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Will lower metal prices equal inexpensive bullets?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by peter_mn, Nov 16, 2008.

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  1. peter_mn

    peter_mn Member

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    Hello,
    Has anyone seen bullet prices falling with the drop in raw material costs? I would love to lay in some reloading components when prices fall, but I haven’t noticed the prices online coming down at all. I could just not be paying close enough attention. If I’m missing it, can someone direct me to the savings? I’m not being sarcastic, I really do want to stock up if prices fall.
    I’m trying to look on the bright side of the economy falling though the floor. The fact that commodities prices are going way down is giving me hope that cheap bullets are on the way.
    I wonder what you guys think about it all.
     
  2. Hutch

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    By golly, I sure hope so. Got a long list....
     
  3. NC-Mike

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    I don't think the commodity price is going to be reflected in component cost as quick as say the price of gasoline is affected by the price of oil.

    May take a little while but prices should start to drop as soon as the major suppliers see a price drop from the component manufactures but it'll take a while to trickle down to us.
     
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    i REALLY want .22 mag to come down! it is the only smokeless rifle i have and darnit if they dont cost three times as much as my bp longrifle to shoot and 4 times as much as my 1858 c&b!!!
     
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    I think the powers that be will make it difficult ($$) for the average person to stock up on anything :( For some reason the world has been stocking up on ammunition for some time now, and Afghanistan and Iraq had little to do with shortages and high prices of components. Just my 2 cents. I feel something is amiss here :eek:
     
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    must be the s&h costs affecting prices lol
     
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    Falling component prices Ha, check this out
     
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    that announcement is a year old.

    prices should come down. It may be a while, because companies were likely buying quite a bit at the higher prices, to hedge against even higher prices. (I'm sorry if that makes no sense)
     
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    "Has anyone seen bullet prices falling with the drop in raw material costs? I would love to lay in some reloading components when prices fall, but I haven’t noticed the prices online coming down at all."

    Not yet. We, the buying public, will control that more than the makers. We have already proven to the makers we WILL continue to buy even at the inflated prices. Many of our "smart" people are standing in line at the shop doors these days to buy still more to add to their hoard of components.

    Until the makers see a drop in volume they will have absolutely no incentitive to reduce prices. But, when the first makers see a drop in sales they will probably drop prices to better compete in the market. Then, and only then, will other makers follow and they will quickly drop back to a more competitive price schedule. We have threads on this board of people planning how much to buy for future years. Until those people get satisfied with their hordes and the present volume of sales decreases, the prices won't drop a bit.

    It's just the way of the free market. Producers charge what the market will bear. Why not, after all, it's buyers who actually set the value of all things. Doesn't really matter how much the producers want, when it's cheap, we buy, when it's too expensive, we don't. Producers either lower their prices to attract buyers or go out of business if they can't. So far, they are doing quite well.
     
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    The rise in prices had little to do with anything other than greed. The manufacturers saw a chance to make a killing and they did. I don't think prices will come down at all even though metal prices dropped. If our new President has his way there will be an additional 500% increase in the price of ammo in the way of new taxes. That's right, that's not a typo, 500% is what he wants to hit us with!
     
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    Gasoline went up, so prices went up.

    Then metals went up, and prices went up.

    Now both have dropped and prices will fall.

    Yeah, sure they will.....just as soon as I shoot a 1/4 inch group at a 1000 yards.
     
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    yep! and with a .25acp too:neener:
     
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    With the new administration all poised and ready to tax, limit and ban certain ammunition, bullets and powder, you can be sure that the economic laws of supply and demand will not apply. At least not for the next four years. Rest assured that the cost of bullets and brass cases will sky rocket and may be out of reach for the average handloader. If you want cheap bullets and brass, better order it up now.
     
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