Guns and Ammo – If You Ain’t Stocked Up Now You Might Be Out Of Luck

Like all of you I’ve been watching the news lately and just ran across an interesting article about how Walmart is now rationing ammunition.  You can now only buy three boxes per person per day of your favorite rounds of ammo.  If they have it.

I was in a hardware store last weekend and out of curiosity asked the guy behind the counter if he had any .223 ammo.  He laughed.  Seriously.

They didn’t have any .40 caliber ammo either, which is what I was interested in.  So not only are gun sales now going through the roof, but ammunition is getting very scarce – at least around here where I live.  I kick myself that I didn’t stock up on more ammo, but hey – it is what it is.

Pretty soon ammo will be worth as much as gold!  I can hear it now, “Yeah, I’ll trade ya two boxes of .223 for an ounce of gold.  What?  You don’t like my prices?  Well move aside mister ’cause there’s a bunch of people behind you willing to cough it up pal.”  Or something like that.

Anyway, as is true in situations like this whatever is in high demand will start to cost more.  Guns.  Bullets.  The law of supply and demand is an evil god, but one we must live with.

I just hope that pretty soon this whole mess just goes away and gun owners can fade back into obscurity.  I know.  I know!  Keep wishing right?

How is it where you live?

Let’s see if we can get every state to chip in with a guns and ammo report.  How cool is that?  Is ammo hard to get where you live?  Guns?

Sound off below!

-Jarhead Survivor

 

  • j.r. guerra in s. tx. February 4, 2013, 8:16 am

    Extreme south Texas report – I haven’t gone inside any gun shops lately, but around Christmas / New Years, walked into a few when on vacation and came out with sticker shocked eyes. Yup – a bit high. Ruger BX25 magazine which formerly sold for $25 – $30 now at $60. Even rim fire ammo seemed priced rather proud – I’m sure firearm suppliers are gouging quite a bit.

    Two weeks ago, our local Academy had standard ‘deer rifle’ ammo at $30 a box of 20. There was some .40S&W – 20 round boxes at $25. !! Damnation.

    I feel sorry for the folks who are trying to get stocked up at this time. What was that saying – better 6 months too early than 1 day too late.

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    • j.r. guerra in s. tx. February 5, 2013, 8:45 am

      Went to Wally World last night and went by gun counter just to check it out. Zero .22 rimfire, some .17HMR for $15 a box. 20 rounds of .40 S&W – $25. Zero 12 and 20 gauge, .410 Defender at $15 a box (iirc). Standard .270 Winchester deer ammo – $29 a box of 20.

      Yup – pricey.

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  • Jason February 4, 2013, 8:28 am

    This too shall pass ….

    Because gun are sales going through the roof, ammo naturally follows & part of that panic makes scarcity all the more common. It is a commodity that is very popular at the moment. I’ll bet if you wanted .22 rim fire bullets, you could get plenty.

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    • Brandon February 4, 2013, 9:17 am

      No .22 or any other handgun or “sporting rifle caliber ammo here in Missouri. Very limited at all stores.

      Also if you go to walmarts website you can do a search on a caliber and then see if it is available in store for all stores around you. This is supposed to be updated as shipments come in so they may have a box in the back the person in sporting goods isn’t even aware of yet.

      Good luck.

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    • riverrider February 4, 2013, 9:47 am

      j, 22lr is VERY scarce. the panic set in a few days after the shelves first emptied. even shotgun shells are gone around here. you can still get 17 remington, but thats about it.

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    • HORSESERGEANT February 4, 2013, 10:05 am

      Sorry, but no .22 long rifle anywhere. It goes faster than .223, which I was able to buy the limit of six at Dicks Sporting Goods.

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      • Jason February 4, 2013, 11:03 am

        Well, I’ll be damned. But they have a long, long, long way to go before the can outlaw guns & with so much push back, it won’t happen.

        Please spare me with the Nazi Germany & Stalin arguement. If you want to be effective, hit them where it really hurts – stop supporting the MSM & its sponsors. Economic power will always be the victor.

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        • T.R. February 4, 2013, 4:00 pm

          And stop paying as many taxes as possible , use barter . Cash is still king .

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          • Michael February 4, 2013, 11:13 pm

            No .22 in my favorite sporting goods store in Tacoma WA last friday. They usually have a ton.

    • G February 5, 2013, 6:28 am

      veeerrrrryyyyy little 22lr down on the bayou. All calibers are way up in price, when you can fnd ém. Handguns in fairly good supply, no 223′s or ak’s at anything like a reasonable price. Happy Mardi Gras yall!

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    • G February 5, 2013, 6:28 am

      veeerrrrryyyyy little 22lr down on the bayou. All calibers are way up in price, when you can find ém. Handguns in fairly good supply, no 223′s or ak’s at anything like a reasonable price. Happy Mardi Gras yall!

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  • nyloc February 4, 2013, 8:30 am

    omg walmarts here on wa state have been bare for weeks. all you can find is .17 hmr .22 short and maybe some 10mm

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  • nyloc February 4, 2013, 8:34 am

    does anybody here think obama is stimulating the local economy with his gun law scares?

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    • irishdutchuncle February 5, 2013, 1:07 am

      yes he is, but I doubt that was the plan.

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  • JL February 4, 2013, 8:52 am

    Here in TN you can find ammo in some places, but Wal-Mart was pretty scarce last time I was there. Personally I avoid Wal-Mart as much as possible. The gun store down the street keeps running out. We live in a military town so it is easier to find in some places around here, it’s more expensive though.

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  • riverrider February 4, 2013, 9:50 am

    with ammo factories running 24/7, where is the ammo? shouldn’t it be hitting the shelves by now? mags are getting more available slowly. are they purposely holding back for profit? i have plenty but its making me nervous.

