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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #960 on: August 06, 2013, 05:03:10 PM »
Sad but true!

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #961 on: August 06, 2013, 05:17:30 PM »
Now let's see how it works today:

Store shelves are bare and selling to minors is often prohibited, so most "bricks" are plastic sandwich bags containing 500 loose rounds (plus or minus 10). Bricks are mostly sold at gun shows for $90, so a kid might buy several at once. Upon returning home, they stuff a dozen in their pocket with a grin and head toward the nearest prairie dog town. On the way, a neighbor spots him and calls the police to report an armed gunman in the area.

The kid is hauled off under armed guard and his Dad brought in since that single shot .22lr rifle (which he purchased at a gun shop for $200... plus $75 in mandatory fees) was illegally stored in an unlocked closet and the prairie dog town was a protected "threatened wildlife sanctuary." People believe that only a future mass shooter would need to buy over 1000 rounds of ammo at a time, so the kid goes to court ordered therapy and is watched for several years. On the news that night, a politician says the incident proves that a "national discussion" is needed to "keep these kids safe."

How times change!

Don't forget about the Dad. He gets 5-10 years with good behavior for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.


In Shreveport, Wal Mart shelves are bare except for .22 shotshells and shotgun ammo. Academy gets a little but there is a line Thursday mornings that buys everything out when the doors open. A little Eley .22, few 45ACP, few 9mm, very little 380 and 5.56.

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #962 on: August 06, 2013, 07:13:43 PM »
I ordered 2,000 rds of 7.62X39 from Sportsman’s Guide back in January. They kept kicking back the shipping date. Well, today I got an email telling me they have finally shipped it. The price was $220 something/1,000 rds. It hurts to pay that when I still have about 18,000 rds of the stuff I bought for about $67/1,000-rd- case back in the 90s. But even with that much in reserve, the ammo shortage was forcing me to cut back on shooting to prevent running out over the next few years. Gone are the days of burning through 500 rds in one shooting session at the range. Cheap ammo for training was one reason for going with the AK in the first place.

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #963 on: August 06, 2013, 08:41:33 PM »
I ordered 2,000 rds of 7.62X39 from Sportsman’s Guide back in January. They kept kicking back the shipping date. Well, today I got an email telling me they have finally shipped it. The price was $220 something/1,000 rds. It hurts to pay that when I still have about 18,000 rds of the stuff I bought for about $67/1,000-rd- case back in the 90s. But even with that much in reserve, the ammo shortage was forcing me to cut back on shooting to prevent running out over the next few years. Gone are the days of burning through 500 rds in one shooting session at the range. Cheap ammo for training was one reason for going with the AK in the first place.

I know folks that are AK-74 (5.45x39) fans.  Just a few years ago they had a favorable argument regarding the cheap ammo.  There's some historical precedence for executive actions blocking imports, and that concerns me for foreign milsurp ammo.  Today I'd rather be stuck buying over priced, but available ammo compared to the alternative.  I'm not sure that any domestic manufacturer is making it, nor have I see reloading dies or even brass cases in that caliber.


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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #964 on: August 06, 2013, 09:08:19 PM »
I know folks that are AK-74 (5.45x39) fans.  Just a few years ago they had a favorable argument regarding the cheap ammo.  There's some historical precedence for executive actions blocking imports, and that concerns me for foreign milsurp ammo.  Today I'd rather be stuck buying over priced, but available ammo compared to the alternative.  I'm not sure that any domestic manufacturer is making it, nor have I see reloading dies or even brass cases in that caliber.

Some people reload AK ammo, but it cost more to reload than to buy steel-cased ammo from Russia (the bullet alone costs more). One reason I bought so much back in the 90s was to have enough in case the import of that ammo was ever banned. The only reason I ordered 2,000 more was to have a little extra, though I think I have enough to last the rest of my life -- IF I don't shoot as much as I used to. The brass and other reloading supplies for 7.62X39 are just as available as any other caliber. Certainly, I have a lot more stored away than most people shoot in a lifetime, and most of my life is behind me.

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #965 on: August 06, 2013, 09:54:43 PM »
Some people reload AK ammo, but it cost more to reload than to buy steel-cased ammo from Russia (the bullet alone costs more). One reason I bought so much back in the 90s was to have enough in case the import of that ammo was ever banned. The only reason I ordered 2,000 more was to have a little extra, though I think I have enough to last the rest of my life -- IF I don't shoot as much as I used to. The brass and other reloading supplies for 7.62X39 are just as available as any other caliber. Certainly, I have a lot more stored away than most people shoot in a lifetime, and most of my life is behind me.

