Talk about maket control at its worst!Based on what the owner of North Fork Tactical said in an online post, this is the price of doing business in today’s environment.
He went to domestic suppliers (CCI, Federal, Winchester, et al) and was told they wouldn’t have much for resale for next 3 years due to $1 billion ammo backlog. And even S&B told him they were committed to ammo manufacturing first.
These primers are coming from Serbia via Canada. Crossing two intl borders has added shipping and excise taxes. He said the primers at his cost before tax is $0.03 per. Taxes add more cost, so he claims (and I believe him) that he’s not making a lot in each primer. But in volume, he’s doing okay.
I understand some of y’all are finding primers for $40/1000 driving around from store to store, and good on ya, but I don’t have the time to do that and there is a cost for the gas and taxes, so I’m good with this price. I can still build a 9MM 124 FMJ for under $0.18 based on my brass and components I’ve bought since the election, so I call this a win from my POV.