found this interesting tid bit on the web but have not been able to verify the accuracy of the production numbers given.
“Take for example .22LR ammunition. The industry as a whole (all manufacturers combined) is setup to produce 4,200,000,000 (4.2 Billions) .22 LR annually. That is running all the machines, full capacity all the time, all manufacturers together. There is NOTHING they can do to produce more.
That corresponds to 230,137 cartridge per State per day, which is 460 bricks of 500 .22lr per day per State. That means that if less than 50 people per day in each State are buying 10 bricks of .22, it is enough to dry up the entire supply as it is being manufactured.”
Assuming that those numbers are somewhat accurate; I would also point out that it is highly unlikely that each state receives an equal amount of .22LR, and I suspect that Alaska, given our relatively low population numbers combined with complicated and over regulated supply chain, probably receives far less than that quoted above. Not good news for those of us that would like to see retailers catch up and be able to provide more inventory to the public.