My article, "How to survive the ammo shortage of 2013"


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Trebor
March 14, 2013, 09:07 AM
Here's my latest Michigan Gun Rights Examiner article with tips on how to survive the ongoing ammo shortage.

(Btw, if you have any other tips, share them here and in the comments)

How to survive the ammo shortage of 2013 (http://www.examiner.com/article/how-to-survive-the-ammo-shortage-of-2013?cid=db_articles)

"As guns and ammo sales continue to hit record highs the ongoing ammo shortage has become a major frustration for many shooters. Here are tips on how to keep in practice even with a reduced ammo budget."

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Teachu2
March 14, 2013, 01:59 PM
Those popup ads are really irritating!

MagnumDweeb
March 14, 2013, 02:21 PM
I took up making my own primers using Potassium chlorate made from paper roll caps, strike anywhere matches (the paper rolls are easier and more economical and they already have red phosphorus in them which helps to better ensure ignition), and home made potassium chlorate (paper rolls work better again as I refuse to store any red phosphorus at this time till I hear back from the ATF on my letter). I do not store any materials outside of primers or cartridges but for small amounts of black powder components and even then they are stored in heavily protective magazines submersed under water.

I shoot holy black through my S&W Model 15-3 (85% condition to start with), Tokarev 9mm, and Taurus PT99. I use http://www.goexpowder.com/images/LoadCharts/Cartridge-Pistol-Revolvers.pdf for load ideas but I load mine lighter than the charts. And yes I know there is no official BP load for 9mm, and I'm not making any recommendations. They all shoot fairly accurate out to twelve yards, beyond that you have to start making adjustments to get tighter than four inch groupings.

It sure gets a lot of attention at the range when I fire off those BP rounds. The cleanup isn't too difficult if you start off with hot water and use typical BP cleaning means, and I finish up with a regular cleaning and heavy oiling. Also be sure to neutralize the potassium chloride deposited in the barrels afterwards if you are using Potassium Chlorate primers.

Oh and I bought two crossbows.

dirtykid
March 14, 2013, 02:23 PM
I couldnt even make it past the first few paragraphs with all those ads on there,,
Annoying !!

BBQJOE
March 14, 2013, 02:30 PM
Magnumdweeb,
May I ask what you use for the primer bodies?
Are you able to recycle and fill used ones?

MagnumDweeb
March 14, 2013, 02:40 PM
You can refill used ones, you just have to get out the dent, I use a same sized punch as the primer and my brass hammer and give it a light tap or two. Be sure to clean out the pocket and save the anvil. If you destroy the anvil or lose it you can make one out of some staples and a little JB weld but it will take time and trial and error. I have primers that I have reloaded four times now without an issue. I ordered enough paper caps rolls to have ten thousand primers and I still feel like I need more.

I did have some limited success using primer cups I made out of coke cans using a paper hole puncher. The key is to use a de-primed cartridge to form the cup. Again it becomes an issue of having the anvil. Make sure your primer material forms into a solid granule. Potassium Chlorate primers ignite by friction and not by percussion. If it remains powder you chances of a good ignition are limited. I tried experimenting with super glue to form the granule and the success was good but limited. Acetone dissolved paper caps (the white part only) are made up of chalk and boron something I forget so they resolidify upon drying and should form a granule in the primer cup.

Primer cups as I have learned are made of a grade of brass less strong than cartridges. The aluminum formed ones are less reliable and I have had them fall out of 9mm cartridges. Good luck on figuring out the loads.

MagnumDweeb
March 14, 2013, 03:07 PM
Oh and don't use plastic scoops they can cause a static discharge. I use a 20 grain charge flask and I pour it out in a marble pestle and then scoop from it with the plastic scoops I normally use but with paper clips wrapped around them. 20 grain detonating openly is a lot safer than seven pounds. Haven't had a static discharge yet but it's smarter to play safer. I keep no more than a hundred rounds loaded stored in an surplus ammo box. The cartridge boxes are wrapped in cloth to prevent kinetic discharge should the boxes be dropped but I don't know if that will actually prevent it. Any free space I have inside the cartridges are filled up with corn meal. In my homemade black powder I added ground up graphite from mechanical pencil refillers as it is supposed to help prevent static discharge. All home made black powder I added dextrin to help granulate the powder and reduce discharge from agitation or dropping.

Again I don't know if any of this does any good so if any of you copy this you do it at your own risk and should expect catastrophic injury.

Warp
March 14, 2013, 03:08 PM
The posts about ads will prevent me from even considering clicking the link.

How about, if you really want to post your article on THR, you post the text of the article on THR?

akv3g4n
March 14, 2013, 03:14 PM
Here's the text. Not too long.

As guns and ammo sales continue to hit record highs the ongoing ammo shortage has become a major frustration for many shooters. Here are tips on how to keep in practice even with a reduced ammo budget.

