Originally Posted by Bucks n Ducks
Benchracer, Where do you live?
Unfortunately the retail stores in my area of Northern California have been completely bare.
Maybe supply is catching up I'll have to hit the highway and start looking again.
Thanks for the RL 17 heads up, someone else just recommended that powder as well.
I have seen and purchased Retumbo, H4350, and RL-17 in Nebraska (where I live) and Kentucky (where I visited friends), in February and March. While in Kentucky, I also saw a few places that had pretty much the full line of Winchester ball powders. Cabela's in Omaha had gotten some powders in during the month of April. They even had IMR 8208XBR, which surprised me a bit.
With the exception of Cabela's and Scheel's in Omaha, most of what I saw on the shelf was in smaller shops as opposed to the big box stores. Powder could be found, one just had to cast a bit wider net than usual.
As for the situation in northern California, it is conceivable that the sheer population there may be working against you. Who knows? If you have occasion to travel to some of the more out of the way places there or if you travel to some of the more lightly populated neighboring states, it may be worth it to keep a sharp eye out for reloading supplies.