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Old 05-05-2013, 2:07 PM
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I have been out of country for 7 months but kept up enough on Calguns while overseas (not every night like usual! but once a month or so), so please don't flame me for this being a redundant post as I have read the others. My main thing is that couple years ago I stocked up on 308 and 5.56 (3k rounds each) for my AR15's and 308 rifles (obviously wished at the time I had bought much more but doesn't everyone). I knew that 5.56 had gone through the roof while I was gone so no use in even trying to buy more of that right now.
But let me get to the point- what really surprised me is the prices I see on all the websites for plain vanilla FMJ 9mm and .45ACP. I didn't realize this frenzy had spilled over to handgun ammo as well to such a degree while I was gone. I have seen fellow Calgunners posting all the various websites lately that may have stock, but in checking all of them I'm looking at 65 cents/round for CCI Blazer 9mm plinking ammo!! Truly amazing.
I have a few hundred rounds laying around of 9mm and .45ACP but that's it. Am I ever going to be able to go to the range again? Cause no way I'm taking my handguns and popping off 70 cents per round! I guess my point is that being gone I hadn't realized it wasn't just an AR ammo issue, it's everything!

Whatever happened to ordering these calibers by the bulk from Palmetto State Armory etc at next to nothing. And reloading is not an option for me for various reasons. Guess I just wanted to vent and wonder if I should get rid of my handguns if prices are going to be like this the next couple years. Thanks for listening to my rant!
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Old 05-05-2013, 2:13 PM
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No one can predict how long the panic shortage/prices will last for. The shortage is across the board (ie: try even finding .22LR anywhere...). Brick and mortar shops (ie: Walmart) seem to have better prices than online (assuming they have ammo in stock). So it's up to you to determine how to proceed.
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Old 05-05-2013, 2:47 PM
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you can find somewhat reasonably priced handgun ammo online you just have to look in the right places and buy fast when you see it

today ive seen 9mm for 24-40 cents/round online
last week i got .45acp for 46 cents/round and 50 cents/round online

its still more than i'd like to pay but its not as bad as people think

the AR ammo is still pretty bad the cheapest ive seen .223/5.56 is around 60 cents/round and .308 for around 80 cents/round

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They have gone up in price too, so sell them and then you wouldn't have to worry about shooting them........win.........win!

Then you can buy back into the hobby if things normalize.
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Old 05-05-2013, 3:05 PM
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Demonkrats in Kalifornia will likely pass the 5 cent tax on each round of ammo. So expect prices to increase further. Even a 50 round box of .22 LR will cost $2.50 more. Reloading will even become unaffordable because the tax will be 5 cents per component. That adds up to an extra 15 cents per round (primer, bullet, case) for reloading stuff like 9mm, .45, .223, and .308.

So even if prices come back down from where they are now, ammo will still not be affordable. Which is exactly what the Dems want. And they'll also likely ban mail order ammo making the prices climb even further. Same with the lead ammo ban that's likely to pass.

If you have a place to send ammo to (like your parents house), I would be buying for the future. Because that future is bleak.
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Old 05-05-2013, 3:49 PM
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Check with your local range, especially the indoor ones.
Most of them have ammo you can buy if you use it on the range.
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Patience is a virtue.

Sign up for email notifications, and check your local stores. When I time it right I can get some 9mm at my local Walmart for about 27-28 cents a round.

My local range has reloads for only slightly more.
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The ammo situation is going to get better, just give it time. Hopefully there is a period of time between now and the time the online mail order ban/ammo purchase license happens(July 2014) that cases of .22 lr, 9mm, 45, .223 ect can be ordered for reasonable prices. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
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Old 05-05-2013, 5:59 PM
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Can someone tell me why snap caps are so expensive? A package of snap caps are over 10bucks. Where can I get 1 snap cap? And it should cost .50cents
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lol Uncle Leo. How is Jeffrey and in what park is he working?

I do have a bunch of snap caps in the 3 handgun calibers. For all I know you are my neighbor. That would not stop me from giving you one.


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lol Uncle Leo. How is Jeffrey and in what park is he working?

I do have a bunch of snap caps in the 3 handgun calibers. For all I know you are my neighbor. That would not stop me from giving you one.


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Can someone tell me why snap caps are so expensive? A package of snap caps are over 10bucks. Where can I get 1 snap cap? And it should cost .50cents
just make your own
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:28 AM
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In my neck of the woods (Auburn) Ammo seems to be trickling back in. A few days ago my neighborhood store had 9mm for the first time in months. Online stores are getting stock now too. Noticed that bulkammo.com is back up to two pages of 9mm options, when about a month ago there was maybe 3 things in stock.

