Bought my son a savage youth 7/08 couple weeks ago at Bass Pro. Exact same deal. Shelves were empty but they gladly sold me a box of shells since I bought a gun.My son saved up and bought a.243 this summer. He is pretty excited to shoot something with it. The gun shop only sold us ammunition because we were buying a gun. Crazy times. Tikka t3 with 100 grain core-lokts.