October 8, 2013
Gun owners have been dealing with an ammunition shortage since the start of the year, but it appears to be getting better.
"Ammunitions stay on the shelf now maybe hours or a day or two versus minutes, like they were before," said Albemarle County Firearms owner Michael Brookman.
Still, Brookman says customers have been frustrated trying to get their hands on some of the ammunition they want.
"It's been a long time now that we've been in this hump of ammunition," said Brookman.
Brookman says the ammunition shortage has most significantly affected 22 long rifles.
"We're being told by manufacturers that what they've done is sacrifice production of 22 long rifle for the larger calibers, primarily because their margin's better on the higher caliber rifle than the hand gun ammunition," he said.
But there is good news for hunters. Brookman says they should not be too concerned for their needs this season. Their ammo is still out there.
"The reason for it is it's always been more expensive ammunition, so the hunting rounds are typically much more money to buy and you shoot a lot less of it," said Brookman.
Prices have gone up slightly, but hunting ammo is easier to find than other kinds because it is not a high-volume consumable.
"A whole season you might only shoot ten rounds, versus a couple people [going] out to plink with 22 long rifles. They'll go through a box of 525 in a couple of hours," said Brookman.
Brookman says he does not expect manufacturers to increase capacity on the ammunition that is still facing a shortage because shortages are cyclical, typically lasting about 16 months.
This latest cycle began about ten months ago.