When you started reloading...


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Lunie
October 14, 2011, 09:49 AM
... How much were primers?

If you'd be so kind, give an approximate price per thousand, and about what year you started.

When I started, they were on the shelf for just over $30. Not so long ago...

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JohnM
October 14, 2011, 09:56 AM
Can't remember that long ago.
Seems like powder and primer were about a penny in the total cost for a reloaded round.
Only thing I remember was good bullets were the biggest expense.

HOWARD J
October 14, 2011, 10:04 AM
When I started reloading I could reload a 9MM Luger for 5 cents using cci primers & FMJ bullets

jcwit
October 14, 2011, 10:05 AM
Gosh, never payed attention back in those bygone days. My last primer purchase was at a closeout for $50.00 for a sleeve of 5,000, bought all they had. May never need to buy primers again. That was only 6 or 8 years ago.

Rokman
October 14, 2011, 10:08 AM
About $24.00 per thousand.

Shade Tree Welder
October 14, 2011, 10:09 AM
Just under $20 a thou.

Now I pay ~$35 locally.

JohnM
October 14, 2011, 10:11 AM
Thing is those costs us old farts remember from 50 years ago don't mean anything in today's world.
Biggest thing I notice now, is it seems almost every time I need some components, there's been a price increase.

ranger335v
October 14, 2011, 10:13 AM
$6 a thousand. And bullets ran about $2.75 a hundred; does that sound just wonderful? Not so, forget it. I was a skilled worker with 2 1/2 years of union service for the Bell Tel. System and made $94 a week, before taxes. And had a two kid family so $.60 a hundred for caps was NOT cheep. Actually everything, components and tools, are significantly cheeper today on a real scale.

Kingcreek
October 14, 2011, 10:16 AM
25 years ago they were about $10 per K. I always bought plenty of components when I saw a bargain because shortages seem to cycle through every few years, whether primers or powder etc and prices only jump up. I'm still using primers marked $12.50 per K on the boxes and powder for $10 per pound. I seem to still have more components than I might ever shoot.

Snowbandit
October 14, 2011, 10:18 AM
I think I finally used up the last of my 100 primer packages with the 89 cent stickers on them. Couldn't tell you how long ago I bought them though. I've been reloading for 40 years.

sugarmaker
October 14, 2011, 10:43 AM
8.99 per thousand at the Value House (now defunct chain)

cfullgraf
October 14, 2011, 10:44 AM
I remember about $10/1000 primers in the early eighties. Stayed there for a while.

Jacketed rifle bullets were about 10 cents each but I have slept since then.

Doug b
October 14, 2011, 10:45 AM
When I started paying attention to the cost of primers they had just hit 1.2 cents apiece about 1978 or 79.

Lunie
October 14, 2011, 10:53 AM
Thing is those costs us old farts remember from 50 years ago don't mean anything in today's world.
Biggest thing I notice now, is it seems almost every time I need some components, there's been a price increase.

$6 a thousand. And bullets ran about $2.75 a hundred; does that sound just wonderful? Not so, forget it. I was a skilled worker with 2 1/2 years of union service for the Bell Tel. System and made $94 a week, before taxes. And had a two kid family so $.60 a hundred for caps was NOT cheep. Actually everything, components and tools, are significantly cheeper today on a real scale.

Good points.

Part of why I asked for the approximate year was so I could try to estimate the real "value" at the time.

Keep 'em coming folks. :D

TNBilly
October 14, 2011, 10:54 AM
1983 cci primers were 10.99 a thousand

Walkalong
October 14, 2011, 11:01 AM
Just under a penny a primer.

Hondo 60
October 14, 2011, 11:11 AM
Started reloading 3 years ago
CCI small pistol primers were about $1.99/100

Seems funny, my first purchase was one pack of primers & a pound of powder.
My most recent buy was 10 pounds of powder & 6,000 primers.

I guess I'm addicted. :D

Wil Terry
October 14, 2011, 11:18 AM
I remember buying 300,000 LPP for the grand total of $600.00.

