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Title: reloading and supplies
Post by: MamaLiberty on April 11, 2011, 11:42:26 am
Contributed by a new member, Mountain Prepper

http://www.grafs.com/

Graf & Sons, Inc. (very good prices similar to Widener’s)
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: Bushflyer on May 10, 2011, 09:51:41 pm
Thanks for the link. I ordered some stuff from them and the price was good with blazing fast shipping.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: panzerthx on July 17, 2011, 03:52:23 am
indeed I need to get into reloading. Any options on a speedloader?


Thanks
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: Shanks Mare on August 21, 2011, 09:08:28 pm
Dillon, although expensive sure stands behind their product.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: LaughingBear on September 02, 2011, 08:48:38 am
indeed I need to get into reloading.


Thanks

There is some pretty valuable information for beginners here (http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2007/09/reloading.html).

Also, as the article states, this is for people interested in getting started with reloading, so Lee haters don't bother.

[wws: Fixed broken link]
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: Docliberty on September 16, 2011, 05:15:38 pm
I use Lee and like it.  I'm new to reloading and find the Lee products easy to use.  The ammo shoots and doesn't blow up my gun, so I figure that I'm doing something right.  The equipment is reasonablely priced too.  For the price of a Dillon press I can get a Lee progressive, all the dies and accessories, and have money left over for components.  If I outgrow the Lee stuff, I can trade in (sell it to another starter) for something else.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: CollinLeon on December 16, 2011, 08:06:03 pm
I've ordered from them before... Another good one is Powder Valley (http://www.powdervalleyinc.com)...
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: scorpio on December 20, 2011, 08:06:22 pm
I have a Dillon 550 and would recommend to anyone. Two things you need to know about progressives, first they spit out ammo fast (only if you are loading strait taper cartridges and are using carbide dies, running lubed bottle neck cases through a progressive press can be messy) second it cost more. I use a redding single stage for sizing bottle necks cases and swageing.  If you want to get started in reloading I think a great Idea would be a turret press. They save all kinds of set up time, don't cost too much, and would be easy to master. P.S. you should get load books, because if the power goes out how would you down load the data.  ^_^
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: casca-503 on December 23, 2011, 11:11:19 pm
if you shoot  a lot of handgun ammo,  the  dillon   " square deal  B  "     is very nice set  up...   when you get  use to  it's operation   can turn out  500  rounds an hour...
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: casca-503 on December 27, 2011, 09:53:24 pm
Natchez  Shooting  Supply   &  Midway  are   very good to deal with....   had very good results..
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: airdrop on January 23, 2012, 10:31:36 pm
I've ordered from them before... Another good one is Powder Valley (http://www.powdervalleyinc.com)...
I've been to thier store or warehouse and they are very nice and prices are even better.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: lee n. field on August 17, 2012, 05:09:15 pm
I've ordered from these guys a couple times: FS Reloading (https://fsreloading.com/).  Lee hardware, good prices, prompt shipping.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: gunslinger598 on February 13, 2013, 10:30:51 pm
I've ordered from all listed above and been good wiith them

Don't forget about http://www.brownells.com/

http://www.dardascastbullets.com/

http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/

Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on February 14, 2013, 06:43:01 am
These days, anyplace you can actually find supplies seems to be a small miracle.  I hit the nearby Scheels yesterday and simply got lucky.  Found 9mm bullets that my dad and brother haven't been able to find anywhere.  I loaded up and the checkout guy smirked at me.  "Those just arrived today!"

Still no Small Pistol primers though.  I have a small army of friends and family all searching.

Midway USA is a great site.  You can set up automatic email notification for items you want.  Oh, sorry, the term 'automatic' might offend those gubmint types snooping around here...
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: gunslinger598 on February 14, 2013, 10:06:58 am
A friend of mine was in a feed store and happened to mention that she couldn't find 22 ammo anywhere.

The clerk says: "well I have a whole case under ther counter been here a long time."

Friend: " how many in the case?"

Clerk: "3000"

Friend: " how much?"

Clerk: "$300.00"

Friend: " I'll take them"

Moral of story  is ask around when ever ya are out & about!
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: MamaLiberty on February 14, 2013, 10:16:38 am
Wow, sometimes you luck out.

On the other hand... a local hardware store had an ad offering 50 round boxes of "Thunderbolt" .22LR for $1.99. I went in and asked about it. For that price you get one box... The rest are $2.50 a box. Not for "Thunderbolt," thanks.

OK...

Hard part is that they already know everyone in town. You can't GET more than one box at that price, no matter how many times you come back.

RATS.

Not that it matters. They were out the second day. :(
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on April 25, 2013, 06:10:37 am
Arg!  Ordered an RCBS universal decapping die two months ago and after multiple emails of 'order delayed due to low availability' I received the dreaded message that my order was cancelled.  6 months ago I started this reloading journey. 

Worst.  Timing.  Ever.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: gunslinger598 on April 25, 2013, 09:32:12 am
A while back (2 months) I had ordered a die. it took about 3 or 4 weeks I finally  got it. I think it was $38.00. Only other place I could find them was eBay & they were bringing $100.00 to $140.00 used.

The place I finally got it was an outfit that seems unknown but they came through.

Some other things I ordered in Dec. Just came in.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: MamaLiberty on April 25, 2013, 09:43:22 am
A while back (2 months) I had ordered a die. it took about 3 or 4 weeks I finally  got it. I think it was $38.00. Only other place I could find them was eBay & they were bringing $100.00 to $140.00 used.

The place I finally got it was an outfit that seems unknown but they came through.

Some other things I ordered in Dec. Just came in.

