A few years ago, I realized that I simply do not have time to reload. Or, more specifically, that there are other things I would rather be doing. I do enjoy reloading and I kept all my reloading equipment. However, I enjoy shooting more than I enjoy reloading. Given a choice, I would rather do that.
I gave it some thought and made a concerted effort to divest a few of the less common calibers I had, especially the ones where you pretty much have to reload. I stocked up a bit on the more common calibers and made sure I have a couple of guns chambered in each one. Sometimes more than a couple.
Well, in retrospect, it may not have been the best idea. To be more specific, it was a good idea, but only if I was willing to buy a couple of pallets of ammo in the calibers I shoot the most. I wasn't. I did a pretty decent job stocking up and I probably have enough to survive the current ammo crunch, but I have a suspicion that there are some regulations coming that will put even more pressure on ammo availability.
I wonder if I should have kept some of those oddball caliber guns or even just the barrels.
When you look at what's in stock at various online stores, at the moment, it is only the oddball stuff. It is dire enough that I am in the process of getting my reloading bench set up again for some of the calibers where I simply do not have enough ammo to fit my requirements for the next couple of years.
Don't get me wrong. I manage to scrounge up an overpriced box or two here and there, but it is not clear how long this is going to last and I am distinctly uncomfortable with where this is going. For some calibers, most importantly for 22LR, I am good for a few years, but if I stick with my regular training schedule, I'll be out of 5.56x45 and 7.62x39 by the end of the year according to my calculations.
That is one of the reasons I started paying a lot more attentions to airguns. They make for good practice and many tins of pellets take comparatively little space. I happen to mostly shoot 17 and 25 caliber pellets, so I am planning to stock up on those a bit. They are also getting a little scarce, but at least they take less space than the innumerable ammo cans of centerfire.
The moral of the day: do not be in a rush to sell of those oddball caliber guns you have not used in a while. Oil them up and shove them into the back of the safe. It is entirely possible that they are the only ones you can get ammo for during the next shortage cycle.
I gave it a couple of days and figured it is time to do a live show on intermediate magnifications in LPVOs and a couple of other updates.
I am budgeting 30-45 minutes for this, but it might go to a full hour depending on how it goes.
I'd like to do a quick overview of how the hog hunt went, the gear I was looking at and why I love doing this stuff.
Let's aim for tomorrow (Tuesday, October 12th) at noon Mountain Time.
Here is the wrap up of the Steiner M1050r LRF bincoulars that I have been playing with for a quite a while now.
Observation optics is a pretty involved subject as is, further complicated by the fact that most observation optics are not made for shooters. Here is a live show I did on observation optics that touches on this:
This binocular is decidedly not intended for birders. As the name implies, it is squarely aimed at military and law enforcement applications. It is a very competent overall design, but there is a feature that is sorely missing.
Let me know what you think once you watch the video. The binocular in question is the Steiner Military 10x50r LRF: https://bit.ly/2WA88hY
It is a solid design overall with excellent optics and good LRF performance. There is, however, one critical feature missing.
The registration for SHOT 2022 is finally open and I am in the process of making something resembling a schedule for it. The way it usually works, I make a detailed schedule and it goes to hell in a handbasket eight minutes after the show starts. Still, I have to make plans.
Interestingly, the Safari International event is in Las Vegas this year and overlapping with SHOT.
SHOT is Tuesday through Friday and SCI is Wednesday through Saturday.
I normally do not go to SCI given that it is more of a hunting oriented event. However, given that I am gearing up for my4th hunt this year (aoudad sheep in April, spring black bear in Alaska in June, hogs in Texas two weeks ago and New Mexico elk coming up in December), I can no longer say that I am not really a hunter with any sort of honesty.
I may not be a good hunter, but I am a hunter. Apparently.
With all that, I may be able to sneak over to the SCI show on Saturday. I always run out of time at SHOT, so I doubt I will be able to give up...
Folks, I am going to do another livecast tomorrow focusing on LPVOs and FIxed Power scopes when both are equipped with an offset RDS.
Matt of Everyday Marksman and Jacob of Pro-gun Millenial will join me tomorrow.
Yesterday's livecast, once we got done with the original topic of discussion veered a little bit toward other aspects of shooting quickly with conventional riflescopes and the topic of OEGs (Occluded Eye Gunsights) came up. I figured that I should probably write a short article on how they work when I realized that I already have and that Guns and Ammo makes this one available online.
It went into the 2019 Retro issue when they asked to write a little bit about OEGs since they were famously used in the Son-Tay raid.
It did make me want to re-visit the subject, so I pinged the good folks at Armson USA to see if I can borrow a modern OEG form them and go over the subject in more detail.