Lunie
October 14, 2011, 11:31 AM
I remember buying 300,000 LPP for the grand total of $600.00.
Whoa!

$0.002 a piece? $2 per thousand?

Wholesale? When?

ReloaderFred
October 14, 2011, 12:39 PM
When I firsted started reloading in 1963, I believe primers were about .29 cents per hundred. I know I could buy a pound of surplus IMR 4831 in paper roll top bags for .35 cents a pound. I still have one pound of that powder in the paper bag.

I was making $1.25 an hour then, the minimum wage, so it's all relative. When I went to work for the phone company in Sept., 1963, I was in tall clover, working for $1.72 an hour. I bought a new car, a canoe, a couple of rifles and lots of reloading supplies on my new found wealth..........

Hope this helps.

Fred

zxcvbob
October 14, 2011, 12:49 PM
$17 per thousand (any brand) then they quickly went up to $22, then they disappeared completely for a while. That was... 6 or 7 years ago?

I just ordered 45000 primers a few days ago (they're not all mine; it was a group buy) of mostly CCI's for $20 per thousand. Russian primers are cheaper, but don't buy them unless your gun has really good springs.

Basically, I buy 5000 primers whenever I find a really good deal and never pay full price for them. Sometimes I pay full price for a pound or two of powder at the local gun shop, otherwise I order 8#'s.

loadedround
October 14, 2011, 01:45 PM
Back in the mid 60's I paid 8.95 per brick of 1000 for CCI and Winchester primers. Bulleye powder was 2.95 per pound if I remember correctly. :)

ljnowell
October 14, 2011, 01:56 PM
The first time I bought primers I paid 21.99 for Winchesters. The last time I bought primers I paid less than 20 per K.

j2crows
October 14, 2011, 01:58 PM
I believe my first box of primers was .89 in 1971. Didn't have the money to buy a brick. I do remember buying old H4831 for $2 a pound. Also, if I remember correctly a box of 130 gr. Sierra's for my .270 was $4. At that time I was making $2.95 an hour.

FROGO207
October 14, 2011, 03:29 PM
Lets see, primers were $8.25-$8.50 per K at the Bangor Maine Value House in 1976 I still have a couple hundred CCI's I have not used for some reason from then. IIRC minimum wage was around $1.55 an hour, gas less than $.80 a GAL.:cool:

The Sarge
October 14, 2011, 03:44 PM
Just for grins I went back to Midway USA website from Sep 2001 (http://web.archive.org/web/20011223104932/http://www.midwayusa.com/online/prodsearch.exe/PromoCatPage?PromotionID=9076&CategoryID=652&Form=PromoCatPage) and looked at reloading component prices.

AK_Maine_iac
October 14, 2011, 05:29 PM
Lets see, primers were $8.25-$8.50 per K at the Bangor Maine Value House in 1976 I still have a couple hundred CCI's I have not used for some reason from then. IIRC minimum wage was around $1.55 an hour, gas less than $.80 a GAL.



Oh the good old days. I think i spent most of my pay checks in either the Value House in Bangor or the one in Augusta on reloading supplies.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
October 14, 2011, 05:40 PM
Early eighties, I remember less than $10 for a brick of 1,000 Federal Bench Rest Rifle Primers.

gamestalker
October 14, 2011, 06:44 PM
When I started I think primers were about $1.39 per 100 for standard CCI primers and the CCI BR were like $1.89 per 100. I think I started in 1979 loading shotshells on a 600 JR and shot was $8 - $10 per 25 lb. bag. Sure do miss those days!

fecmech
October 14, 2011, 07:57 PM
I was buying Federal small pistol through a friend who was a commercial reloader in the mid 70's for $5./thousand. Winchester 231 powder in 12 lb. kegs for $2.50/lb.

