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Old 08-01-2020, 12:17 PM
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Default I'm finding myself behind on "projectiles"

I imagine the more experienced loaders here manage their component inventories. Sometimes I let my primer and powder purchases get ahead of me.

What I mean is, are folks hoarding the proportion to load recipes?

I noticed I'm quite far behind on actual bullets relative to my powder/primer inventory.
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Better planning in the future and get into casting your own=more. I'm going up to MT either Sunday or Monday and will look while I'm out and about for a few things, road trip is always a good thing when you have things you want. Besides I like the no sales tax up there so long guns are on the look for list to.
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I find that if you budget like, $50 per paycheck, and keep a good inventory, then just spend the $100 a month on whatever, soon you will be swimming in everything.
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Came into the same issue trying for bulk .308 and never in stock for a few months. Relented and decided to get some Spire Point but 100 per bag. Grabbed 15 bags.
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Can't fault you too much. Primer and powder seem to go missing first. Brass can be found (or recycled) and bullets made. Creating your own primers and powder is mostly a bridge too far.
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Assuming you want cast bullet for pistols, some of the out of state mom and pop casters are still in stock.

If you want plated or jacketed, good luck. What;s in the pipeline now is all that will be available until after the election, assuming Trump wins. All bets are off, if Creepy Joe wins.
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For some the glass is half empty. For some of us it's half full. When the mania dies down I'll be a buyer again.
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Shoot one buy two is my game. I am way ahead on everything.....although I do have 3000 bullets hung up in Sacramento USPS for a month now. Someday I hope they get around to delivering them....

Took inventory the other day and I have over 40k primers alone. I need a few more bullets in order to equal out the components but powder is in good supply. I hate getting behind on parts and pieces so I just don't ever let my supplies dwindle.
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Not me... As I manufacture ammo (and plan to get back into it commercially), I was always buying up bulk projos w/cosmetic defects (tarnish) for great prices.

I thought I was a real genius - right up until I decided to move all that weight to northern ID. What a nightmare that turned into.
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I am good for powder/primers/brass and bullets for all my different cartridges.
I am down to about 200 Barnes 100gr 257 and 6.5 bullets and IF I want to hunt with my 454 Casull I need to buy some Barnes. However I still have plenty for any hunting/check sighting I will need to do for a couple years.

Plan ahead and stock up when the stuff is cheaper and easy to get. Then you do not need to sing the blues when others start panic buying. Also buy bulk amounts when you do buy unless you are just getting enough to test for a potential load. One you find it then buy bulk.

This is not the 1st time this has happened and will not be the last. Think ahead.
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The answer is simple - buy a gun in an odd caliber and bullets will always be available. Follow the herd on 9mm and .223, and you'll go dry now and again.
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Lol well as soon as read this thread I panicked and went and bought 2000 55gr 224 blemished projectiles from Midway USA . It was 96.50 for a box of 1000 projectiles so I got 2 . From reading these threads and from past experience it is better to have and not need than need and not have . Thanks A lot OP your concern became my panic lmao
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I definitely need more bullets, but that's because I've been loading all the stock I currently have.

Shooting around here is a pain the butt at the moment, and load dev is worse considering BLM is closed to target shooting; so I'm sitting on a pile of handloads waiting for testing and buying small quantities of new projectiles just so I can load up more test rounds I'll never have the chance to shoot in the near future...

I should just prep all that grungy brass I have laying around instead of loading stuff, lol.
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yeah I have way more primers than powder to fill cases. bullets I cast so as long as I have a few hundred lbs of leads im good to go.
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Lol well as soon as read this thread I panicked and went and bought 2000 55gr 224 blemished projectiles from Midway USA . It was 96.50 for a box of 1000 projectiles so I got 2 . ... Thanks A lot OP your concern became my panic lmao
Thanks for the tip!
I panicked as well, and just ordered 1,000 factory seconds as well.
Midway's deals on factory seconds is a great way to stock up on bulk projectiles.

