PB Clermont SA provides small arms propellant (gunpowder) to most ammunition manufacturers in Europe and many in the United States. Last Friday at about 5:00 PM local time after most workers had gone home for the day, an explosion leveled a key building used to manufacture propellant used for rifle cartridges. Two employees were injured. The cause of the explosion is still unknown. . .
A fourth industry source, insisting on anonymity, suggested that the explosion could seriously affect rifle ammunition production through 2016.Until PB Clermont can clear the site, recover essential equipment, and provide estimates on when they might be back online, the length and depth of the impact on the market is still largely an unknown, but is one severe enough that major manufacturers on two continents refuse to discuss it.
I was at the AGCA show in Birmingham setting up yesterday and the usual powder purveyors were completely out of pistol powders like Accurate #5, HP-38 and W-231 before they even open for business this morning. Our local shop for reloading supplies, Simmons in Bessemer, hasn't had any but a few containers for over a month. Get what you can, when you can is my only advice.