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  • Gunslinger67 February 4, 2013, 10:10 am

    Im in Central Maine , about an hour NW of Bangor . The last two times I was at the WalMarts in Bangor and Brewer , it was slim pickins at either store . They had the three box minimum , and I got 3 boxes of ooBuckshot (Winchester 15rd boxes) . There was hardly any 22rf , and no 223 or 7.62×39 …..very little 9mm or 45 , and had no idea when they were going to get any more .

    I was fortunate enough to see the impending storm back in 2007-2008 , the first time the chuklehead won the election , and have been buying as much as I could afford ….Im now sitting on about 8ooo rds of rimfire , 12-15000 rds of common center-fire stuff (5.56, 7.62 45 and 9mm), and have a few thousand of various calibers for hunting rifles like 30-30 , 243 and 45-70 . My shotgun stockpile is a little spotty …a couple hundred rds of buckshot and slugs , and a few value packs of the #7 and #8 to practice with .

    Gawd how I hope this all passes , but I really dont see it getting better for gun owners for a long time . . . . if ever.

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    • T.R. February 4, 2013, 4:06 pm

      Thats one of the reasons they put limits on it , they themselves cant get it fast enough from the distribution points . Remember the old Playstation 3 rush ? some retailers actually had to put the incoming shipment on a lottery system because Sony couldn’t get them enough , fast enough . Same thing here . Be patient .

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  • anon February 4, 2013, 10:14 am

    Sorry guys, but I was stocked before BO’s first inaug. —
    battle packs by the case, spam cans, filling ammo cans with boxes of hunting rounds, bought on sale. In PA and surrounding areas, panic buyers and speculators wait at the door for the trucks to come in, and guns and ammo are out the door as soon as they can process them. Walmart had a couple of boxes of my wife’s rare caliber deer round @ $27 box, the ones in my safe are marked @ $12. I have 3 presses and components, but it will be a while before I need to roll my own.
    I have been serious about prepping for years. Good luck to you all.

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  • sput February 4, 2013, 10:19 am

    PA wallyworld and Cabela’s are pretty stripped, just oddball stuff left, and a few weeks ago Cabela’s had some commie 7.62 left, with a 6 box max.

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  • Vicky February 4, 2013, 10:31 am

    No 223 anywhere, but we found some 9 mm in a small gun shop about eighty miles away from us. The Owner been out of 22 long rifle for months and doesn’t think he’ll get anymore for a long time. His supply of guns for sale was very limited although I thought the prices were fair. No black powder for sale because he would have to build a separate unit to hold it (!) and pay a $600 dealer fee. There aren’t enough black powder enthusiasts to warrant that, so our option is to go the other way into Michigan and see if Cabela’s has anything. Nothing like a 400 mile round trip to buy ammo which, I’m sure, is part of the plan.

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    • irishdutchuncle February 5, 2013, 9:18 am

      plus, when you do buy Black Powder, they take names.
      (explosive)

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  • Roseman February 4, 2013, 11:12 am

    Two of the largest gun shops in CT had plenty of .22s but no .22mag or .223. Handgun ammo was spotty.
    I checked in two smaller out of the way gun shops and they also had .22s but were out of .223 and .22mag. Both had a much better selection of pistol ammo though.
    I have the ability to reload and many of my friends have been interested in getting into it. I do think things will eventually settle down but prices will continue to rise.

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  • Charles,,,, February 4, 2013, 11:15 am

    So. Ms., Walmart hasn’t had ANY for the last 6 week’s, check in with two different locations, Academy the same way, none, a few small shops have oddball stuff in limited quantities, so two suspicions arise, one: the mfg’s are being politically pressured against releasing any ammo until the fed’s have time to sort out whatz their greediest way to use this crisis, or the mfg’s see a chance to use a crisis for their own greed, double the price and slowly trickle the ammo into stores to keep those in panic mode sucking it up no matter the price… two week’s ago at a local gun show, reloading was the theme of the day, by day two the common caliber dies had all been bought up…. Got Brass? Find a reloader, make a side deal now, it’s the next venue to have a run, perhap’s, one mans thought. !!!!

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    • Steve February 4, 2013, 11:28 am

      About the twentieth time I passed the Walmart ammo locker, they had 2 boxes of 100 Remington 40 S&W JHP’s for $40.99 each. I think many stores still get shipments in regularly and that it just goes out that fast. While looking for an advertised rifle at 3 Big 5 Sporting Goods in January, the managers said some people find out when the trucks are coming in and get in line before it gets on the shelves. The good news is that the prices are reasonable if you can get any.

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  • Jason February 4, 2013, 11:22 am

    I have a question for you all. Let’s assume they outlawed all guns & made it illegal to use one in any circumstance other than hunting non-humans.

    If the government actually got all entities of law enforcement to suppress we the people, which of you – if any, would shoot at, with the intent to kill, any of these enforcers if they came upon your land in full disclosure to see if you were breaking the law?

    This is their trump card & you’d have to be nuts to think you could actually pull the trigger because you would either end up dead or locked away for life showering with people who have no problem with same sex sex.

    Time to stop being scared rabbits & hoarding ammo & strike back at their wallet. It’s the only quiet revolution that can be truly effective. When the US applied economic sanctions on other countries to force them to stop whatever, it worked. We are a consumer based economy & if we stop consuming en mass within our borders – there’s trouble in paradise.

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    • irishdutchuncle February 4, 2013, 11:56 am

      yeh, what Charles,,,, said. (see below)

      sanctions only hurt the “people” in those other places: Cuba, North Korea, Iraq, Iran…
      darn right I’m a scared wabbit… and if I don’t pull the trigger they’d still like to send me to prison. it would be overly optomistic to believe they will leave us with our hunting implements.

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      • Jason February 4, 2013, 3:16 pm

        Unless of course the sanctions are perpetrated by the people within the country & there is an availability of alternative products choices, which there is.

        Here in Southern California the grocery workers went on strike from the major retail outlets. Many consumers like me, honored the strike & sought elsewhere to buy groceries. The strike lasted 9-10 months & when it was over, a huge percentage of their customer base did not return because they changed their buying habits. It devastated the chain stores & they are still trying to recapture the lost customers.

