Originally Posted by 45Fan
I can agree that the Gov is buying massive quantities of primers in the form of loaded ammo to support the GWOT. Law enforcement and retail ammo sales are taking its tool too. But back to hoarding... The hoarding started before the election last year. Now many people are selling to make a vast profit on the scarcity of primers. I object to those carpetbaggers. I cannot fault anyone who buys up primers to get them through the year. Although I feel sorry for those so afraid of Obama that they bought up a LIFETIME supply. I would say to them, have some faith that this will blow over. I stood in line two hours at the last gunshow for primers. I bought a full years supply for myself and others, at a fair price I might add, because they simply have not been available around here for months. Anyway, the hoarders do exist and they ARE now selling at a great profit on internet sites. Its just wrong to use supply and demand as an excuse to take advantage of people who supposedly shared a common sport/hobby. We should be taking care of each other.
Yes, it is sad that 1 or 2% of all shooters have decided they could not sleep well at night without owning at least 25,000 primers of every size. And after all if someone in the gov wanted to shut down reloading, all they would need to remove from the market would be the primers.
But of course such a scenario is ludicrous as even IF such an action were taken, a black market would soon develop similar to what occurred with alcohol following the passage of the 18th amendment which of course was a complete disaster, costing the government millions of dollars in the days when a million dollars was actually worth something.
But for all their efforts, all these few hoarders have accomplished has been the depriving of the regular weekend shooter from participating in their sport who now cannot reload or even in some cases buy loaded ammo, with the result being a dramatic fall in the sales of other reloading components as well, hurting local retailers and ranges operators.
But I suspect one of these days a time will come when some of these hoarders will find they need a new pickup truck far worse than they need several thousand dollars worth of primers and some of these will begin to show up along with primers being imported from other countries wanting to get their fair share of the windfall profits. So thank you hoarders, and hope you are receiving just gratification from your daily fondling of the hoard.