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Question regarding ammo availability and prices

Uploaded on January 27, 2009

I have heard rumors about ammo being hard to find and prices rising. In my area (NW IN)I have not found this to be true. I keep hearing warnings about this from my father-in-law, but I do not know if this is just post-election jitters or truth. Please let me know what your experiences have been...it would help to note what part of the country you are in.

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from SBell wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Haven't seen much (if any) increase in ammo prices round my neck of the woods (Mid-Missouri). I shoot a wide range of calibers and from what I've seen they've been holding pretty steady. I've heard the same things though and am curious about what others think.

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from MichCityDDS wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I called Cabela's, they said that there are some shortages of FMJ ammo, and said it seemed to be from high demand from the USGov't from the manufacturers, which results in less supply of ammo in the regular market chain.

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from Mark w wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Ammo has been creeping up for the last two years. The closing of a large lead mine in Australia help create a shortage worldwide along with greater demand for lead from China (as well as brass and copper). The demand for certain calibers by the military has created some shortages of .223, 7.62x39 and 7.62x51 but it is still fairly available. There was a rush on ammo after the election as well as the purchase of firearms.Some of the rural areas might not have noticed this as much as larger citites becasue rural folk tend to already have firearms and ammo on hand.
Some of the manufacturers like DPMS are saying they have a backorder list for up to 25 weeks. The so called "assault" rifles have gone up in price and are harder to come by especially AK, AR, SKS, and FAL style rifles.

I shoot everything from .17 to .50 bmg and I try to keep a small supply of just about everthing, but I have noticed the price hike and have been stocking up a little more than usual because sometimes I haven't been able to find what I wanted.

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from Dabeck19 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

I've noticed that .223 and 7.62X39 have gone up in price about $2-$4 for a box of 20 rounds in the past two years. However, I reload my own shotgun shells and the price of lead has decreased from $49 to $29 for a 26lb bag. I just shoot my shotgun more than my AR now.

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from T.W. Davidson wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

A related question, if I may:

I live in N.E. TX. I've got a friend with an AR in .223. He has been complaining bitterly of late about rising .223 prices and about long backorders on .223 ammo or even unavailability. I do a lot of reloading, but not in .223. I've noticed that prices for cases and primers and bullets and powders have gone up considerably over the last several years.

If my buddy shoots 500-750 rounds a year of .223 ammo through his AR, is it more cost effective these days to handload .223, or should he (or we, since I help him) continue to try finding and purchasing .223 ammo at $7-10+/box? I would appreciate the insights and real world cost/benefit handloading vs. store-bought experiences of frequent .223 shooters out there. Thank you.

TWD

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from platte river rat wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I use a Dillon 550B for reloading 223 and pistol rounds. Doesn't take long to pay for your reloading equipment in the day and age if you reload a lot of ammo

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I will have to say that I blame my favorite websites for threatening a price increase around the first of the year. That and the elections created a real shortage for both guns and popular calibers. Now I am used to paying 4-5 dollars a shot in some of my exotics (33-378 and 50 BMG) but what I REALLY CAN'T STAND is when they jack up the old standbys, my 22-250, 308 and other ones becase the "premium bullets" are so much more expensive. Well they may be more than core locks or power points but if they were that much more expensive would it be so much cheaper to reload the same bullets? I can't say what cost ammo manufacturers so much these day, if its just inflation or what. But I'd guess maybe they like other businesses have over paid boards and CEOs and pay way to much in advertising and R&D that you and I have to pay for. Think about that one if you will.

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from platte river rat wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

you can buy bulk bullets made by winchester and remington that are very good for varments and general plinking. same thing in powder if you buy 8 pounds at a time. Sure shooting a lot cost hard earned money, but, shopping around for compenents and reloadin will save you lots of money and let you shoot as much as you want

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

SBell, I live in E Central Mo and prices here have damn near doubled since 2 years ago. Same goes for component ammo. Since this bad economic time China has been buying less lead and copper but I sure don't see a price decrease at the store.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

A local retailer (Portland, OR) commented that the wholesale price of ammunition increased to the retailer six times in 2008, and he had difficulty keeping up with the increases...but it certainly affected sales. The increases, as we've observed, have affected handloading components as well as loaded ammunition, though it's obviously still more practical and cost-effective to handload.
I usually purchase rifle and revolver brass in bags of 100, but I often feed my .45ACP factory ammunition and reload the expended brass. I haven't purchase factory ammo in the past year because it's $22-24 per box of 50, and I find that difficult to absorb; I purchase the brass (when I can find it) but the demand outstrips the supply in my area, and even the price of brass is a dent in my reloading budget. They may be brass cartridge cases, but I now treat them like gold nuggets.

