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Old February 22nd, 2020, 11:28 AM   #1
 
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How bad were past supply shortages ?

I was wondering how hard it was to find supplies for reloading during the Obama administration. I heard that 22lr ammo had a premium on it as well.I posted earlier in January " no cci primers at gun shop. After breakfast this morning I stopped and scored a brick of Federal primers.How much should you have on hand? I know I don't have enough now,thanks for any advice.



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Old February 22nd, 2020, 11:43 AM   #2
 
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I buy 5000 primers at a time. But i load a lot too. When i open a new case up. I grab another one. I always keep a lot of 22 ammo on hand. I lasted the last shortage out. I did not reload during the last shortage. Only been reloading the last 2 years or so.
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Popular powders were never in stock. Primers were very hit or miss. Around here there was no .22lr or .22WMR to be found. There was always .17HMR on the shelves. Of course the .223/5.56 shelf was empty all the time. Shotgun shells and deer rifle calibers were available. What, when, and how much I shot were all cut back. Don't wait until the election to get what you need.
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It was difficult at times for certain things, I guess you’re new to reloading. I’m not to worried about it this time.
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I like to keep 10,000 small pistol primers and 10,000 large pistol primers. I only reload pistol cartridges, and mostly only use bullseye, unique, and 2400. I buy these in #8 jugs. With that said, I usually order from powder valley once a year. Around thanksgiving, they usually have no hazmat fees, and that is when I place my order.
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Mark204 your right about me being New to reloading,about a year.New to guns about three years max. I reload as a therapeutic hobby among some of my reasons. But living in a state like New Jersey few supplies available locally.Orders too small to justify mail order hazmat fee. I will just have to shop and pickup what I can for now when ever I get the chance.
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JVogler, I feel your pain, you’re definitely not in a real friendly gun state. Hazmat fees are generally a flat rate regardless of quantity, at least my buddy tells me that. Buy in bulk if you’re worried about shortages.

I don’t remember having any issues getting what I needed prior to the 2016 election.
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JVolgler, are you a member of any local gun clubs? Some of ours do mass orders a few times a year. powder primers shot targets, and such. easier way to cut cost and get supplies. If tour club doesn't try bringing it up at a meeting.
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Powders and Primers were extremely difficult to find. At first I switched to shooting 22 because I couldn't shoot 45 anymore. Then the 22 ammo dried up.

For a while I was practicing with an Airsoft 1911 in the back yard because it was the only thing I could afford to shoot.
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I never ever dreamed I would walk into 3 different gun and reloading supply shops in Baton Rouge , Louisiana and find the shelves completely bare of :
Primers , large & small , rifle and pistol .
Handgun powder ... I wanted Bullseye , Unique and 2400 .
Handgun bullets for reloading , cast , coated and/or plated .
Sizing dies .
Bullet Moulds .

Loaded ammo...there was very little loaded ammo on the shelves also .

3 different stores ...nothing at all to buy..nada , zip , zilch... I started reloading in 1967 and never saw reloading supply shortages like this... It Frightened me...what was happening ???

I had never been a hoarder because there was no reason but since that day I have stocked up on all of the above, every time anything appeared on a dealers shelf....I bought all I could afford or carry . I have bullet moulds and reloading supplies for every firearm I own ... I can make all the ammo I need .
I will never be caught short again...I've got enough to last me twice my expected life expectancy and then some . My Estate will all be in primers , powder , cases ,bullets and reloading equipment !

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As a home repair,handyman (for myself only) I keep a well stocked shop.Plenty of screws,nails and other needed hardware. I have been trying to stay ahead on supplies for reloading as well.As I currently shoot 100 to 200rounds aweek,half 22lr,half 38special/357magnum. I would like to have we least 1years supply on hand. I know some would ask "that's all you have?" Well that's my goal for now, if achieved sooner than later i can always raise my goal to a two year supply.Thanks for all the answers and advice.
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GONRA sez to use Normal Primers / Ammo (NOT lead free!) for SHTF (looong shelf life) stocks!
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Gonra not stocking up for shtf ,stocking up in case any of the Democratic candidates get elected. Although that would probably be the same as a shtf scenario. Beto said "hell yeah we're gonna take your guns". Not one Democratic running for President opposed what he said then or since then.
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Keep in mind that it was not Obama being elected in 2008 that caused the "shortages".

It was caused by fear, rumors, hoarding, and profiteering after Sandy Hook in 2012.

I recommend that you have ample supplies at all times.
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I have thousands of loaded rounds for each caliber I shoot and the ability to load thousands.
Watch the supply houses (Midway USA, Graf&Sons, Natchez and others)and subscribe to their emails. All of em from time to time wave or lower hazmat. Try and keep it simple and stock up.
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