22 Long Rifle Ammo where are you?

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by apsanford, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. apsanford

    apsanford New Member

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    Can someone give some explanation to the 22LR shortage? I have heard so many different versions, and scare theories, etc.
    The 22 long Rifles show up at the local big sporting goods retailers, and sells out in minutes, waiting in long lines, etc. Paying sometimes $5.50 for a box of 50 rounds.
    Online the price is jumping up to nearly $100 per brick.
    I found a couple bricks on Gunbroker and bought at $50@ so I have some supply.
    Ideas of why? and is there light at the end of the tunnel?
     
  2. Underdog

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    I know it's hard to do....But don't pay these high prices for ammo, it will only prolong the pain. Stand your ground and shoot less and wait it out. I know it hurts but we all need to stand together on this. Rushing to the ammo store and buying everything in sight will only feed the monster more and more. Everyone needs to calm down and relax, we will get through this. If people keep buying ammo at inflated prices our days in this sport are numbered. And the people who are inflating the prices....Never ever forget who they are and refuse to do business with them forever!
     

  3. galapogos

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    Just relax and roll with it. Stop even looking for it for a while. If it's meant to be, it'll calm down and in 12 to 24 months, there should be plenty on the shelves again.

    All this hysteria is causing the problem.

    Keep doing what you're doing if $500 per brick is your goal.
     
  4. jack80

    jack80 New Member

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    It's getting easier and easier to find it at reasonable prices. I've bought 3 bricks the past 2 weeks. It was $23.99 per brick. Just gotta be patient and refuse to spend over .05 a round
     
  5. tnel74

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    Cabelas had stacks of mini mags. Got 2 but they limit you to one per customer
     
  6. mrrabbit

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    PalmettoStateArmory...Federal 745 525 Round Can 22.99

    =:cool:
     
  7. nitestalker

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    Hoarding is rampant. People are buying it up hoping to make profits from the shortages. Walmart employees are calling friends and family before they stock the shelves.
    Like the other post just hold off. The supplies will catch up with demands. These "Vultures" will be stuck with .22 ammo they can not profit from.;)
     
  8. davva360

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    I was too slow and its gone. Oh well maybe next time.
     
  9. Doc3402

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    It's really fairly simple. It's called supply and demand. Let's start with manufacturing. There are only so many manufacturers out there, and their production capacity is set. Along comes talks about a gun ban, increased ammo taxes, and ammo purchasing limits. Everybody wants to stock up before ammo gets expensive, and the .22 long is probably one of the more popular calibers out there. Even grandma has one on that closet shelf somewhere. Add in that regular shooters like us still want to practice, but have a hard time justifying the increased price of defensive caliber ammo, and the demand for .22lr goes even higher.

    So what happens? The shooters and gun owners all run down to the LGS to buy some ammo. Soon the LGS runs out, and tries to order more. In fact, based on recent sales they want to increase their order. This makes the warehouse sell out. The warehouse calls the manufacturer, who by now has also sold out, but is making as much as they can as quickly as they can.

    So now we have the LGS and the warehouse knowing they can sell as much as they can get, and also knowing they won't get as much as they have a demand for. They are faced with a dilemma. There are only two ways to maintain an inventory, and without inventory they have nothing to sell. With nothing to sell they have no income, so they have to do one of the two things. The first way is to put a ration on ammo sales so everybody can get some, but nobody is happy. The other way is to sell whatever they can get at a price high enough to keep them open when inventory runs out. This method makes at least some of the people happy. In order to sustain profitability as long as they can, they jack the price as high as they can and still sell the product. Does it work? Yes, but note what I said about raising the price as high as they can and still maintain sales.

    As long as we are willing to pay the price, they will keep the price right there. When we stop paying what they are asking the price will go down. The supply will catch up to the demand and they will no longer be able to screw us.
     
  10. johnr43

    johnr43 New Member

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    Well said!:)
     
  11. unit147

    unit147 New Member

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    I have a co-worker who has a side job working shooting and training classes for LEOs and is a partner with a tactical supply store. They met a few weeks ago with a major ammo mfg company about selling their ammo. He says that the rep told them that they were gearing up to retool and flood the market one caliber at a time to get the ammo levels back up for their brand and get prices down where they should be. Again, this is info direct from a friend who was in a meeting with the ammo rep for one company. It could be smoke and mirrors by the rep, who knows....but I trust that my guy was told this info.
     
  12. davva360

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    I ordered a box of 525 rounds today online. Says expect shipment in 2 to 8 weeks. We will see how long it takes. If their estimate is accurate I will order more from them.

    At least they are allowing back orders now, that was not the case a few weeks ago. Seems like they are expecting more regular shipments.
     
  13. davva360

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    Whats driving me nuts is I get "Item in stock" emails from Midway, I click the link immediately and they are out of stock.

    I just hope the madness ends soon. I have not shot anything but shotgun in about 3 months because while I have enough ammo for now I dont want to shoot it until I know I can replace it fairly easily.
     
  14. chloeshooter

    chloeshooter New Member

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    all this ammo shortage stuff has made me a better shooter - I have learned to slow down and really take my time.
     
  15. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

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    Conversation with an officer that he got a brick of Remington ammo at Sportsman's Warehouse. Asked if any other .22LR makes and said no!

    My wife finally walked into the ammo aisle, she thought I was talking BS. The aisle for all caliber types is near bare.
     
  16. Doc3402

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    I don't know how it is where you are, but we are seeing a surplus of AR type rifles around here. There's no ammo for them to be had, so people aren't buying them
     
  17. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

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    I am seeing a good selection of AR's at LGS, the big national chains have some.

    Sportsman's has 7.62x54 on the shelf for a month plus.

    7.62x39, .308, 30-06 .223, 5.56, 9mm, .38, .357 or .22LR is rare.
     
  18. Doc3402

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    I went into my LGS the other day and tried to buy some .38 Special range ammo. They had four boxes and would sell me one. I told them thanks, but no thanks. I can't see going to the range with one box of ammo.

    I have plenty of defense ammo for my .357's, but with things the way they are I'm not going to use that at the range. Normally, that's what I practice with, but I won't waste what I may not be able to replace for some time.
     
  19. muddyfde

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    I just got my first rifle, the M&P 15-22 and have been looking for some ammo just so I can even test the rifle out. Couldn't find any 22lr anywhere. Walmart ammo shelf inside the glass case was bare with only two small boxes of remington .380. Went to Bass Pro last night and it was bare except for 3 20rd packs of 22lr shot shells.
     
  20. KimberFan

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    It's slowly coming back, the frenzy buyers sucked most of it up. I found this in Portland last week, not as cheap as in the past but, Dick's Sporting Goods there had quite a few boxes of it for sale.

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