The Last Charge

In the 1970s, I began to do business by mail-order with a company called AmmoMart in Ontario, Canada. They supplied powder, primers, bullets, cases, reloading tools and scopes to shooters far and wide. I’m still using bullets, powder and scopes I bought from them and they still work almost as good as new.

Today, I loaded my last charge of “44” surplus powder AmmoMart distributed back in the day. It was advertised as “5% faster than IMR3031” and it was but it was also finicky. I could get nice groups with it in 222 Rem, 308 Winchester and 8mm Mauser but little else. It needed near-maximum loads to work well too… But it was inexpensive, less than half the price of other retail powders. I bought many pounds of it. My last charge went into .30-’06 cases, 44 grains of “44”… behind 150 grain SP. It should work about as well as it did in 8mm Mauser. I should fire those rounds this fall. The powder is getting very old. When I was in the north teaching I didn’t store it safely and it was kept in an unheated building. Some was in a cardboard tub… That stuff was only half used when I had to dispose of it. The stuff I used today was in a steel can and still smelled like powder should, slightly perfume-like.

AmmoMart has changed. The son now runs it as Higginson Powders and the prices aren’t quite as attractive but they do have inventory when many other suppliers do not and you can get a discount by ordering in larger quantities. You can buy 8 pound jugs of IMR powders for $290 CDN, $36.25 per pound, when my local suppliers charge $48… On large orders, shipping is included. You just pay the HazMat fee and pick up at a local freight terminal.
“We offer free shipping on powder orders of 21 lbs. or more, to major Loomis Express depots. The base charges are covered in the free shipping. The extra $30.00 flat rate Haz-Mat fee is not covered as well as any additional surcharges applied to base freight charge, such as rural and residential delivery, additional handling and fuel.”

I should shoot more, but I can’t afford the bullets at ~40 cents each, twice the price of the powder… 😉

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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14 Responses to The Last Charge

  1. dougman says:

    You were conceived as a spelling error ham-dong.

  2. oiaohm says:

    Since I can only find one spelling error and you have said errors its you better put up or are you over exaggerating and lying as normal.
    You still did not answer this. You said spelling errors. Sorry one spelling error that is debatable is not spelling errors. So either you over exaggerated or I have missed something.

  3. dougman says:

    “Basically that is a result of being annoyed and typing.”

    Ham-Dong mad?

    I can see in your future, that collective impact is not your cup of tea. May I suggest a cuppa of chamomile tea?

    Chamomile reduces cramping and pain in the bowels and also helps to relieve excessive gas and bloating in the intestines. Chamomile is commonly used for promoting sleep, relaxation and anxiety and stress relief. The German variety, in my opinion is the better brand.

    Salut!

  4. oiaohm says:

    That was painful to read. The spelling errors, non-parallel sentence structure, and punctuation errors detracted from whatever point you were trying to make.
    If you want me not to do that you will stop renaming peoples handles.

    Basically that is a result of being annoyed and typing.

    Also name a single spelling error using scientific english. The answer is there was not a spelling error. Now if you say USA or AU english there was a spelling error by using the there instead of their.

    non-parallel sentence structure acceptable under Oxford.

    Also by Oxford min punctuation there is not a single error.

    Basically you are applying regional english rules.

    Since I can only find one spelling error and you have said errors its you better put up or are you over exaggerating and lying as normal. So unless you can put up I have to believe everything you said was a exaggerating so I have to change nothing.

  5. dougman says:

    “Some people here Australia could claim more strange then you because there doctor is their regular doctor firm for there complete life so have never once signed a form or paid cash to visit doctor firm yes parents signed form and they can be over 20 years old now even when you pay with cash doctor is required to report different information to the government in the USA difference here Australian and Canadians have doctors either full fee covered or percentage of fee covered for the information the government collected form visit and you are not in the USA.”

    That was painful to read. The spelling errors, non-parallel sentence structure, and punctuation errors detracted from whatever point you were trying to make.

  6. oiaohm says:

    Australia is the worse of the government controlled medicine systems.
    You said it… it’s the worse in EVERYTHING.
    Quote the full thing not cut bits out to suite self. You are still quoting like a idiot.

    USA is a not a fully controlled government medical systems. So USA medical system operates worst than the Australian one.

    BTW, most of them drugs have long-term ill consequences.
    This is true but something else here drugs with very bad known outcomes are still able to be prescribed in the USA yet here in Australia doctors are forced to use safer alternatives due to regulation over what drugs do get bought by the country and provided to the citizens.

    I surely don’t. I visit the doc if need be, pay with cash and walk out. NO government medical system in my world.
    Idiot statement. Even when you pay with cash doctor is required to report different information to the government in the USA. Difference here Australian and Canadians have doctors either full fee covered or percentage of fee covered for the information the government collected form visit and you are not in the USA.

    With us here if we sign a form form to use a regular doctor firm we walk in door see doctor and walk out and pay nothing and sign nothing and doctor bills government when doctor sends in bill also send in information required to be reported. So government is paying doctors for services rendered to government. In fact you can visit any doctor in the firm you signed up with without requiring another form

    Some people here Australia could claim more strange then you because there doctor is their regular doctor firm for there complete life so have never once signed a form or paid cash to visit doctor firm. Yes parents signed form and they can be over 20 years old now.

