For over a year now, it has been difficult to find popular calibers of ammunition and if you find any there are few selection available and sometimes limits on purchases. I have an opportunity to shoot some this weekend and I want to sight in a new scope on my 10/22 and run a couple of boxes through a new .380 pistol to break it in properly. I could find neither caliber at two Wal-Marts and a couple of other stores, Finally I found some .22 at a gun shop but was limited to two 50-round boxes. They had no regular ball .380 for target shooting, just some very expensive hi-velocity jacketed hollow points. Mail order sources are either out, have jacked up prices, or have very limited selections. I have been online to try and find out the reason. Some kooks think that people are actually worried about zombies. Some nut-jobs are saying that the government is buying up all of the ammo to make it expensive and hard to get. But the ammo makers say different. The government is certainly not buying up .22 and .380. The manufacturers are making more rounds than they ever have but still cannot keep up with demand. The problem, they say is that people are hoarding ammunition. They are buying more than they use and are keeping it long term. Some fear that another mass shooting or two will bring about more gun and ammo control and so are stocking up for armageddon. It's starting to hurt gun sales because people are hesitant to buy a gun if they can't get ammo for it. Ammo makers are hesitant to gear up for more production because they think the hoarding will not last. But it is in its second year now. I normally keep no more than a couple of boxes of each caliber ammo that I have guns for. It usually all fits into a single surplus ammo can. Now I can't even go plinking without depleting all my ammunition. Is anybody hoarding ammo? Why? How much ammunition do you keep on hand? Have you started hoarding more lately? I don't want to add to the problem, but shortages that seem to have no end tend to make people buy more when they get a chance. I would have bought six boxes of .22 when I finally found it but they limited me to two.