Shooting and Reloading


Back in the '70s and '80s, I used to go deer hunting in New Mexico with old (replica) black powder rifles, one of which I had made from scratch. Sometimes, if invited, I'd go on someone's deer lease with my .270 Winchester. However, around 1985, I had my fill of killing defenseless animals for sport. I realized that the real thrill of hunting was the stalking and outsmarting the animal, and hunting with a camera presented the same challenges.

I did still enjoy target shooting and reloading though. But, a move from the farm to urban areas made it very inconvenient to continue that hobby. So, I gave away my reloading equipment and deer rifle, and one of my muzzleloaders to a family member. Recently, for reasons not important here, I decided to take back the muzzleloader and what was left of the reloading equipment. Although neglect had taken it's toll, the flintlock and remnants of the reloading equipment were still very serviceable, and I am now enjoying the renewal of an old hobby. The .270 was nowhere to be found, so it was probably sold. I had my most fun with the .270, and developed a load that would put a group shot the size of a quarter at 200 yards (well, OK, a fifty cent piece). After 26 years, I still remember the load - IMR4350, 51.1 grains.


The followingare some of my reloading samples and guns I have.

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It's really fun to reload cartridges. After shooting a bunch of rounds on the firing range, you gather up the spent brass and take them home. First you inspect each cartridge for cracks or deformaties and throw damaged cartridges away. Then, I put them in a tumbler with corn cob grounds to shine them up again.


Next, comes the reloading. The first step is to resize the cartridge and expel the spent primer. Then, it is expanded so a new bullet can be seated, and a new primer is inserted. Next, the powder is added. It is extremely important to add the exact amount of powder needed for a certain bullet weight and configuration. This data is found in the reloading manual for the specific brand of bullet that you are using. The next step is to seat and crimp the bullet into the cartridge.


As mentioned before, the specifications for the new round of ammunition must be within strict tolerances ... thousanths of an inch for cartridge length and tenths of a grain for powder.


Here is my latest toy, a Glock 19 (9mm luger) with two 15 round clips


I really like the way it easily breaks down into components


This is my .50 caliber Kentucky flintlock rifle. I've killed two or three deer with it. Unlike a percussion rifle,

you need to keep extra steady during the "lock time" to get an accurate shot. Lock time is the half second or so after you pull the trigger and wait

for the powder in the pan to ignite, then ignite the main powder charge in the barrel.


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I have others, and may post some of them later.

(By the way, they are all kept in a professional gun safe that is bolted to the floor)