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26 Responses to Where's the Ammo? Steve Hornady Responds

Haberdasher wrote:
December 09, 2013

Mr Hornaby must be bought by the Obama administration to say what he said. There was no shortage until the DHS starting buying billions of ammo that they dont have a need for unless they have plans for us later. Why would they stockpile that much ammo ? Any guesses?

Ken Moore wrote:
November 22, 2013

In Oregon the last 5-6 years set new reords each year of gun purchases and carry permits. My cun club has had records broke several years for the number of new members. Times that by 50 and my opinon is the makers cannot keep up. The plants can only make so much unless they build bigger plants. I do miss the days of getting reloading stuff or loaded ammo when ever I wanted.

George Taylor wrote:
November 20, 2013

Thank you Steve Hornady for taking a minute to explain the situation from your point of view. I still have questions about the availability of primers, powder, componet bullets, componet brass cases, etc.... As some of this product does become available I predict that it will be considerably more expensive than it was prior to the 'shortage'.... If demand is up and supply is down, up goes the price. So, there are many variables that could 'explain' the situation, however, given the current political situation in America today, almost anything is conceivable. It has always been about money and power, power and money. I don't look for that to change either.

Hugh H. wrote:
November 19, 2013

Ok, Mr. Hornady, if what you say is true, how many years does it take for ammo manufacturers to meet the demand?! I'd wager other industries would meet the product demand given 5 years of continuously growing demand...

Garr Obo wrote:
November 19, 2013

Knowing what happened before and after Bubba Klinton, our previous communist dictator, was elected you'd think that around 2006 someone would have built a new factory to manufacture domestic ammunition wouldn't you?

Lynn Heffern wrote:
November 17, 2013

Speculation without facts is useless. NRA needs to trace some of the large shipments from the manufacturer to the end retailer. See if a hundred thousand rounds in equals a hundred thousand rounds out at the retail end. This would prove that the ammo is really leaving the manufacturers and identify if there are middle men raking off the ammo between manufacturer and retailer.

Robert B Fraser wrote:
September 23, 2013

The large Federal procurements are IDIQ (Indeffinite Delivery Indeffinite Quantity) contracts, not orders. Delivery Orders are placed under the contracts for lesser amounts. The large IDIQ establishes the price, it does NOT commit the Government to purchasing the entire amount. As a retired Fed firearms instructor, I tell you we prectise and qualify with the SAME ammunition we carry--NOT with cheaper or lower quality ammunition. 'Train with what you shoot!'

Carl wrote:
September 23, 2013

I noticed that he did not mention even one disturber that supplies were going to, So? who is receiving the supplies.

John R wrote:
September 21, 2013

It's true, .22 long rifle is scarce. But I've seen empty dealers shelves & I've seen piles of 500 round bricks. One dealer last month, had bricks priced at $95.99 (American Eagle) and $132.50 (CCI 40 grain lead). Another dealer, at a Gun Show 9/7, had at least 10 bricks of the CCI lead at $100 each. The last brick I purchased (2 months ago) was CCI 40 grain lead for $39.95. The dealer had 5 bricks, limit 1 to a customer. By the time I finished browsing his used gun racks, they were all sold.

Rex M Roberts wrote:
September 21, 2013

This guy I always respected, but something is wrong with his thinking now...does he have his head in the sand? DHS has procured/ordered more ammunition than our armed forces used in Vietnam and Mideast combined....Billions of rounds of Hollow-point Jacketed ammo and tells Congress that it is for training and just do not train and practice with premium ammo...

Ron wrote:
September 21, 2013

Talking to an employe at MC Sports Goods, he said that Ruger told him that FFLs had like tripled in the last 2 years. This means if there were 1000 dealers before there are now like 3000 plus. Hoarding, I'm sick of reading this. How can hoarding be going on when stores are limiting us to 2 or 3 boxes of ammunition? I have been able to get some 22LR, but from I've seen the stores are not getting what they use to get. Could this be because someone isn't friendly to the 2nd? Or maybe cause of the number of FFLs.

