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Old 05-06-2007, 5:21 PM
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Default Southern California reloading components?

Where's the best place to buy components in SoCal for handgun or rifle? I remember going to Bowers in LA when I was loading shotgun shells years ago (not sure if they're even open still) and it was the best for prices and supply.
Just getting back into it and I know there has to be a better place than Turners?
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Old 05-06-2007, 5:25 PM
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Not in LA, but the place I'd go to in SoCal if I need reloading components in a pinch would be Fowler's Gun Room and The Stockade.
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Old 05-06-2007, 5:34 PM
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I'm not in LA . I just mentioned I used to go there for stuff. I'm in Corona I'll check into those suggestions. Thanks
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Ok, you're basically in my area.

There isn't really a place in Corona/Riverside that I would recommend for reloading supplies. If it's an emergency, I'll go to Centerfire Firearms or Turners. For me, an emergency is I have a match in a couple days and I'm out of a specific powder for my match load. But an emergency rarely ever happens -- last time I had this happen was 2 years ago when I needed some 30cal 175gr Sierra Match Kings for an informal prone long range match.
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I buy bits and pieces when I see them, but mainly mail order and gunshow prices are best--seen some decent used stuff from time to time.

I'll buy a bag of 100 locally to see how it shoots and feeds when I have some money in my pocket.
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Fowler's and the Stockade used to be OK, and pretty much still are except for prices. I use mail order almost exclusively now. For powder and primers set up a group buy for your local area. Prices aren't all that good with shipping and all, but it beats getting out in SoKal traffic just to find out they really didn't have what you asked for on the phone.
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Old 05-07-2007, 6:44 AM
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Midway and Powder Valley online, the cost of travel and wasted time is worth the shipping, plus no sales tax.
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Fowler's and the Stockade used to be OK, and pretty much still are except for prices. I use mail order almost exclusively now. For powder and primers set up a group buy for your local area. Prices aren't all that good with shipping and all, but it beats getting out in SoKal traffic just to find out they really didn't have what you asked for on the phone.
Fowler's and The Stockade have a decent price on 1lb cannisters (usually $21 per lb). That is comparable to the gun show ($20 per lb) and is a great price if it's an emergency and you need powder for a match.

The thing about Fowler's and The Stockade is also their selection. They carry pretty much everything to cover your needs.
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midway and Graff and sons. Use graff and sons for powder, creedmore sports for bullets and midway for equitment.
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I love Creedmoor and a buy pretty much all my High Power equipment from them, but there are better buys for bullets than Creedmoor.

If you look at Powder Valley, they have excellent prices on competition/match grade rifle bullets and their Lapua brass prices are also good. Oh, and they sell powder, too (which is where I get my powder).
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Located next to Angeles shooting range.

http://www.reloadingstore.com/
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That place is worst than Fowlers. Online with group buys is the only way to go, if your in So Cal.
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Anybody up for a group buy? I see that Powder Valley has Ramshot TAC for 77.95 for a 8lb jug. I am in for 16lbs. of TAC. I guess it's on sale for a limited time. I may need some primers also.
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I'm up for one. I was going to get 5000 of the large pistol primers. Likely some other stuff as well.
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Bowers moved out of LA about 15 years ago. The location was getting to rough even if you had a CCW. They relocated to OC but the competion from places like B&E, B&B and Turners was to much. They only lasted a few years and went out of business. The Stockade and Fowlers have the best selection for reloading in OC.
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I dont remember the website but there was a guy near El Monte who sold 62 grain bullets at a reasonable price and I think they made them, I will see if I can find the webite.
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I dont remember the website but there was a guy near El Monte who sold 62 grain bullets at a reasonable price and I think they made them, I will see if I can find the webite.
Golden West Brass or a different vendor?
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I picked up an 8lb keg of Bullseye and 5000 large pistol primers from Bermans in San Bernardino for like 260 after tax.

Its on 6th street and tippecanoe.
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I think one of the guys at my club mentioned Berman's. Do they stock Vihtavouri powder?
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I think one of the guys at my club mentioned Berman's. Do they stock Vihtavouri powder?
I'm going to try their 310 with a 200gr swc and see how she does. Saw a thread over at 1911 that it was working well in 45acp.
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Call Hawk at 951-898-9813. He a regular at Raahaugues and supplies most of the shooters there. As for Fowlers and the Stockage, if you're made of money, they might be a good option to get reloading supplies.
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I think one of the guys at my club mentioned Berman's. Do they stock Vihtavouri powder?
You'd be hard pressed to find any VV. I switched to WST.
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I'm going to try their 310 with a 200gr swc and see how she does. Saw a thread over at 1911 that it was working well in 45acp.
Works GREAT! Softest shooting, consistent, meters well and clean. I'm loading under both moly RN and JFP 200gr and love the load.
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You'd be hard pressed to find any VV. I switched to WST.
VV is still available if you know where to get it.

The supply issue should resolve itself in the next several months once the new Vihtavouri/Lapua importers/distributors for the US (Hodgdon, Grafs) kick into gear.

Anyway, the only reason I was asking if Berman's stocks Vihtavouri is because my friend at my club specifically said the place in SB stocked VV and I was trying to correlate if Berman's was the place he was referring to.
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If you don't mind driving to Covina you should check out Phillips Wholesale.He caters primarily to shotgun shooters, but he has a good amount of rifle and pistol components too.Good prices,if he doesn't have a powder you need, he can usually get it in a week.Good guy to business with.

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He's usually there on the days he's closed, call first.
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if anyone need's any reloading stuff from powder valley, and if your around the 818 area check out this thread

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s...199#post613199
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Call Hawk at 951-898-9813. He a regular at Raahaugues and supplies most of the shooters there. As for Fowlers and the Stockage, if you're made of money, they might be a good option to get reloading supplies.

Every high volume reloader I know has bought components from Hawk.

I mail order powder in BULK to save a couple nickels, but if you buy 1# containers or one 4# at a time, or buy primers a few thousand at a time instead of a few sleeves at at time...
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I think one of the guys at my club mentioned Berman's. Do they stock Vihtavouri powder?
You know, I have no idea.
Here is there info
24712 E. 6th St.
San Bernadino, CA 92410
(909)888-5836


Don't they sell components at IF&G?

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powder and primers i usually buy in bulk or if im in a hurry from the reloading store in angeles ranges.

bullets i cast my own or i buy on ebay.
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+1 on Phillips Wholesale. Good selection and good prices; as CamW said, he will order for you if he doesn't have it.
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