buy more than we need, when we get the opportunity. How does that help the problem?? Doesn't that contribute to the problem? The only way to help the problem is not to buy any at all!! If it was an ideal SD round, I wouldn't suggest this! But 22 is typically used for range and hunting small game! If you must hunt for food, than buy all you need! Practice at the range with another caliber for awhile! Let the production catch up with the demand! Am I wrong?? If so, please correct me!

John_Deer 12-18-2013 09:48 PM

Here is the digital link to the article.

nosaj 12-18-2013 10:09 PM

My view on .22 is this:
I agree commercial sales are up all across the board. Everyone has their favorite gun/caliber to shoot whether it's pistol, rifle, shotgun and are possibly buying a little more than they are used to. Although there are different niches of shooting i would strongly bet that ALMOST everyone in these different groups also has a .22 they need ammo for.

John_Deer 12-18-2013 10:21 PM

22 wmr ammo is spotty too. Not everyone has a 22 wmr. The last time I found high quality 22 wmr ammo (Remington PSP) at a decent price four of us pitched in together on 2,000 rounds. It sounds like we bought a bunch of ammo but that was only 500 rounds each.

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