(TYLERPAPER) — There have been ammunition shortages before in the United States, but nothing like what gun owners have seen the last six months.

Target shooters, those using .22 long rifles, .223 and .308 calibers were already feeling the pinch, but starting in December even waterfowlers were having trouble finding steel shot.

Then all ammunition began to fly off shelves, and replacements were slow in coming — if at all.

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