Our collegiate team is looking for a source to buy 12 ga. shells at wholesale or near. Our team once upon a time reloaded for all of the students but as we near forty members loading four thousand + shells a week is getting a bit ridiculous. We're not quite sure where to look and have been given the runaround by the larger shell companies. If anyone has any ideas it would be much appreciated. Matt Dunscomb
You may have better luck in getting components free. Call USA Shooting at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to see if they will give you some hulls, they have a lot--call Chris Hodgon at Hodgon powder to see if he can help--call Lawrence shot and they have a lady in charge of this but I don't remember her name. All these can help if they are persuaded to although it may only be a one time deal but heck it can be a lot of $$ value. If you will get something regular going with the component mfg.'s then you could afford to get a reloader you can do some good with --Spolar--trouble free and fast with the hydraulic option and designed for 1,000,000 loads.
The shell manufacturers have gotten tough on their relationships.
What if you pooled your efforts with the Univ of Wyoming trap team, Buckeye Trap & Skeet, and Cheyenne Trap Club to buy a truckload from Federal or whomever? What about talking to the manager at SuperWalmart about volume purchases? or JAX? or KMart? or Cliff at Hamblin Gun Sales? or Gart Bros? or Cabelas in Sidney?
Sportsman's Warehouse has 3 dram 1 1/8 oz Estate for $3.19 box. I was there today. $3.19 a box has to be darn close to wholesale. If you figure reloading costs $2.70 a box, if you already have the empty hulls, 50 cents more isn't worth the time it takes to reload.
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