The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > Handloading, Reloading, and Bullet Casting

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%
Voters: 112. You may not vote on this poll

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old July 5, 2010, 11:57 PM   #1
Join Date: February 21, 2010
Posts: 74
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.....
k9cougar is offline  
Old July 6, 2010, 12:58 AM   #2
Join Date: June 12, 2010
Location: Tucson
Posts: 88
Didn't vote I never had trouble finding them, now if you'd asked to vote about price...
azyogi is offline  
Old July 6, 2010, 01:51 AM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: October 19, 2005
Location: Tx Panhandle Territory
Posts: 3,551
'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.
Rednecks... Keeping the woods critter-free since March 2, 1836. (TX Independence Day)

I'm going to use the words "clip" and "Long Colt" every chance I get. It grinds my gears to see new members attacked when we all know dang good and well what's being refered to.
10-96 is offline  
Old July 6, 2010, 02:25 AM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: November 18, 2007
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,053
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.
Darren007 is offline  
Old July 6, 2010, 07:26 AM   #5
SSgt Facebreaker
Senior Member
Join Date: February 3, 2010
Location: Utah
Posts: 100
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.
SSgt Facebreaker is offline  
Old July 6, 2010, 07:27 AM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: November 17, 2008
Location: gulf of mexico
Posts: 2,716
tons available, but around 25% more expensive, and that price has been holding for a while.
There is only one tactical principle which is not subject to change. It is to use the means at hand to inflict the maximum amount of wound, death, and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time."
troy_mclure is offline  
Old July 6, 2010, 07:33 AM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: January 27, 2010
Location: Norfolk, VA
Posts: 2,905
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.
ScottRiqui is offline  
Old July 6, 2010, 08:02 AM   #8
Brian Pfleuger
Moderator Emeritus
Join Date: June 25, 2008
Location: Western Colorado, finally.
Posts: 19,107
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.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
-The Architect
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.
Brian Pfleuger is offline  
Old July 6, 2010, 08:06 AM   #9
Senior Member
Join Date: June 15, 2009
Location: Howell Michigan
Posts: 130
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.
Krieger9 is offline  
Old July 6, 2010, 08:27 AM   #10
Uncle Buck
Senior Member
Join Date: June 21, 2009
Location: West Central Missouri
Posts: 2,592
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.
Inside Every Bright Idea Is The 50% Probability Of A Disaster Waiting To Happen.
Uncle Buck is offline  
Old July 6, 2010, 08:43 AM   #11
William T. Watts
Senior Member
Join Date: January 20, 2010
Location: Central Arkansas
Posts: 1,069
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
William T. Watts is offline  
Old July 6, 2010, 06:11 PM   #12
Join Date: September 25, 2008
Posts: 49
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.
sig2009 is offline  
Old July 6, 2010, 07:05 PM   #13
Join Date: February 18, 2009
Location: Seattle
Posts: 58
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.
Aldadentist is offline  
Old July 6, 2010, 09:20 PM   #14
Senior Member
Join Date: October 24, 2008
Location: Orange, TX
Posts: 3,066
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.
csmsss is offline  
Old July 9, 2010, 08:47 PM   #15
Senior Member
Join Date: February 1, 2009
Location: Iowa
Posts: 406
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.
"Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most." A. Brilliant
bbqncigars is offline  
Old July 9, 2010, 08:52 PM   #16
Join Date: September 22, 2007
Posts: 52
I just got 10k CCI SPP for $188.00 and 5k Winchester LPP for $108.

jpdavis423 is offline  
Old July 9, 2010, 11:09 PM   #17
Senior Member
Join Date: October 24, 2009
Posts: 280
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.
When seconds count, why is help minutes away?
Fullthrottle is offline  
Old July 10, 2010, 09:44 AM   #18
Senior Member
Join Date: January 19, 2008
Location: Sneads Ferry, Nc
Posts: 232
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)
It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men....
the_right_reverend is offline  
Old July 10, 2010, 11:15 AM   #19
Dr. Strangelove
Senior Member
Join Date: August 1, 2008
Location: Athens, GA
Posts: 1,420
Plentiful here at $35-$40 per thousand.

A new reloading/long range shooting store has even opened in the area! Yippie!
Dr. Strangelove is offline  
Old July 10, 2010, 12:02 PM   #20
Senior Member
Join Date: February 3, 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 264
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.
billcarey is offline  
Old July 10, 2010, 01:26 PM   #21
Don P
Senior Member
Join Date: December 17, 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 5,615
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
NRA Life Member, NRA Range Safety Officer, NRA Certified Pistol Instructor,, USPSA NROI Range Officer,
ICORE Range Officer, ICORE Match Director
,MAG 40 Graduate
As you are, I once was, As I am, You will be.
Don P is offline  
Old July 11, 2010, 01:54 AM   #22
Senior Member
Join Date: December 4, 1999
Location: WA, the ever blue state
Posts: 4,678
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.
Clark is offline  
Old July 11, 2010, 07:42 AM   #23
Senior Member
Join Date: February 24, 2010
Posts: 435
I never really noticed because I did all my hoarding before the 08 election.
Elkins45 is offline  
Old July 11, 2010, 08:16 AM   #24
Senior Member
Join Date: April 3, 2006
Location: Missouri
Posts: 398
loads easier to find but haven't seen prices dropping yet.
rickdavis81 is offline  
Old July 12, 2010, 10:00 AM   #25
Senior Member
Join Date: May 26, 2008
Posts: 472
Where are U finding primers at that price, I sure would like to know.
floydster is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:19 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2016 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.12293 seconds with 8 queries