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    Primers

    Does anyone have a clue when we might see primers for sale again?

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    here's info from people who know something about it

    https://www.powdervalleyinc.com/why-...pply-shortage/

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    I just bought some.
    if there is none on the shelves near you, they'll likely show up soon.
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    I just need a brick or two more of each size to be comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmbif View Post
    here's info from people who know something about it

    https://www.powdervalleyinc.com/why-...pply-shortage/
    Very interesting read. Thanks for sharing!
    Due to the price of primers, warning shots will no longer be given!

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    Collecting primers is a hobby unto itself, best completed when supply is high & prices are low. Thats how I attempt to do it.
    If bankrupting the counrty is the goal its darn near a success.

    There are utopian country's available for folks that despise the US constitution.

    Me, i said it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ban View Post
    Collecting primers is a hobby unto itself, best completed when supply is high & prices are low. Thats how I attempt to do it.
    Same.

    I've bought the vast majority of my primers in 2 large purchases. One in 2008 and the other in 2012. Should have enough to last me forever, unless I live forever. Except Large Pistol Mag. I never needed them until I bought my first 44 Mag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 308Jeff View Post
    Same.

    I've bought the vast majority of my primers in 2 large purchases. One in 2008 and the other in 2012. Should have enough to last me forever, unless I live forever. Except Large Pistol Mag. I never needed them until I bought my first 44 Mag.
    That's funny- thanks for that

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmbif View Post
    here's info from people who know something about it

    https://www.powdervalleyinc.com/why-...pply-shortage/

    Good info. Thanks.
    I'm a Happy Clinger.

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    I am horrified. Went out to the Reloading shed today looking for Small Pistol Primers to reload some .38's. NONE. Seems that over the last 4 years I have been buying LR and SR incrementally a 1000 at a time; so I am in great shape for Rifle - but no Small Pistol in the reloading shed. Guess I'll have to go to the Shipping container and get out a 1000 tomorrow from the stash I bought back under the Clintonista Regime. Lesson Learned; I'll work on inventory control better next cycle and ensure I am more balanced in my acquisitions.

    I have yet to see a MANUFACTURER forecast increased availability in XX weeks or xx months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farmbif View Post
    here's info from people who know something about it

    https://www.powdervalleyinc.com/why-...pply-shortage/
    Thank you for posting that article.

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    Good read ... thanks for posting. Im quite lucky as Ive been stocking up on primers for the last few years ... 2 or 3 boxes every gun show trip.

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    Thanks for posting, interesting we just have 4 manufacturers and I remember when Obama took the Russian primers out of the equation

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ban View Post
    Collecting primers is a hobby unto itself, best completed when supply is high & prices are low. Thats how I attempt to do it.
    LOVE IT!!!!

    I have an extensive "collection". Sounds much better than "hoarding". I have not bought primers for about 3-4 years so I am not contributing to the current shortage.

    As to the OP's question, no one really knows when supply and/or prices will get reasonable again. I expect that with Biden "winning", it will make the situation worse. If I were in your shoes, I would plan for two years of shortages and high prices.

    There are reports of guys on this site getting primers at reasonable prices in limited quantities. Seems to be significant regional variations. Hope your area is not as badly affected.
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    GENTEX primers are being shipped as we speak my friend got a shipment the other day ..no not for sale !! they come from BOSNIA
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    There are no primers available in my area. I just saw 9000 lg rifle primers sell at a local auction for $1136. I assume they will be on sale on one of the national auction places soon.
    I got caught in a primer shortage in the 1970s. I started my collection then and haven't been short since. And, since primers aren't much good without other components, I have been collecting other components as well and don't think I will be out of anything gun related for the rest of my shooting days.
    I'm sure there are many reasons there is a shortage now and I don't see it clearing up for some time.

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    This morning on Fox Business they had a short segment on Ammunition Sales Status. They indicated Ammunition Manufacturers currently have $1Billion backorder. They say they have at least a One Year backlog of orders. Extrapolating; if the situation continues as it currently is - we will not see any significant availability of Primers until 2022.

    Note: as of 1055 Eastern time this morning Fox Business *Stuart Varney) "Modified" the above report. Instead of all Ammo Manufacturers having a $1B backlog, they are now reporting that VISTA alone has a $1B backlog of ammo orders. So the availability of Primers may or may not be affected even more. Obviously; the CHALLENGE in the ammo Market is worse than the reporters indicated earlier this morning.
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    Interesting and ( thanks for posting ) I had noticed all the imported primers were missing also .

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    I just had a disturbing thought , what if the next administration gets us in another little war to get our mind off current issues, it might turn into a very long wait.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check