Shoot less – Dry fire more - The good thing about dry fire practice, that is practice with an unloaded gun, is that it builds skill through repetition, even though no ammo is used. This makes it ideal for the current ammo drought. For best results focus on the fundamentals, such as grip, sight picture, and trigger press, and work on performing them perfectly. In addition to dry firing at home you can also incorporate dry-fire into your range time. One good way to improve slow fire accuracy is to alternate dry-fire and live-fire. For example, dry-fire ten deliberate shots immediately before loading up and firing five live rounds at the target. (As always, make sure to follow all safety precautions when dry firing.)

Use a laser-training target - In a way this is “advanced dry-fire practice.” By using a laser-training target you have all the advantages of dry fire practice while gaining the benefit of immediate feedback. Options include laser bore inserts, like those made by LaserLyte, and complete laser training pistols, including those by LaserLyte and the SIRT Training Pistol by Next Level Training. Even a simple laser already installed on a pistol can help. If the dot moves off target when the trigger breaks, you know you’re pulling the pistol off target during the trigger press.

Try Airsoft - While not a real firearm, a good quality Airsoft pistol can be a great training aid. There are Airsoft replicas of most quality handguns and many will actually fit in the same holsters. Because Airsoft pistols can be shot indoors you can practice without a trip to the range. Of course, Airsoft guns do have limitations in that they don’t replicate the recoil or report of a real firearm.

Shoot more .22 LR - Ordinarily I’d rank this higher on the list but unfortunately .22 LR ammo is also in short supply these days. Still, if you can get your hands on some rimfire fodder, or have a stash built up, you can practice with a .22 LR as an understudy to your centerfire guns. This can be especially effective if you mix in .22 LR with your centerfire practice to effectively stretch your centerfire ammo supply.

Reload your own ammo - Again, this suggestion would be ranked higher if reloading supplies and components weren’t hard to find right now. But, if you have reloading gear you rarely use, or somehow luck into gear and components, reloading your own ammo saves money and puts you more in control of your own ammo supply. If nothing else, once the current scarcity ends, you may want to put reloading equipment and supplies on the top of your list so you are better prepared for the next ammo shortage.

FROGO207
March 14, 2013, 04:02 PM
MagnumDweeb you can make your own brass dippers by using fired brass that has the volume needed and a copper wire handle soldered or glued to it. If you want to make it less volume mix some 5 minute epoxy and pour it in. When hard use a drill bit close to the brass size, by hand, to shave out a bit at a time to calibrate the volume. Make a loop handle that you can tape a info sticker in and that is it. I like to use a dipper that is for the caliber I am loading when possible,45 Colt brass for 45 Colt loads for example. Makes it simple.:) Brass with a copper wire handle and you have no static.

Myles
March 15, 2013, 03:22 AM
I took up making my own primers using Potassium chlorate made from paper roll caps, strike anywhere matches (the paper rolls are easier and more economical and they already have red phosphorus in them which helps to better ensure ignition), and home made potassium chlorate (paper rolls work better again as I refuse to store any red phosphorus at this time till I hear back from the ATF on my letter). I do not store any materials outside of primers or cartridges but for small amounts of black powder components and even then they are stored in heavily protective magazines submersed under water.

I shoot holy black through my S&W Model 15-3 (85% condition to start with), Tokarev 9mm, and Taurus PT99. I use http://www.goexpowder.com/images/LoadCharts/Cartridge-Pistol-Revolvers.pdf for load ideas but I load mine lighter than the charts. And yes I know there is no official BP load for 9mm, and I'm not making any recommendations. They all shoot fairly accurate out to twelve yards, beyond that you have to start making adjustments to get tighter than four inch groupings.

It sure gets a lot of attention at the range when I fire off those BP rounds. The cleanup isn't too difficult if you start off with hot water and use typical BP cleaning means, and I finish up with a regular cleaning and heavy oiling. Also be sure to neutralize the potassium chloride deposited in the barrels afterwards if you are using Potassium Chlorate primers.

Oh and I bought two crossbows.

As a young and dumb teenager, I once worked my way through US TM 31-210. Improvised Munitions. I learned that strike anywhere matches can provide both primer materiel, and propellant. A chopped down bicycle spoke works very well at flattening and recycling old primers. Also, that a simple pencil eraser, when fired from a .32 S&W Long revolver can penetrate 1 inch into a palm tree. Dumb, but fun stuff. Dumb as in safety. Be smart and safe in the execution.

Bianchi?
March 15, 2013, 06:11 AM
Those popup ads are really irritating!

FireFox + AdBlockPlus = no annoying ads. ;)

justice06rr
March 15, 2013, 06:27 AM
Great article.

The first 3 tips are easy and very doable. I actually just bought an airsoft pistol for trigger practice and it is helping a lot. I bought a Beretta 92FS-style pistol and other than the weight, it is almost a replica of the real thing.

Warp
March 15, 2013, 12:32 PM
Or Chrome and AdBlock. Also FlashControl. ;)

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