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Where are all the primers?

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Since the start of 2020, we have had extreme difficulty obtaining primers. Manufacturers are not suppling them in any sizable amounts to distributors and the distributors (when they get them) cannot keep them in stock for more than a few hours.

Although we’ve spoken to a few manufacturers over the past months, trying to get a handle on the situation, they all say the same thing. Primers are going to the manufacturing side to fulfill the high demand for ammunition.

Do we see this changing soon? No, afraid not, since the election (as of today) is undecided, it will be awhile before you see any change in the primer or bullet supply.

For a detailed look, take a look at this Guns and Ammo article, Great Primer Shortage of 2020.

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11/11/2020 9:56 AM
The great BS ammo shortage!

I just don't get it. Anytime in the past when an item was in  short supply and in great demand, industry got it in gear and met the demand. Toilet paper, disinfectant, food stuffs, and during WW2 a ship was built in a week. Screw the politicians! Meet the demands of the people. The politicians didn't put the guns and ammo manufacturer's where they are, the people did! We are not a communist country(yet) so I say this to the companies providing the services the American sportsman so desperately need. "Damn the torpedos, full speed ahead". It's time to get it in gear and if need be expand those assembly lines as in the past to meet the current needs.
Hmmm! 300,000,000 Americans/ sportsmen, 579 politicians. You do the math.

11/27/2020 8:36 AM
Good information

Thanks for the information on the primers. Please keep me informed Thanks

4/9/2021 9:16 PM

Hi I am james guthrie a customer of yours I have bought some rifle cases from you all last fall,hoping to get more in future of pistol cases,I am needing # 400 primers for my 223 cases,when do you think you may get some in.could you put me on a call list when you get some in and plus small pistol primers #500.ww if possible.

4/28/2021 12:00 AM
Buyers be careful

Placed an order for 5000 cci small magnum rifle #450 primers for 299.99 on 4-26-2021 from a site called .
It never asked for a credit card number just a button that said place order now and without thinking i pressed it then it said order complete.
I went to my email within seconds to check if there was a reply.
Now here is the strange part,  The email address appeared as Premiers then  A totally different web site that dont sell reloading components.
Now the phone rings and i answer it with someone on the other line who spoke the most broken english i have ever heard but all i could get out of him was that he demanded a credit card number for my order.
When i asked him why the email address i got did not match with their web site and why he had to call to get my credit card number  
he hung up,  WOW nothing seamed right with this order .

9/3/2021 7:57 PM
Illegal monopoly

Winchester Federal CCI are one big conglomerate making just enough primers to accommodate the exorbitantly priced ammo they produce.  

How is it that Canadian gun shops have a full range and stock of American made primers?   But, they can't ship any back to America!    I would drive to Canada from Texas and buy some at pre-Covid prices, but, it is illegal to bring them back!  

These greedy manufacturers need to consider the people that made them successful, the customers!    Distribute some primers with quantity limits to the home folks until the demand is sated.   Just step up production...the demand is here!   And, offer them at non-scalper prices!

I'm a disabled Army vet ('67-'70), arthritic 75 yr old who sold a bunch of tools I could no longer use to get the reloading equipment.   After getting all needed, the expendables were gone!   Now I have all I need to reload except for primers!!  All my reloading equipment has been rendered to high dollar paper weights!


9/7/2021 5:09 PM
Anthony (Reloader) Primers

While the shelves are stocked with ammo, us reloaders get nothing except wasting gas trying to find what WE NEED!!!
All we got was a bunch of bull shit excuses and of course the shaft. Everything goes to the guy buying a new rifle. Isen't that thoughtful!!
This whole (thing whatever you want to call it) is a bunch of BULL SHIT!!!