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Where the heck are the handgun powders?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by pinne65, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. pinne65

    pinne65 Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    The last time I was able to get any was this spring at Sportsman's in Hillsboro. I go there and to Bimart at least once a week different times/days.

    I was at Cabelas in Tigard a couple of weeks ago and they were out as well.

    It seems as scarce as 22LR... are people hoarding this as well?
     
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  2. SHPD_Retired

    SHPD_Retired Saint Helens Well-Known Member

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    I just bought an 8 pound jug of Unique at Cabelas so they are getting it in.
     
  3. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Powderless Valley has been getting some in regular if you buy bulk...
     
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  4. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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    I was in Cabela's a week ago and they had Universal, HS-6, Power Pistol, and a few others.
     
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  5. WillametteWill

    WillametteWill Willamette Valley Active Member

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    I found HP38 in two locations over the past month. I haven't seen this in over two years. Things are getting better but perhaps not as visible everywhere. Keep checking Sportsmans and Cabelas.
     
  6. Steve M

    Steve M Beaverton, OR Well-Known Member

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    The key for Sportsman's Warehouse in Hillsboro is to go between Thursday afternoon and Friday afternoon. Pistol powder is scarce, but in the past few months you could have purchased #5, #7, Bullseye, Unique, Power Pistol, H110, W231 (8lb only), 700x, 800x, Silhouette, and Longshot. Possibly more, but that is what I have seen and I don't stop by every week. Had you been there Thursday of last week you could have purchased the equally elusive Varget. Fisherman's in Tigard had W296 last week as well.

    So there you go, stop by Sportsman's today on your way home from work and forget about the rest of the week. If you can't stop today tell us what you're looking for and I'll keep an eye an out for it.
     
  7. SHPD_Retired

    SHPD_Retired Saint Helens Well-Known Member

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    At Sportsmans Warehouse I found out they do not put the powder out on the shelf. They have a little book on the gun counter with what they have in stock for powder. You need to check it. I kept thinking that they never got powder but they do.
     
  8. Steve M

    Steve M Beaverton, OR Well-Known Member

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    I was speaking of Sportsman's Warehouse in Hillsboro in particular which puts out their powder on their shelves and they are anything but bare. It would be beneficial to know which location you visit that requires asking at the counter.
     
  9. pinne65

    pinne65 Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    Thanks - will definitely check the Hillsboro store out today.
     
  10. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    curts has been getting it in if you want to make the drive.
     
  11. pinne65

    pinne65 Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    Yea -driving is kind of part of the problem. All of a sudden the powder gets really expensive unless I'm going there anyway. Need to figure outhat something work related nearby ;-)
     
  12. Steve M

    Steve M Beaverton, OR Well-Known Member

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    No pistol powders today and minimal restock this week. They seem to get most stock every two weeks so wait till next Thursday.
     
  13. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    I've seen everything from HP39, CFE Pistol, Unique etc on down to Varget and the like.

    Depends where you look.
     
  14. Steve M

    Steve M Beaverton, OR Well-Known Member

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    Two jars of HS-6 and 8lb jug of Longshot going on the shelves right now. Also 3 jars of IMR 4227. The fact that they are putting out just 3 jars of popular powders (eg. Varget and HS-6) tells me that the other 7 jars are being kept in the back to be trickled out over the next day or two.
     
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  15. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    I recently scored an 8# of Unique at Sportsman's in Bend and about two weeks ago the LaPine Bi-Mart had four lbs of 296 - and only three after I left.
     
  16. kato pup dog

    kato pup dog Hermiston Active Member

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    I found my powders at Kurts in milwaukee area, advanced firarms training on division in Gresham and the little gunstore up in Sandy. I'm kinda glad I stocked up when I found what I wanted. Still would like to find more blue dot...
     
  17. Trick

    Trick St Helens Active Member

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    The Hillsboro location stocks theirs on the shelf, the Longview location has a book. I was able to pick up 2 pounds of Varget two weeks ago and stopped by yesterday morning to pick up a pound of leverevolution and they still had Varget and it was the same lot #, so I picked up another pound of that. They still the 2 bottle limit in effect. This was at the Hillsboro location. The powder selection was the best I've seen in a long time. Stock up before the next election.
     
  18. zeppelin

    zeppelin Benton County WA Active Member

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    There is no doubt that handgun powders are in very short supply. All you have to realize is that almost every govt agency out there has placed orders for millions or billions of pistol rounds and you get the picture. Makes you wonder why it its necessary for homeland security to buy enough rounds to train their stafff for the next 100 years, and with hollow points at that. You figure it out. You can still get Vitavouri and other foreign made powders, but Alliant, Hogdon and other pistol powders are difficult to get for the average guy online.
     
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  19. kato pup dog

    kato pup dog Hermiston Active Member

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    I found a good ten pounds of HS6, several of tidewad, clays, herco, unique, power pistol, 296 and more in Tri-cities wa. The powder is out there. Ya just have to look!
     
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  20. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Did ya' ever go online and look? You know, if you have the $$$, you can order a dozen # jugs and even with the Haz-mat you come out cheaper than buying it of the shelf locally? Sell some of that here, quickly if you put it up for a decent price. Check Powder Valley.
     
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