Originally Posted by loaders_loft
Its the same thing with powder. Last week I sent an email to Hodgdon's, telling them I can't find their products anywhere - what's going on?
No response yet....
Here's the response from Hodgdon's. Obviously they have been getting lots of questions. Its a reasonable response and I thanked him for the info.
By the way, I did find some H4831sc locally, last weekend for $30/Lb. Ouch!
I can't find your products anywhere locally or online. Everybody is
sold out, not even taking orders.
What is going on?
Why is there a powder shortage and when will it end?
The answers are really quite simple. On the second Tuesday of November
2008, there was a general election in the United States. At that time,
a liberal government was elected by the majority of voting Americans.
On the second Wednesday of November 2008, some of our fellow shooters
went on a panic driven rampage to purchase all of the powder, primers,
bullets, brass, ammo and guns that they could afford. Soon, word spread
person to person and on the internet of this panic buying and still more
shooters ran to join in without giving serious thought to the amount of
product they were purchasing. Before the end of November, the
distribution pipeline was empty and demand was outstripping supply. In
response, we have ordered all of the powder possible to be made in the
three smokeless powder plants which supply our needs. They have been
working at maximum capacity since that time. There is no more capacity
to make powder. We are currently making all burn speeds of Hodgdon, IMR
and Winchester powders. We are shipping those powders as soon as they
can be packaged. We are shipping every day. There is no more capacity
to ship powder as there are only so many truck lines that will take gun
powder and only so many drivers licensed to transport Haz-Mat.
Some will ask why we do not build more plants. The answer is simple,
time, cost and return. There is no time to build the plant before this
panic buying is over, the cost would be many millions of dollars and the
return on investment would probably not be present at all.
There is no vast government conspiracy. The military is not buying up
all of the powder and other components. We are not withholding powder
from the market to push the price up. No ships carrying powder are
being held hostage by pirates. There are no taggants going into the
powder. There is no magic chemical we are being forced to include in
the powder which would shorten the shelf life to a few months.
When will it end and powder become available again? Who knows? We have
not found it possible to determine the end of this buying and hoarding
as purchasing is being driven by emotion, not need or logic. Your guess
is as good as ours when this will end.
Certainly some caution should be in place in regard to this
administration and gun control measures. Even buying a little extra in
the way of components is OK, just do not go crazy. Remember, at this
time, there is no legislation in place which is a danger to your ability
to buy powder or to shoot.
Do not pay crazy prices for powder, bullets, primers, etc at gun shows.
Just be patient and powder will come to your local store.
Customer Satisfaction Manager
The Hodgdon Family of fine prpellants:
Hodgdon Powder Company
IMR Powder Company
Winchester Smokeless Powders
GOEX Powder Company