Originally Posted by Flash
As I said, there's plenty of ammo in the local gun stores around here, not all of them, but a lot. The ranges all have it for sale in all the popular calibers. Price? Kinda high, but people are paying it. Typically I'm seeing around 80¢/round for .223/5.56, 50¢/round for 9MM and a little more for .45 ACP. At the last gun show a couple of weeks ago, there must have been at least 100K rounds of each of the popular calibers for sale, sitting there on pallets.
According to the employees at the LGS/range I shoot at every week, all the new buyers insisted on being able to buy a couple of boxes of shells or more for their new gun purchases or they wouldn't buy the guns and the store accommodated them.
Shotgun range ammo for the clay sports is readily available and seems to run around $8.00/box for the common gauges and .410 bore is around $10.00/box. Clay target shooters are out on the range every week and none of them seem to be making an effort to cut down the amount they're shooting.
In short, it's there if you're willing to look for it and pay for it, otherwise you do without.
Now first off I'm NOT picking on you or disagreeing with your assessment of things locally .
I'm saying Nation wide including Free States NV ID WY MT OK TX LA TN FL NC KY GA MI NM MN as well as MANY others .
ALL and I do mean ALL Internet retail and wholesale outlets are TAPPED OUT !. I'm speaking of National chain suppliers , NONE of them have any ammo .
Just try and order any of it !. NO stock Out of Stock No back orders is more of the normal response than finding anything .
I generally go directly to the manufacturer for pallet purchases ( I've been doing that for better than 30 years , so I'm NOT hoarding just wisely investing ). This is the very 1 St. time #3 not one or two but THREE manufacturers have NOT been able to fulfill a standing order . Demand shortage was the reason given and NO surplus or extra allotments were mentioned or expressed .
As a matter of fact MY favorite manufacturer stated , IF any case lots were to become available it would be sometime possibly in 2023 and as for pallet orders we regret no possible time frame can be given .
As I know someone who purchases for one of the Biggest ammunition distributors in the USA , standing orders for $ millions per year . She has also told Me exactly the same thing . Their orders are filled in part directly from the manufactures but NO components PERIOD . Has Never happened before to her knowledge and she's been with the company #17 years !.
FYI : In case some Don't know this ; Vista Outdoor has a standing $ 1Billion ammo order and their NOT getting it either ,a trickle here there yes but not enough to warrant the investment capital and it's possible that may just go away !???.