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Ammo and Components Prices Up 25%?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Dozerdog, Apr 23, 2011.


  1. Dozerdog

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    I went to several gun shops yesterday, and every sales person warned me about the ammo and component price jump on May 1. I have not heard anything about this on the other forums I visit, and would like to hear more confirmation that this is truly going to happen. Money is tight right now, but I think I would make an exception on placing a big order now to avoid paying a lot more later. I live in New Mexico and would like to hear what shooters and loaders in other states have to say about this. I don't think this is a local issue, but I want to be sure.
     

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  2. shotgunred

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    Lead and brass prices are going up. All metal prices are going up because of Japan. Just how that is going to shake out in ammo prices is anyone's guess.
     

  3. boomhower

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    A lot of the internet sellers have been saying the same thing. I'm thinking hard about ordering a case of 5.56 when I get paid this week.
     
  4. BENCH

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    I am ordering some bullets in bulk for my .223, and 40cal. No telling how this Japan problem is going to burden us.

    Don't get me started on gas prices:steamed:
     
  5. cowboy1964

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    Someone a few weeks ago posted links to letters from Federal and others stating price increases were coming May 1. Anywhere generally from 7-15% on average, across the board (loaded ammo, components, etc).
     
  6. firefighter4215

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    That letter is posted on Natchez's web site.
     
  7. BENCH

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    I hate it, I truly do. Guess I will eat more tuna, to afford to shoot.

    It cost me $8 to get to the range and back. It is cheaper to get to my favorite fishing hole.

    Bench
     
  8. G36_Me

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    Never let a good crisis go to waste. Just when the primer prices were starting to come down.
     
  9. dudel

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    Someone has got to pay for the increase in fuel prices to transport the stuff to the store. I guess it's going to be us.
     
  10. rhikdavis

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    Tuna is going up too.
     
  11. shotgunred

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    I just checked the two places I normally buy bullets from. They both have had a price increase sense last week.
     
  12. Philippe

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    Prices are stable here lately and no such rumors are floating around either. At the gunshow i went to last weekend i bought a few boxes of Winchester Small Pistol and Small Pistol Mag primers for 26 dollars.
     
  13. bush pilot

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    I doubt the problems in Japan are doing much to the price of components. A friend of mine (component wholesaler) warned me of major price hikes well before the earthquakes. FWIW, he said powder and primers will probably not rise too much, when it comes to bullets (jacketed, plated, lead) he indicated we're only starting to see the tip of the iceberg on price increases. It's depressing for those of us that prefer shooting as their prime source of recreation.
     
  14. shotgunred

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    I have been moving towards casting anyways. Just have to break down and order that star.
     
  15. bush pilot

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    Good luck finding real lead wheel weights in Washington.
     
  16. GioaJack

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    Good point, but WA has lots of sailboats and they use lead ballast in the keel. Ya just gotta carry a battery operated Saws-All and a mask in your truck. Not a major problem. :whistling:


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  17. bush pilot

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    Tried in once, did you ever try swimming while carrying a 500# piece of lead? The trick is to do it off season when the boat's out of the water.
     
  18. GioaJack

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    I hate people who always take the easy way out. :fist:


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  19. shotgunred

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    I don't need wheel weights. I am getting more lead than I can use from the local recycler. He has everything from 1 oz fishing weights to a couple of block that weight over a ton each. No its not free but it is 1/5 the price of buying bullets.
     
  20. bush pilot

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    I'd like to firgure out a way to mine Puget Sound for the lead lost by fishermen with downriggers.