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Where to buy primers and powder?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by addedpulp, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. addedpulp

    addedpulp member

    I'm in the panhandle of WV, closer to most of MD and VA than the southern parts of WV. No Cabela nearby, and every store I've checked doesn't have primers or powder. I don't see the point in paying an extra $20 just to be sure USPS doesn't set my products on fire.
  2. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    Yup, the Hazmat fee sucks, but whatcha gonna do?

    If you can get a buddy or two to order with you, a big order makes it hurt a lot less.
    I just today, rec'd a big shipment from Powder Valley.
    Their prices are about the best I've found anywhere.

  3. addedpulp

    addedpulp member

    I don't have any friends who like firearms, much less any that reload. They think I'm nuts for having more than one gun.
  4. gennro

    gennro Well-Known Member

    Yeah I would just save some money up and do a big order doesn't take much to mitigate the 25 dollar fee. Also go to the gun range and find others that reload also, shoot some guns, talk, shoot some more, and make some friends. Then put together and order with them.
  5. addedpulp

    addedpulp member

    No ranges here that I'm associated with (they're all too far away and far too expensive) and I'm just started reloading. I don't wanna drop a huge amount on something I might dislike, suck at, or otherwise.
  6. res45

    res45 Well-Known Member

    +1 on what Hondo 60 said,the prices at Powder Valley if you order say 3K primers and a few lbs. of powder are enough so that you pretty much break even as to what it would cost you local. If you buy a few extra K of primer and a couple more lbs. of powder you actually come out ahead.

    I saved $50 on my primer order and $35 on my powder order from what those items would have cost me local if they actually had it in stock at the time. After taking out for Hazmat and shipping I still saved $40.
  7. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Please do not take offense at this!

    Like thats going to work.

    Seriously check out Powder Valley.
  8. kingmt

    kingmt Well-Known Member

    How much would it cost you to drive somewhere that has the stuff? After asking that question to yourself does that make the HM fee a little easier?

    What are you loading? What are you wanting to achieve? Maybe we can help narrow your options.
  9. lightman

    lightman Well-Known Member

    Another happy Powder Valley customer here!If you can't make a large enough order to offset the haz fee,you might check out any local gun shows.Be careful at gun shows and be sure you are buying new,fresh stuff.Oh yeah,Powder Valley,and some others will ship powder and primers in the same package.It sounds like you are in a really remote area! Lightman
  10. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    And I don't see the point of making half a dozen round trips to a local store just to I can pay 30-100% more for powder and primers in small quantities and still come out cheaper than the hazmat fee - unless you like looking all over the place for your stuff and waiting in line. Then, again, ooops! There goes the savings on time and gas. Buy Wolf or Tulammo primers online, and you'll save money even on small orders.
  11. 1SOW

    1SOW Well-Known Member

    Where do you 'shoot'? If it's at a nearby range, have you talked to other shooters?
    If no range contacts, then google for local shooting competition sites. They should be able to steer you in the right direction.

    After all that, back to http://www.powdervalleyinc.com/ .

    Try to order your primers and powder at the same time so you only pay '1' $25 Haz-Mat fee.

    That UPS/USPS truck always put's a grin on my face, especially watching the driver when there are bullets weighing 60-100# in the order..;)
  12. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    How about getting primers at local gun shows?


    There's one coming up on 9/10-9/11 in Frederick MD (you could call and see if there will be vendors selling primers and recent pricing) - http://www.paca-club.org/P.A.C.A/Home/Flyer Front.pdf

    BILL (301) 977-7486 or email: fwrm@comcast.net
    JIM (301) 384-7177 or email: jimxhoosier@aol.com

    Another one on 9/16-9/18 in Woodstock VA - http://www.vagunandknife.com/

    Another one on 9/24-9/25 in Fishersville VA - http://www.cegunshows.com/ShowInformation/FishersvilleVA/tabid/72/Default.aspx
  13. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    For me the nearest store is 46.9 miles away.
    And they know they're the only place to get powder & primers.
    So they gouge the crap outta their customers.
    Gander Mountain SUCKS!

    So I saved up & bought a case of primers (5,000) & an 8lb jug of powder from Powder Valley..
    Sm pistol primers were $20 instead of $38.
    The powder you can only get in 1lb containers (for $32 each)
    I paid $105 for 8 lbs.
  14. wingman

    wingman Well-Known Member

    Man you need some new friends,especially in West Virgina one of the greatest hunting states.;) Powder valley is the way to go plan ahead large of order as possible, no such thing as bad powder/bullets all good.
  15. oldreloader

    oldreloader Well-Known Member

    Like Hondo 60 I can save more than enough by ordering from Powder Valley to make up for the hazmat fee.If I buy as much as 2000 primers and 1lb of powder then I come out ahead over LGS prices. I use some Wolf and Tula primers too so I save even more (and they go bang just as well as the others for me).
  16. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

  17. kingmt

    kingmt Well-Known Member

    That's what I was thinking but not all Walmarts carry reloading stuff.
  18. nambu1

    nambu1 Well-Known Member

    I live in the northern panhandle. They think your nuts for not having more than 1 gun. Walmart sells reloading supplies in my area. I use them when I only need a pound of powder or 1 box of bullets.
  19. chhodge69

    chhodge69 Well-Known Member

    Have you asked at your local Hardware store?... assuming you still have one. They don't always put the stuff out for the general public.
  20. addedpulp

    addedpulp member

    That's what I'd like to figure out (how much would it cost to drive). If it's on the way to any given freelance shoot I do, then it won't cost anything to drive there.

    I'm just reloading .38sp/.357 for now.

    At this time, I shoot at home when I can (back at family's property). I'd like to go to a local range, but right now they're all very expensive. There's a new one, I'd like to see how much they end up going for.

    Thanks, I'll have to check those out. I wasn't very interested in shows after I realized I can only buy long guns (seriously, what a moronic system/society we live under). Frederick is fairly close, though.

    I don't hunt. Zero interest in it.

    Not many local hardware places left, and Walmart doesn't have em, though I did check.

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