Ammo prices surge

In Bethel, they buy bullets by the box now, not the case.

In Nome, ammo buyers are shell shocked: "They use a lot of expletives," says a local store manager.

In Anchorage, lead shot for shotgun shells used to cost $18 a bag. Now it's more than $50, if you can find it.

Across Alaska, and across the country, ammunition prices have spiked over the past two years. In some cases, the costs have more than doubled, and shooters, shops and ammo-makers mostly blame the soaring cost of metal.

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