Ammo Prices Are Getting Crazy

327_federal_magnum_02It’s no secret that ammunition prices have been on the rise for some time now.  But ammo prices have skyrocketed since last November, when Americans started buying up everything in the supply chain.  Walk into your local WalMart and you are not likely to find any pistol or .223 ammunition.  Traditional hunting calibers, such as .270 and .30-06, are pretty scarce too.

With demand up and supply gone, some stores are starting to price ammunition at levels that I would have considered completely crazy just a year ago.

One major catalog retailer sent out a flyer recently.  All of the ammunition was very expensive (compared to what I am used to paying), but two things caught my eye as being really outrageous.

The first was the Wolf Military Classic 7.62×39 124 gr hp.  After seeing what was reported on this load in gellatin over at, I picked this cartridge to load into my own Eastern-Bloc surplus guns.  Less than a year ago, I was able to pick up 1,000 rounds of this ammo for $189.  If I recall correctly, that price even included shipping.  In the current catalog, try $499.97 per 1,000!

The second item that really jumped out at me was the pricing on the Lake City .223/5.56 ammunition.  Last year, I thought paying more than $200 for .223 was too much.  In this catalog, try $979.97 for 1,000 rounds!

Winchester Ammo 22

I really hope demand will slack off enough to let the suppliers build up inventory again.  Until then, I am doing a lot more dry firing.  A lot more dry firing.  Seriously.  Who can afford these ammo prices?  Not I.  Can you?

Reloading definitely sounds like a great hobby to get into.  It is also a great survival skill, and perhaps just surviving the ammo shortage price increases is the best use of such a skill.  Certainly, reloading has helped me survive the crazy ammunition prices.

By Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, amateur historian and - most importantly - a dad. He's done a lot of silly things in his life, but quitting police work to follow his passion of writing about guns was one of the smartest things he ever did. He founded this site and continues to manage its operation.