Primers Today


April 11, 2009, 05:48 PM
Was able to buy primers today, only had to drive 120 miles round trip! :eek:

Saw an ad in the local shopping paper from a small shop further upstate.

Called them and yes they had some primers.

Bought 2K small rifle at $32/1000 and 1K large pistol mag at $22/1000. Don't know why the disparity in price. Didn't want the mag type, but I'll try and trade it for regular.

Remembered another shop in the area, he had large rifle for $35 +3% credit card fee + tax. Whew!

I'm afraid to figure out what it came to average/1000 including gas, not to mention time. :uhoh:

I guess at this point I'll just call myself lucky to find anything.

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April 11, 2009, 06:59 PM
I guess at this point I'll just call myself lucky to find anything


April 11, 2009, 08:32 PM
i think we're getting ready to see primers start loosening up again. places that couldn't get any for months are now starting to see some trickle in. i'm still hopeful that by this time next month primers will be a lot easier to find.

April 11, 2009, 09:08 PM
I heard the same thing at local gunshop. "Trickling in a bit more often", was the phrase he used.

April 11, 2009, 09:40 PM
Well there are none in SE CT. Went to three stores and nothing! I hope they start "trickling in" shortly.

April 11, 2009, 11:51 PM
Stopped at my local place today and they had LP & LR & SR, but no SP. He only had about 20k in stock and has 8,000,000 total ordered. :what:

April 12, 2009, 02:39 AM
Still can't find anything around here.

It is getting to be a bit depressing. Honestly, I haven't even been on THR quite as much as I normally am, simply because I haven't been doing any shooting...

I like to shoot MY ammo when I go out these days, and to make MY ammo I need primers. I currently have no supply left, so I'm sort of on the bench right now, at least until things become available again.

Obviously, like most gun owners, I've got a stash of "just in case" ammo, but that stuff isn't about to get burned at the range. So, for the time being I've only been shooting during quarterly qualifications at work, and otherwise spending my gun-related time searching for primers and complaining about shortages!

April 12, 2009, 07:11 AM
I'm planning on taking a road trip tomorrow to Green Top near Richmond, Va. If the shelves are filled with primers I'll post for us locals.

Mal H
April 12, 2009, 10:34 AM
"... and has 8,000,000 total ordered."

I think he might have been exaggerating, just a little. I believe most fire departments have set limits on how many primers can be stored in one location, and it has got to be lower than that figure. Besides, unless he's the distributor and warehouse for a major chain, how can he afford to have approx. $150,000 tied up in one item at the current prices (not to mention the storage space required)?

April 12, 2009, 10:59 AM
Good luck RonellCooper. Generally the primer shelves are dead empty at Green Top. Gander Mtn around the corner has deliveries around 12:30 on Thursdays...that's been my best luck around here. I've been able to pick up some here and there on-line...but then there's that 22.50 hazmat fee!

Redneck with a 40
April 12, 2009, 11:08 AM
They might as well run yellow tape around the hunting section at my local sportsmans warehouse, its become a complete joke, shelves are cleaned out.

April 12, 2009, 06:53 PM
They also had powder at the first place I went to, but I have enough already.

Felt guilty about stashing some.

April 12, 2009, 11:34 PM
The 8,000,000 is real. He does not expect to get them in at one time, just a trickle here and there. They will sell about as fast as they come in, no prob. He also has been supplying other stores lately, he has found out. :banghead:

He has a list of folks to call when he gets some in, I'm down for 60k when they come in. Until he gets his inventory back up he will be limiting to 10k at a time to spread it around.

just waiting on the phone to ring...........:cool:

April 12, 2009, 11:35 PM
let me get the pics off my phone and I'll post pics of the shelves today......:what:

Marlin 45 carbine
April 12, 2009, 11:42 PM
I found a brick of SP last week $22.40 - Mags but they can be used for standard loads.
when the supply is back up I'm sure gonna put away a couple thou of each I use for 'if'.
I had no idea that things would get this bad so quick.

April 12, 2009, 11:45 PM
Found the pics....

Marlin 45 carbine
April 12, 2009, 11:54 PM
quite a well-stocked shop, pity not around these parts.

April 12, 2009, 11:59 PM
That's not well stocked. you can see the wall in lots of places. :rolleyes: And they only have about 30k primers left, none in SP, which is what I was after. :cuss::banghead::cuss:

April 15, 2009, 06:00 AM
That's not well stocked. you can see the wall in lots of places.

what's sad is there's more powder, primers, etc in those pictures than i've seen in the past 12 months (including trips to shops on the south side of houston)!! :(

there are times when i think to myself " I live in texas now. So why's it harder to find shooting supplies here, than it EVER was in NC?"

April 15, 2009, 12:18 PM
I was able to pick up 3,000 small pistol and 2,000 large pistol yesterday for $32.95/1,000, not the best prices but at least I found some. They said they had been waiting on this order since December. I also picked up 4 pounds of Universal powder but still no Varget and no small rifle primers. I can hold out for a few months before I run out of them.

