I noticed you are in NZ, how hard is it to find ammo? I just mean finding it, not the outrageous prices they may charge. For a while in my AO, 22LR is still a bear to even find. Luckily I find enough on the Internet to keep me shooting.
.223 was harder during "the panic" but it's back on the shelves with mixed price ranges, so I need to shop around more. Generally the gun shows here have enough and are pretty cheap. Example: last show 9mm was $145/500 for 124g FMJ.
Ammunition supply overall isn't too bad usually. The stuff is imported from all over the world, so that does help. One issue that we do run into is that due to the size of our market and the distance involved in freighting from overseas, the importers/distributors run out of their stock for certain flavours of ammo at times.
I did notice that during your guys panic there wasn't a reduction in ammunition supply as such, it was more that the prices on the premium target/hunting rounds went up a fair bit, and their availability was reduced a little. I assume this was due to all the cases/primers/powder used for those being swallowed up making the cheaper ammo for you guys.
Pricewise, we do pay a bit more for our ammunition. A brick of CCI standard is $45, 9mm FMJ is around the $250/500 mark and premium stuff like Hornady's 7mm Rem Mag loaded with a 154gr Interbond is $75 a box of 20. Most guys I know that shoot more than a box or two of hunting ammo per year either reload themselves, or know someone that does. Even gunsmiths in NZ usually reload for people too, simply because it's cheaper for the customer (and gives very accurate ammo).
Using my reloading gear, the amount of 7mm Rem Mag that my BFF shoots has provided enough cost-savings to pay for two basic reloading sets, and then there's the amount of .303 and varmint grade .223 that's been reloaded with it as well. I guess it's time for him to pony up and buy his own set-up eh?