The other threads seem to get so far off track it is difficult to get them back on course but I'll add my two cents about no ammo and "hoarding". First off the term hoarding seems out of place for most of us, myself included. Yes, I keep a couple of cases of .22's on hand as well as a nice supply of powder, primers, bullets, and alloy. I also keep a 25 pound bag of rice and one of beans in a plastic container just in case. Also have a transfer switch at my house connected to a generator in case the power goes out. This isnt hoarding, its just being prepared for an emergency that we hope never happens. I am not worried about any proposed ammo taxes or big goverment taking over, blah blah blah. I'm not going to bury anything so the "man" can't find it.
Why do I stock up on reloading supplies and ammo? Mostly because I like saving money. I buy stuff on sale, clearance, close out, etc. Watch the classifieds and pick up good buys on powder, bullets, etc from people moving out. Last night was loading up some .44 mags and the price on the box of the CCI primers was $1.59 and Pay n Save. I still have powder that cost $8 a pound from Longs Drugs.
You dont have to be rich to stock up. I had a rule for a long time that on every pay day I would buy either a box of bullets, pound of powder, or brick of primers. This rule came into place simply because I hated running out of anything. Real PITA to try to locate one specific thing in Alaska when you must have it. Most of the time you can't find it, so buy it when you can. Last time we tried to do a group powder buy (about 7 months ago) could not generate enough interest to even get it off the ground. And that was saving about 25% on 8 pound jugs. Bet more than a few of you are regretting that one.
If you don't reload, start. Buy one piece at a time. Press, trimmer, powder measure, etc. Components, same thing. Make a plan and stick to it. Don't put it off, start right now. You will be loading better ammo at a cheaper price, whats not to like? If you are new to the game of reloading it is understandable you can be low or out of components but you seasoned loaders who don't have a stock of primers or powders all I can say is shame on you. Same goes for .22 ammo. A month ago most stores I were in had full shelves of rimfire ammo. CMP still has it in stock, but for how long?
Hope I don't sound like I am preaching to the choir here.