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reloading 300 Blackout

I had to knock a couple years’ worth of dust off my reloading gear and a lot of cobwebs out of my reloading brain, but I reloaded a test batch of 300 AAC Blackout ammo up today. This is a new cartridge for me. It is somewhat young to the shooting world, but hugely popular already. Wildcatters cut down a .223 case, opened it up to .30 caliber and stuffed various weights of bullets into it. As often happens, gun and ammo factories saw a good thing and adopted it for commercial production. It is definitely a strange thing with big, fat, long bullets filling the top half of shortened little 5.56 cases while the bottom half is full […]

when low is high

I do not take it seriously … certainly when compared to those for whom Practical Pistol is LIFE. It is a great sport. It has wonderfully useful real-world application. And I do admire those folks who can SMOKE the course. A handgun you do not practice shooting is not much better than a pocket full of stones you don’t practice throwing. If you expect your pistol to be useful in a dire self-defense scenario, you dang-well better shoot it often enough to KNOW you can hit what you want to hit with it, and not hit what you want to not hit with it. It is fun. It is a great skill set to have in your quiver. But I […]

Bull* vetoes

Bullock again proves himself ignorant and incompetent to hold an office representing the people of Montana. Twenty states have “Constitutional Carry” – that is, no law against carrying weapons regardless of whether your coat falls over it or not. There are absolutely no related problems in any of them. With a strong, knowledgeable gun culture, Montana is no more at risk than any of them, particularly including the most recent addition to that list, New Hampshire. Both houses of the state legislature agreed. King Bull* disagreed. His second idiotic move Thursday was vetoing legal carry into Montana Post Offices. Over a decade ago a couple of US Postal Service employees “went postal” and shot some co-workers. From postal service […]

300 AAC Blackout

I have recently been looking into subsonic rifle loads for full-sized bullets. By full-size I mean enough power to be considered adequate for hunting and defensive purposes. Less recoil and less noise are attractive, but I have found that sub-sonic rimfire (.22LR) can’t even clean-kill whistle pigs. One way to go, of course, would be to just get a carbine that shoots pistol ammunition for the purpose. The popular handgun loads all come with subsonic options or, as in .45, never do go supersonic. The speed of sound is about 1,130 feet per second. That varies a bit depending on conditions. I feel comfortable working with 1050 and below as subsonic and figure 1200 and above to be supersonic. The […]

gun control

Interesting Facts About Gun Control NEVER MADE KNOWN BY THE CONTROL LOBBY There are 30,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms, and this number is not disputed. U.S. population 324,059,091 as of Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Do the math: 0.000000925% of the population die from gun related actions each year. Statistically speaking, this is insignificant! What is never told, however, is a breakdown of those 30,000 deaths, to put them in perspective as compared to other causes of death: • 65% of those deaths are by suicide which would never be prevented by gun laws • 15% are by law enforcement in the line of duty and justified • 17% are through criminal activity, gang and drug related or […]

precision rifle shooting

This morning I was led to the Precision Rifle Shooting blog (PRS It is an absolute treasure trove of information on, well, precision rifle things. It occurs to me as I read and ponder this topic that precision rifle gear and precision rifle men are of no value whatsoever in the wrong place or applied to the wrong target. Information, and more importantly, refined information also known as “intelligence” are a whole lot more important. While not really good at radio, information gathering and/or information processing, I am a whole lot better than average. I also am putting a higher priority on improving those things compared to improving my shooting skills and gear collection. Again, not that I don’t […]

Orlando … what happened?

What do we KNOW about the mass shooting story out of Orlando? According to the story told by mainstream media and repeated far and wide throughout the Internet: A Muslim man saw two men kissing one day. That incensed him greatly… for many days. He armed himself with an AR-15 rifle, a handgun and “some explosive device” the strolled through the bouncers/ID-check guys at the door went into a club full of gays and started shooting people in a gun-free zone where nobody was likely to return fire. Now the Internet, that was quite lively with news of The Bilderberg Group meeting this week with all the high-level politicians, bankers, media and power-brokers attending, has turned its attention to Muslims, […]

more guns, less crime

STATE OF THE NATION: Lots More Guns, Much Less Violent Crime Posted by Bob Owens on April 5, 2016 at 11:42 am Patrick Tyrell noted something interesting yesterday at The Daily Signal. We’ve noted previously that firearms sales and ownership are both at an all-time high in the United States. Female, urban, and youth shooters are the fastest growing demographics of gun owners. Sport shooting is the fastest growing sport among high school students in many parts of the nation, and a surge in female shooters is driving both the concealed carry market and gun designs themselves. And of course, gun sales continues to set records for the 11th straight month in a row. Now, it is fair to […]