Ammunition shortage

Discussion in 'Sportsman's Paradise' started by red55, Apr 18, 2014.

  1. red55

    red55 curmudgeon Staff Member

    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.
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  2. LSUDad

    LSUDad Senior Member

    Want to create a shortage? Tell people there is a shortage of something. Remember the gas shortage, people would get to 3/4 of a tank and fillup again.

    There is some shortage of .22 shells, I have two cousins that work at Cabela's, as soon as the shell arrive, they are gone. I've been lucky to keep on hand more than enough. Being a cheap gun and shells, too many are buying these guns and ammo. A good starter gun for wife and kids.

    But also remember the shortage of original Coke, people were buying up everything they could, some call this one of the greatest marketing jobs ever.

    Years ago on the Tonight Show, Johnny Carson made a joke about the Toilet Paper shortage, the next morning, people were lined up outside every store buying up all the paper product they could. He came back on the next night saying it was only a joke.

    Like I said, want a shortage, tell people there is a shortage of something, anything.
  3. lsutiga

    lsutiga TF Pubic Relations

    I can't understand the rush on .22 ammo cause that's not likely one to ever get banned- if any ever do. I think part of the reason is that when people DO plink, they shoot a lot so they buy a lot. Since it's also cheaper, people buy it up.

    I have quite a few thousand rounds of .22. I'd buy when I saw it last summer and I knew when it was coming to a local wal mart.

    I read that they were geared up and running at max production.

    That's why we hoard, so we can.

    Go find someone in the store to buy you some. Someone's wife, etc.
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  4. TigersTailgating

    TigersTailgating Waterford Lesticles

    Suppressors/Silencers are legal to own and use in LA, and a few companies who make the AR-style .22s had a huge sale on some earlier this year, as in much cheaper than retail, damn near at wholesale prices. Now the big fad is people are putting these suppressors on their .22s and shooting thousands of rounds at a pop.

    I was at Academy Sports the other day looking at a Sig P250 9mm, and a shotgun for home defense... they were only selling two 100 rounds boxes .22 CCI per day per customer. No one was grabbing the select, everyone wanted the other to shoot from their suppressors.

    Could be one reason, but others say it's because of HHS, USPS and other agencies.
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  5. red55

    red55 curmudgeon Staff Member

    I know a fellow who has a silencer on his .22 revolver. When he fires subsonic .22 shorts it sounds like a squirrel fart. But the big can on the barrel blocks the sights.
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  6. TigersTailgating

    TigersTailgating Waterford Lesticles

    I used to hunt squirrel with .22 shorts... back then they were so cheap you could damn near buy 5000 rounds for like $20-$25... great way to spend the day shooting with my oldest son when he was a little kid.
  7. lsutiga

    lsutiga TF Pubic Relations

    I bought a .22 Ruger pistol with a threaded barrel and want to get a suppressor. Isn't there a lot of paperwork to file before you can get one?
  8. TigersTailgating

    TigersTailgating Waterford Lesticles

    Nope, it's a matter of buying the suppressor and then paying the "tax" or fee for having it. Pretty much it. 100% legal to own and use in LA.
  9. gyver

    gyver Rely on yourself not on others.

    I've made.a few suppressor parts. 3 for .22 and a .45. The shop can't make a suppressor legally but I can make all the parts and sell them separately. If a buyer chooses to assemble it then that's up to them.
    The owners son screws an oil filter onto his .22 rifles barrel and shoots hogs with it.
  10. TigersTailgating

    TigersTailgating Waterford Lesticles

    Cheapest suppressor on the market is an Idaho russet.

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