In 4 years after the next election.
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Maybe if the next election goes better than the last one.
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I have not read all the replies here, so I am responding only to the original post. The ammo shortage IS already better, and I mean dramatically better, based on a few shopping trips last week at several sources in the Houston area and the Cabela's in Buda.
I have seen .223 in quantity, consistently, at several places. Defensive ammo is once again available, in smaller quantities, in most of the more popular cartridges, except for .380, which seems to stay sold out everywhere. I don't use .380, but friends do, and so I make it a point to look for it. Cabela's had NO .45 Colt ammo.
I don't expect prices to go down much, if places were charging at or near retail. The places that were price-gouging will have to come down, eventually, as supply catches up with demand.
Not much better in Phoenix yet. Ran into 2 boxes of 44 mag and felt like I won $20 on a scratcher ticket.
Reloading is the only way to survive these situations. If demand comes down, I will stock up even further to hedge my risk against this happening again.
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As soon as people run out of $ or room. Then the ranges will be full of Wednesday night bowlers as no one will and cash to do anything else. >When the Republicans become republican again then they can come back into office.<
I don't want to hoard any ammo I just want to have a couple thousand rounds on hand. I have been trying real hard for weeks with no luck and I have been trying lightly for months.
It has to get better sooner or later but when one hoarder is filled another one takes their spot. It is pretty bad.
"Each year U.S. ammo manufacturers make about 8 billion rounds, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation..."
So, if people are not hoarding (which I believe many are), there, in theory, should be enough ammo to serve the demand.
Ammo hard to find as gun owners stock up - CNN.com
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My Walmarts are getting Blazer ammo in 357sig,9mm, and 40caliber and it's cheaper then Winchester white box.
My SWAG is that a greater percentage of people are, in fact, buying excess for a rainy day and some are certainly buying more than just two extra cases.
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Supply's may improve but don't expect to see the prices at the levels they were.
What you paid for 1000 rounds of 9mm in December '08 is already up nearly 10% (if you can find that same 1000 rounds today).
The manufacturers costs will continue to rise, taxes will play into it and of course there needs to be a profit made but people will continue to pay it because they enjoy it. It's a shame that what we enjoy the most will become a pastime for those that can best afford it. Having said that my range time has already had a serious dent put in it. I don't look forward to being held to a mere 100 rounds once a month maybe.
.22 is getting a good workout for sure
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