My son's best friend has worked at Federal (head quartered in Minnesota) for years. He often can get me factory 2nds at a very low cost all of which have worked just fine at least for plinking around. What I was told got me thinking. Federal is considering NOT renewing their contracts with the US government. Two reasons. First of course they get a better price than anybody else due to quantities and buying power. But the most interesting reason is that over the last year or so they have been attempting to buy every production round in all the military calibers that Federal can produce. 223 etc. Leaving little if any for public sale. Question has to be, do they really need all this ammo? or are they just doing a work around for gun control by just making ammo unavailable and/or unaffordable?