Well, for crying out loud, tell us who you were ordering from!!!!  :)
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: gunslinger598 on April 25, 2013, 10:43:48 am
The dies I ordered from an outfit called 10 Ring, I was looking for the link I'll have to  hunt it  down and edit it in. By the way they were lee dies not RCBS.
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https://www.10ring.com/ edit to insert good luck
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The lower receivers from Brownell's. Made by Tactical Machine. $95.00. Sure beat the price on gun auctions. Still have p mags on order. Since MagPull is leaving Colorado they aren't doing much communicating with their distributors. But I'm on the list. When they gear up they will have no trouble selling all they  can make. perfect time to  enlarge their mfg operation.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: MamaLiberty on April 25, 2013, 11:10:56 am
Thanks, gunslinger598! :)

The only thing I really need are a few more mags for my XD compact 9mm. I've seen a few... but I'm much too cheap to spend that kind of money now. I'll wait until the panic eases off.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: gunslinger598 on April 25, 2013, 11:48:11 am
One of the gun shop you tube channels I subscribe is saying things are lightening up  some. they have a store full of guns again & enough to resume shipping out of state. They did state the problem they  do still have is no  9 mm ammo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tN6RZ8oAcx4
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: MamaLiberty on April 25, 2013, 12:00:31 pm
They did state the problem they  do still have is no  9 mm ammo.

I suspect that will be a problem for a while after other things settle down. Luckily, I bought quite a bit of it JUST in time... LOL

Still really puzzled with where the hell all the .22lr went.  Somebody has a PILE of it somewhere... :)
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: gunslinger598 on April 25, 2013, 12:40:31 pm
Even after the last ammo shortage in 08, 22 ammo changed & was a little harder to get up until where it is now.

Seems like about all ya can get most times is the 36gr hollow points. A lot of deer have been killed (not legally) with a .22 40gr solid bullet.

Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: MamaLiberty on April 25, 2013, 02:04:05 pm
Even after the last ammo shortage in 08, 22 ammo changed & was a little harder to get up until where it is now.

Seems like about all ya can get most times is the 36gr hollow points. A lot of deer have been killed (not legally) with a .22 40gr solid bullet.

I bought 10,000 rounds of 40 gr. ball .22lr in 2011... Could kick myself for not getting three times that. But, hindsight, you know...
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on February 18, 2014, 06:51:14 am
Came across a company website that actually makes a 3-die set for the 22lr:

http://www.ch4d.com/products/dies/caliber-list?filter-col=caliber&filter=22 (http://www.ch4d.com/products/dies/caliber-list?filter-col=caliber&filter=22)

And I found a thread about reloading 22lr on the Cast Boolits forum:

http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?130946-22-lr-bpcr-!! (http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?130946-22-lr-bpcr-!!)

Seems to be a little time consuming for these little guys but again, if you can't find them...  Make them!
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: FDD on February 18, 2014, 05:02:34 pm
maybe it is where I am at right now, but why does everyone look on-line first?
I have found that I can get most dies and reloading equipment for local stores, at the same price or lower.
is there not a cabelas, bass pro, gander mt., what about the local gun shop?.

again maybe it is just me, I find I can get most everything local, it not, then I look on-line.

Dawg
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on February 19, 2014, 07:55:37 am
maybe it is where I am at right now, but why does everyone look on-line first?
I have found that I can get most dies and reloading equipment for local stores, at the same price or lower.
is there not a cabelas, bass pro, gander mt., what about the local gun shop?.

again maybe it is just me, I find I can get most everything local, it not, then I look on-line.

Dawg

Very true.  There are 4 local gun shops I frequent every week just to keep abreast of their inventory.  Most times prices are cheaper at the brick and mortar places vs online (with shipping costs factored in) so I like to give them my business as much as possible.  However, most are pretty small operations and don't have oodles of goodies on the shelf.  Then I take my search to the digital stores.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on April 26, 2014, 06:31:07 am
P... P... powder!!!!  I found bottles and bottles of Unique powder!  For $17 a pound!  I couldn't believe it.  Snatched up some with an evil grin on my face.  I don't know if it was pure luck or if the powder drought is ending. 

Shelves were loaded with primers and bullets.  All sizes and mucho calibers.

Hit another small shop and found some brass.  Owner has a collection of bins in a corner where people can buy/sell/trade empty brass.  I brought in a bunch of brass I didn't need and traded for 223.  Came across a bag of 30-06 brass for 10 cents each.  Mine!
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: heyoka on April 26, 2014, 08:48:03 am
I found a lot of powder yesterday as well. Settled on 4895 for heavy bullet .223, I really wanted N140 or RL15.
No Unique though.  :dontknow:
I (foolishly?) passed on some Trail Boss. It's really only optimal for black powder cartridges, but it will work in almost anything.
It seems like things are lightening up. I wouldn't be real surprised to see supply over shoot the mark in playing catchup.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on May 02, 2014, 11:17:02 am
Found some 30-06 and 357 brass at my favorite LGS.  Since I'm in there at least once a week the owner is now going to start setting aside all revolver brass for me.  It's good to know people!

The dozen or so bottles of Unique I saw last week were gone.  Replaced with dust and cobwebs.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on June 05, 2014, 07:40:52 am
Hit three local gun shops yesterday looking for seven different powders.  I think everyone else had the same list because none of it was to be found.  Shelves contain mostly magnum rifle powder and some 50bmg powders.  Maddening...

Asked the store owners what was going on and the reasons range from typical to far-fetched.

Alliant had a plant fire, fed.gov buying up huge lots, tighter restrictions on shipping to customers, aliens coming down and using it as food (OK, I made that one up).
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: Docliberty on June 05, 2014, 10:44:54 am
What's up with Hodgson not even producing Vargent of Universal Clays?
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: StillaGhost on June 05, 2014, 05:42:17 pm
What's up with Hodgson not even producing Vargent of Universal Clays?

 
 
  Varget and Clays both are still listed on the website. And both are available on the shelf here , though Varget has gone up quite a bit.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: Docliberty on June 05, 2014, 07:53:36 pm
Both Graf and Sons and Midway list it as unavailable from the manufacturer.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: FDD on June 05, 2014, 10:47:55 pm
was at cabela's today.
Lots of ammo, but no 22lr.
lots of lead, brass, primers, but no powder.
Shotgun shells all over the place.
everything you need to reload shot shell, but powder.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on July 25, 2014, 06:16:11 am
Hit a local shop yesterday afternoon.  Place was e-m-p-t-y.  Two workers jawing behind the counter.  Not a single customer.  I think the powder situation has gotten worse as even the shotgun and pistol magnum powder was gone.  Plenty of bullets and primers though.  I noticed a majority of their boomsticks had a slash through the price and were $20-$50 cheaper.  I'm thinking there is a glut of inventory as the Obozo Panic has subsided a bit.

