I have about 2K rounds of store-bought 223 stashed away, bought it years ago, haven't fallen victim to the current feeding-frenzy, nor to the one in '08-09. I shoot it some, but not at a real rapid rate, so this would last me for a while. I do handload and have loaded 223, but not too much lately simply because I find futzing around with leetle beety boolits and brass to be something of a PITA with my big clumbsy sausage fingers. I've got several thou brass cases, however, and am thinking that maybe I'll start handloading up a bunch to while away the cold winter nights. Re the ammo shortage, this one surpasses the one in '08-09 by far, at least with respect to 223. I was in a big shop the other evening and even their premium brands of 223 were completely sold out, there wasn't a single round in the store. Previously I remember not being able to find the FMJ inexpensive stuff, but the more spendy ammo was still obtainable. Not anymore, at least not around here.