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Normally I swing through my closest Wal-Mart in the 2-4am range after working late. This morning though I was getting supplies next door at Lowes and decided to swing in real quick to check the ammo supplies. For the first time this year that I have seen, there was .22LR in stock, and multiple kinds too. Sadly not even .40 was in stock for pistol ammo. Anyways, the on-duty ammo clerk that I had never met was one isle over stocking and I asked her for assistance.

As she is unlocking the cabinet I ask her for 2 packs of the 333rd Winchester plated hollow points, 2 packs of CCI Mini-Mags and 2 packs of the High Velocity CCI Mini-Mags. She does that internal counting thing and I casually say, "Yep, I'm getting my 6 box limit" she replies, "Oh, are you part of the mysterious network that reports whenever we get a shipment?" I played dumb and asked her what she was talking about. "Well, apparently whenever we get a shipment, and I almost always only get a box at a time so its scarce, all these guys show up at once and buy as much as they can. I figured that somebody was calling all their friends when they see we have a new shipment and I figured you were part of it since you knew about the 6 box limit."

So I brought it to her attention, "How often do they show up before you even have it on the shelf?" and the light kind of turned on in her head, "You know, it happens all the time." So I told her most likely someone in receiving was doing the calling and she got quite aggravated and said she was going to ask her manager about it since it "Wasn't fair to everyone else" We then talked a little more about different kinds of ammo and she seemed pretty knowledgeable, at least on the products they stock and that was pretty refreshing for being in a Wal-Mart.

I doubt anything will really come of this but it was nice to know that not everyone there is part of a conspiracy.
 

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Doesn't surprise me that some stores would have a person letting their buddies know when stocks are replenished.
 

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It's no wonder. At our local Super Center, same story. The higher caliber shells, all have little blue tags, attached to the front of the shelves, where there should be boxes of ammo. Probably same story here, someone in receiving is tipping off their buddies, who rush in and buy up the stock.
 

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It's no wonder. At our local Super Center, same story. The higher caliber shells, all have little blue tags, attached to the front of the shelves, where there should be boxes of ammo. Probably same story here, someone in receiving is tipping off their buddies, who rush in and buy up the stock.
Sounds very plausible. I wouldn't even doubt if ranges were giving a small kickback to the folks in receiving when they get the tip off.
 

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It's been over a year since Wal-Mart has had ammo in our store. I gave up on them months ago. I buy everything on line now. If there is a limit it's usually 20 boxes. I find what I want, not take what I can get, and prices aren't that far out either. Even with shipping costs I can't complain under the circumstances.
 

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Here in Central Texas our WMarts (5within driving range) tend to have 9mm wwb and I have found 380 at times. 22LR is in very short supply as is most other pistol ammo that WMart stocks.
 

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It's called 'capitalism'...and it works for me.
I would love to sell a product that people would make a 'calling list' for delivery dates. That's life...:rolleyes:
 

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The last time I have been able to buy ammo from wal mart was about a year ago. I bought some of the blazer brass for .40 CAL and the darn thing only had a half a load in a shell. When I shot it off darn thing plugged the gun, and ejected hot powder in my face. Good thing I was waring my safety shields. I was done shooting and had to go home and take a rod to knock the led out of the barrel! No damage was done, but only my safety shields were done for, and the right side of my face was burned. I suggest going on line and buying Winchesters from their site. You will get the ammo you order without worrying about them not having any in stock. The only thing those stores are good for is .22 ammo 9MM Lugger, and Shot Gun Shells.
 

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I was in Gander Mountain the other day and they had tons of ammo. Probably because they were asking $19.95 for 9mm hardball. They had most calibers stocked. I just don't need ammo badly enough to pay there price.
 

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I was in Gander Mountain the other day and they had tons of ammo. Probably because they were asking $19.95 for 9mm hardball. They had most calibers stocked. I just don't need ammo badly enough to pay there price.
Around here Gander has 9mm $14-15 and .45acp $24-29 per box.
Not great, but still better than range prices if you are desperate.

Local WW has not had ammo since the summer. Go figure.
 

