Nosler Ammunition Acquires Silver State Armory

Silver State Armory
Nosler Ammunition Acquires Silver State Armory
Nosler Ammunition
Nosler Ammunition

Bend, Ore. – -(Ammoland.com)- Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional products for the shooting sports, Nosler, Inc. has finalized the acquisition of Silver State Armory (SSA).

The addition of SSA’s products and manufacturing capacity is an important step toward Nosler’s goal of providing customers with a reliable source for high demand ammunition products.

“The Silver State acquisition provides a strategic opportunity for Nosler to increase capacity at this unique time in the history of our industry.” – Bob Nosler President/CEO, Nosler, Inc.

About SSA:
Located in Packwood, Washington, Silver State Armory customers include law enforcement, security agencies, hunters and military forces. Company strengths include manufacturing ammunition and component brass for the 6.8 SPC, 5.56 NATO and 7.62×51 NATO.

In March of 2012, Nosler became ISO 9001:2008 certified. ISO Certification provides objective confirmation that the Nosler reputation for quality and consistency can be continually relied upon by distributors, dealers, and customers. At SSA, this same diligent commitment to quality and consistency will be practiced under the direction of Nosler Vice President, Greg Hawley, along with former owners, Art Kalwas and Jeff Kannada.

Founded in 1948, Nosler, Incorporated is a family-owned company located in Bend, Oregon. Nosler is best known for revolutionizing big game hunting with its world famous Partition and Ballistic Tip bullets. With the company motto “Quality First,” Nosler manufactures premium component bullets, brass, ammunition, and semi-custom rifles for domestic and international customers. www.nosler.com

  • 22 thoughts on “Nosler Ammunition Acquires Silver State Armory

    1. SSA ammo is top notch stuff. I used it last season white tail hunting with my AR-15. 2 shots with the 70 grain barnes load dropped a 150lbs buck while he was running at 75 yards or so and he bled out fairly quick. The Nosler acquisition just makes me even more happy to be a customer. Awesome.

    2. Super Happy about this. Now start punching out Nosler 6.8 brass with large primer pockets!! 🙂 Nosler custom comp bullets are top notch as well as your .300 brass, thank you for such good quality all these years.

      1. The last thing you want is Nosler to do is change the 6.8 SPC brass to Large Primer Pockets. It does not hold up to high pressure loads. If you want large primer pockets, buy the Remington brass.

    3. I have switched over to Nosler not long after they came out with the Combined Tech. Bullets ! went out west for antelope shot a doe at 242 yds with a 70 grn. Ballistic Tip Bullet from a Rem. 700 243 Cal.

    4. FYI there is no longer a Silver State Armory. Nosler acquired Silver State Armory, in Packwood, WA, or they became business partners of some sort. Well, a little over a year later Nosler shutdown the production line in Packwood, WA and took all of their manufacturing equipment to Bend, OR. Apparently the hold the legal right to sell “SSA” brand ammo, but it is NOT made by Silver State Armory. I’d become a fan of Silver State’s 5.56mm ammo, and had excellent accuracy with it. After Nosler’s takeover, I experienced several flanged primers with darkened firing pin strikes, probably almost blown out. Maybe military production requirements went down with downscaled troop withdrawals overseas, who knows. All I know is that for all appearances Nosler seemed to act like a corporate raider and seized all of the equipment. The plant in Packwood, WA was one of the few decent wage jobs in the area, and as far as I’ve heard none of the plant personnel were offered employment with Nosler. I’ve used Partition bullets for hunting for a long time, obviously not for their accuracy but effectiveness. I’ll probably start using more Sierra and Hornady, and discontinue use of Nosler bullets. I find it in poor taste that they are marketing under the SSA name. I won’t buy them.

    5. The SSA 6.8 SPC brass holds up well under high pressure loads. The main advantage the SSA brass has over the Remington brass is the Small Primer Pockets.

    6. I had a feeling that Nosler was shutting off the SSA 6.8 115gr ammo when it was not found in listings lately. Darn shame since it is the best grouping round in my RRA upper so far. It does sound like another corporate raiding episode. And yes, small primer pockets anyday.

    7. I just purchased one thousand rounds of SSA in 308 took three boxes to range and eighteen out of the first twenty rounds all caseings split ill never put another one of these rounds thru any of my rifles again not impressed at all.

