Reloading supplies have almost been extinct for more than 2 years. Why?
At first it was an election year. Then when Biden was elected everyone thought he was going to take our guns away. COVID has also been going on. Since then everyone has been buying guns and ammo. Why? Guns can’t fight a virus.
So why are ammo and reloading supplies so hard to find?
There are lots of companies that make ammo but only 4 companies that make primers. For that reason the primers are the limiting factor. They limit how many handloads I can make and how much ammo the big companies can make.
Companies are surely making primers and supplies as fast as they can. Are people hoarding so much as to cause this shortage to go on for years?
That’s their (manufacturer’s) contention, lately primers have been showing up on some local store shelves. They limit how many one can buy and prices are higher then before almost double at $6 dollars a hundred. Even on line (primer) sales are getting easier to find but shipping and hazmat fees add to the cost of that transaction.
I have a favorite powder for each caliber. I can never get those powders. They always have a couple types of powders so I end up with a compromise. As a result my handloads are never as good as they used to be.
I also think all the riots have a large effect on ammo and components. People who would have never even thought of owning firearms saw police precincts burnt to the ground. They bought guns and as much ammo as they could find. I do believe most components are goin to the OEM manufacturers and what is available to us is just a trickle.
Sure could use a pound or two of Varget
Where are the anythings? Two months ago I bought 60 Swift .260 Rem “factory” rounds for my deer rifle at $3 a pop because it’s been over a year that I am waiting for Scirocco II bullets and any of three powders I would grab if I could find some. I have components I can use, except for the Scirocco bullets. But I do have a few hundred bullets of other design/brand on the shelf that I don’t like as well and use for target and varmint.
Not critical but concerning. I understand the whole hoarding thing because when Bill Cinton was running I stockpiled a bunch of ammo and reloading components. I also have some primers but I would sure feel better with 2,000 more.
Happily I came across a spam can (440 rounds) of Hungarian 7.62 x 54R that I forgot I squirreled away. I’m down to about 800 rounds of 7.62 Russian and the surplus market has gone ballistic, so to speak. I have loaded up on PPU bullets and brass to carry on. IF I COULD GET PRIMERS!
The excellent HXP 69 Greek .303 British I have turned out to be a better investment than Apple stock. Down to about my last 400 of those. :-(. But they are reloadable . . . IF I COULD FIND PRIMERS! The .311" PPU bullets fit this as well.
with the price of primers when you can find them, plus brass, bullets and powder reloading is not if any cheaper now…I am way down on some primers and powder, got one pound of varget left. I still have enough stuff to load 38/357 and 45 Colt which I have been loading and shooting little…
It would be interesting to see industry figures on who’s buying what. The easiest way to impose “backdoor” gun control would be through economic manipulation. There may be a few “whales” buying up certain commodities, such as copper, or directly buying ammo and components at the wholesale level, effectively creating shortages and pumping retail prices. Other markets have been rigged in this way.
We are making ammo full bore using primers & powder. The profiteers are buying primers to make money. Hoarders are grabbing all they can find. This has always passed & I believe it will this time if the factories keep making primers at the present rate things will catch up. I hope.