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Thread: does anybody buy surplus/pulldown powder anymore and why?

  1. #21
    Boolit Master

    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    I’ve purchase 9 different powders over the past 15 years or so…

    I’ve found uses for all of them, especially the WC-844. I’ve gone through almost three-8 pound jugs of it. WC-852 has been good for several cast boolits, especially in my 30-30’s. And WC-820, AA#9S and WC-680 for handgun rounds. The super slow burners, WC-860 and WC-872 for full-case larger case capacity cast boolit loads. (Dirty, but still worthwhile). And even 5010-PD—but not really much good. IMR-7383 is THE powder I have found the best for the 6.8mm SPC using the NOE 279-124-FN…

    Prices are much higher today and there doesn’t seem to be the selection anymore. Friends and I would purchase six 8 pound kegs at a time and not pay Hazmet…

    Oh well, days gone by…


  2. #22
    Boolit Mold
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    I have a bunch of 7383 and wc860 left enough to last my lifetime as I think I will give up magnums over the next 10-15 yrs

  3. #23
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    New Jersey
    I could never find any surplus powders but I recently purchased 2 different Vectan powders GM3 and A0 on sale for $14.50 /0.5kg (about 1.1lb). Ends up around $13/lb and you dont have to buy in large quantities. I got couple to try with free hazmat sale which I thought was a good deal. Sale was at https://www.natchezss.com/ but its over now sorry.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check