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Old January 9th, 2013, 09:17 PM   #1
 
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How long will ammo shortage last?

Anyone care to hazard a guess as to how long it will be before ammo is available again?

Even before the recent panics, availability had been spotty for months. Now that inventories have been depleted everywhere, I don't see how things can possibly return to "normal" any time soon.



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Old January 9th, 2013, 09:41 PM   #2
 
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As soon as the dust settles in Washington D.C. me thinks.

.223 ammo has been restocked at a few stores I go to, so thats a good sign. Finding a semi auto rifle that shoots .223 or 5.56 on the other hand...suppliers are telling us 12-18 months.
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I can somewhat see the Panic buys on Magazines and AR's but AMMO ? there is a variety of rifles that use .223 ITS NOT going anywhere yet people are buying up ammo at a record pace! .22lr Have not seen a box in weeks around here its silly cause the Mfr will simply be able to justify a supply/demand price hike... last September .223 -1,000 rounds at cabelas = 139.99 now if you can find it in stock 7,8,900.00!!! the only good sign is when walmart does get a few boxes in stock its same price as pre-shooting...
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Ammo for anything other than a few less popular calibers is difficult to find locally. The few places that have supplies available have inflated prices. In addition to ammo shortages, reloading supplies are being gobbled up also. I think that panic buying as well as the usual Christmas purchases together has made the perfect storm. Retailers and ammo manufacturers are living large as the result so, I don't expect any relief in the near future.
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22lr, 30-06, 308, 40, 45, 357, and shotgun rounds are all plentiful in my area. I can still find 9mm at my lgs(thought not plentiful) I just grabbed a few boxes for shooting and left the rest for the next. .223 and 5.56 forget about it, I haven't seen it in a while now and would love to shoot my rifle again.

I think once supply catches back up ammo should be easy to come by again. I understood the sudden sell out of .223 and 5.56 since everyone has been buying up AR's left and right, but the other calibers has been surprising.
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Probably until we have a real president that respects the constitution and what it stands for. When people know that their guns are safe, they will be able to settle down on buying every last box the set eyes on.
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Probably until we have a real president that respects the constitution and what it stands for. When people know that their guns are safe, they will be able to settle down on buying every last box the set eyes on.
I resemble that remark
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Not until somebody wins the gun control fight. Should be over by about August 'cause if they win there will be a massive buy up for a little while. If they don't, then probably May. It will keep getting better every month though, as people get satisfied.
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Ammo for anything other than a few less popular calibers is difficult to find locally. The few places that have supplies available have inflated prices. In addition to ammo shortages, reloading supplies are being gobbled up also. I think that panic buying as well as the usual Christmas purchases together has made the perfect storm. Retailers and ammo manufacturers are living large as the result so, I don't expect any relief in the near future.
I was told by a large Walmart store's seemingly very knowledgeable sales person that the .22lr starting getting in short supply prior to the Mayan doomsday myth. He told me that a lot of their survival supplies and just plain emergency preparedness items starting flying off the shelves prior to that date and 22 ammo was also on their list. He said they were the "preppers".
I noticed that it was well before this latest panic that the 22lr started drying up.

As to reloading supplies, yes - it is being bought up fast. A few friends and myself made a trip to a warehouse wholeseller this Monday. They specialize in reloading supplies and we got what we could. Powder was ok but primers were very slim. No small pistol at all, and no CCI primers at all. Bullets for .223, 9mm, and 45 all very tight.

I don't look for the center fire ammo or reloading supplies to get better for a very long time.
As to .22, I just don't know about that one.
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Obama, a constitutional lawyer, is skirting his promise to uphold the constitution. He is streching his executive priviledge rights and is daring anyone to stop him. The latest rumor is that he can not executive priviledge gun control because of the second admendment. He has decided to attack the ammo supply instead. Yes, you can have the gun but you have nothing to shoot. I think, like others, that the ammo shortage will be with us until Obama decides it is not worth it.
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Obama, a constitutional lawyer, is skirting his promise to uphold the constitution. He is streching his executive priviledge rights and is daring anyone to stop him. The latest rumor is that he can not executive priviledge gun control because of the second admendment. He has decided to attack the ammo supply instead. Yes, you can have the gun but you have nothing to shoot. I think, like others, that the ammo shortage will be with us until Obama decides it is not worth it.
Just curious - how do you think he's affecting the ammo supply? What's he doing to keep it from being available?
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Went to Sportsman's Warehouse this morning. They have been looking better than Gander, but pretty bad today. So I can imagine what shape Gander is in.

Sportsman's did not have one single round of .22 except WMR. No Shorts, Longs, or Long Rifles at all.

They did, oddly, have a good supply of .22Mag and .17.

No 9mm, no .380. They had a very few boxes of .40 and .45ACP. I got lucky, there were a grand total of eleven boxes of .38 Special. Three American Eagle FMJ, six AE round nose, and two of my usual Independence FMJ. I bought a box of those, after some thought. Got my first post-Fiscal Cliff paycheck this morning, and it wasn't pretty.

Gun-wise, rifle racks were good except for black ones. Handguns getting hit heavy, lots of empty space. They did have one .357 LCR, and a .22 SP-101, but the clerk said they were the last ones, none "in back".
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Another factor that comes to mind is that income tax refund season starts in a couple of weeks. Gonna be lotsa folks with money in their pockets wanting to load up on guns and ammo. What are they gonna do? Nothing to buy?
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Stores arround here are almost BARE...
The local Wal-Marts are getting occasional restocks of .22LR, .223, .30Carbine, .308, .30-06, 7.62x39mm, .357Mag, 9mm, ..40S&W, 45APC, .45LC most at or slightly above pre-SandyHook pricing...

Problem is almost every store that I have been to (5 now) have told me that once a restock happens with in 2-5 hours later, IT IS ALL GONE...

The situation in the Local Gun Shops are not much different...

You can occasionally find the "Premium" high dollar ammo every now & then put almost NONE of the cheapwer target load or steel cased stuff is rarely available, or in very limited quantities if at all...

I have a few hundred rounds of .223/5.56mm NATO, .308 and 7.62x39mm, but can not find ANY .30 Carbine for my M1 Carbine rifle...

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Yesterday I went to three Walmarts and Academy and couldn't even find a single box of 30-30. I didn't think they were in high demand. I did score a box of .223 and a box of .45acp though, and there was plenty of .45 Colt that I've been having trouble finding lately.
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