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.22 LR on Shelves 3.6 Cents per Round
Gun Watch ^ | 26 December, 2017 | Dean Weingarten

Posted on 12/26/2017 5:25:59 AM PST by marktwain


The .22 LR bubble is over. With the Trump Presidency, gun owners are no longer worried that ammunition might be hard to find in the indefinite future.

I visited the WalMart in Northern Dallas on the corner of Marsh Lane  and Frankford Rd. It has had more ammunition available, at lower prices, than the others I have visited in Arizona and Texas.

As seen in the photo, take on December 20, 2017, Federal bulk packs of 550 rounds of 36 grain high velocity .22 Long Rifle cartridges were priced at $19.94.  According to my calculator 1994/550 is 3.62 cents a cartridge. That is the lowest price I have seen in a store, on the shelf, since the end of 2012, when the great .22 ammunition bubble was inflated by the Sandy Hook mass murder and President Obama's attempt to use the tragedy to enact strong restrictions on gun ownership in the United States.

That attempt ultimately failed. But for long years, with tens of millions of gun owners determined to stockpile a few hundred or a few thousand rounds of .22 ammunition, shelves were bare and middlemen made large profits as the price of .22 ammunition doubled, redoubled, and redoubled again.

At the height of the bubble, 500 rounds of .22 LR ammo went as high as $100, or more. That is 20 cents a round! Just before the bubble I purchased bulk Federal .22 LR on sale at 2.6 cents a round.

I predicted, that with the election of Donald Trump, .22 LR prices would go below 4 cents a round by October of 2017. Many scoffed at the idea, saying that manufacturers would conspire and never allow prices to fall that low.  On line sources showed multiple sources for .22 LR below 4 cents a round in October.




The question is how low will .22 ammunition prices fall? Stockpiles of .22 ammuntion have been purchased by tens of millions of gun owners. Millions of new gun owners have been created. My hunch is that most gun owners will not want to shoot up their stockpile, but keep it "just in case".

On the other hand, at a recent gun show in Yuma, Arizona, I saw 10,000 rounds of .22 ammunition for sale for $420, or 4.2 cents a round.  The price was reduced from 6 cents a round, after I told the sellers that WalMart had plenty on the shelf, locally at 4.2 cents.

.22 LR production has been increased by about 20% in the industry.

There are bound to be ups and downs in the market. Metal prices and energy prices are considerably lower than they were in 2008.

Here is a new prediction: Before the end of the Trump Presidency, we will see .22 LR on sale for 2.5 cents a round or less. It may not be common, but it will happen.

Report it here when it happens, so we can all say the "good old days" are back.

©2017 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice and link are included.

Gun Watch


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: 22lr; ammunition; banglist; walmart
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The .22 ammo bubble is just about deflated.
1 posted on 12/26/2017 5:26:00 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Makes it a commodity that has gone down in cost as far as inflation effects, since the ‘50s and ‘60s...


2 posted on 12/26/2017 5:32:50 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone? I think Trump may give it back...)
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To: marktwain

Excellent!


3 posted on 12/26/2017 5:37:12 AM PST by buffyt (I AM the Way, The Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through ME! Jesus. Jn 14:6)
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To: marktwain

I’ve noticed most of the pistol and AR ammo has come down but higher caliber rifle ammo (308, 30-06) is still about the same.


4 posted on 12/26/2017 5:39:36 AM PST by circlecity
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To: marktwain

More winning!


5 posted on 12/26/2017 5:43:20 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Psalm 73

Remington?


6 posted on 12/26/2017 5:45:20 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: marktwain

Horrible!

We should immediately create a government program to bailout these poor manufacturers. Everyone could trade in their spent shells for safer, shiny, new shells and the government could pay the difference between the new low price and the Obama price.

We could call it “Bazillions for Bullets.”


7 posted on 12/26/2017 5:55:45 AM PST by antidisestablishment ( Xenophobia is the only sane response to multiculturalism’s irrational cultural exuberance)
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To: marktwain

Sadly, we in California, expect our new ammo laws will greatly raise ammo costs.


8 posted on 12/26/2017 5:56:48 AM PST by umgud
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Sadly, we in California, expect our new ammo laws will greatly raise ammo costs.

I think also the illegal mail order ammo ban here in Kali has contributed to the fall of .22 prices nationwide. And yes, I’m sure our prices will rise up again... as intended.

9 posted on 12/26/2017 6:13:31 AM PST by broken_clock (Go Trump!)
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10 posted on 12/26/2017 6:16:07 AM PST by PROCON (Happy Trump Year!)
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To: broken_clock

Same here in NY due to Little Andy and his Safe Act ploy to make him look presidential. At least in his mind.


11 posted on 12/26/2017 6:17:14 AM PST by Dutch Boy
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To: marktwain

I found Hornady .17 HMR for 8.60 p/box-o-fifty last week. I haven’t seen it under $11.00 in a decade.


12 posted on 12/26/2017 6:45:21 AM PST by paulcissa (Democrats want you unarmed so they can kill you.)
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To: marktwain

Unfortunately here in California the Communist/Democrat control is tightening over the proletariat, and new regulations take effect January 1.

We have purchased the last ammo we will ever purchase as long as we are in this State as we have no intention of registering to buy ammo, thus identifying to the State what we have.

We will stay as long as the one remaining old horse lives, but then we will move to some State where sanity reigns (unless of course the horse outlives us).


13 posted on 12/26/2017 6:47:53 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Conservatives seek the truth. Democrats seek the power to dictate what truth is.)
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To: marktwain

Cheaperthandirt.com has:

• MAXXTech
• .22 LR
• 40 Grain Lead Round Nose
• 250 Round Cylinder
• Item No. AMM-038-250

Now $9.89

free shipping for orders $50 and over.


14 posted on 12/26/2017 7:10:11 AM PST by The_Republic_Of_Maine (RINO politicians beware your time is coming ... SOON)
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To: paulcissa
I found Hornady .17 HMR for 8.60 p/box-o-fifty last week. I haven’t seen it under $11.00 in a decade.

Wouldn't a fly swatter be cheaper to kill what a .17 caliber will kill?
15 posted on 12/26/2017 7:10:21 AM PST by Old Yeller (Auto-correct has become my worst enema.)
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Wouldn't a fly swatter be cheaper to kill what a .17 caliber will kill?

A 20 grain .17 HMR has a muzzle energy of 340 joules. A .22 LR has a muzzle energy of 141-259 joules, and .22LR have killed a lot of humans. Non +P .38 special ammo is around 305-358 joules.

A head shot with .17 HMR will put down any human. I wouldn't want to be hit with one, anywhere on my body.

16 posted on 12/26/2017 7:26:24 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (Big governent is attractive to those who think that THEY will be in control of it.)
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To: marktwain

My local Walmart still gets wiped out immediately any time bricks of .22 hits the shelves.


17 posted on 12/26/2017 7:33:41 AM PST by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: umgud
Sadly, we in California, expect our new ammo laws will greatly raise ammo costs.

Sales should drop dramatically in CA, which means more for the rest of us!

18 posted on 12/26/2017 7:35:53 AM PST by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: marktwain

Buy all you can, ship it close to the Cali line and sell, sell, SELL to the Californians sneaking across the border to buy ammo after their chintzy law goes into effect.


19 posted on 12/26/2017 7:37:16 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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“Sadly, we in California, expect our new ammo laws will greatly raise ammo costs.”

That would be about 5 cents/round with Crook County’s two taxes.


20 posted on 12/26/2017 7:50:06 AM PST by Bonemaker
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