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Why is all the .22 sold out?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by soulrider, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. soulrider

    soulrider Aloha/Beaverton Member

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    Am I missing something?

    I have been to two different stores in a week and ALL of the .22 has been bought out. plenty of .17 and shotgun loads but no .22
    I always go by the gun counters when at certain stores, and sometimes pick up some .22, .30-06, and .380 There was nothing there. I know things are INSANE right now and expect there to be a run on a lot of different calibers but why .22?

    SO thats my question.
     
  2. hatchj

    hatchj Milwaukie, OR Member

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    Realistically, no good reason. Just panic buying. People don't understand what's going on, so they just buy stuff
     
  3. Boomerang

    Boomerang Portland area Active Member

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    Very good question. If ammo were to be banned / restricted, seems like .22lr would be the last to go.
     
  4. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    Same reason as when it all sold out in 2008: panic. Back then, it was in scarce supply and I remember finding some at a feed store down in Klamath Falls - it felt like finding a gold nugget.
     
  5. MilitantBEEMER

    MilitantBEEMER Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I have been to quite a few stores this week and two this evening. 1 only had a couple of boxes of 22 the other had several 525rd bricks. I also was able to pick up 380 and 45. No shortages yet where I go.
     
  6. Spray-n-pray

    Spray-n-pray Battle Ground Moderator Staff Member

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    Because when we can't replenish our supply of other calibers, we can still get some cheap trigger time. In times like these, I don't want to use up my .45 acp.
     
  7. japcraplover89

    japcraplover89 Orting, Washington Member

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    i noticed this lately also, was going to buy bulk .22lr today at sportsmans because i was already there and they were dry. picked up a few boxes of CCi instead.
     
  8. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    .22 ammo is high demand because of being cheap to shoot and just about everybody has a firearm that shoots it. Now add in the possibility of a tax or limits being added to ammo and everybody runs out to buy as much as possible cause it's cheap to stock up on. Another good reason is you cant reload it like any other caliber. I just hope replenished supplies doesnt lack quality like last time.
     
  9. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    CHRISTMAS
     
  10. soulrider

    soulrider Aloha/Beaverton Member

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    Maybe the stores I went to were REALLY slow in restocking their shelves.... both were in Tigard.... I should have taken a pic. one shelf of .17 and all other shelves were empty except for a couple boxes of target loads. Behind the counter was really empty as well. I usually start stocking up in the winter so my sons and I can go shoot at the drop of a hat when its warmer.
     
  11. M67

    M67 NW Oregon Active Member

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    Online sources are out of the cheaper bulk .22LR. The more expensive stuff was still in stock, the last time i looked.
     
  12. Stick

    Stick Eugene Member

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    Bi mart down here has been out. They told me they sold a lot of 22's around christmas time but I bet its more the panic than anything. I've checked every day since christmas eve and still nothing.
    Plenty of .17, shotgun and even 22 mag but no 22lr
    I ended up finding some at walmart. Not my first choice of places to buy from but my kids are coming for a week and I want to take them shooting, their mom is an uneducated gun hater so I cant count on her to teach them anything other than guns are evil.
     
  13. longcolt

    longcolt Zephyrhills, FL Active Member

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    I too noticed that the Locusts had visited WalMart in Oregon City. Nothing but dust on the shelves, lots of .17 stuff but who has one of those? Not me.

    I just have to laugh, but know that this panic buying could double prices of ammo again like it did in 2008. As a retired guy I will have to look for another hobby if that happens.

    Break out the bows and arrows again. Off to the indoor bow range for some inexpensive shooting where I can use my ammo over and over.
     
  14. revjen45

    revjen45 Snohomish County Well-Known Member

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    I have been practicing with an air rifle.
     
  15. Mordyn

    Mordyn Puyallup, Washington New Member

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    Every store in Puyallup, WA that sells ammo is out of .22 as well...
     
  16. japcraplover89

    japcraplover89 Orting, Washington Member

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    ^ sportsmans in south hill has plenty of .22, if you dont mind buying 50rd boxes....
     
  17. locobob

    locobob Beaverton, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    No .22LR at the Tigard Bi-Mart yesterday, this panic buying bs is really getting stupid.... and annoying.
     
  18. Slowpoke

    Slowpoke Beaverton Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    There's a WalMart in Oregon City???

    Or did you mean Bi-Mart?
     
  19. Stick

    Stick Eugene Member

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    Agreed.
    Saw some .22 at a show yesterday but I wasn't willing to pay what they wanted for it.
     
  20. Mordyn

    Mordyn Puyallup, Washington New Member

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    They had nothing as of last night