Saturday, May 17, 2014

How CCI Makes .22 LR Cartridges

Given that few of us can find .22LR ammo in the market due to (hoarding, greater demand, an expanded market, or all of the above), I thought it might be interesting to at least see how the ammo is constructed.  Jim Scoutten of Shooting USA visited the CCI ammunition plant in Lewiston, Idaho.

Turns out that it is a fairly complicated process from making the brass to filling the shells with priming compound to seating the bullets.  While the plant makes 4 million rounds a day, that isn't a lot when you think about it. Doing the math, that is 40,000 100-round boxes or 2,000 cases per day.  Another way of looking at it is that this is approximately one case per Walmart in the United States daily.


  1. Thanks, and sadly we STILL can't get any for a reasonable price... sigh

  2. As long as people are convinced there's a shortage and hoard and as long as the manufacturers are convinced that the present demand is temporary, it's not going to improve.

  3. I paid my tax lady with a brick.
    She hugged me. They have two kids in 4H.