Now I just have to figure out how to find small rifle primers...
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I panicked early. I tried to buy bulk back in June, but couldnt find anything at a decent price. Ended up buying 20k 115gr .355 FMJ from RMR, $1600 delivered ($1500 + tax, free shipping). It was about 2x what I was planning on buying, but the price was good. In the past week or so, they stopped taking orders for 20k and only sell 1k at a time now.

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I don稚 worry about my projectile inventory. I壇 rather invest in precious metals. I invest in Lead and Brass for casting and reloading.


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I'll be happy about breaking even. I have 100oz silver bullion bars @ $29.
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Silver is good too, I just have never tried to cast it for bullets...LOL.


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Plan ahead and stock up when the stuff is cheaper and easy to get. Then you do not need to sing the blues when others start panic buying. Also buy bulk amounts when you do buy unless you are just getting enough to test for a potential load. One you find it then buy bulk.

This is not the 1st time this has happened and will not be the last. Think ahead.
THIS... I知 stocked pretty well with brass, primers, powder and projectiles for all of the calibers i shoot (~20) - buy early and buy often... especially when things are quiet.
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In order of priority:

1) Primers
2) Powder
3) Bullets

Primers are always the first to go. Powder can be made in a pinch. Casting is always an option.

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In order of priority:

1) Primers
2) Powder
3) Bullets

Primers are always the first to go. Powder can be made in a pinch. Casting is always an option.

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The easy way....

Primers can also be reused in a pinch. Remove spent primer from spent brass, remove the anvil from the cup, un-dent the cup. Your final success is how good you are at metal working. Make your own primer compound from Strike Anywhere match heads. With the match heads you will need to soak them in a non water solvent to keep them from igniting while gently crushing them into powder. You basically only want the white part of the head. Only do small quantities at once. While still wet as a paste place it in the primer cup and place the anvil on top. Now set it out to dry. Once dried you now have a functioning primer. You may have to enlarge your flash holes in your brass to get good ignition. It is a lot of work but doable.

The hard way...

If your into chemistry, and really good at it, you can make primer compound. It is considered an explosive when mixed so you need to be extremely careful. The go about like above of reusing the primer cup.

Both ways can be done, but I prefer the match method. You will have to test in your guns to make sure your homemade primers will be set off and will ignite your powder. Testing is a must.

You make get some hang fires and your pressures may not get to where you want.

I have used the match method with Trail Boss powder and had no problems. I did enlarge the flash hole too. I found the large primers much easier to rework then the small primers.

I have not figured out an easy way to reuse a 209 shotgun primer. Making an adapter to a large pistol primer would be my first choice.



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I prefer being behind on projectiles.

(Much better than being in front of projectiles.)
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I buy whatever I am short on... when I see a sale, usually.

I had plenty of primers and powder, so I got bullets last purchase...
Powder coated, about 55%/45% 124gr 9mm/158gr .38 SPL.

I expect powder might be my next purchase, but not until that sun stop burning the flesh off my dome... (AKA it gets just a bit cooler). Then primers next (free hazmat, or free shipping "sale", whatever looks like a bargin, when you n00bz calm your reloading-roll)...
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3) Bullets

Primers are always the first to go. Powder can be made in a pinch. Casting is always an option.

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1) Primers.
2) Primers.
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For the last two months I've been cranking out 9mm then I've ever done. I'm fortunate that I hoarded what I needed years ago, but the 2K of 124gr CPL I had in long term storage is running dry already. I can't find find replacements anywhere.

Next week I'll be digging out my .357 Lee cast, make a trip to Harbor Freight and give powder coating a try. Federal is already on board making something called TSJ slugs now. Looks very similar.
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For the last two months I've been cranking out 9mm then I've ever done. I'm fortunate that I hoarded what I needed years ago, but the 2K of 124gr CPL I had in long term storage is running dry already. I can't find find replacements anywhere.

Next week I'll be digging out my .357 Lee cast, make a trip to Harbor Freight and give powder coating a try. Federal is already on board making something called TSJ slugs now. Looks very similar.


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I stock up on primers for the most part. I have lots of powder, bullets and brass. I have not found bullets to be an issue but most of my shooting is cast bullets from handguns. I have a ton of lead core hunting bullets which can't be used here anymore in .25, .30 and .35 caliber.
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