Ammo Shortage August 2020

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by neophyte, Aug 9, 2020.

  1. rando

    rando G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    I still see plenty of shotgun shells , BB and buckshot on the shelves. Also rather cheap. I am wondering if you all have seen any shortages of shotgun shot and what are your thoughts on it being bought up soon.
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  2. Huey Rider

    Huey Rider G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    I was lucky and scored 2# ACC No5 from Midway. Only took 3 days to get here,too!!:):) No one else had any.
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  3. animalspooker

    animalspooker G&G Evangelist

    Look again Rando. Are you seeing any buckshot though? I can't find any.
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  4. animalspooker

    animalspooker G&G Evangelist

    Aren't they though? Got me questioning, "do I really need this much ammo?"

    I'll tell you how bad it is, even they wife is saying, "don't sell any more ammo."
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  5. rando

    rando G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    I have not looked at any ammo or shotgun shells at the LGS. I however have seen Buckshot at the three local Walmarts near to me. At this time they have plenty of shotgun shells sitting on shelves for the public to grab and buy. They have 12, 20, 410 , 16 and 28 gauge here. Thing is the Buckshot is in the locked ammo case. I have been stocking up on a bit more of the 15 round boxes of slugs in 12 and 20 gauge. They have the same 15 round boxes with Buckshot right beside them. I almost got buckshot by accident last week.
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  6. rando

    rando G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    I was just doing a search of the 15 round boxes of Federal buckshot and no one has them in stock. I know Walmart is a huge company and buys in bulk but how in the hell are they getting them? Not a single ammo supplier has them. I used to buy the RIO 25 round boxes of buckshot from Walmart. I have quite a bit and noticed months ago that is gone now. If you get to Local Walmart take a look in the ammo cabinet and see if they have the 15 round boxes of slugs and buckshot like they do here.
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  7. TXplt

    TXplt Gun Toting Boeing Driver Forum Contributor

    I’m just kind of hanging onto what I’ve got. I have given away some to friends — my philosophy is more that I want to see friends armed and comfortable and couldn’t live with myself to gouge anyone; I’d rather just not sell. But would give ammo or guns away to friends so they could have something useful.

    If they insist on paying me (which I generally don’t want) it would be at a fair and reasonable price of whatever might have been worth a year ago during the ‘normal’ times.
  8. runfiverun

    runfiverun G&G Evangelist

    how is walmart getting them?

    when you join walmart you sign a contract for X amount of product.
    if you don't deliver you might as well close shop and tape the key to the door on your way out because you won't be the owner tomorrow.
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  9. Ranger4

    Ranger4 G&G Evangelist

    Over 50 years I have accumulated lots of reloading gear, couple dozen molds, and a decent supply of brass. I am under 1,000 small pistol primers but stocked on all others. Among my molds are buckshot, 0,00, and 000. It is time consuming but with maybe 100 pounds of lead, it is suddenly a way to shoot buck shot and slugs for grins and save my factory ammo for defense loads or even hunting in shotgun only areas.

    The weak link in my extended family is 380. I recently bought dies not for myself but to supply their training experiences, 3 of them. I have given them enough defense ammo for any encounters, 100 rounds each, and counseled them not to shoot it, to just let me supply reloads. Since they cannot get it anywhere else, they have been compliant---I mean who would refuse free ammo in the world today.

    I predict a new round of ammo hording that will last for years. Covid has created new fears in society that never before existed, then all the riots and now the rapid rise in murders and general lawlessness. Everybody in every large city suddenly realizes that there are truly evil people and lots of them and they are close, very close. Just look at Chicago today and last night. 100 arrested and 13 officers injured. Something wrong with those numbers, seems to me it should be 0 officers injured, 87 arrested and 13 dead, just my math skills here.

    And everybody with a pea brain, has now recognized that a collapse of society is not really sic-fi anymore. How many people would think you could buy a designer face mask at 100 places on line?

    Just saying, this ammo shortage will be longer than any in history, even if they cure Covid next Thursday, all this racial stuff is not going away, the socialist and ANTIFA movement is a separate and distinct threat and most of them favor doing away with the second amendment or at least any semi automatic weapons. Just my 2 cents, but my view is give it to friends and family, but do not sell, because you may never be able to replace it. AND, friends and family who you give it to now, will run out and may need resupply, so if you have a stash, save it for the good guys.

    My 2 cents.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2020
  10. don5544

    don5544 G&G Evangelist

    I spent a complete weekend cleaning out and organizing the 8X8 closet that doubles as the gun room. All I did was get similar calibers of ammo together in ammo cans and label. I've had to many range days where I got a box out and throw in ammo for the day, then cleaned the box out.