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from steve182 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Dunno as much as most've you guys,(reloaders, etc.) but Ammo prices at the retailers in NJ and PA and online have really jumped the past few years. I suppose a lot of it is because of Premium components and better bullets etc. But i have found also there are widespread shortages of popular not just military calibers.

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from George Sanders wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

I purchased .223 55g FMJ three weeks ago in North Alabama for $400.00/1000. Today I purchased the same amount for $500/1000 rounds. The reason for increase is lack of or very low supply.

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from Chas7935 wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

I am from northern Ohio, and pistol ammunition here has been hard to find for nearly 3 months. Even now, there is some ammunition available, but the price has doubled or more since last year. This is for .32 cal and up. .22 is still around and cheap....

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

YES-Shortages(panic buying)and BIG INCREASE in prices have been the norm here in Michigan(my city of 15 miles outside of Detroit)for the last 2 years now!

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Yes. North Carolina has less ammo now, and even a box of plain .38 Special is up to $25.

I found a tiny private shop near where I live that has some shells on the shelf, and I have told NOBODY about it. I've been buying a box or two when I can. Am I that evil for it?

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I paid $345 for 1000 rounds of S&B .223 FMJ in September. The same shop is getting $459 for the same ammo today and is selling all they can get.

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from Shadow106 wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

Here in Idaho, the watering hole is just about dry, but not completely. I go to Boise from the mountains about once a week, and every time I'm there, I buy a box of ammo. .223, .45, or 9mm. I have another source for .40. I've been doing this for years, before coming north two years ago, every single pay day. The current supply isn't cheap, but reloading stuff is rare as flying pigs, particularly since the election and the subsequent DOD restriction fiasco about empty brass. *We won that one. YAY!)
Personally, I think things will calm down, even if prices stay up or go higher.

We're sorta in the same situation as the old gold/silver miners. Lottsa rushing about, lottsa money being spent, but very few ladies available. Once the supply of ladies caught up with the demand, everybody calmed down. (Except the teenagers, of course)

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

Most of the gunshops here in Maine are charging outrageous prices for the ammo that they have on hand and that amount is dismally small. No one here can seem to get any ammo except shotshells. The round that I shoot all the time is the 22 mag. and the round I have used all of my life is no where to be found. I found two boxes that I normally pay $8.95 a box for and they were $15.50 each. 223 and 9mm ammo are no where in sight and you can order all you want but the orders never seem to come in. I still thing that this all has to do with the election and oh-bummers scare about the huge ammo tax. Right or wrong, people are hoarding what they can find.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

I posted a reply to the ammo question about three weeks ago and there has been no change up here, if anything the supply may be a little tighter. I'm hating it!!

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from scottrobbi74 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Hey everyone,
I am brand new on here, and am also from Maine. What part of Maine are you from LibertyFirst? I can tell you that I am a manager of the Sporting Goods Department at Wal-Mart and we don't have ammo say to speak, but we get it all in at some point....Last week I recived 150 boxes of 9mm 100 pk value box, it did'nt last long, but it did last 2 days....We also reguarly get in .223 ammo and I have yet to be out of 22 mag ammo at all....Let me know what part of the state you are from and I can give you heads up if any is coming in the day before it arrives...
We have just started enforcing a 6 box limit on boxes of all pistol and rifle cartriges to make more costumers happy.....also I can tell you that most of the ammo in the Portland Area gun shops had come through a Wal-Mart at 1 point....they were the ones buying it all up and are the reason we have put the 6 box limit in place.

