Some price increases are coming to the ammunition market from some of your favorite ammunition manufacturers. The 2021 price increases are coming directly from Federal, CCI, and Speer ammunition as indicated by a letter that was put out by Vista Outdoors on the 4th of January.
2021 Price Increases for Federal, CCI, and Speer Ammunition
Thank you for your business and for your continued support of American manufacturing. We have hired hundreds of people over the last 12 months and invested millions of dollars to produce more ammunition to meet our customer and consumer needs. During this year we have seen significant increases in raw material prices such as copper, zinc, and lead. Additionally, increases in labor and health care have exceeded our projections as the COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all.
Effective 4/1/2021 Federal, Remington, CCI, and SPEER ammunition will take a price increase of 3-15% across all products from our last price list. Unless you notify us to cancel an order, we will reprice all existing and future orders shipped on or after 4/1/2021 to the new 4/1 prices.
You will receive your finalized price list no later than February 19th.
Thank you for your continued support of our brands and our American workforce.
Jason R. Vanderbrink
It is hard to gauge how this will affect prices once things start returning to normal as prices are highly inflated right now due to increased demand. However, if we use a standard priced 50 round box of 115 grain 9mm ammunition as a metric this means we could expect anywhere from a $0.39 increase all the way up to a $1.95 increase per box (using an average price of $13 per box). Until the official price sheets are released we can only speculate about which ammunition lines will see the biggest increases.
I do believe that Federal, CCI, and Speer are doing their best in these weird times to keep up with the consumer firearms market. The price increases will inevitably push more people towards handloading in order to maintain their shooting hobby but I feel like most people will be able to get used to the price increases overall especially if we can start getting regular ammunition shipments in. I also have to wonder personally if this price increase will carry over to CCI and Federal’s reloading components.