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MT – INDUSTRY INSIDER – Miles City gun powder business bought by national supplier

Longtime Miles City distributor of gun powder for hunters and target shooters who load their own ammunition has been bought by a national brand. Kansas-based Hodgdon Powder Co. announced its purchase of Western Powders, Inc. earlier this month. With the acquisition, Hodgdon has grown to 80 employees in three locations. Six of Western Powders’ employees will remain based in Miles City. “This is just a really good opportunity for us,” said Aaron Oelger, director of marketing for Hodgdon Powder. “We think we can grow that business because we have access to more retail and wholesale customers.” “This seems like a win-win for handloaders,” wrote J. Scott Rupp, for rifleshootermag.com, echoing Oelger’s claim about the ability to “find a

wider variety of powders more easily at local gun shops and other outlets.” Western Powders was founded in 1972 when owner Doug Phair began distributing gun powders for reloading ammunition. From its building atop the hill overlooking Miles City and the Yellowstone River, the company first delivered Dupont IMR (Improved Military Rifle) gun powders to shooters. By 1998, the Montana company was creating its own powders under the Ramshot name, according to its website. In 2005, Western Powders expanded again by purchasing Accurate Arms smokeless powders, and in 2006 it bought Montana X-Treme Gun Cleaning products. Most recently the company began producing gun powder for muzzleloaders.  [full article]

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