I have posted this at a couple of other places, but I decided it would be good for this forum, too. Americans don't tend to care to stockpile anything. Most of us have the mentality that we can run to the store any time we want and there will be items there that we desire to purchase. After the election of Obama, millions of Americans felt that he would rapidly try to take their guns. A lot of these people started buying guns and ammo at a record pace. Soon store shelves around America were bare of ammo. Also, I have read that gun sales were over 14,000,000 during 2009. There was a feeding frenzy as people crowded into gun and department stores to stock up on guns and ammo. During 2009, I saw many people who made the rounds every day seeking certain ammo that they wanted. Many times the shelves would be bare. Those who wanted to buy ammo and/or guns would sometimes yell at the clerk. They would say things like: "When you gonna get ammo? Why do you not keep your shelves full? If you don't want to sell it, why do you advertise it?" And, on and on. Sometimes, when the store did get a shipment, the first customer would try to buy ALL of the caliber that he wanted, leaving none for others. I heard stories that people would arrive a Wal-Mart before the store opened and buy ALL the ammo they had on the delivery truck. I don't know for sure that is true, but I did hear it. It may have just been a frustrated general public spreading rumors. But, it was a BAD time for gun owners! However, it is true that Obama did not push an anti-gun agenda and things started to return to normal. Today, most stores have plenty of ammo and guns. And, people have reverted back to their "I only need one box of shells at a time" attitude. They are acting like they will be able to go to the store any old time and pick up ammo. Well, my opinion is the the shortages will soon be back. It could be by Obama writing an Executive Order, or Congress flexing its anti-gun muscle, or, possibly shortages of the materials needed to manufacture ammo. I'm sure that those who whine about the cost of ammo today will be crying like babies when they can't find ammo tomorrow. I'm not waiting! Every payday I purchase a certain amount of the calibers that I prefer. I would rather have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. I would recommend that you all do the same! Get it while you can!