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Powder Shortage and No Politics

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by keelbolts, Apr 29, 2014.

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  1. keelbolts

    keelbolts Member

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    I have been properly warned for my post, of yesterday, that mentioned politics. I will try to refrain from breaking that rule again as I find this forum to be attended by good and knowledgable individuals. I'm afraid my patience with the current shortage just ran out.

    I apologize to anybody who was offended by my post.
     
  2. MtnCreek

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  3. Jlr2267

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    I really hate to see this. We now have "powder locusts" descending instantly on any available pistol powder, much like we have seen for months now with 22LR.

    Look for new internet sites to pop up soon selling powder at $50/lb.
     
  4. RussellC

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    Its not that bad, gun bot is slow on the draw from what I see. I track powder that becomes available and sells out before it hits there...

    Russellc
     
  5. zxcvbob

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    I saw a shiny new pound of Red Dot at Fleet Farm a few days ago for $18, and assorted one-pounders of rifle powders for $20-something. So it's coming back. They also had CCI primers. No .22LR yet, though.
     
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  6. Jlr2267

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    If powder is selling out even before it hits gunbot, things are worse than I thought.
     
  7. MtnCreek

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    I know from experience that once it's listed on that site, there's no time to waste. When ordering something I'll typically look around the site to see if there's something else I need to kinda take an edge off the shipping. That cost me a couple of powder orders. Now I'm pulling my cc out w/ one hand and clicking a mouse with the other.
     
  8. gamestalker

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    Things are starting to get better around here locally. I'm seeing powders, and especially primers are showing up in very good quantities. The good news is, the powders I'm finding are about as fresh as they can get.

    GS
     
  9. horseman1

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    Been to my usual haunts around here, and am starting to find rifle powder. Bullets and primers no problem. Pistol powder however, is still a rare bird. No big deal, I suppose I could always hold my nose and shoot factory stuff :).
     
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  10. Potatohead

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    Im actually needing brass more than anything else at the moment. That's not the worst problem one could have I guess.

    Hopefully folks are getting pretty stocked up on powder, and this thing will level out some. I bet the glut that follows will be like no other...The glut of all gluts.
     
  11. RealGun

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    It depends how long it takes to produce all the rounds that government agencies ordered and continue to do so. Where do we imagine that would come from? It's not military (Pentagon) and their dedicated resources. I don't understand why this perfectly logical idea is a forbidden theory or at least the object of considerable bullying around the forums.
     
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    Learn from the experience. Things are getting better, but slowly., When things do get better, plan ahead for the next panic.
     
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    ^^^^^^ GOOD ADVISE---I usually stock up ahead on supplies. I plan for two years expected use as a minimum level never to drop below. This time even I have curtailed my reloading/shooting volume some to stretch things out. The prices of materials are just bound to go up in the future anyway so this is a hedge against inflation as well as against a shortage of components. Those I feel bad for are the new reloaders or the ones that can't find funds to buy anything ahead.
     
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    Best to heed the warnings around this forum, the moderation can be rather aggressive.
     
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    Walked into the club house at my local range a couple weeks ago and saw close to 20 cases of Varget stacked up, like the rest of the locust I bought a case! They seem to be getting in a lot of the hard to find powders now along with primers. The prices are still up a fair amount but they said they are having to pay higher prices to get it. I'm pretty well stocked up again. I even managed to snag 2500 rounds of Remington subsonic .22LR so I'm back in the quiet plinking world again.
     
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    Looks to me like the population is stocking up. Big-time.
     
  17. ol' scratch

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    Things are coming back, but that never happens as fast as people want. I did plan ahead a bit, but to stretch things out with my ammo and reloading supplies I picked up a surplus match pellet gun over a year ago. I also picked up 5000 match grade pellets for $25. If you haven't tried a pellet gun, you really are missing out. I set up a trap in my basement and shoot all day on the REALLY cheap. I even practice in my backyard.
     
  18. taliv

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    in the past 2 months, my local store in small town tennessee has had 1 and 8 lb containers of both varget and H4350 and several cases of 1 lb cans of titegroup and others. actually a lot more, but those are the powders i watch. the only powder i use that i haven't been able to find is reloader 17
     
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    I saw yesterday that Powder Valley had some 8# containers of Unique. Sold out in 4 minutes.
     
  20. keelbolts

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    Glad to hear it's coming back some places at least. I haven't seen an improvement in my area yet, but I still have enough of everything to hold me for a short while. I won't allow my reserves to get this low again.

    As for the moderation, I accept full responsibility for stirring that pot and I understand. While I suspect many in this forum share many of my views, we come to this site to share firearms info not political opinions. I've seen other forums degenerate into elementry school name calling and none of us wants to see that happen here. In this forum, we choose to take the high road.

    I hope puns are allowed here... bad ones?
     
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    heck, i just saw forster co-ax presses are in stock at brownells. i dont think i've ever seen that before, even pre-obama
     
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    It's definitely getting better around here, although I've had to get creative. I haven't seen H4350 for a couple of months. There are lots of IMR and Accurate powders showing up. Almost all rifle. Alliant is a little harder to find. I picked up a pound of AA #5 for my 9x18, and it's working, but I'm looking for a slightly faster powder. I watched the last 2 lbs of titegroup walk out of the LGS when a friend told me that they had some. Clays is still not flowing, but that's a whole other story.

    The most common ones I see are 7828, both normal and SSC, IMR4064, IMR4320, IMR3031, H4198, IMR4350, AA4350, AA2495, several other AA's that I can't remember, RL50, and Winchester 748 and 760 have started showing up as well. Varget and most of the other Hodgdon extruded powders are less common. Longshot and Winchester AA Super Handicap are the only shotgun powders to speak of that I've seen lately.

    It is getting much better though. Bullets, primers, and most common brass is easy to come by. I'm still waiting for one of the manufacturers to accidentally make a run of 257 Roberts brass. They seem to be avoiding that one.

    Matt
     
  23. Potatohead

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    I thought the "government ordered all the bullets" theory had been debunked, no? Or is that not what you were referring to?
     
  24. Walkalong

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    The only good pun is a bad pun. IMHO of course.
     
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    IMHO also. A pun is one of those things where "bad" is "good". :)
     
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