<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comI believe in stocking up. So I went in to buy more 22 while shopping for other things this weekend. I expected to pay $9.95 for 550 like usual. At Wal-Mart the counter talk was all about a 15% price hike on long arms. I picked up a 550 cartridge box of Federal 22 LR for $11.95 thinking that was high. I then went to Dick’s to price 22 cartridges there. The CHEAPEST box of 22 cartridges they had on the shelf was 500 rds of plain Jane lead topped Remington for $16.50! Keep in mind the just $9.95 at Wal-Mart just 3 months ago! 9mm Luger is usually “on sale” every couple of weeks at Dick’s for $7 per box (when you buy 10 boxes). This week the flyer sale price was $10.95. I was surprised that a smaller shop (the local cop shop) had FULL shelves of ammo inventory. But then I noticed that 3/4 of what is there is OLD ammo. I mean like 10 year old boxes. Someone has cleaned out a private stash or estate sale etc. And they are now charging new ammo prices for the old inventory. There is perhaps 25% new inventory. I priced 22 ammo there too. What I thought was a bargain at first glance just wasn't. I saw a brick of American Eagle brand 22 LR for $11 and thought it was a good price until I saw that the box no longer held 500 rds. It is now packaged in 400 round boxes! So it was a 10% increase in price AND a simultaneous 20% decrease in product! There was no bargain there at all! If you haven't already stocked up go shopping. If your local shop has not yet raised prices stock up NOW.