I read with interest the discussion of the new Federal target shell that is coming out and the speculation it's being made at the Rem plant in Arkansas.
Thumbing through my new shooting mag. today. I came across a new line of shells from Federal. They are called the "High Over All"!!! line of shells. They are suppose to offer a higher antimony shot than the Grands. They are also suppose to have all brass bases again as well. So they are...
Recall Vista Outdoors, the owner of Federal ammunition and Alliant powder, now also owns Rem Ammo. Anyway, this got me thinking maybe this development is contributing to current shortage of powder, shot and maybe primers.
While I don't know this for a fact, I believe Rem sourced the powders for it shotgun shells from the General Dynamics plants in St. Marks, FL and Ontario, CAN. It does not take much imagination to conjure that now that Vista owns the business it is using Alliant powders not only in these new Fed shells but maybe also in some of the Rem-branded ammo as well. This could be a reason we are not seeing much Alliant canister powders and Ramshot Competition, made at St. Marks, seems to be one that is popping more than others.
It also strikes me part of Vista's motive for buying the Rem ammo business was to get its hands on the shot tower and the primer manufacturing capacity. I seem to have some recollection in the back of my mind Federal does not make its own shot; it imports it from Australia. Having it's own shot production not only cuts out both a middleman's markup and transportation costs, but also diverts STS shot away from the reloading market if Federal is using all the capacity for both Rem and Fed ammo. (This is a bean-counter's wet dream)
Just spinning conspiracy theories here and I'm probably FOS. But, just say'n....