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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by JohnM, Oct 12, 2012.

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How do you purchase primers?

Poll closed Nov 11, 2012.
  1. Just for yourself

    40 vote(s)
    24.4%
  2. As part of a group buy

    15 vote(s)
    9.1%
  3. 100 at a time

    3 vote(s)
    1.8%
  4. Carton of 1000 at a time

    69 vote(s)
    42.1%
  5. About 5000 at a time

    57 vote(s)
    34.8%
  6. 10000 or more at a time

    36 vote(s)
    22.0%
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  1. JohnM

    JohnM Member

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    We see a lot on primers here. Lot of stuff gets tossed around when supplies drop. All sorts of ideas about how to keep a supply.
    I got to wondering how people here generally buy theirs.
     
  2. PO2Hammer

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    I buy them by the box (1,000) at my LGS. I have about 10,000 on hand, mostly SPP & LPP. Doesn't seem to be a shortage this election like there was 4 years ago. I guess we're not doing a very good job of hyping election fears this time.
     
  3. tglazie

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    Powder valley usually with a 1000 once in a while from my little LGS just to make sure the guy keeps what I shoot (fed) in stock.
     
  4. LiveLife

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    I usually setup group buys from Powder Valley to reduce hazmat/shipping fees.

    When I see good prices on primer brands l like at gun shows (~$18-$20 for CCI/Winchester this past 1-2 years), I stock up.

    I typically buy 5000-10,000+ at a time.
     
  5. Kyle M.

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    I buy them by the thousand from my lgs, there doesn't seem to be any shortage of them at shops or from distributors around here.
     
  6. SpringfieldM1A

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    If im going to order them its usually 5000 at a time due to the hazmat fee. If i can get them at a gun shop for close to the same price ill by a brick or two.
     
  7. cfullgraf

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    Historically, I'df buy 1000 primers at a time. Recently, I have been buying larger quantities, 2000-5000 at a time but consumption really has not changed. I shoot 4000-5000 rounds per year using all four sizes of primers.

    I have done a few mail order primer orders, they are larger quantities to spread out the hazmat charge. Makes the time between orders longer.
     
  8. Walkalong

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    Usually 2K to 4K if I get them at the gun show. Minimum 5K if I have to order some, and more is better, and I might as well get some powder along with them while I'm at it.
     
  9. oneounceload

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    5000 at a time through my local shotgun club - since the vendor delivers targets to the club on his truck - no hazmat, no shipping - same for powder
     
  10. GLOOB

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    Last online order, I purchased 10k. My last purchase was 1k of mag primers at the LGS, just to fill a hole. On average, now that I have a good working supply, I anticipate buying around 4-6k at a time online, along with the type and amount of powders estimated for said primers. That is approx a year's supply.

    I figure it takes a combination of approximately 6k primers and/or 6 lbs of powder to make up for hazmat. Less if you buy Tula/Wolf. At least 4k primers and 4+ lbs of powder, and I figure I'm actually saving a little.
     
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  11. JohnM

    JohnM Member

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    Fair number of relies to the poll.
    It shows most people buy what they need on their own as opposed to getting in with a group buy. I kinda figured that.
    And most folks get from a carton of 1K to a brick of 5K at a time.
    I sort of expected more to say they bought them by the 100, someone does, most gun shops sell many single boxes.
    A lot of people buying 10K or more at a time, but far outnumbered by all the rest.
     
  12. W.E.G.

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    I buy sufficient quantity as-needed at the LGS once a year to keep me "stocked-ahead" for three years reloading/shooting.

    I don't have much use for large rifle primers these days, so I still have ample supply from the "Bill Clinton primer shortage."
     
  13. ColtPythonElite

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    10k+ every time I order from Powder Valley....no way I'm buying from the LGS with them marked up at least ten bucks a thousand.
     
  14. beatledog7

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    I've used all of the methods except group buy and >10k.

    One of my LGSs stocks CCI and Winchester primers at $3 for a sleeve of 100. If I have 300 LR Magnum on hand, I have a 3-yr supply at least. It's double that for LR, but that's still squarely in the "buy locally" world for me.

    For small rifle and small pistol, I price check at shows, but lately prices there don't justify bulk buying. Paying hazmat and shipping still makes more sense, so that's what I do, usually combining a primer order with a powder order to water down the fees.

    SP Magnum, LP and LP magnum are in a grey area. If I'm ordering on line, I check my supply, and for any of these that are under 500 or so I usually throw in a thousand.
     
  15. mavracer

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    Powder Valley is a 20 min drive from my house.
     
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    I hate you!
     
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    Last order from Powder Valley was an entire Haz Mat box full of assorted primers. IIRC about 40K in the box. And two boxes of propellant at 32 LBS each. This will get me through the next year I hope but probably will need order again next June.:eek: Now it is time to order a bunch from Missouri Bullet and X-Treme bullet.:cool:
     
  18. dickttx

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    10K of primers and 8# of HP38 will come out pretty close together, so that is how I order.
     
  19. MARKMALL

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    How I buy primers !

    I buy sleeves of 5,000 in SP , LP & shotgun. LR , SR & magnum pistols are bought by the 1,000. All are bought at the local gun store.
     
  20. JLDickmon

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    My stock level is 2,000 of each flavor, small pistol, mag pistol, small rifle, mag rifle..

    I run through a box, I buy another.

    But I have between 8,000 and 12,000 on hand at any given time.
     
  21. shooter_from_show-me

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    The last gun show I bought 14k of spp for my 9mm's. If bought online WITH powder too between 5k-10k. I have about 40k stocked up now. Just need to get enough powder to match now;).
     
  22. ReloaderFred

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    I have a friend who owns a firearms business, and he orders his primers in lots of 200,000. When he gets an order in, I'll usually take about 20,000 small pistol and 10,000 large pistol primers. I maintain a stock of 10,000 small rifle and large rifle primers at all times.

    My friend has two orders pending right now that were placed back at the first of the year, if that tells you anything......

    I try to keep at least one year ahead of my needs.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
  23. MachIVshooter

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    Usually a brick or two at a time locally. Sportman's Warehouse is only a couple bucks over internet orders, plus sales tax, which beats the Hazmat fee unless you're buying at least 10k.
     
  24. jhop73

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    buy them by the 5k case once a year at camp perry, a 1 hour drive and no hazmat!
     
  25. mdi

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    Well, there hasn't been any Small Pistol primers at my local pusher for 6 months, and no SP Magnums in 3 (well mebbe there were a few, but they don't last an hour on the shelves). In the last year or so, I would buy a brick here and there as I went shopping so I'm not low yet; mebbe 2k SP, 4k LP, 2k SPM, 4k LPM (I like .44 Mag!) 2 or 3k rifle stuff...
     
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