Owner said he didn't think the powder supply was going to improve any time soon.  He has stopped reloading as he (a friggin' gunstore owner) couldn't get any powder.

Did an inventory and I have 10 pounds of assorted powders.  Enough to last me awhile at least.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: slidemansailor on July 25, 2014, 10:05:56 am
I think I shared it somewhere on the forum before, but I use a spreadsheet to calculate my ammo and reloading component inventory.  It converts pounds of powder into number of rounds so I can see exactly what my limiting factors are. 

It now tells me I don't have nearly enough bullets, primers or powder, but that they are about evenly matched.

ammo inventory spreadsheet (http://www.thefixer.biz/ammo-inventory/)
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on July 25, 2014, 11:14:20 am
I think I shared it somewhere on the forum before, but I use a spreadsheet to calculate my ammo and reloading component inventory.  It converts pounds of powder into number of rounds so I can see exactly what my limiting factors are. 

It now tells me I don't have nearly enough bullets, primers or powder, but that they are about evenly matched.

ammo inventory spreadsheet (http://www.thefixer.biz/ammo-inventory/)

Yes you have.  And yes I use it.  Very, very handy.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: FDD on July 25, 2014, 04:21:31 pm
Went to the gun show last weekend.
Plenty there, if you wanted to pay the price.
22lr going for $60/500 box

Had powder there, H4895 for $27 a 1lb bottle, got 3 hehehe
Lot of non gun stuff starting to show up now at the show.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on July 26, 2014, 07:20:56 am
Went to the gun show last weekend.
Plenty there, if you wanted to pay the price.
22lr going for $60/500 box

Had powder there, H4895 for $27 a 1lb bottle, got 3 hehehe
Lot of non gun stuff starting to show up now at the show.

Glad that 22lr is finally coming down from the stratosphere.  Just a little bit further to planet earth please!  Bummer on the appearance of non-gun stuff.  I'm hitting the Cedar Rapids gun show in September.  Hope to find something (powder) to come home with me.

Finished putting all my recent inventory numbers into slideman's handy spreadsheet.  I'm actually not doing too bad regarding powder.  Could always use a few more pounds to calm my own nervousness.  You reloaders know how it goes - if our shelves aren't groaning under the weight of components, we don't have near enough!
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: Docliberty on July 26, 2014, 07:40:25 am
Shelves?  It would be more like if the concrete floor isn't showing signs of stress cracks.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on July 27, 2014, 07:06:33 am
Shelves?  It would be more like if the concrete floor isn't showing signs of stress cracks.

 :laugh:

Too true.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on July 31, 2014, 07:22:49 am
Hit my usual LGS and scored.  Owner told me he had the deal of a century: full shoebox of spent brass that he didn't feel like sorting so he saved it for me.  Price?  Free.  Got it all cleaned up last night and had close to 1200 cases of 9s, 40s and 223s.  And two 30-30 cases.  Think I was most excited about those as they are tough to find.

Hit a couple more places in search of powder.  Nada.  Even the magnum powders are gone.  Owner of the 2nd LGS I visited said he saw no end to the shortage either.  He is no longer reloading because he, a friggin' owner of a gun store, cannot get any powder!
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: slidemansailor on July 31, 2014, 08:49:31 am
I am starting to see Varget on the shelves again ... a couple of one-pound cans here and there for 1/3rd the price I expect to pay for an 8-pound keg.  Welcome to the new world, Slideman.  Unfortunately, as I mentioned recently here, my inventory is balanced at a nice, even low level. 

Money, food, primers, powder, bullets are all happily sharing space at a tolerable, but too low level.  Not much point in raising one to a happy place while the rest remain low.

Rather obviously, the food stocks are higher priority.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on August 18, 2014, 06:15:55 am
Hit a LGS last Friday looking for components.  Actually saw a single canister of Blue Dot.  After picking my jaw up from the floor I snatched it up.  Owner said a case came in yesterday (10 bottles) and my purchase was the last one.  Price was $19.99 which seemed pretty typical - I don't remember this particular brand being much cheaper.  I'm glad these guys weren't trying to gouge the customer during this powder drought.

All other components were weighing down the shelves nicely.  Seems that one key piece is always missing which really gets my tinfoil hat quivering.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: casca-503 on August 18, 2014, 08:04:14 pm
finding treasures  is  nice....wish i  were  doing same...but no such  luck...
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on August 19, 2014, 06:59:16 am
finding treasures  is  nice....wish i  were  doing same...but no such  luck...

Seems to be a 'right place at the right time' sort of thing lately.  I pop into this LGS once a week and just happened to get lucky this time. 

Persistent bird gets the worm?
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: dubber308 on August 19, 2014, 08:23:41 am
I was making my rounds of the local LGS and pawn shops last week and scored. At one LGS I was able to find 200 rounds of new .357 mag brass for $40. At the other LGS I bought half of their shipment of Unique (2 pounds) at $25/lb and 3 pounds of Varget for $28/lb. And one pawn shop had a five gallon bucket of .223 brass for $75. As I was sorting the brass, I found 49 stripper clips and two AR mags. I'll be walking a little more (spent my gas money) and eating a bunch of rice til next payday, but it is worth it.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: slidemansailor on August 19, 2014, 09:38:06 am
pet peeve: buzzwords (older phrase), now acronyms.  It is insider language. Handy shortcuts in a work environment. Lazy typing and speaking outside of it. 

I am too much of a curmudgeon to work at understanding people who refuse to meet me half way.

