It seems like a familiar pattern- a disruption in the political environment or shooting industry (large military order for instance) results in a supply chain issue for ammunition reloading components. As a private citizen, this means you can’t buy what you need to reload ammunition. These component availability challenges vary depending on the type of component in question. Typically reloading primers end up being the most difficult component to obtain- as if they were made of gold…
After placing an order with Widener’s Reloading Supply in December 2012, I finally received the order just a few days ago. I haven’t ever experienced a delay like that, but at this point I’m feeling a bit of the “better late than never” reality. Fortunately I had planned ahead and was not halted in my reloading. I’ve heard from many of you that are just getting into reloading about big-time challenges with obtaining presses, primers, powder, dies, projectiles, and other items. The only advice I have at this point is to be patient, treat your retailers with patience and respect, and to look into creative options like trades. I would encourage you to “treat others like you would like to be treated yourself” as well.
It has taken Widener’s a long time to fulfill my orders, but this is understandable given the load they are under. They are doing their best to keep up.
Anyone else having luck finding primers? What was your wait time like? Please share your experiences!