I'm about to go on research tear concerning ammo prices. The main story seems to be that Iraq is draining the supply, but prices started increasing pretty dramatically even prior to 9-11. I thought I saw a link on here about the condition of ammo supplies in the US. Does anyone have that? Any hypotheses? Chris Rock has a joke where he says basically "Forget gun control. Let them have guns. Just make bullets 1000 bucks a piece." Am I a little paranoid or does this seem to be exactly what's happening? The common response is 'just reload yourself.' But this doesn't cover it because the supplies to reload might just follow the same trend of inflating prices resulting in the same problem. More to the point, most shooters don't reload and so the market exists regardless of that option. It strikes me, following basic economics, that in a market where the demand is constant and high for a product that needs replenishing (ammo is consumed by most and not recycled) then some smart business man or woman steps in and finds a way to undercut the competition by lowering prices. Think Walmart, which does have decent prices on some calibers but not great and not in large quantities. Any of you long time shooters want to fill in the gaps in this story? Because it seems to me that having your right to bear arms is great but without the market to supply ammo, dreams of defense against tyrannical govt. etc, become just that...dreams.