Ammunition availability and prices are as close to “back to normal” as I have seen in a long while – at least here in South Carolina. Local gun shop up the road from me this past weekend had ton’s of inventory of .22LR and no limit. Academy Sports also had quite a bit of off brand 22’s but still on the expensive side(10 cents a round). Even online ammunition retailer Luckygunner.com has a substantial selection although at higher prices. Just a few months ago their selection was zero. Things are getting better.
Common calibers such as 9mm, 45ACP, and 5.56mm/.223 Rem are getting quite good. 9mm can be had for around $12 a box give or take. Online I am seeing it for under $12 for 50 although shipping will add a bit to that. This is for FMJ rounds although JHP rounds are dropping as well. 45ACP and 40S&W are following the same path as 9mm with pricing.
5.56mm/.223 Remington ammunition continues to drop in price and remain available. Steel-cased Monarch brand is now down around $5.49 for 20 rounds. Brass-cased 55-grain is being seen on sale from $6.99 for 20 rounds. Often boxes of 90 to 150 can get the prices down to to the $7.00 range for 20.
Again, online ammunition retailer Luckygunner had Tula .223 Remington rounds for under $5.00/box. That is great pricing and not sure how long those prices will hold at that level. You can check it out HERE.
Other areas of firearms ownership that are looking good include the firearms themselves and magazines. For the budget-minded there is something out there for just about anyone.
I cannot emphasize enough to take advantage of the current availability and environment. As we have seen things can change on a dime and what is sitting on the shelves right now at a reasonable price can suddenly be difficult to purchase at any price. Politicians will take advantage of any news stories involving firearms to sell gun control. Mass shootings – whether we agree of not – sway public opinion regardless who is sitting in Congress or the White House.
Stock up now folks because there IS a shortage coming. It is just a matter of time.