What brought this up was the acronym LGS being repeated on this thread.  It is a bit annoying, but I keep moving on by it.  If you actually want me to know what you are writing about, tell me.  Otherwise I will continue to consider it unimportant details in your writing.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: bennie on August 19, 2014, 09:51:23 am
I agree with that, slidemansailor. I get bummed when I find myself trying to figure it out because I get pissed and say to self "WTF are you doing wasting time. " I think it might mean local gun shop. Couldn't folks initially say Local Gun Shop (with capitals) and then refer to it as LGS after that in their thread?
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on August 19, 2014, 11:40:55 am
Sorry.  I started using 'LGS' but thought I originally typed out the meaning the first time I used it.  May have done that in a different thread...

Local Gun Shop (LGS)
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: slidemansailor on August 19, 2014, 09:37:52 pm
If I were a patient man, or persistent, or curious enough,  I would have reread the thread to see if I could ferret out some clue as to what the acronym LGS meant. 

As I said, acronyms are a peeve of mine. I refuse to be drawn in.  Acronym users lose some audience... perhaps only one old curmudgeon... that's the only one I know of and can speak for.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on September 30, 2014, 06:06:51 am
Is anyone out there finding pistol powder?  I come across a stray bottle of Blue Dot from time to time but other than that...
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: FDD on September 30, 2014, 06:17:27 am
Most powders I have found are for bolt guns.
not much for semi's and nothing for pistols.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: casca-503 on September 30, 2014, 07:47:42 am
natchez   has powder, if you  want to pay the  haz-mat  delivery  charge...
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on October 14, 2014, 06:28:57 am
Started making my Winter Reloading To-Do List.  When the weather turns nasty outside and the gardening is all done, my efforts turn to the basement reloading room.  I visited my folks this past weekend and turned another 80 pounds of wheel weights into ingots.  I plan on adding a couple more molds to my collection and casting twice a week.  Will concentrate on 223 reloading - amazing how fast a few people can burn through ammo during a fun afternoon.  So I'll be filling up a few ammo boxes.  Fortunately I'm able to find rifle powder on the shelves and I'm well stocked on Small Rifle (SR) primers.

Another project I'm going to work on: you know those Russian wooden ammo boxes that hold 2 'spam cans' of 7.64x54R?  I took measurements of the one I have in order to start producing those.  In the long run will be more sturdy and cheaper than stacking those plastic ones.  Only down side is they won't be waterproof.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: clarence on October 14, 2014, 08:44:44 am
Most powders I have found are for bolt guns.
not much for semi's and nothing for pistols.

Try farm supply stores.  Here in montana, murdochs carries reloading supplies and ammunition.

Clarence
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: FDD on October 14, 2014, 11:04:54 am
Most powders I have found are for bolt guns.
not much for semi's and nothing for pistols.

Try farm supply stores.  Here in montana, murdochs carries reloading supplies and ammunition.

Clarence

thanks, but here behind enemy line. powders, primers have to be sold from a gun store, or gun show.
Just the way it is here in the land of Obummer.

Gots to show your papers first, before you can buy.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on October 17, 2014, 06:19:58 am
Visited one of my LGS's yesterday - was talking with one of the guys who works there (also a reloader) about the powder situation.  Said he hasn't seen any pistol powder in 3 months.  They've stopped ordering other components for the time being until powder actually comes in.  He said that he has enough brass, bullets and primers to reload well over 10,000 rounds but everything is on hold thanks to this powder drought.  He also mentioned that after the Sandy Hook 'incident' he saw a lot of people come in the doors to start reloading their own.  The fear of ammo prices going to moon pushed a lot of people into the hobby.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on December 03, 2014, 06:10:18 am
Powder seems to be popping up at a handful of local shops now.  Last week I picked up two canisters of Titegroup and just yesterday I got a pound of HS-6.  Prices were the same as I remembered before the insane shortage.

I'm now well stocked on powder and shouldn't (fingers crossed) need any more powder for the next 6 months.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on December 18, 2014, 06:04:00 am
I hope to not jinx anything but powder is making a comeback.  Visited two different shops this week and both had plenty of the pistol/shotgun powders.  Silhouette, Tac, Red Dot, Power Pistol, HS-6...
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: FDD on December 21, 2014, 09:06:34 pm
Went to the local gun show today, lots of bullets, had lots of rifle powder, even some in 8lbs jugs.
primers are showing up too. brass was short today, not much pistol brass out on the tables, and the pistol powder is still short.
Lots of guns, both hand guns and rifles, prices still to high for me. no 22lr at all today.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on December 31, 2014, 08:08:46 am
Headed up to see my folks over the holidays and visited the local Scheels.  Powder was a little sparse but there were a few bottles of shotgun powder available.  Bullets and primers were everywhere.  I picked up a few boat-tail hollow points for my rifle.  Always tinkering with new loads...

22lr was absent from the shelves.

Gun prices are still coming down.  Bolt action .308 Winchesters for less than $300?!?  AR's for $700 and 30-round magazines for 7 and a half bucks.  I paid $30 for those things nearly two years ago.  Amazing.  So a handful of them followed me home.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on January 22, 2015, 11:10:41 am
Visited a local shop yesterday: a LOT of Varget must have just come in.  I'm well stocked so I only picked up one bottle.  Noticed the price was $1 more per pound from a year ago.

Right place, right time seems to be the key to getting such supplies these days.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on August 04, 2015, 06:55:34 am
I think the powder drought is over.  Visited a couple shops these past few weeks and shelves remain full.  The Alliant brand seems to be the only name missing from the lineup.  Prices across the board are roughly $1 more expensive from pre-drought levels.

Primer prices seem to also be rising.  Box of 1000 used to be 28-29 (my history goes back to 2012) but now they are all in the 31-34 range.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on December 09, 2015, 11:32:21 am
Hit a LGS last night.  Owner stated business has picked up a bit after this shooting in CA.  I also noticed something disturbingly familiar:  shelves holding primers were empty save a few boxes of Small Rifle and a majority of the pistol powder was gone.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: TheWart on December 09, 2015, 12:09:43 pm
USA Today had something on it yesterday: recent shootings have driven stock in firearm companies waaaaaay up.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on December 16, 2015, 06:54:40 am
Went back to the same LGS I visited last week.  My Dillon is an awesome machine but my gosh she is a hungry beast to keep fed!

