When you can’t find a .270 or 30/06 bullet at vans you know it’s bad. Listening to some of the experts etc it seems demand has overtaken supply and most places are so backordered it will be a LONG time before they have shelves stocked. Add in the fact joe is now in charge come end of January and it was bound to be a recipe for a severe shortage. Not sure what the new deer hunters are doing now that buy a rifle and expect to sight it in and hunt with just 1 box of bullets they will sell you with the purchase of a rifle. Thankfully I learned a valuable lesson 10 years ago when you couldn’t find a .22 bullet. Prices on ammo now when it is available is crazy
Hoarding, as usual. Gun owners are the single most paranoid, reactionary demographic in the country. And unspeakably selfish.
COVID combined with the riots and general unrest - all massively overblown in the MSM's obsessed determination to unseat Trump - resulted in a massive surge in gun ownership and ammo hoarding. I have pictures of [mostly empty] store shelves from the Great Hoarding of 2013-14, and this time it's worse. For some reason the inventories online look a little better than last time, but with a Democratic admin coming in I expect those stocks to deplete, as well. Unlike then, however, this go round I didn't get caught with my pants down.
ow much ammunition is being produced and purchased in the United States market?
During the .22 rimfire bubble, the productive capacity was increased from about 4 billion rimfire rounds to 5 billion rimfire rounds per year. The National Shooting Sports Foundation has estimated total ammunition produced for the United States market in 2017 at 8.1 billion rounds. In 2018, the total ammunition production for the United States was estimated at 8.7 billion rounds. The numbers for 2019 should be published in December of 2020.
A reasonable extrapolation puts the amount of ammunition produced for the United States market at somewhat over 9 billion rounds, of which 5 billion are rimfire and 4 billion are centerfire rifle, pistol, and shotgun rounds in 2020.
To put those numbers in perspective, the capacity of the U.S. military to produce small arms ammunition is 1.6 billion rounds per year. 99% of small arms ammunition for the military is produced at the Lake City ammunition plant in Independence, Missouri. From alu.army.mil:
Over 99 percent of all small-arms bullets (5.56-millimeter [mm], 7.62-mm and .50-caliber) consumed by the Army under its Title 10 responsibility to supply and equip its forces are manufactured at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant.
Lake City is the last of the World War II ammunition plants still in operation. All the rest have been shut down and decommissioned. In World War II, the U.S. produced 21.6 billion rounds of small arms ammunition per year. Most of the ammunition plants were shut down immediately after the war. During the Korean war, 4 plants were brought back into service. Now only the Lake City plant is operational. From jmc.army.mil:
After VJ day, all small caliber production plants except Lake City and Twin Cities were closed.Years later, the Korean Conflict would only require operation of six small caliber ammunition plants to meet wartime requirements. Five plants were utilized in the Vietnam War and amazingly today‟s production is able to meet requirements of 1.5 billion rounds per year by operating one facility, Lake City with Alliant Tech systems (ATK) as the current operating contractor. Modernization of production lines and new technologies has provided the abilities to meet this mission with a reduced infrastructure. Additional rounds are procured from General Dynamics and provided by NATO forces to meet total requirements. 48
Ammunition manufacturing capacity, for the United States market, is about 9 billion rounds per year. About 5 billion are rimfire, about 4 billion are centerfire.
Small arms ammunition capacity for the U.S. military is about 1.6 billion rounds per year. It is all centerfire ammunition.
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