Still an ammo shortage I see...

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  1. Josh

    Josh dead in the water

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    Life has gotten in the way of shooting over the past year or so and I haven't been to the range much. But the wife and I were talking about going this weekend. I reload, but haven't loaded in some time. So I figured I would see about picking up a few hundred rounds at Wally World last night.

    But I see that the ammo hoarding paranoia continues and the shelves are bare. Really annoying. Gonna head into the LGS today, but I don't have a lot of faith there as they have always "priced to the market" in a rather steep way. I'd consider running down to Cabelas, but I don't feel like making an hour drive just to get skunked.
     
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    alpinetrout Banned or Parked

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    The big box stores seem to attract the most hoarders. I've had better luck finding ammo at the smaller shops.
     
  3. Rick Todd

    Rick Todd Active Member

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    Depending on the ammo you need, Kesselrings had a bunch of .22 ammo a couple weeks ago (give them a call) and I was at Skagit Arms yesterday and they had everything except .22 in stock. Rick
     
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    Roper Idiot Savant

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    Kesselring's is still your best bet...Mike and I have had real good luck there, even 22's
     
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    Dang, and I was just in Skagit Co. yesterday! There are buyers lined up before 9 AM at stores in Thurston Co., and the once to three times a week delivery of 22 ammo is gone at 9:10 AM. Sometimes the stores get as little as 2 boxes (not bricks) in a delivery. All the stuff I got earlier this winter is now in the tree I hang my target on, which leads me to ask: is 22 brass recyclable? Never thought about it in the old days.

    Other popular calibers continue in short supply here. The local shop usually has a couple boxes of 9 mm, but not much more. Apparently I was one of those lucky shoppers the day I got the 500 round box.
     
  6. Josh

    Josh dead in the water

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    I may run down to Kesselring's this week. Haven't been there since the BATF mess shut their FFL down.

    I grabbed a couple of the Skagit Arms RBS reload 9mm boxes from Yeagers. Not a great deal, but not terrible. Yeagers is 100% out of all .22.

    Crazy hoarders.
     
  7. Upton O

    Upton O Blind hog fisherman

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    So what is really behind this .22 shortage and, if it is hoarders, why are they hoarding .22 ammo?
     
  8. Josh

    Josh dead in the water

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    I think its good old fashioned capitalism. It's the simplest explanation that points to the money. Restrict supply to increase demand.

    Hanlon's Razor probably applies here.
     
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  9. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    The part I'm interested in is will .22 ammo prices go back down to their original prices once the shortage ends.
     
  10. Josh

    Josh dead in the water

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    I sure hope so. I was all hype to buy a S&W 15-22 plinker before the hysteria. Now, I can't see a reason to bother.
     
  11. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    You mean a S&W model 17? I'd buy one as it's a good handgun and wait for the ammo to catch up later. I'm seeing more .22 ammo in the stores, not in large amounts though. I want the prices to come down.

    The model 15 should be a Combat Masterpiece in .38 if I remember correctly.
     
  12. Josh

    Josh dead in the water

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    While I wouldn't mind a Model 17, the gun I'm thinking of is a .22 AR15 platform:

    http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/...4_750001_750051_757786_-1_757784_757784_image

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    papafsh Piscatorial predilection

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    Lots available on line try www.gunbot.net last 500 rounds I got was through them and saw plenty available there today also.

    LB
     
  14. zen leecher aka bill w

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    Krusty Krusty Old Effer

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    The 22 ammo situation is very discouraging...I do a lot of target shooting with scoped Rugers (several Mark III's, a SR 22 rifle, various 10-22's, and an SR 22 pistol) throughout the winter...often with my grandkids. Great fun...we might go through several thousand rounds each time (they love the 25 round banana magazines). There's now just nothing to be had over here in Spokane, what with all the hoarding. I even quit a long-term membership at an indoor range because of it...after many many months of no ammo and no expectation of improvement, it was just pissing away money for nothing.

    The range, which was always a very busy place, is now like a graveyard...I know they had to lay-off staff because of the ammo drought. Very sad situation.