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Wheres the primers???

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Pull Bang, Aug 28, 2009.

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  1. Pull Bang

    Pull Bang Member

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    I can not find any Federal 209A or Winchester 209 primers in my area (Lancaster, Lebanon Counties in Pa.). The dealers could not tell me when they will be available.


    Your comments:

    Why has the market dried up?


    When will these items be available?

    I purchased a small (1000) quantity of Reo's to use in the last loading of some hulls to get by. Hopefully Federal or Winchester will be available by October.


    Frank
     
  2. Bucko43

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    Recobs has them in unlimited quantities if you want to pay over $200 for 5K by the time they are shipped to you.

    Larry's sporting good has them for $205 for 5K plus the $22.50 hazmat and then shipping!

    These are ridiculous prices, and I refuse to pay this for them...
     
  3. grntitan

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    Gamaliel has them for $174.75/5000 but you have to pay the $20.00 hazmat fee for an order that are to be shipped. I still have my source here in So. Illinois for $29.00/1000. Oh yeah i forgot Illinois is anti-gun. I better quit buying 'em then. LOL LOL.
     
  4. Quack Shot

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    Frank,

    It's hit and miss. Shyda's or Richland usually has some. CAC Associates is a good source, but a bit of a drive for you. They had some Winchesters a few days ago. I'd be more worried about shot, since I hear the price will be up by about $5 a bag for the next load.
     
  5. philk

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    Brenners had a lot of CCI`s available at the Great Lakes Grand, don`t know about now.
     
  6. shootover

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    Roger Brenner: (From Ohio) should be at the Michigan Team shoot at Mason Mich Sept 11-13th. He always has a good deal on everything and is one of the nicest pro gun people you can meet.

    Shootover
     
  7. grntitan

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    I know Grafs shooting suppy was at the Grand with Winchester primers for $32.00/1000 but for where you are located that still ends up being a shipping problem. They are out there though.----Matt
     
  8. oleolliedawg

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    The following items are in short or no supply in many areas;

    Win, Fed or Remington Primers

    Clay Dot, Clays and 700X

    Shot will be taking a significant price increase in the near future!!
     
  9. Carol Lister

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    Pull Bang asked:<blockquote>"Your comments:

    Why has the market dried up?"</blockquote>

    Mindless hoarding and panic buying, pure and simple

    <blockquote>"When will these items be available?"</blockquote>

    When people stop looking out at the world through their belly buttons, or, when manufacturing finally catches up with the greed.

    <blockquote>"I purchased a small (1000) quantity of Reo's to use in the last loading of some hulls to get by...."</blockquote>

    Hopefully, you found some loading data to go along with those primers because they're not like the ones you were using!

    Carol Lister
     
  10. Bucko43

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    You can find the loading data for Rio's at the link above.
     
  11. Savage99Stan

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    I agree that the main problem causing shortages is mindless (or selfish) hoarding. In the small shop where I work we get primers, powder, handgun and rifle ammunition is almost minute quantities..biggest score lately was 10K small rifle (lasted two days), 5K small pistol (same day) and a case of 9mm para. A guy, not a regular customer, came in, saw the 9mms and asked how many he could buy. I told him, "all of them, if you really need them, but think about the next guy...or the guy who comes in this afternoon, buys a 9mm handgun and we have no am%mo to sell him". He thought a minute and said, "I guess I'll take two boxes."

    People, think! All I ask of our customers is to be realistic. We don't ration but at the same time we ask the customers to be realistic. 99% will be rational about it and the ones that won't, well, we don't need them very much.
     
  12. Quack Shot

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    Five years ago, I had about ten sleeves of Shotshell primers "on the shelf". Today I have about eight. Five years ago they were less than $80 a sleeve. Today they are just under $150 and rising. I guess "my" senseless hoarding is the cause? I like to keep about a years supply on hand. Today that is about 20% less in quantity than it was five years ago, but about double the cost.
     
  13. Joe Potosky

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    I received a shipment of W-209's from Grafs a few weeks back for $149.99 plus Hazmat Fee: $22.50 and Handling & Insurance: $4.50.

    They showed out of stock when I ordered. I was on backorder for 45 days.

    There policy is that after 30 days they will call you when they are able to fill the order and confirm that you still want them shipped.

    To help offset the Hazmat fee I also had them ship powder with the order.
     
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    Try Backwoods Outfitters in Columbia (Tom Weimann - 717-684-2017)

    He should have them - not sure of quantities, but he had them last time I was there.
     
