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Just helped out a guy in the Bay Area, California with starting to reload

Posted: Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:39 pm
by CowboyT
Dude bought a Lee Loadmaster as his first press. Now, while I wouldn't recommend any progressive press as a first press, that's what he bought, and he asked for some help. So, he called me up and we talked for a bit. I just got off the phone with him.

He is, of course, affected by that awful FFL-like process just to buy ammo, same as all other Californians who aren't the police. Fortunately, he has components. I explained to him that, fortunately, he can buy components from out of California and have them shipped to him. Same with going to, say, Nevada or Oregon and buying them. He told me that 9mm is going for 70 cents/round! Still!

This is yet another reason why it's so important to be set up for reloading. That's true even if you've got to pay panic prices at the moment.

Re: Just helped out a guy in the Bay Area, California with starting to reload

Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:49 pm
by CowboyT
Guy got his Loadmaster dialed in and is crankin' out 9mm. This is a good thing. He now has some good practice ammo.

Like I keep saying, it's good to be set up to do this, so that you have ammo during times like these.

Re: Just helped out a guy in the Bay Area, California with starting to reload

Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:35 pm
by lurker
if you can get primers.

Re: Just helped out a guy in the Bay Area, California with starting to reload

Posted: Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:40 am
by sikacz
lurker wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:35 pm if you can get primers.
Primers seem to be a sticking point at this time. Have not even looked for powder.

Re: Just helped out a guy in the Bay Area, California with starting to reload

Posted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:32 pm
by CowboyT
You can get primers. You'll have to pay a bit of a premium for 'em, yes, but you can get 'em.

This is just like 2009's component panic all over again, and yeah, I had to pay more. But I got started, and boy, has it paid off in the long run.

Re: Just helped out a guy in the Bay Area, California with starting to reload

Posted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:51 pm
by sikacz
CowboyT wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:32 pm You can get primers. You'll have to pay a bit of a premium for 'em, yes, but you can get 'em.

This is just like 2009's component panic all over again, and yeah, I had to pay more. But I got started, and boy, has it paid off in the long run.
Got a link on primers. I keep searching and coming up dry.

Re: Just helped out a guy in the Bay Area, California with starting to reload

Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 12:34 am
by CowboyT
They're around. Forget Gunbroker; the prices there are insane. Look around at local gun forums. For example, CalGuns.net has a "for sale/trade" section for reloading compolents. So does VAGunTrader.com.