Primers are still out for somewhat reasonable prices..

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Analogkid, Feb 15, 2021.

  1. GoldieMI
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    go out and drive out to the road. -7 this morning in Michigan and my truck was warmed up when I got outside to go to work
     
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  2. Analogkid

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    How'd this get so off topic? Lol!
     
  3. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Around here we start the car and turn the A/C down to "Sub-Zero" for ten minutes before trying to drive anywhere. Its the only way you can steer after a cars' sat in the sun baking for more than an hour. Either that or you need one of those gloves they issued with the M60.
     
  4. reddog81

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    I’d rather pay a 50% tax on $30. Paying $200+ Is worse than any tax being proposed.
     
  5. Juiceking

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    For me in NM its still pretty hard to find primers or powder but we have family in Texas and im still finding primers(srp 7$/100 500 limit per day). Powder is also out there but hit or miss if its what you like or prefer to use. So i feel lucky i havent had to pull shooting/reloading back to much even without a huge stockpile of components.
     
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  6. kalielkslayer
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    It seems to easing up a very little bit.

    Yesterday I bought 4 lbs of powder that’s marginal for their intended purposes.

    Today, I had 4, 1 lb canisters in my cart. When I went to check out, there was only one of each left. I made a snap decision not to pay hazmat on 2 lbs so I emptied my cart.

    a month ago I would have bit the bullet and done it.
    Don’t know if that’s because I’m pretty well off with my supply, or my sense things are easier to find.

    primers are another story. I would gladly pay $50/1,000 plus hazmat if I could find them.

    I have been making the 1.5 hour drive to hit 3 big stores weekly, for the last 12 weeks, primarily for primers. In 12 trips, I scored 5,000 not including the shotgun primers.

    this week I didn’t make the trip. Must be feeling confident.

    But unlike many of you, I can’t get ammo online, can’t buy it out of state and have to get a $1 background check here. So reloading is my future. NEVER plan on purchasing another bullet EVER!
     
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  7. packetloss

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    It seems someone will have to start selling a primer reloading press and compound for it.
     
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    What did that cost you in gas?
     
  9. Analogkid

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    22lr reloader sells a priming compound in components folks are mixing and using to reload centerfire primers. They are at least 8 weeks behind on orders for it and their cap maker for bp guns. Lots of guys on youtube are reloading with it with great success other than it being corrosive. No biggy to me. I shot corrosive surplus ammo for decades but made sure to rinse the guns out.
     
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  10. packetloss

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    The biggest issue is reloading that way takes a LOT of time. If someone where to develop a press that you can load in spent primers and it will separate the anvils, smooth out the primer dimple and apply the compound and reinsert the anvil, you could probably crank through 1000 of them in under an hour. With such a press, if I could purchase the components to produce the compound for less than .02c per primer, I would even consider doing this in normal times. I think this shortage has shown that we simply can not rely on Vista or Winchester to supply us with what we need.
     
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  11. Analogkid

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    If you do it in stages and like being in the reloading room it's a non issue. I did 100 large pistol primers last night but with ring cap primers and it wasn't a big deal.

    I'm sure it isnt a wise idea to have enough priming compound in a machine that is capable of doing g 1k primers a hour unless it's some sort of wet slurry process.
     
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  12. WeekendReloader

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    How many times do you think you could reload a primer? Are you planning multiple reloads of the primers?
    I'm thinking that the primer cup would wear out pretty fast with the firing pin stretching the metal and the cup compressing into the case pocket. I'm guessing at some point, after some unknown number of reloadings, the primer cup will fail and jet hot gasses out.
     
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  13. Analogkid

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    3 times is my limit. I run my depriming tube into a marked tin and after the 3rd time they get pitched. Then I drag another 100 out of my spent large primer can and toss them into the ultrasonic with dish soap and a pinch of lemishine. Then start the process over again. I have a few hours every night before my wife gets home with the kids and do a little here and there.
     
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  14. GeoDudeFlorida

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    I pulled my bow out last night. It needs a tune-up but, as far as I know, there's no shortage of strings, fletching or cam-lube. I can turn my own aluminum shafts on the jewelry lathe if necessary. Sure wish I'd bought a flintlock back when they were semi-affordable but, even then $1K was the starting point for a basic Kentucky rifle. That was too much for my taste at the time. Good thing I can use a bow! :)
     
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