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Reloading Supplies are as scarce as ammo

PostPosted: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 01:34:18
by 2k05gt
I was planning on getting my own reloading setup but re loaders are on back-order till October
9mm, 40, 45 and 223 bullets are non existent, Primers and Powder are even harder to find.

So whats the solution ???

One guy is making .223 bullets from .22lr casings


Corbin HCT-1 Hand Cannelure Tool

Castboolits.gunloads.com has a special swaging subforum if anyone wants to learn more about it. It's a lost art. There is also a guy there that makes swaging dies on the side and has excellent reviews. Think his username is something like BTsniper or something like that.

another Guy makes jackets from copper tubing






Now all you need it to figure out how to make your own powder...

Re: Reloading Supplies are as scarce as ammo

PostPosted: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 09:38:17
by Palladin
2k05gt wrote:
Now all you need it to figure out how to make your own powder...


Foxfire.


After you read the first one you'll want the rest in your library. Hillbilly prepper manuals! :)

Re: Reloading Supplies are as scarce as ammo

PostPosted: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 16:36:19
by jdonovan
2k05gt wrote:So whats the solution ???


plan ahead.

A few months ago when everyone was over at the gun shelves fighting over the scraps the brown truck was already dropping off 24 months of reloading supplies. :clap: I knew ammo was going to be the next panic and got in while the shelves still had stuff. Got caught short in '08, this time I had much better on hand supply and ordered aggressively when I saw buying panic setting in on guns.

Now is a BAD time to try to get into reloading. My guess is ammo will be constrained until fall. Reloading components should start to be back in good supply by late winter.

Re: Reloading Supplies are as scarce as ammo

PostPosted: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 17:15:47
by SHMIV
@Palladin: +1 on Foxfire. All kinds of spiffy info in those books, even if they were put together by a hippie college professor.

As to aquiring gun powder, you can still buy firecrackers. Never tried it, don't know anyone who has (to my knowledge). But, I reckon that I'd give it a shot, were I in dire need.

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Re: Reloading Supplies are as scarce as ammo

PostPosted: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 17:59:19
by jdonovan
SHMIV wrote:As to aquiring gun powder, you can still buy firecrackers. Never tried it, don't know anyone who has (to my knowledge). But, I reckon that I'd give it a shot, were I in dire need.


Remind me never to stand near you, when you are in dire need.

The other shooting opportunity thats available... black powder/muzzle loading. Generally those supplies are always available. Making your own powder is simple, you can buy simple casting setup and make your own projectiles.

Last panic I got back into muzzleloading revolvers. Fun hobby, and you take alot more care with your shots as the reload time is a bit slow.

Re: Reloading Supplies are as scarce as ammo

PostPosted: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 18:47:15
by Palladin
SHMIV wrote:@Palladin: +1 on Foxfire. All kinds of spiffy info in those books, even if they were put together by a hippie college professor.

As to aquiring gun powder, you can still buy firecrackers. Never tried it, don't know anyone who has (to my knowledge). But, I reckon that I'd give it a shot, were I in dire need.

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That could be courting disaster. You'd have to know your components, There's a big difference between things that burn fast and things that detonate.