Skip to comments.Steve Hornady Explains Increased Ammo Production Plans
Posted on 07/15/2013 10:03:45 AM PDT by smokingfrog
For over half a year, Hornady Manufacturing, along with the rest of the shooting sports industry, has experienced an unbelievable spike in demand. This dramatic increase in demand is unprecedented. As stated earlier this year in our "Word on Availability" (www.hornady.com/support/faqs/product-availability) we have been continuously growing for a number of years; adding people, equipment and manufacturing space as rapidly as we can. We are producing and shipping product at record levels and are continually looking to grow and improve our ability to fulfill orders. But the current state of the industry is such that our increase in shipments this year is overshadowed by a 200% increase in demand.
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i would like to know WHO they are shipping all this to. how much to obama government?? what percentage of all you are selling?
They say only 5% of their production goes to govt.
Read their statement, then, if you really want to know:
Have you stopped production, or has the government forced you to stop?
Not at all.
Since we cant find your product you must be selling it all to the government.
Nope, less than 5% of our sales are to government entities.
Once demand backs off and there is a surplus, will the savings/reduced prices be passed on to the consumer? Not bloody likely. Although I have noticed an increase in availability and prices coming down at luckygunner.com. Also ammoseek.com and ammoengine.com.
I still think the main cause of the shortages are what the liberals call “hoarding.”........
By intelligent weapons owners who don’t wear blinders and clearly can read “the handwriting on the wall.”
Our government is seeking every way imaginable to, by back-door maneuvers, take away our 2nd Amendment rights. And this threat will continue as long as progressives/Marxists rule 2 of the 3 branches of government.
It is called “wisdom”. On the part of weapons owners.
Obama Administration is going to get them on the hook for millions of dollars in loans for construction and capital equipment. Then they are going to quit the government agency ammo buying frenzy. The price will plummet, they’ll be unable to pay back their loans and all ammo producers will go out of business.
Standard Alinsky Operating Procedure.
It sounds to me like they are expanding somewhat, but also stopping production of less popular ammo so they can increase production of more common calibers. When prices come down and availability returns to more normal levels, people like myself will probably start shooting a little more often too.
Ammo for sale online has definitely increased in availability and (to some degree depending on the caliber) decreased in price.
For many people that is the only way they are going to get it.
As someone who has done his share of ordering ammo online (dammit I have access to a free range & I like to practice!) I figure that the federales love this current situation. NSA and DHS are tracking all of our credit card use. What better way to track who buys ammo?
I know a retired military guy that does his own reloading. ATF paid him a visit in person at his home demanding that he justify his purchases. To the best of my knowledge he is not using an unusual amount of anything. However, he is a retired vet, and we know where DHS ranks them. A lot higher than welfare collecting Muslims in Boston apparently.
The federales have to love the brick & mortar shortage because you can pay cash there.
I think the increased demand for Ammo is a good sign AS LONG AS it really is only 5% sales to the government.
Its not a spike. They are misreading their market - perhaps to their own demise. Sadly, this is common for American managed enterprises.
The first company that comes in from say Brazil or Israel and starts putting in new, large facilities will reap the windfall. Look at it this way - you are a big ammo distributor; - who are you going to give the contract for the next order to company X with big new state of the art facilities or Hornady who added some shipping clerks?
It’s not Hornady’s business model to sell lots of cheap ammo. They’ve always leaned toward selling higher end match grade, self-defense and hunting type ammo, so I don’t think they will lose out to others that might be concentrating on high volume sales.
95% going to “citizens”, how unfortunate for the progressive socialists.
Could be because re-loading for personal use is fine, but re-loading to sell is something the ATF is very interested in. You have to have a license and pay taxes on that.
If the manufacturers expand production, then there will be more pressure to lower prices once the hoarding stops. Many of the machines will also be newer and more efficient. On top of that, much of the hoarded goods will find their way back into the market at a discount, lowering market prices even more. Of course inflation has been going at 10% per year this whole time, so...
As long as society doesn’t end before the hoarding is satisfied, ammo will be cheap again.
Makes sense for them to focus on high volume, high demand production items.
They also sell reloading equipment, components and supplies. I think that’s how the company got started. Probably lots of new interest and demand in that part of their business as well.
So why are they concentrating on high volume sales?
Sounds like they might be more interested in WHAT he's reloading. I wouldn't be surprised if they had some kind of watch list for people reloading .50 BMG and other calibers that could be used for long range sniping.
Hornady is the largest independent producer of bullets (projectiles) in the world, but I’m pretty sure they are still small potatoes compared to ATK, Remington and some others.