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Old 11-28-2010, 10:48 AM
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Im going to be reloading 40 S&W here soon and was wondering If i should pickup some primers or powder at the gun show so that I can save myself hazmat fees. However Im not entirely sure which to get anybody have any suggestions?
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Old 11-28-2010, 11:08 AM
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get a book about reloading look up various powder mfg on the web winchester and hodgons have a good site it will show loads and what bullet and powder to use. save your brass
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Old 11-28-2010, 11:44 AM
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It depends on the amount of powder and primers that you want to buy. If you are going to buy powder 1LB and primers (one brick) at a time then it might be cheaper to buy at the show.

Go to PowderValleyinc.com and look up how much it will cost you with shipping and HM fees to get the amount of powder and primers that you need. That way when you get to the show you can see what the prices are there and make an informed choice.
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If you aren't experienced in reloading yet, I would not go to a gun show to pick up components yet. A brick of 1000 primers can be pretty easily found locally for $30 and a pound of pistol powder goes for $15-$20. That's over a 1000 round of reloads for your 40 S&W. Plenty to learn with and you really don't need to go out to find 10k primers or 8# of pistol powder when you haven't found your favorite load yet.

Don't they have stores in SoCal that sell at that price? It's pretty easy to find those small quantity prices in NoCal/Nevada.

Do your homework and maybe you can find projectiles or brass cheaply at a gun show, but those are also fairly easy to find locally without paying for shipping or gun show entrance fees.
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A brick of 1000 primers can be pretty easily found locally for $30 and a pound of pistol powder goes for $15-$20.
I thought "a brick" of primers was 5000 each primers.

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Old 11-29-2010, 10:54 AM
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anybody know of any places in the OC to get powder and primers?
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A brick is 1000.
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A brick is 1000.
Wouldn't 1000 be a "cobblestone"?

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Let's compromise. A "case" is 5000 primers. Let's call 1,000 a "cobblestone".

Now that powder and primers are back in stock, I buy all mine at the gun show, even when I buy in larger quantities. No HAZMAT, you can take it home that day, and prices tend to be pretty comparable to on-line.

And yes, a couple of good reloading manuals is an EXCELLENT idea!
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I buy all my primers and powder primarily to avoid the Hazmat BS, but there can be good deals at gun shows. At the last local gun show I went to I bought some Winchester SP primers for a little over $25/1000 out the door, with tax, admission and parking figured in.
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Load-X had a decent deal on primers at the San Jose show - basically $100 for 5,000 Wolf primers (rifle and pistol - didn't get the P/N's). Wish I would have brought more money with me.

I picked up some powder and primers from Discount Shooters Supply out of Roseville last Sunday (yesterday - 11/28)-
http://www.discountshooterssupply.com/

I think they can consider me a regular customer now. Liked the booth - liked the person working the booth too. Made all of the difference in the show to me.
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yeah the discount guys are helpful and have a decent powder supply
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The Wolf primers are now marketed under the TulAmmo name. The actual manufacturer in Russia (Murot) is the same. They go bang very well and are priced quite nicely.
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still nobody near OC that sells powder? Now you see why I wanted to get some from the gunshow.
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still nobody near OC that sells powder? Now you see why I wanted to get some from the gunshow.
you can make a run up the 15 to bass pro, or you can run westward to ammo brothers, or hit up your local turners, there's a couple other gun stores that are poorly advertised whose names i don't recall at the moment, one of which was amazingly well supplied on reloading gear. I wish I could remember, because their selection was rather surprising.

You've got uptions in the OC. even if bass pro is out of the way (about 45 minutes drive from the OC last I did it with little traffic), the ammo bros down in cerritos is usually priced well, and can even be haggled with to a small degree.

Don't assume that if the powder's not on the shelf, they don't carry it. Most gunstores I've been to have it locked up, and do very little to advertise its presence.
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you can make a run up the 15 to bass pro, or you can run westward to ammo brothers, or hit up your local turners, there's a couple other gun stores that are poorly advertised whose names i don't recall at the moment, one of which was amazingly well supplied on reloading gear. I wish I could remember, because their selection was rather surprising.