I'm not happy with what I'm seeing on the shelves - I picked up a box of Small Rifle primers and noticed there were zero small pistol primers to be found.  I got a couple pounds of powder including the last canister of HS-6.  There were oodles of canisters of various IMR powders but Hodgdon, Alliant and Ramshot were a little scarce.  Even the bullet section was a little sparse.  I didn't talk to the owner - this could all be about taking end-of-year inventory or simply people buying up Christmas presents.  I'm just nervous from the last drought we all went through.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on February 17, 2016, 06:54:47 am
Inventory at the various LGS's in my area continues to be hit or miss.  No small pistol primers and a few canisters of pistol powder.  There was a stack of small pistol magnum primers which had me scratching my head.  Would it be possible to use these for 9mm or 40S&W?
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: FDD on February 17, 2016, 06:59:33 am
Hey Knobster

come visit Casper bro.

the big box LGS have lots of powder and primers in stock
large and small pistols, large and small rifle, and the magnums too

1lbs runs about $25 to $35 and 8lbs are running around the $200 mark.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: Baked at 420 on February 17, 2016, 11:04:01 am
Question:

If I start reloading my 7.62x54r and 7.62x39 ammo, does a 7.62 nato (.308) bullet fit in those cases and would it present any problems when fired? I ask because there are some special hunting bullets you can not get in the Soviet cartridges, but you can buy the bullets seperate from the cartridges. They would be heavy for the SKS and light for the M91/30, but no particular problems were apparent when I considered it. I do have some reloadable Winchester brass.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: FDD on February 17, 2016, 11:12:28 am
Question:

If I start reloading my 7.62x54r and 7.62x39 ammo, does a 7.62 nato (.308) bullet fit in those cases and would it present any problems when fired? I ask because there are some special hunting bullets you can not get in the Soviet cartridges, but you can buy the bullets seperate from the cartridges. They would be heavy for the SKS and light for the M91/30, but no particular problems were apparent when I considered it. I do have some reloadable Winchester brass.

from what I have been told and see done.
a lot of it depends on the rifle it self.

does the Russian bullets measure .308, or .310?
also what powder do you use?
find a reloading manual with the data for what you want to reload, get two or more manuals, compare the data between each one, then work up a load that your rifle likes.
start on the low side and work up.

Gas rifles need specific types of powder, not to fast, not to slow.

check your brass after firing them, they will tell you a lot about what is going on.

if not sure, find someone in your area that reloads and ask then for help.

good luck   
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on February 17, 2016, 11:16:25 am
Hey Knobster

come visit Casper bro.

the big box LGS have lots of powder and primers in stock
large and small pistols, large and small rifle, and the magnums too

1lbs runs about $25 to $35 and 8lbs are running around the $200 mark.

Heh.  Road trip to Casper so I can get my hands on powder and primers!  Would end up being reeeeally 'spensive powder.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: FDD on February 17, 2016, 11:18:40 am
Hey Knobster

come visit Casper bro.

the big box LGS have lots of powder and primers in stock
large and small pistols, large and small rifle, and the magnums too

1lbs runs about $25 to $35 and 8lbs are running around the $200 mark.

Heh.  Road trip to Casper so I can get my hands on powder and primers!  Would end up being reeeeally 'spensive powder.
just plan on it as a vacation then. bring the young'un and the SHW. see some of the free west, maybe even take in Yellowstone.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on February 17, 2016, 11:28:00 am
Question:

If I start reloading my 7.62x54r and 7.62x39 ammo, does a 7.62 nato (.308) bullet fit in those cases and would it present any problems when fired? I ask because there are some special hunting bullets you can not get in the Soviet cartridges, but you can buy the bullets seperate from the cartridges. They would be heavy for the SKS and light for the M91/30, but no particular problems were apparent when I considered it. I do have some reloadable Winchester brass.

First thing I would do is slug the barrel.  (A trip down youtube lane will show you the process.)  Mosin's in particular are notorious for having groove diameters as wide as .312".  Then, as Julio pointed out, get a reloading manual.  This will tell you what bullets and powder recipes work.  I'm looking at my Hornady manual right now:  There are recipes for 130gr bullets with .308" diameter, 123gr bullets with .310" diameter, all the way up to 174gr bullets with .312" diameter.

What size bullets are you thinking about?
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on February 17, 2016, 11:29:38 am
Hey Knobster

come visit Casper bro.

the big box LGS have lots of powder and primers in stock
large and small pistols, large and small rifle, and the magnums too

1lbs runs about $25 to $35 and 8lbs are running around the $200 mark.

Heh.  Road trip to Casper so I can get my hands on powder and primers!  Would end up being reeeeally 'spensive powder.
just plan on it as a vacation then. bring the young'un and the SHW. see some of the free west, maybe even take in Yellowstone.

Hmm...  summer vacation to see Yellowstone and pick up reloading supplies as a bonus.  Sounds like win-win all around!
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: Who...me? on February 17, 2016, 02:52:22 pm
Question:

If I start reloading my 7.62x54r and 7.62x39 ammo, does a 7.62 nato (.308) bullet fit in those cases and would it present any problems when fired? I ask because there are some special hunting bullets you can not get in the Soviet cartridges, but you can buy the bullets seperate from the cartridges. They would be heavy for the SKS and light for the M91/30, but no particular problems were apparent when I considered it. I do have some reloadable Winchester brass.

from what I have been told and see done.
a lot of it depends on the rifle it self.

does the Russian bullets measure .308, or .310?
also what powder do you use?
find a reloading manual with the data for what you want to reload, get two or more manuals, compare the data between each one, then work up a load that your rifle likes.
start on the low side and work up.

