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Unit74
03-03-2010, 6:23 AM
I am looking to stock up on ammo to feed my pistols. Any thoughts on which one will go drying up with the looming ammo restrictions?


My thoughts were .45ACP based on the fact that it's hard to find right now online/shops. It can still be found, but it's almost double the price of other calibers for the same quantity.

9mm, 40, revolver ammo... all seem to be available and cheap.

What are your thoughts?

CABilly
03-03-2010, 6:32 AM
Dude, you're in IE. Practically all of the decent deals in the ammo for sale section here are in or around your area.

Otherwise, get used to stopping into Wal-Mart early in the morning. I was in a smaller-town one and found they had SIX of the 250 mega packs of .45. Just diligence with a bit of luck thrown in.

Unit74
03-03-2010, 6:39 AM
True... But once people begin their "panic buying" what will be the ammo that was smartest to stock up on? I have some ammo right now, but certainly not enough for a full days range trip. I don't want to be stuck with guns I can't shoot b/c all the ammo is hoarded, ya know? And I'm not gonna drive to AZ to buy a case of 9mm!!

XDRoX
03-03-2010, 6:45 AM
I am looking to stock up on ammo to feed my pistols. Any thoughts on which one will go drying up with the looming ammo restrictions?


My thoughts were .45ACP based on the fact that it's hard to find right now online/shops. It can still be found, but it's almost double the price of other calibers for the same quantity.

9mm, 40, revolver ammo... all seem to be available and cheap.

What are your thoughts?

Buying ammo is for the birds.

Learn to reload.

CABilly
03-03-2010, 6:46 AM
Well, what do you have and like to shoot? It's ALL going to be affected, so look for the calibers you think you'd like to have on hand.

.45 and .357 seem to be the hardest to find now. A few months ago it was all handgun calibers. .22 is hard to find. Granted, I'm talking baseline pricing. All that stuff is hard to find at Wal-Mart and other bargain dealers, but it's out there at more expensive places.

I'd stock up on 9mm and .22. They're cheap, available in bulk, and extremely common. You can use them to trade for other calibers if need be. And several thousand rounds of .22 takes up about as much space as a case of .45.

den888
03-03-2010, 6:48 AM
.380 auto and .45 ACP are the hardest to find, right now

pottymouth310
03-03-2010, 6:50 AM
Have you tried to buy .22 lately? it's the worse:eek:

Johansenk
03-03-2010, 7:13 AM
5.7x28 i'd imagine is a bit tough. .357 sig and 10mm

gorenut
03-03-2010, 7:29 AM
Have you tried to buy .22 lately? it's the worse:eek:

Seconded. I got a .22LR conversion kit for my P226 thinking I'd atleast be able to shoot more... WRONG! - while more affordable.. its impossible to find decent .22LR ammo.. as many of us know .22 can be finicky (especially with the conversion kit).

rgs1975
03-03-2010, 7:34 AM
Of the ammo I use, .32 H&R Magnum is the hardest for me to locate. Second would be .380ACP.

sseric75
03-03-2010, 7:53 AM
Start Reloading

Unit74
03-03-2010, 7:54 AM
Start Reloading

No time or patience for it.

XDRoX
03-03-2010, 8:25 AM
No time or patience for it.

Patience is what will be required when ammo becomes impossible to get.
With a progressive press you could load 400 rounds an hour. How many walmarts do you have to drive to to find 400 rounds of 45?

Reloading is almost as much fun as shooting.

bm-bill
03-03-2010, 8:37 AM
Luckily I reload, but .38 and .357 are very hard to find. If you do find some they want to rape you for it.

Black Majik
03-03-2010, 8:40 AM
I would have to say .380. I can't remember the last time I've seen it in stock.

gorenut
03-03-2010, 8:41 AM
No time or patience for it.

I feel you on this one. Not to mention if I want to get any efficiency in reloading, I just don't have the space in my dinky place for the equipment (those small one to one hand presses do not appeal to me).

Once I get more space, I'll get the GF to reload for me, haha. She grew up in Arkansas reloading ammo for her dad.

Fishslayer
03-03-2010, 9:03 AM
.357 Magnum.

