Teasing and Mockery


They just sit there at attention yet unattended, fifty primed but empty cases of premium Nosler brass that smirk and mock. Much more is needed.
Fifty is not enough – fifty-five is the minimum with sighters, so why the red-tray with it’s deep and ordinary insufficiencies – fifty is just a round number to the manufacturers.
But even fifty-five is not enough, not for a State Championship Competition where several multiples of fifty are routinely discharged over a few days.
I don’t have enough, there’s never enough, and there’s no such thing as too much ammo.
I must assemble more than what’s laid out by several times the trays before me – I need seven trays-full.
Anyhow I’m not going this time since I don’t shoot well enough yet and the weekend is not free to take.
The realization that “I suck” has a truth-to-power ratio evidenced by my own targets and scores. It’s reality, not overwhelmed by inappropriate self-confidence, wishful self-indulgently bad Hope for Change, or deranged self-congratulatory analysis – it’s stark and numeric addition without the New Math.
I should probably get my 600-yard actual distance baptism experience ahead of time anyhow, but this event is also a good way to just plunge right in, so THEY say. Next time.
In the Fall I will have 100-rounds of the 77-grain Sierra Match Kings loaded and 250 rounds of their 69-grain little brothers – done over time so the repetitive stress tendinitis and arthritis doesn’t show up again – and if it cannot be beaten-off by Ibuprofen then I’m goin’ shoppin’ for Ammo, baby!

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15 thoughts on “Teasing and Mockery

  1. I’d like to get me a .44 Special sixgun, what is yours?I shot a friend’s .44 Mag SuperRugerRedBlackFlatHawkTop, it had a giant scope on it and weighed a ton, and still hurt!

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  2. These aren’t actually full-bore loads, they’re to < HREF="http://www.secondbreakfast.net/archives/004091.html" REL="nofollow">.44 Special specs<>..44 Mag isn’t so bad as long as you have a reasonable gun. Mine’s a S&W Mod. 29, 6″ bbl. Not bad to shoot but if I put two full cylinders of the big stuff through it, my forearms start to ache.I knew a guy who had a 2″ Bulldog in it. Can’t IMAGINE touching that off.

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  3. Hey Ken!! Long time no banjo music!With me it’s a stupid ramping-up hurdle, and the volume that scares me off – 350 cases is a lot.But .44 Magnum? I can see why you might not have shot it off – sheesh, my biggest caliber is the old .45 Colt, and I shoot cowboy loads! 😉

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  4. Rob! Hey, no I don’t anneal my cases but I do full-length resize them, that’s an important aspect of reloading for semi-autos so they feed and operate correctly and don’t jam – the rest I think is the same as handgun cartridges – except that I’ve never crimped any, just seated them held with neck tension. I’ve heard that a light crimp can help by “uniforming” such neck-tension – or rather making the “release” following ignition more uniform??A problem I have with the powder dispenser is you really kinda have to turn it upsidown to empty it once you’re done loading, and I’m not sure that’s such a great thing to do to sensitive, powder-handling electronics…?

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  5. Thanks George, another George was trying to corral me into going but things just didn’t work out that way.Fatale Dear, yes it is fun; cleaning the brass, popping-out the old primer and installing new ones, weighing and pouring the powder, and seating a new projectile in the case – a matter of following a certain recipe for each different one and purpose.Tweety – thanks yes I hope so too!

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  6. Tip: Don’t make your first 600-meter experience in a match. You’ll just be wasting your time there and no one likes to see their name at the bottom of a long list.Practice, practice, practice.

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  7. Hey, if you’re not going to be using your fancy powder drop & scale, I’d be happy to take it off your hands.Hell, I’ll even pay for the shipping!Seriously, I’ve got a 6.8 Rem. SPC upper on order right now. I’m going to have to learn to load rifle which is a little different than the handloads I’ve been doing.Do you anneal your cases?And the CAPTCHA word is <>boom<>xwll. How cool is that?

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  8. Holy Crap DC! You’re paying for those components?! Didn’t you know that Nosler is selling the whole package ready to go for target shooters? All you have to do is call 1 800 223-7468 and give them your name and scores. Seriously, do some research on the phone number….

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  9. I used to think that 50 wasn’t enough. Then I went component shopping. Crap! I can’t keep up. I’ll go price something in bulk, save for a couple of weeks and go back and I’m behind again. No end in sight.

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