Because it's the coinage of the future. :rolleyes: :tinfoil:
Seriously, the components are in short supply, demand (legit or panic-induced) is high and a lot of shooters are finally waking up to the fact .22LR is an excellent training round.
I haven't had to purchase any 22 in over a year. After the panic of '08, I was picking up a box or two or three as I found it. Got home and put in the ammo locker. Well, after three years of that, the shelf wouldn't hold any more. So I pulled it all out, sorted by brand and packed it in ammo cans. I was in shock when I realized that there was just shy of 30,000 rounds. Since then, I only buy to replace what I burn in a range trip.
What some may call hoarding, given the current state of supply, I see as a prudent supply.
I've also been known to pour out a pile from a bulk box when the eight? yr old on the next station realized that he was out of ammo. The smile on his face-PRICELESS!!
His dad and friend were both Deputy Sheriffs. Had a good conversation and made three new friends.
I think the panic buying will not last much longer...
I was told that Olin company is working round the clock to build ammo.
But it makes sense that they make center fire first since it sells for more.
I agree that levels will come back at some point unless the government gets a control measure in place
Why is there no .22 ammo?
Because some guy is hoarding 30,000 rounds! ;)
I'm not saying how many rounds we have, because it was all lost when the canoe tipped over.
It's cheap to buy in large quantities and everyone has at least one (if not several) .22s. I've got pistols, revolvers, and rifles chambered in 22. Unfortunately, I ignored my .22 inventory level and got caught with a thin stock. And its one of the calibers I can't buy reloads at the range to shoot. Shame on me.
I haven't bought any in a long time but I am sure I have 5000 rounds. I wouldn't say i hoard them, but for a while i bought a brick of them each time i bought ammo. Guns and ammo aren't just about self defense. If I ever find myself in a survival situation I would rather feed myself with a 22 than a 5.56 that would be better saved for the use it is designed for.
I have thousands of shotgun rounds as well and very few are buck shot, all of my BB's are for geese. I don't own a single slug. I have never really intentionally stocked up on them either, but I by a couple cases of 4-6 shot for early teal and pheasant, three or four cases for duck and anywhere between 2 and 10 cases for geese depending on if I hunt snows or not. Over the years they tend to build up.