Saw the first I'd seen in AGES the other day. 6 boxes of WWB at Walmart. I passed because they were 110 gr bullets. I'm kicking myself because it would have been a source of brass. I got online & found out that quantities of .357 brass is pretty much non existent. For $.30/round I coulda had 600 pieces of brass & a lot of fun plinkin' rounds...:(

I've been seeing plenty of .380 lately.

Rob85
03-03-2010, 9:08 AM
Wish I could find 357 to shoot in my area. Its almost like they stopped making them. 38+p until that glorious day comes when people stop panic buying.

XDRoX
03-03-2010, 9:10 AM
Once I get more space, I'll get the GF to reload for me, haha. She grew up in Arkansas reloading ammo for her dad.

:eek:Your sitting on a gold mine. She could teach you how to reload.
Got to lowes and buy one of these:
http://images.lowes.com/product/converted/693694/6936945601221lg.jpg
Bolt this to the top of it:
http://media.midwayusa.com/ProductImages/Medium/317831.jpg

And throw it in the corner of your living room. It'll make a nice conversation piece. Reloading is one of the best parts of shooting. Especially in CA, reloading will soon become crucial if you want to continue in the sport.

Unit74
03-03-2010, 9:10 AM
38+p until that glorious day comes when people stop panic buying.

I feel we are in the calm before the storm.

CABilly
03-03-2010, 9:28 AM
I feel we are in the calm before the storm.

The market seems to be coming back online. I'm seeing more ammo now than I did a year ago. It's still not a ton, but when I see the palate at Wal-Mart, there is a good variety of calibers instead of the odd rifle rounds and ubiquitous shotgun ammo I'd grown accustomed to.

I don't think there will be a huge rush in June. 962 is creeping up, though, so unless we can get that overturned things will start getting really bad. Perhaps a bright side may be gun stores having more ammo in stock and lowering their prices, since no one will be able to order online any more.

Z ME FLY
03-03-2010, 9:40 AM
I am looking to stock up on ammo to feed my pistols. Any thoughts on which one will go drying up with the looming ammo restrictions?


My thoughts were .45ACP based on the fact that it's hard to find right now online/shops. It can still be found, but it's almost double the price of other calibers for the same quantity.

9mm, 40, revolver ammo... all seem to be available and cheap.

What are your thoughts?

Of course .45 cost more than the other calibers. To me that makes perfect sense.

IllTemperedCur
03-03-2010, 10:14 AM
I'd zero in on bulk buys of your preferred handgun defensive ammo, (Speer Gold Dot, Rem Golden Saber etc.). Even with 962 in effect, you likely still have options for FMJ practice ammo (reloading, gunshows, WalMart).

I don't know about your area, but in my area defense ammo is iffy. Even when it's available, seems like it's in limited varieties and quantities. Not to mention the price raping that you'll get even in the best of times.

jchen76@gmail.com
03-03-2010, 10:18 AM
Plenty of .45 GAP on the shelves!

.380 and .357 are catching up with demand from what I've seen at the last gunshow.

10mm now that's something I don't see anywhere.

bohoki
03-03-2010, 10:33 AM
No time or patience for it.

yea back when 45 was $10 a box i thought its just not worth it to reload when it hit $15 i started reloading 45 acp

i thought i'd never reload 9mm when i could get 100 for $10.97 at walmart

boy did that change in a hurry now 9mm is over $15 and i'm reloading it

then my bullet supplier for 45 bullets went over 5 cents each

and i said forget that i'll melt my own lead and make my own with a little lee 2 cavity

then 9mm went the same way

if you've got time to watch tv you should be reloading

hnoppenberger
03-03-2010, 10:49 AM
hey, not the thread jack, but reloading components wont be limited with the new law, correct?

XDRoX
03-03-2010, 11:37 AM
hey, not the thread jack, but reloading components wont be limited with the new law, correct?

Correct, but it may be difficult to get companies to believe it.

Jerm
03-03-2010, 12:03 PM
I thought I would never reload again i have found myself purchasing a Dillion 550B I am loading 45 Auto and 38/357 and 40 S&w I have decided that with AB962 passing we will never see plentiful or cheap ammo in CA again I am sure people will bring stuff back from other states but is it really worth it

I am not sure if I am really saving much money at this point Primers are fairly expensive and powder is more than it used to be. Our lead sources seem to be dwindling rapidly wheel weights made of lead are no more in CA. I am sure I will be able to find components and I really dislike the fact of having to leave my mark when I am a law abiding citizen to purchase ammo for legally purchased and possessed guns but Like we all know it is California and this state has some of the goofiest laws in the US but some of the best weather and nicest states to live in or at least it used to be.

