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… 😉