2014: The Year of the Rimfire [shortage?]

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Mark Keefe wrote on the American Rifle magazine about the rimfire ammunition shortage. He has said many of the same things we have been saying over the past year: increased consumer demand coupled with high-capital costs that prevent an increase in supply. He made two excellent points I had not considered before: significant increase in rimfire firearm sales and the rimfire guns that are being sold are not your grandaddy’s low magazine capacity rimfire. Mark writes (emphasis added) …

There are, literally, millions more .22 Long Rifle firearms owned and shot that have entered civilian hands in recent years. Based on BATF data, Sturm, Ruger alone in 2012 (the most recent year for which date is available) produced 254,991 “up to .22” pistols, in addition to 68,001 “up to .22” revolvers. Heritage in Florida made 88,778, while North American Arms trailed with a still impressive 54,511. And remember, those “up to 22” pistols made by Ruger were pretty much all semi-automatics with 10-round capacity magazines. If each new Ruger buyer purchased just 100 rounds, that is an increase in demand of 25,499,100 just for those buyers. If they bought 200 rounds, you are looking at an increase of demand of roughly 51 million rounds.

I suspect marks estimate of 200 rounds per new gun is a low estimate. .22 LR is most often purchased in 300-500+ round bulk packs. This is the most economical way to buy it and retailers promote these packs.  Mark goes on to say …

Let’s face it, if you have a 10- or 25-round capacity magazine, how often do you say to yourself, “I’ve only fired five so far, maybe I should unload the rest, put them back in the box and save them for later.” No. If you have a semi-automatic carbine with a 25-round capacity magazine, odds are you will shoot more rounds at the range than if you had brought a single-shot Winchester Low Wall Winder Musket. There’s nothing wrong with that. It is merely a behavior change based upon the kinds of guns consumers have been purchasing for recreational shooting. So if the million or so owners of the million or so .22s sold over the past few years each bought just one 325-round can of Federal Champion (try not to confuse it with your cashews), you are looking at a minimum increase in demand of 325 million rounds.

It took gun companies years to realize that consumers wanted high magazine capacity .22 LR, or they always knew but were reluctant to offer them for political reasons. I had never considered that the move from limited 10-rounds to the “new normal” 20, 25 and 30 round capacity magazines might have on ammunition supply. It makes perfect sense. Hopefully the changing market will give manufactures incentives to expand production capacity, or new manufacturers will enter the market to make up for the shortfall.

Thanks to Jay for the tip.



Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • FWIW

    That’s a fascinating take on the endurance of the .22 shortage and one that had not occurred to me. Like you say, it also suggests that the demand increase is permanent, or at least not wholly because of the after-effects of the earlier panic. I’m also hopeful that one or another of the high-quality ammo manufacturers will take that analysis to heart and finally invest in upgrading their manufacturing capacity vice whining in these kinds of articles about how expensive that is and how they don’t think the demand spike will last.

    Also I have to laugh about that 550 pack of golden bullets in the attached picture. When I first got my CMMG .22lr AR years ago, the first mags I put through it were filled with those Remington rounds, and I got so many failures to feed (in that the nose of the bullet would not fit into the chamber) that I thought CMMG had send me a lemon. Turned out the fault was with the rounds – their sizes were just all over the place. The AR has since gone on to shoot all sorts of other brands flawlessly, and it took many range trips of slowly shooting that Remington .22lr through a revolver before that big pack was finally exhausted (not to be replaced).

    Those mini-mags though…mmmm, that’s the good stuff.

    • Cymond

      I thought the same thing. I keep hearing that the current level of demand is the “new normal”. It would have been dumb to buy more machinery when this was just a panic, and everyone expected it to go back down. However, if this really is the new “normal”, then the ammo companies should invest in more machinery. It would pay for itself very quickly.

      Also, I wonder what the ammo companies are selling their ammo for to wholesalers. Where’s the mark-up? Is the markup to $0.10/round happening at the wholesale level? The retail level?

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      Very good points, FWIW — to extend upon this discussion, when was the last time you saw CCI Velocitors for sale, to say nothing of having them at a reasonable price?

  • TFB Reader

    Both of the reasons are obvious once someone points them out, although I wonder if .22 AR-style rifles account for even more growth than pistols. I’m a “quality rather than quantity” shooter, but I still have to resist the urge to empty magazines. My solution has been to load large-capacity magazines with fewer rounds. Still, I’ve gone through more rounds in the last 12 months than the previous 12, etc.

  • M.M.D.C.

