Are component prices up a lot since the election?


February 21, 2013, 02:47 PM
I last loaded anything back in '97. Got back into it this past month. Hadn't looked at any components in a while. A local store has 115 g 9mm FMJ for $14/100. Is that a decent price compared to say 6 months ago?

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February 21, 2013, 02:54 PM
For a lot of 100 bullets I'd say it's ok. Buying bulk is the only way to go.
Not trying to correct you but prices were stable till Dec 14th, even though they've came up considerably since 97.

February 21, 2013, 04:17 PM
I'm asking more as a gauge to determine whether or not to buy. I'm sitting on 1500 rounds of 9mm, plus 1K each of various C&R caliber stuff. I don't get to shoot a lot right now because of school, so I have time to wait until the craziness dies down - hopefully by summer. Reloading is now my little study break.

February 21, 2013, 05:06 PM
Hopefully prices will go down. But these prices now might be the new normal.

For example over the summer and fall you could get range pickup 223 for 55-65 per k shipped. Now range pickup 223 is running about 125-175 shipped per k.

.224 fmj 55gr bullets per k WERE 80-90 per k before shipping
.224 fmj 55gr bullets per k NOW are 175-225 per k before shipping

Powder and primers are about steady the same as summer and fall. Some of them spiked in December because everyone panicked.

February 21, 2013, 05:17 PM
Powder and primer prices seem to be holding steady, if you can find them in stock. Lead and copper are up quite a bit.

February 21, 2013, 05:25 PM
Once 223 ammo is available in the stores again, prices will come back down. The current prices on that stuff is over inflated. Only way it would maintain at that level is for every other cartridge/bullet to catch up in price. Or for the supply to stay severely limited. Raw material cost(and the devaluation of the US dollar)is going to be the driving factor behind brass/bullet pricing. I'd expect prices to come up some but not a drastic increase.

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February 21, 2013, 05:31 PM
I doubt prices will go down - we have seen an increase of folks getting into reloading after getting into guns - so shortages may be here for a while. Add to that that China is buying a lot of lead, as is India for car batteries for their huge new middle class folks who now want cars.

If you can find stuff, buy what you can, otherwise it might be here today, gone tomorrow

Jesse Heywood
February 21, 2013, 06:00 PM
When the panic hit after the 08 election prices went through the roof. After supply caught up, the price dropped some, but not much. I expect the same to happen, but there is another election just around the bend.

As an example of how much prices have risen. I still have about half a can of 223 that I bought in the early 90s. It was returns from the first gulf war. Went in with a friend who bought 10 cans (about 10,000 rounds) for 7 cents a round.

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