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availability of primers
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 Posted: Tue Jul 31st, 2007 01:11 AM
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Yesterday at The Sportsman's Warehouse in the Denver area, I noticed that the primer shelves, except for a few in the shotgun size, were empty. This is a good sized store, with 20 foot primer shelves. When I asked a clerk about the lack of supply, he replied: "If you can find any primers, buy them". When I asked on another forum about this situation, the reply was "It's the war". That may be true, but all gone in less than a week???? What the He**!!!!:shameon:

 



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 Posted: Tue Jul 31st, 2007 01:38 AM
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Federal got a contract to supply the troops with ammunition.  They can not possibly make that many primers on there own, so....  I would guess that they are calling others to make up for lacking inventory(just a guess).  This in turn has caused a 'panic buying' spree.  If everyone is making small rifle primers and sending them to Federal....well, you get the picture.

If everyone would buy in moderation, there would still be primers on the shelves.  Production would catch up at some point, but the 'panic buying' will control the availability(and pricing) for the next few months.  I see plenty of primers still on the shelves at my job, but the internet panic will soon dry those up as well.

 

Good thing I bought plenty over the years to keep my supply at a moderate level to continue my addiction............handloading!

 

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 Posted: Tue Aug 21st, 2007 05:57 PM
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My suppler doesn't know anything about a shortage and has plenty of everything except winchester.
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By the way, I didn't look at the date on that post, allmost a month ago. old news/rumor
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There are a lot of false rumors flying around about these so called "shortages" The AP wire services even ran a story that many police depts. were having to halt training because they "couldn't get ammo". The bulk of these have turned out to be false. I just came from my local Cabela's located just a couple miles from my house and they had a shelf full of .223 ammo. The price was up there at $8.99 @ box of 20, but they had it. So I just can't imagine police depts. not being able to get any. Primers were also in good supply. Most of this is related to the stores supplier. As I said Cabela's by me has plenty, yet the Sportsmans Warehouse 5 miles away has none, along with the typical "we don't know" if and when they'll be getting any. This will all settle down in time. Much like the housing market 2 years ago when people were jumping over one another to buy a home. Now most of those same people can't sell for what they owe. I have a fairly decent stockpile of everything and I intend to simply wait it out. Panic buying is never a wise thing to do regardless of the product.  Bill T.



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My Dept has no trouble aquiring ammunition. We use about 13,000 rounds a year.



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I'm still working on about 7K primers of various sorts that my late Father hoarded  some 40 years ago. 

We've kept them dry, so they ought to be all right - and the ones i've used recently go off just fine!

I doubt that I'll live long enough to shoot them all up - unless perhaps I get a progressive loader and start doing a LOT more shooting than I do now.



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I remember the days of USPSA/IPSC.......7K in primers would last a month, ahhhhh the days of old.

 

 

Still piles of primers at work, my previous prediction was incorrect......plenty of them left to buy.  Very hard to walk by them!

 

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