Ammo shortage anecdotes

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Tam ( View from the porch) overheard this conversation at a gun store

Me: “Geez, I’ve got more rimfire ammo than y’all do.”

SalesGuy: “That’s not funny.”

Ha ha 🙂

Uncle ( Says Uncle) is having to wait 5-7 weeks for his CCI subsonic HP ammo order (it also happens to be my chosen .22 round of choice).

This shortage is getting ridiculous!

(by the way, If you do not read View From The Porch or Says Uncle, you should start)

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Freiheit Freiheit on Jun 12, 2009

    Federalist, interesting point.

    So if the price of ammo is kept artificially high, more people reload. Thus they buy less ammo. That reduces demand and therefore reduces prices.

    The other factor is that reloaders need supplies. For the sake of argument, lets assume that they only need primers and powder and cast their own bullets.

    For X million rounds that the shooting community wants, there will ALWAYS be X million primers and X million units of powder. It has to be purchased for all but the most dedicated (insane) reloaders.

    Can we conclude that primers and powder are the real linchpins of the market???

  • Federalist Federalist on Jun 12, 2009

    Any active reloader will tell you that primers are the bottleneck in this ammunition market!

    I don't know whether manufacturers of loaded ammo are facing the same primer shortage though. They may either get priority with primer manufacturers, manufacture their own primers, or else they may have more trouble with brass since they aren't reusing it!