Couple that with the government purchases of more than TWO BILLION rounds and you have manufacturers like Federal and Remington who cannot keep up or even come close.
Good thing for me, I have a Fleet Farm and Gander Mountain close by. I visit them both a couple times each week and I've had no problem replenishing. I just bought crap Remington Thunderbolt 22lr, 500 for $18. But, it's better than nothing and my Sig/GSG 1911-22 ate it just fine.
I often hear in news stories about the lunatics in mass shootings having "thousands of rounds of ammunition." BFD. I hope to have 10s of thousands as I head into 2014. When I'm sending 5000 downrange per year, 10000 is nice.
“Couple that with the government purchases of more than TWO BILLION rounds and you have manufacturers like Federal and Remington who cannot keep up or even come close.”
Government contracts represent less than 5% of Remington’s business per a letter from a week or so ago. Nearly all of their ammo production is going to civilians.
According to my sources the industry is producing and distributing 1 billion rounds per week. The government is small potatoes. Actually,the govenment is very small potatoes.