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Thread: How could I have been so stupid?

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    Boolit Master Bad Ass Wallace's Avatar
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    How could I have been so stupid?

    I guess it all started back in 1972 when I began casting 55gn bullets for my 22/250 at a time when an RCBS mold was $AU12 and a box of Sierra 52gn hollow points was $AU4.65.

    Next I bought a Lee mold for my Lee Enfield 303, and for the next 50 years I bought mold after mold for every rifle I aquired and lubesizers, and sizing dies which brings me up to today.

    Over that time, I have bought a lot of rifles and pistols and doing a stocktake this past week, I have 118 boolit molds, 3 lubesizers, 42 sizing dies, 26 top punches etc. With the current gunshop stock shortages due to Covid-19, I find that there is nothing among my firearms that is likely to run out of components.

    34,000 primers, 42 tins of powder and over 10,000 brass cases, 1,600 lbs of lead ingots made up as useable ingots. I must have been a very silly boy over the years buying all that junk as money and opportunity arose.

    I live on a farm where I can shoot every day, don't pay range fees and print downloaded targets of the internet.

    I think I might spend the afternoon plinking tin cans!

    Hold Still Varmint; while I plugs Yer!

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    I’ll call you Bragging *** Wallace from now on, mate!

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    Not nice to eat in front of the hungry...
    ...Not that I'm hungry yet - but still...
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    I think the picture of Matthew Quigley on the base of the gun rack speaks volumes!
    (And we'll done on your collection btw!!)

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    We all approach the hobby differently. In my world, any more than 20 molds is silly. 34k primers is awful.

    The good thing is YOU are happy. This week I sold 95k primers to one gentleman and we were both happy...lol.

    Love the picture of some of your rifles. Some nice weapons there!!!

    Like you, I can shoot for a long time but being an old man my time horizon is limited. If things stay stupid, I have a dozen molds I have never used to keep me busy. Never been much for cast in rifles but may travel that road if necessary.
    Don Verna

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    I feel your pain. I just ordered 2 more molds an hour ago. I really don't need either of them but they will give me something to play with for a few months. My mind is always busy trying to come up with better ideas and this obsession has been a Godsend. I doubt I will live long enough to burn up any of the components I have accumulated and I'm not yet 58. I shoot competitively and go through around 30K rounds per year at present. My lead hobby is less damaging than many others might be to my health and it helps keep my mind busy. I have bought guns just because I didn't have any in that caliber before and needed a new project.

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    A pound of powder and five pounds of lead won't last as long with those big rifles. But sounds like you are certainly well-stocked.

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    in the real west we would call that a good start
    if you are ever being chased by a taxidermist, don't play dead

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    Sitting on 20k primers I see your 34k and turn slightly green.

    The biggest chunk of my powder stash is Red Dot/Promo. So to be able to use it all I am going to need more primers.

    I'm just wishing I'd bought a couple of M1 carbines back when they were dirt cheap (under 100$)
    And maybe I should have bought a cheap mauser or 3 and a few K-31's.

    But no complaints here. I can carry on as I choose for a significant chunk of time before I run out of lead, primers, powder or guns.
    I truly believe we need to get back to basics.

    Get right with the Lord.
    Get back to the land.
    Get back to thinking like our forefathers thought.

    Anyone that wants to use this, feel free. Spread it wide and far.

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    I feel that you are trying to make me feel bad.

    Didn't work.

    And what's with an Aussie stealing a Loony Tunes character for your avatar and quote?
    Micah 6:8
    He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

    "I don't have hobbies - I'm developing a robust post-apocalyptic skill set"
    I may be discharged and retired but I'm sure I did not renounce the oath that I solemnly swore!

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    Instead of Bad *** Wallace, maybe Brilliant *** Wallace would fit you better. Lol. Nice collection.

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    Very nice. I had a decent stash of everything but lost my firearms and supplies while canoing over to a friend's house a state or so away. It was tragic. I almost drowned in those mountain streams.

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    I HATE YOU!!! Can I come to visit? For a few months at least? LOL. Very smart and lucky man.

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    I'll call you the Ant.........you can call me the Grasshopper!

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    You’ve got primers older than me lol

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    I thought this was going to be a "I voted for Biden" confession!

    Of course your vote would only count if it were for a Democrat since you aren't here. BTW, nice collection of '74's.
    Last edited by LynC2; 01-11-2021 at 01:27 PM.
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    Good on ya, mate!
    "Experience is a series of non-fatal mistakes"


    Disarming is a mistake free people only get to make once...

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    Bad, my heart bleeds for your stupidity. Like you, after getting burned by the shortage I followed the Boy Scout motto and didn't get caught in the last two fiascos./beagle
    diplomacy is being able to say, "nice doggie" until you find a big rock.....

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    Lets just hope this stuff gets fixed before you run out.
    grit yer teeth an pull the trigger

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    Go ahead, just go ahead, start an international incident...............hell, ain't it bad 'nuff that the heathen Chinee are dredging up the Yellow Sea.........now you, well, I won't say it!!!


    And damn it all, here I am with a cousin in Wagga Wagga.....heck,now I'm glad my Great Granpa came here instead of the land down under...........I been huntin' for primers for six months........SIX months!

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check