        That was about 10 years ago & to this day me & many people I know do not go back to the chain stores to shop simply because a new habit had been built & I now feel comfortable trading with what seems like a more stable entity.

        The real funny thing is, I will drive 7 miles to shop at the grocery store instead of the chain store that is 1/2 mile away & pass it on my way to the other.

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  • adam February 4, 2013, 11:22 am

    9mm, 40 and 223 are very scarce in St. Louis. Nobody’s got them, it seems.

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  • Charles,,,, February 4, 2013, 11:32 am

    Jason, do you have a list of what to boycott? Not much left in the USA made catorgory, and I skip china products all that I can which is becoming harder and harder to find products not made there, already doing the self sufficincy stuff that I can, keep a garden, raise goats, rabbits, chickens for meat, yard eggs, blah blah blah, not diss’n you, just asking for help, ideas, what is the “more” of what you say?

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    • Jason February 4, 2013, 2:21 pm

      See what they advertise on their vehicles – TV, websites etc., tell friends & likeminded to stop supporting our demise & make a public stink. It doesn’t have to be a massive stink, it only needs agreement & the viral will eventually take effect.

      Learn from mistakes like that Occupy Wall Street debacle. These people marched in the streets & acted like a group of directionless children looking to be disruptive & having fun with it by in large. The MSM had a field day with them & ripped them apart. Rupert Murdock is a very powerful & persuasive media mogul & his operational revenue comes from advertising dollars.

      What seems to work is to do something without that kind of fanfare, stand up & simply say no. It is important to not give off any kind of fist shaking, emotionally charged push back because the MSM eats that up because that is who they are – a sensationalist driven entity. Just look at their stories – it is all about drama and or trying to create drama.

      I think the NRA should make this kind of stand & express it to their members.

      If, for example, Tide soap was advertising on Good Morning America & they have a one sided & unfair campaign against “assault weapons”, publicly say you will not buy Tide soap whether you actually buy it or not. Tell friends to do the same. Those kinds of actions build uncertainty with a product which impacts revenue.

      If enough momentum is built, it makes it extremely difficult to reverse it – look at the Ford Pinto, they got crushed by far less than 1% of those models that experienced exploding gas tank.

      Learn from the enemy, the MSM – good news travels fast but bad news travels much faster & has far greater impact.

      It may result in being a trade off between China made products & American made ones to keep the guns. However & like the case of Lance Armstrong’s sponsors, they distanced themselves immediately once the tide turned against him.

      It is ALWAYS about the almighty dollar & the beauty of the Internet is, it is uncensored & unmanaged, so stuff like this can gain momentum at light speed.

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  • irishdutchuncle February 4, 2013, 11:37 am

    SOL.
    (armchair survivalist)

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  • Lumberjok February 4, 2013, 11:40 am

    After Obama’s first election, the supply of gun powder and primers evaporated overnight and didn’t ease up for a good 10 months. We’re back to the same situation in the local gunshops….at least here in far northern Maine.

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  • waterboy February 4, 2013, 11:44 am

    Makes me glad that the reloader is up and running.

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  • sam February 4, 2013, 12:32 pm

    this is a bubble, plain and simple. i’m actually selling ammo for high prices now with the intent of putting more back later at cheaper prices.

    http://www.migunowners.org/forum/showthread.php?t=221416

    http://www.migunowners.org/forum/showthread.php?t=221416

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  • Kathy February 4, 2013, 12:47 pm

    What are the odds for me of getting shells for a 9mm? I don’t know much about this stuff and was curious if I could get them for what I do have. thanks.

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    • irishdutchuncle February 4, 2013, 2:06 pm

      knowlege is power.

      (see Charles,,,, answer below)
      most of us won’t nit-pick on terminology, because nobody is born knowing any of this stuff. First, you need to know for sure which of the 9mm’s you have. (“shells” are for shotguns)
      9mm usually means “9mm luger” also called “parabellum”.
      there is also 9mm Kurz, (380 ACP) and 9mm Makarov…

      your “piece” (firearm) may be stamped/marked with information about which cartridge it chambers. learning a bit more about this “stuff” (today) is worth more to you than finding ammo.

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      • irishdutchuncle February 4, 2013, 2:21 pm

        …and as JP in MT reminded me last week, there are also revolvers that chamber rimless cartridges, so it would be helpful to know what you have. (without compromising your OPSEC)

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        • Kathy February 4, 2013, 3:06 pm

          thanks for the info…I inherited a gun from my father who passed away a few months ago. From what I can see it says…”Taurus PT 99 AF 9mm para”. I have never shot a gun before and therefore know nothing about them. It is on my agenda to take some kind of safety course or to find info on it and gun safety if I am going to keep in my home. I do have one box of ammo for it that states 9mm luger. thanks again.

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          • Mark February 4, 2013, 4:15 pm

            I own the exact same pistol. You need to be aware of three things right off the bat. (1) Keep your trigger finger away from the trigger. Always remove the magazine before handling the pistol for any reason other than shooting it. The magazine release is the button on the left side of the grip. (2) Then pull the lide back all the way. (Get a firm grip.) Look into the end of the barrel and make sure there isn’t a cartridge in it. If there was one, it was ejected when you pulled back on the slide. Do this a couple of times. Be extra sure. (3) The safety has three positions. Up is “safe.” The middle position is “fire.” Down is hammer drop, which is also supposedly “safe.” I never drop the hammer when there’s a cartridge in the barrel indoors. Outdoors be sure the pistol is pointed at the dirt when you drop the hammer, not your foot, or your friend. The magazine that usually comes with this pistol holds 15 cartridges. One more can be carried in the barrel. I don’t recommend this since you’re not yet proficient with this pistol. Take the pistol and a box of ammo – 9mm Luger is what it uses, nothing else will work right – out in the country, far away from any houses or cars, and test it. Fire it into a dirt bank or a tree stump. Be sure to wear earplugs! I lost a lot of my hearing by not wearing those.

