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loophole posted this 24 January 2019

This is the longest period of sustained cold, damp weather I can remember in these mountains.  Have not been able to get out to shoot and my old arthritic fingers just don't work even if I wear my artic parka in  my unheated shop.  I have done so much reloading lately that I need a break from that.

So out of  of curiosity and boredom, I pose this entirely-unrelated-to-cast-bullets question..  In my younger days I had more than one tack driving 22-250, and for a few years I went out west to shoot prairie dogs every spring. One winter I got serious with the Dillon and loaded 600-800 22-250 rounds with ballistic tip and psp bullets, which would hold 1/2 to 3/4 groups out of a good rifle.  I didn't get to go west that spring, and got interested in other shooting projects, sold the 22-250's and put back the loaded ammo.  I was scrounging through reloading stuff yesterday and found a box with those loaded rounds in it.  Stored dry without excessive heat, brass still clean and the only sign of age is a little oxidation on the exposed lead point on the psp bullets.  I no longer have any interest in jacketed bullets, I don't want another varmint rifle, and I no longer know anybody who would use this ammo.  I'm not looking to sell the stuff.  Anyone have any ideas about what to do with it?    

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RicinYakima posted this 24 January 2019

Gift it! I am 71 years old and the stuff I like nobody under 60 wants. I am giving stuff to young guys to get them to shoot something other than AR's. Ammo, reloading gear, bullet moulds and anything else. It will have zero value in ten years. My son from the 82nd Airborne will take my M1 Garand, but doesn't want anything else. We have out lived our times, so let it go. FWIW, Ric

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longhunter posted this 24 January 2019

A Sad day.....

I am in the same boat.

No one wants my Stuff......My Daughter is a Nurse......only two granddaughters........They don't even want to come to the farm anymore!

SAD

Jon

Jon Welda CW5 USA Ret. 608 797 0056

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R. Dupraz posted this 24 January 2019

Yep!

And then the vultures start wearing out the front door step pestering my partner. 

I've been on this earth 74 years and six days and one thing that I have been doing for some years now, while I still have a say in the matter, is slowly donating unused excess shooting stuff to a couple of active clubs that I frequent to do with as they please. Sell for club profit or give away as prizes or what ever.

I have had at least one table, sometimes more at the local annual gun show for years and have had some good luck there.    

 

R.

 

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Scearcy posted this 24 January 2019

I have been trying to thin the heard of "blued and walnut" fire arms that reside in my house. It is getting more and more difficult to sell anything that isn't a true collectable.  I used to think my collection and I use that word loosely had some value. Now I don't think so.

My prairie dog rifles and other rebarreled rifles have suffered the greatest decline in value. I rarely alter a factory rifle any more.

Jim

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loophole posted this 24 January 2019

For years I was a life member of the Asheville Rifle and Pistol Club.  I did whatever legal work the club needed without charge. We had a serious smallbore program and shot military high power. Then I built my own range and seldom used the ARPC range.

A question arose about the safety of the range while a dufus from Florida was president of the club. He refused to listen to my advice, fired me as club attorney, started taking legal advice from a  dufus from somewhere up north who is not even a licensed NC attorney. and finally persuaded the club to ban shooting from any position except off the bench and standing.  Of course the smallbore and high power matches are a thing of the past and the club cancelled my lifetime membership.  I don't know anyone who is a member now and I don't know anyone who shoots varmint rifles. or even owns a 22-250. 

I agree that the shooting we have loved is a thing of the past, and I'm trying to draw a line between pleasant nostalgia and morbid fixation on past times.  I just bought another mod 1893 Marlin and that's a wonderful way to think positively.

Steve k 

 

 

 

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RicinYakima posted this 24 January 2019

Steve, they are even out here in the west, call "the un-fun police". Ours is lead by a retired State Farm insurance executive. For a while we had "old guys' days". Every week we had a different shooting contest, pistol, cap and ball revolver, black powder skeet, etc. Now they are passing away, or have doctors appointments on Thursdays, etc. Luckily there is quite a bit of public land available for plinking within an hours drive. Ric

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R. Dupraz posted this 24 January 2019

This is kinda off topic sort of. Next to the top of my once prairie dog battery was a Ruger 22-250 varminter with one of the back then steel tube Micro-track ten power Weavers. . Now I am not one to place the label of "love" on material things but that 250 came very close to one of them. Not to mention that it was a single shot besides. 

You can get sucked in to all the marketing hype about the latest most modern, whiz-bang, laser shooting, wind immune trendy calibers you want but me, I'd be perfectly content with the 250. It was a SD prairie dog eliminator supreme. I kept the rifle for quite a long time even after quitting the game just because I liked it. But like all good things it finally went away to a friend along with 400 rounds of brass.

 

R.  

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M3 Mitch posted this 24 January 2019

Well, Loophole, you being an attorney you know that you are liable if anyone has problems using that ammo.  If you sold or gave it to me, if I did have a blow-up, while I wouldn't sue you, my health insurance most likely would.  And you understand this problem better than I do.  In your place, honestly, I would just buy another 22-250 and use the ammo as an excuse to buy it. 

A practical question is, did you full-length or neck size the brass?  If you neck sized, the ammo will only fit rifles with chambers as big or bigger than your old rifle.

If you don't want to pick up a 22-250, and some good ones can be found for decent prices (Maybe Searcy has a rebarreled one for you?) I guess just leave it to someone in your will.  Once we are on "the other side" we can't be held liable for our handloads.

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joeb33050 posted this 24 January 2019

I disassemble 22-250/223 cartridges every time I shoot; 2-3 times a week. Use a whackit inertial,  fast and easy. Bullets and primed cases will sell easy, powder makes the pansys grow. Take them apart!