    I should have be more clear. You only need to sign form once when you take up a new doctor firm as a regular or if you visiting a doctor firm who is not your regular in Australia. So the Australian system is quite light on paperwork.

  7. dougman says:

    “By the way you already have government in medical system to a point anyhow in the USA.”

    I surely don’t. I visit the doc if need be, pay with cash and walk out. NO government medical system in my world.

  8. dougman says:

    Ah yes, Ham-Dong the pharmacist, interjects is knowledge of all-knowing nothing.

    BTW, most of them drugs have long-term ill consequences.

    “Australia is the worse”

    You said it… it’s the worse in EVERYTHING.

  9. dougman says:

    “So, you like:
    being ill and having to fill out forms/do business/shop for providers…having your insurance provider say no, you can’t do that…your doctor is on vacation so you can’t get service…choosing to die rather than go bankrupt…”

    WTF??..if I am sick I go to the existing doctor I am seeing, or he refers me to a specialist. You are making it out to be a lot harder than it is. Most of the time I pay cash.. if it’s something expensive I use my insurance card.

    Eh.

  10. oiaohm says:

    http://www.tai.org.au/sites/defualt/files/WP48_8.pdf
    Umm…NO.. we do not need government in healthcare. Single payer is me going to the doctor and paying him cash; adding government to the mix obfuscates everything.
    LOL this is another case of dougman not knowing numbers and as you can see by the PDF USA drug pricing problem is not a new thing.

    Australia is the worse of the government controlled medicine systems.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-02/australians-paying-14-times-more-for-prescription-drugs/5128028
    Yes its documented Australia is not great here. But compared to the USA medicines whole sale with Australia medicines whole sale this is before government discounts identical brands and product the result is the min difference is Australia pays 50% of the price sometimes 1% of the price. There is a reason for this a government is a mass consumer so can negotiate stronger with the manufacture than a individual ever could.

    Then when you look at doctor pricing the result of government are over all lower doctor pricing. Overall the the amount government pays and the amount doctors directly charge.

    dougman sorry here is you saying you don’t need something and have never looked at the numbers. Like it or not government regulated medical system is a good thing.

    Some of that is setting a fixed price for doctor visits. That is what bulk billing in Australia does. You go to doctor sign form and government pays fixed fee. Now is this the only thing this does no its not. Since the government is paying the government has the stats on how busy doctors are in each area and where the people every doctor is coming from. So able to make better selections on approving private and government spending some of approving private is zoning land for it then putting that area up for tender so able to over all maintain a better health system and deliver longer live.

    By the way you already have government in medical system to a point anyhow in the USA. Just the USA government is blind to what is going on due to not being part of payments for doctor visits and lack of pricing control on medications.

    Yes the numbers say since I am Australian and Robert is Canadian both of us will out live USA dougman on average due to the difference in the medical system. dougman are you fine with shorted expected life and USA stupidity unregulated markets.

    Its about time you start learning to use numbers dougman not be a knee jerk idiot.

  11. dougman wrote, ” Single payer is me going to the doctor and paying him cash; adding government to the mix obfuscates everything.”

    So, you like:
    being ill and having to fill out forms/do business/shop for providers…having your insurance provider say no, you can’t do that…your doctor is on vacation so you can’t get service…choosing to die rather than go bankrupt…

    Come on. With true single payer, none of these problems are likely. Healthcare is smooth and efficient. I remember the days before Medicare. Real people had to decide whether their family members lived or died, whether to see to the cow or the wife, etc. Check the real world. Many people live from paycheque to paycheque. They can’t afford USA-style health insurance nor to pay in cash and they certainly aren’t up to shopping for healthcare while ill. I’ve been ill a few times. I broke a leg once and the employer’s coverage sent me a 12-page form to fill out. I was barely able to do that from my wheelchair. Healthcare is not a business. It’s taking care of people when they may least be able to take care of themselves. Even Obamacare is silly, having a gazillion insurance companies just doesn’t work. There are all kinds of problems with it all stemming from the lack of a single payer calling the shots.

  12. dougman says:

    “When USA has universal single-payer health”

    Umm…NO.. we do not need government in healthcare. Single payer is me going to the doctor and paying him cash; adding government to the mix obfuscates everything.

    “campaign finance sanity”

    It’s not your money, what do you care how much politicians spend on elections. Typically, when someone gripes over the point of people spending too much money on something, they are in fact jealous.

  13. dougman wrote, “you bragged so hard about making bank in the market”.

    I don’t start spending that money until 2017. I know it doesn’t make sense but it’s government policy. Retirement Income Funds are federally regulated. My annuity will rise 4-fold in January at the present balance. Could be twice that if things go as I planned. That’s on top of my regular government pension. I expect I will be shooting more in 2017. Surely my Cello should be in hand by then too. Life is good. I’m not missing the USAian lifestyle at all. When USA has universal single-payer health, campaign finance sanity, etc. we’ll talk again. For me, now, Canada is the best place in the world.

  14. dougman says:

    “I should shoot more, but I can’t afford the bullets at ~40 cents each, twice the price of the powder…”

    But you bragged so hard about making bank in the market, but whines over 40 pennies on bullets? LOL…seems rather fitting as you don’t need a rifle or a pistol, a shotgun suits you just fine. Just turn them in, you’ll enjoy a far safer country!

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