by Caleb • March 14, 2014
The other day, I wrote a post about how .22 LR is back and how people should calm down and stop panic buying every box they see. That led to a bunch of comments that all start with “well I went to Wal-Mart and they” etc.
The real idea of that post was to talk about how the price of .22 will never likely be as low as it was before the triple panics, and hopefully get people to calm down and stop buying every box of .22 they see. How silly of me. But that does bring me ’round to my main point, which is “why are so many people getting their ammo from Wal-Mart?” I understand that in some small towns Wal-Mart (or Walmart as they now prefer) is your only option. But that’s not true, because I know for a fact that if you’re on this blog telling me in comments that “Walmart is my only hope” you have access to this magnificent invention called “the internet.”
It took me mere seconds to find a 525 value pack of Federal .22 LR for about 85 dollars. Is that a price I’d have paid before 2008, 2012, and Sandy Hook? No, of course not. But those times are gone and they’re never coming back. Really, that’s the drum I want to hit some more today.
Do you know why there’s no .22 LR ammo
at Walmart? It’s not because the ammo companies aren’t making new product. It’s not because Bob’s Clownshow Gunshop in Topekaha, BFE is hoarding ammo and charging people 20 bucks for a baggie of .22 LR rounds. It’s because as a community we cannot accept simple economics when it applies to the cost of our ammo. Stuff is more expensive now. Our money has declined in value while at the same time there has been an increased demand for all the stuff that ammo is made out of. It’s going to be more expensive. It just is. So yeah, when Walmart has boxes of .22 for $5, everyone goes bananas and buys it out in 10 seconds. Then half that ammo ends up on Gunbroker anyway.
For whatever reason, this issue frustrates me at a fundamental level. I would love to go back to the good old days of bulk-packs of .22 for 10 bucks, and I know that the increased cost of .22 ammo has hurt sales of .22 rimfire firearms. We’ve quite literally had people through the GunUp retail shop that say “what’s the point in buying a .22 if I can’t get ammo”, which I understand.
The problem is that you can get ammo. We just need to take a deep breath and accept that it’s going to cost a little bit more to do that. Just like I need to quit complaining about how expensive .38 Special and 9mm ammo is.