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    A bit too much consolidation?

    I've read that Hodgdon's acquired IMR a few years ago and, as of the beginning of October this year, acquired Western, Ramshot and Accurate. To give a graphic idea of what level of market dominance this means, below is a Sierra reloading chart for a random round, 6.5 Grendel. Of all the powders shown, 3 are not controlled by Hodgdon.

    What could possibly go wrong?

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    That's a real concern. Glad you brought it up.


    Mort

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmort View Post
    That's a real concern. Glad you brought it up.


    Mort
    Ainít no use worrying about something you have zero control of..

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    All the more

    Quote Originally Posted by sdean View Post
    Ainít no use worrying about something you have zero control of..
    reason to worry!

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    The firearms and related business tend to be, unfortunately, relatively small with typical low margins.
    Economies of scale driven consolidations often are the result. I guess better than several alternatives.

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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by glp View Post
    reason to worry!
    no big thing go to 4895 shoots in any cartige

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    Thumbs down

    Quote Originally Posted by tim View Post
    the firearms and related business tend to be, unfortunately, relatively small with typical low margins.
    Economies of scale driven consolidations often are the result. I guess better than several alternatives.
    using all these big words is way beyond the average guys vocab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim View Post
    The firearms and related business tend to be, unfortunately, relatively small with typical low margins.
    Economies of scale driven consolidations often are the result. I guess better than several alternatives.
    But unfortunately, the ultimate conclusion of "economies of scale driven consolidations" tends to monopolistic practices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim View Post
    The firearms and related business tend to be, unfortunately, relatively small with typical low margins.
    Economies of scale driven consolidations often are the result. I guess better than several alternatives.
    Any number of powders have had a single manufacturer and been sold under multiple brand names for may years.
    Canister powders (and the extra work they require to produce) are not a large market.
    IMR4895 and H4895 started as different lots of the same bulk powder.
    When the bulk lot finally ran out, Hodgdon had new powder manufactured to match their lot.

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