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Ammunition in Stock Locally – Will it last?

Local Sportsman's Warehouse Ammo Stock

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It Seems The Ammo is Coming Back … For Now.

Local Sportsman's Warehouse Ammo Stock

Local Sportsman’s Warehouse Ammo Stock

To say the availability of firearms, ammunition, and reloading components over the past years has been underwhelming would be a significant under statement. For the most part, and depending on the week, I’ve mostly seen nothing or a small variety of factory loads in only the most popular cartridges. Even these didn’t stay on the shelf much past 5 minutes after the store clerk put them out. In fact, one of my local big box stores had to start hiding ammunition behind the counter so they had something to sell to anyone wanting to purchase a firearm. If they hadn’t, the flocks of shooters would have eaten them up like a swarm of locusts! For several years it has been a pretty dismal display of empty shelf space, and at times my guns just went back in the safe and I thought they would just stay there indefinitely. I couldn’t even find powder or primers to make a small batch to go plink with.

This was the sad reality, at least until the past 2 months or so. I’ve steadily watched the shelves fill back up with both Ammunition and Reloading Components. This seems to be pretty much across the boards, checking in at most of my local stores as well as big box retailers. Almost everyone seems to have a pretty healthy supply of ammunition back in stock. You can nearly get anything you want in regards to factory loaded ammunition.

There are three scenarios I can think of that lead to this point: Supply and Demand has finally tapered off, the Hoarders have filled their bellies or emptied their wallets, or the massive crowd of new shooters have lost interest and returned to other hobbies. It could be a combination of the three, who am I to say. All I know, is that for once in the past 3-4 years, you can actually go down to your local retailer and find s significant supply of ammo, and that I am okay with! This of course excludes .22 Long Rifle, which I have seen on a rare occasion, but still seems to be in massively short supply. I don’t know about your town, but the time has finally come for mine.

Will it Continue?

Shotgun Ammo Readily Available

Shotgun Ammo Readily Available

It’s been an odd couple of years, with the strange politics and this oddball society shifting frequently from Left to Right. To say the least, it has definitely taken its toll on the shooting world and those of us who only mean to enjoy the sport, to hunt, and to get outside and have some fun. Many had been left wondering if it was ever coming back. Some thought it was just another drought, ready to blow past any moment. Others thought it was the end, ammo would dry up, guns would be banned, and we’d all be finding something else to do with our free time. Others stocked up for a literal Zombie Apocalypse and are probably still huddled in the corner of their basement squeezing a Monster Energy Drink and an AR-15 waiting for “The Man” to come take it from their “Cold Dead Hands”. All in All though, it seems to have blown over, excluding the recent Green Tip 5.56 scare, but something tells me that is not a fight that will end anytime soon.

Reloading components have really begun to come back lately to. Not to the same degree as ammunition, but they are steadily increasing. To give you idea of how much I’ve seen, between myself and a small group, I’ve purchased 8 boxes of Primers, from Small Pistol to Large Magnum Rifle, various brass, 24lbs of powder, and a multitude of different projectiles for many different calibers. This has all been over the past two months. And believe, I wasn’t sucking up the whole supply. Just what I and those with me needed to keep their own operation moving. As a matter of fact, one of the local big boys got a shipment with over 200lbs of powder just two weeks ago. It may not seem like a lot compared to the old days, but its a lot more than we’ve seen in the past few years!

Local Walmart Ammo Shelves

Local Walmart Ammo Shelves

Over the past few years, I hadn’t even seen most of these items nonetheless ever dreamed I would get my hands on them again. Occasionally I would get the rare glimpse of that one lucky guy carrying out the single pound of Titegroup that was available that week, but otherwise all hope was lost. Oh well, at least for the moment the worst of it is behind us (finger’s crossed). I did notice however, despite the increase in ammo and components at brick & mortar stores, it does not seem to be having an impact with online availability, but I’m guessing that line is a bit longer. I could be wrong, I’ve all but given up on checking for those back order emails. Hopefully in time we see this fade as well and maybe we’ll be back to normal again, at least until the next political nightmare.

Well, that’s my experience here in the Pacific Northwest, how are things in your area? Are you seeing any more ammo or reloading components in stock?

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13 Comments

  1. I think it is like most things and will gradually rise and fall as it goes. I really hope this good stock stays a while, but with all the politics and talk of stricter gun restrictions going on, who knows.

  2. It seems like the laws will never stop changing until people actually come to a consensus of what’s appropriate for firearms and what’s not. That’ll take a long time simply because everybody wants to be dissipated in the conversation when it comes to a few words but when it comes actually voting no one’s really there .

  3. I certainly hope it’s not going away. It’s very convinient and supports local stores, which is always good. It was a scary few years when they were dissappearing.

  4. Great article! I honestly do not think it will last. The Government is doing way too much stuff behind everyone’s back. Seems like every single Government Agency is stock piling ammunition, even Agencies that have not a thing to do with guns!! Its crazy!!

    • The politics the past few years are definitely getting a little odd. Of course there is always an agenda.. or several agendas for the matter. I get it in some ways, in others it just seems like the majority of us are paying the price for the few.

  5. It’s encouraging to see/hear about an upsurge in availability, regardless of how limited, because at least it show promise for the future. Friends around the country had mentioned their local supplies were dry, so I knew it wasn’t just here in Texas. I was surprised to see a local sporting good shop advertising on their sign that they had particular types of ammunition in stock, so it seems the scarcity was widespread, and the product was in demand.

    • Its been most of the country for the past few years. Its sad really that we’ve had a few set backs in our society and this is the reaction. Perhaps they do not understand the large economic impact this group has on the country, not to mention the history and traditions that are being destroyed of so many American families, all because people are unwilling to educate themselves on the subject…

  6. There is always something changing with firearm laws! The way political game is you never no what any firearm store is able to keep in and sell. Certain calibers have certain limitations these days so you just never know.

    • So it is, so it’s been, probably the way it will always be. There are just people on both sides of that fence, and unfortunately a few rotten eggs seem to ruin things for everyone else.

    • Very true. And new laws in effect each day. The unfortunate thing is that we have plenty of laws that would be very effective, except they are never enforced correctly or reported so it leaves a lot of loopholes and ways for things to get through. A lot of states still do not comply with most of the existing gun laws we have, why they would want to put more into effect I have no idea.

  7. you almost never know with the political climate has been a land when it comes to firearms in gun ownership. You have to be very careful about the way that your stocking up your ammunition because this might be your last chance.

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