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Desert Rat

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.22LR in the age of Trump
« on: January 27, 2017, 10:45:15 AM »
What do you guys think? Are we ever going to have decently priced .22 ammo again, or is that era long gone?

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    Re: .22LR in the age of Trump
    « Reply #1 on: January 27, 2017, 11:17:01 AM »
    Honestly?  Get used to these prices as the new normal.  The ammo economy - or any capitalist economy, really - is based upon supply and demand.  True, Obama's threats back in 2012-13 were what kicked it off, but the real reason rimfire prices went up is that gun owners were willing to pay them.  We panicked, bought up every round in sight, and the prices went up.  Add to that, the very low profit margin in .22lr ammo, and the fact that even at these higher prices they are selling every round that they make...

    So no, unless demand goes down - which would mean gun guys just stopped buying rimfire at the current prices - there is no reason that prices should go down.
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    Re: .22LR in the age of Trump
    « Reply #2 on: January 27, 2017, 11:56:22 AM »
    I guess it depends on what you mean by decently priced.  It's still out there, but it's harder to find.  For me, decently priced is bulk packaged ammo in the $25-$30 range per 500 rounds.  For CCI Standard Velocity, If it's $40-$50, that's been pretty good.  However I've focused more on the match grade ammo which usually runs $60 plus per 500.

    When everyone was looking for the cheap stuff, I paid the same and got match grade.
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    Re: .22LR in the age of Trump
    « Reply #3 on: January 27, 2017, 10:19:25 PM »
       I'm happy enough.  I think $25-$28 per 525 round pack is the new standard.

    I dislike it but I'll up my shooting of .22 at that pricepoint.

      As far as I'm concerned FOR NOW......anyone who buys bulk .22 at 10 cents a round (or 8 cents per round) should just wait as it's starting to flood at 5.2-5.5 cents per round.

     
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    Re: .22LR in the age of Trump
    « Reply #4 on: January 27, 2017, 11:59:57 PM »
    I can't even find .22 for that. I'd love a brick for $30 or even 40.

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    Re: .22LR in the age of Trump
    « Reply #5 on: January 28, 2017, 08:07:21 AM »
      We were in that position even a couple months ago.   now there's a steady trickle/stream in.    At least every week the stores have some sort of brick in for that price.

       Where are you at?
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    Re: .22LR in the age of Trump
    « Reply #6 on: January 29, 2017, 09:59:47 AM »
    I'm seeing a good supply of bulk and match .22LR here, and some improvement in price.  But, I think the days of really cheap .22LR will not return.  Hope I'm wrong.
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    Re: .22LR in the age of Trump
    « Reply #7 on: January 29, 2017, 06:35:09 PM »
    Most of the cheap stuff is coming in from import suppliers.  The recent relative strength of the U.S. dollar will likely keep things that way for the next year.  I've seen some decent prices on the Aguila stuff from Mexico at $39.00 per 500.  The cheapest U.S. made ammo I've found is the Remington "Golden Bullet" .22 LR .   It can be had locally for $39.00 per 500 but a lot of people shy away from it because it tends to run kind of dirty.  The Federal Premium Gold Medal target ammo is ten dollars more at $49.00 per 500 and might be a better deal if you're running it through semi-auto guns. 
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    Re: .22LR in the age of Trump
    « Reply #8 on: January 29, 2017, 07:29:56 PM »
    A friend at work bought a bucket of the Remington .22 LR for his plinkers, and after a while, all he could say is "Well, the bucket works, anyway."  I think he paid $80 for 1400 rounds, and feels like he was robbed.  I can get Federal Auto-Match for $21.99/325 rounds (limit 2 per customer), and it works in anything I've got in .22 LR, so I'll probably just sigh, and pay it.
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    Re: .22LR in the age of Trump
    « Reply #9 on: January 29, 2017, 08:17:43 PM »
     I hate Remington golden bullets.

    Most all of the bulk I'm seeing up here is the federal "match champion" 525 packs 36HP for $30 or the "auto match" 325 packs for $20.99

     
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    Re: .22LR in the age of Trump
    « Reply #10 on: January 30, 2017, 08:25:54 AM »
    PSA often has the 325 packs for 19.99,  free shipping if you buy 5 of them.  That's about the best price I've seen.   
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    Re: .22LR in the age of Trump
    « Reply #11 on: January 30, 2017, 12:49:14 PM »
    Just checked my distributor.  I can pick up 113 cases of CCI Standard Velocity for $400 each.  That's more than I've seen in a long time.  I believe in the past it used to sell for $330 for dealers.   MSRP is supposed to be $4.95 per box of 50 or $495 for the case.
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    Re: .22LR in the age of Trump
    « Reply #12 on: February 09, 2017, 02:44:44 AM »
    I'm not seeing prices coming down but I'm definitely seeing availability go up. I can pretty much walk into Academy and get .22lr bricks Monday through Thursday, they sell out Friday/Saturday and restock Monday. hopefully production will meet demand soon. 
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    Re: .22LR in the age of Trump
    « Reply #13 on: February 09, 2017, 08:13:29 AM »
    Availability is up and prices are settling down here in East Tennessee. All the local gun stores have stock and have dropped prices (still inflated from the pre-scare days). One good side-effect of the scare is that the local stores are actually carrying a good variety of .22 ammo for once. Pre-scare, you were lucky to find 3-4 different varieties on the shelf locally. Now all the local stores try to keep 8-12 different ones.

    Since the availability has started improving, I've decided to add to my .22lr collection. Hopefully I'll be posting another new to me gun soon! :thumbup1

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    Re: .22LR in the age of Trump
    « Reply #14 on: February 09, 2017, 09:39:48 AM »
    That's pretty lucky. Here in Utah everybody seems to own a .22, so finding .22 at any price has proven to be a challenge.

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    .22LR in the age of Trump
    « Reply #15 on: February 09, 2017, 09:45:33 AM »
    That's pretty lucky. Here in Utah everybody seems to own a .22, so finding .22 at any price has proven to be a challenge.
    Where have you been looking? Most gun stores I've been in have some. I'm in the SLC area. The Armory in Sandy had some sitting on their front counter. I didn't check the price since I was there for something else.
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    Re: .22LR in the age of Trump
    « Reply #16 on: February 10, 2017, 12:16:42 PM »
    Pretty much everywhere. People tell me go here, go there, but when I do everyone is always out of stock.

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