Jeepers....I stopped in at my local Sporting Good Store and visited with the owner whom I've known for many years. In the short time of 40 minutes or so that we visited, 7 different people came in asking about the availability of .223 ammo. I know there's been a surge but I was very much taken back by that in such a short period. My friend told me its been that way for at least 2 weeks- everyday. He said it might be a good time to paint behind the shelves since they were so empty He also pointed to a bulletin board near the front of the store that actually had a few folks looking to trade/barter for reloading supplies too. It appears this might go on for awhile. I thought the Y2K spook was bad but this is turning out to be far worse now I think. I blew the dust off of a box of .280 CoreLokt and took it home with me for the ol' 1960 era Rem 7400.