Powder shortage? - The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-17-2018, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
Hooked on HuntingPa
miller17015's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: central pa
Posts: 273
Back To Top
Powder shortage?

I stopped at bass pro sunday and there was only 3 bottles of powders left none of which I use and then of course the bulk bottle like AR comp. I was down a few weeks before and couldnt find any of the brands i wanted either has anyone else noticed this? Is there a reason behind it are ppl stocking up or am i just getting there when the shelves are bare before they restock? I would hate to have to order it online and pay the 25$ shipping fee

From September to April my world revolves around hunting the rest is preseason.
miller17015 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-17-2018, 11:08 AM
Regular Member
bad primer's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: SE PA
Posts: 1,810
Back To Top
the local gun shops I go to have no problems with any powder at this time.

I was told the Vihtauori powders will be scarce due to a large price increase and
the distributors will not stock much of it.

NRA life member
DU member
bad primer is offline  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-17-2018, 05:59 PM
Regular Member
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Phila, & Susq. Co.
Posts: 1,525
Back To Top
Not to hijack your thread but what about primers. My buddy reloads for me and is having a hard time finding federal 210 rifle primers

Life Member NRA
joe8768 is online now  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-17-2018, 07:34 PM
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: 15065
Posts: 4,434
Back To Top
When you reload you must buy powder,primers,bullets and cases for two years (minimum) in the future.I have over 5000 primers,1000's of bullets ,over 20 pounds of power and several 100 cases for the calibers I reload for.I also have lead to make my own bullets if needed.Looking when you need it is too late all too often.I don't know any shops in your area but if I were you and the original thread starter I would be making some calls.
willyp likes this.

Bob Seger,till it shines.
Hiamovi is online now  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-17-2018, 07:38 PM
The Man
Dogface's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Sullivan County or SEPA
Posts: 8,690
Back To Top
Originally Posted by joe8768 View Post
Not to hijack your thread but what about primers. My buddy reloads for me and is having a hard time finding federal 210 rifle primers

If you need some let me know. I just passed on 2000. They may still be available.
Dogface is online now  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-17-2018, 10:43 PM
Frequent Contributor
ROVERT's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Southcentral PA
Posts: 552
Back To Top
You're shopping at the wrong place for components. I haven't gone looking for anything recently but when I do, Bass Pro is the last place I look. The price is typically high and the selection low. Three cans of powder is low even for them but I wouldn't ever jump to a shortage conclusion based on what is on their shelves. If you're buying a reasonable amount of powder, you could recover that hazmat fee easily. The last time I looked at powder there I seem to recall it was $37/pound. Other reasonably local shops sell as low as $21/pound.

A quick look at powder valley tells me there is no current shortage. There are a few powders unavailable. H4350 is currently unobtainium due to all of the Kool aid drinkers, I mean Creedmor shooters. I would suggest shopping elsewhere within driving distance or use an online retailer like powder valley.
USAF_SP and Dogface like this.
ROVERT is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-18-2018, 04:07 AM
Regular Member
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Central PA
Posts: 1,429
Back To Top
Components of various kinds are hard to find because of supply and demand. Right now some Berger bullets are hard to find because they are moving into a new plant. Best local price and selection for components is Shydas.
USAF_SP and nomad_archer like this.

stoolshooter is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-18-2018, 07:54 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Chester County, PA
Posts: 11,507
Back To Top
Maybe you should consider taking a supply run to Shyda's in Lebanon? They are well stocked, like in VERY WELL stocked in reloading supplies.
Dogface and nomad_archer like this.

Good night Chesty, wherever you are......
jimsdad is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-18-2018, 09:48 AM
Frequent Contributor
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Shippensburg, Michaux and 4B
Posts: 965
Back To Top
Go to ACRI's in mechanicsburg. Its maybe 15 minutes from Bass Pro. Hes a top notch guy who runs a shop out of his basement. He never jacked up his prices during the shortage after newtown and he has probably every single kind of powder/primers you can think off.

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
burninghxcsoul is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-18-2018, 09:59 AM
Part of the Community
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: wish I was back in pa
Posts: 196
Back To Top
Most places like Bass Pro, Cabelas and such are out of tune with a lot of things in reloading. They also don't stock a lot because they usually buy in large quantity. They could end up with some less popular powders that could sit forever on the shelf. As was said earlier, buy in quantity. Watch for deals too, sometimes you can buy and have shipped with the hazmat fee free or shipping free. I probably am stocked up enough for my grandkids to use when they are my age. I must have a real addiction!
Dogface likes this.
avg joe is online now  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome