Hornady Ammunition – The Word on Ammo Availability

Hornady Ammo Factory
Hornady Ammo Factory
Hornady Ammunition
Hornady Ammunition

Grand Island, Neb. –-(Ammoland.com)- The current political climate has caused extremely high demand on all shooting industry products, including ours.

Empty retail shelves, long backorders, and exaggerated price increases on online auction sites – all fueled by rumors and conjecture – have amplified concerns about the availability of ammunition and firearms-related items.

If the information you hear doesn’t originate from Hornady Manufacturing, don’t believe it.

Here are some of rumors we’ve heard, and questions we’ve received:

  • Have you stopped production, or has the government forced you to stop?
  • Not at all.
  • Did you stop selling bullets so you could only make loaded ammunition?
  • Absolutely not.
  • Since we can’t find your product you must be selling it all to the government.
  • Nope, less than 5% of our sales are to government entities.
  • Why can’t you make more? Ramp up production? Turn on all the machines?

We’ve been steadily growing our production for a long time, especially the last five years. We’ve added presses, lathes, CNC equipment, people and space. Many popular items are produced 24 hours a day. Several hundred Hornady employees work overtime every week to produce as much as safely possible.

If there is any question about that – please take a tour of the factory. ( http://www.hornady.com/about-us/factory-tours )  You’ll be amazed at what you see.

We are producing as much as we can; much more than last year, which was a lot more than the year before, etc. No one wants to ship more during this time than we do.

We appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience. We don’t know when the situation will improve, so please bear with us a little longer. And remember, when it comes to Hornady Manufacturing, if you don’t hear it from us, please don’t believe it. Visit: www.hornady.com/

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i think its cool wal mart should not carry ammo the are retail for clothes and now grocieries i love they don’t have any ammo what does wal mart do when they are the only stores left to shop?raise prices so you think your smart buying from them stupid ,idiots you are only cutting every american owned pop and mom gun shops and stores out of business you all are the pigs for buying from wal mart anyway ha ha ha hope they never get anymore ammo


Ammo is made as needed and so is every component involved. The manufacturing process involves the stocking of a days worth of materials and it’s not made in huge quantities and stocked up in warehouses. The materials show up one day, the finished product leaves the same or next day. When sales jump higher than predicted and what little extra the distributors have is gone the manufacturers have to ramp up production. They order extra raw materials and have to wait because they aren’t stockpiled either. Raw materials for gunpowder have to be mined and processed. Brass, copper and lead… Read more »


Out of stock no back orders online. Walmart bins are empty. I go to gun shows and pay the price for the ammo I need. Soon they will price ammo where I just will not buy. I now go to the range about every 2 months instead of twice a month. I bought 3 guns in the last 8 months, but with the price of ammo, why would I buy another gun? I am hording the ammo I have because I don’t think throwing the gun at a home invader will do much. The industry MUST find a way to… Read more »


to Dad; Just to be clear, I am not going to rob anyone. I will buy it from them or take it and leave the cash on their person 🙂 I simply am not going to watch another person buy all, the majority of, or the entire pallet of ammo.


You are all nuts. Put your guns away, and take up fishing for just 3 months. Then you will see the over supply of ammo at Walmart on sale for 20 percent off.

Mr. Ed

If Hornady is producing so much ammo, where is it going? I don’t want to tour the manufacturing plant, I want to see the loading dock and the shipping labels. I’ve talked to dozens of gun store employees all over Virginia since January. They order 5 boxes and get 3, order 3 and get one. Often they get none. They never know when it will arrive. At several Walmarts, they say it comes in a trickle. And they have a 3 box limit. Yes, people are hoarding and buying it up as soon as they see it. But there’s not… Read more »


The problem is not with the ammunition manufacturers. They are making as much as they can and they are not the cause of ammunition prices being sky high. Look at Olin (Winchester) ATK Federal) these are publicly traded companies and their stock has not gone sky high. The ammunition profits are being made by the retailers. Cheaper Than Dirt should change their name to Expensive As Hell. All these retailers are raking in huge profits and the hoarders only added fuel to the fire. There is plenty of ammunition being made but its being purchased at such a high rate… Read more »


NH is the state the Libertarian party chose for the free state project.
You know, “live free or die.”