Gas rifles need specific types of powder, not to fast, not to slow.

check your brass after firing them, they will tell you a lot about what is going on.

if not sure, find someone in your area that reloads and ask then for help.

good luck

Also keep in mind that a lot of Russian ammo use steel cases which you can not reload.  Make sure you have good viable brass cases.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: casca-503 on February 25, 2016, 07:25:14 pm
hey, Knobs,  &  all...found a  source for   stuff to reload   .22LR   ammo.../   PM   me if you want  their contact  info....
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on April 07, 2016, 07:18:15 am
So I ordered the 22lr kit that casca mentioned above.  It comes with a bullet mold that plops out 25gr and 38gr bullets.  I cast a small pile last night and hope to reload a handful of rounds this weekend.  If I remember to snap a few pics of the reloading process I'll post them here.  Below is a pic of the two 22lr bullets I recently cast and a 55gr 22cal and 150gr 30cal next to them for size comparison.  My gosh they are small...
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: MamaLiberty on April 07, 2016, 09:59:15 am
Hmmm, if you counted your time at your standard wage at work, I wonder how much it would cost you to reload a brick of .22lr.... I suspect far more than $60.  :laugh: 
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: FDD on April 07, 2016, 11:24:40 am
Hmmm, if you counted your time at your standard wage at work, I wonder how much it would cost you to reload a brick of .22lr.... I suspect far more than $60.  :laugh:

true, but it is a nice skill to know

and while the price has not moved, who know how long it will stay were it is?

knowledge is good, no matter what it is your learning.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: Baked at 420 on April 07, 2016, 02:53:41 pm
Question:

If I start reloading my 7.62x54r and 7.62x39 ammo, does a 7.62 nato (.308) bullet fit in those cases and would it present any problems when fired? I ask because there are some special hunting bullets you can not get in the Soviet cartridges, but you can buy the bullets seperate from the cartridges. They would be heavy for the SKS and light for the M91/30, but no particular problems were apparent when I considered it. I do have some reloadable Winchester brass.

from what I have been told and see done.
a lot of it depends on the rifle it self.

does the Russian bullets measure .308, or .310?
also what powder do you use?
find a reloading manual with the data for what you want to reload, get two or more manuals, compare the data between each one, then work up a load that your rifle likes.
start on the low side and work up.

Gas rifles need specific types of powder, not to fast, not to slow.

check your brass after firing them, they will tell you a lot about what is going on.

if not sure, find someone in your area that reloads and ask then for help.

good luck

Also keep in mind that a lot of Russian ammo use steel cases which you can not reload.  Make sure you have good viable brass cases.

I have a bunch of Winchester Ammo with brass cases that are boxxer primed.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on April 11, 2016, 06:45:38 am
Made a handful of 22lr rounds but they didn't fire off as I had hoped.  I suspect that I didn't clean the cases well enough.  The kit comes with a scraping tool but I'm thinking I'll throw a bunch of brass into my wet tumbler.  The stainless steel pins will work their way inside the cases and scrape everything out quite nicely.

I was bummed at the range though.  I was really hoping for a successful first go at it.  Back to the reloading bench to try again!
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: DiabloLoco on April 11, 2016, 07:51:09 am
Made a handful of 22lr rounds but they didn't fire off as I had hoped.  I suspect that I didn't clean the cases well enough.  The kit comes with a scraping tool but I'm thinking I'll throw a bunch of brass into my wet tumbler.  The stainless steel pins will work their way inside the cases and scrape everything out quite nicely.

I was bummed at the range though.  I was really hoping for a successful first go at it.  Back to the reloading bench to try again!
I wish you luck. Keep at it, bro! If you can get it down to a science, it would be like owning a money tree! In a rebuilding phase, you could open the
 Ballistic Bank of Knobster. :laugh:
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on April 11, 2016, 01:47:29 pm
I wish you luck. Keep at it, bro! If you can get it down to a science, it would be like owning a money tree! In a rebuilding phase, you could open the
 Ballistic Bank of Knobster. :laugh:
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Yes sir!  I'm having fun with this and am hopeful to be able to barter such things in the uncertain future.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: FDD on April 11, 2016, 01:52:21 pm
so how much is too much?

2 more than you need, when you need it.

until then, too much is never enough.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on April 12, 2016, 06:52:33 am
so how much is too much?

2 more than you need, when you need it.

until then, too much is never enough.

Was this just a question regarding reloading supplies?  In that case, I simply don't understand that string of words.  Too much powder?  Too many primers?  Too many bullets?!?  Rubbish!
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: FDD on April 12, 2016, 07:04:15 am
so how much is too much?

2 more than you need, when you need it.

until then, too much is never enough.

Was this just a question regarding reloading supplies?  In that case, I simply don't understand that string of words.  Too much powder?  Too many primers?  Too many bullets?!?  Rubbish!

just been hearing people talking about others having to much............. pick something.

but you are right, never can have to much goods.
the only thing I can think of having to much of is Politicians 
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: casca-503 on April 12, 2016, 07:14:45 am
just   my   $.05  worth-----the only   time  you have  too   much   ammo---- when  you are  swimming---or----when you are on fire..../     same   with   powder...primers....heads...../.....casca.....the old grunt in the woods...with his DAWGS...
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: MamaLiberty on April 12, 2016, 07:33:37 am
but you are right, never can have to much goods.
the only thing I can think of having to much of is Politicians

One is too many politicians...

The thing I have "too much" of is dead batteries. I started collecting them years ago when it was proven that tossing them in the landfill was not good... but I don't know what to do with them! There is no place here to take them, and I suspect that most folks continue to trash them. I now have an intact, blown CFL bulb to dispose of as well... but have no idea how to do that.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: Jake on April 12, 2016, 08:22:42 am
On the batteries, one can do a few things.  If one were to dump out the electrolyte into a container to hold, then flush battery with water, mix 5 lbs of epsom salts with 1 gal of water over low heat, refill battery with epsom salt solution, and place on charger.

