So where does it go?
Are the Fed’s buying it up?
Surely those who have stockpiled have been at it for some years?
Yep, by placing the contracts for five years worth of ammo (the ‘billion rounds’ stories being spread around) it creates a bottleneck in the system as manufacturers have to set aside enough to fulfill the contracts first. The billion rounds in contract doesn’t even mean the government is taking delivery on them, it just means they are putting in contracts to lock up the manufacturers who got into those contract situations.
It also has hurt everyone else in the supply chain as primer shortages are hurting every manufacturer, even those who don’t fulfill government contracts.
WE are! from what I see.
The feds are buying copious amounts but also consider how many new guns were sold this past year. The civilian and government market are both going full bore. Ammo is not imppossible to get if you are dedicated. I have picked up about 200 rounds of 5.56 over the last couple weeks just popping into Academy Sports whenever I pass by. I know that isn’t much to a high volume shooter but many of those guys are reloaders anyway.
Crappy Nappy just ordered another 1.6 B rounds.