The prices at my store have not gone up in over a year....So like I said, let me know what part of the State you are from, if you are from my area, I can give you a day warning of when ammo is going to be coming in....Let me know what calibers you are looking for as well!!
Scott

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from scottrobbi74 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Anyone in the Portland Maine area, here is an update!! Tonight at the Falmouth Wal-Mart, I have 60 boxes of 9mm 100 roud value packs coming in!! They will be on the shelf and available at 7 am tommorrow!!

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

scottobbi47
Does the ammo only go to the biggest stores? I regularly call Waterville, Rockland and Augusta and these stores don't have any thing lately. The only 22 Mag. I can find in any of these stores is the CCI fmj. and very few of them. No 30-30 and no 243.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

My local gun emporium has a good supply of most everything again. They are a distributor as well, so it might be a while before some of the outfits down the food chain are well stocked again. Price for S&B .223 has dropped to $385/1000 rds, only $40 more than last year, so maybe the trend will continue.

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from scottrobbi74 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Falmouth is the smallest in the state....it is next to Portland, but we regularly get ammo in....I have yet to be out of 30-30, 243, or 22 mag. I think I have all of those in stock right now. The pistol and 22 long rifle is hit or miss. We will get it in and then within a day it is all gone. I would assume that those stores would be the same way. The pistol ammo I have been getting the most of is 9mm, but I have seen it all come in throughout the last month.

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from charlie elk wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

If you are willing to pay there is plenty of ammo in MN,WI & SD.
.308=$45-$65 per 20 box. .40 = $35 per 50 box
.44 = $45 per 50 box
Heavy shot shells 12 ga $35 per 5 box!

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

I was on the road about all day yesterday and stopped at every store I could to see about ammo and I found more than I have since the election. Still no handgun ammo to speak of but quite a few of the commom rifle rounds. Very encouraging!

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from scottrobbi74 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I have been on vacation for the last couple of weeks....but I go back tonight for a 2 week stint on 3rd shift....I will keep you posted on what we may have coming in......

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from Jonney wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Im from CANADA the place you Americans dream about spending your life savings hunting. The place where i drive past 10point bucks on the way to work and they just stand there cuz nobody hunts them. For us hunters living in Canada it is like living in heaven. EXCEPT for ammo...its like hell.
first off we cannot buy primers for reloading centerfire rifle cartridges. We can get tons of 209s for muzzleloading and shotguns. 3 years ago a case of 250 shotshells for skeet shooting costed $45 now its up 2 around $80 maybe higher(these are the cheapest winchester shells around) used to buy a box of 20 rifle shells for $20 i havent found shells that cheap in years, the last box i bought was $35 (federal hunting ammo) and some stuff is higher. Basically uv gotta pay to play, But the PLAYING is AWESOME!!:)

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from Jonney wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Oboma cannot take guns away from the United States citizens becasue it is "Your Right to bear arms" but he can take away your ammunition and that is what is happening

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I have not had any problems getting .45 ACP,.357 Mag, 44 Mag or any ga Shot shells, 30/06,30/30 or 22 LR in KS, fortunately I don't have a need for .380, .32ACP or 9 mm, .223 those are hard to come by.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I found four 50 round boxes of my favorite ammo(Win. 22 mag. 40 gr. jhp) yesterday afternoon and snapped them up at the old regular price. Maybe we're going to see the ammo available in reasonable numbers again!

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from brw7979 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Here in central Texas its gettin hard to find alot of the ammo I used to find just about anywhere.
I have been ordering mine online, there might be a wait but you can get it and at a good price. I've been using sportsmansguide.com. If you join the club for like 30 bucks you get it at a discounted price. Some of it may take a month or two but if your willing to wait you can get pretty any ammo you want and as much as you want.

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from speedyweasel wrote 1 year 1 week ago

I know this is an old posting but.. I was just at my Local BX (Basic Exchange) on base and .223, 5.56, .45 ACP and Auto, all .22 rimfire, 9mm, 40 cal, .308 were ALL out, and thats just the ones I asked about. So I went home and went to cheaperthandirt.com where I get ammo as well, and low and behold almost all .223 and 5.56 was out and what was left was out the roof in price. I'm used to paying 6-7 bucks for box of 20 .223 plinker boxes, now they are about 21-29 bucks a box of 20. somethings up. I asked the guy at the BX and he said the government is buying it all up (so we can't?? who knows) he went on to say they have spent 20 billion in ammo, but this is all hear say, but it's what I have heard. good luck going out shooting for fun anymore. hard to now with these prices. Just my thoughts. God Speed.

