Where Has All Our Ammo Gone?
have looked directly into the eyes of the titans of the ammo industry
as I ask the same question over and over again; “Where has all our ammo
gone?” I am a good people reader and every single one of these folks had
the same believable answer... “the people buying up all the ammo are NOT
the people you think”.
most people, I have great concern over government socialist security
putting in a three billion round order; what the flip, are they
preparing for a zombie apocalypse? It was actually just under a billion rounds and was bloated by a few sources...but sill. The reality though it that according
to those industry folks in the know, the government order is not the
reason we have an ammo shortage at this time, it is Larry, Kim, Kelly,
and John’s fault. Damn them!! Well, before you go hunting down these rabble rousing ammo
hoarders, know that I metaphorically mean these folks as general public
as a whole. Hornady for example noted that law enforcement and
government orders represent less than 5% of their sales, it is the folks
like us who are buying up all the ammo.
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?
as we saw in the 1990s, but at a much larger scale, people are
concerned that they will not be able to get firearms and the ammo
required to turn those guns from paperweights into firearms. Politics,
the state of the global economy, fear of EMPs, zombies, DHS purchases,
and martian invasions all play into the moment we are standing in front
of the ammo shelf and buy that extra box of ammo, primers, powder, or bullets.
the next time around we notice there are even less boxes of ammo on the
shelves so we buy two-three boxes... and then the snowball effect occurs and
normal rational people who would normally buy one box are walking out
with a case. This of course means the next 5, 10, or 20 folks now
strolling into the store are now even more panicked about the ammo
shortage and will buy two cases the next time they see it on the shelf.
People find the concept hard to believe that they are not the only one
to get caught up in a buying panic. Want proof? The US government does
not purchase .22LR ammunition for an substantial purchase, but do you
see any .22LR ammo on the shelves... nope. It is all us folks, so calm
the flip down and we will all be able to get ammo again.
SHOULD I START RELOADING?
this point, if you have not already been reloading then you are kinda
behind the curve a bit. Reloading is not just sticking any old primer,
with any primer, in an powder volume, in any brass with whatever grain bullet
you find on a shelf. Reloading is like making a cake recipe except if
you screw up the recipe, you could blow your head off... literally. The
reloading process itself is not particularly difficult, however it does
take an attention to detail and a dedication to safety or things can go
can pay for itself quickly, especially at today’s prices, however you
should know that primers, powder, brass, and bullets are even harder to
come by than factory loaded ammunition. The reason for this is that
component manufacturers consider the reloading market an overflow
secondary market for extra product. In this case we really don’t have
any “extra” primers, bullets, brass, and powder so everything you would
need to reload can actually be harder to find than factory ammo.
makes it even harder is that it seems you can find large rifle primers,
but not the small pistol primers you need for that 9mm round, you can
find powder for 9mm, but bullets are scarce, ...etc. It always seems for
me that unless I have a cache to pull from, I am always one component
short of being able to whip up a batch of this or that caliber. Another
issue at the moment is that almost every press manufacturer is sold out
at this time, so also expect a 30-60 day backorder on almost any press
you have the patience to wait for a month or more for the right
components, then reloading might be for you. I would recommend starting
with a $30 Lee Loader (review here) or a simple single stage press kit. Knowing what I
know now, I would never recommend anyone start with a progressive
reloader without first having some basic reloading experience. My
recommendation is to either load rounds as cheap as humanly possible or
with the best components you can find. In either scenario you can pay
for reloading within a couple hundred rounds.
think everyone should take a deep breath on ammo hoarding. At the
yearly SHOT Show, every single manufacturer I spoke with said that their
ammo is not going to full mega government contracts, it is just going
to fill basic everyday dealer and distributor orders. Breath in and
breath out, and this insane ammo shortage will be over soon. The best advice the major retails I spoke with over the last month all suggested to just place the order, get in line, and be patient. Eventually your ammo, primers, bullet, powder, or brass will ship. I can attest this is true as a shipment I place nearly two months ago just arrived.