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ammo_truck1.jpgWhere's the ammo? Not in HLD's bunkers (well, not entirely, anyway).
Credit is due to the National Rifle Association for debunking conspiracy theories about "the government" causing this crisis. Last month's issue of American Rifleman, the "official journal of the NRA," lays out the case for why American gun owners have only themselves to blame for the steep rise in ammunition prices (and the steep fall in ammunition supply).

From 2000 to 2012, the NRA reported, excise taxes received by the federal government on ammunition sales (a proxy for ammo sales per se) roughly tripled in size. The dollar value of actual ammunition sales increased nearly 100% from 2007 to 2012. In real life, the NRA explained this means that ammunition sales "started to climb fast as gun sales began surging" in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election."

I know this will not dissuade those of you for whom it *must* be an Obama-driven thing, as well as those who think the NRA are sell-outs.

I drive a big truck, my mileage varies.

The NRA Reveals Who's to Blame for Ammo Shortage: You.

Well, okay, we might be a part of the problem, too.



Since so many calibers are/were out of stock of late I have decided to go the roll your own route. On a positive note, Cabela's shelves seem to be getting better except for 22LR.
Oh, John, you spoilsport, the other theories are so much sexier.
 And there are many who aren't going to let me get in the way of their cherished favorites.
Briefcases are a much safer place to store ammunition, the authorities will never find it.
This is my one chance to out-do the Castle. 

I got considerably more'n that!

And will buy all I can find for decent prices.
 You can never have too much ammo. Unless you are on fire (With apologies to an unknown Aviator).
 Many that I know are buying until they have enough and enough varies. But the consensus is that there should be about 2 years worth at hand. Then after that level is reached, buy or make to replace what is used.