The Primer Shortage

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There were Federal Small Pistol and Federal Small Pistol Magnum primers in stock today at Brownells. From what I could see, they sold out in about 4 minutes. I couldn't get checked out quick enough, and they were removed from my cart before I finished placing my order.
 

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    Most people just don’t know. I can’t blame them some people are just trying to make it during the plandemic it’s all on a auction basis so it’s not price gouging. Good for them being stocked up And able to sell to people in need.

    Market price is set by supply and demand

    Is America this economically and financially stupid?
     
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    It’s outrageous to pay 200-300$ for 1k primers on GB. With today’s current political atmosphere, does anyone think that the shortage will end within the next year, or should we just suck it up and pay these extremely high prices because there is no end to the madness in sight.

    Sounds like I got a deal not too long ago. I only paid $280 for 2000 CCI 250's. :LOL::LOL::LOL:

    I have 3k Fed GM 215's I bought after the last shortage as well as a 1000 CCI 200's. I like to go down to my reloading room and just stare at them. Nothing like a little reloading porn... :p
     

    HMRamateur

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    there is not a shortage anywhere else in the world except here wonder why a few Canadian shops have 250 boxes showing and a store in Australia has even more just none of them will ships any here . i even found them in Tanzania where ever that is same for powder and bullets and brass all at 1/8th the price . who's up for a trip Id put up a few dollars to help cover travel cost for a few thousand primers lol
    Primers aren't too bad here just yet, but everything is getting spotty. Components will come in, sell out faster than normal, and we will be out of stock for a little bit. The popular powders and projectiles stay out of stock longer than the others, especially the last few months. I have a feeling we're getting to the point of catching up to you guys, the orders for all the shipments we get are all put in a number of months in advance. Prices have definitely gone up a bit too, we aren't seeing gouging like you guys though, not yet at least
     

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    Found some primers at sportsman's warehouse today and at regular price. They only allow one brick though! They were watching like hawks. Had 2 people tell me I could only buy one when I was trying to decide what brick I wanted.
     
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    When they hit $1000 per brick I know a guy who might let go of 30-40 bricks of primers, lol.

    I'm sitting on a flat of garbage wolf primers. I should get rid of them but I'd feel bad since I had issues with the anvil falling out.

    Come to think of it, I haven't seen them in a few years, maybe I should look for them just in case.



    I bought a 5+ year supply over the last few years. I was going to grab some m193 for 3 gun last spring but damn did I miss the boat there. Guess I'll be shooting reloads for awhile yet.
     

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    Found some primers at sportsman's warehouse today and at regular price. They only allow one brick though! They were watching like hawks. Had 2 people tell me I could only buy one when I was trying to decide what brick I wanted.

    Buy one, drop it off in your car, come right back in for another.

    Wash, rinse, repeat.
     

    TheDalmore

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    Most people just don’t know. I can’t blame them some people are just trying to make it during the plandemic it’s all on a auction basis so it’s not price gouging. Good for them being stocked up And able to sell to people in need.
    That’s exactly what I was thinking. It isn’t price gouging if people are bidding. Simple supply and demand. The bidders are creating the prices 🤷
     

    Lthrt

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    I’d gladly pay $100 per 1k brick for Small rifle primers to any other hide member that could spare 2 or 3. I’m in South Carolina.
     

    myronman3

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    I’d gladly pay $100 per 1k brick for Small rifle primers to any other hide member that could spare 2 or 3. I’m in South Carolina.

    i bet you would.

    lots of people would.

    i’m watching that auction to get a feel for just how nuts it is currently.

    primers......the new bitcoin.
     
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    I’d gladly pay $100 per 1k brick for Small rifle primers to any other hide member that could spare 2 or 3. I’m in South Carolina.

    Need to up your offer. That's like offering $0.50 a gallon for 95 octane gas.
     

    TxWelder35

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    Somebody try this. Dude looks super reputable. Might come down to this though at this rate 😂

     

    308pirate

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    Rhetorical question?
     

    brianf

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    How are there so many threads about the exact same topic.

    The other duplicate threads have had people in the know give their assessment as well as giving information from the actual manufacturer about timelines.

    I’d say it’s the lack of coffee speaking but shit....


    pay to much or don’t buy components for the next 18-24 months minimum.

    and that’s before the feds figure out how tax firearms and Ammo/components out of circulation. Removing firearms without touching the 2A or constitution.
     

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    Dudes, I was only looking for some some goodwill from like-minded shooters while still offering twice the normal cost. Happy for you guys making bitcoin cash right now - I just want to reload and shoot.
     

    Romeo458

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    The price is going to continue to rise on everything so long as they continue to print stimulus money. It's a hidden tax, all it does is devalue the currency.
     
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    MarshallDodge

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    I think I would rather slow down and reduce some of my shooting sessions rather than make my own primers. This storm isn't going to blow over for a few years but if I shoot conservatively, I should be okay.

    ....and fuck over people who saved and lived responsibly.
    It seems to be helping stock prices...
     

    gedeon

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    I don’t see this shortage coming to an end within the next 2 years. Because when they come on the shelves again there will still be many people with the mindset “time to stock up for the next hard times” so that will cause the shortage to extend. Also with the presidency going on and wanting to ban online sales of gun stuff, it’s hard to say what’s going to happen. I just want others perspectives on the matter to influence my decision to spend that kind of money on primers.

    My 2c. Primers will overwhelm current demand within 12 months and neckbeards will puke, but I do not believe commercially loaded ammo will overcome demand for the foreseeable future. There are way too many new firearm owners with trivial stashes of ammo who, understandably, enjoy shooting. These people also have no memory of 15cpr 9mm or 25cpr 556, so they are a deep well of demand.

    500 rounds x 5mm new firearm owners = 2.5 billion rounds of additional annual demand is a reasonable estimate, imo.
     

    myronman3

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    well, we are up to $330 for 500. with 24 hours to go. chalk this up as one of those things i had to see to believe.

    and as i’m watching this shit show, i’m seriously debating selling the 2 bricks i bought 2 months ago. i can shoot my flintlock and bow until prices come back down and not feel like i am missing a thing.
     
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    Well, at least the primer shortage isnt world wide and is only very specific to the US.

    So, there is that...
     
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    Romeo458

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    I'm going to take them to the strip club and throw them at the girls!
    I had a roommate of mine years back getting ready to go out to the strip club with some of his friends. He was sorting out his change in estimate the Hell he was doing, he said "They're gonna make it rain and make it drizzle". You just gave me a good laugh remembering that, thanks.
     

    Cosmic338

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    well, we are up to $330 for 500. with 24 hours to go. chalk this up as one of those things i had to see to believe.

    and as i’m watching this shit show, i’m seriously debating selling the 2 bricks i bought 2 months ago. i can shoot my flintlock and bow until prices come back down and not feel like i am missing a thing.
    How much
     

    AManWearingAHat

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    Primer availability won't catch up until ammunition availability does, or someone takes the risks and opens a new plant. It's been said several times that component manufacturing is dedicated to making loaded ammunition first.