Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Bull Nutria, Jan 13, 2021.
good news for all Remington ammo users!!
I guess there's a deep cave storage area, holding all that powder, bullets / shot, and lastly but not least, PRIMERS, just a-waiting for a factory to load into
I believe Lonoke has the ability to make everything from raw materials except powder and priming compound. The can draw brass for cartridges, cups and anvils for primers, and cup for bullets. Finishing bullets with lead wire and swaging the cup and core. This all feeds the loading machines.
ETA: Remington does mix it own priming compounds too.
Unless "old" Remington wrecked or ran the part for making explosive mixtures for primers into disrepair to the point of requiring total replacement, this document suggests the Lonoke AR facility had the ability to manufacture explosive mixtures for primers in 2012 and guessing that should still be the case except as I noted.
"At the facility, Remington manufactures sporting ammunition, including shotshell, centerfire, rimfire ammunition and ammunition components. Manufacturing operations include metal forming, metal finishing, electroplating, plastic processing, ammunition loading and assembly operations, explosive manufacturing for primers, and primer assembly operations."
Second page, under Findings of Fact, first sentence under item number 2. I didn't see much point in proceeding further.
From a fundamental chemical process safety standpoint, that makes perfect sense vs shipping completed priming compound mixtures from point of chemical manufacturing to point of metallic primer assembly manufacturing.
I know of some other process chemicals that were previously shipped around and stored in bulk, and that practice changed here in the US starting in the 1980's. A common example is ethykene oxide, used by our military along with propylene oxide, for thermobaric weapons including the Mother Of All Bombs (MOAB), which is quite dramatic.
The typical use of ethylene oxide and propylene oxide is as a chemical intermediate, a stepping stone along the way, such as a step in manufacturing ethylene glycol and propylene glycol for the primary ingredient in modern motor vehicle antifreeze solutions. These days the equipment to make those glycols is part of the same chemical plant physical complex as the equipment that manufacturers those oxide precursors but such was not always the case.
The university I obtained my Bachelors degree from was located in Kingsville, TX and a chemical plant was (and still is) outside nearby Bishop, TX. During a student society field trip to that plant in the late 1980's, I asked about a curious area that looked somewhat like a military bunker. It was explained that was now decommissioned storage tanks buried under multiple layers of concrete and earth that was previously used to store ethylene oxide manufactured at some other facility owned by that same company that was transported by railcars to this facility to further process into a finished product, but the equipment to make that finished product had been relocated to the plant that made the ethylene oxide intermediate. We were told if those storage tanks had ever exploded the town of Bishop would essentially have been leveled and at minimum no building in Kingsville would have an intact window.
Intermediate bulk storage and transportation of chemical mixtures used for metallic cartridge priming compound would undoubtedly be to one degree or another similar in effect in case of a mishap with those bulk containers' storage contents, especially the transportation containers.
I believe you are correct. Remington does mix their own priming compounds. I miss-spoke in my earlier post.
I think they make all of the components that goes into ammo, but I'm not positive. I know people that work there and at least one of them has talked about tumbling bullet jackets and unloading lead ingots. A few retired people have Dupont stock in their retirement accounts. Makes me think they manufacture their own powder and primer compound. I know they have a ballistics lab on the property. And you can see the shot tower from a ways away.
They badly need a sales force. None of the stores in the surrounding area have Remington ammo. I know they get a lot of work from various government agencies and Police Departments. Maybe they like the large sales better than the smaller local sales?
I hope they manage to stay afloat.
The Lonoke AR facility doesn't manufacture smokeless powders / propellants for ammunition, and I don't think any of the other Vista Outdoors munitions plants manufacture smokeless powders / propellants.
Where are Alliant powders made?
The Lake City Munitions plant is not, and has never been, owned by Vista Outdoors, Alliant Powder, nor ATK, to the present time. The contract to operate that facility has been let to various comanies.
Vista Outdoors was spun off from ATK back in 2015.
The portion of ATK that has been operating the Lake City Munitions plant was purchased by Northrop Grumman in 2018.
I dont know where all Alliant powder is made, but do know that at least some of it is made in Radford, Virginia.
Yes, but neither Vista Outdoors nor Alliant Powder nor ATK own the Lake City Munitions plant.
Here's what I posted for clarity.
Same for Radford VA Munitions plant.
No ownership interest of that Munitions plant by Vista Outdoors, and it's operated by BAE Systems.
Separate names with a comma.