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FMJ cost gone up???

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Steve H, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. Steve H

    Steve H Well-Known Member

    I haven't bought any 45 FMJ bullets for at least 3 years. I always buy in bulk of at least 500 or 1000 at a time. I was just looking around the net and I'm seeing prices of $0.14 - $0.18 per bullet today. Seems even plated are a bunch higher. Did I miss a big price increase or is old age letting me forget the prices from a few years ago? Maybe its finally time to start using lead.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    NO, it is true!!

    Metal prices continue to go up, and always will.

    The rest of the world is becoming industrialized and no longer use stone tools, ride donkeys, and burn dung for light & heat.
    Now they have electricity, cars, TV's, and cell-phones.

    That creates a huge worldwide demand for copper wire, lead for battery plates, etc.

  3. Steve H

    Steve H Well-Known Member

    How can metal prices go up when my retirement check hasn't?
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    You noticed that too?

    I had to tap into saving today to replenish the checking account.

    My wife & I's Social Security cut it for several years, but it isn't cutting it anymore.

  5. Otto

    Otto Well-Known Member

    Actually, metal prices have come down off their highs.
    Lead was $1.60 five years ago...today it's $1.00.
    Copper was $4.50 2 years ago...today it's $3.62.

    The spike in bullet prices has more to do with supply and demand exacerbated by manufacturer greed.
  6. engineermike

    engineermike Well-Known Member

    Yep Otto, you are correct. Make one wonder who's selling what to who...:)
  7. Texan Scott

    Texan Scott Well-Known Member

    I like donkeys. :p Haven't burned a pile of poo in ages. I still sharpen my knives with stone tools, though. :eek:
  8. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Well-Known Member

    I think a lot of the bullet companies claimed bullet prices though.

    230Gr. Cast .45 went from $35 for 500 to $60 for 500 right around the 2008 firearm supply rush though. Prices never have come down from that...but I am not sure they have gone up much since then either.

    I am a state government employee. We haven't gotten a raise since 2007, yet our health care, retirement contributions and parking fees continue to rise, so as cost of living goes up, our take home pay goes down.
  9. hentown

    hentown Well-Known Member

    Precision Delta's price per 1k of 230gr fmj is $132.
  10. USSR

    USSR Well-Known Member

    Even better, start casting your own.


  11. helotaxi

    helotaxi Well-Known Member

    If you look back several decades though, ammo and component prices haven't tracked with the price of raw materials for some time. The price of copper and lead have steadily increased for a long time while the price of ammo and components stayed relatively stable. Until around 2008 the price of ammo and components did not even increase with the rate of inflation and were getting cheaper in real dollars. Enter the large spike in demand for ammo and components in 2008 along with the sharp spike in copper and lead prices at that same time and the market "corrected" to a real valuation for lack of a better term.
  12. Constrictor

    Constrictor Well-Known Member

    The cost of just about everything goes up every year.
    even if the metal has gone down a bit, the workers that
    make the bullets want raises because the cost of gas
    and groceries has gone up. The fed keeps printing money
    and devalues whats in our wallets. then there are other
    increased costs such as complying with obamacare, and
    increased costs with the EPA reguarding lead pollution
    contaminants. The raw material is usually only one factor
    in the overall price of a finished product.
  13. 1SOW

    1SOW Well-Known Member

    One of the popular US "bullet" manufacturers said , the lead and copper for their plated bullets HAVE gone up. Constrictor (above) is also correct that shipping prices have gone up dramatically.

    What has gone 'down' or even stayed the same in price in recent years?
  14. engineermike

    engineermike Well-Known Member

    Well, guess it's off to the tire shop to scavenge for a little lead. I don't have to pay freight on that and the labor cost here is minimal and winter is here so the heat will be good while i'm casting.

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