    Perhaps I’m sadly mistaken, but wasn’t the .22 semi-auto craze of several years ago a response to high center fire ammo prices and scarcity?

    Anyway, this is why I leave my 10-22 home nowadays. I picked up a sweet little Winchester 69 for a few hundred dollars last year. I just changed the way I shoot 22 (less of it and I make my shots count) and it’s just as much fun.

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      Well said! This is exactly what we should be doing with any type of cartridge we use, regardless of availability and price —- WASTE NOT, WANT NOT ( no matter how cheap it seems at the time ).

  • Michael Bane

    Steve…I believe Mark is right on target. Add to that the rise of rise of rimfire competition and training. We have very actively promoted the RUGER RIMFIRE CHALLENGE for years, and under NSSF’s banner the sport is growing faster than ever. Add to that the spectacular success of the Appleseed Project. Rimfire has a MUCH higher visibility than just a few years ago. Typically, some of my most popular shows deal with rimfire topics. My Sweetie’s quest for an Appleseed “Rifleman” patch has led to the shredding of my .22 reserves…LOL!

    Michael B

  • Rokurota

    While the “high capacity” magazines are fun for pumpkin-killin’, my kids and I have discovered the zen-like joy of loading and unloading the SAA clone we have in .22LR. The slow process teaches patience and dexterity and also conserves ammo.

    • M.M.D.C.

      Same here. I bought my kids a Crickett single shot to learn on and it’s been a great first gun for both of them. Ten-round mag dumps don’t do much for marksmanship (but they are fun).

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        M.M.D.C., thanks so much for mentioning this! The Crickett and Chipmunk bolt-actions are absolutely wonderful little rifles that so many of us learned marksmanship on, and a couple of other things we tend to forget is how accurate and incredibly durable they are.

    • iksnilol

      I was taught with a single shot .22 LR, and when shooting with a rifle that has a magazine I just tell myself “I got only one shot, got to make it count” before every shot.

      A lot of it is mental. Try it once. Just think that every round you shoot is the last one, your groups will tighten.

    • gunsandrockets

      I find few things as pleasantly relaxing as plinking with my ancient Egyptian Army .22 rimfire bolt-action training rifle. Looks like a BRNO design. It is dead on accurate and the action is silky smooth from wear. From the 25 inch barrel, non-high-velocity loads are so quiet that hearing protection is unnecessary.

      Five rounds at a time is plenty.

  • J.T.

    I think that is part of it, but I am also inclined to believe the rumors that Walmart and possibly other retailers are stockpiling it for black friday and other holiday sales. It is one thing when you can’t find it because it is selling out every day as soon as it is put on the shelf, but it is another when they are saying they are selling out so fast because their distribution center is only sending them a handful of boxes each week. I also know a few shops that keep some boxes in the back for people that are buying rimfire guns.

    • rabbit212

      J.T. you are right about Wally World having a Black Friday sale on 22 ammo. Saturday morning I’m at Wally and they had 4 boxes of cci 2000 rounds each on the bottom shelf and the boxes were labeled “Black Friday Promo”. I tell the counter guy those won’t make make it to Monday, he laughs and says they won’t make it to Sunday afternoon. I’m the retail business and yeah Walmart and target etc. start getting their Black Friday products this early, little bit each week or they would never have enough trucks/drivers to do it all at once.

  • valorius

    The problem is ammo hoarding dickheads.

    • Cymond

      That explanation doesn’t hold forever. Eventually their hoards will be full. The big panic that caused most of the hoarding ended a year ago. It really looks more & more that this is the new normal.

      • Pablo

        I agree–hadn’t thought about these factors with rimfire ammo, but back when 5.56 and 9mm ammo was so hard to find, I figured it was due to the types of guns so many people are buying these days. It used to be that for self defense, most buyers (esp. first timers) would get a shotgun and/or revolver. Now it is generally a high capacity auto pistol (usually 9mm if they have gotten good advice) and an AR-15. People high cap autos and ARs shoot more rounds than those with shotguns and revolvers.

      • valorius

        I think people reselling on gb for big profits is also responsible.

        • Marty Ewer

          ^^^THIS!!!^^^ I have blogged about this very fact. It’s the neckbeard and his three unemployed brothers-in-law that keep showing up to Walmart every day at every ungodly hour to buy up all the .22lr that their unemployment checks can afford. They then “flip” the ammo on their local gunboards for a 100% or higher profit. The solution to the .22lr “shortage” is brain-dead simple: Just don’t buy .22lr from the flippers/gougers. They will be out of “business” within a month. Then the country can return to “normal.”

