Then & Now

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mashburn posted this 2 weeks ago

While loading some .357 Mag rounds for my Grandson I needed to open another pound of Titegroup powder. I did a double take when I started to unscrew the lid and saw the price tag. Guess what, it was $$16.95. I remember when I thought the $16.95 price was way out of line, and folks that price has not been long ago. In those days when powder prices had started going up, you could still walk in the store and buy it, there were no shortages.

Mashburn

David a. Cogburn

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Ken Campbell Iowa posted this 2 weeks ago

i only load H4831 in full power loads, mostly in my 257 Weatherby or 7mm Rem Express ..

therefore I still have about 25 pounds of that good stuff ... paid 50 cents a pound for it in 1958 or so ...

yep, i was considering some modern powders from Midway ... yikes, over $50 ...plus shipping ...

i estimate that even allowing for inflation, it is still overpriced ...  probably some Sin Tax in there somewhere.

ken, in Still Free Iowa

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RicinYakima posted this 2 weeks ago

David, what do you want me to say? There is a fixed capacity of manufacturing, you don't build a powder plant only looking at selling for 20 years. Every manufacturing plant in the world is wanting powder to make ammo for the wars going one. You think they are going to make powder for the few thousand people in the US that reload ammo? NOT! Get real, this is the global economy. 

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Aaron posted this 2 weeks ago

I know what you mean! It seems that powders went from $15/lb to $19/lb, then $24/lb, then shortly thereafter $30/lb. Now those same powders are $64/lb. That is what is called statistical significance and is NOT normal price increasing over time. If I had the data, I would plot the price increases over time and show the stunning increase in the last few years. Same goes for primers and to some degree, other components and tools like bullet molds.

Folks keep saying this is normal supply and demand pricing. NOPE. Not buying that argument. If that were the case, the market will flood with product and prices will decrease. Anyone seen that yet?

Well I am way out on a limb and speculating so I had better zip my yap. Just saying......

 

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RicinYakima posted this 2 weeks ago

Well, I remember the great 22 LR shortage of a few years ago. The local Bi-Mart has bricks of 22 LR for $14.99 this week. FWIW

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sluggo posted this 2 weeks ago

Even though powder companies are supplying everyone else in the world with powder i don't see why the price has almost tripled here. Its not like their giving it away to to the big ammo makers. I don't see any of the powder makers in financial trouble. I smell greed.

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RicinYakima posted this 2 weeks ago

Known as profit in our capitalist system, not a bad thing if you are invested and own shares in their stock. If you are just a consumer, yes it will hurt. 

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Glaciers posted this 2 weeks ago

But a Capitalist system will, if not over regulated, bring down prices as well.  

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Ed Harris posted this 2 weeks ago

If people quit panic buying and hoarding at inflated prices, the price would come down.

73 de KE4SKY In Home Mix We Trust From the Home of Ed's Red in "Almost Heaven" West Virginia

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RicinYakima posted this 2 weeks ago

Went to the hardware store today and looked at their stock of powders. Accurate double base powders were $30 a pound, single base was $44 a pound. Hodgeon powders were $64 a pound. Don't see any rhyme or reason to that. Oh, no limit on what they had available.  

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