Originally Posted by Sparkiewalt
But when you start loading these 60 gr mag loads it eats through a 1 lb can quick. None of the other shops in the area seemed to really care or be interested in ordering me an 8 lb can...guess I will have to bite the bullet and pay the haz mat and shipping, after I test the 1 lb can I just got.
You're right, 1lb doesn't last long when you're stuffing big cartridges.
I loaded 120 rounds of 6.5x55 last night and killed off nearly a pound of powder. And that's not a big case by comparison to your calibers.
I will normally try out powders with a 1lb can. If I get a promising one (or use it in half a dozen different calibers like H4831SC) I'll go for the big jug. With many of the less used powders I stick with 1lb jugs though.
I am lucky and have a local gun shop that normally stocks or will order 8lb jugs. My cost from them is right at what I can get most brands online for when you figure in the hazmat/shipping so you bet they get my business. It's handy to have a local source, so if you do find one let em know you appreciate them.