Do you know the “real” scoop on the current powder shortage we’re going through? I have been looking for shotgun powder for about 6 months and haven’t found a thing out there.
I’m a sporting clays shooter and usually go through 12 to 15 pounds of powder a year. I live between Colorado Springs and Denver. There are two Cabela’s, two Bass Pro Shops, two Sportsman’s Warehouses, one Gander Mountain, and a couple of independent gun stores within 30 miles of my home. None of them have shotgun powders.
I check the websites of Ballistic Products, Brownell’s, Gamaliel Shooting Supplies, Graf & Sons, Natchez, Midway USA, Precision Reloading, Connie’s Components, Lohman Arms, Powder Valley, Selway Armory, 3rd Generation, Widener’s, and Butch’s Reloading several times a week. I also check the GunBot website a couple of times a day—same story, no shotgun powders.
I emailed both Hodgdon and Alliant a couple of months ago. Hodgdon didn’t reply but Alliant assured me they are making and shipping powder 24/7. I just find that hard to believe based on the fact I can’t find any powder, anywhere.
I’m not a conspiracy theorist and don’t believe the Feds are behind this shortage, but I’m starting to wonder. Unless every reloader out there is buying everything they can find and hoarding hundreds of pounds of powder each, there’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to find powder on dealers’ shelves.
What do you think?
Re the powder shortage, when I went to the SHOT show this past winter I made a point of visiting the Hodgdon and Alliant booths to ask about it. Representatives from both companies told me emphatically that they were producing as much powder as ever, that the gummint was not buying up huge chunks of it to limit ammunition availability and that they felt that it was simply a case of hoarding and the panic buying it produces.
I tend to believe them. Hoarding and panic buying was certainly the case for black rifles and pistols over the past few years. Now the supply is more than ample. Ditto metallic cartridges. For a while you couldn’t find a 9mm or 45 cartridge to save your self. You heard all sorts of rumors, but now supply is pretty good. Except for .22 rimfire at the moment.
Many ask why the powder companies don’t build more facilities to meet the demand. It wouldn’t make sense. If it is hoarding and panic buying, as they believe, the bubble will have to burst when even the hoarders get satisfied. Then the market will crash, as it always does after panic buying, and the new facilities will stand idle. Remember, powder usage hasn’t really gone up. We aren’t shooting noticeably more shells than we have in the previous years. If usage remains the same and stockpiling is high, sooner or later demand has to come down. Then it will come way down while those stockpiles are being used up. Has to be. Got to be. At least, that’s what my somewhat foggy crystal ball tells me.
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