Odd Quote Response on 4140HT

I've been shopping around on some 4140 HT DCF, and I've got a couple quotes already. Some are to high. Some are far enough away that freight makes a
significant difference. I've been trying to find somebody local (way to high) or atleast somebody in state with a regular truck run.
Anyway, its no big deal getting quotes. Just trying to find the right one. Not necessarily just on price, but proximity, stock, etc.
I just received a response that made me wonder:
********* Good Afternoon Bob, Would you mind sharing the end use for this material with me? *********
That was it. No quote. No response about whether they stock the size or spec stock I need. Nothing. It struck me as odd. So is there something special about 4140HT that they would need to know, or is the person responding just nosey?
Nobody else has asked what I plan to do with it.
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On 11/10/2017 6:56 PM, Bob La Londe wrote:




Bob,
LOL Could be that your usage is potentially in violation of something. And as such he wanted to provide you with a legal alternative.
Or he is just wanting to start a relationship............. :-)
Maybe you should just lead him on and maybe get a free coffee.
Good Luck!!
Les
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"ABLE1" wrote in message
On 11/10/2017 6:56 PM, Bob La Londe wrote:

Bob,
LOL Could be that your usage is potentially in violation of something. And as such he wanted to provide you with a legal alternative.
Or he is just wanting to start a relationship............. :-)
Maybe you should just lead him on and maybe get a free coffee.
Good Luck!!
Les
*********** Well I know of one metal vendor who is also a fabrication shop (many are), and has said to people out of the side of his mouth that every piece of metal he sells is a job he didn't get. His price for metal seems to reflect that. My first thought was the salesman was trying to get a lead on a client he could steal from me. Then I considered that 4140 is one of the metals commonly used for firearms parts, but its pretty easy to get. You can buy it on-line from half a dozen sources. I was just trying to keep my business as local as I can. So far my best price from a stocking distributor is out of Oklahoma. LOL Even including freight to Yuma.
I did get a local source who said they could get a "master plate" at a petty good price, but its bigger than I can lift or cut. Their cut prices were outrageous. Even if I bought the whole plate.
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On Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:23:27 -0700, Bob La Londe wrote:

I'm not a contractor; but I'd agree with what your gut is telling you. They're phishing for info with an eye for finding out who your customer might be.
Step 2 - if they liked the job, then they'll under bid you.
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On Friday, November 10, 2017 at 6:56:55 PM UTC-5, Bob La Londe wrote:

It will not be me, but if you post who sent you that response, someone might be able to tell you more about that vendor.
Dan
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On Friday, November 10, 2017 at 6:56:55 PM UTC-5, Bob La Londe wrote:

It will not be me, but if you post who sent you that response, someone might be able to tell you more about that vendor.
*** I didn't want to name them for two reasons.
I might "need" to do business with them sometime in the future. If they or somebody they know reads RCM I might find myself buying from a hostile vendor. They haven't done anything for me to put them on my NEVER list.
I didn't want to bash or seem to bash them if the query turned out to be innocent.
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On Fri, 10 Nov 2017 16:56:49 -0700, Bob La Londe wrote:

I don't know. Perhaps they have some other 4140 variety (eg 4140 QT or PHT) and wonder if it would work for your application?
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On Fri, 10 Nov 2017 16:56:49 -0700, Bob La Londe wrote:

I don't know. Perhaps they have some other 4140 variety (eg 4140 QT or PHT) and wonder if it would work for your application?
**** I have to be honest. That never even occurred to me. I guess a lifetime in business has made me to cynical.
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wrote:

"Seamless Tubing sizes used in the oil and gas industry for above ground and down hole applications. "
It's a roll bar for your moped, right? 6", right?

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"Larry Jaques" wrote in message wrote:

"Seamless Tubing sizes used in the oil and gas industry for above ground and down hole applications. "
It's a roll bar for your moped, right? 6", right?

Close. Skid plates for my electric go-cart. LOL.
What I am looking for is Qty 4 - 1 x 6 x 144 4140 HT DCF flat bar. 144 is standard bar stock length from atleast two vendors. It?s the largest piece I can easily handle (lifting and cutting), and has two dimensions close to the end product. Larger pieces tend to cost less. This is about double the metal I need for the job, but I would like to have some on hand for smaller one off work.
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Oh, flat bar. Yeah, I know what you're making. Shurikens. Big, nasty shurikens, like this: http://tinyurl.com/y7f5he3a Got black oxide?
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