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from Mark w wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Ammo has been creeping up for the last two years. The closing of a large lead mine in Australia help create a shortage worldwide along with greater demand for lead from China (as well as brass and copper). The demand for certain calibers by the military has created some shortages of .223, 7.62x39 and 7.62x51 but it is still fairly available. There was a rush on ammo after the election as well as the purchase of firearms.Some of the rural areas might not have noticed this as much as larger citites becasue rural folk tend to already have firearms and ammo on hand.
Some of the manufacturers like DPMS are saying they have a backorder list for up to 25 weeks. The so called "assault" rifles have gone up in price and are harder to come by especially AK, AR, SKS, and FAL style rifles.

I shoot everything from .17 to .50 bmg and I try to keep a small supply of just about everthing, but I have noticed the price hike and have been stocking up a little more than usual because sometimes I haven't been able to find what I wanted.

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from SBell wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Haven't seen much (if any) increase in ammo prices round my neck of the woods (Mid-Missouri). I shoot a wide range of calibers and from what I've seen they've been holding pretty steady. I've heard the same things though and am curious about what others think.

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from MichCityDDS wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I called Cabela's, they said that there are some shortages of FMJ ammo, and said it seemed to be from high demand from the USGov't from the manufacturers, which results in less supply of ammo in the regular market chain.

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from Dabeck19 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

I've noticed that .223 and 7.62X39 have gone up in price about $2-$4 for a box of 20 rounds in the past two years. However, I reload my own shotgun shells and the price of lead has decreased from $49 to $29 for a 26lb bag. I just shoot my shotgun more than my AR now.

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from T.W. Davidson wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

A related question, if I may:

I live in N.E. TX. I've got a friend with an AR in .223. He has been complaining bitterly of late about rising .223 prices and about long backorders on .223 ammo or even unavailability. I do a lot of reloading, but not in .223. I've noticed that prices for cases and primers and bullets and powders have gone up considerably over the last several years.

If my buddy shoots 500-750 rounds a year of .223 ammo through his AR, is it more cost effective these days to handload .223, or should he (or we, since I help him) continue to try finding and purchasing .223 ammo at $7-10+/box? I would appreciate the insights and real world cost/benefit handloading vs. store-bought experiences of frequent .223 shooters out there. Thank you.

TWD

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from platte river rat wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I use a Dillon 550B for reloading 223 and pistol rounds. Doesn't take long to pay for your reloading equipment in the day and age if you reload a lot of ammo

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I will have to say that I blame my favorite websites for threatening a price increase around the first of the year. That and the elections created a real shortage for both guns and popular calibers. Now I am used to paying 4-5 dollars a shot in some of my exotics (33-378 and 50 BMG) but what I REALLY CAN'T STAND is when they jack up the old standbys, my 22-250, 308 and other ones becase the "premium bullets" are so much more expensive. Well they may be more than core locks or power points but if they were that much more expensive would it be so much cheaper to reload the same bullets? I can't say what cost ammo manufacturers so much these day, if its just inflation or what. But I'd guess maybe they like other businesses have over paid boards and CEOs and pay way to much in advertising and R&D that you and I have to pay for. Think about that one if you will.

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from platte river rat wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

you can buy bulk bullets made by winchester and remington that are very good for varments and general plinking. same thing in powder if you buy 8 pounds at a time. Sure shooting a lot cost hard earned money, but, shopping around for compenents and reloadin will save you lots of money and let you shoot as much as you want

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

SBell, I live in E Central Mo and prices here have damn near doubled since 2 years ago. Same goes for component ammo. Since this bad economic time China has been buying less lead and copper but I sure don't see a price decrease at the store.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

A local retailer (Portland, OR) commented that the wholesale price of ammunition increased to the retailer six times in 2008, and he had difficulty keeping up with the increases...but it certainly affected sales. The increases, as we've observed, have affected handloading components as well as loaded ammunition, though it's obviously still more practical and cost-effective to handload.
I usually purchase rifle and revolver brass in bags of 100, but I often feed my .45ACP factory ammunition and reload the expended brass. I haven't purchase factory ammo in the past year because it's $22-24 per box of 50, and I find that difficult to absorb; I purchase the brass (when I can find it) but the demand outstrips the supply in my area, and even the price of brass is a dent in my reloading budget. They may be brass cartridge cases, but I now treat them like gold nuggets.

