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Just wondering where the ammo went

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by cavemand, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. cavemand

    cavemand portland Member

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    So I heard from a couple sources that a major ammo manufacturer had 5 years worth of ammo stocked away, and this is standard for them. I guess it took less then a month to sell out this massive stash. So my question is, I have not really seen any store around here get much of any shipments in from manufacturers for over a month. If the local stores aren't getting it who is? Talking to people from all the stores they don't know either. I'm starting to think the Sasquatch is in on this one. What say ye?
    Please be gentle for all you grumpy trolls wanting to call me ignorant.
     
  2. PuddleMonkey

    PuddleMonkey Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    maybe it was all lost in this boating accident I keep hearing about?
     
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  3. Grunwald

    Grunwald Out of that nut job colony of Seattle, WA Well-Known Member

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    well, the government has been buying a lot, then the shootings happend and everybody else started to buy as much as they could.
    There is nothing like a shortage to compel people to buy much more than they normally would.
     
  4. cavemand

    cavemand portland Member

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    I understand all that but the shelves were gone in what i saw was about a week and know one has really received any substantial orders since then. I would hear about one store getting 10 boxes of this or that and another store getting 5 boxes of this or that and that's it. All the bimarts sold out of powder asap and I am able to stop in a vast amount of them throughout the week, and they have gotten zero since then. Just strange to me is all.
     
  5. cavemand

    cavemand portland Member

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    Someone is gonna be the richest person in the world when they find that pot of gold from all these boating accidents. I've been thinking about getting into scuba diving actually. Now is the perfect time from what I can tell.
     
  6. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    I heard battle ground police station also have to wait for the ammunition (back order).
     
  7. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Yeap, "something is rotten in the state of Denmark".
     
  8. oneharmonic

    oneharmonic Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    The life cycle of ammo is pretty straightforward:

    Manufacturer --> Distributor --> Retailer --> Consumer

    Last time I checked, the manufacturers are still fully operational, and so are their distributor/retailer networks.

    So to answer your question, all the ammo is......in consumers hands.

    Retailers are still getting shipments, but those shipments are flying off the shelves before you can blink, giving the appearance of them being persistently out of stock.
     
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  9. cavemand

    cavemand portland Member

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    I hear ya on this, but I go into these stores daily. I go in on the days they say that they "should" get stock of ammo in and they get nothing. Week after week they say the same thing. They say they haven't gotten ammo in weeks. Maybe the major ammo manufacturer didnt have 5 years of inventory as I first heard. Maybe all the delivery trucks crashed and fell off a bridge and into the river.
     
  10. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Brick stores are not the only place that sell it. I would say the majority of bulk ammo is ordered and dropped right on the buyers door step. If people have ordered it all up then there is none to ship to the brick stores.........

    One of the reports I saw said there was a backorder from just ONE online seller of 1.5 million orders of at least 1 case of ammo.
     
  11. 1stklass

    1stklass salem oregon Well-Known Member

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    Deadeye our moderator has all of it! he has it all listed and is trading it for more pistols :bluelaugh:
     
  12. cavemand

    cavemand portland Member

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    This makes some sence indeed. Thanks. You mean just because I have never been into ordering ammo online and paying for shipping, others do?;)
     
  13. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    I don't understand you point about paying for shipping. The majority of ammo I have bought shipped free........ The rest was like free.

    It is simple math. IF Asking Price + fuel + my time = more then Asking price + shipping then I have it shipped. So if local place sells a case for $250 and I have to go get it but online place sells it for $225 = $10 shipping it is cheeper and it shows up on my door step.
     
  14. cavemand

    cavemand portland Member

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    You are right. I am just not online ammo ordering savvy just yet. In time this grasshopper will learn all the ricks of the trade and find the honey holes online. I havent had to as of yet because I had an in at a local supplier but they are totally tapped out. Every thing they have is now saved for gun shows where they can mark up the ammo like crazy and its still selling like hot cakes.
     
  15. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    Not ALL of it.....by the way just posted some more........:paranoid:
     
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  16. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    It's the Great Store Clerk Caper of all time!
    I've heard plenty of stories of clerks snatching up ammo.. for their own range use or for resale, who knows. What I do know is that there's a lot of ammo being sold at high prices by private individuals on the internet.
     
  17. moose

    moose northwet coast Well-Known Member

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    Sales tax plays in the equation too. Most times, its cheaper to pay shipping than the queen's cut on it. Most often, online is way cheaper than any retail store. I formed the opinion years ago that if its worth buying, its worth ordering a case or 2 online. My brown shirt delivery friend stopped by one day and while unloading a heavy box, said "happy blowing things up".
     
  18. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    As it was explained to me by a gun counter person at one of our local retailers, and I'm not saying I fully believe, but it does make some sense. We out here on the left coast are the last to recieve any of this stuff. Seems most ammo, powder etc is munufactured more toward the East coast. Considering the costs of shipping, haz-mat fees, fuel etc., we are, of course, the last to get a share of what ever comes out of the (Large) producers. I suppose it's possible that everything coming out of the manufacturers is being bought up before it gets WAY out here? What we need are some of the BIG ammo, powder producers to put up shops on this side of the US!

    ??
     
  19. HappyRoman

    HappyRoman Sherwood Forest Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Would you believe...., it's all been shot up?

    shortage, what shortage,.,. like gasoline.. you still drive or ride to work ..somehow

    Shooting sports.. still happening..somehow.

    do you have ANY of the ammunition you shoot..? guess your not really out.. just WANT MORE..

    Think about ECON 101.. .o2c
     
  20. Lloyd Braun

    Lloyd Braun Vancouver Active Member

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    fair amount of rem 9 and 45 practice stuff at whoresale sports in vantucky today