3200 man wrote: the factories making us scrounge for reloading supplies so they can raise prices ?
There is just not enough supply for the Hoarders that bought up everything they could get their hands on. This in turn drives the price or "rare" items to a premium. Lead on the other hand is just stupid. I have 8 bags left that all have tags of $12.99 on them. but I am told that China has been buying scrap lead from the US at higher than normal rates for the past few years which pushed up the price.
The powder suppliers are sending all the powder they can make to their biggest customers, The ammunition factories, and we reloaders have to deal with whatever is left over and hits the market. One of my reloading supplies wholesalers tells me that they have 8 to 12 months of backorders to fill for bullets, powder and primers so If I place 1000 pound order it would take well over a year before it ships.