Right now we are in one of the greatest ammunition shortages since the president first took office in his first term. This has lead to retailers have their inventory back ordered and private sellers to mark up bulk ammunition 300% times their original value.
However ammunition is also rising in cost because of components. Copper and lead are in constant supply/demand flux. Their is also speculation that the ATF will tax ammunition. by going after a vital ingredient, smokeless gun powder.
If true, even reloaders would be hit hard after their supplies run out. All of these factors will lead to the shortage to continue long into 2014. .22 long rifle will easily pass $25 for a bulk pack by the end of the year if its even available. Feel free to comment below if you are aware of any retailer who is still in stock.