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#7513064 - 03/05/13 Why isn't 22lr available?
ConradCA Offline
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I have found almost all centerfire pistol and rifle cartridges, just almost no 22lr. I really don't understand why 22lr is the hardest cartridge to find. Could it be that the manufacturers are using the resources that were making 22lr to make other ammo that has higher profitability?


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#7513126 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: ConradCA]
TomT Offline
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IMHO, a combination of factors.

With all the insane leftist gun grabbing agenda, people are stocking up. Here in NY, IF this so called "SAFE" act sticks, we are going to get a NICs background check every time we want to buy a box of .22's. F-that! I don't blame anyone that buys a lifetimes worth.

There are many that are buying large quantities to flip for a profit, and while some have problems with that, I just consider it Capitalism. If the price is ridiculous, don't buy it! Let them be stuck with it.

You can't, well some might be able to, reload rim fire ammo, so that's a 3rd reason.

I was at my local gun shop this past weekend as a friend was picking up a Henry 22 lever for his teenage son, and I was surprised how well stocked the store was. I've avoided gun shops since Sandy Hook, as I figured (mostly from reading here) that they would be crowded/stripped bare. That wasn't the case, but the owner did tell me he had one customer that offered to buy "all your ammo". The owner said the guy offered around $40k, but the owner said no. Didn't ask more questions. I just grabbed 4 x 50 round boxes of Remington Thunderbolt 22lr, a box of 1000 Remington small pistol primers (he had plenty of primers but little powder).

Hopefully this insanity will pass, but the Libretards are certainly trying to disarm the regular folks. -TomT

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#7513225 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: TomT]
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-More .22s than any other caliber around

-Can't reload .22s

-Trying to make a profit

-In most places(not including places like Tom just mentioned) people are stupid and act like .22 will never be available again

-its usually the cheapest ammo and therefore the easiest to stock up on

Thats a few reasons, but who really knows? IMHO, it will be fall, maybe even Christmas, before we see ammo back available like it was before. Notice I said available, who knows if prices will ever come back
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#7513241 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: Boococky]
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It's the doomsday preppers I tell ya.

Buying up alla the plinkins..... Crazy sumbishes.
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#7513246 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: ConradCA]
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A cousin in Virginia called me the other day, and said he has been totally out of .22 LR for several months. He can't find any, at any price.
I sent him two 525 count boxes of Remington HP to hold him over until things get better.
F Dicks in Jax had 100 count boxs of Winchester .22 LR priced at 11.95 a box. Ridiculous.
There seems to be not a single.22 cartridge available for sale in my town, or in any of the towns around me.
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#7513283 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: Boococky]
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Originally Posted By: Boococky
-More .22s than any other caliber around

-Can't reload .22s

-Trying to make a profit

-In most places(not including places like Tom just mentioned) people are stupid and act like .22 will never be available again

-its usually the cheapest ammo and therefore the easiest to stock up on

Thats a few reasons, but who really knows? IMHO, it will be fall, maybe even Christmas, before we see ammo back available like it was before. Notice I said available, who knows if prices will ever come back


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These are some of the biggest reasons I'd think too. More .22 rf guns out there than anything else. Plus they are ~realtively~ cheap and folks can buy em up without breaking the bank. I have yet to buy any ammo during this panic driven fiasco....

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#7513301 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: tndrbstr]
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I saw a case of Federal .22 LR(5250 rounds), sell on Gun Broker yesterday for $955. In December I paid $170 for the same case. It's insane....
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#7513339 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: scenarshooter]
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I saw a Federal case of 3250 sell for $400 when it was priced at $148 thru a well known catalog company.
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#7513345 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: scenarshooter]
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Wow.
At some point, it temps me to become a GB gouger.
I could build a nice rifle. grin
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#7513372 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: Mannlicher]
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My main supplier of all things hunting/shooting has 100ct boxes at $13 on his shelves. Yesterday my son went by and saw them and asked the owner[family friend] who promptly pulled a brick of Blazer out from under the counter.
$50
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#7513646 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: Raeford]
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My friend up the road has a small gun shop and hasn't been able to get .22rf for months. I took him 25 bricks last Monday morning. They were gone by the afternoon.

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#7514194 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: websterparish47]
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#7514216 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: websterparish47]
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I've not been shopping, but have heard rumors of $50 per brick for LR's. Near 3X the pre-panic price. When I get out squirreling this spring, I'm moving in close and will not miss.
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#7514261 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: 1minute]
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Cant reload .22 ammo, so everone is stocking up like crazy. Rimfire ammo is almost an item of currency now. You can buy just about anything with .22 shells.

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#7514289 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: Oakster]
Boococky Offline
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Originally Posted By: Oakster
Cant reload .22 ammo, so everone is stocking up like crazy. Rimfire ammo is almost an item of currency now. You can buy just about anything with .22 shells.


true, ive even seen people trading centerfire ammo and guns for .22LR

Its available around here.....any gun shop has it, and armslist has it.....but you will pay dearly for it
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#7514299 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: Oakster]
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Do you remember when coca-cola said it was gonna stop making coke ?
they changed the recipe they came out with "new coke" they made a fortune on it after that ..now we have coke classic . I think the ammo companies are holding back to drive up their profits... why not ! the oil companies do !!
go ahead buy up all you can .

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#7514311 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: Plab]
NathanL Offline
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Simple supply and demand. Askt he retailers and distributors and they will tell you they are selling more .22lr than ever before. It just doesn't stay on the shelf long enough for people to see it.

So just because every time you go in and it's not there doesn't mean a ton of it didn't sell while you weren't there.
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#7514328 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: Raeford]
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Originally Posted By: Raeford
My main supplier of all things hunting/shooting has 100ct boxes at $13 on his shelves. Yesterday my son went by and saw them and asked the owner[family friend] who promptly pulled a brick of Blazer out from under the counter.
$50


A $16 dollar brick of ammo for $50 from a "friend". Ouch. grin
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#7514537 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: wageslave]
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A buddy in Washington said his local store wanted $26.00 per 50 round box of .22LR

My Coast to Coast has 22 Short for $5.00 a box, and 7 Mauser for $30.00 maybe I should go buy it.
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#7514618 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: Siskiyous6]
bucktales Offline
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I could see .22lr, but .22 Mag??
Can't find them anywhere around here and not as popular as .22 lr.
.22 of any flavor is scarce as hen's teeth here.

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#7514622 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: bucktales]
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I blame jeffo.
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#7514738 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: watch4bear]
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I remember about five or six years ago, when a buddy of mine was thinking about buying gold and silver. I told him then, F that, buy LEAD, buy all the .22 LR you can find. Danged near everyone has a .22, and they will all need ammo at some point.

If he'd listened to me, he could have quadrupled his money this last couple of months.
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#7514758 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: ConradCA]
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#7514781 - 03/05/13 Re: Why isn't 22lr available? [Re: ratsmacker]
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I think that everyone has realized that the govt wants to kill all the fun, all the self-defense, and all the self-sufficiency.

A .22LR is about the most useful thing in all of those categories. I'm glad it's selling like crazy--maybe the citizens are awaking.

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