The Short Answer: That is a very tough question to answer and depends on a few things.
The Long Answer:
When will this rush be over? Your guess is as good as ours, but my personal opinion is that by mid-year things will start to slow down to a more normal pace allowing us to start getting the back orders cleared up.
What bullets are you looking for? We are running most of our top sellers 24 hours per day right now as fast as we can make them. As soon as the pressure lets up, you will start to see these types of bullets show up on the shelves very quickly. Once shelves and inventories are stocked again with these products, we will then move to the bullet with the most back orders and so forth, right on down the line. So if you are looking for 30 caliber 168 or 175 MatchKings, we are shipping them daily and they will be on the shelves as soon as the demand is met. If you are looking for a slower seller like the #2850 35 caliber 225 grain SBT or #2310 303 caliber 180 grain SPT, it may be a year before we see those back on the press. We hope it will not be this long, but it is a possibility.
Will new gun restriction talk start the buying again? It seems our friends in the government are not quite done yet. Who knows what they will propose next and if that will have another buying spree associated with it. We certainly hope they are done with the blanket “feel good” ban proposals and will instead focus on really fixing the issues which we all agree need to be fixed.
These shortages are not good for us as shooters, but even worse for our sport as a whole. Competitors are passing up certain matches to conserve the ammunition they have. We have new shooters (the future of our industry) that have just joined us by buying a firearm, only to find they cannot go out and shoot it. We have potential lifetime memory hunting trips with sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and friends that may never happen due to the lack of ammunition. What we can promise you is that we are committed to keeping the flow of bullets moving as fast as we can until the shelves in our building, our distributors building, and your home are resupplied.