          • Grindstone50k

            As a former Reddit user, I love how the gun community has utilized the term “neckbeard” this way.

          • Marty Ewer

            I find it very descriptive of the “type.” 😉

          • Cymond

            But what I cannot wrap my brain around is who is buying from the scalpers? My guess is that the ammo is going to shooters in the end. (Surely the hoarders are full after so many years, or else they’re swimming in ammo like Scrooge McDuck.)

            If the ammo is going to shooters, then demand really IS that high, even though it is flowing through a middle-man. In fact, if the prices were lower, then quantity-demanded would rise. Free markets have a tendency to determine their own value of goods.

            In short, I really think Americans are shooting nearly every round of 22lr produced in the nation.

            Either that, or this is really someone’s ammo vault.

          • Rusty Shackleford

            This is what rimfire manufacturers claim. Except I don’t understand their reluctance to open another manufacturing line. Firearms that are chambered in .22LR have become more abundant over the last 6-7 years and the demand is steady yet they won’t make more. Why?

          • Cymond

            Why? I don’t know, that’s a really good question.

            I guess they’re all afraid that they’re wrong? Or maybe they are working on expanding, but it takes time to expand a factory and set up new machines. I don’t know, but I really want to go back to the days when everyone could find 22lr in every gun store across the nation. Prices will never go back to $20/brick, but I would be delighted just to be able to buy 1 box locally whenever I need it.

          • n0truscotsman

            “But what I cannot wrap my brain around is who is buying from the scalpers? ”

            The answer is simple where I’m from: smaller gun shops.

            No really. There’s a list of them that have been doing this in two states that I live and frequent in.

          • Cymond

            Ok, who is buying from the smaller gun shops? Where is the ammo going in the end?
            That doesn’t answer the question, it just adds one more middle-man.

          • n0truscotsman

            Those who pay for the ammunition at that store.
            I never said I had all the answers. Its just a hypothesis 😉
            Im nearly in the same boat as most of you and I had tens of thousands stockpiled before the 2012 elections. Constant use, then selling to friends at pre-panic prices have depleted my stocks very well and I was under the mistaken assumption that supplies would normalize for 22. Oh well. I guess ill continue to shoot 5.45 and 5.56 with impunity.

          • raz-0

            and if they did normalize, would you be looking for 10k, or bumping it up to 20 k next time around?

            A couple billion rounds sounds like a lot until you split them 80 million ways. Granted, that’s not the real shopping math, but lets say people decided to buy two extra ~500 round boxes at $20 a pop. All of a $40 outlay. If two million shooters did that who didn’t buy any every year, or bought 2 boxes more than normal, the increase alone would account for more than the previous annual 22 production. Keep in mind all the people who had been buying previously still want it too.

            There wasn’t a lot of excess capacity, and building more lines has obstacles for whatever reason. Granted, I think demand will stay above the previous usually 1.8 billion rounds or so, but with the cost of ramping up, manufacturers need to ask how much, and have a pretty solid guess that isn’t too wrong, or they have problems for quite some time.

          • Lotsa22

            Hey Ewer….When the illegal obama was annointed in 2008 to be the ruler of FUSA, I already knew all I needed to know about rhe scumbag. So, using my awareness as I wasn’t asleep like you and the bulk of the sheeple, I bought bucket loads of Federal 550 packs, $13 each. So now that folks like me were awake and aware, you want to M-F us because you suffer from cranial-rectal inversion. We don’t and we didn’t. So, would you like a brick or two? For you $75.00/brick. Oh, shipping and handling extra. Hahahahahahahaha !

      • dieliving

        Well that’s not true where I live. I hear stories almost weekly about a few guys that wait at the stores in the early morning and as soon as they start to stock the shelves, they buy up all the .22s There are people around here that have 75,000 to 100,000 rounds. A lot of them then will advertise them for sale for two or three times what they paid for them. It’s insane.

        • Cymond

          Assuming they’re paying $22 for a brick, then 100,000 rounds cost them $4,400. That’s an expensive hobby for something they’re never going to use.

          If they sell the ammo to shooters, then it proves that those shooters are actually consuming that much ammo.

