Now is the Time to Stock Up on .22LR (Maybe)


Now is the Time to Stock Up on .22LR (Maybe)

I’ve seen a bunch of articles go through my feed recently to the effect that the Great .22LR Ammo Shortage is now over, with TFB reporting that Wal-Mart is even removing its buying limits.

As a guy who started stacking it right before the panic hit, and then sat out the panic years entirely, this news tells me one thing: start stacking it again.

Or, at least try to start stacking it. First, I actually have to find some, and I’ve yet to see a single round at any Wally World here in central Texas. When I do see .22LR on shelves, it’s in the smaller lots — the only 500-round bricks I see are this Aguila stuff out of Mexico. I bought two bricks of that but haven’t actually shot it, yet, so I don’t know how it runs in my guns. My guns all like CCI Blazer, so that’s what I have about 4K rounds of on-hand.

4K rounds is a good start, but I really want to get to 10K rounds of .22LR before the next shortage hits, and it will hit.

So, while I’m heartened by the increasing trickle of positive news around .22LR availability, for me the shortage won’t be truly over until I can walk into Wal-Mart or any other store that sells ammo most days and pick up a brick of Blazer.

How are .22LR stock levels in your neck of the woods? Are you able to get what you want, when you want it?

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