          • irishdutchuncle February 4, 2013, 4:22 pm

            Eternal Rest grant unto Him Oh Lord, and Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him. (Amen)

            Sorry for your loss.

            the box of cartridges you have are correct for the piece as marked. Keep Your Fingers Away From the Trigger, until you Determine whether it’s loaded. (and remember that all firearms are loaded, even when they aren’t. Firearms Safety Lesson 1)

            When you handle it, make sure it’s pointed away from yourself, and not at anyone else, that doesn’t need to be shot. (more to follow)

          • irishdutchuncle February 4, 2013, 8:25 pm

            yeh, what Mark said,

            except, in (2) he meant slide. “pull the slide back all the way”. (you did push the button on the left side of the grip, first and removed the “magazine”, all the way out; placed it down) I think he meant for you to look down the barrel from the breach end first, (this is called the chamber) not from the “muzzle” end.

          • The Duck February 5, 2013, 7:14 am

            Go to http://www.nrainstructors.org to find a local basic class

          • Mark February 5, 2013, 10:21 am

            Yes, “slide,” not “lide.” The lower half of the pistol is the frame. The top part is the slide. The barrel end that the bullet comes out of is the muzzle. Don’t check that end. Check the end nearest to you, the breech end. You don’t want a cartridge in the breech unless you’re preparing to shoot.

          • AuricTech February 6, 2013, 5:20 pm

            If you don’t already have one, this link will take you to a .pdf manual for your pistol.

  • Charles,,,, February 4, 2013, 1:00 pm

    Irish Ladd, are you always so optimistic…..lol
    Kathy, ya have to check around your local area, or call in which isn’t the best idea, friends and family of the store will be alerted first if/when some ammo comes in, a physical peek and a how do to the customer rep to break the ice and build a working relationship may help, get to know the mom and pop shop’s first, support the locals before the conglomerates, perhaps….

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  • smokechecktim February 4, 2013, 1:38 pm

    I usually dont buy locally. Mostly I use freedom munitions from idaho. For the last month they have stopped taking orders until they can catch up with all the people who ordered since the election, so I guess the problem would be country wide.

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  • Shatner8 February 4, 2013, 2:10 pm

    Here in the middle of Illinois and up to Rockford, you can still get shotshells, shotgun ammo, and 17 HMR. Other than that, if you can find it, 22LR will run you $50-60 per 1K, normally $15-20 depending on brand. You’re extremely lucky of you find any .22, 9mm, 357 sig/mag, 40, 45, .223, 5.56, etc. Walmarts are all out of everything but shotgun and 17HMR, no handgun ammo at all. Glocks of any make or caliber are more than a month out on back order and $1000 each. Been to Bass Pro, Cabelas, Gander, etc. They’re just as empty or bad, and do the same thing with limitations on boxes, primers, and bullets.

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  • Jason February 4, 2013, 2:49 pm

    BTW, I just checked – the SHTFBlog sponsor – Lucky Gunner – seems to have ammo supplies.

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  • T.R. February 4, 2013, 3:23 pm

    I would not call it rationing , because it isnt . Retailers as a common practice with in demand items , limit the amount per person in order to create fairness to their customer base . Ammunition manufactures are running full blast in the in demand calibers , they cant predict public cycles of panic , they have a choice of either building another plant to keep up with demand , then getting stuck with the profit loss of that plants production once the panic dies down , or just to keep running at capacity …………they are in the business to make money , they will choose the latter every time . Most shortages are caused by the CONSUMER , not the manufacturer , retailer or government . In truth , there IS NO SHORTAGE . We are the problem . If we were not in a panic , it would be available , like it alway has been ., and it will be again . Just sayin

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    • Jason February 4, 2013, 3:37 pm

      +100

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      • Michael February 4, 2013, 11:35 pm

        Yep, +100

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  • eddy1 February 4, 2013, 3:32 pm

    ppl u all are not going to see any bullets 4 some time so you best 2 find du with what u got. they r cuming 4 us in numbers time to watch up before it’s to late. any time u see guns n bullets “mia” u start 2 see food and water the same. they going 2 try n take away your 3 b’s away over time but not at the ray of your eyes. for they want you all together like rats raning 4 a nut. jason you got it. but my answer to u is r u in it or just a # on their wall. No .22 or any other handgun or “sporting rifle caliber ammo here in sullivan county ny.

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  • Jim M. February 4, 2013, 4:01 pm

    Here in west central Virginia, Walmarts are pretty much out of common calibers. I checked several on several different dates in January and February. My list was: 22lr, 308win, 9mm, 556, 380, and 12g buck. I found small amounts here and there going to several different gun shops, and also, Dick’s. This was at least 5 big trips really looking. I finally scored 40 – 308 win and some 380. None of the other. I went online and searched really hard for the rest and only found 100- 9mm in stock in two places, and got one. I found small boxes of 22lr at a country store in the mountains- limit 1. If you go online, go to the places with an online inventory tool. Prices are up, but not abusive. Good luck, Jim M.

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    • corky February 5, 2013, 7:01 am

      Go to gunbroker.com. prices have risen, but you can get any round you’d like and as much as you can afford.

