We are currently experiencing high demand for our products. We appreciate your patience and support and remain committed to serving all of our customers, from hunters and sport shooters to those who protect our country and our streets.
Q. Why is ammunition in certain calibers so hard to find?
A. The current market and environment is causing stronger than usual demand for products in our industry.
Q. Are certain contracts taking ammunition away from civilians?
A. No. We remain committed to serving all channels of our business. The majority of our product serves the commercial market.
Q. Is DHS buying more ammunition today than ever before?
A. Department of Homeland Security ammunition purchases have been declining since 2009. It is projected that it will continue on this trend. Read the GAO report.
Q. Why can't you just make more ammunition?
A. Our facilities operate 24-hours a day. We are continually making process improvements to increase our efficiency and investing in capital and personnel where we have sustained demand. We are bringing additional capacity online again this year.
Q. What is your stance on the current gun legislation?
A. We support the second amendment and responsible gun ownership. We remain fully engaged in the legislative and regulatory process to provide the most accurate and comprehensive information to decision makers. Like most major manufacturers in our industry, we are also members of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). This organization helps represent our industry and our customers before federal, state and local government entities. More information about legislation and our industry's positions can be found at www.nssf.org.
A Letter to our Customers
Speer Bullets is a committed partner to the shooting sports industry. Despite our consistent and dedicated efforts, there remains much speculation and misinformation regarding the availability of commercial ammunition. Read letter
Frequently Asked Questions
Want to know why so many people rely on Speer® Bullets for their reloading needs? Find frequently asked questions and quality answers from the reloading experts at Speer.
Q: How can I get a catalog?
A: We no longer print catalogs. For comprehensive information on all of our products, please visit our website. There you can learn more about our new products, current promotions and find an authorized dealer.
Q: I'd like to talk to a Speer representative. When should I call?
A: We recently launched an improved phone system that ensures you speak with a live agent. Representatives are available to answer your calls between 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.
Q. Where can I find a dealer in my area that carries your products?
A. Look on this site's main page for the "Dealer Locator" link.
Q. Why are your ammunition products and components so hard to find?
A. ATK has achieved its market leadership position in the ammunition industry by delivering innovation and quality. We continue to work seven days a week, making multiple daily shipments to meet the current demand and deliver quality products to our customers.
Q. How many different Speer bullet boards have been built?
A.Please visit our Bullet Board Chronology to view the entire series of Speer bullet boards, complete with approximate production numbers.
Q. I reload thousands of rounds every year. Can I buy bullets in bulk instead of 100-count boxes?
A. Yes, several popular rifle and handgun bullets are sold in Speer Value Packs. Value Packs contain between 300 and 1000 bullets, depending on caliber.
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Q. Where can I find new Speer Reloading Data?
A. The latest reloading data for cartridges and Speer® bullets developed after the release of the Speer Reloading Manual #14 can be found on our website. They're free to download.
Q. When did Speer publish its first reloading manual?
A. In 1954, Ray Speer, Vernon's son, developed the first one. Learn more about Speer’s history .
Q. What bullet and powder is going to be the most accurate load for my new firearm?
A. There are many variables; therefore we don’t make recommendations for each person. What shoots well in our firearms may not work in yours. Each firearm and set of components combine in a unique way, making an exact prediction of accuracy in another firearm impossible. Any accuracy load we list would only show that it was the most accurate load in our test gun, and may not be as accurate in your gun. Only your gun can show you what is best through your testing the components you are interested in using.
Q. Why are the recommended loads shown in your loading manual so much different than those shown in my older Speer manual or in other manuals?
A. The differences in load data reflect changes in the way pressures are measured and changes in components over time. The loads developed in the past reflected the current state of pressure measurement and the components available then. Things change, so always use the latest data Not all bullets are built alike either, so data for a "Brand-X" bullet will produce different pressures than a Speer bullet. The best action is to use data from the company that made your bullet.
Q. I know all loading manuals have reduced maximum loads for liability reasons. How far can I safely go beyond the maximum loads shown?
A. You can't go beyond safely. Speer load data at the maximum levels reaches the pressure limits established by the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute (SAAMI). Do not exceed these maximum loads. And NEVER start with the maximum load. We provide start loads so you can work up incrementally to see if, for some reason, the maximum loads are not appropriate for your particular firearm.
Q. I have a light bullet (e.g. 125-grain) and the only load data I can locate is for a heavier bullet (e.g. 158-grain). I need a safe starting point to develop a load for this lighter bullet.
A. The physics of loading cartridges indicates that a heavier bullet will build pressures faster than a lighter bullet owing to its mass. The greater mass of the heavier bullet resists change (acceleration) more than a lighter mass so the powder charges for the heavier bullet will nearly always be lower than those for the lighter bullet of the same construction. This indicates that, without other data to follow, the heavier bullet data can be used as a starting point for the lighter bullet.
Q. A friend gave me a paper bag with about half a pound of powder. The powder is shiny black and looks like small pieces of pencil lead. How much of this stuff do I load with a 180-grain bullet?