I don't fire any cartridge I didn't reload; and sometimes they make me nervous.

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beltfed posted this 25 January 2019

Indeed, like Joe B,  you can disassemble the ammo and sell the bullets and brass. 

But I would buy a RCBS or similar collet type bullet puller for your loading press rather than

use the hammer type puller.  Much faster and less nerve wracking

beltfed/arnie

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Ross Smith posted this 25 January 2019

Hey guys, I'm only 72. I'll take your stuff.

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beltfed posted this 25 January 2019

BTW, a friend and I are  now thinking about going out to the Dakotas again for PDs because of all

the 222Rem, 223, 22 hornet, and 22LR HVHPs left over from last trip out there in 2010.

Shoot it up and then sell the rifles. -----Except for that Marlin-Sako 322 built on the Sako L46 action

and the Rem 513 SA sporter 22 with the T-10 on it.

"For in the U-Haul behind the Hearse...….."

beltfed/arnie

 

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David Reiss CBA Membership Director posted this 25 January 2019

 Hey I just turned 60 and have two adult sons, so I will take about any guns, ammo, casting or reloading stuff. As I have more time to spend on this hobby, I am looking to expand my inventory and so are my two sons. 

David Reiss - NRA Life Member & PSC Range Member Retired Police Firearms Instructor/Armorer
-Services: Wars Fought, Uprisings Quelled, Bars Emptied, Revolutions Started, Tigers Tamed, Assassinations Plotted, Women Seduced, Governments Run, Gun Appraisals, Lost Treasure Found.
- Also deal in: Land, Banjos, Nails, Firearms, Manure, Fly Swatters, Used Cars, Whisky, Racing Forms, Rare Antiquities, Lead, Used Keyboard Keys, Good Dogs, Pith Helmets & Zulu Headdresses. .

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Eutectic posted this 25 January 2019

I have a Remington 700 308 Winchester, Work done by Williams Precision, Douglas premium  heavy profile barrel Jewel match trigger, Kelby scope rings and mount, Leupold 24X scope, Bedded in a synthetic stock. Groups less than1/2 inch  @ 100 yards with match ammo. The rifle is an absolute pleasure to shoot. Tin cans at 200 yards are not even a challenge.

I tried to sell it for over a year. The price was down to less than half what I have in it. Still no takers, everyone wants a black rifle (or two or three). My son has no interest, has 223's that chew up ammo fast and take ten rounds to hit a can at 50 yards. Lots of noise, brass and bullets flying everywhere. 

We are the dinosaurs get over it. Shoot what you own, have fun and let the probate court work it out.


Steve

 

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John Alexander posted this 25 January 2019

Geeze Guys, cheer up. We have all stumbled on a fascinating hobby to amuse ourselves as well as probably the only active sport that you can compete, and maybe win in, until you topple over.

It's true that not many of the younger generation, even if interested in shooting, don't want to cast bullets but then many of us didn't get into it till we were 50 or thereabouts.  

True that most  young shooters are interested in spraying instead of shooting although we see a lot bolt action hunting rifles at the range a lot of them attached to people who know how to use them.

All or most of those camoed AR, AK, and high capacity pistol shooters who I think are going through a Walter Mitty stage and will eventually grow out of it, see some virtue in deliberate fire, and may even get into CB shooting.  They will be able to get off their Mitty fantasies by using a bug on the windshield as an aiming point as I do while playing hell with Rommel's tanks and other targets of opportunity.

In the meantime let's be thankful that we have more people shooting. They are helping us keep the shooting ranges open.

I think our fears may be a bit exaggerated since the CBA now has more members than in 2000. We also have quite a number of members working hard to put on matches for our entertainment (some are posting to this thread) as well as others keeping the store open.

Why not pitch in by helping somebody get started shooting cast bullets or write an article for the Fouling Shot to help keep our members satisfied they are getting their money's worth for contributing to the kitty.

John

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R. Dupraz posted this 25 January 2019

 

Just stating the facts John

In the words of SGT. Joe Friday "just the facts Ma'm, Just the facts" 

And...….,If you don't know who Joe Friday was, you were born too late. 

 

R. 

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Brodie posted this 25 January 2019

I think that I have solved the "what to do with my guns before I die?" problem.  I have friends and neighbors who have sons and daughters who shoot and hunt.  I plan to give them to these people before I croak and after I can't hunt and shoot anymore sparing what my own two boys want of course.

I am currently teaching my neighbors teen age son how to reload and cast bullets.  He's a young guy who has been kept short on pocket change and long on hugs and good parenting.  Go out and find those youngsters who are interested.  Don't just sit in your chair and bemoan the fact that all you see on the range are sprayers and not shooters.  If you have extra loading equipment (and darn few of us don't) donate it to these youngsters (after proper training and instruction of course.).  See to it that they use it properly.  Ok it will cut into your personal loading and casting time, but so what if you are in your 70's like me you probably have more time than you know what to do with.  Use that time and all those years of knowledge and practice to help keep our sport alive.  If you don't the only instruction they will get is from the TV and Movies, and we all know just how good that is.

B.E.Brickey

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delmarskid posted this 25 January 2019

Just this afternoon I was in my reloading romm and prayed out loud, " Dear Lord let me live long enough to wear out all my s**t." .

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max503 posted this 26 January 2019

I was wondering if my trigger finger can hold out long enough to shoot up all the primers and various forms of lead I have.

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GWarden posted this 26 January 2019

Brodie

I agree and am doing what you are with youngsters. For all of us, we sure have lots of good memories of the many years we have enjoyed our various venues in the shooting sports. One hobby that does not diminish as we get older, but have more time to enjoy being retired. You all have a good shooting season.

Bob

Iowa

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