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Old July 3rd, 2013, 07:44 PM   #1
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Why is 22 shotshell so expensive?

I'm amazed at how expensive shotshell costs. Why? There doesn't seem to be much demand for it.



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I think that's the reason. Low demand.
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I think that's the reason. Low demand.
I would think if they lowered the price the demand would increase. I wonder how much it costs to make them?
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It's the same way with the .38 special shotshells. But for those I buy the empty shotshells from Speer and make my own for a fraction of the price. The Winchester .22 shotshells are half the price of CCI but they crimp the ends making it hard sometimes to extract. I don't know of anyone else who makes them.
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I would think if they lowered the price the demand would increase. I wonder how much it costs to make them?
Making regular. 22's is completely automated. It would either require a manual step or new equipment to make shot shells.

I was just thinking this morning that I should get some here in snake country.

Last time I was in WM I saw some for $8.99 per box of 100.
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Making regular. 22's is completely automated. It would either require a manual step or new equipment to make shot shells.

I was just thinking this morning that I should get some here in snake country.

Last time I was in WM I saw some for $8.99 per box of 100.
That is a good price. I use them for the meadow mice in my yard and snakes. Last week I picked up a 10 pack of .40 shot shells for $8.99. Haven't tried them yet.
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Yea, low demand seems to be the answer. Here in NY, when no other 22lr was to be found, the shot was fairly plentiful. Dick's sent me a $10 coupon, so I put it to good use and got a free box of shot since I wouldn't likely buy it for anything.

I'm glad I got it. It's useful for blowing a snake off my ankle AFTER it's attached

It's fun stuff, but it seems anemic. I like the .357 magnum shot. I've mostly used it for mousing when mowing the lawn. The 9mm shot seems pretty good, too.
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I'm amazed at how expensive shotshell costs. Why? There doesn't seem to be much demand for it.
It's tough for those guys having to count out all those little pellets and someone talks to you and you have to start over.
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I'd guess scale of production is partly to blame. Manufacturers have to run all ammo in batches. Setting up and shutting down time adds to the costs, so short runs like bird shot are relatively more expensive as far as setup costs, especially if they have to shut down higher demand standard 22 LR production to do it. Those costs can be absorbed and evened out more with long batches.
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It's tough for those guys having to count out all those little pellets and someone talks to you and you have to start over.
And those made in China have to use workers old enough to count.
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Making regular. 22's is completely automated. It would either require a manual step or new equipment to make shot shells.

I was just thinking this morning that I should get some here in snake country.

Last time I was in WM I saw some for $8.99 per box of 100.
That is a good price. Next time I'll check it out.
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It's tough for those guys having to count out all those little pellets and someone talks to you and you have to start over.
So that must be the real reason 22 ammo in bulk boxes is in short supply. They keep losing count and have to start over.
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That is a good price. Next time I'll check it out.
That was also the only .22 ammo they had and they only had two boxes of that.

I'm surprised that .22 hasn't come back by now. Most other caliber, while still hard to get and often have limits, can now be found.

My next prediction is that when .22LR ammo comes back, it's going to come back big and I expect there will be some good prices again, at least for a while.
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That was also the only .22 ammo they had and they only had two boxes of that.

I'm surprised that .22 hasn't come back by now. Most other caliber, while still hard to get and often have limits, can now be found.

My next prediction is that when .22LR ammo comes back, it's going to come back big and I expect there will be some good prices again, at least for a while.
In 2009 that is what happened. Ammo came back fast and lots of it. Prices levered off at about 15% about the 2008 prices.

To match the 2009 comeback we need to wait another three months.
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