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Primer shortage?...then be more diligent

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by allen4150, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. allen4150

    allen4150 Member

    I just got back into reloading less than a month ago and I have bought 10k large pistol primers (two separate orders) in 3 weeks. I'm not posting this to be a di^k or to brag "hey look at me".
    When I got the reloading fever again after not being able to find 9mm or .45 on shelves, It didn't take long for me to realize that components weren't readily available. I immediately backordered 5k cci # 300 from cabelas. I looked every day multiple times at midway and cabelas and a few others. I did this EVERY day. I don't work in an office behind a PC and could only do this in the afternoon, but I managed to do get it done. Sure enough, midway had rem LP in stock. I ordered 5k. Out of curisosity, I checked back the next morning and they were OUT. I figured I just got lucky and I should have ordered 3x that much. In another week cabelas had the same rem 2.5 in stock. I ordered another 5k from them.
    I'm going to cancel the cabelas backorder for the CCI and stop looking. I have what I need for a good while.

    I find it hard to believe that people aren't able to get these things with a little more than average effort.
  2. the_right_reverend

    the_right_reverend Well-Known Member

    This whole primer mess is crazy. Here one dealer carries nothing but CCI and has had a steady supply for about the last 6 Months and has played fair on the pricing but a bit proud of his limited powder.

    The dealer on the other side of town has nothing but Federal and claims primers are hard to find and hasn't seen any CCI in almost a year and has jacked up the price but always has a supply of most powder .

    ONE Dealer next town down the road has a few thousand of everything and fair prices but very limited powder.

    Did a pistol powder run yesterday ....... 4 lbs of powder $97 not counting time and gas, If I had ordered it on line the total for 4 lbs to include hazmat form graff's was $93.86 and the same order from midsouth $101.84

    Guess you can see were next months play money is going:D

    and I won't be spending it on gas and time
  3. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    No primers at the gun show yesterday, not even any over priced ones. A good bit of powder though.
  4. EddieNFL

    EddieNFL member

    I made a powder order a few months ago. Ordering limited quantities does indeed drive the price up. Ordering three eight pounders and 20K primers added about $1.10 to each pound of powder or K primers. H4350 was a few cents over $18 per pound.

    I try to do this every four or five months to keep cost down.
  5. ants

    ants Well-Known Member

    Welcome back to reloading. We're glad to have you.

    Maybe you can find an unfortunate guy in your neighborhood, and help him find components.
  6. snuffy

    snuffy Well-Known Member

    What primer shortage? I have plenty, because I planned ahead of the presidential return to the damocrats. I already had at least 5K of each type I was using, I bought another 5K of each about this time in '08.

    The last gun show here in the frozen tundra, there was one guy selling winchester for $39.95+tax, you could get all you wanted. Also had some CCI.

    I stopped at a large gunshop down in Lomira Wi, Midwestern shooters supply. I asked about primers, he said they're starting to trickle in. He said winchester is available with a smidgen of Federal showing up. I intended to stop at Cabellas, but the fog was so thick, I missed the exit! Wanted one of their prime rib sandwiches!
  7. medalguy

    medalguy Well-Known Member

    Same here. Last weekend there was a local gun show and primers were abundant but priced at $40 per K. I didn't need any because I have kept them on backorder at Cabela's and Powder Valley. In fact I recently received 15K Rem 7 1/2 from PV and I called Cabela's to cancel another BO there for 15K. Primers are everywhere, maybe not exactly where you look the first time but they are certainly there to be found.
  8. Encoreman

    Encoreman Well-Known Member

    To all that have been shafted by your local dealer's. I say tell them to keep their high priced components. I have decided to not buy anything at my local shop. If I want a new gun, I buy it on GunBroker and have it sent to another ffl in town. They have gotten my last red cent!!
  9. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    Up here in AK we can't just order them from on line or out of state. The supply comes through one or two wholesalers who then distribute to retailers. If there's a delay on a pallet we're all hosed. The Wolf primers are in stock now, but I don't really trust them. Thankfully I've got a reasonable supply of CCI's
  10. EddieNFL

    EddieNFL member

    I shot about 6K of Wolf SRs last year. Shot as well as the 205s I was using before. AF rifle team used them for years.
  11. redneck2

    redneck2 Well-Known Member

    Six months ago your tune would have been different. Now there are some showing up locally. My dealer had over 120k of pistol & rifle.

    Now that they're around, I'm going to have little sympathy for guys that bitch and whine about shortages the next go-round. I've got about 15k on hand right now.

    This reminds me...I need to get another 5k this week.

    Also...anybody that has ANY sense will start stocking up on lead.
  12. Hunt480

    Hunt480 Well-Known Member

    Its had a real affect on my reloading and shooting habits...
    The 2 local shops I used to get my primers; one shop that also makes ammo want make any available to the public anymore. The other shop that also makes and sells ammo will only sell 500 primers at a time and highly over priced.
    This has been a lesson for me next time I get a chance I too will stock for the long term.
    I think your right...
  13. kimbershot

    kimbershot Well-Known Member

    still bangin

    bought up several pounds of 231 and primers last spring--picked off the last few thousands at 3 diff. shops. then bought 5k more via cabela's--took about 2 months. had about 1.5k fmj 230 gr and cruised to the local recycling center and bought about 100lbs of plumbers lead. so i load my own, cast what i need and chase all my brass. i am good to go for a while.

    frugal--you bet--and practicing every week.:what:

    PCCUSNRET Well-Known Member

    Large magnum rifle primers still seem to be quite difficult to find. I have searched all the places I normally buy from and nobody has any of the CCI 250's in stock. What happened to the thread that was keeping track of who has what primers in stock?
  15. RustyFN

    RustyFN Well-Known Member

    I'm with you there Snuffy. Not because of fear of the Dem's getting elected, it just worked out that way. In early 2008 me and a couple of friends ordered 50,000 primers and in late 2008 another 50,000. Needless to say I still have a pretty good stash.

    I'm at 1,200 pounds and still going. WW's are going to be hard if not impossible to get in the near future. Get them while you can.
  16. otiac

    otiac Well-Known Member

    walked into GM in ocala fl yesterday and got the last 500 cci sm rif;all they had left were mag pistol which some guy was trying to tell another"it doesn't matter, as long as the diameter is the same."
    be careful, they walk among us'

  17. RustyFN

    RustyFN Well-Known Member

    :D Sad but true.
  18. Redneck with a 40

    Redneck with a 40 Well-Known Member

    My local gunshop has CCI small rifle, small pistol, and large rifle for $34/1000. I bought 5K of the small rifle, which will last me quite awhile.
  19. ants

    ants Well-Known Member

    Next week, he'll be shoving LR into those 45acp cases.
  20. 1SOW

    1SOW Well-Known Member

    Let me know when you trip over any 'Federal' SPPs.

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