    8. I myself truly enjoyed stopping into the SSA facility and chatting with the glas. Ive bought a ton of 6.8 ammo for my RRA Carbine. I have a couple ARs and its my favorite. I find it in very poor taste that Nosler closed the plant and let those employees go. Just moving the plant and closing SSA was bad enough in my opinion…I do reload and my primary bullet of choice is the Nosler E bullet, and Accubond as well.
      Like I said, I don’t think what Nosler did was right letting those people go and moving the SSA plant out of there.
      So, Im done with Nosler products. I will go with Hornady and Sierra and anyone other then Nosler. To Hell with them!
      Jules Filippi

    9. Nosler just lost a customer. Its wrong what they did and from comments quality took a nose dive. I was just about to buy another AR in 6.8 but with SSA gone I will look elsewhere. Sounds like remington when they bought Marlin.

    10. Totally agree on boycotting Nosler and will pas the word.
      The holding company that owns Remington made the decision to move Marlin. At least they realized they made a mistake and could not put out junk with the Marlin label. I read that key people were brought to NY and all new machining and assembly equipment acquired. I just bought a 336 XLR and the machining is flawless and the action tight and smooth.

    11. I hear a lot of anecdotal talk about Nosler shutting down SSA but does anyone know why they did? Was SSA profitable? Maybe they were losing money and were going out of business anyway. Maybe they were starting to have quality problems of their own. Did anyone from SSA move over to Nosler? All I saw was Gary saying that as far as he has heard “…none of the plant personnel were offered employment with Nosler.” Well, since Gary hasnt heard it then it must be true.

      Gary also tells us that Nosler “seized all of the equipment”. Thats ridiculous. They might have bought the equipment and moved it but they didn’t seize it.

      You people should really be more careful what you post in forums. Nosler is a really good company with good people working there. You are taking pot shots and trying to convince other people not to do business with them and you dont even have any facts to base your statements on. Our industry has enough critics from the outside, we dont need people on the inside tearing down good companies with baseless opinions.

    12. Typical Corp America at work…this is what those dogs do, take and assets and fire and screw the staff of the outfit…very SAD and disgusting actually.

    13. I bought stag arms prohunter in 6.8 spc specifically shoot ssa 85gr tsx load in my 21.77″ barrel it chronographed at 3200 mvl very little drop to 300yds I dont think hornady can match it I’m sick about it all.

    14. I been using SSA .308 150 gr Nosler Accubond ammo for whitetail for 2 seasons now, and have taken 2 respectful WNY bucks. One at 150 and the other at 210 yrs. And dropped both in there tracks. Ultimately the best ammo I have ever used. But now I am having trouble finding it, please help.

    15. SSA operated out of a small section of a business Park in Packwood initially. You could buy ammo out of their office there, when they had it. Packwood is in a very economically depressed area. Logging industry has taken a nose dive and the Forest Service used to employ hundreds of people in the area; now it’s just a small number of employees. SSA had built a much larger facility (something like 20,000 square feet) and had expanded production to several shifts and had hired something like 40 more local people. The expansion was done with ARRA money, to help the local economy. About a year later Nosler bought them out, and not long after the plant was closed. Don’t know why. I do know that ammo quality seemed to be going down before SSA closed (there is no Silver State Armory in business any longer). I had 3 or 4 rounds out of a box of 5.56 with shiny case heads and flanged primers, with blackened firing pin strikes. Noticed the same thing with some of the newer “SSA” line of ammo. I plan on contacting Nosler, and I expect they will exchange the rest of the box. Nosler has always been a good company to deal with in the past. You could actually call up and speak with an engineer and get sound loading advice. I’m sure Nosler paid for the facility equipment. Right now the 20,000 Sq. Ft. facility sits idle. It’s just a shame that the ARRA money spent didn’t result in long term jobs for the area. I really didn’t expect to start so much anti-Nosler sentiment. I may eat my own words and buy their hunting ammo again, as it has accounted for several elk and many more deer dispatched, all with one shot. I don’t know how all of the ARRA money was acccounted for, but know much of it was wasted on needless projects elsewhere across the state. I probably shouldn’t have posted such comments without better info. It’s just a shame that the local jobs are all gone and as far as the ammo quality goes I expect that Nosler has corrected whatever was not right.

    16. Around November 2014, I bought over $14,000 of ammunition, 12 cases of Silver State Armory ammo. The 6.8 SPC 85 grain SCHP is 500 ft./s under advertise velocity with current muzzle velocity averaging 2550. The 6.8 110 grain TSX is at least 300 feet below advertise velocity at 2200 ft./s. I’m running an LWRC with 14.7 inch barrel. I spent well over $14,000 on low velocity ammo — I got burned bad by SSA and Nosler. Imagine investing well over $14,000 on a lifetime supply of hunting and defense ammo only to find out you got junk!!

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