This is a discussion on Why is ammo so darn high?? within the Ammo Dump forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; What is going on with the prices of ammo?? This is getting ridiculous, there is no reason, just like gas prices, have the anti's found ...
Well, didn't Wally World and Federal fail to renew their contract? I heard prices went up there, and if they went up dramatically at the nation's largest retailer, then that's going to lessen their downward pull on the rest of the market's pricing.
We feel your pain Welder. I think we all are pretty sure of the cause (fear of added government restrictions) added to supply and demand. And yes, reloading is a good alternative. You have quite a number of "club member" plaques; but if there is one particular type or size of ammo that is especially eating in to your pocket; let us know and maybe somebody can suggest alternatives. Maybe there is a place that usually has a certain ammo at a bargain. Maybe you can find a couple other folks to order in bulk and help spread out the shipping charge. For instance, I think Cabelas has $5 shipping for orders over $150 thru this weekend and they usually have several size/caliber/brand of ammo on sale--so gather up a couple others to make a $150 order. Just trying to come up with some solutions with my $0.02
Well, considering how there's over $5 in scrap metal, per box of handgun ammunition and when you add in the manufacturing, packaging, assembly and mark-up, the price of ammunition is in line with everything else.
I went for my type 3 FFL (C&R, $30 for 3 years) to get dealer discounts on ammo. As to reloading I just posted a thread on some new reloading equipment on the market that helps with cost. But primers are up too. I have been stocking up for a while and have a few 5 gal buckets almost full of brass. I'm just wondering why its not being mentioned out in the gun press. Its being artificially pushed up in my opinion but maybe I'm just a conspiracy nut.
I was finally able to get some 327 Federal American Eagle. Speer and Federal is running just under $20 per 20 rounds. The American Eagle was $25.99 per 50 rounds which is a bit better. My LGS also had some American Eagle in 357, $22.75 per 50! Like some one said law of supply and demand. Fortunately for me I took up reloading a few years ago so the brass will be reused a few times.