Sorry if I digressed into 5.45x39mm, while your post was clearly regarding 7.62x39mm

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #966 on: August 06, 2013, 10:49:18 PM »
Found some 40 cal FMJ this past weekend.  Limited to one box, but better than nothing.

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #967 on: August 07, 2013, 07:28:30 AM »
Lately, I've been scoring .22lr and 5.56mm at the local Sportsman's Warehouse.  I have a couple of FB friends who do the wait at the door for opening thing, buy their ration and then put it out of FB.  I work not too far from Sportsman's, so I can run down whenever they have what I need.

They seem to be getting a more steady supply this summer.  7.62x39 wolf is 5.99 a box and they always seem to have it.  I know its not the .08 per round we got spoiled with, but its not overly expensive. 


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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #968 on: August 09, 2013, 09:33:35 AM »
Gun's galore is now out of .380, but still has some of everything else. Willmans Gun Sight has some of everything, but limits it to 5 boxes for most of the ammo or one box of 9 mm,40, 45acp and 38 sp. 2 boxs of 22lr/50 per box.

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #969 on: August 15, 2013, 01:23:55 PM »
While the shelves looked kind of bare and not much varity in brands, there was some of each caliber.
maybe this shortage is coming to an end...  This is what the shelf looked like as I left

I am seeing at Walmart (Wisconsin):
- 5 boxes of 9mm (50rd)
- 3 boxes of 40S&W (100rd)
- 2 boxes of 40S&W (250rd)
- 4 boxes of 45 (50rd)
- 2 boxes of 45 (100rd)
- 1 box    of 45 (250rd)
- No 22


right as i was leaving I saw a cart of ammo being wheeled to the ammo shelf... almost made me turn around and get greedy, but i left it for the next guy...

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #970 on: August 15, 2013, 02:02:35 PM »
Bi-Mart in rural Oregon is the bees knees folks.

Last weekend we were on a road trip along US97.  Bi-Mart had CCI primers in most configurations with a 100/day limit.
Perhaps more interesting, they had .22lr match grade in 50rnd boxes for $3.97, with a 200rnd daily limit.

Every 30 miles or so I'd pull off and get myself another box of primers for $3.99 + no state sales tax. 

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #971 on: August 15, 2013, 02:10:27 PM »
 Can say the ammo shortage has hurt me much except for the price increases . Have a good friend that has been in the ammo retail side for over 30 years . The supply has gotten low but I could always get what I want before it hit the sales counter . There are things I supply him with so it makes for a good working relationship.

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #972 on: August 15, 2013, 03:14:58 PM »
sportsmans is starting to actually stock the ammo on the shelves again, and wal-mart had some 9mm on the shelf, along with some other stuff. still pretty sparse around tucson.

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #973 on: August 15, 2013, 03:23:07 PM »
The shelves at the Walmart in Kennesaw, GA, are still bare.  No handgun ammo at all.

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #974 on: August 18, 2013, 08:18:02 PM »
just scored 420 rounds of 5.56 and 250 rounds of .40 S&W for $286 even at an archery shop in south IL! great find

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #975 on: August 18, 2013, 08:24:24 PM »
I've had the hardest time finding 9mm ammo and finally found some for target shooting and at a decent price.  Walmart had Winchester 115g FMJ for $24.97/100.

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #976 on: August 18, 2013, 08:35:40 PM »
I was checking out the local Wal Mart ammo counter today and found a new sign had been put up. They now only sell ammo 4 days a week. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and not before 8 am. Still limited to 3 boxes per purchase... 

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #977 on: August 18, 2013, 08:50:58 PM »
Interesting?  :zombie:

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #978 on: August 19, 2013, 08:09:57 AM »
Haven't been on in a month or so but nothing has changed here. Wallyworld still only has 12 and 20ga shot and slugs(sabots) and 7mm, 8mm, and a box or 2 of other assorted rifle "hunting" calibers.  Local gun stores are getting better though with quite a bit of larger pistol rounds and common hunting rounds for my area like 308, 3006, 35rem, 35w ,45-70, 7/8mm, 54r and so on.  Prices are OK and unchanged on most of those rounds. No .22Lr/.223/7.62x39 except 1 day a week and they don't last past opening. If your a reloader, my local store is stocked to the roof with reloading equip and supplies.

