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Well, I need to vent my frustrations, because my wife will never fully understand.
There was a time when I first my first few center fire rifles and handguns where I thought the .22 just wasn't cool enough. Well I'm happy to say that I've since matured and can say that the .22 is my single favorite round to fire. I get the same level of enjoyment as I do with center fire for a fraction of the price. I've always looked at the .22 as my "backup" plan for times of ammo shortage/price hikes. Ya know, keep up my skills by using my various .22 firearms instead of my larger weapons.
I'm really frustrated that my backup plan has failed me! I really didn't imagine a time where .22 would be so hard to come by (but I should have been more aware, this did happen in 09 as well, but I don't remember it being this bad for rimfire) I can't wait till .22 ammo becomes available again.
I dropped by a local gun store today... 100 rnds of .22lr for $25! I think my new backup plan might have to be air rifles!
(I did think ahead and have enough .22 to get me through this, but its frustrating that I can't replenish the inventory).
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El Crapola dude...where and what brand of 22 goes for $25 for a lousy 100R? That's 2 bits a shot. That's HIDEOUS!!!!!! Up until I just read your post the worst 22 price I'd heard of was $80 per 1000R. I bought some specialty 22 ammo less than 2 weeks ago for $8 per 100. I was a tad miffed. But over the years specialty ammo has always been a bit more so I just figured that was the reason.
I'm just darn glad I saw the need to neck down my calibers and collection. So instead of having like 15 guns in 15 calibers I've got several 22s, 12G, MN 30cal, my Tarheel made AK, my edc 380. Man oh man I just finished reading PATRIOTS by James Wesley Rawes 3 weeks ago. Twenty two ammo towards the end of the book could be traded straight across for junk silver, 99.9% silver or darn near anything the man w/the 22 ammo wanted. I'm just glad I stockpiled what I did. I'm saving what I got.
I wouldn't mind a bit tho of having a fine scoped air rifle. Especially the one Lewis and Clark had. It was a Repeater in 46cal.
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This 22 thing has my blood pressure up as well. The biggest part is the mags. I mean people are selling ruger mark 3 mags for 60$. And m&p mags for 150$. Why so much for a 10 round 22 mag. Walmart is about the only place that hasn't raised the price, but availability is bad.
Hey Clay, maybe you could come up with a holster for hand guns. Then we could practice drawing and everything! I guess you'd need a couple of hand sizes to use for molds but since retention wouldn't be all that necessary, they wouldn't have to be exact!
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I have about a thousand rounds on hand, but my shooting buddy has 10k rounds for 22lr so if I need some I can buy from him.
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What's a .22? Is that some kind of ammunition cartridge? None of the stores here have any of those things.
Yeah, it's really pi$$sing me off, too! The last time I bought .22 shells was a couple months ago when I picked up a few boxes of Remington Golden @ $10 per 225-count and a 100-count of CCI Mini-Mags for $6. The last time I actually saw any in the wild was a couple weeks ago when the LGS had the CCI for $12 per 100! And they'd only sell 'em if you were using the range.
Frankly I'm totally baffled by the lack of an .22 ammo. It's probably the last thing that would ever actually be banned. Is it just because it's the only thing that virtually everyone can afford to hoard?
The only saving grace for me is that I generally have at least a thousand rounds on hand most of the time. Hopefully by the time I'm getting seriously low there will be some again. Sadly though I have about 1500 rounds of a brand my .22 doesn't seem to like along with the stuff it does like.
And I thought I was being so stupid (I really did) when I was buying up really cheap (but good stuff) bricks of variations of .22 LR a couple of years ago. I'm happy now. I also picked up some really good, new and inexpensive .22 semi-auto rifles and scoped them for urban short range shots.................
Yes, the price you saw was really out there. However, you can have all of the gold and silver in the world, but without the weapon and ammo to protect it, you aint going to keep it. So, beyond the obvious scalpers (Cheaper Than Dirt comes to mind), it will get better soon.
Now you will know to always keep lots on hand.
I feel you. The price of .22 is so ridiculously high. If you look at the percentage of price increase of .22lr vs the other calibers, .22 has got to be the highest. By dumb luck, my buddy bought 10,000 rounds of .22 right before the madness, so he has been letting me bumb some off him if I need it.
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Yeah it's pretty bad. I'm glad I bought a pair of 525 round boxes earlier this year. 17hmr seems pretty plentiful around here still, though. Not that I'm going to run off and buy a gun chambered in it anytime soon.
Yup, Its pretty funny, I'm thinking about picking up a ruger single six 22lr/22mag convertible because from the prices locally and online 22 mag and 17hmr have seen no increase in price at all! Still pretty expensive compared to most .22, but at least it can be had from various locations.
What I don't understand is why .22 LR all of a sudden? I've been stocked up OK on them for quite some time now and haven't had the need to buy much but can understand the frustration to those who can't find them and have noticed their absence on the shelves lately.
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Same here in the Portland area. I have been lucky to find a brick of Remington Golden Bullet .22 someone was selling for $30. All ammo here is hard to come by except some very specialty ammo which hardly anyone uses. I have found one supplier in the Portland area which has had stock every time I go (I go at 11am on Saturday or Sunday when they open - actually get there about a half hour early) but you have to stand in line just to get in the door, unless you are in the first 15 in line. They only let about 15 people in at a time to avoid an overcrowded situation. They have a security guard who lets someone in as someone exits.
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