I just received a shipment of powder. 4 -4lbs jugs, all different brands. Everyone has a production date between August and November of 2008. That got me thinking, so I pulled down some recently locally purchased powder and they are dated July and September of 2008. So if the manufactures are really running at full scale and running behind the current spurt in buying and such, why are these powder manufacturing dates so old? Are our component and ammo manufacturers using the current political atmosphere to manipulate prices and demand? If so, this is capitalism at it's best. LOL!!!!