Reloading components in short supply
Ammunition has been hard to come by over the past few months in the area, causing some gun lovers to switch over to making their own.
And now that shift has resulted in a lower supply of loading components.
For Jason Fenhaus, making his own gun ammunition is as much a hobby as shooting.
“These are the brass that you reload to put the primers and powders and bullets.”
He didn't expect to be affected by the ammunition shortage. But loading components, the supplies used for reloading ammo, are in short supply as well.
“There hasn't been any powder in the store since late last year, it's the same as the ammunition, as the ammunition went, so did the powder, primers, and bullets and also just the brass, finding empty cases that are gone.”
Manager of Capital Sports and Western Wear, David Tobel says since the ammo shortage began late last year, many customers have switched buying loading components. Which sell so quickly, they have trouble keeping them in stock.
“I've never seen this, I've seen it to a small extent. To last this long and absolutely nothing available, I've never seen this happen before.”
And now the shortage has trickled down to plastic cartridge boxes, the shelf over here is partially empty, and the one below it doesn't have any at all.
Fenhaus: It's harder to get, I mean you can still find it online and for outrageous amounts of money on online auctions.
“It's a hobby, it's something I enjoy, spending time making my own bullets, making my own ammunition and firing and trying to make the most accurate round I can make.”
So for this gun enthusiast, making his own ammunition is a habit that a shortage can't break.
Capital Sports and Western Wear posts on it's Facebook page whenever they get in new shipments, for a link to the page click here
Story by Luba Solonenko, Beartooth NBC.
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