What all of this boils down to is this: I think we’ve hit a tipping point in the .22 market. Now that we are beginning to see high-end brands in stock, I think the rest of the obstacles standing between us and cheap 22 ammo (price-gougers, panic-driven demand, scarcity-driven demand, etc.) will begin to topple like dominoes.I for one sure hope he's right. The artificially-induced and -maintained shortage has gone on long enough and Teh Stoopid really can stop now.
What he says makes sense to me, based on what I've seen myself, and heard from others whose opinion I trust. I stopped even asking about .22 a while ago, and although Alaska usually seems to lag a bit behind most trends, I'll have to start looking again to see if I can confirm it. Would be nice to have an actual shooting stock again--not least because I've got a daughter who is ready to get started. :-)