April 15, 2009, 06:02 PM
I got 1000 Winchester small pistol locally today for $27.95. He had 2K more but I didn't want to be greedy. I've now got 2700 small pistol primers total. This should fill my needs for a while. I believe the supply if going to start increasing.

All the Best,
D. White

April 15, 2009, 07:56 PM
I found 1,700 SP Magnum primers at the local Gouger Mt. Had to pay a bit more, but I really needed them.

April 15, 2009, 08:53 PM
I bought a 5k case of Federal 205M SR Match Primers last week, and another 1k this week. You just gotta look.

I was in Granger Guns in Granger, IN (South Bend) yesterday. He's got a LOT of powder, bullets. No primers. He had Varget, lots of IMR, VV. Nice shop.

April 15, 2009, 09:09 PM
Other than competition shooters (sass, idpa, etc), why do we truly need thousands up on thousands of primers and components?

Don't get me wrong, I'm just as guilty of hoarding my little stash (which is nearly nothing compared to a lot of heavy hitters here) but I realize that I have about 10-20 years worth of conservative shooting supplies/ammo at my disposal now.

I guess the main reason why I hoard is that I fear the unknown and the unknown is our political climate. If our hobby wasn't "under the gun" so often, I imagine that supplies would be much cheaper than they are now.

April 15, 2009, 09:26 PM
Anybody want to do a face to face trade? I have several thousand LR, SR, LP, SP from CCI. But I need 1k CCI #34 so I can load up for a semi auto. Let me know if you have a brick of that and need something else.


April 15, 2009, 11:15 PM
I got my 'Alert" from Midway yesterday saying "Federal small pistol primers are in"---click here. I did so immediately and saw ZERO BALANCE.
The alert came at 4:00pm and I didn't check the computer until 9:00 pm.

Anybody know how to program the computer to alert me when the alerts come in?

April 15, 2009, 11:35 PM

They were out when I checked around 4:20. They said they were available until I added them to the cart. Oh well, maybe next time?


April 16, 2009, 01:03 AM
My stupid mistake was ordering 5 1/2 primers instead of 9 1/2's.:what: Now I've got 5k and can't use them. I just might have to buy a pistol and start reloading that also.:eek:

April 18, 2009, 03:19 AM
Sir, I'm pretty green and could use some help. I looked at Federal's website and Midway's and came up empty. I believe you are referring to size but what are 5 1/2's and 9 1/2's? :confused:

This may be something simple, if it is I'm not trying to be a smart aleck. I'm sincere. Thanks


April 18, 2009, 05:32 AM
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Redneck with a 40
April 18, 2009, 10:34 AM
Check out gunbroker, these idiots want $75/brick for most primers. Talk about taking advantage of the primer shortage, I refuse to be ripped off.

April 18, 2009, 11:54 AM

5 1/2's are Remington Small Pistol (mag's I think).

9 1/2's are Large Rifle..

I only have long guns at the moment.

April 18, 2009, 03:11 PM
I just got primers at the Lakeland, Florida Gun Show. Boy was I surprised!

I had just finished picking up a friend's order and taking it to my truck. His order included 2 cases of primers that they did not have.

I was looking for some .38 rounds when I heard the vender tell another customer that the only only primers that that they had were "down there in the green boxes".

I looked and they had WLRs Large Pistol, BR Rem Small Rifle and Small Pistol from Russia (unknown brand). They limited you to 1 case each so I bought 1 case of each.

I paid $200 each for a case of LPs and SRs and $150 for the Russian SPs. I know it was over priced a bit, but I was happy to get it.

Why it was still there 2-3 hours into the show I'll never know. I'd already given up all hope before I got there. I still need a case of LRs, but I still have a few. I was completely out of LPs.

Ammunition (.38, 9mm, .45) was there in abundance and went pretty fast. It was outrageously expensive. I did find my lead 230 grn RN and it was $40 per 500. Not too bad. No .380s. .38s were $45 per 100 even for white box and reloads. I didn't buy any at that price. I have both calibers but don't reload for either. My Wife carries the .38, so I don't shoot it much. The .380 is a dinner gun when when I can't conceal anything something bigger.

This is a real mess! I'm breathing a little easier now, but I won't be shooting as much until this loosens up a bit.

April 18, 2009, 09:50 PM
If you really paid $200 for a case of primers you got seriously ripped off. I'm sure you made the seller very happy though.

April 18, 2009, 10:17 PM
I went to a gunshow today. Picked up some WLP and WLR. 1000 of each. $28/1000. No SR or SP. A local shop has SP for $4/100 and they limit you to 200. The only thing I haven't seen around here in the last month or so is small rifle.

April 18, 2009, 11:25 PM
Yep, I really paid $200 for a case of primer, WLPs and BR Rem SR. If you can't find them at regular prices, what are you going to do? I figured that I paid $50 a case for the privilege.

April 18, 2009, 11:27 PM

5 1/2's are Remington Small Pistol (mag's I think).

9 1/2's are Large Rifle..

I only have long guns at the moment.

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PecosRiverM, cjensen, Thank you sirs.


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