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Old October 17, 2002, 03:46 PM   #1
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Components from gun shows

I will be ordering a RCBS Rockchucker tomorrow from Midway along with some brass, dies, and shell holder. I have been looking around locally for powder and primers as I do not want to pay $20 Hazmat fees. The Eastman's show comes once every two months or so, and I always see reloading vendors there. Do you find good deals on powder and primers (new stuff) at gun shows or is the $20 Hazmat fee worth it?

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Old October 17, 2002, 04:08 PM   #2
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I buy almost all of my components, including cases, bullets, power, and primers, at gunshows.

The prices are good enough, with no hazmat fee, that it's well worth it.
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Old October 17, 2002, 05:18 PM   #3
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Same here. No extra fee for powder and primers, no extra shipping for 40 pounds of bullets. Plus the UPS driver doesn't glare at me so much.
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Old October 17, 2002, 05:27 PM   #4
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I usually buy at gun shows - - -

Prices are better, no HazMat fees, and I can give vent to impulse buying!

If I know I need quite a few bullets and other heavy stuff, I bring along a collapsible luggage dolly and stash it at a friend's table. I go to the vendors and make my purchases, and they are usually happy to hold for a while. When I'm about ready to leave, I make my rounds, pick up my goodies, and leave. Saves wagging a buncha heavy stuff around the show with me. Also, I'd just as soon not carry several thousand primers in my back pack through several hours of the show.

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Old October 17, 2002, 06:01 PM   #5
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Sadly, the local fire department put an end to the sale of powder and primers at our gun shows. Said it was too great a fire hazard in case of a fire and that a fireman might be hurt.

Wonder what will happen to that fireman when the place catches fire and all the LOADED ammo sold there goes up!?
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Old October 18, 2002, 08:28 AM   #6
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[Wonder what will happen to that fireman when the place catches fire and all the LOADED ammo sold there goes up!?]


Just about the same thing that would have happened if the place had all the powder and primersin there as well!

The NRA did a study several years ago about ammo and fires and found that it posed little additional danger in a house fire. This assumed that the ammo was not in a firearm! A loaded firearm in a fire will function (more times offten than not) as though someone had pulled the trigger. Further, a simi-auto firearm of all steel construction could possibly fire off the entire magazine one after another, or until it malfunctions.

Burning powder and popping primers in a gunshow on fire environment pose virtually no hazard grater than a hotter burning fire and Mom's old admonition that "that thing'll put your eye out if your not more careful"!

Sorry, but the Fire Marshal is being a [email protected] and likely getting off flexing his political muscle.

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Old October 18, 2002, 09:40 AM   #7
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I buy primers only at shows, local shops' prices are much higher. I tend to buy powder there too, as I can pretty much find whatever I want somewhere, at a reasonable price. There are even some reasonable deals on bullets, not great though.
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