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from steve182 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Dunno as much as most've you guys,(reloaders, etc.) but Ammo prices at the retailers in NJ and PA and online have really jumped the past few years. I suppose a lot of it is because of Premium components and better bullets etc. But i have found also there are widespread shortages of popular not just military calibers.

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from George Sanders wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

I purchased .223 55g FMJ three weeks ago in North Alabama for $400.00/1000. Today I purchased the same amount for $500/1000 rounds. The reason for increase is lack of or very low supply.

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from Chas7935 wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

I am from northern Ohio, and pistol ammunition here has been hard to find for nearly 3 months. Even now, there is some ammunition available, but the price has doubled or more since last year. This is for .32 cal and up. .22 is still around and cheap....

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

YES-Shortages(panic buying)and BIG INCREASE in prices have been the norm here in Michigan(my city of 15 miles outside of Detroit)for the last 2 years now!

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Yes. North Carolina has less ammo now, and even a box of plain .38 Special is up to $25.

I found a tiny private shop near where I live that has some shells on the shelf, and I have told NOBODY about it. I've been buying a box or two when I can. Am I that evil for it?

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

I paid $345 for 1000 rounds of S&B .223 FMJ in September. The same shop is getting $459 for the same ammo today and is selling all they can get.

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from Shadow106 wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

Here in Idaho, the watering hole is just about dry, but not completely. I go to Boise from the mountains about once a week, and every time I'm there, I buy a box of ammo. .223, .45, or 9mm. I have another source for .40. I've been doing this for years, before coming north two years ago, every single pay day. The current supply isn't cheap, but reloading stuff is rare as flying pigs, particularly since the election and the subsequent DOD restriction fiasco about empty brass. *We won that one. YAY!)
Personally, I think things will calm down, even if prices stay up or go higher.

We're sorta in the same situation as the old gold/silver miners. Lottsa rushing about, lottsa money being spent, but very few ladies available. Once the supply of ladies caught up with the demand, everybody calmed down. (Except the teenagers, of course)

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

Most of the gunshops here in Maine are charging outrageous prices for the ammo that they have on hand and that amount is dismally small. No one here can seem to get any ammo except shotshells. The round that I shoot all the time is the 22 mag. and the round I have used all of my life is no where to be found. I found two boxes that I normally pay $8.95 a box for and they were $15.50 each. 223 and 9mm ammo are no where in sight and you can order all you want but the orders never seem to come in. I still thing that this all has to do with the election and oh-bummers scare about the huge ammo tax. Right or wrong, people are hoarding what they can find.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

I posted a reply to the ammo question about three weeks ago and there has been no change up here, if anything the supply may be a little tighter. I'm hating it!!

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from scottrobbi74 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Hey everyone,
I am brand new on here, and am also from Maine. What part of Maine are you from LibertyFirst? I can tell you that I am a manager of the Sporting Goods Department at Wal-Mart and we don't have ammo say to speak, but we get it all in at some point....Last week I recived 150 boxes of 9mm 100 pk value box, it did'nt last long, but it did last 2 days....We also reguarly get in .223 ammo and I have yet to be out of 22 mag ammo at all....Let me know what part of the state you are from and I can give you heads up if any is coming in the day before it arrives...
We have just started enforcing a 6 box limit on boxes of all pistol and rifle cartriges to make more costumers happy.....also I can tell you that most of the ammo in the Portland Area gun shops had come through a Wal-Mart at 1 point....they were the ones buying it all up and are the reason we have put the 6 box limit in place.

The prices at my store have not gone up in over a year....So like I said, let me know what part of the State you are from, if you are from my area, I can give you a day warning of when ammo is going to be coming in....Let me know what calibers you are looking for as well!!
Scott

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from scottrobbi74 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Anyone in the Portland Maine area, here is an update!! Tonight at the Falmouth Wal-Mart, I have 60 boxes of 9mm 100 roud value packs coming in!! They will be on the shelf and available at 7 am tommorrow!!