If the battery has internal problems so that it cannot be a battery, then stop after dumping electrolyte and flushing with fresh water.  Lead will be worth a bunch as time goes along.  The last lead smelter in operation was shut down last year.  All lead left will be recycled, at the bottom of someones favorite fishing spot, or at the range bullet trap.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: MamaLiberty on April 12, 2016, 08:37:09 am
Thanks, Jake, but I have no intention of doing anything with the batteries except dump them SOMEWHERE. Anyone wishing to recycle them is most welcome to come get them... or I'll take them a reasonable distance. Have about two quarts of the things now, not counting the bulb. :)

Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: Jake on April 12, 2016, 08:52:08 am
Thanks, Jake, but I have no intention of doing anything with the batteries except dump them SOMEWHERE. Anyone wishing to recycle them is most welcome to come get them... or I'll take them a reasonable distance. Have about two quarts of the things now, not counting the bulb. :)

Sorry, thot you were talking about car lead batteries. . . . Throw them in the trash
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: MamaLiberty on April 12, 2016, 09:20:51 am
Sorry, thot you were talking about car lead batteries. . . . Throw them in the trash

LOL!!! I wondered. :) I've never had a car battery to dispose of. They are exchanged for the "core charge" when I buy a new one. I think I've bought three in the last 20 years or so. Not a problem.

No, these are various sizes of ordinary batteries, with a few rechargeables among it. It is illegal to dispose of batteries in the trash here... big stink if they are found, but no other provision is made to get rid of them that I can see. I need to do some more research on that, and maybe ask the folks at the county office here. There has to be something reasonable to do with them.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: Jake on April 12, 2016, 11:04:42 am
I believe that it is illegal for industry or business to dispose of "Universal Hazardous Waste", which is
Florescent tubes, cork screw bulbs, and mercury thermometers; because of mercury.
Rechargeable batteries - Cadmium and lead

But for the individual, get a lunch bag, put the batteries into bag and pitch it into household trash
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on April 13, 2016, 06:11:30 am
I bought a nice XDm for Mrs. Sailor.  Her hands are not up to comfortably racking the slide. I good friend had 2 Dillon 650s and no XDm (or anything comparable). We made a great trade.  I finally get that, no make it THE progressive press I have been dreaming and scheming on for decades.

He is very expert at running those Dillons, having spent a couple years running a bank of FIVE.  He is setting mine up to run small pistol primers, and the one he kept to run large pistol primers. Then he will just pop on over to my shop any time he wants to load the little guys.  Big Win-Win ...  With several more subtle pluses built in.

You are going to LOVE that Dillon.  I've had my 650 going since December and am in reloading heaven.  This guy had 5 of them?!?  Wow.  Although I must admit I'm very tempted to pick up another one to run large primers since changing those out is a pain.  Mine is set up for small primers.  Caliber changes for 9mm, 40s and 223s.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: Jake on April 13, 2016, 09:36:27 am
You are going to LOVE that Dillon.  I've had my 650 going since December and am in reloading heaven.  This guy had 5 of them?!?  Wow.  Although I must admit I'm very tempted to pick up another one to run large primers since changing those out is a pain.  Mine is set up for small primers.  Caliber changes for 9mm, 40s and 223s.

I am curious with the powder measuring accuracy on that system.  Is it accurate enough?  On my long guns, I measure to the chunk.  All others, volumetricly. (at this age spelling is optional)
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on April 13, 2016, 11:11:28 am
You are going to LOVE that Dillon.  I've had my 650 going since December and am in reloading heaven.  This guy had 5 of them?!?  Wow.  Although I must admit I'm very tempted to pick up another one to run large primers since changing those out is a pain.  Mine is set up for small primers.  Caliber changes for 9mm, 40s and 223s.

I am curious with the powder measuring accuracy on that system.  Is it accurate enough?  On my long guns, I measure to the chunk.  All others, volumetricly. (at this age spelling is optional)

It is great for mass producing plinking ammo.  I would NOT use it for fine tuning a recipe for my 30-06.  Every 100 rounds or so I stop and pull a round to check the powder amount.  So far I'm always within .1 to .2 grains.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: securitysix on April 13, 2016, 05:37:21 pm
You are going to LOVE that Dillon.  I've had my 650 going since December and am in reloading heaven.  This guy had 5 of them?!?  Wow.  Although I must admit I'm very tempted to pick up another one to run large primers since changing those out is a pain.  Mine is set up for small primers.  Caliber changes for 9mm, 40s and 223s.

I am curious with the powder measuring accuracy on that system.  Is it accurate enough?  On my long guns, I measure to the chunk.  All others, volumetricly. (at this age spelling is optional)

For handguns, it is definitely accurate enough.  My dad has one and he and I would both pull a round out and weigh it every 20 rounds or so for the first few months.  It was always within a tenth of a grain.  We haven't gotten it set up for .223 or .308 yet, but we need to.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: Jake on April 13, 2016, 10:48:38 pm
I hear that.  I too, am doing the same but with a single rock chucker.  Using the powder measurer for hand gun and 223 fmj.  All others is powder measurer and trickler to the chunk.  Love ball powder, you can really refine the weight variances.  IMR 4xxx "logs" what I call them, are kinda large.   And again when you think about it, the variability in case thickness and other such as wind on the bullet are much larger variances than one ball of powder.  Especially on that calm cool day with cross hairs on the spot way out there.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on April 14, 2016, 06:31:27 am
I hear that.  I too, am doing the same but with a single rock chucker.  Using the powder measurer for hand gun and 223 fmj.  All others is powder measurer and trickler to the chunk.  Love ball powder, you can really refine the weight variances.  IMR 4xxx "logs" what I call them, are kinda large.   And again when you think about it, the variability in case thickness and other such as wind on the bullet are much larger variances than one ball of powder.  Especially on that calm cool day with cross hairs on the spot way out there.

