I’m taking notes of what is still on the shelves. So much for the old advice to buy common calibers to make it easy to find ammo. I think my next gun purchase may be a nice bolt action in 7mm Remington Magnum. Not a hugely popular caliber around here, due to the lack of open terrain where it would be advantageous for hunting, Ammunition can be found pretty much everywhere I’ve looked, and the same can be said for 7mm bullets for reloading.
Casting works great for pistol calibers, Jailer, but not so much for .223 — and .223 bullets are unobtanium now. Primers are also few & far between.
Reloading is great, but ONLY if you stock up on essentials BEFORE the panic.
About the only thing I missed out on was components. I have plenty of plenty, and one of those 7mmRMs (and some components for those) but I hope it does settle down a bit so I can get my parts. It didn’t take long for me to tire of catalogs with no prices in them, or shocking prices for what’s actually in stock.
Sadly enough, I walked through the local walmart that had about 15x 100 round boxes of WWB 9mm 115gr JHP at 25bucks a box. a year ago I would never have considered paying that (would have just reloaded) but since primers are unavailable and I have burned through my supply, I decided to buy a box. apparently only buying what I needed was too confusing for walmart, who rung me up for the max (3 boxes). I took this as an ominous sign, and walked out with 3 boxes.
Grego, had the same experience last week at my local Wal-Mart up here in North Coast Ohio, but the ONLY thing on the Shelves was some 12 Gauge Skeet Loads and a few boxes of .22LR Solids, NOT Bricks, NOT the 525 packs, just the little 50 round pocket size.
My low number of visits to the range has less to do with any minor fear I might have of not finding replacement ammo than it does with my major fear: knowing I will not being able to afford that ammo when I do find it.
I went with 9mm for Concealed Carry because I could practice about 2x with 9mm as I could with .40, .45ACP, .38SPL or .357 Magnum. That was years ago. Now FMJ 9mm ammo for practice is as expensive as the premium hollowpoint 45ACP loads used to be.
Pricing me out of the market is one real way the anti-gun groups have of removing me, and I think an awful lot of other folk, from firearm use.