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View Poll Results: Are primers getting easier and cheaper to obtain?
No change; still scarce and expensive 12 10.71%
little change: a bit easier to get, still expensive 39 34.82%
getting better: getting easier to get and price dropping 28 25.00%
Definitely better: easy to get and price dropping 33 29.46%
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Old July 5, 2010, 11:57 PM   #1
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Primers, easier to get?

Are primers in your area still scare or getting easier to get? Are the prices staying stable (that is, high) or are they dropping? Do tell.....
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Old July 6, 2010, 12:58 AM   #2
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Didn't vote I never had trouble finding them, now if you'd asked to vote about price...
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Old July 6, 2010, 01:51 AM   #3
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'Round here, they are getting to be almost as common as they used to be, but the prices aren't coming down worth a whit.
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Old July 6, 2010, 02:25 AM   #4
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For awhile there every dealer I went to had bare shelves. Now, they're semi-full but nowhere near the selection they once had.

The Sportsman's Warehouse and Gander Mtn. near me seems to have an overabundance of Winchester primers in all sizes with only a few boxes of Remington and CCI. No Federal primers to speak of except those for shotguns.

Before they had all brands, all sizes, including the CCI mil-spec primers. I long for those days. I should have stocked up more.

As for prices. They went up but IIRC, a box of 1,000 was about $30 before, now the last time i looked, its $35. Not that bad IMO.
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Old July 6, 2010, 07:26 AM   #5
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It seems that about two months ago, all the store shelves around here went from being bare to having components stacking up. Not sure what happened, but it seems like everybody stopped buying at the same time as the manufacturers caught up with demand.
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Old July 6, 2010, 07:27 AM   #6
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tons available, but around 25% more expensive, and that price has been holding for a while.
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Old July 6, 2010, 07:33 AM   #7
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Lots available around here now, and the prices don't seem that high to me since I just started reloading about nine months ago and never knew a time when primers weren't $30+ per thousand.
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Old July 6, 2010, 08:02 AM   #8
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The situation was improving but it almost seems to be getting worse again. I've had trouble finding a local place with stock recently and the price..... well, $28 for 300 CCI BR.
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Old July 6, 2010, 08:06 AM   #9
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Yea what everybody said

More available for mucho money.

I started during the crunch though, so the more money is only theoretical and seems like diddly when you're talking the cost per/primer and the relative costs per round otherwise.
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Old July 6, 2010, 08:27 AM   #10
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Here in West Central Missouri I can find them just about where-ever they used to be. Prices are $29.00 - $32.00 per thousand.

Far better than the $60.00 + some people where getting before. I do not know what gun shows in this area are getting for them, as I have not been to one in several months.
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Old July 6, 2010, 08:43 AM   #11
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Primers, easier to get?

There are few options locally (Gander Mountain & Fort Thompson), what is available is $40 per 1K for standard primers, $50 per 1K for match! FWIW I've picked up primers and powder in Oklahoma City, Ashland, Ohio, and Trinidad, Colorado while vacationing, primers were more plentiful and cheaper ($5-$10 per 1K) ( powder was $2-$4 per pound cheaper also). Demand for reloading components has never been higher than what we are experiencing at the present, I expect availability to continue to improve but prices to remain at the present level! William
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Old July 6, 2010, 06:11 PM   #12
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Prices came way down $115 per 5,000 Wolf primers at PA. show 2 weeks ago. Couple months ago price was $135 per 5,000.
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Old July 6, 2010, 07:05 PM   #13
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Just got 5000 Fed large pistol primers for 134.95. Which is about 50 dollars less than 6 months ago. Local gun store "West Coast Armory" has a good supply.
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Old July 6, 2010, 09:20 PM   #14
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Very few in my little corner of the world - occasionally I see small rifle and small pistol primers, but large rifle and large pistol still seem to be rare as hens' teeth. It's online ordering for me.
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Old July 9, 2010, 08:47 PM   #15
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A Cabela's two hours away now has every primer size by most manufacturers, when six months ago the shelves were bare. The prices were $30-35/k.
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Old July 9, 2010, 08:52 PM   #16
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I just got 10k CCI SPP for $188.00 and 5k Winchester LPP for $108.

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Old July 9, 2010, 11:09 PM   #17
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Recently purchased localy 1000 CCI for $29+ tax. I know that isn't cheap but, much improved from a year ago.

BTW, my local supplier has prices all the same no matter the type of primer.
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Old July 10, 2010, 09:44 AM   #18
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CCI's in all flavors are easy to get at the local shop, Most every other brand can be found with a little hunting around...... Prices are reasonable $30-$35/k

They maybe very plentiful in some shops by now,,,,,,,, but a few shops pretty much lost my business when they were asking $80/k and complaining about their distributor asking so much.....(that particular distributor happens to be family and a price check is just a speed dial away)
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Old July 10, 2010, 11:15 AM   #19
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Plentiful here at $35-$40 per thousand.

A new reloading/long range shooting store has even opened in the area! Yippie!
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Old July 10, 2010, 12:02 PM   #20
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I just came back from a gun show. Small pistol primers are about the same they were last year. $35 per 1000. Powder and cast bullets went up and stayed there too.
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Old July 10, 2010, 01:26 PM   #21
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Locally prices $38-$40 per 1K and from the internet my last order was $29.41 per 1K which includes hazmat and shipping. Order was received on this past Tuesday
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Old July 11, 2010, 01:54 AM   #22
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I just got CCI small magnum rifle primers delivered to my front door from Powder Valley.

I have been waiting for over a year and a half for those to become available.
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Old July 11, 2010, 07:42 AM   #23
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I never really noticed because I did all my hoarding before the 08 election.
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Old July 11, 2010, 08:16 AM   #24
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loads easier to find but haven't seen prices dropping yet.
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Old July 12, 2010, 10:00 AM   #25
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jpdavis423,
Where are U finding primers at that price, I sure would like to know.
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