Why is .22 Impossible to Find?

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    Why is .22 Impossible to Find?

    Yeah, I know... the PANIC.

    What I mean is why are people panic buying .22lr. I can understand buying 9mm, .223, 7.62, .308, etc. But I don't understand why .22lr is in such high demand.... can anyone logically explain it to me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badey View Post
    Yeah, I know... the PANIC.

    What I mean is why are people panic buying .22lr. I can understand buying 9mm, .223, 7.62, .308, etc. But I don't understand why .22lr is in such high demand.... can anyone logically explain it to me?
    Because everything else sold out first, and .22 was the only thing left to panic buy.
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    22 is made from the same raw material as every other caliber. 9mm, 5.56 etc is taking priority.
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    Because. Their still ammo and ya got to have ammo. Don't confuse the panicked masses with details. They have comfort now, they have bullets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    22 is made from the same raw material as every other caliber. 9mm, 5.56 etc is taking priority.
    This makes sense. If they have to use their lead, they are going to use it to make the large caliber rounds that people want. I'm sure they make more money per box or 9mm than they do per box of .22.
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    Re: Why is .22 Impossible to Find?

    I'm buying 22lr because I still want to shoot, but I don't want use up my centerfire ammo, not knowing when I will be able to replenish.

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    While the Bill O'Really in drag AWB is panicing everyone, here is another reasonable answer: Most of the trainers I know have been inundated with people trying to get firearms training and if you can't get 380 ACP and up then you train with 22LR! A couple of the full time trainers have done as much business in January as they did the 1st quarter last year.

    Next week I have three students and they'll all be training with 22LR as they can't find any 9mm or 40 S & W. One of my fellow instructors shot a 4 day course (1,000) with Hornady Steel Match at $24.95 a box! So she spent over $500.00 to shoot the course.

    So if you sign up for a couse make sure you got the ammo for it!


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    If anyone owns at least one gun it is usually a .22. Even if it's grandpa's old .22, it's still in their closet.
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    I know everyone including me doesnt want to rely on a 22 for defense. But just yesterday at the LGS while shopping I was talking to a few LE friends of mine. I mentioned they had one pistol I liked but it was only in 22lr. All of em absolutely serious looked at me and said Id rather be shot with anything in a handgun than a 22!! I looked at them a bit puzzled and my closest LE friend that has been involved with officer hit shootings a few times now quipped Yeah get hit the leg and it comes out your throat.
    Sort of surprised me they would react that way. I know 22 can kill but Jeez
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    I've spoken about have a good relationship with your LGS. Today I went and purchased a Leopold Scope for my 30-30.
    While checking out I noticed that they had finally restocked some .22lr. What had been previously priced before the panic buying at $9.95 for 100 rounds was now $11.95 not exactly gouging.
    I asked about the price and basically, the $2 add-on was from the distributor. I grabbed 500 round box which is what they were limiting to single purchases for fairness to other customers.
    I was OK with that, but darn, still no .22 mag.
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    The lowly .22 is survival food for the gun world.
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    Also, you get a lot of rounds for the money spent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badey View Post
    Yeah, I know... the PANIC.

    What I mean is why are people panic buying .22lr. I can understand buying 9mm, .223, 7.62, .308, etc. But I don't understand why .22lr is in such high demand.... can anyone logically explain it to me?
    I don't know for sure, but was able to score on 300 rounds of CCI MiniMags today! 9mm too!
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    Goodness, I went to wally world today and bought two 500 round boxes, spent 20 bucks, and there was plenty there. I never realized there was a shortage on .22 but then again, I wasn't looking either. I pick up a 500 round box every couple of weeks during the winter since we shoot it all in the summer.
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