ammo prices

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by old semperfi, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. can anyone tell me why ammo prices have skyrocketed,i friend of mine just purchased a 380 ruger,ammo was like 25-30.00 a box and that was cheap stuff i reload all i shoot so i havent bought anything other than 22s for years.i have even seen signs that stated no ammo for 9mm and 380.what gives old semperfi
  2. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Back last November a notoriously anti-gun politician was elected to the White House. You may remember that? :p

    Anyway, that set off panic buying. Everyone was afraid that the first thing he would do, when he took office, was break his oath to uphold the Consitution, and start banning guns. There was a huge run on guns, all around the country. Gun and ammunition prices went through the roof. The ammo makers could not keep up with demand, which allowed anyone that had any to charge outragiously scalper's prices for it. I saw 380 ball going for more than a dollar a round (55 dollars a box). It was crazy.

    Things have started to settle down, some, and prices are dropping. Slightly. Very slightly. Sellers have realized that people were willing to pay 50 dollars a box for 15 dollar ammo, so if they lower the price to 40, they still make a killing, and the public thanks them for selling it so cheaply.

  3. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
    I have noticed availability return and prices start to deflate a bit. Thank god for reloading!
  4. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    The initial excuse for ammo prices was the commodity increases, when those prices came back to earth it was because we can.
  5. graehaven

    graehaven Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    There is likely no scarcity in resources.

    The more likely reason is, they're going to make all the money they can while they can....because they know what's coming.
  6. rocklinskier

    rocklinskier New Member

    Aug 16, 2009
    Same as fuel prices....apply the same logic.

    Up for vote at this years Firearms Sales Convention.


    And the nominees are:

    B.H. Obummer
    Joe Biden
    Nancy Pelasticface

    And the winner is..........:mad:
  7. RandyP

    RandyP Active Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    I agree with the other posters and also add the fact that a number of manufacturers have recently come out with some very fine small handguns in .380. This caused an increase in the number of first buyer purchases of this "new" caliber.

    EVERYTHING firearms related has been moving off the gun shoppe shelves like never before. That there is "change you can believe in" - LOL

    My LGS had only one 50 round box of target load .380 selling for $19.95!!! Totally nutz, but like a lot of things with a price....they do it cuz they can do it. In most parts of the world .380 is known as 9mm short or 9mm Kurtz, same diameter case as 9mm, just shorter OAL.
  8. medalguy

    medalguy Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    New Mexico
    Not only are there MORE guns available in .380, but there have been a huge number of folks getting CCW permits this year, and many of them opted for .380 guns. New shooters always need to buy at least a box or two of ammo to test their gun, so that resulted in high sales of .380 ammo.

    The other point that I don't think has been raised is that the manufacturers, I have been told, only run .380 ammo once a year or so, and there has simply not been enough ammo produced to meet the demand.

    Lastly, let's not forget the unpleasantries in the middle east which are using up enormous amounts of ammo, and the manufacturers are producing all they possibly can for that little operation.
  9. Sandman

    Sandman Member

    Jun 17, 2009
    I have seen prices come down somewhat here, but not nearly to pre-Barack prices. Availability is better, but certain calibers are virtually non-existent. The main ones that come to mind are .357 magnum and .380. I have not been able to buy a box of .357 shells in months.
  10. topper

    topper New Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    deep in the woods
    I recently bought a 100 pk of .22CB shorts from the local store. They went up $1 from when I bought them last in November. Whatzup with that? Is .22CB shorts going to price spike now? Or is there a shortage? Sure seems strange to go up a dollar in about 1 month time.
  11. RandyP

    RandyP Active Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    On a 'positive' note, having gun hating, gun grabbing politicians in office has dramatically increased the number of first time gun owners. That gives us all a larger voting block to try our best to preserve the 2nd Amendment and vote the rascals out, plus more potential members to the NRA and your local State firearms organization, you do belong to both don't you?

    More buyers at some point translates to better prices and availability as manufacturers gear up for a potentially larger marketplace. At least that's my hope.
  12. vulcrider

    vulcrider Member

    Nov 6, 2006
    Pretty much supply and demand. The current administration and majority party in Congress have floated the "Assault Weapon Ban" reinstatement, ammo serialization, microstamping, talk of ammo registration (see California), etc. Two wars demanding large amounts of ammo, big increase in CCW permits and handgun purchases putting a strain on manufacturers, who while ramping up production to their maximums, are concerned that this big increase in demand will not continue. Therefore, reluctant to increase capacity for when the tide starts to recede and be stuck with a big investment and a much longer time to recover it. Hoarders who buy all that they can for fear of some of the above mentioned reasons. Same issues with reloading components, primers almost always on back-order or quantity restricted.
    There is some light at the end of the tunnel. I just hope its not the train coming the other way!
  13. graehaven

    graehaven Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    And none of that will matter when the dollar comes crashing down and the economy completely goes offline. At that point, everything that you'd wished you had bought will look surprisingly cheap, by comparison.

    By all you can now, no matter what the price. It's cheap.
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