I have been monitoring the local WalMart to see if the .22 bubble shows any sign of deflating. A heavy winter visitor presence has returned to Yuma. I have not seen any .22 long rifle in WalMart for months.
This afternoon was different. I stopped at the store, and made my usual inspection of the ammunition counter. There were thousands of .22 LR cartridges for sale, most of them in bulk packs. Bulk packs are the preferred purchase of people who are buying the ammunition for resale, or simply to stock up. All of the .22 ammunition there was Winchester, except for a few CCI shot shells.
There were ten bulk packs of Winchester 333 round count, as pictured above. As I watched, a couple form Washington State purchased five of bulk packs. WalMart still has the 3 box limit; so he bought three and she bought two. They cut their purchase back by 1 box.
I asked them if they had .22 available in Washington State. The answer was that they had it now and then, but this was a better price.
The gentleman said that he had gone to WalMart, early in the morning in Washington State this summer, for two months straight, every day. and he had never scored a round of .22. The last he recalled, he bought the 333 round bulk packs at over $26 a box. The price in Yuma is $17.37, just over 5.2 cents a cartridge.
There were a thousand rounds of .22 Winchester SuperX, but they had not been touched. They were priced at $8.37 a box of 100.
My favorite WalMart clerk, Yittzel, was working today. She said the shipment came in this morning, and included 15 boxes of Federal bulk pack of 525 rounds. The Federal bulk packs sold out first and fast. I wasn't able to get a price on the Federal rounds.
There were also 15 boxes of the Winchester bulk pack that came in this morning. 10 of those were left at 3:30 this afternoon, down to 5 boxes by 4 p.m.
The thousand rounds of Winchester SuperX were already there this morning, and were still there when I left the store this afternoon.
In the last week, I have seen .22 long rifle as low as 5 cents a round on the Internet. There is market resistance to breaking the 5 cents a round barrier, but it is coming. Demand is starting to be met.
The prediction that we will see bulk pack .22 long rifle ammunition at 4 cents a round by the end of October, still holds.
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