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    After talking myself into both of us using Barnes VOR-TX ammo for the elk trip it looks like the boy and I will be shooting other options. We burned up all we had this summer and I spent September trying to locate more for both the .270 and 7-08 in three states and probably 10 hunting stores. No dice. The place i bought it originally is a Gander Outdoors store that has gotten the ax again. I was able to get Federal Premium Trophy Copper 130's and Winchester Supreme 140 Accubonds for the .270 but couldn't find anything other than cheap cup and core stuff for the boy's 7-08.

    This morning I made a quick half hour ride to a somewhat LGS, fortunately they had both factory Nosler loaded 140 E-tips and Federal Premium's with 140 Nosler Partitions. Made it back in time for church as well 😎. I bought 2 boxes of the E-tips and one of the Partitions just in case. They're going to try locating the TTSX loads but I'm not optimistic, most all the vendors I've tried online are out of stock (being NY we can't order direct). I like the store but they are only open Friday and Saturdays plus Sunday from just 9am to noon, makes it tough to get there.

    I've already taken this Friday and the following Monday off work for the youth deer season and bird hunting with the kids as they have school off those days. Cuts it a bit close but that gives us time to recheck zeros before my FIL takes off with our stuff the next weekend. Should be fine.


    I've been wondering how I'll fill the gap from preparing for this trip the past 20 months, guy at our club has said he'd hook me up with reloading equipment cheap and I think that's my answer this winter. At my age it isn't going to pay off much, but the boy can learn as well and that is reason enough. Having the ability to load what I want when I want it is icing on the cake.

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    I hope you have been saving your brass.
    How does a LGS get ammo if Companies can not ship to NY? Can you have it shipped to a big box store for customer pick up ? I left NY after the service and have never looked back - except for hunting.
    It is nice to have the ability to load your own. For only 2 calibers a basic single press will work well. I like RCBS, Hornady, Lee and Lyman. All have excellent C.S. to help you get started. Check out gun shows and pawn shops for used equip. Stay away from rusted equip. Get a current edition of a load manual and read the prefix a couple times. DO NOT deviate from published recipes from a manual - don't use others unless you work them up. . You probably need two different powders as the .270 uses a slower burn and the -08 uses a faster burn powder. Don't get them mixed up on the bench. Start a log of any load you make. Feel free to ask any questions, there are a 1,000 hours of experience on here and that is just for First Bubba.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jhjimbo View Post
      I hope you have been saving your brass.
      How does a LGS get ammo if Companies can not ship to NY? Can you have it shipped to a big box store for customer pick up ?
      I always save brass, used to give it away to friends who reload but started saving it for myself awhile back.

      You can order online but it has to be shipped to a FFL dealer, if you can find one who will accept it for you.

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      • #4
        Midway USA has the .270 load
        https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1001615685?pid=549031

        The Federal Premium load for the 7-08 should have the same performance
        https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1001671339?pid=792449

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        • #5
          "... Feel free to ask any questions, there are a 1,000 hours of experience on here and that is just for First Bubba. ..."

          A thousand hours of experience?
          Me?
          Well, I don't know if I've spent THAT much time reloading ammo. But it ought to be close! LOL!

          jimbo, in all my years of "pawn shop"ing, I've never found any second hand reloading gear.
          I have, however, found two powder scales! ...though I'd probably not let a drug dog near them! LOL!

          Other than on line, I don't suppose I've ever seen used reloading equipment for sale.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by PigHunter View Post
            Midway USA has the .270 load
            https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1001615685?pid=549031

            The Federal Premium load for the 7-08 should have the same performance
            https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1001671339?pid=792449
            Thanks PH, problem is they won’t ship directly to me because of the Safe Act. Looks like they only have a few boxes left as well, my guess is Barnes doesn’t do many runs of 7-08 and the supply is down this time of year. My fault for not planning ahead enough.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post
              "... Feel free to ask any questions, there are a 1,000 hours of experience on here and that is just for First Bubba. ..."

              A thousand hours of experience?
              Me?
              Well, I don't know if I've spent THAT much time reloading ammo. But it ought to be close! LOL!

              jimbo, in all my years of "pawn shop"ing, I've never found any second hand reloading gear.
              I have, however, found two powder scales! ...though I'd probably not let a drug dog near them! LOL!

              Other than on line, I don't suppose I've ever seen used reloading equipment for sale.
              I see presses and such at auctions on occasion, typically estate or moving out of the area types. Stuff usually goes for almost new.

