Woods & Water
A Look at the world of reloading
For my high school graduation, I asked for and received a reloading set that I used for many years, adding to the basics, as I could afford. A friend once told me that you don’t get to save money reloading, you just get to shoot three times as much. That’s as true today as it was then.
While some of my equipment is over fifty years old, some is less than a year. I used to trim cases by hand, as well as remove primer crimps. Now I borrowed an RCBS Case Prep set from Wil Hanks, and it saves lots of work.
The problem is to find small rifle primers. There still seems to be an abundance of large rifle primers, but try to find small rifle primers and it’s quite frustrating. It’s almost as bad as trying to find .22 long rifle rounds.
Small rifle primers fit calibers like .223, one of today’s most popular rounds; apparently people are buying them as much as they can. I would bet my bottom primer that if Hillary Clinton is elected, there will not be an opportunity to buy any more. If you don’t vote in this election you are a complete idiot.
I went to Cabela’s at Christiana, Cameron’s at Oxford, Ten X at Newark, (i.e. Ten X is going out of the reloading business) and called Cabela’s at Hamburg. No primers. Finally at the main office I found some; however, there is now a $20 extra shipping rate imposed on them in addition to shipping and handling. A box of 500 is now over $60 rather than the usual $32.
Back to the topic: rather than spend hours prepping the cases, it now can be done in a fraction of the time, thanks to the case prep tool. If you do any amount of target shooting, it pays to have one.
7.65 Argentine Mauser
Many years ago, I built rifles; many of them had thumbhole stocks. One such rifle was a 7.65 Argentine Mauser rifle. Unfortunately, I sold it. I saw it once at the range a few years ago, so it may still be in the area. If you have it, or know of it, please let me know. I may be interested in buying it back.
We have various speakers at our local MSSA meetings. One of them repaired reels for a living. Should you have an inexpensive reel, it will pay you to buy another one, rather than pay to get it fixed; however, if you have a nice reel, get it fixed.
I do remember our speaker saying a particular tidbit: “Use WD-40. It keeps me in business.” WD-40 gums up over time, and, regardless of claims, it turns to gum, collects dust and junk and jams the reel, keeping the speaker in business.
Muzzleloader season opens on Thursday, Oct. 20 to 22nd for bucks; then until Oct. 29 for does only.