Frequently Asked Questions
Below are the most frequently asked questions regarding Alliant Powder products and safe reloading practices. If you can't find the answer to your question here, contact your authorized Alliant Powder dealer, call our help line at (800) 379-1732, or submit your question.
Why are your powders so hard to find?
The unprecedented demand for commercial ammunition, powder and other reloading components has exceeded the industry's ability to keep product on the shelves at most retail outlets. In response to this industry-wide issue, we are continually making process improvements to increase our efficiency and investing in capital and personnel where we have sustained demand. We remain committed to serving all channels of our business.
Where can I find a dealer in my area that carries your products?
Check out our Dealer Locator tool and search by your zip code or city and state.
How can I get a catalog?
For comprehensive information on all of our products, please visit our Reloader's Guide or Products pages. There you can learn more about our new products, current promotions and find an authorized dealer. To receive a printed version of the Alliant Powder Reloader's Guide, please complete an online request form.
I'd like to talk to an Alliant Powder representative. When should I call?
We recently launched an improved phone system that ensures you speak with a live agent. Representatives are available to answer your calls between 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. Call Toll Free 800-379-1732.
What is your stance on the current gun legislation?
We support the second amendment and responsible gun ownership. We remain fully engaged in the legislative and regulatory process to provide the most accurate and comprehensive information to decision makers. Like most major manufacturers in our industry, we are also members of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). This organization helps represent our industry and our customers before federal, state and local government entities. More information about legislation and our industry's positions can be found at www.nssf.org.
Where can I find new Speer Reloading Data?
The latest reloading data for cartridges and Speer® bullets developed after the release of the Speer Reloading Manual #14 can be found on our website. They're free to download.
How safe is reloading?
Reloading is not only a rewarding and enjoyable hobby, it's among the safest of sports. This is due to today's smokeless gun powders which are different than the old black powders of previous generations. Modern smokeless powders are classified as propellants, not explosives, meaning when properly used these powders only burn when ignited. So, while common sense and certain precautions should not be ignored, handloading is by no means a high risk hobby. The use of safety glasses and hearing protection should be considered mandatory when shooting.
How good is handloaded ammo?
The truth is, carefully handloaded ammunition is usually better than factory loaded, because it can be fine-tuned to fit a specific gun and a certain type of shooting. The results are far greater accuracy and performance.
How complicated is handloading?
It's simple, follow the printed/tested load data. There are only four components to a rifle or pistol cartridge: the primer, the powder, the bullet and the brass case. When a cartridge is fired, the primer ignites the powder, the powder then propels the bullet out of the barrel. All that's left is the brass case and the spent primer. And this is where the handloading comes in. The brass can be reloaded over and over. All you do is push out the fired primer, resize the brass case, insert a new primer, add the right amount of powder and seat a new bullet on the case. That's handloading in very simplified terms.
How can I become a dealer?
Please visit Vista Outdoor's Premium Partners website for more information. Membership in the Premium Partners program is exclusive-we want active dealers who are willing to commit to our brands and highlight our promotions. In return, we provide specialized promotions and world-class sales and marketing support to help you move product off your shelf and build customer loyalty.