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Powder, primers, availibility?????
Hawkshaw Member Posts: 1,016 ✭✭
edited April 2014 in Perry Shooter Competition Shooting and Reloading Forum
I have been reloading for about 50 years, and have accumulate quite a reserve of both powder, and primers. I'm just finding out that there is almost none available. Where is it going this time??? THX
There is no real explanation that makes sense. We have all the key ingredients for profitable business success, willing buyers, with money, seeking products. Yet for four years or more the products are largely unavailable.
My SWAG is the shortage is largely due to the federal government, not sure how but that warm quaint feeling of governmental involvement in the "shortage" is very strong.
A lot of folks got caught without a safety reserve following last panic. They are now building that reserve and availability has suffered.
Secondly, availability shortage has caused many to re-evaluate their safety reserves and do some panic buying when they find it....
....kinda like .22 ammo light, only a whole lot more folks shoot .22 than reload.
Didn't see what I wanted/didn't buy any.
Small/large pistol primers $30/k also left on shelf.
If you're a 28 gauge or 5.7x28 guy, I know where your ammo is.
I was in a small local shop today and saw primers ($38/K) powder (Rl19 $115/5#) and bullets (.224 Sierra 77 gr MK $145/5C) so seemed like there's some getting through the system.
Fridays are my day for checking on reloading components locally(Wisconsin); things appear to be becoming more available....in fits and starts....Powder -especially what appears to be the more sought after stuff- is still a bit scarce, but IF a guy absolutely HAD TO reload, he could usually find SOMETHING that would work......my $.02
Shotgun powder is dry as a bone around here when normally you can buy all you want.
Only powder I see available from normal suppliers is 50BMG powder.
I see powder on here for more than double what I pay for + shipping. I'll quit shooting before I pay that much for a keg of powder.
Primers, wads & shot are plentiful.
When I stop in they either have plenty or none. Talking to the manager, it's still a case of, 'they get it Monday, by Tuesday it's gone.'