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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

.22LR ammunition shortage. No end in sight?

22lr rimfire bullet shortage
The once plentiful 22 lr rimfire ammo cartridge.


With all of the latest talks of gun control, many suppliers are coming up short handed when it comes to most types of ammunition for sale. Personally I think this is due to both fear as well as the many new gun owners buying up the ammo. But why the 22 Rimfire Cartridge?

As most avid shooters know, .22lr Rimfire bullets are very cheap to shoot and can be a lot of fun. Boxes of 500 rounds of ammo could be purchased for a mere $16 - $20.00. CCI is an ammunition manufacturer who is one of many that makes this caliber of ammo, and alone distributes more than 4 million rounds of .22lr a day. So why the ammo shortage?

The 22lr ammo has also been popular to varmint and small game hunters. With the abundance of such animals, preppers know this to be an optional harvest if food storage runs dry. This round of ammunition can also, as a last resort, be used as a self defense round.

So the next time you see a bare shelf that in months past was plentiful with this little cartridge, know the "guy/ gal next door" may be hoarding thousands of rounds!

Cheers~Kevin

Update: September 9, 2013 : I have done some research and have found out that the continuing shortage is because ammunition manufacturers have all but suspended pumping our 22 lr ammo in an effort to use that machinery to manufacturer the "more common" (the real money makers) calibers including .223 / 5.56 , .40 cal , and 9mm.  Federal Ammunition has began producing "some" 22 lr ammunition.  Currently only 5 -6% of their capacity has been this rimfire round and the current prices reflect that.  I have seen where folks are paying upwards near $60.00 for a 525 brick. 


Update: November 11, 2013:  Still unable to find any 22 lr ammo in our local stores.  I have checked the Walmart, Bass Pro Shop, and Gander Mountain.  Absolutely crazy there are not a surplus of these rimfire cartridges by now.  



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11 comments :

  1. I found this helpful... Outlines the top 3 places to find .22LR Ammo today: http://sportsmasher.com/2013/03/13/the-top-3-place-to-find-22lr-ammo/

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  2. If the shortage of 22LR is due to hoarding, I'd know someone in my circle of shooters who had a hoard. There is nothing out there to buy - never thought I'd see the day of $1/round 22LR. Something is going on. The only place you can find any discussion of the shortage is on forums and blogs. What are the stats for production and sales?

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    1. Not sure of the current stats for 22LR ammo but I went into our local Walmart and they did finally have a few boxes on the shelf. Limit 1 50 round box per customer. Price was $2.17

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    2. The same people are at Wal Mart 3 days a week when deliveries come in and they stand in line to buy and they are not shooting them--they are hoarding---one person I know has never bought ammo in past and is not shooting it now--it seems like a game to them to stand in line for more than an hour to buy.

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  3. 22LR is available for less than a dollar a round. Look for Eley production made for competition. It is available, and normally quite expensive, but not that expensive.

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    1. 22 ammo shortage 4 Oct 2013- more to the shortage than meets the eye, current shortage blamed on US manufacturers diverting efforts towards large government order, bull crap... if the us ammunition manufactures can't keep up, then why don't they hire more workers and build more plants? That would be a normal american industrial response to a product that is highly desired and ecconmicly viable. Further the conspiracey......there our many other international ammunition manufactures in the world that make 22 lr ammo, why don't we see that replacing the American product on the retail shelves? Government import regulations?Seems Norma, PMC,Fiochi,Sellior bellot etc etc could satisfy our sporting population but I don't see any of that on the retail shelves either. Looks like a bigger problem to me.If the US manufactures are so overwhelmed by these production demands, I can only imagine that there stock dividens must also reflect this great increase in sales!

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  4. personally i think this is just like the oil company's create a shortage so they can raise the prices. there is no way the price of producing these 22lr have gone up that much or you could'nt afford to buy the bigger brass shells, looking on line at bulk prices the average price i'm seeing is 60.00 and up for 325 bricks, and any place listing cheaper prices there out of stock! something needs too be done this is BS.

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    1. I agree. I cant believe we are even still talking about there being a 22lr shortage. It is crazy.

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