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Cost of wads for steel shot - 2008

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by joe kuhn, May 10, 2008.

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  1. joe kuhn

    joe kuhn Furry Lives Matter TS Supporters

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    Just got our 08 shipment of 36 cases of wads for steel shot. This is direct from the mfr in Denmark - Vagner Plast.

    Cost to members of our club is $150 per case of 6000 wads. That's 2.5 cents per wad up from approx. 2.3 cents. The cost of the wads themselves went up as did the transportation. We got a heck of a deal on the transportation. Without that, we'd surely be at 3 cents. Lawyer in our club won a case for an international shipping company and another member had them delivered to our door - both for cost.

    The wad is the critical part of the recipe. We have shot from Ervin Ind in Mi, nice recipes from Hodgdon with standard components including primers, powder and hulls. The wads in the Hodgdon recipes are available from resellers so we've tried to cut our costs there. Most shooters will only shoot steel with the special wads which have thicker petals. Hired some ballistics testing to be sure on the pressures and speed since Vagner wads are not on the Hodgdon site. That was paid for with a surcharge last year.

    There is some work involved in this. The pressure after the wads arrive is no fun. You have 7 or 8 free days after arrival to get Customs clearance. After that they charge you so much a day for storage. This time we missed it by one day because the email from the customs broker went to my spam folder.

    You could skimp on primers but most don't care to go to that level and we'd have to pay for additional ballistics testing which is $5 per shell - not all that bad...

    Local manufacturing may not be in the future because of the weak economy here - the dollar and gas ...You know the story.

    Well, we're good for 08. Based on the amount of shot we're going thru we may be out of wads again by fall.

    Joe
     
  2. bill1949

    bill1949 Well-Known Member

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    Is steel shot as high priced as lead shot?...Bill
     
  3. scott calhoun

    scott calhoun Well-Known Member

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    Steel is not nearly as expensive as lead. Our cost is around $.93 per pound delivered, but keep in mind our freight costs are very low because we are located very close to the manufacturer. The price would go up quickly for those located further away just due to the freight costs.

    Scott
     
  4. joe kuhn

    joe kuhn Furry Lives Matter TS Supporters

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    Good point Scott.

    Also note that steel shot itself hasn't changed much in price in the 3 years that we've been buying it.
     
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