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    Heads up for Blue dot shooters

    I recently noticed the price of a jug of Bluedot was only $70 as I was ordering from Powder Valley. Naturally I bought 5 jugs. It turns out the reason is that Alliant changed from 5 pound jugs, to 4 pound jugs. Luckily that works out to the same price of powder as before, so no big worries.

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    "New and Improved".

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    Is it just me here. Or has anyone else noticed lowering prices on powder?

    I bought Power Pistol and unique they other day just over 21$ a pound.
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    I think the hoarding that took place during and immediately after the last administration has caught up.

    Guys are starting to look at their stash and deciding they may have a lifetime supply.

    I don't have any data to back this up, but I suspect component sales are down.

    Not unlike the 2 boxes of 22 lr limitations of 8 years ago to the "we will carry how ever many you want to buy to your car for you" of today.
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    It seems to me, that if Alliant makes a profit at $70 for 4 lb jug, that they were kinda gouging us when it was $125 for 5 lbs just a short while back??? I bought it anyway, so I wouldn’t be caught without. ( like last time) . I agree about looking at your stash.

    Yeah, now they have buckets of .22lr at a respectable price!!!!! Funny how that works,huh????
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    I didnt go crazy on LR... but I have a couple Rem buckets and few mixed Winchester 333/Fed automatch.

    Powders I only stocked on big popular universal use powders.

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    What's really concerning is I was just looking at an old receipt I found from 2005. A bag of Lawrence lead shot was $25, and a single pound of bluedot was $18. This was a pickup in store order from ballistic products. At this very moment Lead shot is actually down from it's spike to $55-$60 down to around $45. And I just paid $17.50 per pound for Bluedot. Hey, take a win when you can.

    You can't be too careful anyway, so I think I have enough Bluedot to last me at least 5 years, probably closer to 10 now. I just need to stock on more primers and I'll be set for the 2020 election year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Budzilla 19 View Post
    It seems to me, that if Alliant makes a profit at $70 for 4 lb jug, that they were kinda gouging us when it was $125 for 5 lbs just a short while back??? I bought it anyway, so I wouldn’t be caught without. ( like last time) . I agree about looking at your stash.

    Yeah, now they have buckets of .22lr at a respectable price!!!!! Funny how that works,huh????
    It probably wasn’t Alliant that collected the profit. It was more likely a distributor or the retailer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by megasupermagnum View Post
    What's really concerning is I was just looking at an old receipt I found from 2005. A bag of Lawrence lead shot was $25, and a single pound of bluedot was $18. This was a pickup in store order from ballistic products. At this very moment Lead shot is actually down from it's spike to $55-$60 down to around $45. And I just paid $17.50 per pound for Bluedot. Hey, take a win when you can.

    You can't be too careful anyway, so I think I have enough Bluedot to last me at least 5 years, probably closer to 10 now. I just need to stock on more primers and I'll be set for the 2020 election year.
    The lead price appears to be more a function of the commodity price of lead, driven by industrial use and commodity trading speculation. When shot went over $50 a bag the future's price were if IIRC, over $1.60 a pound. It's currently right at a buck a pound.

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    Still, it took a very long time to climb all the way to $25, then boom. It more than doubled to $55+ in what seemed like 5 years. It has barely come down. For a while, Fleet farm was asking $62 per bag.

    So lead shot more than doubled, and shotgun shell's maybe went up $1 per box. I seem to remember the cheapest ammo running $4 a box, and now it's around $5. Even Eagle brand garbage shot doesn't break you even for reloading cheap target shotgun shells. You either A. have to have a source of cheap reclaimed shot and load a ton of shells, or B. have a source of free lead and make your own shot.

    Something just isn't right about the lead shot prices. Supply and demand I guess, but who in their right mind is loading ammo that costs more than an equally performing factory load? I ran a couple thousand last year just to try and get rid of some of my wads and unwanted hulls. It still makes sense to load hunting loads which regularly run $15+ a box, yet it seems #7.5-#9 shot is what is still selling best.

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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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