As far as the affect of AB962 on reloading supplies I am unsure as all I buy is primers and powder I don't know what is written into this law as affecting reloaders or if there is any.

If I was buying ammo from mail order or online I would be buying all my budget could afford and be getting stocked up I purchased a couple of cases last summer online and have yet to break into them one case is 40 S&W bonded law enforcement ammo I really have no use for it but I have it and most likely will not be parting with any of it!

As for 22 ammo I have seen much more in the last month and it is staying on the shelves I know of several places here in the Sacramento Valley where I can walk in and buy 22 ammo anytime I want is it at Walmart prices no but it is reasonably priced considering the supply issues we have seen I can buy 525 round Blazer bulk packs for $21.00 plus tax and they seem to have plenty I can buy bricks of American eagle 22LR for 24.99 and it is plentiful supply if you want to know where pm me and I will share.

Jerm

gunn
03-03-2010, 12:10 PM
I'd say any ammo that you can't find at the local walmart will be a pain in the to get once the mailorder ban goes into effect (however short lived it may be).

Example: milsurp calibers
9mmx18 Makarov
7.62x25 Tokarev
7.62 Nagant
etc

XDRoX
03-03-2010, 12:23 PM
I'd say any ammo that you can't find at the local walmart will be a pain in the to get once the mailorder ban goes into effect (however short lived it may be).

Example: milsurp calibers
9mmx18 Makarov
7.62x25 Tokarev
7.62 Nagant
etc

You'll still be able to buy rifle ammo online, just not handgun ammo.
Correct me if I'm wrong.

ETA: Just realized you may not have been referring to Mosin Nagant ammo, so never mind.

Oldnoob
03-03-2010, 12:34 PM
The hardest to find ammo is CHEAP ammo.

97F1504RAD
03-03-2010, 1:39 PM
.357 Magnum and .357 Sig are without a doubt the hardest to find right now. I can find just about every other caliber but those.

Johansenk
03-03-2010, 3:14 PM
ammunitiontogo.com has .357 sig for relatively cheap

Clinton
03-03-2010, 3:22 PM
Depends on where you live. I see .357 every where I look. .22LR isn't that rare now either. Around here, .380, .45, and .45LC is hard to score.

Greg-Dawg
03-03-2010, 3:34 PM
Calibers: 9mm. .38spl/.357mag and .45ACP.

k1dude
03-03-2010, 4:51 PM
.38

.357

.380

sqroot3
03-03-2010, 5:41 PM
@gorenut: it's totally possible to reload in a small space! xdrox's suggestion is great, but it would have been too big for me--i share a 900sqft apt with my roommate. I started a couple of weeks ago with a portable reloading stand and a lee pro 1000, and have reloaded and shot about 500 rounds of .45. to buy next: a 9 mm setup!

Jerm
03-03-2010, 7:59 PM
.45 is fairly common around here but they are gouging for it i saw Remington 230 GR JHP 47.99 for 50 that is almost a dollar a shot wow and 165 Grain target loads winchester brand for $ 28.99 a box which to me seems high. 380 is still very rare but I don't hardly shoot mine not a regular shooting type gun .357 is still rare but I have brass so I load my own and I primarily shoot 38 special in my .357 and I don't buy much ammo anymore plus I am loading .45 and 40 S&W so I wont be buying much factory ammo. I don't intend to buy any after AB962 takes affect next year if it does!

randy
03-03-2010, 11:49 PM
It doesn't make sense to me to stock up on ammo when you can stock up on componets. For the same money you can have alot more ammo.

para38super
03-04-2010, 4:53 AM
.38 super is the hardest!!!... I cant find Winchester Silvertips, I have been looking for a year and half.

BadIndianSwamp
03-04-2010, 5:33 AM
.357 mag can't be found in OC and is even getting tough to find online! RMAMMO hasn't had any for a very long time.

I don't know anything about reloading, but when I bought my first handgun last year, I was advised to keep my brass from the range for the future. I have been doing that and have been thinking about setting up a bench.
Last week, I was talking to a salesman at one of my local gun stores that sells reloading stuff and he said that primers are now in a supply crunch. Now I have learned to take all gun store employee info as including varying percentages of truth. Has anyone else experienced an issue acquiring primers?

