Is it a good idea to manufacture ammo?

Xelazaughra

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I ask this because I heard that the last ammo company has shut down and prices of ammo are expected to rise. Could I still manufacture my own and sell it, or would I be digging myself into a deep "financial hole"? I just need a source of better income and a job that I would enjoy (as in shooting some of the ammo I make, not necessarily sitting for hours making it...). People need ammo, I need money. It sounds like a good idea, but is there something I'm not taking into consideration?
 

Southpaw

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I think you are hearing it wrong. You may be hearing it as ammo manufacturer but I believe it was the last U.S. lead smelter.
 
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Moonpie

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Legally you need a manufacturer license from ATF and liability insurance.

I do believe a guy could make a good deal of money at it if he could get the prices down to be competitive.

Where a guy could make a load of money is 22LR if he could get a production unit up and running without investing millions.
 

Xelazaughra

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Yes I appoligize I was referring to the lead smelter that shut down. So I have to have a license or certificate to buy projectiles, gun powder, cases, and primers to assemble them together to make ammo?
 

rsayloriii

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Yes I appoligize I was referring to the lead smelter that shut down. So I have to have a license or certificate to buy projectiles, gun powder, cases, and primers to assemble them together to make ammo?
Firearms - Frequently Asked Questions - Manufacturers | ATF

Q: Is a person who reloads ammunition required to be licensed as a manufacturer?

Yes, if the person engages in the business of selling or distributing reloads for the purpose of livelihood and profit. No, if the person reloads only for personal use.
[18 U.S.C. 922(a) (i) and 923(a), 27 CFR 478.41]

Reloading for your own use is fine, but without a license, it's illegal to sell it.
 

Xelazaughra

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Don't feed the troll. No introduction and no location specified. Ammo companies don't buy lead from smelters.
Are you calling me a troll? I didn't bother filling in silly details because I'm trying to find something else to do before the christmas season arrives. I've been working in retail for a little over 2 years and I'm sick of it.
 

rsayloriii

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Are you calling me a troll? I didn't bother filling in silly details because I'm trying to find something else to do before the christmas season arrives. I've been working in retail for a little over 2 years and I'm sick of it.
The problem comes from that, due to the size and recognition of this site, we get hit many, many times from people with anti-gun agendas seeking information on illegal activities. They bait us in hoping to "confirm" that the pro-gun people are doing illegal acts. When someone's first post is as such, it puts the members on guard. Don't take it personal if you're here on good intentions.

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