Randy wrote:
September 21, 2013

This is hogwash! When I go to places that normally sell ammo, I am told they can not get ammo. At Walmart when I ask for 22LR or 9mm they just laugh. They tell me they rarely get what they order. Sometimes they are lucky to get one or two boxes. Yes, customers buy what they can, but when the stores can not get what they order, then the problem is NOT just the customer but also something further up the supply chain.

William Hoffman wrote:
September 20, 2013

While my local Walmart has more handgun, shotgun and big bore rifle ammo, there is NO .22 rimfire. Zero!

Steve wrote:
September 20, 2013

It is my belief that the comments here are accurate, particularly for Hornady. However, I feel that Mr. Stokes is correct in stating that we don't have the whole story; only the story as it applies to Hornady. Hornady is not going to build new facilities to increase production that it does not feel it can sustain long term with market fluctuations. Therefore, I am sure they are at capacity production consistent with raw material supplies. I disagree with him, however, in believing that government entities have submitted large orders that are given a priority. If not by Hornady, then perhaps by other ammunition manufacturers. I appreciate the views expressed here and am glad he took the time to share his company's information.

Raymond wrote:
September 20, 2013

The issue is only part of the ammo is making it to the average consumer. It appears that speculators and other people with 'middle access' is scarfing a bunch of it up prior to it getting places.

John R. wrote:
September 20, 2013

I read an article that quoted Steve Sanetti, president of the NSSF, that basically said 'guns have gone mainstream'. Hundreds of thousands of new gun owners that never had or wanted guns in the past are buying guns. He said that since 3/10 the NCIS background checks have increased every consecutive month to over 1,140,000 in March 2013 (last month the #s were in). At the same time, these and others, are shooting more. NSSF polled shooting ranges around the country, and 87[%] of the ones responding reported large increases in the numbers of shooters and rounds fired.

Bill wrote:
September 20, 2013

Don't care what he is saying, there is no ammo in Michigan anywhere. .22 ? Forget it, dealers say none to be had at all.

Harry Keller wrote:
September 20, 2013

I respect Hornady as a excellent ammunition manufacturer. And what little I look for on the store shelves I see a very slow increase in stock on center fired ammunition. But rim fire ammo is still hard to come by. How about some input from Winchester, Federal, Remington. on rimfire ammo. But I have also talked to some sales staff at different stores, and have been told they have had people ask what 22wmr is then buy it not even owning a firearm that will use it.

Jerry Ray wrote:
September 20, 2013

I have been setting here with high speed internet service and can't get the video to load. Maybe ammo is not the only thing on short supply. I stop by Wal-Mart ever couple days and I have seen their shelves and what is coming off the truck. Its going somewhere but not to walmart.

Bill Albertson wrote:
September 20, 2013

I bought two boxes of 7MM Rem. Mag. at my super market last week. They had five boxes total. It was Winchester at $25.99/box. There's a shortage because people are unnecessarily hoarding.

Bill K wrote:
September 20, 2013

If the info in the video is correct, then why is the ammo not showing up on the dealers shelves ? Dealers tell me they can not get any thorough there suppliers. So where is it, if it is coming off the lines ?

John Martin wrote:
September 19, 2013

I agree with Steve Hornady. My question is; why did 'Cheaper Than Dirt' take advantage of the 'shortage' by charging 3 to 4 times the price of many types and brands of ammo than you charged before the 'fall of 2012'? Example; $1.00 per round for Tula .223 ? Please.

Lawrence Stokes wrote:
September 19, 2013

Meaning no disrespect, but, what Mr. Hornaday is saying can't be the whole story. Up here in Anchorage, I haven't seen a brick of .22 in over a year.

Jim Albaugh wrote:
September 19, 2013

I don't need a bloomin' video, as my access is by cellular device-limited and expensive. What I could use is a transcript. Thanks.

mike g. wrote:
September 19, 2013

RIGHT..... why would I as a MANUF. make MORE and BRING THE PRICE DOWn when I can MAXimize MY PROFIT for a LONG TIME and STILL INCREASE sales at a steady upward climb. NOT A MT. Everest and then DEEP BLUE ABISS all in 18 months.

Thor Odinson wrote:
September 18, 2013

I pass through Grand Island regularly. I need .338 Federal and 10mm componets. Do I have to buy these from a retailer (none in stock) or can I buy them at Hornady? How about a tour and a dog?