Friends, Carteach generally keeps some ammunition on hand. To some, it might seem a lot. To others, I'm a piker hobbyist with a pitiful stock. That said, I've been known to repack a case or two into surplus ammo cans for storage. What looks like a big mound-o-ammo suddenly doesn't seem so big when one is in the middle of rifle match season and burning a few hundred a week in practice.
So, is it any wonder that when a brand new well used AR15 A2 match rifle came into the household... Carteach went looking for a case or two of 5.56x45mm? Nothing wild; Just a few thousand rounds to practice with and shoot over the coming summer.
Gentle readers.... what I found today was not what I found last week. Today, most of the decent brand name brass case .223/5.56 ammunition is suddenly marked 'Out of stock' or 'Sold out' on any one of my handful of regular ammo haunts.
So what is a fat old shooter to do? Just what he should...... he orders a few thousand SS109 bullets and a few thousand small rifle primers.... and then loads his polisher with freshly sized Lake City brass. I'll have my supply of 5.56mm ammo in a few weeks, although it will cost me a little time.
So why is it all suddenly sold out? To listen to the 'Man Behind The Counter' down at the local we-be-guns is to hear a repeat of the line handed out before the last presidential election. Folks are just as ready to believe it now as they did then, and respond accordingly.
Look.... the ammunition industry is built around certain demand levels. It only takes one shooter in a dozen who suddenly decides to buy a little extra, and supplies in the pipeline dry up fast. The manufacturers cannot simply crank up the assembly lines, as they already run at efficient levels. They also can't build another plant overnight.... nor should they, as today's demands can vanish tomorrow.
Is there an Ammunition Shortage looming? Perhaps there is.... or perhaps it's just a short term fluctuation in the market. We shall see.
As for Carteach... Rolling ones own is perfectly acceptable here, and doing it 500 at a time is not a problem.