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Offline Smurf Hunter

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #60 on: March 03, 2015, 08:08:36 AM »
you guys must all live near the distributors, i still haven't seen any .22 ammo in several years around here for under .20 cent a round...

I've  got 100 round CCI minmags for around $8 at sportsmans warehouse a few times.  Definitely not consistent  but they pop up.

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #61 on: March 03, 2015, 10:29:34 AM »
I got a great deal from MidwayUSA the other day.   $114 all in, I got 1000 rounds of .22LR  (M-22 Winchester) and 3x50 rounds of Winchester 9mm.   1150 rounds all together.   Just the 3 boxes of 9mm would be about $66 from Midway.   That puts the .22LR at just about .05 cents a round.

I just happened to get an email offer, and immediately jumped on it.   It was that easy.   It was here a few days later.

FYI, to be clear, the 9mm packed with this can be found for about $15/box of 50.    Even at those prices the .22LR worked out to .07/round.

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #62 on: March 03, 2015, 01:47:36 PM »
Midway finally filled my cci mini mag .22 lr back orders from 2013.  Yes they were on back order for over a year and a half but now I have plenty of .22 lr.

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #63 on: March 03, 2015, 02:10:12 PM »
Lucky...my midway back order of 13 months for Winchester .22 was just cancelled out of the blue.

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #64 on: March 03, 2015, 05:15:23 PM »
Lucky...my midway back order of 13 months for Winchester .22 was just cancelled out of the blue.

As were my two backorders.

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #65 on: March 03, 2015, 06:19:56 PM »
I got a lot of 22lr a while back from  rareammo.com
It is imported.   Aquilla  I think is the spelling.  I have shot 4 or 5 boxes with no problems.  Seems clean and accurate.  I beleive with a bulk discount I gave about 5.25 a box.  Less than 6 bucks for sure.

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #66 on: March 09, 2015, 02:26:33 PM »
Today I went to Gander Mountain, Dick's sporting goods Two seperate stores ,and Walmart  in nort east Ohio and again found zero .22 ammo of any variety!
.223 ammo is starting to disappear from store shelves very rapidly!  :o :'(

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #67 on: May 09, 2015, 01:45:44 PM »
Bulkammo purchase:

Date 10/24/2012
Shipping & Handling   $18.18
Hazardous Materials Surcharge   $0.00
Overbox Your Case   $0.00
Discount (Tsp-only)   -$10.00
Gift Certificates   $0.00
Grand Total   $228.18

        For

5250 Rounds of .22 LR Ammo by Federal Champion - 36gr CPHP

I miss the goog ol' days.....

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #68 on: May 11, 2015, 09:29:05 AM »
Bulkammo purchase:

Date 10/24/2012
Shipping & Handling   $18.18
Hazardous Materials Surcharge   $0.00
Overbox Your Case   $0.00
Discount (Tsp-only)   -$10.00
Gift Certificates   $0.00
Grand Total   $228.18

        For

5250 Rounds of .22 LR Ammo by Federal Champion - 36gr CPHP

I miss the goog ol' days.....

That's still less than $0.05 a trigger squeeze, so hard to complain too much.  About even with the cheapest hand load using free lead.

I realize that when I used to get one of those 525 bricks at cabela's for $15.99, that was closer to $0.03.
Another penny per round higher, and we will be double 2012 prices.


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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #69 on: May 11, 2015, 09:43:16 AM »
Supplies must be easing a bit - last week, I ordered a couple bricks of Thunderbolt from Gander Mountain's website.  Previously, whenever they've had .22LR in stock, it was generally limited to a single brick or bulk box per customer.  This time they raised the limit to two bricks.  I take that as a good sign, even if those bricks were $25 each.  How much of that $25 is elevated market pricing, and how much is just Gander's usually higher-than-everyone-else prices, I can't say...

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #70 on: May 11, 2015, 06:12:07 PM »
That's still less than $0.05 a trigger squeeze, so hard to complain too much.  About even with the cheapest hand load using free lead.

I realize that when I used to get one of those 525 bricks at cabela's for $15.99, that was closer to $0.03.
Another penny per round higher, and we will be double 2012 prices.



Smurf, that was a "2012" order... the last I've seen at that price. :'(

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #71 on: May 13, 2015, 10:09:24 PM »
Smurf, that was a "2012" order... the last I've seen at that price. :'(

See that's the problem when you stock up on anything.  I literally bought 8 bricks of Federal Champion the morning AFTER the SandyHook shooting for $15.99 each.  In addition to what I already had, that's lasted my family pretty well.  While I haven't been wasteful, in my mind I still had pre-2012 prices in my mind.  I've since bought some additional .22lr guns because of great deals, but now I worry if I can feed them at an affordable price in the future.

