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Die shortage

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Trent, Feb 13, 2013.

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  1. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

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    Thanks guys!

    If anyone who has helped me, or has offered to help me, up to this point in this thread is in dire need of 223 or 308 projectiles, lemme know. $0.09 each on SS109, $0.20 each on 147 or 168gr. Shipping $5 (USPS flat rate). I have a finite supply, no more than 500x 223 or 250x 308 each.
     
  2. hipoint

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    no worries brother, I don't really need that stuff myself. I have enough to load most of what I need to until this blows over.

    anyhow, there was only one left there, if you think you might want it let me know and I'll give them a call. Heck, they might even mail it straight to you and you pay them over the phone, can't say for sure but they are pretty nice folks over there although a little run ragged during all this mess.

    They actually have full shelves of ammo too!
     
  3. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

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    I've been run a little ragged to. A lot of people know I had an FFL and a lot of people know I "retired" from the business with a lot of stuff. So my phone has been ringing a lot lately.

    Last night I spent 3 frigging hours after work meeting up with people. Sold an AR-15 receiver to a friend for $135, 1000 rounds of 40 S&W ammo to another guy, etc.

    I haven't posted anything up for sale on here because A) I don't have enough quantity to cover a public offering (nor any ability to order anything new in), B) I'm already getting enough calls and my free time is saturated, and C) shipping ammo or any hazmat item is extremely troublesome as I have to drive two hours, round trip, to the UPS or FedEx distribution points to send anything off.

    But bullets, those are just chunks of metal, I can stuff in a USPS flat rate box and send off. :)
     
  4. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

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    38 Special dies shipped.

    300 AAC dies arrived in stock at Midway today. (FINALLY!)

    Also got 30-06, 30-40 Krag, and 303 brit dies delivered this week.

    Looks like manufacturers are starting to catch up!
     
  5. varodd

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    My local Bass Pro has all but 1 or 2 LEE, RCBS and Hornady dies in stock. Just don't ask for powder or primers :p
     
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    I'm thinking that tools will catch up long before components will. Glad your stuff is starting to ship. Lightman
     
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    I guess I'm very fortunate, about 2 weeks before the CT deal went down, I messed up a .38 de-cap die, I ordered one from Midway, while I was on the web, I saw the universal de-cap die, so ordered that one too, never know when they might be needed. Now I can de-cap 38's, 44's or whatever with the universal, also have respective de-cap dies for the mentioned calibers. Lucked out getting some powder, could only buy 2 lb.s at a time, plus I happened to be in the right spot at the right time, got 3K of SPP too, more than I'd paid previously, but they're mine now! Did get some lead bullets from Midway about a month ago, no problems there, just trying to find some more powder and SRMP's, like frog fangs, not to be found. Good luck guys !
     
  8. Trent

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    Ooh! Just got another e-mail from them, the 44 mag dies are in stock now too!
     
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    congrats
     
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    If you don't need fixings for 223 or 9MM things are coming back around here some but are still hit or miss. IMHO dies are not something that one buys lots of so the stores that had them did not stock them deep and ran out quickly. Now the makers are catching up on demand some and as such dies are starting to be available beyond back orders. Wish this was the case with primers and propellant now.:scrutiny:
     
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    I just sent a email complaining to Lee no 40 cal.dies for over a month a 1/2!.
     
  12. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

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    I'd imagine 40 cal were hit pretty heavy by the run.

    Oddballs are easy to find, the 30/40 Krag, 30-06, and 303 brit were in stock on Midway and shipped the same day. :)
     
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    This is why I buy dies and components when I decide to acquire a gun chambered in a new-to-me cartridge. Even before I have the gun.

    I got some criticism at the the time, but not recently.
     
  14. TenDriver

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    LGS here got a shipment of 4 die 9mm and 3 die .223 sets last week. The 9 was running about $60, the .223s were a little cheaper. If anyone's needs those, holler. Actual cost plus a flat rate box. I can hit the store Monday at lunchtime.
     
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    I've been watching reloading equipment on evilbay lately. I've seen lots of die sets go for around $60 $70 and shipping. If you get a 9mm Luger set for under a hundred, you did good.
     
  16. Swampman

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    Trent:
    Try FS Reloading, they've got Lee carbide, 3 die sets in stock for $32.78 + shipping.
    If all else fails, shoot me a PM, I'm pretty sure I've got a set of RCBS non-carbide .44 Mag/.44 Special dies out in the reloading shack somewhere...

    https://fsreloading.com/lee-precision-3-die-set-44mag-carbide-90512.html

    I've dealt with them in the past and they seem to be good folks.
    The only problem I ever had with them was when I'd ordered a couple thousand M-80 ball projectiles and they refused to ship them in a USPS flat rate box because "shipping ammunition by mail is illegal". I finally just gave up and paid the UPS shipping fee. When the bullets arrived they were in far better condition than advertised.
     
  17. Bill4282

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    Give it six months. The scare will die down, hoarding will stop, new buyers will find reloading too time consuming or difficult compared with buying factory. Predict reloading sets on eBay and Craigslist for below cost.
     
  18. Trent

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    44 mag is all I'm waiting on now, but I have enough loaded to last me a while. I can be patient until the Midway order is filled. :)
     
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