During the Obama era when ammunition prices skyrocketed, many shooters turned to the more affordable .22 LR to use for a day at the range. History has largely repeated itself as shooters have again flocked to the small caliber round as other bullets have been impossible to find, while prices have reached levels never seen before.
That isn’t to say that .22 LR has been easy to find either, and earlier this year it was as difficult to acquire as any other popular caliber. However, as manufacturers have ramped up production, .22 LR is once again far easier to find and likely will continue to fill the void for shooters.
History of the .22
The cartridge has long been popular with “training rifles” used by the military, while it has also long been seen as fun “plinking” ammo for target shooting – named for the short, sharp, metallic sound made when shooting old cans or glass bottles.