I simply can't believe the insanely high prices currently being asked for .22 Long Rifle ammunition. I've seen very little for sale in gun shops locally, and online sources don't seem to have much either. Those who have it are asking an arm and a leg for it! For example, I was sent a link to Alamo Ammo's Web site, where I found these prices for .22LR this morning (I've rounded the price per cartridge to the nearest cent):
Alamo Ammo's not alone - many other vendors (when they have stock at all) are also asking high prices. Sites such as GunsAmerica have some sellers offering .22LR ammunition at more reasonable prices, but others wanting a lot more. Here are three auctions as examples:
Frankly, at these prices, it becomes uneconomic to use .22LR as a low-cost plinking, varmint hunting and all-round 'fun' cartridge, as has previously been the case. I can see people switching to BB or Airsoft guns for such purposes (except hunting, of course), because it still costs only about one cent per round to shoot them. Furthermore, it appears that centerfire ammo is currently more readily available than rimfire, something I've never heard of before!
What about you, readers? Is .22LR ammo available in your area, and if so, at what sort of prices? Please let us know in Comments. I'll be interested to find out whether this problem is worse in some places than in others. Meanwhile, I'll be guarding my 'stash' of .22LR as if it were gold! I traded into a bunch of it over the past few months, intending to use a lot for training; but if prices continue to rise the way they're doing at present, I may be able to retire off what I can get for it!