At Gamaliel Shooting Supply, the demand for reloading components has been extremely strong since early 2013, and Grayson Pare, Gamaliel’s sales and marketing manager, doesn’t see it slacking off one bit in 2015.
“Powder is still the hardest of all reloading components to get,” Pare said. “We are roughly a year behind on filling powder backorders and we do not anticipate that getting much better in 2015. The good news is, primers of all sorts have gotten much easier to keep in stock, and supplies of bullets, brass and shot have gotten better as well.”
Spring turkey hunters have bought many new shotguns. Benelli is the top seller here, with the Super Black Eagle II being the most popular model at prices in the $1,700 to $1,800 range, depending on whether a customer wants the black or the camouflage finish.
“We also sell a lot of Benelli Super Novas, Stoeger P3500 shotguns and Remington 870s in the lower price points,” Pare added.
Turkey hunters are snapping up the new Winchester Long Beard XR turkey shotshells, at $18.95 to $24.95 per box.
Irrepressible Suppressor Sales
The fastest growing market here, though, the one where demand and supply are in sync for ever-expanding sales? Suppressors.
“Customers are beginning to learn more about the legalities of owning suppressors and many states have legalized hunting with suppressors over the last few years,” Pare said. “Most customers are looking to buy suppressors that are versatile, so we sell a lot of 7.62mm suppressors like the SilencerCo Saker 762 that can be used on anything from .223 rifles to .300 Win. Mag.”
Editor's Note: The brief originally appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine.