Good prices and places to buy powder?

Lasers

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Just about out of the powder I started with. I bought that at Bi-Mart, but they have been out of rifle powders for some time (at least when I go in).

I did notice it's available online still at most retailers, any where you guys recommend? I bought a LB of Pistol powder from Cabela's for what I thought was a decent price ($22), but then realized they added $20 for hazmat. :eek:
 

Knute

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No great options for powder right now unless you get a forum member selling what you need. I recall you get to pay shipping AND that darn hazmat $26 if you buy one pound or eight eight...
 

Trez

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If Sportsman's warehouse has it online, you can purchase it for in store pickup and avoid hazmat. I assume many of the other big stores would do this. If you don't specify in store pick-up they mail it to you and charge the fee. That doesn't directly answer your question but it is often an option.
 

Whisky Tahoe

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+1 for buy online and pickup in store.

Midsouth shooters supply has lower shipping and hazmat fees than most. $16 hazmat was the last one I saw.

 
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My brother in law asked me a similar question about ammo because he couldn’t find any that wasn’t priced high (compared to a year ago).

I told him to go re-learn the concepts in Econ 101 on supply and demand.

The “good” places - right now don’t have any, the only places that have it are because their prices are high(er).
 

arakboss

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I've seen quite a few OK deals on powder here on the forum classifieds. I've have been tempted by some of the deals but I have to remind myself powder doesn't last forever and I've already accumulated way more than I will use over the next decade.
 

DizzyJ

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I've seen quite a few OK deals on powder here on the forum classifieds. I've have been tempted by some of the deals but I have to remind myself powder doesn't last forever and I've already accumulated way more than I will use over the next decade.
It may not last forever, but if stored correctly it'll last a VERY long time!
 

Whisky Tahoe

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It may not last forever, but if stored correctly it'll last a VERY long time!
Kept sealed, powder will last a long time.
Some of the recipes for powder like the double based ones seem to "devolve" a little sooner. maybe last only a decade instead of 2 :)
Bad powder really smells and even looks wrong.

Sometimes, the new powder is just plain better. Occasionally the manufacturers will update it like they did with VV N160.
I have some that's pretty old though still good however the newer 160 has been improved for 2020.
The latest N160 has Anticopper fouling additives and much better temp stability.
 

DizzyJ

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People are still shooting surplus ammunition with the powder from WWII.

I'd say stored properly it'll last several decades.

I had some bullseye and unique pistol powder that had been sitting in my parents house in the older cardboard canisters for over 20 years out in a room that wasn't very well temperature controlled, and it still looked, smelled and performed just fine. :)

It's long gone now, but it surprised me how well it lasted after reading all of the horror stories on the I-net!
 

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Was just at my LGS this week and they had plenty of rifle and pistol powder. I picked up a can of IMR 4895 and W231 and shopped a bit, then put them back on the shelf since I had plenty already and found something else to buy instead. They even had some Blazer Brass in .40 S&W on the shelf, but still no 9mm or 5.56...

I'm over on the East side
 

arakboss

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Was just at my LGS this week and they had plenty of rifle and pistol powder. I picked up a can of IMR 4895 and W231 and shopped a bit, then put them back on the shelf since I had plenty already and found something else to buy instead. They even had some Blazer Brass in .40 S&W on the shelf, but still no 9mm or 5.56...

I'm over on the East side
What were prices on powders?
 

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