Happiness is tons of ammonium nitrate

Ammonium nitrate is the primary ingredient in Boomerite. Two years ago I bought the last of the fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate in the county. I had enough for about four years at the previous rate of consumption. With the increased number of participants, increased number of targets, and increased size of the targets it was looking like I had enough for 2008 and maybe 2009 if I stretched the ammonium nitrate a little bit. That wasn’t really acceptable.

For the last year and a half I have been trying on and off to find another supplier. I could get it in Missouri or Vermont but transportation was “an issue”. Earlier this week I found a supplier that would deliver it to my doorstep for $0.50/pound. My last batch cost $0.14/pound. Heavy sigh. But in the big scheme of things just a couple extra shooting positions covers the difference in cost of the AN.

So… I ordered 5000 pounds which was delivered this morning:

This means I don’t have to be at all stingy with the targets for the immediate future. Boomershoot 2008 and 2009 will be bigger blasts than any previous event.

Tomorrow I start trying to pack into in the Taj Mahal. I think I have just enough room…