It’s no secret, ammunition is scarce these days. Even though manufacturers and distributors are operating around the clock, the demand seems to be far out-pacing supply. More often than not, shoppers are met with empty shelves and out-of-stock signs. The reason is obvious: the ongoing gun control debate has led to a massive surge in demand that stripped many retailers bare.
This phenomenon is hitting gun owners straight in the wallet. Prices across all ammo types have skyrocketed, even for .22 LR, if you can find it at all. The popular rimfire cartridge is somewhat in hiding these days, and many stores that carry it have resorted to enforcing a one-box limit. This is the unfortunate result of what ammo maker Hornady calls “rumors and conjecture” affecting the market. The company joins others in the gun industry in urging customers to stick it out. Hornady doesn’t know when the light in the end of the tunnel will appear, but said they are doing their part:
We’ve added presses, lathes, CNC equipment, people and space. Many popular items are produced 24 hours a day. Several hundred Hornady employees work overtime every week to produce as much as safely possible. If there is any question about that – please take a tour of the factory. You’ll be amazed at what you see.
There’s no question that the industry is doing what they can to alleviate the problem, but it seems now that ammunition can’t be had for any price, even at online retailers.
Wait, that’s not entirely true. Meet gunbot.net. Don’t be put off by their bare-bones appearance. The site may not have all the thrills and frills of bigger domains, but it can be an invaluable tool for the ammo hunter. Gunbot allows buyers to search for 14 popular calibers from a number of retailers such as Cabela’s, MidwayUSA and Natchez in real time. Prospective customers can review price-per-round, where it is in stock and how much is available.
The database is still currently in beta but with the amount of attention the site is getting, that could change soon. Features like tracking retailers with in-stock magazines and reloading supplies are also in the works.