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just what we need.....another panic to drive up prices..........

the good new is the 38 special and 32 h&r mag did not make the list.......which i guess makes me rather obsolete and out of date compared to most of the herd.....

anyways..... https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ammunition-sales-soar-in-response-to-coronavirus-panic-301018703.html

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HARVEY, La., March 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) hits the US, it's not just hand sanitizer and flu medications that are flying off the shelves. While Walmart and Target are running out of emergency essentials and "currently unavailable" is popping up on various Amazon searches, the rush to be prepared has also reached the ammunition industry.


Ammo sales soar in response to Coronavirus panic



Recent analysis shows that online ammunition retailer, Ammo.com, has seen a significant increase in conversions and sales since February 23, 2020. The company reports that this surge corresponds with the public concern regarding the COVID-19 virus. According to Google Trends, starting on February 23, American interest over time (the site's measurement matrix) of the term "coronavirus" has quadrupled, increasing from 22 to 100.
When compared to the 11 days before February 23 (February 12 to 22), in the 11 days after (February 23 to March 4), Ammo.com's number of transactions increased 68% and the company has seen a conversation rate increase of 45%.
Alex Horsman, the marketing manager at Ammo.com, said of the surge, "We know certain things impact ammo sales, mostly political events or economic instability when people feel their rights may end up infringed, but this is our first experience with a virus leading to such a boost in sales." Horsman continued, "But it makes sense. A lot of our customers like to be prepared. And for many of them, it's not just facemasks and TheraFlu. It's knowing that no matter what happens, they can keep themselves and their families safe."
When it comes to actual sales, Ammo.com's increase varied among calibers and brands. Calibers that saw the largest increase include:

Top sales increases in brands went to MBI ammo with a 179% increase and Federal ammo at 176%. Other significant growth included:

Sales also varied by state, with North Carolina and Georgia coming in with the largest increase (179% and 169% respectively). These were closely followed by Pennsylvania (140%) and Texas (128%). Other states that saw a big boom are:

The company also mentioned that the price of gold has started to rise (5.35% in the last 30 days), which tends to correlate with an increase in the sales of ammunition. Interested parties can learn more about the connection through the company's infographic: Are Guns and Ammo the New Gold?, a 2011 data study.
 

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I don't understand why people don't keep these basic needs on hand at any given time anyway. IMHO you should have at least 500 rounds for every common handgun or semi auto rifle you own and at least 100 rounds of larger bolt or other type of long rifle ammo on hand. If you only have a few guns then those ammo reserves should be higher. If you reload you should also have supplies on hand to reload more at any given time as well. people should also keep at least a couple of weeks of non perishable food and basic medical supplies on hand as well. Water should also be kept on hand if you don't have usable source if the power goes out. I have been seeing news stories and signs in stores about shortages of things like lysol, hand sanitizer and even thermometers. Who doesn't have a thermometer in their house????
 

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I always have enough ammo to hunt, defend and take on a platoon. Shelf stable food store are enough for 1-1 1/2 months of sheltering for 5 or 6 people. I always stock those foods and rotate them as regular means. In other words I don’t buy shelter foods I wouldn’t normally buy so I’m not forced to eat dehydrated food before it expires or has to be tossed. Cans of soup, beans rice, tuna and such.
 
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