Skip to comments.On-Line Ammo Prices Starting to Drop (a wee bit)
Posted on 04/21/2013 6:45:50 AM PDT by frankenMonkey
556RECON.com tracks trends and pricing for 5.56x45 NATO from on-line vendors (Cheaper Than Dirt, AmmoNet, etc.), and the average price has started to drop, if just by a few pennies per round.
62gr Green Tip has dropped from $1.10 to as low as $1.03. This is the average price, the lowest PPR is at 70 cents per round. 55gr Average PPR has dropped to $.90, with the lowest price at 70 cents per round.
Interestingly, Cheaper Than Dirt, where I (used to) buy, is consistently at the expensive end of the list, with LAX and Palmetto being the best buys. Also, they report 50% of vendors have stock available for purchase.
That would be interesting to see supply finally catching up to demand.
Prices may not be great, but nice to see there is at least some stock.
Or demand drop to where supply can meet it.
I think that's the more realistic of the two...
I’m thinking that the Average Price correlates to supply & demand, so perhaps supply is starting to catch up to demand, with the price trending down.
A month to 6 weeks ago in Walmart on a Sunday morning at 7AM, I got a 420 round new ammo can of Lake City XM855 with SS109 green tips on stripper clips for $175. They used to sell this for $165. When prices come down to that or near that level, then I’ll say we’ve gotten back to normal.
A dollar a round for 223/556 is just ridiculous as 25-50cts a round for plain old 22LR.
Oh, I remember those prices. Thankfully I listened to my son and have enough to go shootin’ stuff!
I remember paying $200 for 500 NATO rounds shortly after ‘08 elections.
....drop demand from the Govt side of demand: Homeland Security’s 1.6 billion plus rounds of demand.
Green tip at $1.03 is still frickin’ nuts. I was reloading M885 this time last year for $0.12 per round.
Sort by price per round and click View in stock only. 5.56 still .70 per round.
Yep. That’s the cheapest around. The charts agree. I think the interesting news is that the average price is starting to drop.
I search for ammo online. Any postings aiding in that would be appreciated.
For all those that own “those sort of nasty things that Feinstein would love to rid Americans of”, I’ll start by saying thank you for your research, your efforts, and for putting it into a perspective of ‘price per cartridge’, 9or as is said below the Mason/Dixon line ‘bullets’).
Yesterday, 04202103, I went to the other little armorer store in town. All they had for .38 Special, (yes, you read that right), were either HydroShoks (non plus P) at $29.95 for 20 cartridges, or Federal Match Grade wadcutters for $36.95 for 50. I bought the wadcutters. (I’ll address that in a moment.) When I got home, I did some MSRP checking, and both boxes were priced at MSRP, no discount, no price gouging. Bravo for the shop, and for the owner being very apologetic, “We know what we’re getting when the truck opens the back door.” I can work with that. As to the glass cases of handguns once being quite full, there were a few remnants, more pistols than revolvers, which in the full days, the ratio was four pistols to one revolver. What does that tell you? There were quite a few rifles on the racks, mostly bolt action types, but I noticed two or three pink or green ones, as well.
Now, as I promised, to the wadcutter. Why, oh why, in this age, where we might be able to acquire .38 Special ‘bullets’ with little red, green, pink, or white tips, in “Plus P”, or standard loading, or hollow points flying at excessive speeds, which may or may not “fail as designed”, would I purchase old technology ‘flying soda cans’? Here is my answer:
“Wadcutters do fly at lower speeds than hollow points, true. They have squared sharp edges, whereas hollowpoints do not. The hollow of the hollowpoint bullet has a history of clogging with “material” as it travels on target, thereby clogging, and failing to ‘petalize’, becoming a worse-for-wear wadcutter. The wadcutter does not need to ‘petalize’, because the sharp edges of the bullet simply cut a nice round hole with the efficiency of a paper punch, as it travels on target. It does not need to ‘fail as designed’, so it does not need to fly at exteme speed. This causes less flash/boom to be necessary, which makes less felt-in-the-hand recoil (good for those of age or stricken hands), and quicker recovery on target for second shot, without flinching. Lastly, all this means that the lowly wadcutter can and does perform one function, that the hollowpoint was an after-thought, no ‘shoot-through’s.
My statements on wadcutters are for those that are manufactured other than by, “Buffalo Bore”. “Buffalo Bore” wadcutters are a different critter, and might be a bit much for these old hands, if I interpret all the data correctly.
Yup. I saw (I’m thinkin’ Cheaper than dirt)had a brick of .22 lr for “ONLY” $149.50. ONLY? I AM a rich man now. Of course if I sold what I have then I’d have to pay the “new improved” price to replace it. LOL!
The latest run on ammo leaves cops training with Airsoft
Theres yet another run on ammo.
It wasnt as if ammo was available before the latest jihadi attack on Boston, but if there was any ammo available, its gone now, according to CBS Miami.
POMPANO BEACH (CBS4) Ammunition sellers and manufacturers say theres been a run on bullets and they cant keep their shelves stocked.
Jeff Dillard who runs National Armory in Pompano says its the worst hes ever seen.
I have never seen ammo so impossible to get, said Dillard.
He said demand for ammunition has been growing and spiked over the past couple of days.
Because of the terrorist attacks and the gun control legislation people are getting in more of a panic situation, Dillard said.
When he can get bullets, Dillard says, theyre expensive.
“(but aren’t sure)” -— more coffee needed...
Which websites are selling ammo and don’t have an order backlog?
I hope. I’m not shooting till I can replace what I shoot.
Yep. Some of the on-line suppliers seem to be of the mind set "Let's rip'em a new one while we can".
People can say what they want about Wal-Mart, but at least they aren't gouging. I paid $19.70 plus tax a few days ago for a 500 round brick of Federal .22 40 gr round nose ammo.
Since “She of green eyes” finally, FINALLY, started thinking about her own home security (I thank her cousin for putting the right bug in her ear), I had to start looking to see what “flying soda cans”, and semi-wadcutters (not FBI loads) were available, to refill my bunker.
I’m still looking.
Fluctuations around $1.07 for M855 and a blip in M193 down 2-cents to $0.99 hardly constitutes a “drop” in ammo prices.
WHAT? Dang, I’m shocked that they had some. Did you show up as the truck was unloading? Like hens teeth where I am.
Yeah, I was at the sporting goods counter at 10 minutes til 7 (AM), and 4 guys were ahead of me, lol. I just got very lucky!
7.62 Nato is still way outta whack and rare. 7.62x39 is flush with Roosian stock and at a reasonable price. 9 mm is way too expensive as well as 45.
“everything listed is in-stock”
Just a word to the wise, most websites will let ya know if it really IS in stock, once you punch out. But there are still sites out there that do not update their webpages to actually track stocks.
People will keep what ammunition they have, and because of the prices, not many will be doing any recreational firing at all. Another consideration: anyone hunting or vacationing in Colorado at all is against our Second Amendment.
Thank you for the link.
In fact, if everybody just stood down for a month and didn't buy anything that cost more than .50 a round for .223 or $5 a box for .22lr we might start to see a real improvement.