Dare I say, I think I see light at the end of ammo tunnel

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by StainlessSteel215, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. StainlessSteel215

    StainlessSteel215 New Member

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    Well....
    You heard it first folks, I have now seen small bits of ammo in popular calibers at not one, not two, but 3 places in the last 2 weeks. My LGS FINALLY got some 9mm ammo and theyve opened up from the 1-box shooting only limit (for their range) to 2 boxes...and even sold some out the door. WalMart also had 4 boxes of 9mm and 8-9 boxes of Remington .45acp and lastly, I didnt see it myself but heard from a friend that his LGS is selling small bits of 9mm and .40. Also, .223 seems to be the caliber making the biggest comeback as my LGS is allowing 100 rounds per person per day.

    Now, this aint much but its already MUCH better than it was as of last month. Living in the densely populated Northeast I think its a pretty fair litmus test of how things (hopefully) are beginning to balance out. Hopefully the jerkoff ammo price gougers online get the message and people stop paying $0.75 per round online for .223

    What's everyone else's situation where you live? Focusing mainly on the popular calibers like 9mm, 38 special, 40sw, 45acp and 223/5.56
     
  2. rsfrid

    rsfrid New Member

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    The match/custom loaded stuff started showing up earlier at prices not much higher than before the scare. Even found some Alient Unique a week ago. I'm waiting on most 223 or 9mm till prices get down near pre-scare. I paid $400/1000 for bulk 223 late last year, so that is my benchmark. Paid in the 300's per thousand mid last year.
     

  3. jjfuller1

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    ammo has not been on the walmart shelves.. the LGS here have never really run out of ammo... just the prices got jacked way up. the only thing i did see was .22lr was gone everywhere....

    just me but seems as though if a few entrepreneur's decided to open up a few ammo factory's they would make lots of money. lol
     
  4. trip286

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    I feel sorry for a lot of y'all. The shortage hit West Monroe pretty late, and pretty mildly. Now, my local store has sagging shelves, and crates upon crates in the floor of all popular "tactical" ammo (2.23, 5.56, 7.62X39 and X54, .308) but they can't seem to find any 5.45.

    They even have .22 in abundance. Granted it's the more expensive stuff.

    That's the local hardware store. Walmart and academy can't seem to get their act together.

    It's being sold at near pre panic prices too.
     
  5. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Not happening here yet, shelves are still bare.
     
  6. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    Yup , wish I could say the same . The standard calibers are still dry here . Hey Trip I might have a in on roughly 60,000 rds of 5.45 . Got any 5.56 / .223 in trade ?
     
  7. Cattledog

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    Yeah I knew it as soon as I saw the thread title. SOMEBODY...went and jinxed it by daring the ammo gods.

    Methinks some markets are just going to come back slower than others. I anticipate walmart being the last in line as thats where many ranges and LGS go for their ammo anyway.
     
  8. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I don't use either caliber...
    I was just pointing out that it seems to be the only thing they can't get.


    I would be willing to play middle man for ya, and just buy and ship, but you know shipping is going to be murder.
     
  9. eatmydust

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    Just saw 5.56 for the 2nd time in 2 weeks at local Wallyworld, plenty of American Eagle 9mm fmj($31.99/50) @ a non-local GS, past weekend and just saw 8 boxes of .40 S&W @ Wallyworld, including 2 Federal Premier 100 rnd. boxes @ $29.98/ea.
     
  10. cecasejr

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    I went to my LGS today. I bought two boxes of PMC 5.56 20 count for $14.95 each..... About double normal price but I had to have it.

    He was selling Federal 9mm FMJ 50 count for $37.95 per box. About triple normal price.

    22LR was $9.99 for a small 50 count box. He was selling unboxed 50 count ( in small plastic bags) for $8.95. About 8X normal price.

    He is high but Academy, Gander Mountain and all the Walmart stores are still out. I do hope this is nearing the end of this foolishness.
     
  11. Hawkeye3030

    Hawkeye3030 New Member

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    Bought 300 rounds of5.55,150 rounds of.223, and 300 rounds of 22lr at PSA this am. No limit!!
     
  12. Sparrowe

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    Walmart here in Ohio has 5 boxes of 9mm 100 rd federals for $21.37 and a bunch of .22 federal lighting for $2.17 a box. You just need to be in the right place at the right time. I'm seeing ammo at my local walmarts atleast once a week.
     
  13. robertusa123

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    one of the main peonlems for te shortage is re sellers the sales person at dicks sporting goods told me that the local pawn shop was sending its employes their every morning and buying everything they get dailey and are re selling it at outraguses mark up at their shop. personaly i dont knw why they cant ban them from buying or stop stocking the ammo first thing in the morning
     
  14. nitestalker

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    LGS has 8 Colt AR-15s and 8 Bushmaster AR-15 just came in last week. The prices are not inflated. The demand is slowing way down. No rush on them. Ammo is still in short supply.:)
     
  15. StainlessSteel215

    StainlessSteel215 New Member

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    Same here NiteStalker, my LGS now has an ABUNDANCE of AR-15's.....but the ammo is still slow to follow. Its better but still far from good. Still lots of new gun owners buying everything in sight, and general hoarding all over the board. I do truly think though (at least in my area and seeing some places online) that it is beginning to break.

    Here's to hoping! I'm fairly well stocked in my calibers but it sucks that I dont shoot as much now.....because Im nervous about replenishing my stock. At least up here its going forward, slowly, and not backwards
     
  16. trip286

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    My goal is 1K on hand for my handgun, and eventually get an M1A and keep a minimum 5K on hand. That does not include range ammo. Once I get to my goals, I'll only be buying what I shoot, which isn't nearly as much as it should be.

    This is the first shortage I've gone through as an adult. And as I said, it hit my area late, and mildly, but it was still enough to bug the piss out of me. I don't want to get caught with my pants down again.

    I may have to swap those numbers around though. I do way more pistol shooting than any other. But if I had the right rifle and ammo to feed it...
     
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  17. treehugger49

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    Interestingly, I just received a "Cheaper Than Dirt" catalogue in the mail. I don't remember ever buying from them, and I have no intention of ever buying from them in the future, but half of the items featured in the 76 page catalogue, just about all of the ammo and anything AR-related were unavailable.

    I just wonder why would you go to the expense of putting out a catalogue advertising merchandise you cannot provide?
     
  18. StainlessSteel215

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    Same here treeHugger! Even after I ripped their customer service a new one via email a couple months back when they were charging $69 for a box of freaking 9mm FMJ.

    I thought it was also interesting that not a SINGLE box of ammo had a price next to it.
     
  19. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The LGS I normally patronize has everything (except .22LR) at decent prices. Unfortunately, they're down in Kolorado so I won't buy from them.

    But local Wally world is slowly getting back to normal.
     
  20. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    You forgot to mention, it was tulammo at that...