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I went to Wal-Mart this morning after briefing. Stood in line talking to one of my buddies for an hour until they started selling at 0700. She had 300 rounds of .223, some .40 & .45 and one or two boxes of .38 special. She brought out about 1,000 rounds between all calibers and they were gone within minutes. Box of 100 for the .223 was right at $40.
This whole thing with ammo is not only at this point stupid, it's getting to where it's going to harm the shooting community long term. There has to be a market saturation point for any commercial product and what happens when that's been reached? Will .22LR for instance be like gasoline after Katrina and remain at more than double the legitimate, or in other works the sensible, price? Will whole factories go under when sales plummet due to oversupply combined with overpricing? Hopefully some stability will start to appear soon.
The first 2 guys in line were old retiree's, one carried himself as a match shooter, the other seemed like more of a backwoods guy. A younger guy, a military wife (there at her husbands request I'm sure), another girl in her 20s, and 2 older ladies.
None of them striked me as the buy/resell types.
As for market saturation...it's .22 ammo. I remember when I was in highschool I'd blow through an entire box in a Saturday afternoon in the orchard shooting crab apples with my cousin. Now that people don't take it for granted that they can go buy a box whenever they need it...it's going ot fly off shelves every time it comes out.
Seeing as the PX can't/won't price gouge, the difference between there and the local gun shop is ridiculous. Honestly I may have to buy another box or two at $50/500 just to make sure I'm good for Appleseed in a couple weeks. That and to help anybody out who wasn't able to find any.
Through the years, prior to the Federal 550 round bulk packs passing the $10.00 per box price I started buying when the price was $7.97 per 550 round bulk pack. I'd use my Discover Card and charge $100.00 per month and when my Discover bill came in I'd pay it and the next time I was in Waldo Mart I'd buy up another $100.00 worth. This lasted several years until the price exceeded $10.00 per bulk pack and it really added to my rim fire ammo stash over time.
I too am completely disgusted at the whole ammo thing. It seems more competitive than when a cricket jumps into a chicken coop! I just hate fighting over crumbs like this.
I have at least stocked up in the past on my favorite .22LR, the American Eagle 38grain copper washed hollow point. Very accurate for the price. It came in 40 round boxes though, so I always felt compelled to get a couple when I had the chance. I'm glad now that I did!
My son is in 4H shooting sports. On top of the $25 fee that was supposed to cover the cost of ammo, they were asking for ammo donations too! Unbelievable!
During Easter, our family often spends the afternoon shooting high powered rifles, all sorts of handguns, and maybe an hour or two of skeet killing. This year, I shot about 20 rounds of .223 to check the sights on my SIG556 and a 100 round box of .22 through my Savage bolt gun. My wife shot 50 rounds through her EEA Witness 10mm. Everyone else in my family was too paranoid to do any shooting. The future just seems so uncertain. Instead, we spent most of our time sharing our disgust and political hatred to what we are feeling.
If I go shooting, I want to know that I can replace what I shot. I believe the extend of the paranoia stems from this universal fear. We no longer have the luxury of getting online and ordering replacement components. We also don't know when the supply will outpace this paranoia.
Until the unfriendly environment passes (perhaps in 4 years?!) the prices as well as the vacuum of supply has determined that we are now living in and being conditioned for a new normal.
As Mark Levin calls it, "Ameritopia"! Whatever you call it, it REALLY sux!