Rationing 22LR and helping each other.

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by DrFootball, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    As many of you know, we have been dealing with an Ammo shortage most of the last 2years, esp. 22LR. I'm starting this thread so we can discuss ways to help each other, and at the same time, share ways we can reduce our consumption. We hope that we can get to see the prices lowered at some point, I'm ask I g people not to post links to websites, but we can quote prices on Ammoseek and such. So far we have some aside from myself to abstain or at least reduce how much we consume..


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  2. Beezer

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    In my experience, the ammo shortage seems to be impacting the large cites and metro areas the most. I live just north of Atlanta where 22LR and 9mm are near impossible to find.

    However, I've noticed that in areas outside the Atlanta metro area 9mm and in some cases 22LR are in abundant supply. So what I've done is worked out an agreement with a friend of mine. He lives near me, but is often in Athens or other non-metro areas of Georgia where ammo is easily found. I have a standing order with him. If he finds 22LR or 9mm he buys me X number of rounds. I keep him well informed to my ammo needs, so I don't really run short anymore. He's also a shooter, so he knows when ammo is a deal and when its priced to rip you off, so I don't worry about paying inflated prices for either caliber.

    This works out very well for me, as I don't travel outside the metro area as frequently as he does. I get ammo when others can't find it; my buddy is now assured that his friends will be able to join him at the range, as they will be loaded with ammo (pun intended).

    So my tip for the folks here on the forum: If you've got a friend that travels frequently, enlist them as your personal ammo shopper. If you don't, maybe there is a member of this community that lives near you that is willing to strike up a similar arrangement.
     

  3. SSGN_Doc

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    I like to have 1 brick of .22 that I'm working on and one in reserve. As I finish one brick I buy another. This seems to be a reasonable amount in our current situation.

    Many folks freaked the frick out, and buy every brick they can, at a much faster rate than they actually consume. If your rate of consumption is a brick or less per month, and you have 10 bricks in reserve and are still stock piling at a rate greater than you use, I would suggest that you are part of your own problem of being able to find ammo easily.

    I'm having good luck at keeping one month of reserve, and replacing each month, by buying online. Not so lucky with in store purchases.
     
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  4. hawkguy

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    i'm in!

    i will cut my 22 use by 50%.

    i wiil NOT buy overpriced 22, or 22 from gougers!

    i will not panic buy 22 from this point on (meaning i won't buy as much as i can every time i see it, regardless of need).

    i'll stick to this the following 6 months. more if the craziness continues.
     
  5. hawkguy

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    this is kind of what we we need to improve a bit imo. its great y'all are working together and not overpaying.

    but...we need more to get out of the crisis. having people help buy up ammo is somewhat OPPOSITE of what we should be doing.

    this is about rationing, and trying to bring back stability to the market.

    what can everyone do to control their use and panic buying of 22? lets impact the market if we can.

    i think simply not overpaying and slowing down use will have a HUGE impact myself.


     
  6. John_Deer

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    I haven't bought any 22 LR ammo in over a year. What more can I do? I am considering buying a 223 bolt action because 22 wmr ammo is going to be the same price. Recently I paid $300 for 1,000 maxi mags.
     
  7. bobbygeegee

    bobbygeegee New Member

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    I don't have a single 22 round. I have not been able to find any locally or online. Where online do you buy it?
     
  8. hawkguy

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    thanks. we can and need to try and start changing this situation.

    trying to start similar threads on other forums to spread the word would also help.

    we HAVE to RATION to make an impact, gentlemen. that means attempting to TEMPORARILY reduce demand greatly. that means DECREASE both USE and PURCHASING.

    we have to control OUR OWN behaviors and encourage others to do the same.

    if you buy as much as you can every time you see it, YOU are part of the problem whether you want to admit it or not. if you ACTIVELY hunt 22 everywhere and attempt to grab up as much as you can, that is part of the problem. if you wait in lines for 22, that is part of the problem.

    make a pledge to improve this! step up! :)

    EDIT: wanted to add my "don't panic!" sign! think we need to see more of it! ;)
     

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  9. hawkguy

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    now this is not what i would be talking about. i'm not talking about guys who have ZERO 22, or guys who haven't bought it in months or years.

    i'm talking about myself honestly, and others who seek and buy up as much 22 as i can for the last year (and honestly, i don't have that much). this panic has changed my behavior. changed MANY of us. time to stop panicking and reduce use. that is all.

    many are playing innocent here. yet somehow almost EVERY shooter i know is in some scheme to get 22. :confused: we need to settle down.

    if you have ZERO 22, by all means get some if you can. if you have thousands of rounds, settle down and stop buying for awhile.
     