          Above, “raz-0” states that we used to consume about 1.8 billion rounds of 22lr per year. I am just suggesting that need far more than 1.8 billion, although I do not know how much we need. There is not enough ammo to satisfy shooters, which leads to shortages, which leads to price gouging and people like those hoarders in your town who are trying to profit on the gap between the retail price and the actual market value. Increasing production will satisfy the shooters, and kill the profits for the hoarders. If this was a temporary bubble, then manufacturers would be right to wait for it to end rather than wasting money on an ‘investment’ that would never be profitable. However, it looks more & more like this is a new permanent trend of Americans shooting more 22lr than ever before.

    • Hank Seiter

      No, the problem is stupid numbnuts like you who refused to read the writing on the wall when the anti-gun neo-Marxist Obozo the Clown became “p”resident compliments of left-wing sycophants in the national socialist media. Now you find yourself in a position where a tight market makes it impossible for you to be similarly well-stocked like those of us who weren’t asleep at the switch and/or complain about $37 bricks being an outrage. In case you don’t know how the American free market system works, thank your lucky stars .22LR bricks cost $30 to $40 because if they didn’t, at $20 a brick the possibility of you seeing ANY .22 ammo would be even more greatly diminished. Rising prices during scarcity helps more people acquire those things which are growing scarce. It’s not “gouging”, it’s free market dynamics which serve the greatest number.
      I can’t tell you how many time some fat, straw chewing holier than thou good ol’ boy comes sauntering into our full-service gun show here in central Illinois, complains about “not seeing any .22 anywhere”, sees ten bricks of .22 LR (whatever brand) that were recently placed on the shelf, takes a gander at the price and then starts bellyaching about how “expensive them thar .22s are blah, blah, blah piss and moan.” So what does this ignoramus professional bitcher then do after I inform him he may be looking at the new normal pricing structure and probably would spend more money on gas (and more of his precious redneck time) looking for the next brick at pre-Sandy Hook prices, HE WALKS RIGHT OUT OF THE STORE EMPTY HANDED!
      And now that we have backorders of .22LR coming in, we’re selling bricks of Federal and American Eagle for $27 and we’re still getting the same ol’ “there must be a conspiracy or price gouging” rednecks sniffing at the price and walking out the door. And often when some do figure out one can’t win pissing into the wind, they break out their checkbook and then want to buy every brick you have. Of course we have a one brick/day limit just for these occasions AND THEY PISS AND MOAN ABOUT THAT! Clearly there is a class of people lacking in rough hewn character whose life pursuit is to bitch constantly about the failures of other people or of the system so they can ignore their own ignorance inducing foibles. What unprepared slackers! And when these kind of fair weather sportsmen are bitching about not being able to buy more than one brick, I tell them they’re lucky to see anything on the .22 shelves because a previous customers would have bought the whole shelf (like they intended on doing) thus leaving them nothing if we didn’t have said policy in place already.
      Seriously, some of you guys are so unprepared even when the handwriting was on the wall and you are now unable to secure enough .22 rimfire for some righteous shooting. And you’re actually shooting less than a box of .22s at the range? Any serious Second Amendment shooter or patriot ought to have at MINIMUM 1000 rounds per pistol/rifle/shotgun and at least 5K rounds of .22LR … and this BEFORE the shortage. Sheesh, the Second Amendment fraternity is in a lot worse shape than I ever thought.

      • valorius

        Well,i see youre a dousche.

  • Mike H.

    I was talking about the “vanishing .22 ammo” with the sales clerk at our local Wal-Mart. What he told me was unnerving: It appears that the same people show up IMMEDIATELY after a fresh shipment of .22 ammo comes in; then buys up the entire shipment within 20 minutes. Anybody else heard anything like this?

    • B.

      Yup. My local Academy has people lined up starting at 4-5 AM (they open at 7) on days that ammo shipments come in.
      That is with them limiting purchase amounts too – know how the gougers get around that? They bring friends and family and buy as much as they can, then turn around and mark it up 300-400% and sell it on Gunbroker, Armslist, etc.
      Normally I am not a violent person, but that shit pisses me off no end. I can’t get ammo to train students with to save my life.

      • Cymond

        Yeah, but who the heck is buying it on Gunbroker, Armslist, etc.?

        Apparently the new market-value of 22lr is over $0.10, and those scalpers standing in line are just making a profit on the gap between retail price and actual market value. The fact that they are able to turn around and easily resell it at a huge markup just proves that there are a LOT of people who want to buy ammo.

        Although, yes, I am disturbed by what Mike is saying, that certain people seem to magically know when a shipment is coming. That’s pretty solid evidence of some kind of corruption. The fact that scalpers buy the entire shipment suggests that the retailers should either raise their prices or implement quantity limits.

