Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by JohnM, Oct 12, 2012.
I got to wondering how people here generally buy theirs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I don't have much use for large rifle primers these days, so I still have ample supply from the "Bill Clinton primer shortage."
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.
Now it is time to order a bunch from Missouri Bullet and X-Treme bullet.
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.
I run through a box, I buy another.
But I have between 8,000 and 12,000 on hand at any given time.
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.
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