One of the things that I've always favored about the firearms and small arms ammunition industry is that for the most part once a product is successful and has developed a following on the market, the industry tend to keep that product on the market for decades. Or so I thought.
I handload Speer Hot-Cor and Grand Slam bullets in my biggame cartridges. Since I tend to buy my reloading components in batches, last time I really stocked up on my cache of these two Speer products about 6 years ago. I had noticed within the last year or so there was a very short supply of first the Grand Slams. I don't even see them on shelves anymore. Noticed that Hot-Cor bullets are becoming very scarce too. Began to wonder.
Just happen to be cleaning out some basement cabinets last night and found a stack of magazines, picked up a year and a half old American Rifleman magazine and began thumbing through it. Found an article that caught my attention. Gees I have no idea how I missed this article when I first got the magazine. It talked about how CCI/Speer was phasing out it's Grand Slam and Hot-Cor bullets and replacing them with a newer design under a new trade name - Deep Curl. WTF? All my data is for these two traditional bullets. While both the Hot Core and Grand Slam are still listed on Speers website I have noticed they are very scarce at the retail level and have been for a couple years. I just thought it was due to the Obama scare. Did a quick search online and found a few articles and chatlines that talked about eh same thing. I quitely grabbed the keys to my truck and drove on down to Sportsmans Warehouse where I knew I had seen two boxes of Hot-Cor .277" 130gr HCSP a couple days prior. Lucky for me they were still there. Noticed however that across the shelf where Speers bullets are kept the picking were very slim for the Speer line. I may just be switching bullets here in the future. The point I'm trying to make here is that if any of you guys load Speer bullets as your primary bullet, snag them up now when you see them.