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Old 01-14-2013, 07:28 AM
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Does anyone have an Idea when we might be able to buy .22 long riffle again or where I might be able to get some. This is insane. I can buy all the assault riffle ammo I want but cant by .22.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:32 AM
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I plan on hunkering down and not buying anything gun related that has Obama sticker shot connected to it I don't think the prices will ever go back down to where they were if people stampede into making panic buys. However, the damage is already done, I am afraid.

If one didn't have enough on hand before, then the choices are to do without or pay the scalpers.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:42 AM
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Does that mean that I have to tell my grandson that the 10/22 I got him for Christmas is for show only? That sucks.
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:54 PM
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I'm not familiar with the operation of the 10/22, but can you feed shorts into it one at a time? Walmart still carries shorts, and if that would work, it would allow you to use it, although in a limited capacity.
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:52 PM
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Here in Montana we still have 22's, but good luck finding 223 or 45. I remember four years ago we went through the same thing for a year or so. Stocks of ammo and loading supplies eventually came back. Be patient. Enjoy what ammo you have put away for a while. Once the @##holes in DC get done playing games I'm confident things will get back to normal. I'm spending some quality time with my 06. There is still lots of it and the price hasn't changed.
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:58 PM
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:00 AM
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Here in Oklahoma .22's are still available but mostly in small gun shops. Called the gun shop in the small town near us. They had plenty, but only the upper end Ruger 10/22's. None of the basic model and he can't order any as the manufacturer is not taking any orders because they can't build them fast enough. I only need one to replace the old Remington Viper and only because it finally gave up the ghost and would be cheaper to just replace it. Going to wait some time to buy .22 ammo to see if price settles down to pre- Obama prices, but there is lots of .22 ammo still around.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:57 AM
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Went to a indoor range about 30 miles away and found a bunch. Problem solved
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:10 AM
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here in south central Missouri the shelves are empty. Someone in the two local Walmart stores gets their periodic allocation before it hits the floor. The local gun store ( my first stop) ran out weeks ago and is getting backorders. The hardware stores have pretty much stopped carrying .22 ammo. I did buy some shorts for my old pump but I am holding on to what little LR I have. The local shop is out of primers, and has a very shallow and narrow selection of powders. I should have anticipated this and did not. I have enough stuff put back to meet my immediate needs but I feel for the guy that is trying to pay his note and can't get inventory.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:27 AM
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I checked-out the sporting section of our Wal-Mart, and they were out of .22 LR ammo. I asked the checker and he said that their distributer told him that .22 ammunition is going to be in short supply for the next couple of years. He based this on the amount of demand today, also you can expect to see several older cartridges and not too popular cartridges, being discontinued too this year.
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:50 AM
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Things changed fast around here. Couple weeks ago .22lr was easy to get, today, different story! Can't find .22lr of any brand anywhere. Wife of the guy at the local gun shop told me they won't have any for several months and then the jobber will be limiting them to four boxes only. Just crazy! I can't imagine why the stampede. I would think that high powered ammo may get pricey or non-available.
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Well, I was at the Black Sheep, in Lewiston, Ideeeeeho, this past Monday and other then loading components, .223 stuff was gone.

However, CCI Blazer bulk pack .22LR was just less then $160 per 5250 round case. Limit of one case per customer per day.

Best price I've seen in quite awhile.

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Old 01-26-2013, 12:30 PM
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> I can't imagine why the stampede.

Many people that have never owned a gun before buy the cheapest pistol and cheapest rifle and load up on ammo and magazines. Combined that with ObamaFear and you have people buying tons of Ruger 10/22s with 30 round magazines and ammo to match.

Then you have the S&W "assault" .22LR :-) which I understand is popular too.

If Civil War broke out in the USA, you would probably have as many people killed by .22LR (falling from the sky even) as .223 because it would be sprayed everywhere by everyone.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:50 PM
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No shortage of 22 LR ammo where I'm at, for now. Two local stores had a dozen or so each of 400 or 500 round bricks, and some of the 525 count loose packs of various makes. That's what was 'on the shelf', with more in stock, maybe. I didn't go crazy....just picked up another 400 rd brick.
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:12 PM
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cant find any here in OR
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:30 AM
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try sports authority thats where i been finding mine
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:36 AM
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None, Zero , nada here on west cost. Going rate at shows/net surging beyond $60/brick with no end in sight. Just look at GB or AA if you doubt. Brought one case to show last week and was having bidding war right on my table. Winner took case for 55/brick. Not selling any more.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:19 AM
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I was at Black Sheep sporting goods in Lewiston, Idaho last Thursday, and they were still selling the 525count bulk packs of CCI Blazers.

Limit of one box per customer per day, down from the one case per customer per day of a month or so ago.

Was surprised at the components still available at a couple of Sporting Goods in Lewiston.

The Black sheep was limiting primers to 200 per customer per day as they are wanting to keep as many people supplied with the basics for as long as possible.

Still a good supply of handguns and rifles unless your wanting an AR or being otherwise pickly.

Bought a 50 count bag of Winchester .243 brass, 1000 - .44 cal Gas Checks and a bulk pack of the CCI Blazers.

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Old 02-16-2013, 02:37 PM
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At the Tanner Gun Show in Denver today 500 bricks and 525 "value packs of .22 long rifle were going for $100 to $150. Most cartridges were available, but expensive, although some venders were sold out of .22s and others only had a few left. One individual selling books had 1 brick with a name I didn't recognize for $70. Some large rifle primers were $80 per 1000, but I found 1 table that sold them for $45. Lots of ARs available.
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:35 PM
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In the last two weeks I have seen a 525 count bulk pack of 22LR priced from $60 or so, up to $249.95. Yes, you read that right! Same brand even.

There was plenty of ammo at the show today, but prices were all over the place. Wasn't uncommon to find prices vary by a factor of two, just a table or so apart. Highest prices were at the first table in and last one out.

One table had some large rifle primers for $60 / 1,000. What caught my eye was they were Winchester with white boxes, and I think Winchester went to blue boxes sometime in the early or mid-1990s. Doubt if they were bad (I still have a few in those same type of boxes) but that had to be at least 5 times whatever price they went for when new. Interestingly, the same table had the best price on 9mm hollowpoints I had seen in the entire show.

Prices on guns varied like you wouldn't believe. Plenty of ARs to be had if you could stomach the price tag.
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