Depends on how long the people out here keep buying everything that hits the shelves like it's not going to be made tomorrow. In short...hoarders are the cause...plain and simple. We the people will determine how long it lasts.
My local Walmart stores have been short supplied since September, and mostly out of stock of .45acp and 5.56mm since the election. Since Sandy Hook, and the gun ban threats, we have a million or so more gun owners. When the weather gets warmer up north, they will be out shooting their new guns. Homeland Security has bought 1.2 billion handgun rounds. My point? There is a lot of demand for ammo.
Then, the future of guns and ammo in the U.S. is uncertain, so no ammo manufacturer is going to invest in plant expansion. One of the libs wants is to ban import of guns and ammo. Result? No change, or reduction, in supply.
My conclusion? We'll never see ammo at the prices of a year ago again. That was when I began stocking up, and almost every purchase I have made since then was at a higher price. Now I have 1,500 rounds of 45 and 2,500 of 5.56...and I'm hesitant to use it. I've thought about reloading, but the three ranges nearby do not allow picking up your brass--for safety reasons (wink wink).
Incredible as it seems, 2012 may end up being the "good old days" of ammo prices.
223/5.56 is gone unless you have some type of trading post like I have here in Va (running about a $1 a round) and I just paid (at LGS) $25 a box for plinking 38spl with a limit of 2 boxes, but they had ammo. I'm GTG on 9mm, 45acp is so so, I do know where to get 9x18mak fairly cheap though.
I just received a notice that Natchez Shooter Supplies has handgun and AR ammo in stock. Last time I got one of those, I logged on, ordered, and then went back after thinking about it, to order more, and they were out. So if you're interested, you should probably hurry. http://www.natchezss.com/
Ammo in Maine kinda hard to come by......unless you know someone who knows someone.......like i do..hehehewally world has a few boxes of .308 @ $21- $34/ box, and occasionally a couple boxes of .45, maybe like 2 boxes of 9mm.... Cabelas out of everything except $55/ box .308...............
Anyone wonderin' why Homeland Security just bought 1.2 BILLION rounds????
Glad I found my 9mm Remington Luger 115 gr. for $11.99 for a box of 50,,bought all they had,,and got some 22 rounds very cheap as well $16.99 for 525 in a Remington as well,,, I also agree that people are making this happen,,,Im not a hoarder even though I am a shooting fanatic,,I just make calls and wait till the price is right then buy,,,buy,,,buy. Good luck in everyones search,,SHOOT STRAIGHT AND TRUE AND MAY UR ENEMIES BE FEW