It’s Not Just Ammo You Can’t Find Anymore

Anyone who has gone into a gun, hardware, big box, or sporting goods store knows that ammunition is in short supply. This includes trying to obtain it from places like

I know I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.

Reloading supplies are scarce as well. This is especially true for primers.

Again, I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.

However, try to find the shell holders for the more common rifle calibers. I’m looking for a shell holder that fits a .30-06 Springfield. That is the parent cartridge of a number of other rounds such as the .270 Winchester, the .35 Whelen, the .25-06, and the .338-06.

Good luck!

Cabelas? No!

MidwayUSA? Nyet!

Brownells? Non!

BassPro Shop? Nope!

Graf & Sons? Nein!

Amazon? Only if you are willing to pay almost four times MSRP.

EBay? Used only and sold prices are $22 and up plus shipping.

Now if you are looking for shell holders for such popular cartridges as the .303 Savage, the .303 British, or that safari favorite of years gone-by the 6.5×54 Mannlicher-Schoenauer, you are in luck.

Some Good News For Reloaders

I came across this little tidbit this morning which contains some good news for reloaders. It is from the daily bulletin and contains news of powder shipments to online retailers.

Here’s good news for reloaders. Some large shipments of propellants were delivered in the last week, and we are starting to see supplies of some popular powders start to catch up to demand. Third Generation Shooting Supply received a very large order of Alliant Powders in one-pound containers, including the popular Reloader series. If you need RL15, RL19 or RL22 you may be able to grab some before it’s gone. TGSS has already sold nearly a ton of RL15 this week.

Natchez Shooters Supplies is featuring Vihtavuori powders, and the Natchez inventory system is showing supplies “in stock” for many of the most popular Vihtavuori powders including N320, N133, N135, N540, N150, N160, and N165. All these powders (including 8-lb jugs of N133) are shown “in stock” as of this morning, but we caution that things change quickly!

Links to retailers and more details are at the link above. Perhaps this is a sign that supply is starting to catch up with demand.

For Reloaders

Once Fired 7.62 NATO brass

My favorite military surplus dealer, Old Grouch’s Military Surplus, just got in some once fired 7.62 NATO and 5.56×45 brass. I picked up a box of 500 of the 7.62 brass today. Tim is selling it for $99.95 a box.

After examining the headstamps, I found brass from Lake City (LC), PMC (PSD) in South Korea, and 205th Arsenal in Taiwan. This was all US military sourced brass. Tim has compared the weight of the non-US made brass and it was equal to that from the Lake City Ammo Plant.

When I purchased my brass this afternoon, they only had about 16 boxes left that were not spoken for. They also had quite a few boxes of the 5.56 brass. Contact Tim for more info on the 5.56 brass.

Jamison Brass and Ammo

I came across this company from a reloading list to which I belong. Jamison Brass is now a division of Captech International.

What caught my eye is the range of obscure brass that they produced. It isn’t often that you can find brass in such calibers as .256 Newton or .303 Savage.

It gets even better if you are a hunter of African big game and have one of the old African big game rifles. They offer brass in such calibers as .577 Nitro Express, .375 Flanged Magnum, .416 Rigby, and .500 Jeffrey. Michael Bane can even get his .450-400 Nitro Express 3″ brass for his safari to Africa.

Knowing that I can get brass for some of these calibers may make me look twice at old guns up for auction like a Savage 99 in .303 Savage Moreover, it will let some of them be put back into action for hunting or sport and that is good.

Coming To America

No, not the Eddie Murphy movie but the Swedish ammo maker Norma. The company has a well-deserved reputation for making some of the best ammo to be found. Because I have a love for Swedish Mausers in 6.5×55, I stumbled across their brass a number of years ago. It’s not cheap but very, very good stuff.

From their release:


American Market Poised for New Norma Products Specifically Designed for the American Sportsman

March 2012 – Norma, the Swedish manufacturer of superior hunting and target ammunition launched Norma USA in the US market earlier in 2012. Norma USA will be exhibiting at the 2012 National Rifle Association Meetings and Exhibits in St. Louis, Missouri on April 13 through 14 at booth 205 and revealing several new lines of components and ammunition. The new lines of performance ammunition and precision made components are shipping from the new Norma USA warehouse and distribution facility to major US retailers.

Norma USA’s commitment to the US hunting and target shooting market is being supported by an extensive advertising campaign in the National Rifle Association publication “American Hunter,” “Safari,” “Bugle,” “Handloader,” and “Rifle” magazines, and the launch of a new Norma USA website featuring products, support, a ballistics calculator and dealer locator. The new website also features a ballistics testing video and the latest loading data. For more information, visit .