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I got a new PC Carbine this weekend and I noticed my little ammo dump was down to about 6 boxes of 9mm so I thought might as well stock back up. I must have gone to every online ammunition selling sight on two or three pages of google searches and only found maybe 3 types of offbeat 9mm ammo that was selling for $40 for a box of 50. Everyplace that said they had ammo and you went to their check out it stated delivery would be some time in November. I have never been an ammo hoarder-I would just get as much as I anticipated using at the range. What in the hell has happened to the ammo. The very few places that have any kind of 9mm were selling for 80 cents a round. This is just not natural. It makes me think that the govt.-having decided that they can't take our guns away- have instead decided to completely dry up the ammo chain. I finally ended up having to buy those red tipped polymer bullets at $170 for 10 boxes.
 

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Nothing like a pandemic, race riots, anarchy demonstrations and civil disobedience, the potential for socialists taking over the government, illiterates demanding to defund the police and getting their way to spark good old fashion feeding frenzy at the gun & ammo counters.
 

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We learned years ago to stock up for emergencies. We learned from past shortages to stock up a backup supply for the range. Now these past few years have taught us to have a backup supply to our backup supply. This year we have learned the art of conservation regarding ammo. I was in the process of testing SD ammo this year and put on hold testing and purchasing SD ammo to have enough just in case. Love the Wonder 9's and anything rimfire for training. The wife and I both have made a pact years ago to never get caught short on any ammo. Glad we did now thanks to the left and our beloved politicians.
*If you are low on ammo and many are it will take some effort to locate and stock up. Look around and when you can just start getting a supply going. Conserve what you do have and keep looking. When you do get a good buy consider getting enough for a backup supply and a backup supply to that one.
*Good luck with your effort to stock up and keep asking around for buys and do not give up.
*tjweeks, I know the PC Carbine can eat a large quantity of ammo in a session. Have fun with that carbine but make sure you have enough mags and ammo if you need to and God forbid have to use it to protect your family.
 

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Nothing like a pandemic, race riots, anarchy demonstrations and civil disobedience, the potential for socialists taking over the government, illiterates demanding to defund the police and getting their way to spark good old fashion feeding frenzy at the gun & ammo counters.
The pandemic had the biggest impact on the 9mm shortage for manufactured ammo and the components associated with reloading the 9. As soon as it was announced that states could be/would be shutting the selves emptied, that was over 3 months ago. The rest of you listed is your media outlet trying to instill fear in you............it looks like it worked.
 

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The others all called it. The last time this happened, a few (several?) years ago I was stuck being way short on .22lr and had to pay more than I wanted, but did find one dealer on gunbroker that seemingly bought up the entire country's supply of CCI mini mags. So I ordered 1,000 ( or maybe it was 2,000) rounds. As things turned out, I didn't need them all, but ammo doesn't get stale.

After that happened, I ordered cases of the other calibers that I use in order to have plenty of backup. I wound up paying about half again as much as I would have if I had waited another year until the prices went DOWN when there was a more than plentiful supply again.

But it is what it is and I knew I had plenty of those calibers. What I did not do, and am kicking myself in the butt for now, is order extra cases of .380 and 9mm two months ago when the prices were still rock bottom.

After a few years of not shooting very much, I am shooting regularly again now and therefore using a lot more ammo SO - Now I'm having to pay half again as much as those prices were 2 months ago, WHEN I can even find a case on line. So far I refuse to pay twice as much, but who knows what the future will hold?

We live and learn. Sort of.
 

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No shortages in Virginia at present in the calibers I shoot: .357, .38, .45 acp, .223.

No wait for .38 snake shot, the one of the few factory rounds I still buy; had it shipped to me from my LGS because I'm more afraid of the virus than Copperheads. But mostly I reload and have a good load for the snake shot now, too.
 

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My local gun dealer told me that in the last couple months he has sold more guns and ammo in 5 months then he did the entire last year. The vast majority of buyers were first time gun owners and they were buying handguns for self defense. 9mm was the big seller for him.
He is lucky that he has a local small time ammo reloading company to buy pistol ammo as he can not get any factory ammo in most pistol calibers. Joe Biden is equal to Obama for being a top salesman of firearms and the riots also helped many persons to figure out they need guns for self protection. As for me, I have enough ammo on hand to last me several years and enough reloading brass, primers, powder and cast lead bullets to reload many thousands of rounds of ammo.
 

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I was in Sportsman's Warehouse the other day doing my usual periodic check for reloading stuff. Bought a box of 375 Ruger brass and some Barnes TSX 300gr 375 bullets so it wasn't a wasted trip. I strolled past the ammo aisles just for fun. It was about what I expected. A few boxes of 40S&W were available. Some 44Spl, 32H&R, 454Casull and other revolver ammo too. Absolutely no 9mm or 45ACP anywhere in the store. They had some expensive Lake City super duper match ammo in 7.62x51 but it was stupid expensive. Over $200 for 100 rounds IIRC.

I then went up the street to Bud's. They had something in just about every caliber. Most of it had limits on how much you could buy but they did have a bit of everything and they weren't gouging. I don't know about their on-line store but if you live local they had a decent amount of ammo for sale. They also still had some ARs and plenty of semiauto handguns for sale too. I know business has been brisk but despite long lines (mainly on weekends) we still have guns and ammo in stock and for sale here in Kentucky.