        • Blake

          …or just people using brassbadger.com

          But yes, the fact that a 10 carton case of Federal Automatch goes for $300+ on gunbroker makes me sick.

          • Rusty Shackleford

            I’d love to hoard .22LR then turn around and sell it for a penny more than I paid for it just to slap scalpers in the face while providing ammo most suited for beginners, training and fun.

          • Blake

            If you want to see something crazy sometime, spend a few minutes each day over a period of a week or so watching closing gunbroker auctions for bricks of crappy bottom-shelf 22LR ammo (e.g. golden bullets, blazer, etc). Specifically, just follow truly open auctions that start at basically 0 (e.g. $1 etc) with no reserve & no buy now option.

            It’s amazing to watch the open market price for this stuff that went for $13.99/brick at the local hardware store not that long ago.

        • B.

          Cost is $20 per brick. They sell for $60-$80 in some of the places I have seen. The “cheap” ones are $45. I use WikiArms and Gunbot – my alerts are set to $0.05 cents – I rarely get notified about .22lr

          • Cymond

            WOW! but thanks for the info. I gave up finding 22lr in-stock in stores. I had no idea that a $20 brick still existed, even hypothetically.

          • B.

            WalMart, Academy, and big box stores haven’t raised their prices, because the wholesalers haven’t increased their prices.
            Smaller shops have increased theirs because they are often buying from secondary buyers since their normal dealers are out. I have even seen some Mom and Pop’s places advertising they buy ammo, they are that short. And of course, when they resell, it has a markup to cover their costs and make a profit.

        • DiverEngrSL17K

          Ammoseek.com is a great on-line ammunition site. I use it all the time and have found it to be very helpful when combined with the information from other similar web sites.

    • Beeblebrox

      I have heard the exact same thing from a clerk at a local Walmart and Bass Pro Shop. They said it is always the same guys and they are always there, sometimes hours early. In both cases they said they were almost all retired guys with nothing better to do.

      The clerk at Bass Pro did not seem optimistic either. In his opinion this staking-out of ammo has become an activity unto itself. He asked one of the old guys how much .22 ammo he had and he said “oh, I’ve got about 20,000 rounds,” and then proceeded to buy his limit. He was an old guy and will probably never shoot much if any of it before he kicks the bucket.

      • n0truscotsman

        solution: start breaking legs

        no seriously 😉

      • taylorcraftbc65

        I shop for mine at the Rod and Gun Club on Base, and no one tries that stunt.

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      The few hoarders who tried the same thing at my local Wal-Mart didn’t realize that the staff at the gun counter had anticipated this malarkey right from the get-go ; a limit of 3 boxes of 50 rounds apiece was imposed for .22LR in order to make things as fair as possible, and this effectively put a stop to the attempted black-marketing of .22LR, especially since almost all the local gun dealers did the same thing simultaneously. The hoarders then tried to resort to the tactic of sending in relatives and friends to make multiple small-batch purchases, but it mostly backfired on them because my county, while geographically large, has a relatively small population, and most people already know one another. Within the local firearms community, the numbers are even smaller and that much more personally inter-related, which does not lend itself to black-market hoarding.

      Also, very few, if any, locals were actually involved in the .22LR hoarding schemes. It was discovered over time that nearly all the hoarders, and would-be hoarders, came from adjacent, more populated counties to the south and north of us.

      I fully recognize that this situation is somewhat, if not entirely, unique, and that the same model cannot apply to other places. However, if there is one thing to be learned, it does prove the point that limiting .22lR quantity purchases, even allowing for the tactic of sending in friends and relatives, does have a significant effect on curtailing abuses.

      • Dan

        We are starting to see it stay on the shelves here. We had two problems hoarders and other gun stores sending out people to buy up what the competition has. The closest cabelas is 2hrs away and they sent people weekly. The stores stopped putting it on the shelves. If you asked for .22 shells they would say well i can check the back for ya and bring out their last box. If you had your young kid with you they would magically find you what you needed. We are a small town as well and if they think you’re hoarding you can expect the oh yea we have .22lr but not for you. Kind of answer.

    • Mark N.

      Same story at my WalMart in far northern California. Bought up the day it comes in. NONE of the local gun stores have it on the shelves. It sells so quickly it isn’t worth the effort. I haven’t seen a Value Pack of Remington or Federal in several years. And I’d like to get one or two because my rifle loves that stuff for plinking. Everything else I can find, and the prices are reasonable, plus range ammo is back in stock–for a while, all I could find was expensive SD ammo, and that was spotty.

