I can tell you that 30-06 is the most popular caliber in the fired brass we get at out club sponsored rifle sight in every year, by a factor of 2 or 3 over the nearest other caliber (which is 270 WIN). Now, this is in MN, and the WI ranges near us appear to be about the same. We had a lot of folks who did not find ammo for hunting season this year, and complained to us at the club sponsored events. I would also say people shot about half as much getting ready for the season based on the amount of brass we got.I know there was a shortage of all ammo several years ago when Obama was in office. At that time it was difficult to get ammo and especially certain odd calibers. The ammo companies said that some of the calibers were only produced once a year or less. They would have to convert lines over to produce that caliber of ammo. Once their warehouse had enough of a certain caliber they switch to another one. Components were readily available. Now, even components are extremely hard to get.
I watched the Federal guys video when it came out. He seemed quite negative. I also watched him scoop his hands into a bin a ammo and said they were producing more 30-06 ammo this year than last year. I get about a half a dozen gun magazines and they all all talking 6.5 something or other. I do not think 30-06 has been in demand for years. Why are they tying up a production line making that? Who is buying 30-06 ammo??? First time pistol buyers? These folks buy the handgun, a box or two of ammo, stick it in the drawer, don't get any sort of handgun training and forget about it.
You would think they would concentrate on 9mm, 40 cal, 45 ACP, .223, and 5.56.
I know that either here or on other boards it has been covered, but the production lines at pretty much every mfg are running 24/7. But - they can only run if they still have supplies . they cannot expand the production much beyond that since production machinery lead times are quite long- and expensive. Supply chain materials can be the same issue for them too. Since the Mfg's are running 24/7, they are eating up a lot more powder primers and bullets. From what I hear, ammo deliveries are being made. But the ammo is being bought up as quickly as it hits the shelves. How much of it is popping up on auction sites ? There seems to be a lot on local online auctions here. And expensive , as folks rush to buy it.