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Old February 5th, 2013, 07:48 AM   #1
 
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Where has all the ammo gone

Seriously. I just made my twice weekly trip to Walmart for ammo. Whereupon I was told that they didn't get any .22lr again. This is the sixth week in a row that they did not get a restock on .22lr.

Last week I read that Olin corporation is having a record year of sales for ammuniton. They are running round the clock shifts making and selling ammo.

So it begs the question who is getting it? I can understand if I get to Walmart late everyday and the ammo has all been sold because of the ridiculous demand and people buying large quantities. But Walmart has to be one of the biggest sellers of ammo in the country. If the manufacturers are selling record quantities then where is Walmarts normal allotment? Why aren't they even getting it to put on the shelf.

This defies a normal distribution channel. I recognize it is not a normal supply and and demand channel. But why isn't it even getting to the stores.



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There are two other threads in the ammo depot just like this one.
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On the contrary. The other two threads refer to "hoarding" going on, and quickly selling a limited number of boxes, etc.

My question is what has happened to the distribution channel that the ammo shipments are not even being sent to my local Walmart. The store manager has been told that they cannot specifically order anything but must be satisfied with whatever gets delivered. .22lr is not being delivered.

Order online as some have suggested? Preposterous if you think I believe that people ordering 20 bricks from Midway are getting priority over Walmarts millions of rounds of purchases per year.

I still have yet to read or hear a reasonable explanation.
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On the contrary. The other two threads refer to "hoarding" going on, and quickly selling a limited number of boxes, etc.

My question is what has happened to the distribution channel that the ammo shipments are not even being sent to my local Walmart. The store manager has been told that they cannot specifically order anything but must be satisfied with whatever gets delivered. .22lr is not being delivered.

Order online as some have suggested? Preposterous if you think I believe that people ordering 20 bricks from Midway are getting priority over Walmarts millions of rounds of purchases per year.

I still have yet to read or hear a reasonable explanation.
Some of the posts in the threads deal with the supply chain. I'm not knocking your thread but sometimes it gets too confusing when mulitple threads are posted all over the forum.
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Hi John. We are on the road and as we've been traveling I have stopped at about every LGS on our route and some of the WW - the story is about the same everywhere along the 2000 mile trip. My friends and Son back home tell me nothing has changed there. I really doubt it will until BHO halts his attack on our guns and ammo. So in other words, when he is out of office and another has taken his place that understands what "shall not be infringed" means.

Of course if the sheep vote in another gun grabbing liberal in order to be "historic", it could all be over.
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I just heard from a friend on another forum (jeeps). He said he used to work for Winchester's Centerfire division in East Alton, IL prior to them moving production to Mississippi.

Walmart was their biggest customer buying 1.2 Billion (no typo) rounds of ammo per year. He said they devoted 10 assembly lines of packing to Walmart alone. Walmart dictated the rds/box, boxes/case and even the way they stacked on pallets.

I say again where is Walmart's ammo? and why isn't it getting to their stores?

And that's just centerfire.
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Here is your answer.

Walmart is the number one seller of guns in America. (no pistols)

King B.H.O. summoned Walmart and others to come to the white house to work with him on "gun control"

B.H.O controlls the Unions, they think they control him. The Unions want into Walmart so bad they can taste it. So B.H.O. gave Walmart top cover from the unions for a while so they do not order or sell ammo.

Seen any news reports about Unions picketing Walmart these days???????

Believe me, Walmart is one of the biggest buyers of ammo, or was. If they wanted it on their shelves, it would be there before any LGS got any for themselves.
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I know clerks at two Wally's well enough to believe what they tell me. They say they are getting about the same amount of ammo that they always have. It just disappears in minutes instead of days.

The same thing as clerks at my LGSs and big boxes tell me.

There must be some people that have hundreds of thousands of rounds stashed away, probably hoping to make a profit. I hope they all get no better than half what they paid for it.

I'm stuck waiting. With my work hours, I can't get to an ammo seller before 10 AM. By then it's all unpacked and gone.
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The answer is easy. Hoarders are buying as fast as the stock comes in. The same thing happened a few years ago, so what is happening today should not surprise anyone.

The same thing is happening with pistols. Went to Bass Pro last week and the pistol display was pathetic. They sold their last two boxes of 9mm while I was there and the last of the .40 caliber rounds.

Looking on the web for a .38 and they are also scarce.

The upside is that people are buying at such a rate that the politicians should know messing with gun rights is not as popular as they have been led to believe. Those buyers represent votes.

Representatives who vote with Obama will be remembered when they come up for re-election.
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If you want ammo that someone HAS in stock about the only source right now is a gunbroker.com auction. SGammo is a good source as they only sell what is sitting in their warehouse.

I have 'prepper' freinds who were bragging to me a few weeks ago about the deals they got on ammo and magazines and now they are getting emails saying backordered or refunds.

I have my WM friends who tell me they are only getting a trickle of what they used to get.

You can try getting to Bass Pro when they open as that is when they are stocking.
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I was in a small gunstore in NC on friday and they seemed to be well stocked with ammo and the prices weren't bad.
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Bricks of 22lr and boxes of 9mm were tough to find at Walmart even before Sandy Hook.
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Here is your answer.

Walmart is the number one seller of guns in America. (no pistols)

King B.H.O. summoned Walmart and others to come to the white house to work with him on "gun control"

B.H.O controlls the Unions, they think they control him. The Unions want into Walmart so bad they can taste it. So B.H.O. gave Walmart top cover from the unions for a while so they do not order or sell ammo.

Seen any news reports about Unions picketing Walmart these days???????

Believe me, Walmart is one of the biggest buyers of ammo, or was. If they wanted it on their shelves, it would be there before any LGS got any for themselves.
If that were true, other stores would be getting Wal Mart's ammo, but they're not.

You'd think America's gun-owners would say they have enough now, let others get some. I'm ok for .45 but I can't get any 9mm or .22LR.

I've also read that the government's massive ammo orders get priority over retail orders.
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It's just panic buying.

It will end soon.

It's good for the economy. It's also keeping ammo makers profitable and I like the idea of healthy ammo makers.
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It's just panic buying.

It will end soon.

It's good for the economy. It's also keeping ammo makers profitable and I like the idea of healthy ammo makers.
I think the panic buying will continue...........for a little longer. What I expect is supply will catch up with demand in two to four weeks. Just remember you heard it from me first. And if it doesn't happen I never want this post to be spoken about again.
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