Component shortage ending?
Seems like I had too easy of a time gathering reloading stuff for my new rifle this week. My local gun shop has H4895 in stock and let me buy more than 1 lb.. Midway had CCI #34 pimers (still payed through the nose), and Everglades ammo has 7.62 Nato brass.
My stock of 155 grain Matchkings will go fast though, if I don't find a source for a good quality HPBT that won't break the bank. I prefer non-cannelured bullets.
Anybody know of a good bulk bullet supplier of non-junk?
I'd say it's ending when online retailers have some product other than "sold out"
Try Midway or some of the other retailers for the blemished bullets?
Midway has the blemished 155's for $23.79 @ 100, shipping is a little high tho.....
It's getting better. Still waiting for 22lr to hit the shelves though.
I saw some powder a couple of weeks ago at at brick and mortar store, but haven't seen any since. I probably have to just go on a day they receive shipments.
I was at a major sporting goods outlet in Ft. Worth and there was plenty of ammo, including .22. I came away with .223 for $134 at 300 w/box and large rifle primers at $25per brick, which I didn't think was too bad. Some places are still gouging and will probably do so as long as people pay their price.
baggies the other day when I went in. The rounds were mismatched between hollow points and round nose and some had corrosion on them. $8.95 for 100. The guy at the counter said they had bought them from an estate sale and put them out for sale as is. People were buying them. I saw a 500 round brick go for $70 at a local auction...
This is second hand info that I've not researched.. but I was advised by an intelligent source that the last lead refinery/producer in the US has closed for unknown reasons. You can imagine what this means for ammo.
We have had many customers contact us about the closing of the last primary lead smelting facility in the USA. This facility is operated by Doe Run and is located in Herculaneum, MO and is just about a 3 hour drive from our facility in Sedalia, MO.
The main question asked is “Will this shut down your supply of lead.” The answer to that is no. First, Sierra buys lead from several different vendors to maintain constant supply. Second, this facility only smelts primary lead or lead ore. This is lead ore that has just been brought out of the earth. Sierra uses no primary lead at all and never has, so we use nothing directly from this facility. The lead we buy from Doe Run comes from their recycling facility in Boss, MO that is about 90 miles away from the smelter that is closing.
The facility we buy from is still going strong and delivering to us as scheduled. The lead from this facility is from recycled lead, mostly coming from car batteries. This is a continuing “in and out” cycle for them and the smelter closing will not affect this facility.
Our supply should not be in jeopardy and we do not anticipate any changes in our supply chain at this time. Could the lack of primary lead create a little more demand for recycled lead? Sure, but how much is unknown. Could this increase in demand also create an increase in price? Sure, but again, by how much is unknown at this time.
There are many other primary lead smelters in the world and so the flow of primary lead will not be shut off. Where there is a need for primary lead, I am sure there will be a salesman more than happy to pick up the business.
In short, we do not see any reason for alarm. We expect our supply to continue and keep feeding our production lines which are still running 24 hours per day to return our inventory levels to where they should be.
On the subject, I got an email from my rifle team that our primer order from January 2013 just came in. The Jan. prices were honored, I got 2K #34 and 1K CCI large rifle primers. I wish I had ordered more then, but that leaves me with over 5K primers in stock for the next year or so. I think the vendor was Southern Shooting Supply.
I travel a lot here in Texas and hit up some local gun shops and big name stores. I have more luck in the small shops by far. I guess lots of people hit up the big name stores mainly and they are bought out quickly.
The small shops that I have luck finding stuff at are doing great as far as reloading stuff. 22 lr is scarce, RL 15 I have not found yet anywhere. Maybe in time everything will become available? I doubt it. The shortage is definetely not over. Buy what you can. JMHO.
Some things are getting easier to find but others are still un-obtainium.
I just paid a stupid price on GunBroker for 300 Starline .44 Magnum cases. I'd bought a Marlin 1894 and discovered no .44 Mag ammo anywhere. No bullets anywhere, but I had a stockpile for .44 Special so am good to go there for a little while. Powder & primers - I'm in good shape there. But no cases. Nowhere. Nada!
And "No" I'm not telling you all what "stupid" means. Just more than any sane person should pay. I have to feed the new little beast, don't I?
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