Don't look for the supply of ammo to increase any time soon as the current makers are already running 24/7. As an 07 FFL I researched getting into it, and decided against it for several reasons. First, the capital costs to start up production are insanely high (six figures for the machines alone). Second, you need the space to put them (more $$$). Third, liability nsurance is a nightmare, and while bad enough on custom firearms, my agent said they absolutely would not write a policy for ammo. Finally, even with all that in place, the components suppliers can't keep up with their contracts for the current makers, so those machines will sit idle while you scrounge up sources for primers, powder, bullets, and brass.
So, a new company coming into the biz needs at least a million bucks for startup costs, needs to wait a few months for the ATF to process the license (Type 06, 07, and 10 FFL's don't just grow on trees), find an insurer, find suppliers who have product available, hire people, and start production. By the time all that happens the buying craze will either be over, or BHO/Dems will have succeeded in outlawing everything anyway and driven the demand down to the point where your cost of production exceeds the price you can charge for ammo.
posted on 05/01/2009 6:34:51 AM PDT
(07 FFL / 02 SOT - www.extremefirepower.com)
The current bottleneck for ammo is currently the primers. You cannot get primers at the moment. Dillon Precision is completely out of primers (although they still have some GREAT calendars in stock, which I recommend).
From another thread, primers are made by the ammo manufacturers, and they are using all they make for their own ammo, so there's none left over for sale. Primers will be in short supply long after the ammo shortage eases up, due to pent-up demand from reloaders.
Once things ease up (if they ease up), reloaders will (and should) buy and stockpile primers. You can cast your own bullets from scrap lead. You can re-use brass. If it comes down to it, you can make your own gunpowder. But if you don't have primers, you're out of luck.
posted on 05/01/2009 6:53:46 AM PDT
(The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money -- Thatcher)
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson