This is a discussion on Bad time to be a noob within the Reloading forums, part of the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics category; Just started reloading and I'm finding what others must have known.... powder is nowhere to be found. I've got some on backorder but we'll see ...
Just started reloading and I'm finding what others must have known.... powder is nowhere to be found.
I've got some on backorder but we'll see how long that takes. Everywhere I call I get the same thing, including my LGS..."we're not expecting it anytime soon, and when we get some it's gone fast."
Still, it has to stop eventually. Hopefully I'll one day post a thread entitled "Remember the Great Powder Shortage of 2013-14?"
Get on as many "want to be notified" lists as possible, and be sure to respond as soon as any of them notify you, because it will go quickly when it does come in.
"If you make something idiot proof, someone will make a better idiot."
CCW is right. I have reloaded shotshells since age 12. And needed to restock for that right after obama was elected the FIRST time. Finding 209 shotgun primers was like finding the holy grail.
Last year I decided it was time to start loading for 9mm, and .223. And ran into just what you are running into now. With one exception, perhaps. I have all kinds of powders. I am very well stocked on that.
At least, until your inventory is boosted and you can then cherry-pick the good deals when you hear of them. Until then, suck it up, Spanky. Get 'em wherever you can. Stuff's out there. Just not at the price you'd like.
Need it right bloody now? Check GunBroker or other auction/ad type places. For a price, you'll find it. That'll get you started, if not at the base price you'd prefer.
Once you've got your inventory up, then check around your local area for advertised "specials" ... ie, estate sales, hearing from a friend of a friend that XYZ is looking to unload his stash, etc. Post ads at your local range(s) as well, as that's where the "powder" is (in the hands of shooters/reloaders).. It's surprising what you can find locally, with patience.
I used to buy 25lb kegs. Now you can't even transport them in a POV. I'm actually afraid to post my source, because they have always had anything I wanted through this whole mess, and I haven't felt the need to hoard, though I'm sure that normal operations might look like hoarding to some...
Here's a hint. Look for reloading only suppliers. Big catchalls like Brownels get bought out in an instant, but the major reloading only suppliers seem to keep a steady supply in their warehouse.
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." C.S. Lewis
Got some winchester online from cabelas today
So.... what are some reloading-only suppliers?
Is it bad I'm kind of hoping there's an address that leads to a steel basement door with a sliding viewer that opens and some guy asks for the password?
Btw, I consider them "Good folk". They were not price gouging, and I needed some help, and they knew what they were doing.
Welcome to The Reloaders Bench
I'm in Ashland, about 5-6 hours from Nashville. But I've got family in W.TN (Jackson), so I go that way often. Thanks for the tip!
I'm using IMR 700X & 800X currently, and getting my bottom line results - I have range ammo. Which is very, very cool.
I'm on some backorder lists, and I check them regularly. I'll get my supplies stocked eventually.
As for the hair loss, I lost that battle long ago.