Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- A WalMart in North Dallas, Texas, just off the George W. Bush freeway and Marsh rd, consistently had 5 cent .22 ammunition when I visited my Daughter in October. When I checked in late November, there wasn't any more on the shelves. I was disappointed, and believed that the .22 bubble was re-inflating. I was gone for a couple of days, but checked out the display again on 29 November.
In October, a WalMart employee, who wished to remain anonymous, told me that the same people came in when .22 bulk packs were available and bought them all up. They did not buy the 50 round boxes, because they were not worth their time, with a 3 boxes per day limit. The bulk packs were bought up regularly.
Maybe the ammo resellers were on Thanksgiving vacation on the 29th of November. Maybe they noticed a slump in demand. I cannot be sure why, but there on the shelves were five boxes of Winchester copper-plated .22 LR, 333 round boxes for $14.97. This was late in the afternoon, about 4:30 p.m. WalMart restocks .22 ammuntion in the morning, I have been told.
That price converts to a little less than 4.5 cents per cartridge. I predicted the bubble would be considered burst when .22 ammo became commonly available at 4 cents a round. The demand is still up, and supply has not increased enough to get to that point, yet. But I am commonly hearing of people being able to obtain .22 cartridges in limited quantities for 5-7 cents a cartridge, and 8 cent ammunition is fairly common.
The production plus shipping and retail profit price of inexpensive .22 ammunition is likely below 3 cents a cartridge. Most of the current profits are going to middlemen like the enterprising Wal-Mart shoppers, pawn shops, or local gun shops. I have seen quite a bit of .22 ammunition at 10 cents a cartridge or higher.
Much depends on the political climate. The more President Obama talks of the necessity of restrictions on gun ownership, the more the bubble will re-inflate. The more the media cartel publicises public shootings and/or terrorist attacks, the more demand will remain high. Several events have occurred since the middle of October, all of which may have contributed to keeping demand for .22 LR high. Those have been the rampage shooting on the streets of Colorado, the spate of knife attacks in Israel, the massive attack by Islamic terrorists in Paris, the call for President Obama to institute new restrictions on the selling of guns by Democrat congressmen using executive orders, and President Obama saying that he would devote his last year in office to furthering the passage of more restrictions on gun owners and gun purchasers.
Those things do much to create a demand in the minds of gun owners who only have a little .22 ammunition on hand. They may want to have a stock pile for bad times, for trading material, to hunt, or for self defense.
But, the desire to have a supply of .22 ammunition on hand at home is being satisfied. When the demand drops below the level of supply, prices will come down and stay there.
It is hard to predict when, in the current political climate.
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About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.