Tuesday, October 8, 2013
I've Become A Hoarder
Near the end of summer the supply started to loosen up and prices, while still higher than before the panic, dropped somewhat. So I decided to start hoarding ammo myself. I won't put just any crap in my gun. There is plenty of stuff on the market that is made in Russia or the Ukraine, but the reliability and cleanliness of that ammo is suspect. Even Remington, a famous American manufacturer, has a bad name among shooters. So I stick to Winchester and Federal Arms (which also makes American Eagle). I've never had a misfire, rim fire, squib or failure to eject with any of these brands.
WalMart was my go to spot for ammo. But as the supply lines have opened a bit, WalMart is still behind the curve; finding ammo at the local stores is still hit or miss. Luckily, there is a web site that tracks prices from multiple suppliers in near real time and even breaks the prices down into a per round format, making it easy to see what your real cost is. It's a constantly fluid market so it is necessary to check the site 4-5 times a day to find the best deals.
The range I go to is a 30 minute drive from my home. They are opening a second location on Oct. 16 that is 10 minutes from me, making it much more convenient for me to practice more often. Once they open my hoarding will pay off.