  10. djont57

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    I am just getting back into shooting/hunting after years (>20) of dis-interest. After my Dad passed away last Nov I resurrected the guns/rifles he gave me. All my firearms are from my father. Yes, I still have the Daisy BB gun he gave me at 12, the .22 semi-auto Mossberg at 14, & the Mossberg 20 ga I received for my 16th birthday. I also have the 1948 pre-10 S&W .38 Special I received from him recently. I was shocked at the cost & availability of .22LR. I purchased a brick for $.24/rd. I was planning on building a range on my property this summer but I have no interest in rewarding the gougers or hoarders. Count me in!
     
  11. DrFootball

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    Outstanding


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  12. hawkguy

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    another thing that would really help guys....PAY THIS FORWARD! :D

    pass this concept along to every other gun forum you post at!

    i have already hit of few i don't even post at any more! :p

    spread the idea at the range as well....i get the feeling most people are really fed up with this and feel powerless!

    we can do something about it!
     
  13. R1D2

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    I don't buy from individuals. I buy some 22lr from gander mnt, wally mart, bass pro and sportsmans guide, and maybe 2 mom and pop stores. Known places like that. Have not bought any in almost 3 1/2 months and counting.. I walked into a store that just got some in seen the line did the math of 3 boxes per person and I walked. Keep the #'s I have to myself but its in the hundreds. My one friend has over a 1,000+ more than me I bought some for him, and he hadn't been seeing any shoot less than 20 every month. Think of more I'll tell ya if I wanna. Oh and my main 22 gun is now a 702 plinkster. And I don't think I will buy 22's for maybe 1 or 2 more months.
     
  14. mopowerbmx

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    If we can get the LGS here in town from buying it all up from Walmart and then marking it up it would be ok around here. But I'm on board..... After I buy 300 more rounds.
     
  15. big_blue79

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    I bought a brick this past month, I've been shooting on two bricks the last 3yrs, I don't shoot a 50rnd box a month of .22LR, I shoot .22LR when I don't feel like shooting centerfire rifle's and shooting 12ga, and that's not too often.

    As far as the ammo thing, it pisses me off everytime I go to Walmart here in town, when they have .22LR in, and a guy, and his wife each buy 3 550rnd Bricks, and then he pays some old lady walking around the vicinity $5 or $10 if she'll use his credit card and buy 3 more bricks. Seen it happen twice, once was when I bought 300rnds of CCI Mini-Mag's, and the last time was was when I bought 300rnds of American Eagle.

    When I buy it's only cause I feel I need it, if I don't need it, or a friend doesn't need it, I won't buy it, that's how I feel I'm helping out, but with the guy(s) I mentioned doing what they're doing, it almost makes me want to buy 3 bricks just to keep them from getting them. I was talking with a guy today when I went to buy a box of 7mmRM whom had near 5,000rnds of .22LR and said he didn't feel he had enough, kept asking when they were getting .22 in and how he could put some on hold...
     
  16. limbkiller

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    I buy every box of reasonably priced .22 I can find. I love to shoot .22 pistols and rifles at times. Plus my grandsons love to shoot and I will get every round for them to shoot. Having said that I have sold 20+ bricks at my cost to close friends who wanted some. They have kids or grandkids to. Do I hoard ammo? You bet as I like to shoot a bunch. I have at least 50,000 rounds of ammo in 25+ calibers but then again I shoot that much a year sometimes.
     
  17. Beezer

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    Perhaps I should clarify myself. I only have him buy when I need it. For example, I only have 1 brick at the moment, which is plenty. I'm not a hoarder of ammo, mainly because I don't have a ton of storage room.

    This was just a tip for those that are in need and can't find any. I am not suggesting buy up all you can regardless of need.
     
  18. towboater

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    I aint bought any since the run on it. I still have a few, but I don't shoot very often because of the prices.
     
  19. DrFootball

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    A lot of folks don't simply because everyone is over charging since they think the market will bear it.


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  20. clr8ter

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    You know, if I could find just ONE of the rimfire calibers I shoot, I would sell my LR, and the ammo, and just shoot that caliber. But 22 mag & 17 HMR aren't showing up very reliably, either. 17 WSM, I think I've seen it once, and there's like, what, 1 gun that shoots it? Nope.