5. What About Rising Prices?

Rising prices is a shared source of frustration from dealers and end users alike, so I asked our panel to provide some context — they acknowledged costs have increased, and a couple of them shared they’ve even absorbed some of these costs.

“The cost of raw materials is through the roof right now; input costs have certainly gone up on the manufacturing side,” Vanderbrink shared.
“Copper reached a 12-year high. Ammunition makes up about 10% of the lead market, and those prices have also jumped corresponding with increased battery demand in RVs, boats, etc. Paper pulp and plastic, which we use in packaging ammunition, have gone up — a lot of trickle-down effects we’ve tried to mitigate as best we can,” Swerczek said.