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  • Mark February 4, 2013, 4:04 pm

    This is a situation report concerning ammunition availability in the Portland, Oregon / Vancouver, Washington metro area. I regularly check three Walmart stores in Vancouver, and I have checked one in Portland, and another up north, in Longview, Washington. The situation at all five stores has been about the same since mid-December: all of the .22 LR, .223 Rem, 7.62x39mm, and 9mm Luger ammo disappeared first. One day they had some. The next day it was all gone. This was around 20 Dec. The .38 Spl and .44 Rem Mag went next. For some reason both .380 Auto and .40 S&W stayed on the shelves longer. Now those are gone too. All that remains is hunting ammo like .270 Win and 7mm Rem Mag. 12-ga shotgun shells are starting to become scarce too. The story is the same in other stores I have checked around here. Big Five Sporting Goods and Wholesale Sports are wiped out except for some of the high-priced defense ammo like Hornady. A clerk in the sporting goods section at the Walmart in Longview told me that the managers have been told that they cannot reorder pistol ammo. (But, I have seem some reappear on the shelf, not much, but a little.) Nobody has any idea when ammo is due to arrive again. The online retailers like Sportsmans Guide are showing due dates in the June-to-December range now for restock of popular calibers. I don’t know if this just a “bubble” or not. I suspect that Biden and his cronies have influenced Walmart and some other retailers to not restock ammo, especially the evil “assault rifle” calibers and pistol ammo. I think they’re buying time until a law that requires a NICS background check for ammo purchases can be passed (by whatever means necessary.) Ammo prices are going up, even at Walmart. There’s no ammo on the shelves; but, the price tags have bigger numbers now than they did in December. Fortunately I started stocking up some more in November, 2012. At that time I did a price survey of the the following calibers of interest (to me)… .22 Short, .22 LR, .22 WMR, .223 Rem, 7.62x39mm, .32 S&W, .32 ACP, .380 Auto, 9mm Luger, .38 S&W, .38 Spl, .357 Mag, .44 Spl, .44 Rem Mag, .45 ACP, and 12-ga shot gun shells. I took down the lowest prices I could find at Ammunition To Go, Cheaper Than Dirt, Lucky Gunner, Sportsmans Guide, and local Walmart stores. These are my baseline numbers. I began buying ammo in early December, before the shortages became acute. At this time I feel pretty well stocked. Good luck with flipping the ammo at double the price. You may not be able to replace it this year, or next.

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  • Steve (from the Cape) February 4, 2013, 4:08 pm

    Wally’s in Wareham, Ma, the nearest Wally with ammo to the Cape is out of metallic cartridges but still seems to have a supply of shells in 12 and 410 last time I was there. The LGS in Hyannis has no 223 but an OK, though expensive selection of pistol ammo. They had a used AR 15 with a weird green colored forend and stock used on consignment for $2,500, and a stag model 3 for 1,900.
    I bought a 45 right before Thanksgiving before all the panic broke out. I’m pretty set for ammo except SOL for cheap 45!

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    • irishdutchuncle February 4, 2013, 11:16 pm

      before they were EBR’s they were green/ had green colored “furniture”.
      look at some “Viet-Nam” pictures.

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      • Steve (from the Cape) February 5, 2013, 12:49 pm

        Thanks, I could’ve find any pictures but the “furniture” was the minty, lime green color of recently bloomed pond scum.

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        • irishdutchuncle February 5, 2013, 2:32 pm

          OK.
          Yeh, I’m pretty sure they were never issued in
          “minty lime pond scum”.

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  • Mark February 4, 2013, 4:21 pm

    I need to pass along some useful information. I have had the best luck finding ammo at these retailers: Cabelas (at a higher price than everbody else), Lucky Gunner, Wideners, and Sportsmans Guide. Lucky Gunner rocks when it comes to getting orders out the door. They’re fast. Wideners is slow, but dependable. If their website says they have it, they have it. Sportsmans Guide is just pure dumb luck if you happen to check it at the right moment.

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    • Steve suffering in NJ February 5, 2013, 7:12 pm

      Always had good luck with Cabelas though your right there the most expensive. That said they were the only people I found accepting ammo back orders. Gave me an 8 week eta had my product in hand in 2.5 weeks. There ok in my book!!!

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  • Ray February 4, 2013, 5:17 pm

    Ammo of military utility and S.D. ammo are gone. You can still find small amounts of hunting ammo. Some of the horders are now selling , but only take silver or gold or barter, They tell me “no more US scrip” . They won’t take US paper dollars at all. Some do but not many that I know. Thank God I don’t shoot .223, Its higher than 30.06(if you can find it at all) WW2 .45 ACP is going for 30$ a box. This is the worst ammo panic yet. I know of 3 gun stores that are closeing soon as they cant get inventory, the wholesalers tell them it’ll be this fall before they get any real ammo in. I kinda think this was Obamas plan. Cause a run on guns&ammo so big it crashed the supply system.

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  • Hawkeye1944 February 4, 2013, 6:19 pm

    OKLAHOMA IS OUT OF EVERYTHING, REALLY !

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  • Anonymous February 4, 2013, 6:41 pm

    This reminds me of an old Chris Rock joke, that raising the price of bullets would reduce gun violence.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuX-nFmL0II

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  • kp89dc February 4, 2013, 8:19 pm

    Found 5.54 & .223 at Bass Pro in Clarksville, IN yesterday. They had 3 sku’s and you could get 10 bxs of each. First time I’ve seen any in weeks. No .22lr, some very expensive common pistol calibers but not a lot. Had a bunch of standard shot 12 & 20 ga. But no 00 or slugs.

    Everything else in the ” Kentuckiana” area is pretty well cleaned out, including firearms.

    The 2nd Amendment – Our original home land security

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  • Al February 4, 2013, 9:09 pm

    How’s that just in time delivery stuff working for everybody now? I swore it wouldn’t happen to me again but I got caught short on a few items. The Walmart clerk said they had just restocked. They had about 30 boxes of pistol ammo, lots of #7-8 12 and 20 gauge shells, and no 22 ammo. Plenty of rifles and shotguns on the shelves. Dunhams to be nearly the same as Walmart. This is in midwest Ohio.

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  • javelin February 4, 2013, 9:15 pm

    5.56/.223 and .22lr are starting to show up around here more, its spotty but its coming back. 9mm is almost impossible to get.
    Give it about 7-8 mo. things will get back close to normal.

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  • Underwater Comms February 4, 2013, 9:29 pm

    I bought 1500 rounds of .223 from sgammo.com a few weeks back for a good price. They have been getting it in sporadically. I check several times a day and if inventory comes in I buy. I normally buy all my 9mm and 7.62 x 54 through there. They have been sold out of .22lr for awhile.
    Here in Connecticut the Wally Worlds and other stores are pretty bare.

