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Fairlane66
Junior Member

USA
280 Posts

Posted - 03/17/2013 :  6:12:33 PM  Show Profile
Maybe I've been under a rock or something, but I went to a gun show in Colorado two weeks ago and, while all the prices were way up due to the Colorado legislature's anti-gun proposals, I could still buy a brick of 22 Rimfire for around $20-$25. Today I went to the Tanner Gun Show in Denver. The first booth I walked up to had a 500-round brick of Remington 22 Rimfire for $105. I thought the guy had gotten a decimal point wrong. Nope, every table I went to had 500-round bricks going for $90-$120. Have we lost our ever-loving minds!!! What the heck has happened to the price of 22 ammo? Did someone in Washington declare it can no longer be produced?

perry shooter
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13850 Posts

Posted - 03/17/2013 :  6:20:38 PM  Show Profile
Panic buying sort of like the bread and milk Shelve at Grocery stor when They call for snow.
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charliemeyer007
Advanced Member

USA
3199 Posts

Posted - 03/17/2013 :  6:23:14 PM  Show Profile
Will not be long before it's a buck a round too, if you can find any for sale.

Two reason, your $ is not worth the paper it's printed on anymore and the government is buying up every round of ammo produced to keep them out of your hand and to spend their worthless money now before it becomes even more worthless.

added Not a cat person, couldn't get the wolves to wear hats or boots.

Edited by - charliemeyer007 on 03/17/2013 7:12:21 PM
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rufe-snow
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15760 Posts

Posted - 03/17/2013 :  6:36:25 PM  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by charliemeyer007

Will not be long before it's a buck a round too, if you can find any for sale.

Two reason, your $ is not worth the paper it's printed on anymore and the government is buying up every round of ammo produced to keep them out of your hand and to spend their worthless money now before it becomes even more worthless.



Charlie sent me this photo of him and his cat to emphasize the point he's trying to make.



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machine gun moran
Advanced Member

USA
5054 Posts

Posted - 03/17/2013 :  7:19:57 PM  Show Profile
.22 ammo has not yet become an essential commodity, as we have not become reduced to forming hunting parties to procure food. .22's are also not a primary self-defense cartridge. Some people apparently believe that plinking is in danger, and they are determined to do it at any price, or they believe that their bank accounts have longer legs than Winchester's ammo-making machinery, and they are going to corner the market and get rich.

Just wait a couple of months. If a real crisis does develop, shotguns and deer rifles kill food, too.

Control is an illusion, because nobody knows what's going to happen next.
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22hipower
Member

USA
576 Posts

Posted - 03/17/2013 :  8:36:44 PM  Show Profile
Not to worry. There will be plenty of 22LR ammo on the shelves soon enough. I was at a gun show this weekend too (Fort Worth) and dealers were trying to sell bricks for $100. However, there were quite a few guys walking the floor lugging bricks of 22LR they'd brought from home trying to sell them for $40 bucks; still had them when I left and I sure didn't see anybody buying them at $100 a brick. Just way too many folks who wouldn't bother to buy more than a box at a time who are now buying all they can find as they think there will never be any again. Just hang on a bit. . . .the shelves will be full again.
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Beekeeper
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24 Posts

Posted - 03/17/2013 :  9:15:46 PM  Show Profile
Just watched on proxibid a box of 50 Federal .22 sell for $23 several times. A box of Rem 525 .22 $120 . I thought $1000 Romanian AK,s were insane but this is just stupid.
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beantownshootah
Advanced Member

USA
13089 Posts

Posted - 03/17/2013 :  10:04:43 PM  Show Profile
Supply is fixed, and demand is sky-high, as people think guns and ammo are going to be banned, etc. So people are hoarding, ammo is scarce, and prices are insane.

Same thing happened exactly four years ago, and while prices didn't get quite as high that time, they returned to "normal" in under a year.

If last time is any guide, ammo prices will slowly return to normal over the next 6-8 months or so as the hoarders have their fill, the shelves re-stock and supply catches up to demand.

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Originally posted by bambambam

I just left a anual auction were a guy bought 6, 500 round bricks of Wildcat .22 ammo for $165/per brick. ~$1000 for 3000 rounds of .22LR. ......STUUUPIDDDD!

Hell, people were paying that same price for .223/5.56 just a few months ago.


And they probably will be again in a year or so (or maybe a hair more due to inflation).

I swear, I should just list every brick of .22LR I have in the closet for $100 on the auction site. I probably have 7-8 bricks tucked away. When prices go back to normal, I can use the cash to buy a new AR!

quote:
Originally posted by tocamoha

If you haven't stocked up you've missed the boat.


Well, yeah, if you really need some right now and haven't stocked up, you're screwed. (But come on. . .if you're reading "GunBroker.com" on a regular basis, you KNOW you have an ammo stash hidden away. . . ).

Otherwise, you've only "missed the boat" if you believe that .22LR bricks are going to remain unavailable indefinitely and still command $100 each. If you REALLY believe that .22 ammo is never going to be available again, then maybe $100 a brick is a BARGAIN because prices will only continue to go up! If I really thought that were true, I'd actually be buying up all the .22LR I could find, even at $100/brick!

Again, last time things never got quite this crazy to the point where people were paying over $0.30 a round for "plinker" .22s, but four years ago, it was basically the same thing. Where I live, .22LR couldn't be found on any shelf anywhere, and people were asking (and getting) 2x, 3x, and even 4x the normal price at gunshows and the like.

In a few months time, it will be plain that the talk of a new Federal gun control bill is just that. . .hot air. This will NEVER pass the House and it probably won't even pass the Senate. Right now there is no serious talk on any sort of ammo ban at all. With supply constant, eventually all the "hoarders" will be satisfied and the shelves will restock with prices returning to more normal levels.

If you haven't hoarded yet, that would be a good time to do it!



Edited by - beantownshootah on 03/18/2013 02:33:08 AM
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bambambam
Advanced Member

USA
3932 Posts

Posted - 03/17/2013 :  11:04:29 PM  Show Profile
I just left a anual auction were a guy bought 6, 500 round bricks of Wildcat .22 ammo for $165/per brick. ~$1000 for 3000 rounds of .22LR. ......STUUUPIDDDD!

Hell, people were paying that same price for .223/5.56 just a few months ago.





"How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual... as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of."

Edited by - bambambam on 03/17/2013 11:05:57 PM
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the yooper
Junior Member

230 Posts

Posted - 03/17/2013 :  11:48:41 PM  Show Profile
I got a brick of Winchester 22's at our local Meijer Super Market last week for their normal price of $17.88. They only had one brick in stock and the clerk said they seldom get any in. I just happened by at the right time. They had ZERO pistol ammo except a few boxes of 380 and a couple 45's. They're not big in sporting goods but they usually try to keep a decent variety on hand, at least they USED to try. When they do get some in they sell it at their standard price. I always keep my eye out when I'm in their store just in case that was their delivery day.
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tocamoha
Junior Member

237 Posts

Posted - 03/18/2013 :  01:09:03 AM  Show Profile
If you haven't stocked up you've missed the boat.
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