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #72 on: May 14, 2015, 06:29:04 AM »
I bought a 325 brick of Federal Champion for $30. It hurt but that's the load my Ruger Mk III Competition gun is sighted for when I shoot Bullseye. I'll pay double price to have the round I did the work on.

All the rest I've seen is 50 round boxes between $3-$5. Better prices at Fleet Farm / Walmart. Better availability at "gun" stores.

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #73 on: May 14, 2015, 05:43:58 PM »
I think that when we begin to accept 20 cents per shot as the new normal for .22lr the supply will again become unlimited and available.

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #74 on: May 14, 2015, 07:59:09 PM »
See that's the problem when you stock up on anything.  I literally bought 8 bricks of Federal Champion the morning AFTER the SandyHook shooting for $15.99 each.  In addition to what I already had, that's lasted my family pretty well.  While I haven't been wasteful, in my mind I still had pre-2012 prices in my mind.  I've since bought some additional .22lr guns because of great deals, but now I worry if I can feed them at an affordable price in the future.
Smart.  I remember when Sandy Hook happened, I was sitting atop about 5 bricks and thinking "meh, this'll blow over in a month or two, no biggie."  Man, was I ever wrong.

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #75 on: May 14, 2015, 10:20:27 PM »
I am sitting on over 20k of .22 lr and still buy when I find it at a reasonable price. That's pretty rare these days.

Several years ago I saw a documentary on current(at the time) ammunition production. If I recall correctly, Federal alone made more than a billion rounds a year of .22 LR(specifically .22 LR) at that time. I'm no genius, and I didn't stay at a holiday inn express last night, but this has gone on far too long to be anything more than a manufactured shortage to generate higher profits at some point in the supply chain.

One other thought that rolls around in my brain is that manufacturing ammunition for sale requires a license by law. Suppose that the fine  folks working for the ATF are threatening to revoke said license if production isn't held down? Now it's in your brain, have fun.  ;D

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #76 on: May 14, 2015, 10:21:52 PM »
I think that when we begin to accept 20 cents per shot as the new normal for .22lr the supply will again become unlimited and available.

And I can hand load plinking grade .223 for $0.25 each...


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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #77 on: May 14, 2015, 10:45:38 PM »
If I recall correctly, Federal alone made more than a billion rounds a year of .22 LR(specifically .22 LR) at that time. I'm no genius, and I didn't stay at a holiday inn express last night, but this has gone on far too long to be anything more than a manufactured shortage to generate higher profits at some point in the supply chain.

A billion rounds sounds like a lot, but its not.  That's 2 million 500-round bricks.  With an estimated 100 million gun owners in America, a lot of whom own .22 firearms, 2 million bricks a year is just a small fraction of the demand for 22LR, especially considering that it's pretty easy to shoot through 500 rounds of .22 in an afternoon. 

And you said yourself that you're part of the problem - you're sitting on 20K rounds and still buying.  That's not a personal attack or accusation - I'm in the same situation.  If I see it cheap enough, I'll buy it, even though I have a sizeable stash.  And everyone else out there is doing the same thing.  That's why the shortage continues.  Everyone got caught with their pants down, taking cheap and easily available ammo for granted, so now everyone wants to stockpile.  The panic following Sandy Hook created millions of preppers - at least as far as .22LR goes, anyway.

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #78 on: May 15, 2015, 09:31:30 PM »
A billion rounds sounds like a lot, but its not.  That's 2 million 500-round bricks.  With an estimated 100 million gun owners in America, a lot of whom own .22 firearms, 2 million bricks a year is just a small fraction of the demand for 22LR, especially considering that it's pretty easy to shoot through 500 rounds of .22 in an afternoon. 

And you said yourself that you're part of the problem - you're sitting on 20K rounds and still buying.  That's not a personal attack or accusation - I'm in the same situation.  If I see it cheap enough, I'll buy it, even though I have a sizeable stash.  And everyone else out there is doing the same thing.  That's why the shortage continues.  Everyone got caught with their pants down, taking cheap and easily available ammo for granted, so now everyone wants to stockpile.  The panic following Sandy Hook created millions of preppers - at least as far as .22LR goes, anyway.

Most of what I have was acquired prior to the start of obamination's second term. I'm going to guess that I've bought less than 5 cartons of ammo in the last 3-4 years, all of which was at a more sane price of ~$22 per carton. I refuse to spend more than that on mediocre to average quality bulk rimfire ammo and IMO, everyone else should too. 

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #79 on: May 17, 2015, 12:20:47 PM »
I actually saw a shelf full of .22 at Cabelas yesterday. I couldn't believe it, it was the most I'd seen in stock in over a year. Paid $9 for a box of 100. There weren't any limitations on the quantity you could purchase either. Maybe the shortage is finally over?