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

scottobbi47
Does the ammo only go to the biggest stores? I regularly call Waterville, Rockland and Augusta and these stores don't have any thing lately. The only 22 Mag. I can find in any of these stores is the CCI fmj. and very few of them. No 30-30 and no 243.

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from scottrobbi74 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Falmouth is the smallest in the state....it is next to Portland, but we regularly get ammo in....I have yet to be out of 30-30, 243, or 22 mag. I think I have all of those in stock right now. The pistol and 22 long rifle is hit or miss. We will get it in and then within a day it is all gone. I would assume that those stores would be the same way. The pistol ammo I have been getting the most of is 9mm, but I have seen it all come in throughout the last month.

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from Jonney wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Im from CANADA the place you Americans dream about spending your life savings hunting. The place where i drive past 10point bucks on the way to work and they just stand there cuz nobody hunts them. For us hunters living in Canada it is like living in heaven. EXCEPT for ammo...its like hell.
first off we cannot buy primers for reloading centerfire rifle cartridges. We can get tons of 209s for muzzleloading and shotguns. 3 years ago a case of 250 shotshells for skeet shooting costed $45 now its up 2 around $80 maybe higher(these are the cheapest winchester shells around) used to buy a box of 20 rifle shells for $20 i havent found shells that cheap in years, the last box i bought was $35 (federal hunting ammo) and some stuff is higher. Basically uv gotta pay to play, But the PLAYING is AWESOME!!:)

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from Jonney wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Oboma cannot take guns away from the United States citizens becasue it is "Your Right to bear arms" but he can take away your ammunition and that is what is happening

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

My local gun emporium has a good supply of most everything again. They are a distributor as well, so it might be a while before some of the outfits down the food chain are well stocked again. Price for S&B .223 has dropped to $385/1000 rds, only $40 more than last year, so maybe the trend will continue.

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from charlie elk wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

If you are willing to pay there is plenty of ammo in MN,WI & SD.
.308=$45-$65 per 20 box. .40 = $35 per 50 box
.44 = $45 per 50 box
Heavy shot shells 12 ga $35 per 5 box!

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

I was on the road about all day yesterday and stopped at every store I could to see about ammo and I found more than I have since the election. Still no handgun ammo to speak of but quite a few of the commom rifle rounds. Very encouraging!

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from scottrobbi74 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I have been on vacation for the last couple of weeks....but I go back tonight for a 2 week stint on 3rd shift....I will keep you posted on what we may have coming in......

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I have not had any problems getting .45 ACP,.357 Mag, 44 Mag or any ga Shot shells, 30/06,30/30 or 22 LR in KS, fortunately I don't have a need for .380, .32ACP or 9 mm, .223 those are hard to come by.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I found four 50 round boxes of my favorite ammo(Win. 22 mag. 40 gr. jhp) yesterday afternoon and snapped them up at the old regular price. Maybe we're going to see the ammo available in reasonable numbers again!

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from brw7979 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Here in central Texas its gettin hard to find alot of the ammo I used to find just about anywhere.
I have been ordering mine online, there might be a wait but you can get it and at a good price. I've been using sportsmansguide.com. If you join the club for like 30 bucks you get it at a discounted price. Some of it may take a month or two but if your willing to wait you can get pretty any ammo you want and as much as you want.

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from speedyweasel wrote 1 year 1 week ago

I know this is an old posting but.. I was just at my Local BX (Basic Exchange) on base and .223, 5.56, .45 ACP and Auto, all .22 rimfire, 9mm, 40 cal, .308 were ALL out, and thats just the ones I asked about. So I went home and went to cheaperthandirt.com where I get ammo as well, and low and behold almost all .223 and 5.56 was out and what was left was out the roof in price. I'm used to paying 6-7 bucks for box of 20 .223 plinker boxes, now they are about 21-29 bucks a box of 20. somethings up. I asked the guy at the BX and he said the government is buying it all up (so we can't?? who knows) he went on to say they have spent 20 billion in ammo, but this is all hear say, but it's what I have heard. good luck going out shooting for fun anymore. hard to now with these prices. Just my thoughts. God Speed.

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