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Cabela’s Surprise

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by markr6754, Feb 15, 2020.

  1. markr6754

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    I dropped in to Cabela’s tonight to pick up some 40 S&W ammo for my soon to arrive Springfield EMP 40. I try to stay away from there so as not to cry when I see the dregs or reloading components, or the 6, now 2 aisles dedicated to the passion.

    To my surprise I found thousands....yes....thousands of primers, of several shapes and sizes, and more powder than I’ve encountered in 2 years. They had full bricks of CCI small pistol, small pistol magnum, Federal many flavors, Winchester, Remington, I can’t remember when I saw so much variety, and actual multiple quantities of various primers. Prices weren’t bad...not good, but not bad considering no shipping or hazmat. CCIs were $32.99; Winchester $34.99; Federal was highest at $39.99. I know the oft encountered $0.01 deal, or no hazmat on $150, but what if you only need (can afford) one brick?

    It was quite encouraging, I just hope it wasn’t some weird “blue moon” thing or a President’s Day deal.
     
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  2. Catpop

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    Yeah I was in a SC Bass Pro back in Nov 2019 and they had lots of reloading supplies including primers, but prices were about like you found them. I didn’t buy any!
    I like Federal best for my handguns. Hate their packaging (hard to store large quantities), but love their primers!
     
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  3. markr6754

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    I was in my same Centerville, OH Cabela’s just 2 weeks ago and it was a primer ghost town (and powder). I’d gone in looking for a new powder trickler (didn’t get it there) and the shelves were bare...no bricks, only individual, ridiculously priced sleeves, and huge gaps in the powder shelves. My wife hears my lament every time I stop in, but she was with me last night. Upon seeing my delight she insisted that I make this post.
     
  4. Lennyjoe

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    I go there from time to time hoping I’ll find some decent reloading stuff but it’s mostly a waste of time. Fin Feather and Fur in Ashland is the best place in central Ohio for reloading gear!
     
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  5. markr6754

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    Sure...but it’s a pretty long way from Centerville. I’d need a significant deal to justify a 325 mile round trip. I’m sure I could find something significantly closer by driving south to Kentucky. By the time I did that, prices at Cabela’s start looking like bargains.
     
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  6. mrawesome22-250

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    If you ever are near Fin Feather Fur do stop in. Their reloading selection is a sight to behold.
     
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  7. Lennyjoe

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    I constantly stop there (Fin Feather and Fir) when I go visit my family in Amherst or when I go to Cleveland for the Browns game. I buy 90% of my powder and primers there.
     
  8. mrawesome22-250

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    I had family that use to live in Canton. I loved visiting them because it gave me incentive to make the 2 hour drive and I got to go there while I was up that way.

    They moved and I haven't been there in a couple years. Last time I was there I bought a 8lb jug of Benchmark on a smoking deal too good to pass up.

    I sure miss that place.
     
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  9. Skeptic13

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    Last time I was in the Cabellas in Lone Tree CO there was almost no powder. There was even a sign that said not to expect any for 6 months.
     
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  10. Lennyjoe

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    While living out west (Arizona) Sportsman’s Warehouse was my go to for reloading powder and gear.
     
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  11. markr6754

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    I’d never heard of Sportsman’s Warehouse until today...such an amazing sale on primers...almost worth the trip to Lexington, KY, which is just a hair closer than Ashland. Very tempting...I signed up for their emails so I can be tempted more often.
     
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  12. IlikeSA

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    I've given up on Cabelas in general. I used to go there and always find something to buy, but not anymore. I get my stuff online, at a local gunstore, or at Sportsman's Warehouse.
     
  13. forrest r

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    Cabala's use to have a sale on s&b primers every year, I'd order 10,000 @ a time to use them in 38spl's/357's/9mm's/223's. Got them several times for $19.99 per 1000 with free shipping.

    Fin feather furs's are fantastic stores, I buy a lot of powder from them when they have 10% off sales to their already low prices. I go to the Youngstown & Cleveland stores more than anything else and stop in when I'm working in either town.
     
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  14. markr6754

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    I was fortunate to get a large haul of S&B primers when Cabela’s cleared them out last year. Too bad S&B left the market...I’ve had good results with their SRPs. I still have a good quantity leftover or I’d be figuring how to get to Lexington for Sportsman’s Warehouse primer sale.
     
  15. Charlie98

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    I went into Cabelas (Allen, TX) a few weeks ago for some cast bullets for the .30-30. The shelves were teeming with not only reloading components, but loaded ammos as well. Unfortunately, cast bullets are not on the menu any longer... the shelf space in both the handgun bullet and rifle bullet aisles were bare, save one box of .44-40, and one box of something crazy I don't remember. Even the product tags on the shelf are gone, so I think cast bullets are gone, permanently.

    It IS a marked change from the election cycle 4 years ago, that's for sure, or even during the Dark Ages 8 years ago. I'm kind of enjoying it.
     
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    I wish I was wealthy enough to afford the prices Cabela's charges for reloading components. At those prices, reloading to save money is just a fantasy dream. Fortunately I have an adequate supply of powder and primers I bought on Wednesday morning after Obummer's first election win.
     
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  17. Eddietruett

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    I live about an hour from Columbia SC and shop Sportsmans Warehouse. Their customer service is great. Normally they have a huge selection of primers, powder and bullets and of course tons of loaded ammo. Was in a couple of weeks ago and reloading supplies were real low, but clerk said a big shipment was due in. Prices are not a steal, but cheaper than Cabelas now that BPS bought them out. I like to shop where you can get some service. Several times I've been in looking for a particular powder and finding none on the shelf got a clerk to look in the back and everytime they were able to find me some.
     
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  18. Texas10mm

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    I haven't been in Cabela's in a while, but last time I went in their powder prices were about $1-$2 above online prices. Bass Pro owns them now, and I was in Bass Pro a couple of weeks ago. Powder prices were very reasonable, and BP used to way overcharge on powder.
     
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  19. Wis-Harpo

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    The last time I was in Cabela's they were moving things around ,and one front left corner of the store was kids toys. The reloading/ ammo section was reduced in size. If you want overpriced clothes, Cabela's is your store. That was when Cabela's was bought out by Bass Pro, so that tells you how long it has been. I now buy my powder, primers, wads, and shot for my shotguns at the range I belong to, cheapest around.
     
  20. Dunross

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    No Cabelas in my area, but we do have a Bass Pro.

    With them if they have a powder, primer, bullet, cartridge brass that you use or plan to use in the near future buy it when you see it. Never know when they will get more.
     
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    How is the Youngstown store compared to others. I am in Pittsburgh every so often, and that store is about an hour north, was thinking of taking the drive, but if that is smaller compared to say the Canton store, I would rather make the drive for the better of the 2 locations.
     
  22. Random 8

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    I go to Cabelas only for fishing or oddball camping stuff. Their prices on these tend to run high, but they have lots of weird stuff I can't find anywhere else. Usually worth a look at the used gun rack, sometimes a diamond in the rough slips through their pricing. They've lost my business for reloading since the bass pro merger. The local department used to have a lot of leeway to stock what was needed locally, and a couple of the guys were local competitors so useful items stayed on the shelves. Now it's all dictated by corporate and not at all suited to what people here actually use.
     
  23. Hondo 60
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    I used to shop @ Cabelas in Green Bay, WI.
    But the last 3-4 times I was in there for reloading supplies, the shelves were bare & the few things they did have were very expensive.
    So I haven't been back in over a year.

    I hope the good replies signal a change
     
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