Newbie here, not new to BP, not new to guns, just this forum. Been a member of Calguns.net a while now, so, not a total newbie in general....
Where I live, In Los Angeles, CA, the "liberals" have passed so many gun control laws at the State Level, The LA County Level, AND, the LA City Level, than nearly all gun shops have shut down, and moved out of LA County, There are only about 6 gun shops left in all of Greater LA, a population area of several MILLION persons, and, only ONE who carries BP products somewhat reliably. Even THAT supplier, DOES NOT carry, actual real Black Powder, he just carries the various brands of Black Powder Substitute.
Things are a gettin tough all over I guess.
N.E. Ways, the substitute powders are okay, if you are a person who likes saccarine instead of sugar, and Turkey Bacon instead of actual real bacon, then, I guess you would LOVE Tripple Sec 7 Black Powder Substitute at $29.00/lb, when you can get it.
So, powder acquisition has been an ongoing problem for me for some time now. One solution, is internet online distributors, who will ship powder to you, which is what I do now.
I generally deal with a distributor called "The Main Powder House",
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They carry BULK quantities of Goex, German Powders, and Swiss Powders. You have to fill out a signature form, which is a simple little one liner you fill out and either mail, email, or fax into them, along with an image of your State DL or ID. If you email it in, or fax it in, you will be able to order from them the same day if you get that done before noon or so. They ship, as soon as your payment clears, and if you use a major credit card, that is immediately.
They will give you somewhat of a break, if you order 25lbs or more, in that they will pay the $20.00 Hazmat fee for ground shipping a hazmat tracked item through the mail, and, they will pay the shipping, so, that right there is on or about a $40.00 savings. (Hazmat will not allow the shipping of Black Powder by air carrier, ground carrier, package services, ONLY.) For example, if you ordered 5lb of Goex 2Fg, and 5lb of Goex 3Fg and 3lb of Goex 4Fg. at their current Goex pricing of $15.00/lb that would come in at, $195.00 for the powder, But that is only a 13lb order, so, you have to cover the Hazmat fee and the shipping feee, so, toss in another $40.00 bux, bringing your order total to $235.00.
If you ordered a nice round, 25lbs of Black Powder, for an additional $150.00, your $20.00 Hazmat Fee AND your shipping charges would be picked up by the company., so, for an additional $150.00, you DOUBLE the amount of powder you get from the $235.00 order, actually, a pretty good deal if you can swing the total order price, for 25lbs of Goex powder at $375.00.
I don't know about you, but 25lbs of Black powder for me, even though I am a fairly advid BP Enthusiast, I am sort of stingy with my powder out on the range, is over a years supply of powder for me, and works out to a big savings for me, even though the $375.00 for the order is a bit stiff to swallow when I place it.
The following pricing list, is lifted right out of the "The Main Powder House", company web page.
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Kennesaw Deck Cannon $28.00
FCannon Kennesaw Field Cannon $28.00
GCannon Kennesaw Garrison Cannon $28.00
Brushes 3 Gun Brushes $9.00
Scope Afforadable Brass Borescope $19.99
Safe Powder Storage Safe $199.00
Sch-R Reenactor Powder, best for Blank Fire $12.50/lb
Sch1Fg Schuetzen Black Powder, best for large caliber cartridge rifles and muzzleloaders $15.00/lb
Sch2Fg Schuetzen Black Powder, best for 50 caliber and larger $15.00/lb
Sch3Fg Schuetzen Black Powder, best for 45 caliber and smaller $15.00/lb
Null-B Swiss Black Powder, The worlds finest Pan Powder. Faster and Hotter than any other pan powder. Limited Quantities! $27.00/lb
Sw1Fg Swiss Black Powder, used in large caliber BP Cartridge rifles $20.50/lb
Sw1.5Fg Swiss Black Powder, used in large caliber BP Cartridge rifles $20.50/lb
Sw2Fg Swiss Black Powder, used in larger caliber rifles and pistols (over .45 caliber). Also used in BP Cartridge rifles & pistols $20.50lb
Sw3Fg Swiss Black Powder, used in small caliber rifles, pistols & revolvers (under .45 caliber) $20.50/lb
Sw4Fg Swiss Black Powder, used in priming powder for flintlock rifles and pistols $20.50/lb
Gx2F Goex Black Powder, best for 50 Caliber and larger $15.00/lb
Gx3F Goex Black Powder, best for 45 caliber and smaller $15.00/lb
Gx4F Goex Black Powder Priming powder for Flintlock Rifles and Pistols $15.00/lb
Decal Bullet Hole Decal $3.60
Book Reenactor's Black Powder Guide $14.95
There are other online outfitters out there that ship BP as well, but The Main Powder House is as good as any, and they are reliable, and generally ship the same day.
I hope this helps.
ElvinWarrior... aka... David
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