    • Sickshooter0

      I’ve seen posts on other shooting sites and youtube where overnight WalMart employees are buying up the ammo as it comes off the truck. Some have proof, other reports were hearsay. The solution was posted above: shoot your 223, let the gougers swim in their inventory, prices come down, availability come up.

  • WV Cycling

    Haven’t seen .22LR since Dec 2012. :

  • Zachary marrs

    My local academy has a 2 box per customer limit, or 1 bulk pack.

    They always have the 50 round boxes, and like 5 bulk packs, but those are only offered if you by a .22lr gun.

  • Blake

    Something else that I think may have had a small, but measurable effect on the market:

    When centerfire ammo was hard to come by after Sandy Hook (remember .223 at $1/rnd?), a lot of people learned to reload, or dusted off their old reloading stuff (or their Dad’s old reloading stuff…). Some folks probably even started reloading range ammo for their buddies, or did a group buy on a progressive bench. So that probably helped moderate some of the demand peak for centerfire ammo (well, until the industry ran out of primers anyway).

    With 22LR however, the stuff is complicated enough to reload that practically no one bothers, and it was really cheap so it wasn’t hard for pretty much anyone that could afford a decent 22LR firearm to buy a whole lot of it.

  • Grindstone50k

    I’ve had to hold off buying any 22 firearms that I was going to use to teach my teenage sister in law how to safely and responsibly handle firearms. I wanted to gift her a rifle for Christmas, but with zero ammo available, it looks like that won’t happen. Hopefully she’ll be ok learning on my wife’s 9mm.

  • Blake

    Ever since 22LR pricing got stupid I’ve had an idea rolling around in the back of my head for a repeating rifle using cast bullets & spark ignition (originally I was thinking about propane as the propellent but it turns out that precision gas metering in small quantities is extremely difficult due density variations as temperature changes, & thus requires prohibitively complicated & expensive valve technology. The US DoD spent a lot of time & effort developing gas-fired artillery during the cold war & eventually abandoned it).

    Finally did some research on it as a result of this article & it turns out that this guy has already developed it using black powder & even open-sourced the CAD drawings to make one:

    http://www.ctmuzzleloaders.com/ctml_experiments/plink_king/plink_king.html
    http://www.ctmuzzleloaders.com/ctml_experiments/lorgir_pistol/lorgir_pistol.html
    http://www.ctmuzzleloaders.com/ctml_experiments.html

    If you cast your own bullets this thing costs around a tenth of a cent per shot. Even with .22 air rifle pellets (at 1400fps 🙂 it’s still insanely inexpensive for volume shooting.

  • Mike

    There are a ton of 22 firearms on the shelves around here (Kansas City area). And according to a couple of dealers they are not selling like they used to because of a lack of ammo…

  • n0truscotsman

    three things I haven’t seen in nearly three years;

    1.) 17 HM2
    2.) Federal 22lr
    3.) Wolf 22lr

  • Panzercat

    Not buyin’ it. Rugers and their HiCaps have been around for years. Literally well before this ammo crisis. It may be exabebrating the issue to a small, but statistically negligable degree. On the other hand, everybody wants to make $50 on a box they only bought for $15 or less.
    Sorry, but I’m favoring occam’s razor here– Profiteering dicks.

  • matthew

    my local gun stores that are known cant keep .22s in stock, ever. but the one store thats out of the way and no one really knows about, has .22s very reliably, like everytime i go, there is always 5+ bricks in stock. the reason he can keep them in stock is because the town hoarders dont bring their family to buy out all bricks, using a loop hole. also because his supplier enforces strict rationing, i.e each customer gets a certain number of bricks, no exceptions. its really interesting how this can happen, same thing with the recession, if enough well known people say theres going to be a crash or shortage, people start acting like it, in terms of ammo, they buy up all they can. because they are convinced that they wont be able to get them. so in reality, there isnt a shortage, but just mass paranoia. if we ignore what these people say and use our better judgment, shortages wont happen for that reason. i bought my 2nd .22 recently, and i got a bolt action, im not interested in full auto, or “high-capacity” theres no need, ill just reload my mag 🙂 plus my rounds last longer.

  • GunFarce

    What shortage? In Canada I have been able to buy what ever quantity I want for years now and have NEVER not been able to. Even Walmart has all I need or want.. If I was American, I would be asking why is there no shortage in Canada, when ALL the .22 RF is made in the U.S. ?