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Where to buy primers and powder?

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

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  1. addedpulp

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    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
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    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.

    http://www.powdervalleyinc.com/
     
  3. addedpulp

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    +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

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    Please do not take offense at this!

    Like thats going to work.





    Seriously check out Powder Valley.
     
  8. kingmt

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    addedpulp,
    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

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    How about getting primers at local gun shows?

    http://www.cegunshows.com/
    http://www.showmasters.us/


    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
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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

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    Walmart......
     
  17. kingmt

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

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    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.
     
  21. kingmt

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    Order about 50K Wolf primers & 2 8# jugs of Bullseye & you should be GtoG for a long time.
     
  22. Spartan Gladiator

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    I'm with wingman get friends with similar interest, the maybe you can share the costs. That was funny wingman
     
  23. gamestalker

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    You sound really bummed out and need to be a little bit more optimistic about your circumstances. If it were me, I would do what ever is necessary to get my hands on those needed reloading supplies, legally of course. There is always a way, and means, if you really want to reload.
     
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    I buy primers and powder locally for the most part, for two major reasons:

    1) buying in bulk to mitigate hazmat fees means storing in bulk, and I'm not set up with enough safe storage for that.
    2) if we all by everything on line to save $ over our LGS, there'll eventually be no LGS.
     
  25. oldreloader

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    When my LGS charges $43 per thousand of primers that I can buy from Weidners for $23 or Powder Valley for $25 (or even less for Wolf and Tula) , or powder from him at $26 /lb that PV has for $16, I'm not putting him out of business, HE is. I'd be willing to pay a little more to buy locally but not that much. At his rates I don't have to buy much from PV to overcome the hazmat charge. I have about 20,000 primers on hand and about 25 lbs of powder (that isn't much to some but a good supply for me) and anytime I make an order I get a little extra. I got caught short in the shortage and don't aim to again.
     
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