I think the ammo manufacturers caught on to the oil company scam a few years ago, as did several other industries who jack their prices up for no apparent reason and then blame any number of benign factors as being the cause. Currently, oil companies are mad Obama denied the Keystone XL pipeline so they're turning up the heat by jacking up their prices hoping to put the squeeze on already squeezed consumers who, in turn, they hope, will pressure Obama into approving the pipeline. There is also always a spike in gas prices during an election year when there is a Democratic president in office. Gas prices have little to do with supply and demand and little to do with trouble in the middle east. If you look back through the headlines in the past 15 years, you'll see there's been a steady level of turmoil in that region. Oil companies jump on any excuse whatsoever to jack up prices. If you compare the barrel prices over the past five years and look at the gas prices at the pumps in the same periods, you'll see the gas prices are way higher than they should be considering where the oil prices are right now. Same with the ammo manufacturers recently. They started by saying the initial jump (when prices more than doubled) was because of the huge jump in raw materials prices but when raw materials prices bottomed out, prices remained ridiculously high. Then they said is was because of the wars, but after the US significantly ramped down our presence in those wars, prices still remain high. Then they caused a panic, with the help of the NRA, and all the cool-aid drinkers mentioned earlier, when Obama was elected. There were all kinds of stories about Obama cutting off foreign ammo imports and implementing taxes on ammo, all of which were untrue. I think they probably slowed production as well to help fuel the fire and, yes, there were actually shortages and prices went up again, but over the past couple years, there has been plenty of supply and yet, again, the prices remain ridiculously high. If you keep a steady supply of ammo, like I do, and only buy it in bulk when it's on sale, you're fairly immune to these ploys and still manage to get ammo a relatively reasonable prices. If we, as consumers, band together and refuse to pay these outrageous prices, the law of supply and demand should eventually kick in and prices can normalize again. But that's not going to happen as long as people buy into these artificial crisis'.