I drove up to Anchorage today and on a whim decided to visit Sportsman's Warehouse, to see if things had improved any since my last trip up (about 6 months previous) The last trip I had observed they had exactly 5 pounds of powder on hand. That's right: 5 measily pounds! And...it was powder that was "odd-ball"...stuff not commonly used much. I couldn't use any of it. Pretty dismal and bleak situation.
This time I was just totally amazed to see a display of 26 different powders. Not two or three, but twenty-six! Not quite the abundant variety I saw barely 2 years ago, but a definite improvement just the same. Prices were generally up, ranging from around $24/lb to $27/lb. One type of powder was right at $30/lb (ouch!) Another powder was right at $18/lb (a type I couldn't use)
Long gone are the days when we could wander into "Value Mart" and buy a pound of Hodgdon's H-4831 for $1.88 ! (circa 1975)
Anyway, it looks like things are maybe (?)....FINALLY...getting better. (They also seemed to have a better stock of brass and bullets as well)
Hopefully, this situation will be the same with other gunshops and stores. I don't like the prices, but at least we can likely find what we need...