Primer shortage?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by robbo60, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. robbo60

    robbo60 New Member

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    I would like to know whats going on with primers. Nobody seems to have any now and I can't get a straight answer as to why. Are people hoarding them? Are the factories still making them? I see all stocks depleated and no backorders being taken. What gives? I need some facts. Thanks.
     
  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    HUGE DEMAND! The military, civilian ammo markets and the reloaders.
     

  3. SlamFire

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    Guns sales generally are up 49% since Obama. We're "sending a message," and it's resulting in hoarding, shortages of everything, but especially ammo, reloading components, and stuff on 5.56 / 308 Win.

    The "good news" is that the gun grabbers in Wash. DC are getting the message.
     
  4. RL357Mag

    RL357Mag New Member

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    Try Midsouth Shooters Supply, Reloading, Air Guns, Optics, Muzzleloaders & Shooting Supplies
    I have small pistol primers on backorder with them, but generally they are well stocked on rifle components.
     
  5. shoez

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    I think the biggest problem is hoarding. I am really frustrated with this the last couple years. last year primers went up a bunch because of copper/brass being sky high. Well, the price of brass and copper hit the floor, so I figured prices would at least stabilize. NOOOOOOOO. Now we have our new prez and people are freaked. I shoot 5k rounds a year no matter what, now all the amatuers are buying up everything to sit on it for the inevitable end of civilization.:p Don't even get me started on the people selling primers on sites like gun broker for $70 per thousand. A special place in hell for those opportunistic jerks. Funny thing is my local shop is out too, but they told me that prices are about the same when they do come in. I will quit reloading before I pay 4x what they are worth. just my opinion.
     
  6. mrm14

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    I believe it's hoarding as well. I'm down to just a handful primers and I can't find any, anywhere, that I use. I need more soon as I shoot up most of the ammo I build or buy. I'ts real frustrating.
     
  7. robbo60

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    I've actually have started to see some Win. primers around here in Northern IL. (pistol only) They are selling out fast. Small rifle primers are unheard of though.
     
  8. Bigcat_hunter

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    I am a dealer and I cant get them. The wholesale warehouses have been dry for about six months. If the wholesalers cant get them then where are they going?? Its strange.
     
  9. mrm14

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    I use CCI BR II primers. Other primers throw off my reload recipies. Loading longer range rifle ammo now for target builds. Hopefully CCI BR II primers will be available before too long.
     
  10. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

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    I wish I could get back into reloading; however, the wife will not allow me to keep the goods in the garage or the shed and even with a fire-proof storage box! Thehouse is a no-no!

    Albuquerque is almost becoming a ghost town for any reloading ability. I talked to an individual drove from Santa Fe just for regular ammo, i.e. pistol and rifle. He has hit every store - empty, that was last Friday. Sportsman's Warehouse was the biggest to carry ammo and firearms' however, with Chapter 11, not yet finding a buyer and the no credit supply is very thin. They have no pistol's and do not do special orders! :(
     
  11. shoez

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    Got some Winchester large pistol primers yesterday for $31 per thousand. Not too bad. The place had about 10,000 in stock. However, I was looking for small pistol and small rifle primers too and no luck. The only other primers he had in stock was 209's and large rifle magnum primers. Powder was lean also, they were out of 748, H335, Varget, BL C-2, basically anything that reloads in the 223 and 308. I did score a couple pounds of H4895 though.

    Ammo seemed to be in good supply though.
     
  12. dukech1

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    I have been ordering from Midway USA, but apparently thier supply is running short, as far as Washington seeing and understanding this? NOT! et it while you can and hope for the best!
     
  13. npbwbass

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    Ready for slingshots

    Hey Big Country! Down here in Belen some of use almost don't know what fresh ammo looks like these days. I am shooting stuff I loaded for reserve use over 15 years ago. I you see a score for anything ammo related drop a note!
     
  14. captain1ranger

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    Shortage ! Hoarding !

    .223 brass is the same way everyone is hoarding all the reloading supplies.
     
  15. Darth AkSarBen

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    I keep my reloading stuff, shells, primers, powder, etc in the bedroom closet. Smokeless powder in itself is not explosive. It is FAST burning. If our house catches on fire, the last thing I'm doing is staying around to get stuff out. If the fire reaches the closet, oh well.

    Keeping black power around in your house is a little more risky (for muzzle loading shooting) However, I have known and myself in years past when I shot black powder, kept it, too, in the house. Nice and dry. Just don't smoke around any primers, poweder, or at the time of reloading.

    Here in Michigan, we must be better off than most people. I bought 1,000 Large Pistol primers the other day, and there were still some on the shelf. A bit expensive at 29.95 for Winchester!! Last time I bought primers at On Target in Kalamazoo, MI was last Oct. and they were only $1.79 / box of 100. At that time there were LOTS. Also bought 1000 Rainier plated bullets the other day for reloading.. .45 ACP caliber. There is still powder, brass, primers, bullets (reloading) and some manufuacture bullets availabe. More in .45 and above than below, but at a local Gun Store I saw some .38 and .357 magnums cartridges for sale.
     
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  16. Rifleman01

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    Primer and general shortage of ammo

    We are all very worried about the coming confiscation of firearms, ammo, and all else relating to the shooting sports. In my State a total Gun Ban is pushed by our Jewish Governor. It is a shame he doesn't know his history, Hitler grabbed all German guns before he began!!!!!!!!!!! So only the Germans whom fore saw what was coming could grab their firearms and hid in Alsase Lorraine a province in France close to the Swiss ALPS where even panzer tanks could not go! My forefathers fought had children and died there! But if we did not have something to fire, rocks would not have saved us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  17. BILLYBOB44

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    Welcome In! Rifleman01

    First of all welcome the forum, Rifle. Jewish or Christian, an Anti-gun Gov.is NOT in tune of the People of his State. Your Gov. needs to learn from my Gov. ==He approved Lifetime CCW Permits, concealed carry in State Parks, and several other Pro-gun items. Now if I could only find primers to load my brass??:eek::eek:
     
  18. Darth AkSarBen

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    Yes, Welcome to the forums, Rifleman01 !! Indiana sounds good. Michigan is not as bad as some. Vermont and Alaska have them all beat. Only problem.. it's cold in the winter there, and Alaska has mostly winter with a little spring/summer thrown in just to tease you.
     
  19. Yotehunter9

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    I was talking to the guys here in Ely, NV @ Sportsworld. They told me that next week they are supposed to get in 100,000 primers. The only problem is when my friend in Las Vegas called me back, he asked me to pick up some for him as they will not ship out, you have to go to the store to get them....JOHN
     
  20. cpttango30

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    There is no primer shortage. To many people trying to corner the market and make $400 profit on their brothers.

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Se...ts.asp?SearchType=0&Keywords=primers&Cat=1016


    Me I am just going to sit back and wait while shooting my rimfires. Then when these douche bags all figure out that they can't make any money off of us they will list them at cost and I will buy 10,000 of small rifle, large rifle, and pistol. Maybe even 20,000 if they flood the market.
     
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2009