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gun show brass/bullets$$$ vs. online brass bullets$$$

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by usmc0811, Feb 13, 2013.

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  1. 9w1911

    9w1911 Member

    May 31, 2011
    1k of 45 acp for 15 bucks.
    --well done sir!!
  2. tcanthonyii

    tcanthonyii Member

    Dec 9, 2012
    I thought I was doing good with the 500 I bought last week for 25 bucks. Let me know where I can get those deals!!
  3. BullfrogKen

    BullfrogKen Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 28, 2005
    Lewisberry, PA
    You must have picked one of the worst time to get into reloading I've seen in my lifetime.

    It's not a matter of what option is cheaper right now, it's a matter of who has anything in stock.

    I don't go to gun shows hunting for components anymore. Used to be a time that was the place to go to find something for a good price. Not anymore, hasn't been that way for me for maybe a decade.

    I go to a local shop to get most of mine. Its not a national chain or anything just a mom & pop, but they have a huge reloading section. Great prices, usually in stock, and it's just a place I want to support.

    I've gone on-line to order powder & primers when I was arranging a group deal for the local club. It didn't pay until I ordered the 48 lb minimum to get free shipping.

    For you, a new guy, it will definitely cost more if you just go buy 4 or 5 lbs of powder and a few thousand primers. Get in on a big order with some friends? Yup, that's a great way to get some components.

    You might have to do it anyway. Not knowing where you live, or the how well the FFLs close to you support reloading, it might be your only option until the environment calms down.

    Semper Fi!
  4. HighExpert

    HighExpert Member

    May 30, 2010
    Where are you at USMC0811? If you are anywhere close to Norfolk, VA, you might look up Mac's Reloading. He has lots of once fired as well as bullets and is trustworthy. I have dealt with him an numerous occasions and have nothing but good to say.
  5. Sniper66

    Sniper66 Member

    Jan 22, 2012
    NE Kansas
    The answer to your question is, it depends. You picked a bad time to start reloading. Components are very hard to come by. So, you might just have to pay for whatever is available. I'm fairly new to reloading, only been at it for the last 4-5 years. The availability and price of components has changed dramatically since I started. Since Obama took office and I anticipated something like this panic, bought supplies when I could find them for a reasonable price. Lately I have had to pay the asking price, not much shopping. I buy from a local guy who sells for wholesale, but his selections are limited. I buy from Cabela's in KC; they used to offer bargains periodically, but now they are out of almost everything. And I have ordered some from various outlets. In a nutshell, buy 'em when you find 'em.
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