I was amazed at the difference between the two stores considering they are just down the street from each other. SW was essentially out of all popular handgun and AR caliber ammo but about a mile away Bud's had plenty.
 

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As others i learned years ago, and started reloading , now i make all of my ammo. 1 pound of w231 will load roughly 1,166 rounds at 6 grains per shell, i have 3 or 4 pounds that i use for 380,9,40,38,44spcl 45lc and 45acp. So standard pistol is taken care of with my undisclosed ammo i have on hand.

Rifle thats a bit more tricky due to several powders being used, but then again have enough ammo on hand and enough to reload a couple thousand rounds depending on caliber.

Shotgun 410,20,12 same story.

What my normal routine was to buy 2 maybe 3 one pound powders of different types maybe once a month when i went to the local gunshop. Every month or two id buy 1000 box of primers. So i wasnt hoarding and everybody would get what they need. This boosted my supply since i limit myself to 100 rounds per caliber when shooting. Thats because bullets usually come 100 a box, so do primers. Then id reload them in my downtime. Been doing that for years even before 2008. Only hiccup is 22 since it cannot be reloaded easily, so i am stuck with what i can buy. However i only shoot 22 every once in a blue moon since 9mm is cheaper and reloadable.

But OP the corona scare, factorys not producing do to distancing for safety, workers sick. Then riots. and social unrest, political uncertainty, all caused this shortage. Dont forget the gougers that saw a quick buck opprturnity. Thats why thing are the way they are.

I suggest learn from this and when things are back normal, add ammo on a regular basis. Possibly look into the art of reloading. I look at reloading like having a generator on my residence during a hurricane, its insurance in the event i need it in an emergency. Plus my developed rounds are far more accurate than factory ammo since its tuned to my firearms.

I do know what its like in your shoes, and hope you find some ammo, thats affordable. Stay safe!
 

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Talked to my FFL guy 2 weeks ago and he told me he transferred more firearms in the month of May than he did all of 2019 ... which among other reasons the supply is drying up (ammo that is) ...
 

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I live about 15 miles from one of the major US ammo manufacturers. Use to be able to get 1000 rounds of 9 MM seconds for $60 before that last big shortage after Sandy Hook. After SH the plant was running 24/7 for almost an year with mandatory OT. Just spoke to a long time employee of the plant last week. They are not going full bore this time...they say the orders are not coming in like they did last time.

I'm guessing a couple things have playing into that scenario..

1. They used to sell a ton of ammo thru Walmart who no longer sells handgun ammo.
2. Many gun stores may still not be open due to the Covid19.
3. Many gun stores do have ammo in their backrooms but they are reserving much of it for their customers who are also buying a gun. Why buy a new gun at top prices if you cannot get any ammo for it?
4. Retailers saw that hoarders would buy up the ammo at their original low prices and then turn around and sell it at a higher price. Perhaps the retailers are planning on slowly selling a few boxes and then raising the rates slowly each week to benefit from people willing to pay the higher prices.

Just guesses on my part based on info from a person who worked 7 days a week for many months when this happened before and they are not doing so now.
 

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Talked to my FFL guy 2 weeks ago and he told me he transferred more firearms in the month of May than he did all of 2019 ... which among other reasons the supply is drying up (ammo that is) ...
I could believe that, i have not been in a gunshop in sometime, but im sure supplies are low.
 

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The LGS has moved their limited handgun ammo supplies to the back room. If you buy a gun, you get some ammo if they have any.

I stopped at the Sportsman's Warehouse yesterday. The handgun ammo shelves had a couple of boxes of .44 special, some .454 Casull, some 460 S&W magnum, some S&W 500 magnum, and several boxes of Winchester .410 for revolvers.

I still have some ammo from 1992 when Bill Clinton won the election.
 

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I stocked up on the most critical ammo calibers during the past 2-3 years for just such an eventuality. Don't shoot as much as I'd like, but it isn't because of ammo. Most critical right now is .380 ACP, as it is under 1,000 rounds now. Then again, I've only got one weapon that consumes it...
 

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The handgun ammo shelves had a couple of boxes of .44 special, some .454 Casull, some 460 S&W magnum, some S&W 500 magnum, and several boxes of Winchester .410 for revolvers.
Hey those rounds would more than enough handle the personal protection role, that is IF you can handle the recoil and muzzle blast. Love my 454, dont care so much for the recoil. (y)
 

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Once again, the advantages of handloading are obvious. If you plan ahead and stock components when there is a glut you can buy in bulk and get them for a really low price. Handloading is a hobby and if you enjoy it like most do, then you're not only saving money but developing a relaxing pastime that will pay dividends in spades during a shortage.

I handload .38spl, .357mag, 40s&w, 10mm, .45acp, .45 Super and .45 Colt (I don't own a 9mm anything) and I can handload all of them for cheaper than you can buy 9mm ammo normally. Same goes for the 9 rifle calibers I handload. They are cheaper to do than buying bulk .223/5.56.

I've got plenty of stock of all the components I use and so I'll ride out this panic just like I've rode out all the ones before it.
 
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