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  • Prine February 4, 2013, 9:34 pm

    Everything here is out except .17 HMR, 7mm and shot shells. I was able to pickup some 9mm in January, and that’s been about it. Makes it hard to stock up but it will eventually be back to normal.

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  • sirlancelot February 4, 2013, 9:50 pm

    south of Boston the local shops are hit and miss with ammo. there is still some stuff coming in, but if someone walks in with enough cash that case of ammo goes out the door pretty quickly.

    Guns have been priced $500-$1000 more after the shooting .

    AR-15 was $1000, now $2000 + , M-14 was $1400, now $2000, etc

    some “Franken-Fals” are still collecting dust at $1400 and the H&K clone PTR-91 is around the same $1200-$1400

    a gun show last week had ammo and firearms, but it was all pretty outrageous as you can imagine.

    allot of newbies in the game and guys with surplus firearms and ammo are out to make some money on the hype.

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  • kp89dc February 4, 2013, 10:23 pm

    For those in the Louisville area I just got a tip from a friend that TG&G has some bulk .40 & .45, about 1/3 pallet of each. Don’ t know the price.

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  • Anonymous LEO - NJ February 4, 2013, 11:04 pm

    Been to big chain stores, no ammo…. smaller stores had some, but they were rationed to 3 boxes for .40 , 9mm, .223/5.56 unless buying cases ( marked up ). All Semi auto rifles were gone. I went their for 15 round .223/5.56 magazines for my AR. Watched a guy picking up his AR-15, buy 3 cases of 5.56 at $ 500 a case. $1500 for the AR and 3 cases of 5.56 at $500. $3000 for items that would have went for less the half of that 3 months ago…

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  • paseodelnorte February 4, 2013, 11:13 pm

    Ammo in .223, .22, and most popular pistol calibers sold out almost immediately after the election here in central Texas. It was all gone before recent events. Wal-Mart is limiting purchases when they have it, and local sporting goods stores sell out shipments within hours of receipt. You can still buy .300 Win Mag, .280, and other large calibers if you have the money. Glad I have a lot, wish I had more.

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  • Michael February 4, 2013, 11:27 pm

    Around Puget Sound I’m seeing zero black rifles and HD shotguns. No magazines for anything that will take more than ten bullets, rifle or pistol. .223/5.56 and buckshot are gone. .380, .357, 9mm ,& .40 are behind the gun counter, 2 box max. .22LR is gone. .22 Mag is still available as are birdshot and hunting calibers, no shortage on .243, .25-06, .270, .30-06. I forgot to look for .30-30 and .308.

    The sporting goods store I was in last friday had a small selection of compact .40 cal handguns, some CZ 75′s, and a couple of Mini-14′s. That’s about it SD/HD wise. However, they did have a big selection shotguns, (Not sure what supply of short barrels and tube extensions looks like) and lever-guns. You could still put together a pretty good defensive kit with what they had.

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  • Granite Prepper February 4, 2013, 11:30 pm

    In rural New Hampshire it is much like the rest of the country…..hit and miss and the big chains are out almost entirely. However, one thing I think people are overlooking or don’t know about is the government….DoD/DHS and the like……are not recycling much of their brass at this time. Most of it is being destroyed…..melted down for scrap. This was, of course, poopooed by a couple of senators a couple of years ago, but the big boys of the fed are back at it. While I know the ammo manufacturers are running full-out, I would really like to know where they’re at with brass…..

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  • Indiana_Expat_TX February 5, 2013, 12:12 am

    DFW report: Large quantities of .223/5.56 (more than 200 rounds) are hard to come by. Most stores in my area (Arlington) have maybe 100 to 150 rounds at any given time. Prices vary between 13 and 30 per box of 20. Academy Sports (chain sporting goods stores) are also limiting purchases of popular calibers (.223, 7.62×39, .308, 9mm, .40, .45, .357 Sig) to one box per caliber, per customer, per day.

    Was shopping for a gun safe at a show in Lewisville 2 weekends ago, and booths were pricing 1k round cases of Federal .223 for 1300! Thirteen HUNDRED dollars…

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  • Ron February 5, 2013, 8:31 am

    I was just in local (central florida) walmart for something else but walked past ammo dept. just to eyeball stock; only pistol ammo they had was half dozen boxes of .40S&W; still had some shotgun shells and a few rifle calibers (30-30) and no .22 rimfire to be had.

    Locally, though the independent gun shops have ammo; mostly 5 box limit, but they want to serve as many customers as they can.

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  • Jason February 5, 2013, 9:38 am

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    Uh – oh ….. maybe citizens need to now buy anti-aircraft weaponry. This was in today’s news:

    http://news.yahoo.com/rare-look-obama-decides-send-drones-kill-americans-031832960.html

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  • Mark February 5, 2013, 10:08 am

    Before too long we will all have to move around in tunnels, like the Viet Cong. Above ground we will drink beer, eat Cheetos, and watch tv, while the cameras on our xBox Kinects watch and listen for any sign of dissidence.

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  • Mark February 5, 2013, 10:11 am

    As of yesterday (2/4) the Walmart store on Hwy 99 in Hazel Dell (Vancouver, WA) had a few boxes of .380 Auto and .40 S&W. Those two calibers occasionally reappear. 9mm might as well be gold bars (without tungsten filling that is.)

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  • Underwater Comms February 5, 2013, 12:04 pm

    If you are looking for 9mm SGAmmo.com (out of Stillwater, OK)has (5) 1000 round cases of 124 Grain PMC StarFire Hollow Point Ammo. It’s 699.50 with $16 shipping.

    They also have (19) 250 round cases of 135 Grain Standard Pressue Critical Duty FlexLock Hollow Point for $199.50 with $12 shipping.
    More than I would have paid last year but they have it.

