Is the ammo shortage letting up?

This post is entirely based on my personal experiences in the last week, so if you're seeing something different in your neck of the woods, feel free to speak up in the comments.

It's almost beginning to look like the Great Ammo Shortage of 2012-2013 may be seeing signs of letting up a bit.

I haven't made it to my favorite shooting range in quite a few months, since there's been a bit of a shortage of ammo and I don't want to use up any of my personal stores. But over the past week, several online outlets that I frequent have suddenly let me know that they have ammo in stock.

One site in particular, which I'm not going to name because I simply don't want them to be hammered by every reader going out to try to buy some ammo, had been the recipient of my email address numerous times, all in attempting to buy 9 mm and 22 LR rounds. For months, there was nothing. Last week, I received notifications several times that items were now in stock and that I should make haste to their website to get my order in.

In most of the cases, they were sold out by the time I was able to read the email and point my browser to the site. But in one lucky case, I happened to see an email the moment it arrived, clicked the appropriate link, and now have one box — sigh — of 9 mm ammo heading my way.

Yeah, it's not what I would like to see — unlimited supplies of every caliber — but it's good to see that at least some ammo is starting to leak out. What's the supply like in your area? And have you begun to see a bit of relief in the ammo situation? Let us know!

4 thoughts on “Is the ammo shortage letting up?

  1. I use Ammo.Net, and for the last 1-1/2 months have been able to get Federal 22LR and 7.62x39mm reloadable (i.e., brass casing, boxer primed). The steel case ammo is more available and cheaper, but I don’t touch the stuff.

    • august 7…

      just checked cheaper than dirt ammo…

      >22LR ammo in stock at the warehouse..prices running about 20cents a round…seems reasonable, but higher than the good old days

  2. Walmart near me still sells for around the same prices as a year ago, but you need to get there when the truck is unloaded. Ammo usually sells out in minutes after it hits the sporting goods counter.

    Recent prices:
    22LR in 525 round boxes – $0.045 per round
    9mm brass case in 100 round boxes – $0.27 per round
    .223 brass case in 20 round boxes – $0.43 per round


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