CSACANNONEER
03-04-2010, 6:22 AM
I'd say any ammo that you can't find at the local walmart will be a pain in the to get once the mailorder ban goes into effect (however short lived it may be).

Example: milsurp calibers
9mmx18 Makarov
7.62x25 Tokarev
7.62 Nagant
etc

You'll still be able to buy rifle ammo online, just not handgun ammo.
Correct me if I'm wrong.

ETA: Just realized you may not have been referring to Mosin Nagant ammo, so never mind.

Yea, 7.62 Nagant is a handgun round. It's a hell of a lot easier for me to find 7.62 Nagant than it is to find 7.5 Nagant though. At least I don't shoot either one too often and I have a .32acp conversion for my 1895. The 1887 will shoot .32 Colt pretty well too. It splits cases using .32 S&W though (or, is it visa-versa?).

q3131a
03-04-2010, 1:19 PM
Most in demand 45acp 44mag

Hardest to find 10mm 41mag

Rob454
03-04-2010, 7:03 PM
it seems like pretty much every caliber out there are hard to find or if you find them its very expensive. I would say 9 mm 40 and 45 are the most common hard to find pistol ammo followed by 380 44 357/38. All other calibers 454, 10 mm and whatever odd ball ones you see out there were not that common in the first place.

Blackhawk556
03-04-2010, 7:20 PM
Can someone point me to a good place that teaches dummies how to reload??? I went to gun store today and they have a reloading kit from rcbs ( I think that's the company) and they are asking $310 for the kit. Is that a good price ??? Once I buy that kit what else will I need? And how much will those extra parts cost considering I'm thinking of reloading 223,30-06, and may be 9mm

Mr. Beretta
03-04-2010, 8:44 PM
The major gun shops around here have most of the popular calibers. Problem is, it's double what Walmart charges.

I think .38 spl & 357 mag is going to become even harder to find. If you can find it, buy it! In less than 11 months from now, whatever you paid for it, is going seem like a bargain IMHO. :eek:

CapnHawk
03-04-2010, 10:48 PM
Do what I did when I went on vacation last year - hit every Wal-Mart you see. Nevada, AZ, Utah, Montana, Wyoming - the rear bumper of my car was dragging on the asphalt from all the ammo I had in my trunk.

mbrown
03-05-2010, 6:45 AM
Do what I did when I went on vacation last year - hit every Wal-Mart you see. Nevada, AZ, Utah, Montana, Wyoming - the rear bumper of my car was dragging on the asphalt from all the ammo I had in my trunk.

He's right. I was just in Utah and they had much more ammo on the shelves there (even at Wal-Mart) than I've seen here in Cali for a long time. All stores I visited had tons of .22 ammo. Wal-Mart had 200 round packs of .223!

Anyhow, I haven't been able to find .38+P JHP at local stores anywhere in Sacramento area.

Unit74
03-05-2010, 7:30 AM
He's right. I was just in Utah and they had much more ammo on the shelves there (even at Wal-Mart) than I've seen here in Cali for a long time. All stores I visited had tons of .22 ammo. Wal-Mart had 200 round packs of .223!

Anyhow, I haven't been able to find .38+P JHP at local stores anywhere in Sacramento area.

Try surplusammo.com It's Speer gold dots in ammo cans. But it's +p.

gunn
03-06-2010, 7:26 PM
Yea, 7.62 Nagant is a handgun round. It's a hell of a lot easier for me to find 7.62 Nagant than it is to find 7.5 Nagant though. At least I don't shoot either one too often and I have a .32acp conversion for my 1895. The 1887 will shoot .32 Colt pretty well too. It splits cases using .32 S&W though (or, is it visa-versa?).

ding Ding!
"7.62 Nagant" is used in the M1895 revolver aka the $75 pistol (might not be $75 anymore) aka "the pistol I haven't picked up out of state on my C&R and refuse to pay 2x in DROS fees to acquire"

m98
03-07-2010, 2:06 AM
9-40-45 as those are the most common caliber......My local wally world's got 2 boxes left of the remy umc 40sw 250rd packs....Should I go pick it up?

all torque
03-07-2010, 3:16 AM
Don't bother, I'll go get them.:p