22 ammo

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  1. Day Walker

    Day Walker New Member

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    Evening to everyone, does anyone have or know the real reason for the 22 ammo run a few years back? I'm sure y'all have heard all the stories, factories re tooling and what not. People went crazy over the ammo, paying high prices what were they thinking? Funny thing, I remember Christmas shopping and grabbing the last brick of 22's for a stocking stuffer, the box was ratty looking but the 10 boxes inside were good. The clerk made the comment that I better take them so I did. I was a little pissy over paying 10 bucks for a brick I use to pay 5 dollars for, but my son loved plinking. 2 months later the scare started people buying them and putting a higher price on them and getting it.
    No big deal just wondering why and what happened?
     
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    I never heard a credible answer. One of the big conspiracy theories was that Obama was having every federal agency out there buying up rail cars of ammo to starve the market. There were verified stories of the post office, USDA, EPA, and other non-combat non-enforcement agencies buying up alarming amounts of ammo.
     
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    Sandy Hook and Obama was why...
     
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    What they said.

    But, It wasn't only 22 ammo, however, 22 ammo was the worst. Why? Because:

    • It costs less per round
    • Is every effective at close range
    • a large number of rounds can be carried in a backpack and/or hidden in a small place
    There was also a shortage of other ammo (especially 223).

    If you think that was bad, just wait until the Socialists take over the country and ALL ammo is banned. But you may not care, because you haven't been able to get food for three weeks....;)

    Life Lesson for today - There are things worse than death, and a large number of politicians are gearing up to bring them to you if you let them.
     
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    Consumer panic. Rumors of lead smelting plant shutdowns and the fear of a anti-gun democratic president created a short term rush to buy... which created a shortage... which created a high demand. I know a guy who paid premium dollar on a BUNCH of .22 ammo with the intent to sell when it went higher. He refused to sell when it went higher because he was afraid to let go of something that had become so rare and hard to get. Now he has a bunch of expensive .22 ammo.
     
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    I remember the stores would say when they was going to get a shipment in,and that morning the line was 2 miles long. Crazy time!
     
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    It’s on the shelves now and has come down somewhat in price. I think I am going to buy a few rounds before the next election...just in case...
     
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    Good idea.
     
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  9. Day Walker

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    Yeah I buy it when I come across deals and are good now. But it surprised me how the people reacted when this was going on. Kind of sad really. Imagine if this ever happens to water!
     
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    Heed the words of Native Hunter, and I ain't talking about food plots or apple trees !
     
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    They say when the zombies or Dems attack .22 will be the new cash
     
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    These threads are trying to turn me into a hoarder.
     
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    You just need to buy that place across the highway I told you about. When the big one hits, help will be nearby.
     
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    It won’t be zombies....;)
     
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    You have to lose the mansion so I can afford it...I need bare land and your couch to sleep on!
     
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    It wasn't Sandy Hook but rather hurricane Sandy that put most of the 22 production in this country under water.

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    Pretty sure it was the hysteria and doom and gloom after Sandy Hook. Same reason you couldn't buy a complete AR 15 or parts for one. They were going to take away all of the the guns and ammo forever. Obama ended up being the best thing for ammo and firearm companies. They really had to hate to seem him leave office.
     
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    if i remember correctly, the run on guns and ammo began before the 2012 election. everyone was anticipating a push for more gun control from obama after the election. "prepping" was a big thing. there were all kinds of tv shows and news stories about it. youtube was full of fat, basement commandos showing off their survival stockpiles. .22lr went from $15 a brick to non-existent. if a store got a shipment, it was gone the first day. my dad bought a brick for $70 to go with my mom's new .22 pistol. i'm glad some sanity has returned for now. still, if you find a good deal, buy a brick or two to stash away...
     
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    Oh man! That would have been the deal to make! For as short as .22 ammo was, imagine if a retailer could get a pallet of it, but only sold up to 2000 rounds if you also purchased a gun with it.

    I bet they would have been printing money. I would have done the same thing with ARs, 9mm, and 40s.
     
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    Here is a pretty good explanation and timeline for the ammo shortage.

    Ammo shortage
     
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