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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Lunie, Oct 14, 2011.

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  1. Lunie

    Lunie Member

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    ... How much were primers?

    If you'd be so kind, give an approximate price per thousand, and about what year you started.

    When I started, they were on the shelf for just over $30. Not so long ago...
     
  2. JohnM

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    Can't remember that long ago.
    Seems like powder and primer were about a penny in the total cost for a reloaded round.
    Only thing I remember was good bullets were the biggest expense.
     
  3. HOWARD J

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    When I started reloading I could reload a 9MM Luger for 5 cents using cci primers & FMJ bullets
     
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    Gosh, never payed attention back in those bygone days. My last primer purchase was at a closeout for $50.00 for a sleeve of 5,000, bought all they had. May never need to buy primers again. That was only 6 or 8 years ago.
     
  5. Rokman

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    About $24.00 per thousand.
     
  6. Shade Tree Welder

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    Just under $20 a thou.

    Now I pay ~$35 locally.
     
  7. JohnM

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    Thing is those costs us old farts remember from 50 years ago don't mean anything in today's world.
    Biggest thing I notice now, is it seems almost every time I need some components, there's been a price increase.
     
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    $6 a thousand. And bullets ran about $2.75 a hundred; does that sound just wonderful? Not so, forget it. I was a skilled worker with 2 1/2 years of union service for the Bell Tel. System and made $94 a week, before taxes. And had a two kid family so $.60 a hundred for caps was NOT cheep. Actually everything, components and tools, are significantly cheeper today on a real scale.
     
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  9. Kingcreek

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    25 years ago they were about $10 per K. I always bought plenty of components when I saw a bargain because shortages seem to cycle through every few years, whether primers or powder etc and prices only jump up. I'm still using primers marked $12.50 per K on the boxes and powder for $10 per pound. I seem to still have more components than I might ever shoot.
     
  10. Snowbandit

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    I think I finally used up the last of my 100 primer packages with the 89 cent stickers on them. Couldn't tell you how long ago I bought them though. I've been reloading for 40 years.
     
  11. sugarmaker

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    8.99 per thousand at the Value House (now defunct chain)
     
  12. cfullgraf

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    I remember about $10/1000 primers in the early eighties. Stayed there for a while.

    Jacketed rifle bullets were about 10 cents each but I have slept since then.
     
  13. Doug b

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    When I started paying attention to the cost of primers they had just hit 1.2 cents apiece about 1978 or 79.
     
  14. Lunie

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    Good points.

    Part of why I asked for the approximate year was so I could try to estimate the real "value" at the time.

    Keep 'em coming folks. :D
     
  15. TNBilly

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    1983 cci primers were 10.99 a thousand
     
  16. Walkalong

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    Just under a penny a primer.
     
  17. Hondo 60

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    Started reloading 3 years ago
    CCI small pistol primers were about $1.99/100

    Seems funny, my first purchase was one pack of primers & a pound of powder.
    My most recent buy was 10 pounds of powder & 6,000 primers.

    I guess I'm addicted. :D
     
  18. Wil Terry

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    I remember buying 300,000 LPP for the grand total of $600.00.
     
  19. Lunie

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    Whoa!

    $0.002 a piece? $2 per thousand?

    Wholesale? When?
     
  20. ReloaderFred

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    When I firsted started reloading in 1963, I believe primers were about .29 cents per hundred. I know I could buy a pound of surplus IMR 4831 in paper roll top bags for .35 cents a pound. I still have one pound of that powder in the paper bag.

    I was making $1.25 an hour then, the minimum wage, so it's all relative. When I went to work for the phone company in Sept., 1963, I was in tall clover, working for $1.72 an hour. I bought a new car, a canoe, a couple of rifles and lots of reloading supplies on my new found wealth..........

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
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    $17 per thousand (any brand) then they quickly went up to $22, then they disappeared completely for a while. That was... 6 or 7 years ago?

    I just ordered 45000 primers a few days ago (they're not all mine; it was a group buy) of mostly CCI's for $20 per thousand. Russian primers are cheaper, but don't buy them unless your gun has really good springs.

    Basically, I buy 5000 primers whenever I find a really good deal and never pay full price for them. Sometimes I pay full price for a pound or two of powder at the local gun shop, otherwise I order 8#'s.
     
  22. loadedround

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    Back in the mid 60's I paid 8.95 per brick of 1000 for CCI and Winchester primers. Bulleye powder was 2.95 per pound if I remember correctly. :)
     
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    The first time I bought primers I paid 21.99 for Winchesters. The last time I bought primers I paid less than 20 per K.
     
  24. j2crows

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    I believe my first box of primers was .89 in 1971. Didn't have the money to buy a brick. I do remember buying old H4831 for $2 a pound. Also, if I remember correctly a box of 130 gr. Sierra's for my .270 was $4. At that time I was making $2.95 an hour.
     
  25. FROGO207

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    Lets see, primers were $8.25-$8.50 per K at the Bangor Maine Value House in 1976 I still have a couple hundred CCI's I have not used for some reason from then. IIRC minimum wage was around $1.55 an hour, gas less than $.80 a GAL.:cool:
     
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