    * I am in no way associated with SG ammo. Up here on the Seacoast of CT it is generally cheaper to buy ammo online and they have always treated me well.

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  • Al February 5, 2013, 1:04 pm

    I went to another local Walmart today. WOW. Four boxes of 270, two boxes of 7mm, NO 22, and NO pistol ammo. They did have lots of shotgun ammo in most gauges and shot sizes.

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  • Troy February 5, 2013, 4:59 pm

    I live in southern Minnesota. Last night Wal-Mart had 8 boxes of CCI .22 minimag..I bought 3 of them. They had no handgun ammo. Lots of shotgun shells though. All the CCI .22 Stinger sold instantly…that seems to be the hottest ammo in all the stores around here. Even bulk .22 is empty. Looks like 12 guage is going to be the next one to stock up on. I’ve been buying 3 inch OO Buck lately.

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    • Mark February 7, 2013, 9:48 am

      You should have bought all eight boxes. I made the mistake in December of not buying all the CCI MiniMag ammo when it was available at Wally World.

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  • Steve suffering in NJ February 5, 2013, 5:46 pm

    Same here nothing semi auto. Gun stores empty Cabelas in PA empty. Gun show prices are crazy. SKS $799 etc. Brownells AR mags 55 bucks. No popular ammo. That said Cabelas came through on backordered ammo in half the time I was quoted. No AR15 AK Clones, Mini14 going for $1200 if you find one. No bolt action 308s . You get the idea.

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  • Doug - S.E. NC February 5, 2013, 6:17 pm

    Everything scarce here. Found a new shipment of Pro Mags 30 round, AR, $30 each.
    None of the popular calibers readily available (ammo).

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  • MN February 5, 2013, 6:26 pm

    None in Minneapolis MN!!! Cabelas had some today in S MN…

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    • Mark February 7, 2013, 9:46 am

      The Sportsmans Guide is in St. Paul. You could swing over there and check from time to time.

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  • Steve suffering in NJ February 5, 2013, 7:14 pm

    Well, guess you can look at the lack of guns and ammo for sale as a good thing. Atleast people are awake and paying attention.

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    • Mark February 7, 2013, 9:45 am

      Except that, now that they’ve spent their last dime on guns and ammo, they don’t have money to put up food. When they run out of food they’ll use their recently-acquired guns to come take your food.

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      • Steve suffering in NJ February 7, 2013, 7:51 pm

        Yeah, you might be right there…..

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  • jeep patriot February 6, 2013, 5:59 am

    I’m in N.Georgia northern part of Atlanta reporting for there and north of there and northwest toward Alabama:

    Most all military / tactical rifles disappeared from store shelves within 10-14 days of Newtown tragedy. Prices went up before they all went, but they sold anyway. Pistols and revolvers are available at near old prices, maybe up 25-75 higher for some of them. ALL ammo for tactical has disappeared or is priced punishingly high, and most of it has been jacked up in price for the 38 spcl, .357 mag, 9mm, 40 cal and such.
    I went to a gun show and sold a few things. A tactical SKS w/folding stock, & 1 metal 30 rd mag, plus a plastic Tasco mag, sold for $600 yes $600 but it took 6 hours. I didn’t have a table. Also sold a Charter Arms revolver beat up for 200 and a Makarov 9×18 for 250 in good shape. People want stuff with no papers. I did check for Georgia ID to be legal, and checked them out to see if they were stable. You can tell if they are too desperate or too shifty. I sold to suburban types, not backwoods militia types. Clean cut all American folks are arming against all comers.
    You can get hunting rifles with bolt action or 4-5 rd clips still, at near old prices. But anything that can be converted to tactical is in demand. Looks like people are preparing for battle, not preserving their right to bear arms. I got myself a Rem. 7600 pump action .270 with wooden stock for $503 out the door, in great condition. I couldn’t believe it.
    But then couldn’t find extended mags. So had to go to an Australian tactical website to get four of Triple K 10 rd mags for long action Rem. 7600. With shipping the cost averaged out to $64 per mag, which is $25-60 less than eBay. If you want to see the action on mags, go to eBay! Mags and ammo everywhere are more in demand than long guns maybe. I paid locally, $56 each for 2 mags of 20 rd for the Ruger mini-30, but these were the metal Ruger made mags not aftermarket junk. On eBay they would go for 80 plus shipping.

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  • jeep patriot February 6, 2013, 6:25 am

    I’m in N.Georgia northern part of Atlanta reporting for there and north of there and northwest toward Alabama:

    Most all military / tactical rifles disappeared from store shelves within 10-14 days of Newtown tragedy. Prices went up before they all went, but they sold anyway. Pistols and revolvers are available at near old prices, maybe up 25-75 higher for some of them. ALL ammo for tactical has disappeared or is priced punishingly high, and most of it has been jacked up in price for the 38 spcl, .357 mag, 9mm, 40 cal and such.
    I went to a gun show and sold a few things. A tactical SKS w/folding stock, & 1 metal 30 rd mag, plus a plastic Tasco mag, sold for $600 yes $600 but it took 6 hours. I didn’t have a table. Also sold a Charter Arms revolver beat up for 200 and a Makarov 9×18 for 250 in good shape. People want stuff with no papers. I did check for Georgia ID to be legal, and checked them out to see if they were stable. You can tell if they are too desperate or too shifty. I sold to suburban types, not backwoods militia types. Clean cut all American folks are arming against all comers.
    You can get hunting rifles with bolt action or 4-5 rd clips still, at near old prices. But anything that can be converted to tactical is in demand. Looks like people are preparing for battle, not preserving their right to bear arms. I got myself a Rem. 7600 pump action .270 with wooden stock for $503 out the door, in great condition. I couldn’t believe it.
    But then couldn’t find extended mags. So had to go to an Australian tactical website to get four of Triple K 10 rd mags for long action Rem. 7600. With shipping the cost averaged out to $64 per mag, which is $25-60 less than eBay. If you want to see the action on mags, go to eBay! Mags and ammo everywhere are more in demand than long guns maybe. I paid locally, $56 each for 2 mags of 20 rd for the Ruger mini-30, but these were the metal Ruger made mags not aftermarket junk. On eBay they would go for 80 plus shipping.

