We made a run into town yesterday, more to get out than anything else. I forgot it was a "leaf season" weekend. Our rule is never to go into town or anywhere else from the beginning of the second week of October through the end of the third week. Traffic is terrible, and a lot of the people on the road and in town are rude, pushy, and obnoxious. So this will be our last trip into town for awhile unless we really need something.
Picked up some groceries, my wife got an "outfit", and I bought some 9mm and .22LR. She really doesn't need any more clothes, but she likes to shop and it makes her happy to buy some new things to wear. I sure don't need any more ammo, but I seem to buy it just about every time I am pottering around somewhere that sells it. The big question for me yesterday was whether to buy aluminum cased 9mm ball, or brass cased 9 mm ball. There was only a difference of one dollar between them so I bought brass. Used to be, only CCI had a good selection of aluminium cased ammo (the Blazer line) but I guess the idea has caught on.
While aluminum cased ammo is marginally cheaper than brass, you can't reload it.
So if you save a dollar on the price of 50 rounds, it might seem good at face value. You are giving up 50 cartridge cases of once fired brass though, and that's a false economy.
Unless, of course, you don't reload. But most people who shoot a lot do reload, both as a matter of economy and because they can work up their own loads. Not to mention it's relaxing and satisfying. You can store a lot of reloading components. If you have primers, powder, brass and bullets for your favorite loads, you can keep yourself in ammo a long, long time after you can't buy it anymore. Assuming you have the right tools and knowledge.
I look at aluminum cased ammunition the same way I look at berdan primed ammunition.
It's always good to have some, in case you expect to be using it in a situation where you don't want to hang around to police up your brass.
That's the same kind of ammo you load wearing thin leather gloves, so there's no finger or thumb prints on the brass.
You just never know.....
But not everywhere:
Yellowstone is on the news a good bit since June, especially this last week.
There have been a lot of news stories over the past week about earthquake swarms that are more numerous and stronger than normal at Yellowstone. If you google anything about "Super Volcano 2017" you'll come up with a good many articles in recent mainstream publications. Last night was the first time I have seen any segments about the subject on the MSM television since June.
The segment on OAN last night said that the scientists out there who monitor the Yellowstone Park (some of whom are featured in the two programs below) say the eruption is probably decades away, not hundreds of years. I have been searching the internet for a video of that part of the OAN broadcast, but so far it hasn't turned up. It was aired last night though, so it should materialize and I'll post it if and when I find it.
In the interim, here's a Fox News article and video from two days ago, on the same issue:
From the "Naked Science" series on the Science Channel.
Super Volcanoes. (just under one hour in length)
Discovery Channel/BBC movie "Super Volcano."
(this is full length movie, as aired on Discovery, runs over an hour.)
Thought for the Day:
Obama is gone, but his stench lingers on.