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

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    Boolit Buddy SODAPOPMG's Avatar
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    does anybody buy surplus/pulldown powder anymore and why?

    i have purchased hundreds of pounds of pulldown surplus in the past but anymore the price of it is the same as new commercial powders
    and now that the new manufactured commercial powders are readily available why spend good money on old pulldown powder?
    am i missing something?
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    In my opinion, you aren't missing anything. If the prices and availability are the same, or nearly so, I would always buy new powder.

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    have to agree. I used to buy LOTS of it. Anymore its hard to find and when you do its so close to the price of new commercial powder its hardly worth working up loads with it just to find that 2 years from now you cant get it anymore and have to start over with a different powder. Now if it returned to half the price of commercial id be buying a bunch of it. sure wish I could get some more pr200,wc820, 844 and 846. thought I had a lifetime supply of all of them but its all gone but a couple jugs of 820.
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    wc844 and 846 in stock at gibrass , 844 is $99 a 8lb jug may not be 1/2 the price of new but it is still a considerable saving . As I had used the last of my older 844 I was glad to find this , Yes I would love to get wc820 again and rvo62 and some of the others .

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    Isn't RVO-62 essentially WC 860? If so, searching for WC 860 may turn up something: Pat's Reloading? Bartlett's?

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    I bought a lot of surplus years ago and still do when I find it at a reasonable price. I won't pay anything close to commercial powder prices, thats just silly!

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    I have seen it referenced as h-870 and other guesses , guess it depends what lot one bought at what time ,and it has been awhile since I loaded it up have h-870 and some of the other 50 bmg and 20mm and 50 spotter powders am at work so can not look on loads for 30-06 to see which surplus I was loading it with in the 90's , I agree I will not pay close to new powder price either , though the wc844 for $99 8lb is a good buy and I suggest getting it while its available .

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    The last I bought was two years ago.

    I bought 110 pounds of WC 844 for 9 dollars a pound.

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    Rvo 62 was faster I believe.
    RVO data sheet put it in the 4831 speed range.
    Still have some.

    Luckily I bought enough when it was still "cheap powder" to last me til that final range day.
    Course if I don't get off my duff and shoot more my widow will be wondering what to do with it and all my real reloading frinendsare even older so they will be gone on not in need.
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    RVO-62 was surplus WC872

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    I buy it when I can get it delivered to Konb Creek. If I can duck the hazmat and the shipping, it is an even better deal. Its a pain sometimes to get it back to the car but I manage. I also do this w bullets and brass when there is opportunity. Hi Tech or Pats Reloading both will let u pick up and cash pay or pre pay in my experience. My biggest buy (although not from either Hi Tech or Pats) was a few years ago on a 100 lb drum of new WCC 868 for my .50s @ $5/lb. That was fun to handle.

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    You can still buy seven pounds of IMR7383 from gibrass.com for $65. That’s a pretty good deal if you can use it.
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