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When I was in Texas I stopped at 3 Adcamady Sports and picked up 5 boxes (max limit)of 100 count (Had all execpt 380) and 3 WW at picked up 3 boxes of 50 count of WWB 9mm. I picked up a shipping box at the last WW and shipped all the ammo home for $17.00. Oh happy day. I charged so much ammo. American Express asked to speak to me to double check the charges. They thought somebody got ahold of my credit card.
 

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The clerks at 2 of my local WM's call me when they get ammo in. I didn't ask them to, they offered. It saves me alot of running around on wild goose chases. I am almost stocked up now in 9mm, 40 and 45 WWB.
 

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We don't have a limit. So it just gets bought up as soon as it goes on the shelf because just about everyone I know likes to shoot.
 

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I was in Gander Mountain the other day and they had tons of ammo. Probably because they were asking $19.95 for 9mm hardball. They had most calibers stocked. I just don't need ammo badly enough to pay there price.
That's one reason I don't go to Gander Mountain any more.
 

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grander mountain is priced to high. i stopped in today at the athens tennessee wal mart and they had about ten boxes total behind the counter. mix of pistol, rifle and shotgun. just poor, real poor.
 

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Our one local Walmart has had .40 in everytime I have been in recently. They've usually been out of 9mm & .45.

Stopped in one of my favorite gunshops today and they were loaded with everything except .380.
 

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Is it that they can't get it ? Or, is it that they are ordering only so much ?

Reason I ask is, that at gun shows..... we had 3 dealers selling pallets of ammo of every caliber and most brands that you could want, at very reasonable prices. They sure got it somewhere.
 

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WW Ammo??

WWB at Walley World is a hit or miss thing. Over the last 5 months I have been able to get 1500 rounds of WWB 9MM at the max buy out of the front door at Walley World (6 boxes of ammo). I have made 15 tripts to WW to get the ammo as the class I am taking wants 800-1000 rounds of Quality Ammo and no reloads! I reload 9MM left and right and have done so for 35 years with no issues including a FFL in the 70's for reload and sell. Nuff said, I have what I need to take the class and that is it. I also have enough stuff to reload several 1000 of 38, 357, 40S&W and .45 ACP for longer than I will live to shoot. Primers and powder are not an issue, I stocked up before the election as I did not like what was getting on the ballot and had more left over from the Clinton scare...
 

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Is it that they can't get it ? Or, is it that they are ordering only so much ?

Reason I ask is, that at gun shows..... we had 3 dealers selling pallets of ammo of every caliber and most brands that you could want, at very reasonable prices. They sure got it somewhere.
At least here in Augusta, it's not really that there is an overall shortage, it's just a Wal-Mart shortage. They have most factory range quality ammo cheaper than just about anywhere. So, they get cleaned out fast and most aren't getting huge shipments. It's like they are still on a casual stocking ordering system. But, the math can help show possible reasons for manufacturing shortages.

If we just use the USA Wal-Marts. that's right around 4000 stores. If each store gets just a single case of ammo (10x50rd) that's 500 rounds. So combined, that's 2 MILLION rounds a day...per caliber for a single chain of stores. With just chains, think about how many sell ammo. With the bulk of the surplus gone because of the stockpiling, the buffer that the production lines had in place is gone. So, I don't know what the actual production capabilities are for these factories, but the numbers are massive. CCI has been churning out so much .22 that I've seen another label change on the Mini-Mags.

So Dick's here is the chain with the highest prices, and their ammo is just sitting there, even .380. If people really wanted all this ammo, everyone would be cleaned out. It's a simple factor of Wal-Mart making it easy to stock up quickly and cheaply with instant gratification.

Fortunately for me since I shoot a lot of .40, it has been the most plentiful and its almost always on the shelves of where I go. It's hard to justify paying $20 for a box of Blazer Brass or WWB at Dick's when they have it for $14 at Wal-Mart and I just refuse to pay the $25/box they are charging at one of the local independents, as much as I like the guys.

Okay, enough pontificating. I was waiting for a Youtube video to finish uploading.
 
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