Manufacturing .22 LR Ammunition

CCI breaks it down for us:

They manufacture 4 Million rounds of rimfire in a day?!   Wow… that’s a lot of shooting.

CCI does make some beautiful looking .22 LR ammo, compared to the Winchester and Federal bulkpack stuff.  Interesting how much human interaction is still involved in the process.  The video looks oldschool though, so I wonder how many of those people have been replaced with machines since then.

<— They really need to put an ammo dispensing machine in their lobby where customers can sample after a tour. :P

Thoughts?

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Jim P. July 1, 2012 at 08:33 am

Well considering it was uploaded in February 2011, it probably can’t be that old.

And they probably added a few more humans in just for show.

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ENDO-Mike July 1, 2012 at 04:34 pm

Yea uploaded in 2011… the video looks like it was made in the 80s or 90s though.

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TomThumb July 1, 2012 at 05:09 pm

I don’t think that video is over 5 years old… it was first aired durring the Odumbshit scare and I wondered how they could make so much ammo a day and I couldn’t find ANY…

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TeosSon January 21, 2014 at 09:28 am

Can you send the video to me?

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Rob S July 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm

That is an interesting process. Thanks for posting it.

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SiGraybeard July 1, 2012 at 02:10 pm

I wonder if they work 365 days/year? I keep hearing the ammo makers are running extra shifts and running all the time to keep up with demand. That’s almost 1.5 billion rounds of .22 from that plant alone! Even if they only work 5 days a week and close down for two weeks, that’s still 1 billion rounds.

One factory.

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Church July 1, 2012 at 06:12 pm

Huh… that’s cool.

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CHAOS July 1, 2012 at 11:41 pm

I’ve seen that one before. Cool video for sure. I love watching how companies work and how things get made.

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BillB July 12, 2012 at 08:49 pm

5:57 mark
Standing over a vibrating table of lead dust, handling the stuff all day long.
I wonder what the turnover is for that gig?

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the_boo May 15, 2013 at 04:33 pm

just letting you know…i work there…its made the exact same way today…the video is about 4 years old…the fat chick spreading the priming mix is what i do lol

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TeosSon May 28, 2013 at 04:30 pm

Do you have the vid?????

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Ken Mattern July 7, 2014 at 12:57 pm

What’s the scuttle butt on 22 ammo on the inside ….@CCI?

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TeosSon May 28, 2013 at 04:29 pm

Does anyone have the video????? It has been deleted for some reason.

the_boo, you have vid?????

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Bob Morgan September 16, 2013 at 01:42 pm

Why is this video no longer available??

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Timothy Boswell/Triple B Guns and Ammo January 18, 2014 at 08:15 am

interested in buying 22 LR ammo and brass for loading, 45Long Colt, 44 Mag, 357 Mag, 45 ACP. Thanks

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dartman January 21, 2014 at 08:25 am

OK, so I didn’t get to see the video because it’s gone but according to what’s been said this Factory produces 4 million rnds per day, one factory, 4 MILLION ROUNDS OF .22LR PER DAY!!!! I am in the Firearms Retail Business and have not seen .22LR on my shelves since September 2012 in any consistant numbers. My question is this, “WHO IS GETTING ALL THIS AMMO?”.

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richard mason February 20, 2014 at 11:56 am

1 canot find 22mag 0n the internet or stores in fl;ala;ga? what up!

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s.r.smith April 1, 2014 at 05:55 pm

Where id the video go? i have not found it on any other site.

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Thomas Elam May 2, 2014 at 08:47 pm

I am looking to purchase all the manufacturing equipment needed to construct, prime, and load all 22 rim fire ammunition to include 17 hmr. This is to include bullet forming, aneling, primer, powder loading, and bullet seating equipment, Please make all bids F.O.B. Anchorage, Alaska USA Sincerely Thomas Elam

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james davis August 25, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Why cant citizens find 22 ammo in any stores in the south. It seems the government has curtailed the supply of 22lr and 22mag ammo.The walmart super center in my town receives about 20 225round boxes of remmington ammo every 6 weeks which is sold out within 10 min of placement on the shelves.The limit is one box per customer. I havn t seen any cci ammo in this store in over 2 years.If you produce 4 million rounds a day it would seem that sooner or later there would be any plentiful supply at my local walmart store . What is goi;ng on and why is there a shortage of 22 rimfire ammo.Pease answer this with a truthful answer.
thanks
James

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Ken Mattern August 25, 2014 at 05:03 pm

CCI et al would rather we pay $48 per brick and feel like we are getting a deal. Spending millions to increase production and drive the price down is foolish Capitalism.
I’m 67 and my squirrel ammo used to cost me 59 cents a box of 50 at the Western Auto. Most of the shooters who come to our range don’t even remember $18 a brick, they just pay and spray.

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Thomas Elam August 25, 2014 at 06:10 pm

I live in Wasilla, Alaska and have a very good friend whom is a Winchester factory rep. We have discussed the lack of rimfire ammo and he worked for a few months to try and get a reasonable answer. This is what he came up with. The great Obama created gun scare, the school shootings and all the gun turmoil they created actually caused about 20,000,000 (twenty million) people whom never cared for, or didn’t like guns to purchase them. Well after a few visits to s place to shoot, they discovered what all of us gun enthusiasts all ready knew. It was a hell of a lot of fun. so 20 million x 100 rounds per day = 2 billion rounds per day over and above what the rest of us use. made sense to me. Thomas Elam

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wayne greene September 25, 2014 at 05:37 am

why is it impossible to find your 22caliber ammo anywhere?

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Steve Howard October 13, 2014 at 03:28 pm

I am interested in purchasing all the machines required to manufacture .22 LR ammo. Would you please contact me about this? I would also like to discuss the possibility of purchasing a large quantity of .22 LR.

Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.

Steve Howard
801-361-1347

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Thomas Elam October 13, 2014 at 04:19 pm

Hello Mr. Howard, Just to manufacture 22 cal’ ammo. short, long, long rifle, in all categories, 22 magnum in all categories, and 17 hmr. it costs in the neighbor hood of 25 + million dollars for all machines. This is over and above all the permits, licenses and the legal crap, the trained personnel, the environmental issues, ect ect. This is to produce 500,000, rounds a day. If you have this kind of credit line contact my friends at CCI in Lewiston, Idaho and I’m sure they will work with you. Good luck I hope this helps you. Tom

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