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Monday, 20 December 2021

Nice Dilemmas

 Looks like ol' Joe is in a sweet spot! I used to be in such a pickle myself, long ago. I had so many goddamned guns - that keeping them stocked with ammo was a real PITA! When I stocked up on 45, I ran out of 9mm, when I stocked up on 9mm, I ran out of .45 and .357. It was infuriating! 

One of the things that scares the hell out of gunnies, (and shouldn't) - is committing to simplifying your ammo requirements. One day I did a Donald Duck temper tantrum in the gun safe - and emptied out all the safe queens. It wasn't enough. So I decided to narrow it down to one calibre and that's it. I went with the 45 ACP. I can shoot and kill anything I need to with that, and in the real world, all I do is shoot at paper or cans. I got a Dillon progressive press and could stamp out ammo faster than you could even think about it. I always had about 5~8 thousand primers in stock, a couple 4 and 8 lb. kegs of powder... and when Obutthole started selling guns for the Mexicans and the NRA... I was well ahead of the supply crunch that resulted. A couple years ago I lost control of myself in the gunshop and bought one of those sweet little Ruger Redhawks that shoots 45 Colt AND 45 ACP in moon clips. A kind soul taught me how to cast boolits and now....pbbfbfbffbfbffffft! For all intents and purposes... I am ammo self reliant. 

It's not a solution for everyone, and I could have gone with 9mm, .357 or some other calibre and done just as well. For me, going with the 45 ACP took brass out of the supply chain - I merely picked up the empties left lying around on the range. I have a three gallon bucket filled with them. 9mm brass is even easier to find... but the 9 likes small, fast bullets... and for cast boolits you usually want to go heavy and slow - with the 45 does with aplomb! 

Of course, I shot myself in the ass with all that because all I did was buy more guns in the same calibre! But it's all good. Life on the reloading bench is much simpler now.




13 comments:

  1. Just curious - will the Redhawk handle .45 Auto Rim? If it does, for the addition of one more case to your stock you can use the same components to load and get rid of the moon clips.

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    1. I want to say yes, NM... but I'd have to check. My experimenting hasn't been thorough enough but my impression is that the 45 Colt needs heavier boolits to shoot well. In my revolver, the lightweights just don't seem to do well.

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  2. So, do you have a long gun or two in .45?

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    1. No.... sob. I would love one of those chopped lever guns ya see around sometimes. They look like your standard 94 winchester but they have like a 12" barrel... I think they'd be an absolute hoot at the range.

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  3. I've been following your blog for a couple years or so, and I've often had this question when you discuss handguns.'
    I lived for 50 years about 25 miles from the Canadian border --and was always under the belief that handguns were outlawed in Canada. To wit -- When I tried to take a shortcut from Detroit to Buffalo with my .22 in the car (40 years ago) -- the customs guys in Windsor acted like Rambo was invading the country (but at least they were decent enough to let me turn around and go back over the bridge and drive the 150 mile longer route thru Ohio)
    So, have the "rules changed" for handguns in Canada (??) or what am I missing ??
    Thanks

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  4. "and for cast boolits you usually want to go heavy and slow - with the 45 does with aplomb!"

    I see what you did there.

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  5. Haven't seen primers around here in over two years. About a month ago Cabelas finally got some in. Perhaps a dozen boxes in assorted flavors, but most of it lager pistol. Prices ran over 80$ for the 1000ct box for the run of the mill CCI, and 130 for the bench rest.

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    1. Holy chit!!! By those prices I have about $1500.00 in primers in my basement! The last time I bought primers, they were going for $35.00 Canuki. I thought THAT was highway robbery, Mike!

      Sure am glad I stocked up...

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    2. Yea I'm pretty well set as I grabbed them when they were available over the years and built up a reasonable reserve. The problem is that ammo makers are keeping primers, powder and pills for their own ammo production lines and few get delivered to the reloader's market. There is likely little profit in that for the manufacturers when compared to boxed ammo. Though we are starting to see more ammo on the shelves it is nowhere what it used to be before this CF and demand is up big time. Just over thanksgiving week there were over 1.5 million sales of new guns and they have to all be kept fed.

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    3. Yep. I have started casting my own whenever possible and haven't looked back. The preppers are partially to blame here in a round-about sort of way. Everyone is stockpiling now. The second the supplies hit the shelf, they get cleaned out!

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  6. 9mm has other issues.

    Many of the handguns have polygon rifling which either hates cast bullets or can be worked around, depending on which forums you visit.

    The consensus of the guys who say it can be done suggest you lift your foot off the gas-pedal, MEASURE your bore and go 0.001" over bore size...even if it means you end up casting unsized bullets (Oh, break my heart) and perhaps play with your lube.

    As long as your weapon cycles reliably, will that piece of paper or tin-can know if the bullet left the muzzle at 900fps or 1100fps?

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    1. "...SHOOTING unsized bullets..."

      Stupid fingers type faster than my brain works.

      Thanks for the link!

      -Joe

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    2. Exactly. I actually have an old HK USP .45 tactical with a polygonal barrel and I have put a few cast boolits through it... but never really experimented with in any detail. Everything I read says that if you cast your bullets as hard as you can and use common sense - you'll be just fine. My cast lead guru here and Alberta shoots like a champ with his home made boolits... I can't remember if he does 9mm or not...

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