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              • #8
                You should be OK... neither of these cartridges has the range to require a rarer very low drag bullet. Any good hunting bullet will work fine in both those cartridges. Bullets like the Hornady Interlock, Nosler Partition or Accubond, or Barnes TTSX will work just fine. Even more important than the bullet will be having enough practice time to zero effectively and understand the bullet drop in your rifles. My best to you on your hunt. Can't you order bullets online and have shipped to a local FFL?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by fitch270 View Post

                  I always save brass, used to give it away to friends who reload but started saving it for myself awhile back.

                  You can order online but it has to be shipped to a FFL dealer, if you can find one who will accept it for you.
                  Your ans. reminded me of when I started loading - cir. 1970. A friend was reloading and I used to watch him. That led to me getting supplies and with his help, use his press and tools to load my shells. Also helped me to determine what I needed of my own. Your friend who loads may be willing to do something similar. Jim

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by fitch270 View Post

                    I see presses and such at auctions on occasion, typically estate or moving out of the area types. Stuff usually goes for almost new.
                    When we first moved into this area of SW Okla, there was a big estate sale boom. Seems every weekend there would be 3 or 4 around the county.
                    I went to a couple and found some pretty interesting stuff.
                    They would lay all the guns and other house hold goods out for inspection.
                    By the time they started selling the guns, there were big $ bidders that soon pushed the good stuff out of the "sweet deal" range and into the top of the "blue book" range.
                    By the time the good stuff was gone, I wasn't paying top $ for the worn out Revelation and Mossberg tent stakes.
                    I just quit going to estate sales. They're for the big money boys!

                    ...and when you know the big bidder in the sunglasses is the auctioneers, wife's great uncle, it's time to go home.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by fitch270 View Post

                      I always save brass, used to give it away to friends who reload but started saving it for myself awhile back.

                      You can order online but it has to be shipped to a FFL dealer, if you can find one who will accept it for you.
                      What? Brass has to be shipped to an FFL dealer? Since when?

                      Oh, I see. Only in NY, eh? That's goofy.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post
                        "... Feel free to ask any questions, there are a 1,000 hours of experience on here and that is just for First Bubba. ..."

                        A thousand hours of experience?
                        Me?
                        Well, I don't know if I've spent THAT much time reloading ammo. But it ought to be close! LOL!

                        jimbo, in all my years of "pawn shop"ing, I've never found any second hand reloading gear.
                        I have, however, found two powder scales! ...though I'd probably not let a drug dog near them! LOL!

                        Other than on line, I don't suppose I've ever seen used reloading equipment for sale.
                        Dad picked up a bunch of used loading equipment at flea markets in Arizona during the winter months. Some real bargains. Gun shows always seem to have a lot of it. Some tables specialise in trading loading stuff. My Africa hunting partner, a gunsmith/gunshow vendor, has a ton of reloading stuff for sale. I could see what he's got if you're interested. No problem sending it to you. He just liquidated one of his other buddy's equipment (Spencer finally passed away last week) and I picked up the guy's electric powder measure dispenser for a hundred bucks. It is essentially new and an amazing piece of equipment. Manual was missing but I downloaded one easily.
                        Last edited by Ontario Honker Hunter; 10-08-2019, 03:25 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Ontario Honker Hunter View Post

                          What? Brass has to be shipped to an FFL dealer? Since when?

                          Oh, I see. Only in NY, eh? That's goofy.
                          Sorry, two separate answers to jimbo’s post. It’s loaded ammo that has to go through a dealer. The main downside being if I have to go through a dealer I’d rather just buy from them. If they can’t get it through their regular suppliers then you’re stuck.

                          The Midway link PigHunter posted is the only one that seems to have the Barnes 7-08 loads in stock, and just a couple boxes at that. Fortunately the local guy had good options, everyone else around only had regular cup and core stuff.

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                          • #14
                            See if you can ship to store at Cabelas in Post Falls, ID or Sportsman’s Warehouse in Spokane Valley, WA. Both are on I-90 just east of Spokane not far from your motel or maybe outfitter could stop on the way east?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by WA Mtnhunter View Post
                              See if you can ship to store at Cabelas in Post Falls, ID or Sportsman’s Warehouse in Spokane Valley, WA. Both are on I-90 just east of Spokane not far from your motel or maybe outfitter could stop on the way east?
                              I’ll keep that in mind, but just double checked and Cabela’s doesn’t show 7mm-08 available in Barnes Vor-Tx. Hamburg PA nor Scarborough ME stores had it on the shelves the last two months, neither did Kittery Trading Post. The Maine stores surprised me a bit, they have moose after all.

                              We’re ok, if it’s just the two of us riding to the lodge maybe we could make a quick detour, but I wouldn’t want to hold anyone else up. Not a good way to make a first impression. We have three boxes of ammo per gun that I’m sure will be fine.

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