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March 6th, 2009

Where Has All the Ammo Gone? (And Primers, Brass…)

“Sold Out” is the message these days at retail stores, gunshows, and online merchants. Our readers have reported that big outlet stores such as WalMart are completely sold out of loaded ammo in popular calibers. At a Sportsman’s Warehouse store, the shelves were bare (see photo below). Likewise at a gunshow we attended last week in California, vendors sold out their supplies of rifle primers… down to the last box. Many online e-merchants (including, MidwayUSA, and Wideners) are completely sold out of small and large CCI, Federal, Remington, and Wolf rifle primers.

Ammo shortage

What’s going on? Is this a wave of panic buying or are there other factors at play? First, it’s pretty clear that shooters nationwide are laying in large supplies of ammo, bullets, and primers. This is motivated by fears (justified or not) that Congress is contemplating new taxes on ammo and reloading components. Also, there has been increased demand for ammunition for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that has siphoned off some of the supply of primers from CCI and Federal. However, the primary cause of the shortages is “panic buying” and hoarding by gun owners. Amy Bruno tells us that none of her suppliers have notified her of any production issues. CCI, Federal, and Remington are cranking out as many primers as ever, but supplies are selling out as soon as they hit the shelves.

Ammo shortage

The Good News
Nammo Lapua reports that a large shipment of Lapua cartridge brass should be arriving in the USA and clear customs within the next 10 days. This will include 220 Russian, .243 Win, 6.5 Grendel, 6.5×47, 6.5×55, 7.63×39, .308 Win, 30-06, 7.62x54R, and 338 LM brass. This shipment will also include loaded ammo, plus Scenar bullets and Lapua rimfire ammo. Also, a second container is due around the end of March. Hopefully that will include 6mmBR brass also. Check with major vendors such as Sinclair Int’l,, and MidwayUSA. Midway is listing 3/14/09 as the “Date expected in-stock” for Lapua .308 brass.

Bruno Shooters Supply has significant quantities of CCI and Federal primers in stock (mention when you call). However, all Rem, Winchester, and Wolf rifle primers are sold out. Here’s what Bruno’s has as of today, March 6th:

CCI BR2 Large Rifle Benchrest (quantity 50 1K boxes): $49.95/box
Fed 205M Small Rifle Match (quantity 383 1K boxes): $43.95/box
Fed 210 Large Rifle standard (quantity 122 1K boxes): $32.95/box

Amy Bruno also reports she has 55 8-lb jugs of the hard-to-find VV N133. She doesn’t know when the next shipment of Vihtavuori powders will arrive.

Powder Valley has the CCI BR2 Large Rifle Benchrest primers in stock at $37.00 per thousand. Unfortunately, Powder Valley is sold out of almost all other rifle primers.

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March 6th, 2009

Outdoors Magazine Offers Photo Contest

Do you have a hunting, fishing, or outdoors-related photo that deserves to be in print? If so, you can enter Outdoors Magazine’s inaugural Memorable Moments Photo Contest. Photo entries should “celebrate ‘memorable moments’ in the outdoors”. Appropriate subjects include: traditional big game trophy shots, classic fishing pictures, youth in the outdoors, dogs working, wildlife photography, ATVing, snowmobiling, camp life, boating, and much more.

Monthly winners will receive an assortment of prizes. The grand prize winner will be selected next January and will receive either a guided Maine hare hunting trip, a one-day fishing excursion on the Kennebec River, or an evening moose safari compliments of Pine Grove Lodge in Bingham, Maine.

Outdoors Magazine Photo Contest

Photo submissions will be posted on the Outdoors Magazine website, and may be used in future issues of Outdoors Magazine. Email entries to Kyle [at] Please include your name, address, phone number and information about the photo in the body of the email. You can also mail entries to: Outdoors Magazine Photo Contest, 531 Main Street, Colchester, VT 05446. Include a self-addressed envelope if you would like them returned.

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March 6th, 2009

'Dream Job' for Marketing Communications Staffer

If you have a background in marketing or communications, and you’d like to work in the firearms industry, here’s a great job opportunity. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is looking to hire a new Managing Director of Marketing Communications. The NSSF seeks someone with at least 5 years experience in marketing communications, who has “exceptional communication and presentation skills”, and who has experience doing print, radio and TV interviews. The job is located at the NSSF’s Newtown, CT headquarters.

The Managing Director of Marketing Communications will have a leading role in NSSF’s communications, safety and education efforts. The Marketing Communications Managing Director will perform these tasks: lead proactive media and public relations campaigns incorporating NSSF developed data; implement the strategic plan and develop partnerships that enhance the effectiveness of NSSF; craft all outbound marketing communications such as press releases, corporate Web site copy, white papers, e-mail campaigns, etc.; cultivate long-standing relationships with the media, including reporters, news editors and industry analysts.

How to Apply for the Job
Interested candidates should visit the NSSF website, for complete job information. Qualified candidates should forward a cover letter, resume and salary history to dkenney [at] You can also fax these materials to (203) 426-7994, or mail them to: D. Kenney, NSSF, 11 Mile Hill Road, Newtown, CT 06470. No phone calls please.

Formed in 1961, the National Shooting Sports Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with a membership of more than 4,800 manufacturers, distributors, retailers, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers.

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