The cost of ammunition has skyrocketed. When demand exceeds supply, manufacturers have the upper hand and can dictate prices. The price of 6.5 cents per round is higher than 17 years ago. There has been a historically high demand for ammunition for several years.
There is no denying that gun control legislation, or even the threat of it, can have a major influence on the price of weapons and ammunition. More recently, the announcement that no new import permits would be issued for ammunition manufactured in Russia caused panic in purchases and even higher prices for imported cartridges. Although existing permits will be honored over the next 2 years, it is certain that this legislation will have a knock-on effect throughout the ammunition industry. Russia has been the largest external supplier of ammunition to the United States for the past 16 years, and some ammunition, such as 5.45x39 mm, comes almost entirely from Russia.
Similarly, recent inflation has also contributed to rising ammunition prices. This can invariably push up the price of brass cased ammunition in those calibers even higher, as there is now less ammunition at the lower end to drive prices down. Recently, the Remington website was revamped and it seems that they are preparing to start selling ammunition on their website directly to the consumer, as all Vista ammunition companies do. Continued ammunition shortages and increased purchases of ammunition online have led to fake online retail websites.