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No primers in town!

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by just for fun, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. just for fun

    just for fun Well-Known Member

    Or any of the other small towns in the area! Live in a small (78k) town on the Ga./Fl. border. We have the typical 2-3 gun stores per town and maybe four of them sell reloading supplies. None of which have any small pistol primers. All have the same story, expect to have some in any day now, check back with us in a few days. Sure thing, thanks.
    Got this little gun store that's about 100 miles (round trip) that had a box of Fed. match SP primers for $34 and standard Winchester SP at $38 p/1K. Also had Federal SP match magnum for $34 P/1K so picked up a box of them too.
    What's the story in your area? I know about the election thing and last time it seemed as though it took about 9 months to catch back up! My fear is this time it will take longer! thoughts?
  2. GSPKurt

    GSPKurt Well-Known Member

    Hit the Pensacola or Tallahassee gun shows. There was no shortage of primers at the Tampa show last weekend.
  3. tightgroup tiger

    tightgroup tiger Well-Known Member

    Holly crap! I'm still buying WSP primers for $29.00/k at my LGS. It will catch up with us here in my area in NC soon enough I suppose. Makes me glad I keep between 10k and 15k of primers here at all times.

    I feel for you dude.

    You may want to try Powder Valley or Natchez, buy in bulk from Powder Valley with powder to offset the hazardous freight charge before you can't get any at all. Powder Valley will ship powder and primers together in same package. That really helps.
  4. GSPKurt

    GSPKurt Well-Known Member

    Good advice...
  5. megaton

    megaton Well-Known Member

    Primers are still readily available but when I picked up a box of LRP last week the only type of primer not fully stocked was small pistol. They did have a few boxes, I bought one. 27.99 for cci.
  6. Huskerguy

    Huskerguy Well-Known Member

    I just picked up two cases of each for just under $26.00 a thousand. That is a per case price not a package deal. I felt good about those prices. I had to drive about 20 miles to pick it up, well worth the trip. This is in central Kansas and no it is not Powder Valley which is about 100 miles away.
  7. Milamber

    Milamber Well-Known Member

    Drive up to Perry Ga, the Sports Center has lots of Federal Small Pistol Match. Shelf was bare of any others mind you. No one locally seems to have .40 bullets though. Fortunately no hazmat fee on bullets !
  8. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    If your car is like most it will cost you at least 4 gallons of gas or more to make that 100 mile round trip. That means the gas will cost you ~$16. Add the fact you pay tax on the purchase you will probably be close to covering the Hazmat fee if you decide to buy from Powder Valley as long as you order enough. Maybe you can get a group buy together with a few reloaders in your area since you are all in the same no primer available boat.

    Actually you will probably cover the Hazmat fee with the lower prices for primers on the PV site. Locally you said they cost $34 and PV has the same Federal primers for only $26. @ a savings of $8/1000 you will cover the Hazmat fee with a purchase of only 3000 primers.
  9. Reefinmike

    Reefinmike Well-Known Member

    prices here in ohio haven't changed, $30/k cci/win spp at the funshow. I gave up on the local funshow for reloading supplies after someone i see frequently at the range sent me to a hole in the wall gun store with tons of reloading supplies. they have cci spp for $35 and srp for $32. ive been using the small rifle primers for pistol for a while.

    here soon when santa brings a few bucks my way, im ordering a boatload off of powder valley. Gonna try to have my needs covered for the year.
  10. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    Yeah just plan ahead and buy some primers and propellant at the same time. I will beat the haz-mat/shipping cost when buying at least 3K primers and 2 LBS propellant per order and they are delivered to my door.:) Usually I will order $500-$900 worth at a time (3 times a year) and that REALLY negates the costs associated with shipping haz-mat. Local costs are 1/2 again higher or more than on line for any reloading supplies these days so I do not feel that the various LGS really want to sell me anything anyway or they would be more competitive. It has been this way for years sadly. When there was a shortage of primers before they were going for $70 per K locally at their highest pricing. I was happy I could sit it out that time.

    I always try to support local merchants unless they are really higher, but 50% is overly high IMHO. Note that the Tula SPP at Powder Valley were $19.60 per K and available when I checked today. Is it worth the haz-mat for these??:D
  11. Hopkins

    Hopkins Well-Known Member

    I don't have an opinion about Tula/Wolf pistol primers but Russian Large rifle primers outshine Winchesters by a wide margin in my experience based on chronograph and ladder testing.
  12. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    I can't believe you guys whining about having to drive 10 or 20 miles.
    What do you call local?, right beside your house?!?
    None of you people must know what rural is.
    Drive a hundred plus miles for groceries or anything else for that matter and you're getting rural.
  13. jwrowland77

    jwrowland77 Well-Known Member

    Everyone talking about primer issues. I've never had any issue getting primers here locally in Arkansas. If I had to, there's a Cabelas just a couple hours from here
  14. hentown

    hentown Well-Known Member

    I live in a really small GA town near the FL border. I never have any trouble getting all the primers I want at a good price from Powder Valley and Widener's. Just received 10k small rifle primers from Widener's @ $14 per k, plus hazmat. Also bought 8# of powder to help dilute the hazmat charge.

    I use small rifle primers, exclusively, for 9mm and .223 reloading.
  15. 45lcshooter

    45lcshooter Well-Known Member

    I dont know about my local area, because 4yrs ago, i bought 75k before current administration occupied 1600 PA. Im still good for a long while yet.
  16. Bud0505

    Bud0505 Well-Known Member

    Received 5K SPP and 4# jug of 231 from Powder Valley yesterday. Even with hazmat fee I beat gun show prices.
  17. tarakian

    tarakian Well-Known Member

    A couple of friends and I have been getting together to do larger orders and splitting the shipping. Now fully stocked on on SP, LP, SR and shotgun primers. Find a couple of people, then look around for the best mail order price and buy, buy, buy...
  18. rsrocket1

    rsrocket1 Well-Known Member

    Luckily, my LGS's sell most primers for $30/k so it's been easy to just by a box every couple of weeks whether I needed them or not. That certainly helps when there are temporary primer shortages.

    It would be helpful to prove to yourself that SPM and SR primers work just fine when SPP's are not available. LPM's also work fine in 45ACP. For me with mid range loads, they don't make a bit of difference so I am not picky when certain primers are not available. Work up your own loads and if you feel there is a difference, you will have all the load data you need when doing the substitution.
  19. hentown

    hentown Well-Known Member

    When/if I'm faced with paying $30 per k for primers, I'll have to reconsider whether I want to reload.
  20. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    I know. Paying $70 for a box of twenty not too common rifle rounds will make your decision even more smart. Why not just stop now?

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