Well, most of the ammo shortages that we have experienced over the last few years are not a problem at the moment.
We visited Hoffman’s in Newington, CT over the weekend and they had virtually every handgun & longarm ammo conceivable. Pallets, literally pallets, of .223, .380, 9mm, .40S&W and .45acp; both range ammo and defensive ammo, in multiple bullet weights for each caliber. Every hunting caliber was available. Even ammo for Tokarev and Nagant handguns was available.
Try not to drool:
But…still no .22LR, except for shotshells and some expensive ($12.99/50) match ammo. No .22WMR either. Some .17HMR, but not a huge pile of it.
One of the ranges we use had .22LR available for range use only. They received it in bulk containers, and had to recycle old CCI and Remington plastic boxes to dole it out to shooters.
The government isn’t placing huge bulk orders for .22 rimfire ammo.
Is the shortage due to the loss of the last domestic lead smelter?
Is it due to reflexive hoarding?
Will the return of .22 ammo coincide with a shortage of centerfire ammo?
Well, a little .22 ammo appeared. Dicks Sporting Goods got some 100-round boxes in stock, and they were gone in a flash; before I could get to the store in fact.
2 different independent gun stores had 1 kind of .22 ammo apiece:
Neither deal was great. But the bulk package was less offensive to my innate Yankee cheapskate tendencies.