Primer availability,or lack thereof, explained

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Sinclair International, seller of reloading supplies, have explained the lack of primer availability on their blog (emphasis mine):

The first driving force has been the huge demand for loaded ammunition through 2008 and continuing into 2009. The large primer manufacturers like ATK (which would include Federal and CCI), Winchester, and Remington are directing the majority of their primers into loaded ammunition.

the result has been consumers stockpiling and hoarding primers. Individuals are buying and keeping more primers in their own personal inventories and this has prevented some reloaders from having any primers at all. We normally see people buying 1,000 or maybe 5,000 primers at a time, now we are seeing customers buying 25,000 at a time.

Federal told us a couple of weeks ago to not be surprised if we don’t see many primers from them until the end of 2009.

A very dire situation indeed. I expect few of us will ever forget the ammunition drought of 2009!

I highly recommend reading the whole blog entry.

Thanks to Commodore for emailing me the link.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Mike Mike on Dec 05, 2009

    I just bought some small rifle wolf primers over the internet for about $25. I think I was luck to get them.

  • HK_USP_45 HK_USP_45 on Dec 06, 2009

    I've been getting CCI primers from Cabelas.com. Decent price, just the Hazmat shipping charge sucks. But you can order them, and if they don't have them you can still purchase and they will ship.

    I ordered mine back in May, and they have been trickling in over the last 3 months. They ship them to me as they get them, but I only had to pay the Hazmat fee once.

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