You've got uptions in the OC. even if bass pro is out of the way (about 45 minutes drive from the OC last I did it with little traffic), the ammo bros down in cerritos is usually priced well, and can even be haggled with to a small degree.

Don't assume that if the powder's not on the shelf, they don't carry it. Most gunstores I've been to have it locked up, and do very little to advertise its presence.
Are you thinking of Field Time in Westminister?

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you can make a run up the 15 to bass pro, or you can run westward to ammo brothers, or hit up your local turners, there's a couple other gun stores that are poorly advertised whose names i don't recall at the moment, one of which was amazingly well supplied on reloading gear. I wish I could remember, because their selection was rather surprising.

You've got uptions in the OC. even if bass pro is out of the way (about 45 minutes drive from the OC last I did it with little traffic), the ammo bros down in cerritos is usually priced well, and can even be haggled with to a small degree.

Don't assume that if the powder's not on the shelf, they don't carry it. Most gunstores I've been to have it locked up, and do very little to advertise its presence.
In Rancho Cucamonga...nice people, high prices and not much selection of powders. They have it locked in a big closet....mostly Rifle powders. No Tight Group, no Longshot, no AA #7 (which is what I was looking for)..they did have one pound of UNIQUE...which I have already.

I also wanted some .400 boolits.....all they had was some real nice looking
Hornady 180GR XTPs in 100 packs for about $26 out the door. Bought one only.

One thing Bass Pro did have and even the salesman said is was RARE...

They had some Remington 10MM in 50 bullet boxes for $26.99

First 10mm range ammo I've seen here in Southern California in a long time.

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In Rancho Cucamonga...nice people, high prices and not much selection of powders. They have it locked in a big closet....mostly Rifle powders. No Tight Group, no Longshot, no AA #7 (which is what I was looking for)..they did have one pound of UNIQUE...which I have already.

I also wanted some .400 boolits.....all they had was some real nice looking
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One thing Bass Pro did have and even the salesman said is was RARE...

They had some Remington 10MM in 50 bullet boxes for $26.99

First 10mm range ammo I've seen here in Southern California in a long time.

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Bass pro has been picking up their game IN A BIG WAY on ammo selection. They've almost always got some 10mm when I go, and .460 and a much wider selection of "premium" ammos.

Ammo bros has 10mm factory, and 10mm reloads (although I'm pretty sure they treat them like .40 S&W from what a friend tells me).
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Powder Valley's sale is still on. Just checked. Free hazmat, free shipping, if you buy 10,000 Tula primers. I have used these primers and can attest that they go bang reliably.

In light of AB 962, one can never have too many primers.
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The Wolf primers are now marketed under the TulAmmo name. The actual manufacturer in Russia (Murot) is the same. They go bang very well and are priced quite nicely.
Unless you get a bad lot.

I've gone through 3 cases of Wolf small pistol. Two worked just fine, one has failures at the rate of 4 or 5 per 50.

They're the cheapest, but you can end up with a bad lot.

When buying Wolf... SAVE YOUR RECEIPT! The company will give you a replacement order (pretty good customer service), but only if you have kept your receipt.
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I would get the primers at the gun show. You save about 6 bucks per 1K compared to the stores.....

Powder you can get at local stores.....1 pound at a time, until you figure out what load you like and are going to stay with. Then hit the shows or online stores......





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Im going to be reloading 40 S&W here soon and was wondering If i should pickup some primers or powder at the gun show so that I can save myself hazmat fees. However Im not entirely sure which to get anybody have any suggestions?
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Yeah I'm thinking of trying out some unique And whatever small Pistol primers I can lay my hands on for cheap.
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The Wolf primers are now marketed under the TulAmmo name. The actual manufacturer in Russia (Murot) is the same. They go bang very well and are priced quite nicely.
Unless you get a bad lot.

I've gone through 3 cases of Wolf small pistol. Two worked just fine, one has failures at the rate of 4 or 5 per 50.

They're the cheapest, but you can end up with a bad lot.

When buying Wolf... SAVE YOUR RECEIPT! The company will give you a replacement order (pretty good customer service), but only if you have kept your receipt.
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