I've never used a powder trickler.  So it drops one flake/chunk/ball/log at a time?  That would be mighty handy for my 30+ cal rifles.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: casca-503 on April 14, 2016, 08:39:41 am
you   turn  the little   knob on the shaft & it  puts out very small amount of powder relative to the  degree  of rotation....pretty simple  rig.../   on a different  note...I  like   the   RCBS  " LITTLE   DANDY "   powder measure  for hand gun  loading....has  fixed  capacity   rotors...you change  them for   different  powders &  charges...many  options...my  $.05   worth....
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: Baked at 420 on April 19, 2016, 03:56:08 pm
My shot shell re-loader (which I've been using for years, by the book) uses little powder and shot measures. After you put in the ones you want, a simple flip of a switch drops in your powder. Then you put in the wadding, flip the switch again, and it drops in a measure of shot. Easy. I can load 60 shells an hour.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: MamaLiberty on April 23, 2016, 09:28:54 am
This looks very interesting indeed. Just wish they sold the whole cartridges. But I may buy a box or two for my favorite re loaders.  :) I don't ever wait for Christmas...

https://prairiefirearms.com/
Hi-Tek Supercoat Hard Cast Lead Bullets

Based out of Grafton, North Dakota, we here at Prairie Fire Arms, Inc. specialize in hard cast lead bullet casting and are dedicated to our customers satisfaction. Our number one priority is to provide you with a top quality bullet using 92:6:2 lead alloy with a Brinell hardness of 16. We manufacture smokeless Hi-Tek Supercoat bullets for everyone from the USPSA/IPSC shooter, right down to the everyday recreational plinker. The standard hard cast lead projectile with a wax based lubricant has finally met its match! These slick sided bullets are coated with a liquid based coating and then baked in an industrial oven. Hi-Tek Supercoat is tough as nails, sticking to hard cast lead bullets even after it is shot through a rifled barrel! Hi-Tek acts as your lubricant, but doesnt smoke like the traditional waxed lube grooved bullets do. The best part? No more cleaning lead particles out of your barrel or wax out of your reloader! Hi-Tek Supercoat eliminates the problem of lead fouling as it wont strip off the bullet, protecting your barrel from ever having to come in contact with lead. The cleanest bullets on the market, our smoke free Hi-Tek Supercoat bullets will have you shooting more and cleaning less!
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on April 24, 2016, 06:39:15 am
This looks very interesting indeed. Just wish they sold the whole cartridges. But I may buy a box or two for my favorite re loaders.  :) I don't ever wait for Christmas...

https://prairiefirearms.com/
Hi-Tek Supercoat Hard Cast Lead Bullets

Based out of Grafton, North Dakota, we here at Prairie Fire Arms, Inc. specialize in hard cast lead bullet casting and are dedicated to our customers satisfaction. Our number one priority is to provide you with a top quality bullet using 92:6:2 lead alloy with a Brinell hardness of 16. We manufacture smokeless Hi-Tek Supercoat bullets for everyone from the USPSA/IPSC shooter, right down to the everyday recreational plinker. The standard hard cast lead projectile with a wax based lubricant has finally met its match! These slick sided bullets are coated with a liquid based coating and then baked in an industrial oven. Hi-Tek Supercoat is tough as nails, sticking to hard cast lead bullets even after it is shot through a rifled barrel! Hi-Tek acts as your lubricant, but doesnt smoke like the traditional waxed lube grooved bullets do. The best part? No more cleaning lead particles out of your barrel or wax out of your reloader! Hi-Tek Supercoat eliminates the problem of lead fouling as it wont strip off the bullet, protecting your barrel from ever having to come in contact with lead. The cleanest bullets on the market, our smoke free Hi-Tek Supercoat bullets will have you shooting more and cleaning less!

Sounds similar to my powder-coated bullets.  Shake on the powder and bake at 400 degrees.  I'm unable to scratch the paint off but I don't know what they look like after leaving the barrel.  Haven't picked one out of the berm yet...
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: MamaLiberty on April 24, 2016, 06:55:14 am
My students have been very impressed with the powder coated rounds you sent me. :) One said she'd like a nail polish that looked like that.  :laugh:
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on April 25, 2016, 06:19:20 am
My students have been very impressed with the powder coated rounds you sent me. :) One said she'd like a nail polish that looked like that.  :laugh:

 :laugh:
Well, if her hand could handle 400 degrees for ten minutes she would have the paint on for a loooooong time.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: MamaLiberty on April 25, 2016, 06:45:02 am
  :laugh:
Well, if her hand could handle 400 degrees for ten minutes she would have the paint on for a loooooong time.

Heh heh... I think she likes to change the color often. She's be happy with a fake paint that LOOKED like that bullet. Me, I never saw any point in painting stuff on my fingernails, or using makeup of any kind. What you see is what you get. :)
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: FDD on April 25, 2016, 05:42:45 pm
Checked out some of the local gun stores today.
lots of powder, 1 ponders going for $25 to $35.
lots of primers on the shelves, plenty of bullets too.

not much for casting around here.

still looking at getting a Dillon rig.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on April 26, 2016, 06:35:03 am
not much for casting around here.

still looking at getting a Dillon rig.

I get 95% of my casting equipment online.  Very few LGS's carry such stuff.

Get the Dillon!  You won't regret it for one single nanosecond.  With the nicer weather I'm not in the reloading room as much these days but yesterday afternoon I had a few spare minutes so I cranked out a couple dozen 9mm rounds.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on January 05, 2017, 06:26:01 am
Stopped in an LGS yesterday to peruse the inventory.  Plenty of everything.  Most popular powders in the $23-$28 range.  Primers in the $29-$32 range.  I've been reloading for over 4 years now and other than the prices during the powder shortage a year ago the prices have stayed about the same.

I'm still hopeful that the Trump presidency will cause a glut in inventory and prices start dropping.  Then I'll really start adding bulk to my shelves!
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: FDD on March 10, 2017, 04:33:48 pm
added to my PM's today
some copper coated lead
500 for $139
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on March 11, 2017, 07:52:05 am
added to my PM's today
some copper coated lead
500 for $139

Sweet!  Any bulk added to those shelves is simply awesome.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: FDD on May 03, 2017, 01:28:31 pm
Well, powder has gone up in price.
8 lbs = $200
1 LB = $35
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on May 04, 2017, 07:22:39 am
Well, powder has gone up in price.
8 lbs = $200
1 LB = $35

 :angry:
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
Post by: knobster on August 04, 2017, 07:22:29 am
My dad found 'once-fired' 223 brass for 10 a piece.  Various pistol brass was as low as 3 each!  These prices were listed in the Dillon Blue Press catalogue that he gets every month.  I don't remember seeing such low prices for brass since I started reloading 5ish years ago.
Title: Re: reloading and supplies
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Title: Re: reloading and supplies
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