.22 ammo

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by snowwdog, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. snowwdog

    snowwdog snowwdog

    so how many of us can get together and pool our money to start a .22 factory? How much could it cost? Its just lead wire swaged and copper plated. Brass disks formed to the brass. Seems simple enuff. We could do it. And the demand for .22's will never stop.

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  3. XDRoX

    You shouldn't drink this early in the morning.

  4. freakshow10mm

    freakshow10mm 10mm Advocate

    The machinery is relatively expensive but the hardest part is the priming compound manufacturing and loading into the cases. In order to either handle or manufacture the priming compound, you need to be licensed as an explosives manufacturer or dealer, since primers and priming compounds are explosives.
  5. snowwdog

    snowwdog snowwdog

    CCI states that they have been running 24/7 for years trying to keep up with demand. Why would they not add capacity? Is the equipment really that expensive? Or do the ammo companies keep the supply low to keep the prices up?
  6. freakshow10mm

    freakshow10mm 10mm Advocate

    CCI has custom built machinery, not something like a Camdex or AmmoLoad for a couple thousand rounds per hour. CCI's machinery manufactures 4 million rounds of rimfire ammunition each production day. A setup like theirs is a few million dollars in machinery and support.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvK9QlQtrKI"].22Long Rifle Ammunition Manufacture (Part 1 of 2) - YouTube[/ame]


    Expansion on that production line means a new building, new machinery, new equipment support, and labor. It's not a snap your fingers move. The corporate board at ATK must give the OK for the expansion. Contrary to Internet belief, the profit ammunition manufacturers make on ammunition selling only to wholesalers isn't much. The wholesale distributors and retail dealers make more in profit per sale than the ammunition manufacturer does. Wholesale pricing isn't driven very much by retail pricing. Retail is generally set based on wholesale. The panic demand surges in recent years have no bearing on wholesale pricing, which has been stagnant for years.

    If you want to make real money in this industry, you must manufacture it yourself and sell only to retail consumers and deal with the headaches associated with that (you better have a real good shipping department too). It's much easier for a business to sell wholesale than it is retail. Much less stress selling to only 20 companies than it is 37 million retail customers direct.
  7. freakshow10mm

    freakshow10mm 10mm Advocate

    Furthermore, if you are selling every round of ammunition you can manufacture with current facilities and still have a demand for your ammunition from people that are willing to wait some time, that is actually really good. If you are barely meeting demand with no demand futures, it can be a scary position in business. Producing just less than demand in a market with very little competition yet high demand is a good position.


    That's the competition to the ATK ammunition families for rimfire (Federal, CCI, Speer). The only real competition is Remington and Winchester. The rest are junk or target only.
    #6 freakshow10mm, Feb 10, 2013
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  8. njl


    oops...meant to start a new thread.
    #7 njl, Feb 15, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2014
  9. Someone has to do it eventually or supply will never meet demand. Knowing business today though (risk adverse) they will still be saying in 10 years what they are saying today, demand might go down we do not want to take the risk. Meanwhile, as they are saying that, demand is more than ever with huge supply shortages.

    So how many years have to go by before someone expands 22lr production, 10 years, 20, 30, 40.......
  10. njl


    I'm guessing they're betting demand will fall, and then they'd look really stupid if they spent millions to expand production, and by the time the expansion was ready to bring online, demand had fallen and now there's a surplus and they can't give the stuff away.

    What steams me is that AFAIK, the same people camp out at WalMart and buy out all the bulk .22lr as it comes in, and then resell it at 100% markup. As long as they keep doing this, there will be no local cheap source of .22lr. If people would stop buying the resold Walmart ammo, eventually these resellers would run out of either places to store it or $ to buy it all up.

    I think unless the shortage continues multiple years into the next Republican president, we won't see any new .22lr production facilities.
  11. I was a tool maker for olin for 20 years in the 60 ts, at that time they were making 6 million a day. It's not something that would be that easy to do with out a lot of skilled people and a lot of money. They also had there own brass mill, to make the strip metal for the case.
  12. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo
    Millennium Member

    All those years, and years, and years of First Quality CCI .22 ammunition setting on dealers shelves with every customer saying "wow, that's too expensive for .22s".

    All those piles of Blazers that were nine dollars for five hundred rounds that sat, and sat, and sat at Walmart because Walmart beat the crap out of the manufacturer on price.

    All those years of experience and you want Speer to meet market conditions today?

    You should have bought them when they were cheap and available.
  13. My cast 9mm loads cost the same or less then .22 ammo. So why even bother with .22 ammo is my thought.
  14. Hoser

    Hoser Ninja

    Because shooting 22s is more fun than most everything I can think of.
  15. Your not thinking hard enough. ;)
  16. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

    I'd bet, that if you could sit in the board room of these companies, it wouldn't be the finances of starting up another line, or how much demand there would be in some given number of years. It would probably be a discussion on whether they could trust our elected legislators to not cave in to the "progressive camp" who want to remove every firearm at any chance they can get. THAT is probably the biggest uncertainty.
  17. njl


    With the recent SCOTUS decisions on the right of the people to own firearms, I don't think any reasonable person would worry about a federal ban on firearms any time soon.

    Oppressive taxes on ammo or bans on lead bullets might be more reasonable concerns.
  18. Hoser

    Hoser Ninja

    Hmmm. Nope. Even with my mind in the gutter, cant think of anything.
  19. dkf


    In my industry we run into the same type of mentality. Practically no spare equipment or parts and run all out 24/7. Then when a machine is down the SHTF and they are pushing their vendors to get them up and running ASAP.

    I wish the .22CCM would make a comeback with some factory rifles and pistols chambered in it.(and ammo) Hell I would even get my own rifle and/or pistol chambered in it just so I could get brass for it. Would be nice if Starline would pick it up. Cost to reload it would be very low if you cast the bullets.
    #19 dkf, Feb 19, 2014
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