    A year ago I stocked up on ammo in 7.62×39, .308, .22lr, 9mm including hot +P and hp, .40 cal, 7.62×25 for my Toks, even 9×18 by the case also, for a P-64 radom I have. Stocked up on 20 gauge shotgun shells in buck and birdshot, and other things I can’t think of. So I’m in good shape. At the gun show last weekend I mention above, I got 50 rd of target .357 [dirty reloads] for $16 good price huh, paid way too much for .270 Win, over a buck a rd you do what you have to do, new rifle, no ammo! Also got 240 rds MORE of mil ball 7.62×39 from an old man friend for $85 or $7/20 rds; got 50 rds of reload .38spcl target for $8 and 50 more rds of ammo for $8 more. I also got his Belgian FN Browning Hi Power for $400!!!!!! Prolly made in 1989 if I figured out the codes right, but looks older, and all Belgian markings.

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    • Mark February 7, 2013, 9:44 am

      eBay is pulling all ads for “high capacity” magazines and anything that supports “assault rifles.” Check GunAuction.com, GunsAmerica, and Gunbroker (in that order) for magazines. Sort by prices. Robertson’s Trading Post has some great deals on magazines.

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  • jeep patriot February 6, 2013, 6:27 am

    Sorry, my 2nd post right above this one is same as one above it, but the one just above this one is longer with more info.

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  • Shootit February 6, 2013, 10:40 am

    Time to stock up on TP.

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    • Mark February 7, 2013, 9:41 am

      88 cents a four-pack at Wally World, their generic no-name kind. I’ve got a six-month supply up on shelves already.

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  • Underwater Comms February 6, 2013, 1:32 pm

    Update at 1325 EST Feb 6th.

    If you are looking for .223/5.56 sgammo just got in a boatload. It is all 1980′s issue M196 55gr tracer. 100+ 120 round bandoliers ($89), 115+ 840 round cans ($599) and 20 round boxes of Winchester Ranger 64gr ($29).

    It is definitely more expensive than I found several months back, but if you are looking, they have it.

    Still haven’t found any .223/5.56 or .22lr in Connecticut. Cabelas – out. Walmart – out. Outpost guns and Hoffmans – out.

    Guess it’s a good thing I am already loaded out. never hurts to buy more though.

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  • Rusty February 7, 2013, 2:54 am

    Just a quick note from Las Vegas, Nevada…..paid a visit to Wallmart today and talked to the manager there. They had very little behind the counter and I asked him when he was going to get some more 223 and .45, .9mm, even .22????? He said when he gets it in…I said any estimate of that….he said no.There was 5 boxes of 45Colt and 243 rifle ammo, also some 7mm rifle ammo. I was able to pick up some Slugs for my little 20 gauge, but there was only 3 boxes available . But there were a few boxes on the shelf of rifle and pistol. No .22cal. which kind of surprised me. Wow..guess we’ll have to wait awhile for more.

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    • Mark February 7, 2013, 9:40 am

      He’s lying. The sporting goods manager at the Walmart in Longview, Washington pulled out a computer printout that shows when every shipment of ammo is expected to arrive. They have those. They just don’t want you to know that they have those.

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      • Van VanDyke February 10, 2013, 7:48 am

        Who are you accusing of lying. Mark, who posted, or the manager at Walmart. Strong words if you’re talking about the guy who posted.

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  • Mark February 7, 2013, 9:38 am

    AmmoSeek this morning shows PMC 9mm Luger 124-gr available for $13.99/box at Natchez Shooters Supply. It won’t be there by this afternoon. It also shows Herter’s 9mm Luger 115-gr for $13.99/box available at Cabela’s. I’d go with the PMC before the Herter’s because the Herter’s has a funky teflon-coated bullet and non-reloadable aluminum case (just like CCI’s Blazer ammo.)

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  • Semper Paratus February 7, 2013, 6:10 pm

    There’s a sporting goods store in the midwest, south and east called Gander Mountain, which is the most wonderful place on earth. I went in to use their indoor range on Tuesday and they had on the shelf a ton of 5.56 NATO in 810 round cans with stripper clips plus an assortment of other 5.56 NATO and .223 Remington. I’m just estimating but I would say they probably had 40,000 – 50,000 round sitting on the shelf. I almost had an orgasm right on the spot. They were limiting to three boxes so I increased my ammo cache by 2,430 rounds that day. Admittedly it set me back $1,500, but that’s cheap by today’s standards. If Gander Mountain were a woman I would dump my wife and marry her in a heartbeat.

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  • Van VanDyke February 10, 2013, 7:44 am

    .22LR ammo here (Eastern NC, 75 miles from the coast) is nonexistent. I went to a gun show yesterday that normally draws about 200 people in a weekend (Total) and there were 300 lined up to get in on the first day. .22LR that sells across the street at Walmart was going for $75.00 per box (box of 550) . This ammo sells, when they have it, at Walmart for $21.97 per box of 550. And people were paying these crazy prices. Pure greed on the part of dealers. These are the ones (the dealers) that I will remember well when and if things ever get back to near normal. I know prices will never come down to the old days, such as last month, but the prices will not always be through the roof and these damn greedy dealers will have to eat a lot of their former actions. I know not all dealers and probably not the majority, are like this but it seems as if the only ones who had ammo were the greedy thieves. And they sure make all of the rest look really bad.
    Hopefully obama’s idiots in Washington will have done their thing in a couple of months and we will know what the final word is and we can start living accordingly. I can’t say what I wish one of the bullets would end up doing but I do know that what I am thinking is shared by millions. No matter what the obama soldiers say, he is not the great Messiah. Just the opposite and thank God people are finally waking up. Bad news is it is too late.

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