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #80 on: May 19, 2015, 08:12:09 AM »
I actually saw a shelf full of .22 at Cabelas yesterday. I couldn't believe it, it was the most I'd seen in stock in over a year. Paid $9 for a box of 100. There weren't any limitations on the quantity you could purchase either. Maybe the shortage is finally over?

The shortage might be over, but not the price problem, anything affordable is still unobtanium, 9 cents a round is not what I call reasonable for 22 rimfire.

Here is my last purchase of 22LR

05/18/2012
235rds - 22LR Winchester 36gr Copper Plated Hollow Point    USA235LRH    $318.00    
Ordered:    40

40 boxes of 235 rounds a box = 9400 rounds

3.38 cents per round...

I have not been able to make an order since then and have seriously curtailed my shooting, I often made an order like this every 6-9 months before.

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #81 on: May 19, 2015, 09:03:49 AM »
I have found that while 22 Long Rifle is high....often deals can be had for 22 Long,short,CB and BB caps
that are good for small game and short range target use...also AGUILA ammo ,though some don't think
much of it, IS MADE BY ELY and a sleeper often found at bargain prices. The AGUILA SSS is a 60 grain bullet
in a shortened case that carries a lot  of energy (compared to 22 LR) at about 950 Feet /Sec it hits like
a sledge hammer . I understand it is often used in supressed weapons for 'crowd control'.

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #82 on: May 19, 2015, 09:29:31 AM »
I have found that while 22 Long Rifle is high....often deals can be had for 22 Long,short,CB and BB caps
that are good for small game and short range target use...also AGUILA ammo ,though some don't think
much of it, IS MADE BY ELY and a sleeper often found at bargain prices. The AGUILA SSS is a 60 grain bullet
in a shortened case that carries a lot  of energy (compared to 22 LR) at about 950 Feet /Sec it hits like
a sledge hammer . I understand it is often used in supressed weapons for 'crowd control'.

Another redeeming aspect of expensive .22lr are relative good prices on new .22lr firearms.  I still find the basic Ruger 10/22 for $199 on sale fairly often where I am. 

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #83 on: May 19, 2015, 10:22:14 AM »
    Carl you need a faster twist to use the 60gr bullets. When I fire them in two of my guns they key hole at 25 yards.

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #84 on: May 19, 2015, 10:37:45 AM »
    Carl you need a faster twist to use the 60gr bullets. When I fire them in two of my guns they key hole at 25 yards.

Mine is a volquartsen stainless .920 18.5" Bull barrel 1 in 9 twist (threaded for accessory) .
(normal Ruger twist 1 in 16 ,I think)
Works with most any ammo I use

https://www.volquartsen.com/mailings/3

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #85 on: May 19, 2015, 02:53:05 PM »
  I love it, that would do it.

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #86 on: May 20, 2015, 12:31:47 PM »
Got some spam email from Brownells claiming they had .22lr bricks.

I don't care how accurate, a brick of 500 should never cost $60:

http://www.brownells.com/ammunition/rimfire-ammo/ci-rimfire-ammunition-prod69944.aspx


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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #87 on: May 20, 2015, 01:27:09 PM »
I paid $39.95 for my first 10/22 rifle and ammo was $5 a brick.  That was back in 1968.

Today we pay $250 for the same rifle without a blink of the eye and then another $500 on accessories, but we want the ammo to remain at the $5 brick price and claim anything higher is "unreasonable"???

I think the new reasonable is going to be $50 a brick and I also think that finding one store that got one shipment of ammo on one specific day is not the end of a shortage. 

Your Cabellas has it, mine does not.

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #88 on: May 21, 2015, 04:50:16 PM »
 Would you believe I bought 100 rounds of Federal STD vel. for 3.99. It was in a zip lock bag but who cares. They also had a 500 round brick of Winchester for 34 dollars. The rest was at about 12 to 14 cents a round.

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Re: Price of .22's
« Reply #89 on: May 22, 2015, 06:19:09 PM »
The highest price I seen for bulk brick pack was about $150; and they were sold out about an hour before I showed up.
At the time I was looking for some non-corrosive Russian ammo in town without too much luck.    I would buy a brick
or two at 60 dollars, but that would be the higher end match grade ammo.

I will pay a premium price for 22lr at the 9 cent mark if they are sealed in cans. I like to
keep a few canned up bulk pack ammo for out door activities in a container that won't get crushed.

For normal usage for a back pack, I would recommend just vacuum seal a few boxes and you are good to go.


I picked up 2 cans of Fiocchi SD Ammunition Canned .22LR 40gr CPSP 333rd.  Each can is running
under 30 dollars at a few stores in town.

Paying 15 cents a round would put me at the reloading price for some of my cheap 45 acp loads.