A. Unlabeled powder cannot be reliably identified and should be treated as scrap. Its non-approved container is also a safety hazard. Discard the powder in a manner consistent with your local disposal regulations.
Q. I need oversized primers. After firing cases with a pet load that my brother-in-law figured out, new primers are too small for my primer pockets. They fall out.
A. You are on thin ice! You have produced a handload with so much pressure that you've deformed the case head. Pressures have to be at least 20 percent over safe levels for this to happen. Stop, scrap any remaining ammo, and use published data from now on.
Q. I bought a reloading die set and there's a note with the dies that says something like, "Speer does not recommend using their bullets with these dies." What's the deal?
A. Speer never made such a broad recommendation. Speer's recommendation is: Do not apply a crimp to any bullet that does not have a crimp groove. The die company in question markets a die to produce a "factory crimp" and recommends it be used on any bullet. Speer's tests, and those by another bullet maker and an independent gun writer, show that crimping a bullet that doesn't have a crimp groove degrades group size by an average of 40 percent. Other than the crimp die, we have no problem with our bullets in that firm's dies, although our preference is for RCBS® products. We express our thanks to the die maker for allowing us to make contact with so many new Speer customers.
Q. Grand Slam used to have two cores. Now it has one. Why?
A. Changes in raw materials beyond our control made it hard for us to maintain the previous bond we had between the front and rear cores. We tested alternatives extensively, and found that the single, ternary-alloy core gave better accuracy and increased retained weights by an average of 14 percent.
Q. I am hunting white-tailed deer. Would you recommend the use of the expensive Grand Slam bullets over the less expensive Hot-Cor?
A. Grand Slam provides a thicker jacket than its Hot-Cor equivalent. It will open just as fast, but will have somewhat deeper penetration. This helps at those times you don't have a perfect "broadside" shot, where penetration becomes extremely important, even on whitetail deer. It is also a very good feature when hunting whitetail with a Magnum-class cartridge like the 7mm Remington Magnum. The 145-grain Hot-Cor, driven that fast, may show reduced penetration. Going to the tougher Grand Slam will let you take full advantages of the velocity that your choice of the 7mm Remington Magnum and a 145-grain bullet offer. Still, the Hot-Cor's years of success tell you that it remains a potent choice today. If you are shooting a rifle with more modest velocities than a Magnum, or need to watch the budget, Hot-Cor is excellent.
Q. I am loading the .223 Remington. Why doesn't anyone make any 0.223" bullets except for the light weight bullets?
A. The designation ".223 Remington" is a cartridge name and does not relate to the exact bullet diameter required. The proper bullet diameter for the .223 Remington is 0.224".
Q. I just bought a .300 WSM rifle and there is no data in my latest Speer Manual. What gives?
A. That cartridge and several others were not standardized when the last Speer Manual went to press. However, you can find supplemental data sheets for this and other new cartridges and bullets by downloading our Reloading Data Sheets.
Q. The rifle bullet I'm loading has a crimp groove, but the cartridge length recommended puts the groove out of the case. Should I change the seating length to make the crimp groove line up?
A. No. Not all rifle cartridges require crimping. The groove on the bullet is positioned for those that need the crimp. If the recommended seating length puts the crimp groove above or below the case mouth, we determined that crimping was not needed. Having the crimp groove above or below the case mouth has no adverse effects on accuracy or performance.
Q. I'm reloading .30-30 ammo for my lever-action rifle. Do I need to crimp the bullets?
A. Yes, crimping is mandatory for ammo to be used in any rifle with a tubular magazine. The pressure of the magazine spring and the vibration of recoil can cause the bullet to "telescope" into the case, resulting in poor feeding and increased pressure. When loading for a tubular magazine rifle, always select a bullet with a crimp groove, and one that has a flat point to prevent in-magazine firing.
Q. I'm getting great accuracy using your .308 168-grain boat-tail match hollow point. Can I use this bullet on deer as well as for target shooting?
A. No. Match BTHP bullets, regardless of make, were designed to punch little holes in paper. On a game animal, the expansion characteristics are unpredictable. If the bullet disrupts on the animal, the wound track will be similar to that of a varmint bullet, with too little penetration for humane kills. At longer ranges, the match bullet will act like an FMJ and fail to expand at all.
Q. Does anyone make empty shot capsules for the 45 Colt cartridge?
A. We received so many requests for these that they are now part of the line. See our Empty Shot Capsules for options. Load data for the capsules is on the package label.
Q. Can I shoot .40 S&W ammo in my 10mm pistol? The case is identical except for length?
A. No. The shorter .40 S&W will not be supported in the 10mm chamber. You'll get misfires, blown primers, deformed cases and, potentially, gas jetting from the action. Always use the correct ammunition for your firearm.
Q. I have a competition semi-auto with a vented compensator. I shoot some bulk FMJ bullets I found on sale. The vents are now badly leaded, but these are jacketed bullets. How did this happen and how can I prevent it?
A. Those ports are lead-fouled because the lead bullet core is exposed at the bullet base. Hot powder gases pick up lead from the exposed core and deposit it in the vents. The cure is to switch to Speer TMJ bullets. The core base is fully encased and cannot be melted.
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