All in all its pretty much the same crap different day/week/month  :) 

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #979 on: August 19, 2013, 09:18:24 AM »
Visited Cabelas in Kansas City this weekend.  They have lots of everything (including .223) except .22LR bricks.  They do have 100 round trays of .22LR

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #980 on: August 19, 2013, 09:56:12 AM »
Just out of curiosity, has anybody checked the availability at either of the 2 new Cabela's in the Denver area?

I'd like to go, but seeing as they opened last week I think I'll hold off until they get time to settle down and restock.

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #981 on: August 24, 2013, 01:56:13 PM »
Pleasant surprise at our Walmart (Southern Indiana) this morning.  30ish boxes of 40 S&W ammo of various flavors, 10 boxes of 45, 10 boxes of 380, 5 boxes of 32, and 3 boxes of 9mm steel cased TULAMMO.  Still no rifle ammo at all.  Only rimfire on the shelves was CCI 22LR shotshell.  There were cases of 12, 20, and 410 ammo and the attendant told me there was more in back as they are starting to get in their seasonal hunting orders.  There was also blackpowder substitute and caps galore. In fact, the blackpowder section is now about twice as big as it used to be. 

There is a three box limit so I only picked up the 9mm at $10.47 per box of 50.

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #982 on: August 24, 2013, 02:05:47 PM »
After months of casually looking for (and failing to find) reasonable .22LR, today I picked up 555 rounds for $28 at Cabela's in Thornton, CO.

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #983 on: August 24, 2013, 05:01:36 PM »
After months of casually looking for (and failing to find) reasonable .22LR, today I picked up 555 rounds for $28 at Cabela's in Thornton, CO.
you must have got there early.  The sales guy says they are cleaned out in powder and 22's first thing every day.  I was there today at about noon.  No 22's  They did  have a lot of other ammo short of nine mm and 22's. 

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #984 on: August 25, 2013, 01:52:00 AM »
Went to Bass Pro Shop in Manteca, CA (central valley) and the shelves were empty except for some .308, shotgun and odd ball calibers. The gun display case was pretty sad as well, about 1/3 full.  I asked about a Kahr P45. After laughing the sales guy said he had one a few weeks ago, but no idea on when any more such guns would be in.

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #985 on: August 25, 2013, 05:15:32 AM »
Yeah, shotgun ammo seems to be the one thing that everyone has boatloads of around here. The Wal-Mart near me had the entire bottom shelf in the locked case full of shotgun ammo as well as a few shelves on an end cap filled.

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #986 on: August 25, 2013, 06:44:29 AM »
Yeah, shotgun ammo seems to be the one thing that everyone has boatloads of around here. The Wal-Mart near me had the entire bottom shelf in the locked case full of shotgun ammo as well as a few shelves on an end cap filled.

Lots of birdshot around here, decent shotshells (slugs, buckshot) can be tuff to find at our Walmart. Took a month for them to have some stuff worth buying for self defense. Pretty cool, Winchester PDX1 Defenders at $1.50 a round. They are made up of a 1oz rifled slug with 3 00 buck pellets. The local gun shop has lots of ammo but at the prices they are asking, they can keep it. They have 00 buck in the 3" mag loads for $12 a box of 5 rounds.... They must buy them retail then double the price to sell...

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #987 on: August 25, 2013, 02:51:04 PM »
I went to Academy in Houston / Westheimer and Hwy 6 and .223 was on the shelf and readily available. I picked up 200 rounds @ $0.45 / round. That is the lowest price and most availability I've seen. There was no limit.

They had many other common calibers. The only products with limits were 9 mm and .22. They had no .22 and only high priced 9 mm so I took a pass.


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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #988 on: August 25, 2013, 03:48:32 PM »
I picked up 1,000 rds of 7.62x39 Tula 124 gr HP (8M3 bullet) from Midway last week.  They also had more of the new Nosler .224" 64 gr bonded SP bullets (components).  I also got some W231 powder and some Vit N110 and 3N37 powders from Wideners.  Local shops are still pretty slim pickings, like none.

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Re: Ammo shortages (now 2014)? What are you seeing out there?
« Reply #989 on: August 25, 2013, 07:29:13 PM »
2 walmarts within 30 minutes from me:

walmart #1 has had most everything since May except 9mm and .22lr. Today they had a variety of .40 and .45 (Remington UMC, Winchester, Federal) which they usually only have PPU  in .40 and 1 brand of .45 at any given time.

walmart #2 has had absolutely nothing but shotgun shells all year until today. They had several boxes of .40 and .45  as well as the normal shotgun shells.