Another storm is coming . It's been just one after the other this Fall. If this weather is any indication of what winter will be , it's going to be rough.
I got the sled out yesterday and gave it a good going over. I may be hauling supplies up the mountain on it again this winter. Sometimes, if the snow or ice comes and then it doesn't warm up, you can be up here for weeks. Three weeks without leaving the mountain top after an ice storm is my record.
|Winter storms mean a lot of work.|
Sometimes we can get up the old forest service road to the gate. Then it's not so bad. But if the storm is bad enough, we can't get up that far. The cure is to park a vehicle down on the hard surface road before the storm. Then, you get into town when the roads are plowed and get what you need. It's a 3 mile jaunt back to the house towing the sled, much of it uphill. I don't do it unless I have to.
|Winter is coming.|
This storm is rain and wind. More trees down, no doubt. But the one's you really have to worry about are the big snow and ice storms. Then you lose power. I went out to fire up the generator this morning, just to run it on a dummy load. The battery is dead. Since it fired up ok last month, either the battery has gone bad, or I need new connecting wires.One of the one's I have on there needs to be replaced. It's on the list of things to do.
But over the years, it morphed into a sort of forum for wildcat cartridges. A wildcat cartridge is one that some guy invents out in his barn or workshop, then convinces a gun manufacturer to make a gun to fit it.
Some of them take off and become common cartridges used by many. Most of them don't. I knew a fellow who worked one up, the .45 Rowland, and I guess it's still around but it never took off. Unless the new cartridge fills a need some other cartridge isn't already chambered for, it's going to become an obscure part of handloading history.
This month I bought the magazine because it has a interesting article on low power loads for old military rifles. Full powered loads for those rifles were intended to give you killing power out to 900 yards. The trade off is brutal recoil. The rifles were designed for young men in their prime, not older shooters. I might give some of these loads a try, although from reading the article it's really more trouble than it's worth.
This reloading annual comes out every December. I have them going back for many years. It's a worthwhile magazine for keeping you up to speed on new products and procedures in the reloading area.
If you keep them in chronological order, it's also a fine reference for past years. I've gone back and ordered something I saw in this magazine years later, when I developed a need for it.
I like just browsing through the magazine and seeing what new equipment is out there. Particularly with the old cartridges I reload for, it's nice to have a complete set of gauge and dedicated tools for the particular round, but often you will be missing a component because no one has produced it yet. It's always a joy to find that at last someone has turned out the very piece you've been yearning for. I'm always seeing useful bits and pieces in this publication.
I got the new Military Surplus magazine, and this is a particularly interesting issue. It focuses primarily on Cold War era weapons. There's a well written article on Century International Arms new Cetme based G-3. I own both a Cetme and a G3 from the early 1990's. Mine are excellent shooters once you get used to having the charging handle up on the front of the weapon. I have both Cetme mags and G3 mags, but this new version appears to have been built for G3 mags only. Those are cheap and easy to find, while original Cetme mags are pretty rare now. There's a good article in here on the Makarov and also on the Star B. I own several Makarovs, and I've always wanted a Star B. I never bought one, but now a bunch of nice guns have just come into the country at a reasonable price so I am going to buy one or two. AIM has the best I have seen recently, in terms of condition and price.
December's Emergency Essentials catalog is out.
They're a very useful company for bulk food, freeze dried food, and all the little bits and pieces that I can't seem to find anywhere else. For instance, I've bought the special wrenches you need to open food storage pails from them. Also got number ten can lids, and all manner of small but necessary items that are not exciting but are in the"for want of a nail" category. Their prices are good, the products as advertised.
If you need some things for your larder, such as freeze dried meats, fruits, etc this is a good place to shop. They have a wide variety, in different sized containers, and the prices are reasonable.
I took my G1898 Mauser out yesterday and did some shooting with Turkish 8mm Mauser ammo. I wore my old shooting jacket so the recoil wasn't as punishing at it might have been, though the Turkish ammo is hot.
It came into the country in the early 1990's, You got the full case of 1200 rounds (wooden case). The wooden case held spam cans, and they had the ammo in cloth bandoleers, on stripper clips. That was a great buy and I got four cases, as I remember. Cost was about $100 a case at the time. I probably should look up the actual price and numbers of cases I got, on my spreadsheets to be accurate, but that's a good ball park figure and I'm not feeling very energetic today.