Why, why, why is .22 ammo still so difficult to get???

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by hareebrownbeest, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. hareebrownbeest

    hareebrownbeest New Member

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    I found some way way out in Lucerne Valley (CA) and still they wanted 5.99 for 50 rounds of Remington yellow jackets (limit 3) or 79.00 for 1000 rounds. Why the limit of 150 rounds, yet you can purchase 1000? Thats it I'm getting a 9mm carbine. I can find 9mm everywhere cheap
     

  2. DrFootball

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

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    The HI-Point? Oy vey...
     
  3. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    It's still hard to find, because it is still one of the most owned calibers out there. Other ammo hasn't fully reached its full supply levels and prices is still priced high. The recent string of gun panics over the last few years, created many new shooters and prompted people to buy everything up in hoarder mode. People still don't feel comfortable about the steady supply yet, and are still buying competitively, driving the prices up.
     
  4. DrFootball

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

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    Yup,..still hard to find a good supply of "Bricks"...but I'm not trying that hard right now with 3500+ rds of 22...
     
  5. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    I feel bad for you guys.....I could race down to my walmart and take a picture of the shelfs and show all the .22 that's in stock.
    Only .223 is rarely ever in stock around me, but that was even before the shootings south of the border. I also don't have any actual gun shops around me either though.
     
  6. Missouribound

    Missouribound Active Member

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    Shoot me a price.................
     
  7. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    Not sure how it is for civilians, but if seen a company saying only way they'll export to the USA is with an order to a million rounds or more........sooooo unless you wanna get all the guys south of the border in on it.
     
  8. texaswoodworker

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    I've taken up reloading EVERYTHING I shoot with the sole exception of my Mosin Nagant (still have plenty of 7.62x54R ammo). I can get the components I need with ease. This is also why I don't own a .22 yet. I want one. It's high on my list of guns to get (wanting a Ruger Mark III), but I can't find much ammo for it around here unless I want to pay the overly inflated prices, and you can't reload .22 so there's no point in getting a gun that you can't shoot right now.
     
  9. kaido

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    I don't even blame you, I often think about selling a rifle from time to time if I don't use it......then I get a chance to take it out and remember when I like it so much and refuse to sell it. This phase seems most common during our ridiculous winter months.
     
  10. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    I have a strict "no sell" policy with my guns. I MIGHT consider trading one for another gun, but I don't think I'd ever willingly sell one. :D
     
  11. WillWork4Ammo

    WillWork4Ammo New Member

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    .22LR can be found in my area if you really look.But .380 is what I'm having the most difficulty finding.
     
  12. hawkguy

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    everyone I know is looking for 22 and buy as much as they can when they find it....could be PART of the problem? :p

    and somehow, if you don't get to the major retailers before 10am on a weekday, the morning shipment is gone....how the hell are so many people off during the week? :confused: and weekends? psshh....forgetaboutit.
     
  13. Doc3402

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    I imagine there is still one heck of a demand, and very few plants set up to make rimfire ammo. It's not like a standard reloading setup can put the primer in a rimfire case.
     
  14. Ibmikey

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    I know this does not answer the original question but I have foreseen future shortages and always keep a few thousand of each caliber on the shelf and with .22 usually in excess of 20,000. When I want to shoot .32, .380, .223 or whatever the ammo is readily available and replaced as needed. When the panic recedes buy a box each week and fill GI ammo cans in anticipation of the next slow down and you can watch football while others are in line at Dick's.
     
  15. bobski

    bobski Active Member Sponsor

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    theyre making you beg for it, and when they do trickle it out, they jack the price and you bite. someone said that the only way we will ever make them beg for us to buy it is to stop buying it...and take up fishing. they were right.
    consumers are suppose to make suppliers beg for your business. the other way is socialism...if you havent recognized that yet.....
     
  16. nitestalker

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    The .22 LR and .22 Mag. is no longer a problem here. Bulk Federal 325 rounds in tin cans CCI Match pistol regular prices. The .22 Mags have been coming in every week. I have noticed the .22 Mag prices keep edging up. They are $13.99 per 50 rounds CCI Maxi-Mags. :)

    Powder primers and loaded ammo near normal.
     
  17. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    a lot of the ammo makers have reduced 22lr manufacture in favor of producing centerfire ammo to try and meet demand for the higher profit margin item. a lot of them are even reducing production of low volume hunting ammo as well and ceasing production of certain less popular and obscure ammo. once that demand is met they will go back to a more normal approach of producing 22lr.
     
  18. Stillersfan

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    Because they dont want us to have it... and too many people are hoarding it.
     
  19. bobski

    bobski Active Member Sponsor

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    making it isnt the issue....keeping the price high, is.