Anyone running into Reload supply shortage?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by rav373, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. rav373

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  2. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    Certain kinds of powder are readily available here, mostly those that are primarily for handguns. What is in seriously short supply is just about any kind of bullets... The dealers' shelves have plenty of dies, powder, and primers, but brass and bullets are hard to find. I reuse my brass as many times as I can get away with it, but it doesn't last forever. I don't cast my own bullets because I don't have a place to do it, so I'm at the mercy of the commercial supply of bullets.
     

  3. mountainman13

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    Primers are and will continue to be an issue. Even caps for black powder are hard to get now.
    Buy all the components you want, without a source of ignition they are useless.
    Coincidence???
     
  4. Overkill0084

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    Supplies here are hit or miss, but showing signs of improvement.
    One day in May at Sportsman's Warehouse I found powder, bullets, primers and, get this - .22 ammo all on the same visit. It was what I imagine a lottery win would feel like.
     
  5. JW357

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    Everything in my area is hard to come by. Except for black powder.
     
  6. aandabooks

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    I've got a source for everything I need to reload. I might not get the exact powder but I have bought over 30lbs. Primers are a little sketchy for brand but I've bought 20k and haven't paid more than $37.50/1,000. I live just up the road from S&S Casting and my LGS has a long history with them. Supply of lead bullets has not been a problem. Rifle bullets has been OK but I can't buy 1k at a time. 200 per visit is the current limit.
     
  7. mseric

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    The Old-Timer that runs the LGS here saw the handwriting on the wall back in Nov. The day after the election he was on the phone placing orders and buying every primer and every pound of powder he could find. I don't remember the exact number he quoted me, but it was something like 2.5 million primers. He did not mention how many pounds of powder.

    I went there yesterday to pick up some H-322. Not in stock. Large rifle primers were all gone, small rifle were Rem 6 1/2 and rationed to 200. LP and SP were Win and also a 200 limit.

    I asked if he would be getting anymore H-322 or any more Rem 7 1/2. He said his wholesaler/distributor is limiting customers to 100 pounds of powder and primers are also rationed.

    A big issue for him is shipping. He has to get his supplies by the pallet and his rationed powder and primers won't fill the pallet, so his order sits and sits until the pallet is full.

    It's bad and it's only going to get worse after the Dems take back the House in 2014.
     
  8. Crazycastor

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    Tuesday I was at my wits end trying to find powder. Finally went on gun brokers and found some powder I could use and paid out the @$$. Friday I went to the LGS and there was powder. Couldn't believe my eyes. Told the salesman to put one behind the counter for me because I wanted to look around some more. Came back to pay for the powder and all of it was gone except for the one I had behind the counter. My brother couldn't believe the whole shelves were completely empty.
     
  9. SurfGuitar

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    I'm in South Jersey, and it's bad all across the board. Everything is in short supply or out of stock.
    No powder at all, sporadic runs on large pistol primers (both standard and Magnum), small pistol, and both large and small rifle primers are non existent here. The only bullet heads I've been able to find were internet ordered from Midway, and they were 200Gr. cast LFN for .44Spl / .44 Magnum. No rifle heads of any kind.....:(

    I have enough supplies to reload about 600 more .44 Magnums, as for .38Spl / .357 Magnum, 9mm, .45acp, and .308 Win.....well I just hope and pray things lighten up real soon or I'll have to find another hobby.....

    We have no LGS, Cabela's, or Bass Pro shops anywhere near here, it's all Mom & Pop gun shops, or the internet with that $27.50 Haz-Mat fee added to every order......:rolleyes:
     
  10. Crazycastor

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    To bad a bunch of us close to each other could order a pallet of powder. Might take a while to get to us but we could order what we wanted and pay that 47 hazmat fee only once
     
  11. kingrider

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    Everything here is pretty much back to normal other than brass. Alliant powder is hard to come by.
     
  12. BlueTurf

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    I have not been able to buy 230-grain RN bullets for my .45 cap loading or H4350 powder for my .270 and .243 loads. I have been trying to get these items for months.
     
  13. AIKIJUTSU

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    I'm having a little problem with the concept that so many people are buying this stuff that the producers can't keep up with the demand. Everywhere I look, the web sites of suppliers of powder, primers, brass, and slugs have "Out of Stock" posted for pretty much every item they list. If they have no stock, how can anybody be buying the stuff? Are they filling orders for our ever-popular government that are being ordered specifically to take the products off the market?
     
  14. gandog56

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    Well I figured if Obummer got re-elected it would be shortage #2, so November I stocked up. I remember getting Wolf large pistol primers on sale for $14. Today, I saw exactly one place online that still has some in stock....for $50!!!!!!

    Danged gougers.:mad:
     
  15. Txhillbilly

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    The problem isn't with the reloader's,it's the factory ammo shortage that's causing a shortage in the reloading supply chain.
    A large majority of Primers/Powder/Brass/Bullets are being used to try and produce factory ammo,so there's a lot less being offered to the dealers of Reloading supplies.
    Powder Valley is very behind,and chances are if you see an item in stock when you order it,by the time they get to your order,it is out of stock.
    I placed an order for 5 different powders that were in stock when I ordered,but when they got to my order,they only had 1 type in stock,and only 1 type of primers that I ordered.
    If you placed an order right now with them,it would be July 24th before they would get to your order.They are filling orders for June 23rd right now!


    I know how you feel! My local supplier has raised his prices up so much that I cussed him out.He has forever lost my business!
    8 lb of H414 = $200
    Primers = $50 per 1k

    I'm in no need for anything at the present time,so I can wait this deal out for several years if I have to,but I will never purchase another item from anyone that takes advantage of the situation with their longtime customers.
     
  16. Vikingdad

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    Things are pretty sparse around here. Nobody has anything larger than 1 lb of powder, when they have it. Primers are starting to show up here and there in small quantities. Same thing with bullets.

    I am good on cases and primers. I can cast bullets and I have plenty of .308 and .224 Hornady bullets (bulk purchase awhile ago from Natchez). What I need is powder for the AR. I have been using H335 but I am down to my last 8 lbs. Haven't been able to find anything comparable that is available anywhere.
     
  17. AIKIJUTSU

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    Txhillbilly: "I know how you feel! My local supplier has raised his prices up so much that I cussed him out. He has forever lost my business!
    8 lb of H414 = $200
    Primers = $50 per 1k"
    Amen. It is almost not worth the effort to reload if it's going to cost more than buying factory ammo. And the gougers will have a hard time staying in business. Everybody will remember this s**t.
     
  18. AIKIJUTSU

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    There is finally a little improvement in the situation. I was able to buy 500 cast bullets each in 180 gr lead .40, 240 gr lead .44, and 230 gr lead .45 acp bullets and plenty of primers. So my son and I can go to the outdoor range and make some noise for a little while.
    The prices are a little high, but reloading is still cheaper than the ridiculous
    prices for factory ammo (when they have factory ammo).
     
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