Bush Pilot
October 14, 2011, 08:00 PM
$6.90/1000 any brand, 1974 I was still in high school. That seemed like a fair chunk of change in those days.

sugarmaker
October 14, 2011, 08:17 PM
@AK - Same Value house I shopped at. Great, wasn't it?

PapaG
October 14, 2011, 09:08 PM
Started around 1960, loading for a 22 hornet. Sisk 36 grain bullets were about 3$/hundred, H240 powder $1.25/can, primers about .60/C.

Mule
October 14, 2011, 09:19 PM
1974 As I recall primers were less than $1.00/100 Powder was $5/pound and 30 cal 150gr rifle bullets were $5/100.

GaryL
October 14, 2011, 10:53 PM
Interesting question since we've been cleaning out some old files and I came across the receipt for the purchase of my 550b yesterday. It will be 10 yrs old in a week (assuming it was shipped the day it was made).

Anyway, I remember buying primers from Powder Valley at the Tulsa show 10 yrs ago for $12/K. Seemed like a decent deal so bought several boxes, and a couple hours later came to the realization that was about $3 less than the best local price. Went back and they had already sold out.

Jesse Heywood
October 15, 2011, 12:24 AM
1983 cci primers were 10.99 a thousand

At the gun shows in Ft Worth they were $9 for 1,000, $1 for 100.

And I'm another who doesn't remember what the price was when I started. The early 80's was my 3rd start.

788Ham
October 15, 2011, 12:50 AM
Back in `69 when I got out of the Navy, I got a box of 100 bullets Hornady 6.5 for $3.25, primers were 59 cents/100, IMR powder was $1.89 .lb. I think I still have the powder tin from the powder dwnstrs., and about 1/2 box of the bullets left. Gas was still 49 cents a gal. here.

dickttx
October 15, 2011, 09:04 AM
I started in the later 60's and recall some primers being in the 40 area.
The thing that warped my mind was that I bought a box of 10 CCI .38 shot capsul's about 1999 for $3.00, which I thought was high. About 8 copperheads later, last year I bought another 10 for $16.00. Wow!!

Friendly, Don't Fire!
October 15, 2011, 09:08 AM
Don't forget, all things relative, in the early to mid 70's, you could buy a gallon of gasoline at about 40 cents, tops!
That is, until the "shortage" came!:uhoh:

Dunkelheit
October 15, 2011, 09:08 AM
1000CCI SP / $40 in 2009

JohnM
October 15, 2011, 09:09 AM
It's kind of fun to think about the prices we paid for such stuff years ago.
I still have the first edition of the Lee Reloading manual, it was 98 cents. :D

JimKirk
October 15, 2011, 12:37 PM
Late 60's ... I payed $.50/100 or $5/1000 at a LGS.. about a day's pay for a teenager...

Twiki357
October 16, 2011, 01:24 AM
Early 1960's I think I was paying about $3 or $4 for 1,000 CCI primers and $2.50 +/- a pound for powder. Oh, and 27 cents a gallon for gas.

jfh
October 16, 2011, 01:27 AM
IIRC, in the late 80s you could buy a sleeve--5K--mail-order-discount for about $50-$55.00 plus shipping--and there was no hazmat fee then.

I haven't run this number in an inflation calculator, but someone should see what an '89 price is in today's dollars....

Jim H.

Capt. Ct.
October 16, 2011, 05:32 AM
I haven't bought small pistol primers in years. My buddy gave me 14,000.:) I can't remember what they cost. The last time I bought large pistol primers they were about $30. Time to buy again. Guess we will see.

CajunBass
October 16, 2011, 05:55 AM
When you started reloading...

How much were primers?

If you'd be so kind, give an approximate price per thousand, and about what year you started.

You've got to be kidding? ;)

Why back when I started reloading, I never dreamed of buying primers by the thousand. :D Why that was something the rich "kids" did. I didn't know any rich kids. :D I was lucky to be able to buy a couple hundred at a time.

IIRC, a pack of a hundred cost about a buck. Maybe less. That was in the early 80's.

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