flgunner wrote:I think I will give the gun show dealers a try. Shelf life isn't an issue with me, especially I will be buying small lots to start as I try to decide on loads.
I have had ammo (both shotgun shells and metallic) for years that fired fine - look at all the surplus ammo that has been around forever, There are bad batches, but not most. Other than corrosion and moisture, not much can go wrong. I would certainly check any powder and primer packaging to make sure it did not appear "shelf-worn" or moisture affected in any way.
BTW - I haven't heard any real comments on my original message asking about reloading setup choices - any recommendations of note?
I have decided on Lyman's 1200 Pro Turbo tumbler - deems to be the best value for the price (at the bottom end, admittedly, but reviews aren't bad).
I understand not dropping $230.00 for a tumbler but...it is markedly easier to load with clean brass...including the primer pockets. I doubt any brand of that style of tumbler will do it. All you can do is try them both (as I have) and you will then notice the difference.
Best of luck.