Prices still stink, but once supplies start coming back in steadily, the prices will drop a bit.

The stores would have fuller shelves and lower prices if people would stop panic buying, but I know that its inevitable. I have been just trying to wait it out. I can afford $25 boxes of Blazer if I have too, but so far I have been sitting on my wallet on principle. Which means I don't really shoot much these days.

I am enjoying seeing the ammo vultures drop their prices on Armslist days after day. 'Oh, you wanted $60 for 100 rds of WWB but now you will take $45 and deliver it to my door?"... yeah... I hope those people get stuck with that stuff, and next time they hear about a possible ammo shortage they will remember it wasn't a very profitable scheme.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:42 AM
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I don't have a Walmart close by that sells ammo (not without driving for an hour and a half), but I do have several Big 5's close by and I make the rounds when I know they get their shipments in. For the past few weeks it's been really bare. I can't go early enough to wait in the line in the morning but a couple of months ago, I was able to pick up some 9 and 45 and there were plenty of 38 special and 357 magnums in the evenings just before close. But now stores barley get anything in and what they do get in gets scooped up when they open. 22lr's? I haven't seen them in a Big 5 in months and one of my LSG's wanted $50 for a 325 brick of Federal. I honestly don't see things getting better any time soon. And when it does start, our favorite politicians will think of something to start the panic back up again or some whack job will shoot up another school which will give them even more fire to take away our rights.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:47 AM
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Big 5 is price gouging like crazy
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It's pretty crazy here in California...I'm glad that I'm going back to Wisconsin this fall. Just about everything in stock (except .22LR) and at pre-panic pricing. Here is just the pistol ammo when I was there back in March: ImageUploadedByTapatalk1368004329.107341.jpg
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Old 05-08-2013, 6:28 AM
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Ill trade you 1000rds of 9mm for 1000rds of .308.

Brass case too sellier and bellot.


My advice: sell some .308 and 556mm to pay for 9 and .45
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This has changed. I was there recently and the panic has hit.

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It's pretty crazy here in California...I'm glad that I'm going back to Wisconsin this fall. Just about everything in stock (except .22LR) and at pre-panic pricing. Here is just the pistol ammo when I was there back in March: Attachment 231010
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Old 05-11-2013, 1:55 AM
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This has changed. I was there recently and the panic has hit.
I think it depends on where you are in Wisconsin. I was seeing tons of .223/5.56 and 7.62x39 everywhere. Pistol ammo wasn't in as good of supply, but many places had it in stock. The last time I was able to check stock before leaving was April 6th though.
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I definitely foresaw handgun and rifle ammos definitely being a problem after Connecticut, but what really surprises me more is the .22lr craze. I honestly have had an easier time finding all other calibers while .22lr is almost non-exsistant.

The only way I have been able to get .22LR is either wait in line 2 hours before Big 5 opens on their ammo stock day or sit infront of the computer all day on GunBot, hitting refresh.

I have scored both ways, but it is a lot of work for typically 500-1000 rounds max!
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sit infront of the computer all day on GunBot, hitting refresh.

I have scored both ways, but it is a lot of work for typically 500-1000 rounds max!
That is what I did and scored a brick of Federal Bulk last sunday from Natchez. Ammo is trickling back in, but the demand is HUGE.

Lots of new gun owners wanting ammo, then you have all the prepper types hoarding, and lastly you have guys like us who just want enough ammo to go to the range and have a good time shooting.
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I wanted to say buy from bulletman, hes in L.A. but i believe hes not taking new customers.
Anyways, if you think you want to buy a nice size lot, lmk.
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That is what I did and scored a brick of Federal Bulk last sunday from Natchez. Ammo is trickling back in, but the demand is HUGE.

Lots of new gun owners wanting ammo, then you have all the prepper types hoarding, and lastly you have guys like us who just want enough ammo to go to the range and have a good time shooting.
Yeah, I personally go through about 600 rounds of 22LR a week in training. I typically shoot about 120 rounds per visit and shoot a full Olympic tournaments worth of targets in all 3 positions.

It definitely is difficult to keep stocked up :\.
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Ammo is coming back, you just have to be patient and use good judgment. Don't jump at availability versus price. There has been ammo available on several sites but check prices across the board.
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