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Old 07-21-2018, 10:35 PM
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Planning a family trip to Reno, NV and wanted to ask the community about some advice.
I plan to get into reloading possibly early next year, but wanted to see if there are any items that I should buy in person to avoid hazmat fees when ordered online. I think Cabelas and Scheels are near where will be. Was thinking powder and primers, but wanted to get some input since I am not actively reloading yet.
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Old 07-21-2018, 11:26 PM
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What are you going to load? What bullet weights do you plan to use? What is the purpose for the ammo you plan to load? We need more info before anyone can help you.

You really need to get a reloading manual and read it so you can ask an intelligent question or two. I suggest getting the Lyman #50 manual and read it. That will help you answer 90% of the common questions.
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Old 07-22-2018, 12:38 AM
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You may be better off going to Sportsman’s warehouse for supplies. Cabelas was bought out by bps a little bit ago. I went to BPS and they wanted up to $40 a lb for some powder.
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Be aware, if you go up to the counter with a bunch of stuff that offends CA, Mags, ammo and such, they will know were you are from. My local shop in Henderson will not sell.
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well after the fear mongering hype they put out prior to the end of the year. BPS and Cabellas both will not get a dime of my money.

Not to mention you can get better deal shipped then in person.

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Old 07-22-2018, 5:32 AM
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If primers and/or the powder you need for your reloads are on sale, they would be worth buying at Cabelas (or Bass Pro Shops). However I'd take Divernhunter's advice and hold off until you have the equipment you need. There's no sense saving $10/pound on an 8 lb jug of powder only to find out that it's the wrong stuff for caliber or it won't work in your gun. But when you do, I might be a willing buyer
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I would go the Scheels and see if they have any CCI primers or Hodgdon Varget in stock. Regardless what you end up reloading you can trade for just about anything.
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Our local range sells powder and primers. Prices are abput the same as powder valley. Not sure your location, but maybe check your local range?
I do find some deals here on calguns. Got a few 8 pound jugs for 75.00 and 100.00 from the market place.

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Our local range sells powder and primers. Prices are abput the same as powder valley. Not sure your location, but maybe check your local range?
I do find some deals here on calguns. Got a few 8 pound jugs for 75.00 and 100.00 from the market place.

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Usi. Concord. I bought 8 lb or tac for 166.00 otd. Primers 27 or so otd. Lead shot is cheap 37.00.
But cabelas has s and b for 20 or less when sale time.
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Usi. Concord. I bought 8 lb or tac for 166.00 otd. Primers 27 or so otd. Lead shot is cheap 37.00.
But cabelas has s and b for 20 or less when sale time.


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Those are pretty good prices.

Itís a bit of a drive for me, but I might make a day of it when I need powder or primers.


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Sheels is an awesome place. Ive heard the one in Reno is not as good as most but still far better than Bass Probelas. Decide what you are going to reload and buy for universal powders.

For .223- get cci small rifle primers and varget. Varget also works for a lot of rifle stuff, like mongoose said if nothing else you can trade it for anything.
For 9mm, .40, and .45 Winchester 231 (also hp38) are very universal and easy to use. Small pistol primers for 9mm, .40 and some .45, I prefer large primer .45.

Worst case if you do t end up reloading you should t have an issue getting most if not all your money back.
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Thank you all so much for your responses. Sorry for the lack of information. One of the 1st calibers I am looking at is 6.5 creedmoor. So I was thinking H4350 powder. I know sometimes in the past I would read about availability being low but that doesn't seem to be the case.
I haven't researched enough to know if online would be cheaper than in person which was why I was inquiring. Would probably end up doing 44 magnum for the mrs as well.
I did pick up the Lyman 50th ed. and have been reading that. I am slowly making a shopping list of all the equipment I might need. Just waiting till after Christmas to make sure the kids get gifts before dad gets his
Again thank you all for the help.
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Old 07-23-2018, 4:35 AM
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Sportsman's in Reno has a pretty good selection of reloading powder and primers.
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Old 07-23-2018, 9:28 AM
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The good news is that reloading components should be readily available for a couple more years. Iím in SoCal, but thereís a few good reloading sources fairly close to me. Iím sure thatís true up north as well.


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You don't show your location in your profile but if you're driving up or down 395 to Reno, Scheels in Sparks or Sprotsmans Warehouse in Reno are good, but if you are driving from the central valley or the bay area, you can stop at one of the 2 Sportsmans Warehouses in Sacramento (Rocklin or Rancho Cordova) and save a couple hours driving time. Primers are about $3-5 more expensive than mail order before shipping or hazmat and powder is typically $30/pound to $160-$200/8#. You can see their prices online and that's pretty much what they charge in the store.

Call ahead because availability is still not 100%
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Starting out, something like Sportsman's would be good enough. A pound of this and a box of those. Once you've settle on some loads, then something like Powder Valley to build up stock. The real savings is in bulk and online, but that's a ways down the rabbit hole.

Or keep your eye on the marketplace.
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A buddy of mine just picked up some powder at Scheels for $25/lb. My first stop next trip to Reno.
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Buy an ***-load of reloading manuals. Ignore the data for now. Read the sections regarding the theories and mechanics of reloading. Read about the pros and cons of the different types of presses and accessories available. Now you have a decent data set to compare with what you want to do. Now go shopping. If you are starting out, DON'T get any large quantities of powder, primers, or projectiles. Start off with small quantities until you get a feel for what you like. Once you figure out you like XYZ powder, pushing blah-blah bullet, with whatever primer, then start looking on sites like gunbot.net for good prices of components. It is a waste of your money to buy a large quantity of a component only to discover you hate it and have it sit in your reloading room for years.
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If you know what you need, buy as much as you can afford, sooner than later the F-N GOV will try and out law that as well.
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Thank you all so much for your responses. Sorry for the lack of information. One of the 1st calibers I am looking at is 6.5 creedmoor. .... Would probably end up doing 44 magnum for the mrs as well....
I don't think you will be loading thousands of rounds a year for either of these calibers. I would wait and get the powder, primers etc. once you have the rest of the stuff. Standard powders and primers should be available locally.
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Get 8 lbs jug of powders & 5,000 ct primers for each caliber. Save it for the rainy day if you don't shoot all that much. That rainy day could be, as soon as, November. Get my drift? Sportman's warehouse has decent prices. I always drop by to get little knick knacks in Redding when I can. Save your good stuff for the rainy day. Get your trigger time in with your reloads.
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SCHEELS is the place!!!!
By far better then bass, cabelas and sportsman,
Prices are the same or lower selection is awesome and the staff are share holders.
I always try and stop by.
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