Also, please don’t say you’re going to rob people because you disagree with how they act. It’s not a good thing to joke about, and a much worse thing to be serious about.


This statement from these guys is almost if not exactly word for word the same as the statement made feb 17,2013.

This is probably another lie from them to appease the people that need the product they produce.

Due to non responses to several questions that I have asked, I feel that Hornady has lied to us all along. If only 5% of their product goes to the government, where is the other 95%. It is not going to the people that have supported Hornady for many years. I for one will no longer be a supporter of these liers.


Neon, thanks. I do fall about 60% in the category you mentioned relative to complacency. That was my bad. But my ire for hoarding and resellers still outweighs that guilt. I am actively seeking them out locally. I certainly wish they would branch out to places like Sean said or even the mid-atlantic. I’ve been out of work over a year and would love it :). Not sure why they need machinists, formally though. Not that the positions don’t need skilled labor, but if they are looking for troubleshooters and machinists to work on the loaders, that’s one thing. If… Read more »


If what you said about Ruger is true than they should relocate to Arizona. Manufacturing base with talent. New Hampshire is a beautiful place but it is too close to the bloomturd cesspool for me.


Bill’s right. But I’ll say it is also complacency that led so many folks to not go out and stock up sooner in small amounts over time. There were so many warnings that Obummer and the Left were building up for a big anti-gun push. So many blue dog Dems were saying Obummer wss not anti-2A and a lot of people were lulled into it. Now everyone knows that’s not true and they are freaking. Simply the industry cannot keep up with the demand. This is somewhat coupled with the rise of the Preppers who by philosophy hoard. Then like… Read more »


To those like Kenneth who think its all the gub’ment’s fault instead of jerk off hoarders and resellers; 2b rounds = 23 boxes of 50 cartridges, a day, in 50 stores per state, in 48 contiguous states only, not counting online stores or large police and gun club purchases. There are actually about 5x that many stores in most states which would make it about 4 boxes, per day, per store – again not counting online and large bulk purchases. So if you think its the governments fault, something is wrong with your reasoning. My smallest local Walmart carried (before… Read more »


Kenneth, even if the Feds put in orders for 10x the amount they have bought, it is still not enough to have had the shortages we have had for over a year. It is cause and effect, and is a self fulfilling prophecy. People freak out and a) buy everything they can, needed or not, to hoard or b) buy everything they can and resell it at 4-10x the actual price to people that really need it. Hornady has every right to sell to the government. It is jerk off people who are creating the shortages. There is no ammo… Read more »

kenneth kaplan

Maybe Hornady and the rest of the ammo makers should stop selling to the government. Return to your normal market. The citizens of this country. We need the ammo. Why all this junk about 24/7 hrs.Every gun shop states that there is no ammo available.I am tied about hearing that we are buying all the available ammo up.Everbody lies to the citizens about this subject.


Bill I agree, those people make me F-ing sick, they claim its supply and demand !! Capitalism etc. Ide like to smack the ever loving shat outa them. Really pisses me off people doing this! Ide like to hang them from a tree. I was told at Walmart they get ammo every night and is on the shelves by the time the store opens and whatever is put out flys off in about 30 min or less. So I was told to be their at opening. I tried going the reloading way but you cant get primers nor powder because… Read more »


D., Based on my reading and arithmetic, the ammo shortage is due to: Manufacturers being slow: 15% Gu’ment purchases (HLS): 15% Hoarders: 20% Jerkoffs buying/reselling: 50% Case in point: $109 cans of .22lr at Walmart selling for $400+ on auctions. People who look like they have never picked up a firearm buying the entire pallet of what comes in to the Walmart Dock, etc.. I live in the Raleigh, NC area. I have seen it. I made the decision yesterday that if I see it again, I will follow them to the parking lot and make them an offer they… Read more »

D. Murphy

I have never seen such a shortage of ammunition and magazines, even after Obama’s first election. Something has to be going on besides hording.