  15. AveragEd

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    Frank, the small shop about two miles from my home where I get my stuff had SOME 209As when I was there just a few minutes ago. I think they were something like $32/1,000. He's only open evenings from 6:00 - 8:00 and Saturdays from 10:00 - 12:00. I read on here today that no one has rifle and pistol primers - I just bought 1,000 LR benchrest primers and he had several more 1K boxes of all kinds of primers.

    It would be a 60 to 75-minute drive for you, depending upon Harrisburg traffic.

    Ed
     
  16. Pull Bang

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    Thanks everyone for your responses.


    BUCKO43, I have visited Reo's web site and printed out there loading data. I just got enough Reo primers to load 1000 shells with American Select. Never used this powder, will see how it loads/shoots.


    Frank
     
  17. JJJ

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    ED, I am anxious to get some rifle primers. Must I find your house & draw a 2 mile radius to see what small shop falls withing that circle? Or are you going to be a gentleman & just tell me the name & location?
    JOE JORDAN
     
  18. Carol Lister

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    This excerpt came out of Brownell's "Gun Bench" enewsletter to dealers this morning:

    <blockquote>... "In doing our analysis here, we asked ourselves the following three questions and tried to come up with answers. You might want to stop a moment and with a fresh cup of coffee, ask yourself these questions about your business and how you feel about your future.

    <blockquote>1. Is this "Obama Gun Sale Bubble" over?<BR><BR>
    2. Is demand for firearms and ammunition coming down to the standard demand curve for our business?<BR><BR>
    3. What can we do for the remainder of 2009 and all of 2010 to match or beat those high sales in the "Bubble" months of 2008-09?"We came up with some answers, which I'll pass along to you, but they really are only our opinions from our viewpoint. Hopefully you will find something in here which will be beneficial to you in your business.</blockquote>

    We believe the insane demand level for tactical firearms is over and future demands for these products will come back down to the industry norms. Keep in mind, though, there have been a huge number of non-traditional firearms buyers making purchases of AR-15's. So there are a lot of customers out there who will still want to accessorize and modify one of the world's most versatile and popular platforms. Definitely still a market for AR-15 "stuff", but a much softer one for the basic platform itself.

    The conceal carry/home defense market, however, is starting to heat up and right now is the beginning of a "short boom", not as significant as tactical rifles, but one nonetheless. We don't know how much leg this market can get under it or how long it might run. It is getting lots of play right now in the gun press, so take a look at how you can get into it modestly and watch it closely.

    We strongly believe the reloading and ammo markets are still underserved and have strong growth ahead of them. It will take longer to get these markets back to a norm because the primer shortage. The deep fluctuations/price increases in the metals markets from which most of these ammo components are made - lead, copper, brass has an impact on availability and prices. Our industry's share of these markets is not even a wrinkle, and we have neither control nor any leverage we can bring into play. We just have to wait for the metals markets to settle out.

    Shotgun and hunting markets did not seem to have the favorable run-up as the tactical weapons market. From what we think we see, there might be some returning strength. It looks like reservations for hunts have still to recover. We definitely expect those to slowly come back, but quite possibly not until folks are more comfortable the economy has settled down and a general recovery is underway. Hunts are discretionary, more easily put off."...</blockquote>

    Lister
     
  19. Jerry944t

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    Frank I've substituted Fiochhi primers for all my reloading. They are still under $30/1000 in my area which is still more expensive than I used to pay for name brand primers.

    So far I like them. No problems except they require far more pressure to seat during their initial reload and once used in any case you will need to continue to use them since they are oversized compared to name brands.

    Since I can pick up as many Gun Club hulls as I need, which reload just fine, I will continue to use them.

    What I really am having trouble finding is large pistol primers.

    Regards,

    Jerry
     
  20. AveragEd

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    Jerry, my guy has some but it's a couple-hour hike from your area.

    Joe, the shop I use is Shiremanstown Sports Shop in the small town of Shiremanstown, which is between Camp Hill and Mechanicsburg, PA. The owner and sole employee is a crotchety old phart named Hiram Allison, a trapshooter who has just about anything you could need for shooting in stock and his prices are very competitive with Shyda's. I just bought 10 flats of STS shells from him and could have saved three bucks a flat if I wanted to drive 414 miles to the Cardinal Center.

    The shop phone number is (717) 761-4679. His hours, as posted above, are very limited since he was involved in a serious traffic accident a couple of years ago. Hiram's is one of those small shops that are becoming more extinct with each passing year.

    Ed
     
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