Thursday, January 3, 2013
Ammunition Availability 2013 Poll
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As per yesterday's comment section about ammo available out there and a post done at TEOTWAWKI Blog. I thought I might do my own informal research into what is available in the United States.
I've provided a cut and paste section for you to use in the comment section. If you are unsure about the type of ammo, please add ???.
Time Zone/State(if you wish):
I've filled out mine after visiting 3 stores yesterday-
.308- Some higher end still avail
.30-30 - good selection
.30-06 - picked through
.45ACP- very little - higher end still available
.22LR- very little
12 gauge- wide selection
20 gauge- wide selection
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This isn't breaking news, but the ammunition shortage has been going further down the line. Reloading supplies have taken an equal hit. Primers and brass seem to be very scarce while powder seems widely available ( It has been a week since my last ammo scouting trip ). I have not checked on dies or kits/equipment, but image that they too are a rare sighting.
Ran by Walmart today, and they have limited the purchase quantity to 3 boxes per person per day. Unfortunately, all they had was 12 and 20 gauge shells. No buckshot, No slugs. I bought gun cleaning supplies with my ammunition allowance.
Ran by some local shops and two major retailers today. Ammo is becoming more available but at a higher premium and usually with limits on the amounts that can be purchased per day/per visit. A box of 9mm that was $12/$13 before the panic is going for around $20 per box of 50 rounds. Magazines are also being sighted, but at premium prices too. Interestingly enough, I haven't seen a box of 22LR since the initial panic buying. Most common ammo ( 9mm, 40 cal, .45 ACP, .223/5.56, and .308 ) is being stored at customer service or behind the counter. I am hoping that the trend will continue and the demand ebbs while the supply makes headway into the pipeline.
Be sure to fill out the comment section for your ammo sighting and Thanks for stopping in.
UPDATE: 2/21/13 Semi-related to ammunition
I placed two orders on 12-21-12 for five 30 round MAGPUL magazines each. I got this by email today.
"Thank you for ordering from Ruger Sportswear & Accessories. Your sportswear order placed on 12/21/12 12:00:00 AM has shipped."
It has only taken 61 days for the order to be manufactured and produced. Considering that the last article that I read mentioned that they are about a million units behind in firearms alone, I'm quite happy to take delivery.
The ammunition shortage seems to be abating at a few stores. I laid my eyes on the first 22LR ammo that I have seen since the beginning of the panic buying/shortage. While Chinamart has a limited stock of odd caliber ammunition, my other ammo source seems to have tripled their stock. A 20 ct. of 556 cost me $11.99, and that is still about two dollars higher than last summer. Oh the 22LR, I passed because a small brick (100 ct.?) was selling for $20.
I did purchase a 50ct of 223, 9mm defense load, and two 20 ct. of 556 for a little under a hundred. I'll be able to take Sweetheart out for some range time soon.
Keep Right On Prepping - K