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Looking for reloading supply source in the Northwest

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by asorum, May 21, 2012.

  1. asorum

    asorum Valdez, Alaska Member

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    All,

    I may have bought a new truck in California and plan to drive it back to Alaska. This is a chance to purchase some powder and primers at lower 48 prices and bring them home with me.

    I'm looking for recommendations for a good location to purchase powder and primers. Washington state is probably the best bet tax wise. Thanks for your input.

    Alan
    Valdez, AK
     
  2. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I would check on the laws in Canada before traveling through with Powder and Primers.

    Any Bi Mart store or Wholesale Sports or Cabelas would of course carry reloading powder and primers. Actually OREGON has NO SALES TAX so it's hard to figure out how Washington would be better in that reguards.
     
  3. asorum

    asorum Valdez, Alaska Member

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    Thanks for the info. I am aware of Canadian law. Washington doesn't charge sales tax to Alaskan residents, so that's why I mentioned it. Not sure if I will be crossing through Oregon or not. Cabela's didn't have what I need, will check on the other two vendors.
     
  4. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    I want to know how u could NOT GO THRU oregon, LOL.
    right now,Bimart has powder and primers on sale,they beat just about everybody's price,and there are quite a few stores up and down the I*5 corridor.they are kinda small,so u may have to hit several to fill ur want list.they are a great place to shop,gun friendly,etc.
     
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  5. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    yea California to Washington without going through Oregon would be a LONG trip
     
  6. asorum

    asorum Valdez, Alaska Member

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    Sounds like I better go through Oregon to keep the peace. What's happening is that the truck is being bought from a dealer in Riverside and they are delivering it to the border of Arizona. I have family in Arizona and will leave from Prescott for the trip around the Fourth of July.

    I'm not familiar with the vendors that have been mentioned, so it will be a good thing to check them out. We pay $15 more per thousand on primers and you can't find CCI 400s anywhere right now. Powder is about $10 to $15 more per pound. You can bring 5,000 primers and 8 kilos of powder through Canada without arousing concern.

    Thanks for the info!
     
  7. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    I suggest you check in Prescott AZ. Last time I checked the had over 25 guns stores in the Prescott/Prescott Valley Area.
     
  8. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    I ran into a Canadian Citizen in Cabela's the other day. Told me that the max powder he could bring back was one pound.

    Rather than getting involved with Canadian Customs, and subsequently with US customs when entering AK, why not just place an order with Powder Valley Inc and have them ship it directly to your location. Even with Hazmat and shipping their prices are good enough to save with a large order. Also, their "tax rate" is even better. There is no Sales Tax for shipped orders.
     
  9. asorum

    asorum Valdez, Alaska Member

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    We don't have UPS Ground Service available in Alaska. I can't order something online and have it delivered here. Our primers and powder come by barge or container ship. The limit for powder in Canada is 8 kilograms. Smokeless can't be in a container bigger than 4 kilos and black powder containers have to be no bigger than 500 grams. You can bring 5,000 primers or 5,000 primed cases through. We don't drive south very often, so this is a chance to buy a little powder at lower 48 prices. There haven't been CCI primers in Anchorage for 2 months.

    Thanks for the help!
     
  10. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    If I lived in AK I'd give Powder Valley a call anyway. They might just be able to ship these items via Common Carrier. Get all your friends together and make a big order to make the "freight" worthwhile. The folks at Powder Valley are great and if there is a way, they'll find it.
     
  11. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    There is an alternative to going through Canada. Take the ferry from WA to AK. It is a bit of a trip but I am told a very nice trip indeed. I,age having 40 lbs of powder. 10000 primers and 20000 bullets
     
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    asorum Valdez, Alaska Member

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    Thanks for the suggestion. We lived in Southeast for 10 years and know about the ferry. I don't have the time from work to wait on the ferry. They must comply with DOT/USCG regs and you can't carry what you might think aboard...
     
  13. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    Oregon doesn't have a sales tax for anyone.
    While I don't reload, I do know that Bi Mart has the best prices on ammo, so I imagine they have the best price for ammo components.