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Price of ammunition to increase soon?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by operator, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. operator

    operator Oregon New Member

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    I was at a local gun shop yesterday and was informed by one of the reps that the price of ammunition was expected to increase soon. He couldn't specify when or who/what his sources were. Anyone have any insight on this? I well aware that prices of any goods increase over time, but if this is true, i'll be running out to stock up on some ammo again before the price increase.
     
  2. wakejoe

    wakejoe Beaverton, OR Well-Known Member

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    The company who owns a lot of the common ammunition manufacturers is increasing price by 15% to cover the increase in raw material cost.
     
  3. akula

    akula Seattle Member

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    USAAMMO.com raised all thier prices 10%-20% a week or so ago.
     
  4. SheepDog223

    SheepDog223 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Japan is going to rebuild. That will raise the cost of copper, alum, steel, wood, and everything else they'll be needing. Yes, copper, lead and brass will be going up soon. Add to that a little inflation thanks to QE2 and it looks like it's time to buy buy buy. Not only ammo but a locker of beef, rice, oat meal, beans, canned food so on and so on.
     
  5. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    This is the main reason prices go up :D
     
  6. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    I believe that the cost of fuel would be the main reason for the price jump. The makers have to pay more for the materials just to be shipped to them and they have to pay more to ship the finished product out to the distributers and so on. What percentage has fuel gone up in relation to EVERYTHING in the market place. The bussnesses have to pass on the additional costs involved to someone and guess who that is.
     
  7. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I'd rather the prices went up a little then to not be able to find anything cause a bunch of knot heads went out and stocked up cause you know everyone might need 20K small rilfe primers or a pallet of .223.

    Yes prices are going up and its the panic buyer that will cause it.
     
  8. rickoshay

    rickoshay gaston or Member

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    If we all go buy more than we need the price will go up.
     
  9. supergenius

    supergenius 206 Active Member

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    Ive been saying it had hit about bottom for about two weeks. It doesnt suprise me... Ill be hoarding a LITTLE at a time for the next couple months, but Im already setup pretty well with at least 1.5 K for all calibers, which is enough for me after I double that IMO
     
  10. chainsaw

    chainsaw East side of Or. Active Member

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    +1 on that.
     
  11. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    Alright prices are going up. Not exactly sure why but all it takes is some panic buying to drive them way up.
     
  12. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    I shouldnt be effected too much. Cost averaging pwns.

    I am ready for the zombie apocalypse
     
  13. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    I know we are probably going to be increasing our pricing soon, we've been hit by a major price increase in all of our component prices.

    The thing to remember when it comes to firearms and ammunition is that any price increase we face is amplified by the excise tax we pay on ammunition. So while you may get a 5% increase in component prices, 25% increase in transportation costs, we need to increase our prices in the 5-10% range just to cover expenses, and then the government requires another 10% increase in our price due to excise taxes.

    I don't anticipate any more shortages than we are already facing, at present we havn't made any new .38SPL, .357mag, .44spl, .44 russian, .56-50 ammo in quite a while due to the fact that brass is simply unavailable for those cartridges. Primers are still in good supply, but hodgdon has instituted some dumb *** policies where they are servicing 1 and 8lb orders before servicing bulk powder orders (drums and boxes), this is still complicating the powder situation, and is adding about another 20-30% in cost overhead. The bigger manufacturers don't have to deal with this, because they can order 20K lbs of powder from the mill, the rest of us who have to go through resellers are kinda getting screwed right now.


    As far as commodity prices, most of the increase we are seeing is due to a combination of speculation and fuel increases. Japan doesn't need a lot of commodity materials for rebuilding, the Japanese people are prodigious recyclers, and with the exception of concrete, and aggregates there will likely be precious little waste from the earthquakes there.

    If you really want to see some price controls, start calling you elected representatives, demand they open up drilling to oil exploration by us companies. This is happening to a point, but no where near on the scale it needs to. Those new Gulf oil-drilling permits? Not so new - Jeff McMahon - The Ingenuity of the Commons - Forbes

    Also, demand your representatives curb deficit spending, and stop QE2 from continuing Quantitative easing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia all of these things are greatly erroding the value of the dollar, sure, they make it great for exporters, because american goods will be cheaper to the rest of the world. However, with Japan focused on rebuilding, Europe continuing it's socialist stagnation, and china's currency being pegged to the US dollar, all QE2 is doing is destroying the value of the dollar at home and abroad.
     
  14. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    Got mine already,,, way before the 1st pinch, and im sure its enough to last a long time,, sage rats beware!;)
     
  15. jvbutter

    jvbutter Cornelius, Or Active Member

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    remember Iraq when the rebuilding started.. what happened to our raw metal costs???
     
  16. supergenius

    supergenius 206 Active Member

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    Scrap is WAYYYYY up.
     
  17. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Early bird gets the worm!
     
  18. 2506

    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    Not only that, but remember that gunpowder itself is a petroleum product.
     
  19. twa2471

    twa2471 Vermont Active Member

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    Come on now, when was the last time you didn't here "Ammo prices on the rise". Remember the days of the $79.99 per/1260 rd case 7.62X39 prices of just about 15 years ago. Makes ya gulp every time ya dump 500 or so down the tube.
     
  20. jvbutter

    jvbutter Cornelius, Or Active Member

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    them are teh good ole days... right there with $9.99 for brick of 22cal