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Discussion in 'Reloading' started by TexMex247, May 16, 2020.

  1. TexMex247

    TexMex247 Well-Known TGT Supporter

    May 11, 2009
    Leander(NW Austin)
    So, like most of us that have been doing this a while, I've seen the yo-yo market come and go over the years. Overall I'm pretty well set with my preferred selection of bullet and powder combos with most of my pet loads. All bought at reasonable costs.

    Lately I've been seeing a steady rise in prices for powder and I'm not predicting anymore $8/box 9mm ammo around for a while. Although I have a few pounds already I'm wondering if now is the time to restock while it's still available ? Or do I wait it out and see if it prices relax a little in a year or so ?

    I'm already ahead of things as far as primers and projectiles. It's just a question of powder availability and cost looking ahead.

    Is anyone else in the same predicament?

  2. Bozz10mm

    Bozz10mm TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Oct 5, 2013
    If this ammo panic/shortage is like the last one that started right after Sandy Hook, we should see prices start to come back down and availability to go back up in 12-18 months. If you can wait it out that long then you're okay. If not, buy enough to get there and beyond. But I wouldn't recommend stocking up on a large amount right now.

    Disclaimer: No one can see the future :)
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  3. lonestardiver

    lonestardiver Well-Known

    Dec 12, 2010
    I think a lot will depend on the outcome of the election later this year....things may ramp up before then or immediately after.
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  4. TexMex247

    TexMex247 Well-Known TGT Supporter

    May 11, 2009
    Leander(NW Austin)
    I was reloading just before the Obama era and remember when primers were as scarce as hen's teeth. The election does add some x factor too.

    I can get through a year easy but beyond that IDK. Hate the thought of having to shoot less.
  5. Rusty Gun

    Rusty Gun brass picker

    Mar 23, 2010
    Gulf coast
    At my current rate of consumption I have about 2 years supply. I am assuming 3000-4000 rounds of 9mm a year. I was buying powder and primers over the last year every time I had money and the opportunity. I found a little gun store in a small town that had powder and primers priced 10-15% less than the big city stores. So every time I drove though I picked up as much as my allowance allowed.
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  6. IXLR8

    IXLR8 TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    May 19, 2009
    Republic of Texas
    Don’t listen to them! I know where all the $20/box 9mm ammo is. You will never run out, or have to buy all of that dangerous reloading equipment.
  7. Dawico

    Dawico Uncoiled Lifetime Member

    Oct 15, 2009
    Lampasas, Texas
    If I were looking to load up I would do so late this summer. Let everything cool down for now but buy before the election really gets heated.

    That being said if you are okay with current prices and availability then it's always a good time to buy. You never know what may happen in the near future.
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  8. V-Tach

    V-Tach TGT Addict Forum Sponsor

    Sep 30, 2012
    If polymer cased ammo replaces brass will not bode well for hand loaders I fear..........

    Not a fan of the idea for purely selfish purposes........
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  9. pronstar

    pronstar TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Jul 2, 2017
    I think polymer-cased ammo is on the same “within 10 years” timeline as cold fusion.

    It’s always a decade away and never gets closer to the present.

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  10. Byrd666

    Byrd666 Flyin' 'round in circles........somewhere TGT Supporter

    Dec 24, 2012
    Hill County
    Give it a few to six months or so and things will start coming back to reasonable availability. Now will they be at earlier pricing, I highly doubt it. But they will, or should, come back down to a more "normal" cost.

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