    I don't think my grand kids will ever run out of 22lr. Some is old but its all stored in air conditioned comfort.

    I'm afraid if I counted it the wife would go nuts. Lets just say I'm prepared for the zombie apocalypse. The food would run out before the ammo. Time to buy more long term storage food.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2020
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  11. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly G&G Evangelist

    Only if my other shop caught on fire,but it's concrete & steel. I keep my bulk tannerite that we use for hog control at the ranch in it. I don't have any Black powder,so there wouldn't be anything exploding in the gun shop.

    A couple weeks ago,a good friend called me and asked if I'd sell him some 223 ammo. He's a member of the Texas State Militia,and evidently he's been shooting up most of his ammo in live fire drills. I laughed and told him he really needs to start shooting 22lr if he's going to be doing any drill shooting.
    Why would someone shoot up all of their ammo without having a plan or source to replenish their supply?
    I told him that I didn't want to be an A-Hole,but I wasn't going to let him get any of my ammo if he was going to use it on his weekend warrior drills. If he needed some to protect his family & property,that would be different.
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  12. FortyXDM

    FortyXDM G&G Evangelist Staff Member

    It is easy to forget that all municipal, county, state and federal agencies, particularly Home Secerity (DHS) all have procurement staffs whose bowels go into an uproar when they hear COVID, RIOTS, etc. They get first whack and it is huge. They all stockpile AND use a lot of ammo.
  13. Fishhead

    Fishhead G&G Evangelist

    I was wandering around the local sporting goods store after buying some patches and gun cleaning supplies (gotta keep that stuff on hand too!) just generally being amazed at the empty shelves. No ammo. No powder. No primers. No bullets. No brass. Then I got to the shot shell section, and it was overflowing. Everything from light target loads through 3 1/2 inch goose thumpers. Slugs and buckshot too. The best part was they had Remington target loads for $5.99 a box. Two cases followed me home. It's getting to be sporting clays season.
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  14. Ranger4

    Ranger4 G&G Evangelist

    And all police and security agencies set minimum training requirements which requires lots of ammo. I once worked in a government job where I was required to qualify 5 times per year, once with an AR, twice with a duty handgun and twice with a smaller issue handgun. With the handguns they always let us fire an extra box or two if we wanted to hang around after qualifying. So, I was firing over 1,000 rounds per year of carry ammo. Some agencies like Border Patrol would give agents 100 rounds per month take home ammo just to improve their skills.

    My neighbor kid worked for a lady whose husband died, he was an ATF agent. She knew the kid was a hunter and into guns and told him her husband had a large amount of ammo that she would give him if he wanted. His daddy had to come over and gloat. Part of it was 4,000-5,000 rounds of 357 Sig, hollow point. I don't think the even owned that caliber hangun, until a few days later.

    So, lots of ammo is going to the agencies and those contracts may lock in the ammo companies for years.
  15. Moroco Mole

    Moroco Mole G&G Evangelist

    YE, FOUND 410 #6 3" MAGNUM FEDERAL FOR 4.99 A BOX AT OUR LOCAL WALLY WORLD. Stocked up on that for my boy. They had pretty much anything shot gun you would want for Hunting or clays.
    Imagine a bunch of good old boys will be leaving those Henry's sit. Then will be dusting off the old shot guns in Ohio, for deer season.
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  16. ACfixer

    ACfixer Global Warming Enthusiast Forum Contributor

    I am not a competitive shooter, so there's probably no way I could ever shoot everything I have in my lifetime. I learned my lessons years ago.

    Don't do it Jaison.
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  17. Dario A.

    Dario A. G&G Enthusiast

    A new gun owner here: yeah, it's crazy! Two local gun shops I've been to seem to have barely any handgun ammo and my local Bass Pro Shops, where I got both my handgun and ammo (ordered online) has their handgun shelves empty of any 380, and barely any 9mm from what I remember. Lotsssss of shotgun ammo though so for those out there with shotguns y'all are probably happy.
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  18. Jaison

    Jaison G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    Haha! No worries, brother. Sometimes my sense of irony/humor/exaggeration doesn’t translate well.

    After a brief flirtation with the idea, it was promptly squashed.
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  19. ACfixer

    ACfixer Global Warming Enthusiast Forum Contributor

    Trust me I've entertained the idea as well, but it's just not enough money to change my life, and running out of ammo someday actually could change it.
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  20. rando

    rando G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor