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zayerpaul

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Reloading Components at Gun Shows
« on: July 31, 2013, 09:37:14 pm »
Howdy again, y'all. As an infant reloader, I am trying to stock up on components. Needless to say that there is somewhat of a shortage across the board, especially in the powder & primer department. Locally, I don't have many options either. Between the 2 stores in town, I managed to grab 1M each small and large pistol primers. However, the only pistol powder that I could get was 2# of Herco. I will be loading 9mm, .40, & .45acp, (30-30 later on) btw. I put together a bullet order from Powder Valley, and a brass order from Once-Fired Brass.net. Wow. That's alot of money. Anyway, before I actually submit my orders I wanted to check to see if any of y'all have had any luck getting components at gunshows. Next weekend, there will be one in my town, so I will be there checking out everything I can't afford. Should I wait and check out what they have (and risk the above distributors running out), or just bite the bullet (sorry for the pun but couldn't resist) and order while I can.
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    Re: Reloading Components at Gun Shows
    « Reply #1 on: July 31, 2013, 09:40:37 pm »
    Just order now.  You will see stuff at the gun show but you won't like the prices.  At the last show I was at powder was about $35 per pound which I consider high.  Primers were also about $35 per thousand. 

    As far as bullets go you won't find much other than lead. 


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    Re: Reloading Components at Gun Shows
    « Reply #2 on: July 31, 2013, 09:44:17 pm »
    The other problem is you don't really know how old the components are or how they've been stored.  If you are buying from a reputable dealer its not likely to be a problem but if somebody just cleaned out Uncle Ralph's shed and took it to the gunshow along with everything else its going to be a bit of a crapshoot.
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    Re: Reloading Components at Gun Shows
    « Reply #3 on: August 01, 2013, 03:04:27 am »
    I buy my components from reputable sources. Especially powder. Aside from what coelacanth said about Uncle Ralph's shed, there's also a question of purity. Never know when the can of Varget is really the catch-all can of a whole bench worth of leftovers.
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    Re: Reloading Components at Gun Shows
    « Reply #4 on: August 01, 2013, 08:17:36 am »
    Good point. I will stick with my original plan then. Thanks for the feedback. As I get everything set up and going over the next few weeks, I am sure to many more questions/concerns to pick all of your brains with. Sorry in advance, but I like to know as much as I can about everything. Reading through past threads has actually answered untold questions already, including some that I didn't have the brains to ask myself. Thanks again.
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    Re: Reloading Components at Gun Shows
    « Reply #5 on: August 01, 2013, 11:04:05 am »
    Most of the shows around here do not allow powder and primers to be sold. 

    Fortunately, Powder Valley is nearby, so  I can get stuff there.  One of the only times something has been convenient living in kansas.
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    Re: Reloading Components at Gun Shows
    « Reply #6 on: August 01, 2013, 11:38:20 am »
    I've bought sealed bulk packs or boxes of name brand bullets at gun shows if the price was right and I had a need for them.   I once bought a bunch of 7.62 once fired LC brass at a gun show that was a pretty good deal.  Many of the sellers/vendors there will dicker with you and drop price quite a bit, especially toward the end of the show, if their product is not moving.

    I would NEVER buy primers or powder in such a place.
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