Thursday, October 30, 2014
I see that, slowly but surely, .22 Long Rifle ammo is making its way back to the market in sufficient quantities to satisfy demand. It's still hard to find the good stuff, but yesterday at my local dealer I walked in just in time for his delivery. Reese got in 20 boxes (2,000 rounds) of CCI MiniMag, and sold me the lot at a very reasonable price - only a dollar per box higher than I was paying before the ammo drought began. I didn't argue; in fact, I told him that if he can find more at that price, I'll buy it. He says he'll do his best for me.
Reese also had a case (10 50-round boxes) of Hornady's excellent .22 Magnum 45gr. FTX Critical Defense load. This stuff rivals .380 ACP performance out of a handgun, and is far superior to it out of a rifle. I bought the entire case for Miss D., who relies on her Keltec PMR-30 pistol and forthcoming CMR-30 carbine for defensive use. 30 rounds of that stuff should be enough to discourage almost anyone, if push comes to shove. (I recently bought her a second PMR-30 - also from Reese - on the grounds that "two is one and one is none", and all that sort of thing. We'll be taking it to the range over the next few days to break it in. Shooty fun times ahead!)
If you live in or near Nashville, I have to give a shout-out to Reese and The Gun Crew. His prices are good to excellent compared to other local dealers, he usually has stocks of most guns and ammunition in popular demand (or can get them quickly), and he's willing to try to get almost anything out of the ordinary, given time. I like and recommend the man and his store (and his dog, who's decided I give good scritchings and now demands them whenever I walk in). And no, he's not giving me any free ammo or other favors for recommending him - I'm doing it on principle.