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Midway vs. Grafs

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by bfox, Dec 6, 2006.

  1. bfox

    bfox Well-Known Member


    I really like Midway , never ordered from Grafs .
    Never ordered primers or powder before online .
    Do I have this right ? Midway won't ship primers and
    powder together . Charge $20 hazmat plus $9.99 handling fee
    plus shipping .
    Grafs charge $20 hazmat , shipping is in price and
    can ship powder and primers together .

    Do I have this right ?
    Thanks , Bill
  2. ocabj

    ocabj Well-Known Member

    Incorrect on Midway shipping costs. It is $20 hazmat and $9.99 flat rate shipping for powder only. If you add non-powder items to the order, then they add shipping. You can order up to 48lbs of powder with Midway and it will still be $20 hazmat + $9.99 flat rate shipping (handling). That's it.

    As a regular customer, yes, the shipping for Graf's should be free (included in price). I can't tell you if they allow mixing powder and primers. If you have a dealer account with Grafs, then you have to pay shipping.
  3. sargenv

    sargenv Well-Known Member

    Might also check on T&TB reloading.. If you spend $200, they pay half of hazmat, if you spend $400, they pay all of hazmat, however I did the numbers recently and it was slightly cheaper going to a different vendor. It came back to bite me on the rear end since the primer packages (Federal) are huge and it needed 2 boxes.. yep, they doubled hazmat on me.. Still worked out to less than $1.50 per k for hazmat and shipping.

  4. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    Graf's will pay the hazmat fee if you order 32 pounds of in stock powder. I've made several orders from them that way. If you don't need that much, check with your reloading friends and perhaps go in together to make an order.

    Hope this helps.

  5. 1911user

    1911user Well-Known Member

    Midway doesn't seem like a very good deal for powder and primers since they won't ship them together and they can't ship other items with a powder or primer order. I understand they are shipping from 3 locations and have to charge seperate shipping/hazmat fees, but it's nice to order bullets, powder, and primers from one location with only 1 hazmat fee plus shipping on the order.

    I know they can ship everything together since powder valley has been openly doing it for years. Maybe midway will move the powder and primer shipping to where they ship everything else; it would seem more competative that way.
  6. RustyFN

    RustyFN Well-Known Member

    So if they won't ship them together does that mean you have to pay hazmat on powder and also hazmat on primers?
  7. Branspop

    Branspop Active Member

  8. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Well-Known Member

    For things like primers and powder it is cheaper to go to a local store if one is near.
  9. cloudcroft

    cloudcroft Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure about that.

    Seems like too many gunstores jack up the price on these HazMat items and make WAY too much profit off them. I'm sure they get much more off those sales then they should, i.e., getting back WAY more than THEY paid in HazMat fees when THEY ordered the stuff. Pure price-gouging.

    You can't win.

    -- John D.
  10. ocabj

    ocabj Well-Known Member

    You do realize that these gun stores have expenses. Employees and rent are big factors. Plus they do need to actually turn some sort of profit.

    Yes, $25 a lb for powder is expensive, but that's what they need to do to cover their expenses and then some. Do I pay the retail prices? Rarely and only in a pinch. But does that mean they're gouging? Probably not.

    You also realize that these stores can only keep a certain amount of powder and primers in their retail location, right? Some of the smaller stores can't afford to purchase enough in bulk from the distributors to make things cheaper for them to pass savings to the customer.

    I agree that powder in retail is more expensive than online, but to say that it is simply price gouging is competely offbase.
  11. Tomekeuro85

    Tomekeuro85 Well-Known Member

    WHen I ordered powder from Midway, the box it came in was from Powder Valley, Inc. I checked their site, which is listed above, and their prices are way lower than midway's for powder and I think primers as well. Also, they dont have the 9.99 special handling charge.

    I think it was something like $5 cheaper per pound than midway.

    If i need powder, I'll go straight to powder valley. No need to go through midway and pay extra fees and get teh same powder anyways.
  12. Ndenway

    Ndenway Well-Known Member

    look at natchez also, they were having the $10 hazmat fee special last time I bought powder there.
  13. loadedround

    loadedround Well-Known Member

    Bfox: I see you are from Pa also and as the others have said, it is much cheaper to buy from a local retailer than thru a catalog supply house like MidwayUSA. Pa seems to have a gun store in almost every small town and thats your best bet. Are you close to Cabelas? :)
  14. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

    I have bought from ~100 gun suppliers from the Internet and Shotgun News.

    Midway is at the bottom of my list.

    Graf and Sons is at the top of my list.

    That said, one could get by with Midway, the problems are tolerable:
    1) Those answering the phone do not know what a gun is.
    2) Minimum order + handling + premium retail shipping rate + retail prices
    3) Defective material is sold on sale without disclosing that it is defective.
    4) Defective material? You pay to ship it back.
    5) Constant "churn'em and burn'em" sales instead of constant low prices*

    *The US has a median household income of $46k.
    There may be people so poor, it pays for their time to read all the sales and shipping charges of Midway.
    But if you bought 1000 shares of Microsoft stock in the early 1990's, just toss the Midway fliers in the recycling.
  15. cracked butt

    cracked butt Well-Known Member

    That I don't like about midway- there are items that cost $7-10 that I can't buy locally and would need to buy a bunch of other items to avoid the minimum order fees+ make the shipping costs somewhat worthwhile.

    I throw midway flyers in the garbage myself. They have my C&R license on file so I get the sale price on everything, always;) I sent A C&R license to Grafs, they never responded to whether or not they received it despite several contact attempts, so I've never ordered from them.
  16. michael_aos

    michael_aos Well-Known Member

    I've ordered a lot from MidwayUSA over the years. I looked through my order-history at one time and was AMAZED how it all added up.

    Anyway -- I do tend to shop around and I'll buy things elsewhere if they're less-expensive.

    But overall, MidwayUSA is comparable in price to what I find locally. Shipping -vs- sales-tax is often a wash.

    MidwayUSA prices aren't "bad". Their selection is good. They used be better about keeping items in-stock. They ship quickly. The site is easy to navigate, so I can find what I want without a lot of hassle.

    I normally get my powder and primers a most of my bullets from Powder Valley, but now there's a Sportsmans Warehouse in town.

  17. NVMM

    NVMM Well-Known Member

    Grafs = Great customer service.
    Good people to deal with plus fast shipping.

    cracked butt, if you need a small item, get it from Brownells.
    Usually 3.95 shipping and its at my door in 3 days.

    Sometimes price isn't everything. Customer service means alot.
    I've been lucky I guess. No complaints.

    The last thing that went wrong was a bullet order from Precision Delta, they sent the wrong weight. I called them and no hassel, 4 days latter my bullets were at my door and the next day UPS was picking up the mistake.
    I like that!
  18. RustyFN

    RustyFN Well-Known Member

    Does anybody know if you can get a discount at Powder Valley with a C&R license? Powder Valley is $8 per pound less than the local store for Titegroup.
  19. RexDart

    RexDart Well-Known Member

    I just called them, and no, they don't offer a discount for any kind of FFL, C&R or otherwise. They do, however, require a copy of an FFL or DL for anyone they ship to.
  20. cloudcroft

    cloudcroft Well-Known Member


    We have differing definitions of price-gouging.

    Regardless, at MY local stores, that's what they do.

    -- John D.

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