I don't see .22LRs getting all that expensive and the temporary shortage of ammo isn't an industry-caused problem; it's a hoarding problem. There's more than enough ammo for people to use, but not enough in the short-run to allow each of us to buy a truckload when we only need a couple of bricks.
Unfortunately, ammo and gun manufacturers and dealers will take advantage of our hoarding and gun-buying excesses to raise prices excessively, especially on used guns. We're our own worst enemy, but it's not just us, it's all the people who decided it's time to arm themselves against the government's future regulations. That's life.
We didn't cause this, it was those horrible mass shooters, but we're "paying" for their sins as well.
If I can't be with the rifle I love, I love the rifle I'm with!!