I’m sure there are plenty of kids all across Wyoming who are hoping for a new rifle or shotgun under the Christmas tree. And there are likely just as many adults hoping for a new gun, too. But because all the ammo is getting gobbled up the minute it hits the store shelves, many of those Christmas gun recipients are probably going to have to wait a while before they can shoot them.
People. C’mon. Please stop hoarding the ammo. We went through this a few election cycles ago, and we came out of it just fine. And back in 2009, I’d have thought people would have stockpiled enough. Apparently, I was mistaken.
Thanks to people buying every last bullet they can find in most of the popular calibers, if you were thinking of getting your young hunter a .243 or a .270, you might need to rethink that. Everywhere I have been in the last few weeks, there seems to be plenty of 7mm Magnum and .300 Winchester Mag, so you might have to get Junior a bigger rifle than you were originally planning on.
I was able to find some .30-30, .223 and .270 boxes on the Internet, but they were about $2 per round, even from a company whose name implies their prices are the lower than the ground. Either they’re guilty of false advertising, or dirt has suddenly become extremely valuable.
I hope the ammo manufacturers step up production before Christmas. It would be a shame to get a new gun as a gift and have to wait until the Fourth of July to shoot it.
If you’re one of the people who have case after case of rifle ammo stuffed under your bed, in your attic, between the cushions of your couch, or wherever else you’re hiding it, I’ll make you a deal. I’ll trade you a roll of Charmin two-ply for a box of ammo. This year, I think that’s probably a pretty even trade.