To the shooters: how's the ammo situation these days?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by tplyons, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I know there are a bunch of you out here, and I always enjoy the gun porn.

    I'm waiting for my paperwork back from the state and will be looking to buy in the somewhat near future.

    But what I want to know, has the ammo situation improved? I haven't heard anything about it, but I'm not sure if that means the situation is the same or improved?

    I wouldn't want to buy anything I can't feed.

    Is .22LR available? 9mm? .40?
  2. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    The ammo situation still sucks in the cities I frequently find myself in. Doesn't really matter the caliber, either.

    .22, 9mm, .45acp, etc... they're all gobbled up within 20 minutes of hitting the shelves.
  3. acubass


    Oct 10, 2007
    Albuquerque, NM
    Are there only a small number of manufacturers?
  4. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Inactive

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Still sucks. I reload and have been stocking up for a few years so I'm good, but.....
  5. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Around here its all under lock and key, so I can't get a good visual of it. Cabela's website is down to one or two SKU's per caliber, so I'm assuming its not any better, just can't see for myself.
  6. Tony Flow MMMM

    Tony Flow MMMM

    Dec 4, 2012
    At my local cabellas it's great, for the times anyways. Everywhere has .223 .308 endless supplies of 30-06 tons of 9mm 10mm 45 40

    I'm having trouble finding 3 things .380 (can't find) .17hmr (gone within 2 days)

    I don't understand *** is up with .22LR
  7. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Inactive

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis

    Cheap, easy to store.
  8. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Plus it's something you can practice with while saving your other ammo. And it's just fun to plink with.
  9. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Inactive

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Deadly accurate in the right gun as well. Conversion kits can be bought for 1911s to shoot it.

    Largely I would attribute it's current popularity to price.
  10. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    Yeah, and they're running at max capacity. The problem is that people are still hoarding it like they're expecting a war. The stupid part- some of them think they need FMJ for home defense and that's fine, if they live out is the sticks but definitely not if they live with others, in a populated area.

    Selfish bastiges!
  11. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    Everywhere has 9mm? Who, exactly? Gander Mountain doesn't, Streicher's doesn't. Cabela's has it in some places, but not where I am.
  12. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab HELIX user & BOSE Abuser

    Feb 11, 2004
    WalMart has started getting 9mm in the "value packs". You have to know WHEN they do their truck unloading and then hang out at the service desk with a number of other "wise folks" while they unbox it. Saturday morning at 7:45 AM there were 5 older white guys waiting plus my wife. 3 boxes per customer. 9 and 45 were all gone after the 6 customers.

    The BIG problem with 22LR is a huge number of folks new to firearms have gotten this caliber and need(ed) ammo AND the "Newtown thing". Demand exceeds production. You can get it at auction sites for a price.
    And a few entities have ordered over a billion rounds of JHP and millions of rounds of FMJ. Conclude on your own time.

    PS to tplyons: I would relocate if I were you. Seriously.
  13. red_dot_first_time.jpg

    This was 175 rounds into this and as you can see most of them went into already open holes.

    I got bored after a bit and started trying to shoot the little guy in the corner. The head was a lame attempt at a smiley and my red-dot wasn't sited in yet. Center mass was after I sited in the red dot.

    All in .22LR.

    FTR, it was a Mossberg 715T rifle at about 50 ft. Not a great distance but it was an indoor range and that was the max on that lane.

    OP, I've found that Cabela's has good stock too. There's a local place with 9mm Israeli surplus that is sold "as-is" for cheap--like $18/100 round bag full of mixed crud 9mm--but I'm not sure I'd want to risk that through my guns.
  14. Bought my kids a cricket rifle. Had a box of 22lr. Took them shooting with it and havent been able to find 22lr since:( I have very unhappy kids!
  15. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    They didn't order billions of rounds, they solicited bids for billions of rounds, according to some articles I read that didn't come from any government sources. I also read that one major manufacturer is building a new plant for ammo production, but it won't be running for a couple of years.

    How many in the value pack? Gander Mountain has a 9mm 350 round SKU for $119 + $9 for haz-mat shipping cost. Otherwise, I could order from Streicher's for $16/50 round box.
  16. Horny Toad

    Horny Toad Guest

    Mar 4, 2005

    It has improved, but not much. As others have said, when something becomes available online, it's snatched up instantly. I have product availability alerts set up with multiple vendors. When I get a notification that something has become available and I don't jump on it within 10 minutes or so, it's gone.

    Prices have come down a little since Newtown, but I think the prices we're seeing now are the "new normal".

    I've cut down on my target shooting quite a bit due to ammo availability.

    You might want to consider joining NJ Gun Forums to keep up with what's going on legislatively in NJ. The forum also has an active marketplace where you can find local deals on ammo from private sellers.
  17. Tony Flow MMMM

    Tony Flow MMMM

    Dec 4, 2012
    I haven't noticed a change in price
  18. Dave in LB

    Dave in LB

    Feb 11, 2011
    So Cal
    Ammo is still in a difficult to get stage. I've been in the industry nearly ten years now. It took 4+ years to get ammo back to where it was prior to Sandy Hook. As much as I want to be optimistic it will probably be that long again assuming no other types of interference from government or dum dums. As for pricing it has eased off a bit but don't expect ammo to be as inexpensive as it was for a long while or ever again.
  19. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I just picked up a 500 round box of S&W 40 JHP
    Plenty of .45's around too.
  20. swlees


    Feb 20, 2011
    New Park, PA
    I stopped by the local shop a week or two back and the only .17HMR they had was FMJ. Not what I wanted for varmints. They had no .22 of any kind, and the supplies of other calibers was scanty. I can still find .22 Hornet on-line, but not as much as you would think for an old, out of fashion round. I was thinking of breaking out my dad's reloading dies, but I've heard that reloading supplies are getting hard to find too.