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22LR - Any luck?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by FreedomNW, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. FreedomNW

    FreedomNW Portland, OR Member

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    Has anyone seen any 22LR in town anywhere (Portland metro)? All the usual places I have tried have been out. I know 223 and 9mm have been out of sight for a while, but I am somewhat surprised about the 22LR since I don't think anyone is planning to ban it (yet).
     
  2. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    I doubt it has to do with any perceived ban.

    Probably just more popular now for "Prepper's Stashes" and due to the lack of regular ammo (or outrageous prices) a lot more .22's are being shot for fun and relaxation instead of the larger calibers.

    Sure glad I still own an old 30-06. Every time I visit Cabela's, that's about the only caliber that has shelves full of ammo. There's nothing like having an old 1903 A3 in the safe.
     
  3. PMB

    PMB Vancouver, Washington Active Member

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    I agree with Deadshot2. It doesn't seem likely that there will be a ban on .22 LR ammunition. If so, we're at the very end of freedom for awhile.
    It seems more likely that at a reasonable per shot price, lots and lots of people picked up more than they needed at the beginning of the insanity, and any perceived shortage just spread (or spontaneously occurred) everywhere.

    .22 LR is out of stock on most of the popular online haunts also. Kind of crazy. Had an SG operator tell me that not only was it out of stock, but they didn't expect to receive stock for months. Made me wonder if the suppliers are trying to sell it closer to the consumer, cutting out one level of middleman or discounter, knowing that it is going to be snatched up quickly.

    On our good shooting days, we can go through $500 in ammo pretty easily, and switching to .22 gets it down to $100 to $150 or so. But we usually prefer to feel the big guns, and we do reload. I hope the insanity is cured before our brass starts wearing out. :drink:
     
  4. akmewon

    akmewon clackamas Active Member

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    I think people are worried about a tax per round that would make .22 cal not worth making....If they added a .05 cent tax for every round you wouldnt feel it too much on 5.56 or 7.62 or what have you...
     
  5. Frailwords

    Frailwords oregon New Member

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    I'm really wanting some .22lr. As you said, everyone is sold out or back ordered till may. As an extreme rookie to the firearm world, it's very unappealing to me when the only thing I can affored to shoot regularly is something I can not find, anywhere. I can only hope to find 3, 555ct boxes that I can buy right away. Haha.
     
  6. davidandreap

    davidandreap Sutherlin Oregon Member

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    I think people are just stupid. Making 22lr so in demand. The thing is people are scared they won't be able to get them so they are buying them up like mad. I saw bricks of 500 going from $50.00 to $65.00, at a gun show here this last weekend.
     
  7. davidandreap

    davidandreap Sutherlin Oregon Member

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    Oh. BTW if you get to bimart first thing on shipment day they usually have 22lr. Only 4 brick per customer.
     
  8. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    I lucked out at Fisherman's the other day. With a little help, I managed to buy 2,895 rounds of .22
     
  9. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    Gunbot works but you have to act fast when the ammo comes in:

    GunBot find 22lr ammo in stock

    In stock ammo at decent prices can evaporate in minutes.
     
  10. Frailwords

    Frailwords oregon New Member

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    I asked my local newberg bimart when.shipment day was, and they told me they can't tell me. Anyone have the inside scoop?
     
  11. Mr.B

    Mr.B Hippyville Active Member

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    People Have started acting like animals when it comes to ammo. From people sitting in campchairs out front before stores open, doing a black friday type stampede when the doors are opened, actually fighting at the ammo counter, FFLs buying up everything they can to re-sell, and people harassing clerks and delivery truck drivers, Bi mart is feeling a little freaked out. So they are changing the way they are handling ammo sales a bit.

    I really hope people start acting right soon. I would hate to see Bimart suspend ammo sales over a few ill-mannered bubblegums.
     
  12. pietro beretta

    pietro beretta Spokane, WA Active Member 2016 Volunteer

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    I have a brick of subsonic I would trade for 9mm
     
  13. RICKRWS

    RICKRWS VANCOUVER Active Member

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    Fishermens yesterday had a couple of federal 22lr for $29.99. The one in Tigard,
     
  14. gunz4all

    gunz4all Troutdale Oregon New Member

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    Allot of folks are using the CMMG .22LR conversion in their .223/5.56 Black Rifles to make practice cheaper. Until regular supply of NATO rounds gets close to normal, expect .22LR hard to find.
     
  15. JackB

    JackB Salem Member

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    I saw a brick of 22lr in auction go for $87+12 shipping on GB today. WOW!
     
  16. Starship

    Starship NE Portland Active Member

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    I spoke with my local bi-mart about when they get ammo supplies. Said they used to get shipments Monday night or early Tuesday mornings (before opening) and stocked shelves right away. Now he never knows when it will come in, what it will be or how much. Went a couple of months with just a few boxes of 22lr here and there then all of a sudden 112 boxes showed up. Sold out in 45 min (even with a 2 box per person limit).
     
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  17. JE3146

    JE3146 Tigard, OR New Member

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    Stories like that make me want to just pack it in and quit. Hope things return to 'normal' but I'm losing hope more and more by the day.

    People just continue to pay ridiculous prices for ammo, so people continue to hoard it all up for the purpose of resale. If these nitwits with more money than brains would just quit paying the prices, maybe the rest of us could enjoy some ammo when the scalpers realize the margins aren't worth their efforts.
     
  18. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    fredball Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    ttt
     
  20. Mason3379

    Mason3379 Oregon City Active Member

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    So here is the inside scoop that I have heard from 2 separate employees and 2 separate stores now. The reason they are telling people that the deliveries are "Monday - Friday" is because people have started to go so far as pulling over truck drivers and trying to buy the ammo from them, waiting at the docks for the drivers and so on and so on.
    So, they felt it was best to no longer tell people when the trucks come in. Around here it has always been the same days and it continues to be. What I figure is they are going to shake up the delivery schedule once they tell everyone the loads are Monday - Friday to keep the crazies that are pulling these shenanigans away from the trucks.
    It has been almost a month since either of the stores I have talked to have seen any .22 ammo and they have no idea when they will see it again.