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Where to get reloading supplies?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by viking499, Jul 26, 2007.

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  1. viking499

    viking499 Member

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    I am looking at getting back into reloading after about a 15 year vacation. I have my RCBS press and other items, just need to know where is the best place to get powder, primer, bullets, etc. I also need to get a set of dies for my 6.5 swede (reloading for a mauser and a CZ). Might get into a few of my other rifles and maybe even pistols. Is there one place, like midway or others, or do you guys buy from various sources? I have no place local, so I will be doing my business via telephone or internet.

    Also, do you guys have a certain brand of bullets, primers, powders, etc you prefer?
     
  2. JesseL

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    If I were you I'd try real hard to find someplace within driving distance for powder and primers.

    Hazmat shipping fees are commonly around $20 per package. Unless your buying a whole lot of powder and primers, that can put a serious kink in the cost benefits of reloading.
     
  3. mc223

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    Midway would be a good choice for dies.
    I tend to use Hodgdon powders more than others, due to the reduced temperature sensitivity.
    About all the primers you will find right now are CCI and Federal.
    Have always had good results from all of the major bullet mfgs. except Speer.

    http://www.powdervalleyinc.com/
     
  4. viking499

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    Where is the best place for things other than powders and primers?
     
  5. Kevin108

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    http://www.midwayusa.com/ is a great place to start for everything. I'm still not sure if I save any money online versus going to my regular gun shop though.
     
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    I know this suggestion may sound like a lot of effort to go through to save a few bucks, but hear me out. I applied for a Curio and Relics FFL through the BATF. Assuming you are a fine upstanding citizen you should have no trouble getting the C&R license. Once you have the C&R send a copy to MidwayUSA and ask for "dealer" status. Being a dealer amounts to getting a discount on everything the website sells. Often times the discount more than covers the cost of shipping. I have "saved" a fair amount of money this way.
     
  7. LexDiamonds

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    Depending on how deep you want to jump back into reloading, I would bite the bullet (no pun intended :D ) and place a big order thru powder valley. Stock up on powder and primers. When the shopping cart says $500-$600 dollars, the $20 hazmat fee is pretty easy to overlook.
     
  8. MaterDei

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    I agree with the Midway and the C&R recommendations.
     
  9. MattB000

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    Midway is going to ship powder and primers seperately, resulting in two hazmat fees.
     
  10. mc223

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    OK this is a Rumor I heard from a powder distributer. Midway orders your powder from Powder Valley.
     
  11. byf43

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    Natchez Shooters Supply!!!!!!!!


    www.natchezss.com


    These fine folks are normally less expensive on everything compared to Midway USA. (I've done business with them for many, many years!!!!!)

    Please don't misunderstand. . . . Midway USA is a good place to shop.

    It's just that Natchez is, too!!!!!!!!!!!

    If they don't have it. . . . you don't need it!!!
     
  12. john1911

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    My preferred shopping sites:
    http://www.midwayusa.com/
    http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/
    http://www.kempfgunshop.com/cgi/shoppingcart/display.cgi?a=103012&path=/index.html
    http://www.wideners.com/index.cfm
    http://www.lockstock.com/
    http://www.grafs.com/index.php
    http://www.natchezss.com/index.cfm?CFID=3671890&CFTOKEN=96827306

    I've bought something from each of those websites; never a problem. I buy powder and primers locally to save on the shipping.

    Graf's also offers a C&R discount.

    I used to buy the bulk of my bullets on Ebay. I haven't found any bargains at Gunbroker yet.
     
  13. Werewolf

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    Agreed...

    Except it is so hard to find what you want there that I just got tired of dealing with it.

    Consequently they lost a customer.

    Haven't been back there in well over a year. Maybe I should go check it out again. Maybe their site is better now.
     
  14. RugerBob

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    I agree that midway is a good place. I order alot from them. get my primers and powder locally to save the haz fee. gunshop@twinvalley.net has some nice prices on lead bullets for what I shoot. Not sure what other bullets they carry. Thier shipping cost is added in with the price. What I can buy locally at 500 rounds I can add 15 dollars and get 1000 rounds from them. good luck in all. Bob
     
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    Natchez' site leaves something to be desired but if you get on their mailing list they will send you monthly "specials" catalogs. They usually have some pretty good deals in them. Once you actually order from them, they will send you a full catalog with your order, which is very comprehensive and easy to find things in.

    I have bought a lot of stuff from them in the past and have been totally satisfied with the service and quality of items.
     
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    How much does a C&R licence cost??
     
  17. Werewolf

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    $30 bucks...
     
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    $30 and it is good for three years I think. I just saved $140 on my primer order with my discount from my C&R lisence.
    Rusty
     
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    I favor Cabela's more these days. Their shipping is based on the order amount, not on weight (as is Midway's); consequently, you'll pay significantly less to have components shipped, and their prices are competitive.
     
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    "...Midway orders your powder from..." Midway is a reseller/distributor. They go to the manufacturer.
    Buy your components from your local gun shop. Saves Hazmat fees and shipping costs(especially for bullets) and supports your local shop.
     
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