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Question by t.h.e.j.k.. Uploaded on February 23, 2009
The cost of lead, copper and other metal has gone way up.
The commodities market usually dictates price fluctuations in ammunition.
Del is right on the prices of metal, and you can bet that the manufacturer's, aren't going to eat the difference. They know that we are still going to hunt and will pay the prices.
The cost of almost all kind of metals has been drastically changed. you get almost nothing at a scrapyard anymore.
Ditto for Del. Cost of metals has gone up alsong with higher fuel costs which have increased production and shipping costs. As these cost come back down I bet we won't see much of a cost reduciton.
I figured the war had something to do with it too. Less lead and powder to go around.
Economy is getting bad so everything to make the bullets is getting higher so retail stores have to raise the price in order to make a profit.
Materials costs and the economy. My flytying stuff has gone up too.
One word: China, their booming (okay, before the world tanked) economy was sucking up as much raw materials as they could get their hands on. Now? The current administration. You can't get a box of anything common in the local Sportsman's Warehouse (unless you consider .44 rimfire common).
I just don't understand --if metals are costing more, why are junkyards paying less? I would think they'd be paying more, because they can get more for it.
As to the idea that the current administration is curtailing ammo production, I hear that Remington and other ammo manufacturers are operating at 120% capacity now. Where is it all going? Are people just hoarding, on top of other market forces?
Materials scarcity and unprecedented demand.
Have you forgotten the USA is still fighting 2 wars one in Iraq & one in Afghanistan? Where do you think the ammo is coming from that we use on those 2 fronts? It is coming from the available pool of Ammo we have here and then the cost rises for those not buying in bulk (like the US Govt is) . What war have you known our nation to have when the supply of something didn't get rationed or become MORE expensive because of the ongoing war? It always happens..There is a demand for bullets and the materials to make bullets during wartime.. that demand makes the prices rise. Who said we don't pay a price for war?
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