A sad day, bitter sweet.

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  1. d31tc

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    The end of a pound of powder.

    One 4831SC left.

    I know, I was poorly prepared.

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  2. troy fairweather

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    Better then me I've got enough for about 20 round more.
     
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  3. GeoDudeFlorida

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    We just had a thread about storage and transportation of smokeless powders. In that thread the point was made that there’s state and federal limits on how many pounds of powder can be stored in a residence. Some folks weren’t ill prepared, they was keeping to the letter of the law.
    Me, I just got caught short on cash. Life’s got some bills.:(
     
  4. d31tc

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    Yep. This. I was staring at a shelf of components, everything in stock, when I was reading about shortages elsewhere. I asked the manager if they had seen any increase in sales. Answer was “nope”. I didn’t have cash, so there I left it. Next time I went when I needed some it was all gone.

    When Walmart was clearing out handgun and AR ammo, I was staring down thousands and thousands of rounds of ammo at under ten cents a round. Bought what I could afford and what some friends could as well, but I had to leave a LOT. Those were sad days as well.
     
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  5. WestKentucky

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    Some short on cash, some short on time, some short on space. Very few people have the whole kit and caboodle put together. I have had money and space but not much time. I have been moved for 2 months and still don’t have a loading station set up. At this rate I’m stocked for life, and it would all fit into a coat closet. Right now though it sits in the back corner of the garage in 8 40 gallon totes. There is probably 1000 pounds of stuff, mostly lead. I’ll get to it this winter.
     
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  6. unwashed

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    Rule of law has been dead for some time now, following it now only aids the enemy. Just saying.
     
  7. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Yup. Spent some time last few months helping my father in law recover from a life-threatening illness. First thing he wanted to do after getting halfway mobile was clean up his reloading area in the barn. We had to get the barn winterized anyway and that was a big chunk of the disorganization. He has what I consider a couple year's worth of supplies - lead and FMJ bullets, lots of brass, powder and primers - but it don't total up to much compared to what the high-volume reloaders go through. One of them million-round-a-year folks would tear through his total stash in an hour.

    He's just short on energy to get in there and do some loading. The will is there but the body is not. I asked him if he needed anything from my supplies and he said he's got a lifetime supply of everything he needs - except lifetime. ;)
     
  8. FROGO207

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    I stopped buying in one pound containers in about 1980. Now I buy the first pound then a 8 pounder at a time. No rules on how much you have in a powder magazine on your property I can find. An outbuilding with insulation and AC for the summer and I am golden. I have purchased new single pounders just to get the plastic container with the correct label to use in the reloading room though.;)

    I get the not enough time bit sadly. Seems since I hit the big 6-0 health problems have been all the things that take up my time. Most of the males on my fathers side of the family have passed on at around that 60 mark. I should be thankful for good medical care and what we have learned about many health conditions recently.
     
  9. d31tc

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    I’m luckier than most; I know my number. Both my Mom and Dad passed at 78, so that’s in my genes. Makes retirement planning easier.

    Also, for me, receipts for $30 are a lot easier to pass inspection by the better half than $240 - for now. That will change when I retire :rofl:.
     
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  10. mdi

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    Another thought; The Reloading police or Fire Marshal have yet to inspect my storage areas. I hope they don't find all the aerosol cans of paints, lubes, and solvents I have all around my shop and house...
     
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  11. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Well, since in my experience most firefighters and police are salt-of-the-Earth types and generally good eggs, when we moved and I started loading again, I invited the Chief of the local volunteer FD over to inspect and offer suggestions. He liked my setup and asked if I wanted a certification for my insurance. I said yes and got a discount on my homeowner's policy. He also told me if I got an alarm system with monitoring, I should go see the Sheriff and get a certificate from them letting the insurance company know my monitoring service was on their approved list - it was already - and I got another discount for that. $5 renewal on each annually and saves me upwards of $800. If you don't know your locals, you ought to get to know them. JMO, YMMV, ask your pharmacist, etc.
     
  12. GeoDudeFlorida

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    First bout with cancer at 43, second at 45, liver spots and such at 51, micro-stroke at 52, heart attacks and stents at 54... Better since then but there's a next shoe and it's going to be bad, in all likelihood. When it comes, we'll deal with it. Or not. Nobody survives this mortal coil. Nobody. :)

    I don't get too jazzed about prices of things like hobby items because I know it's all just entertainment anyway. A way to pass time and contemplate eternity. I can change hobbies and do something really cheap if I get bored and shooting supplies aren't obtainable. I'd rather pay $100 for 1000 primers than $3.25/gal for boat fuel any day. I know folks who work overtime all week to pay for their weekend entertainment and it's just not worth it. Not to me.

    As always, that's just me.
     
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