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

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Trebor, Mar 14, 2013.

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  1. Trebor

    Trebor Member

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    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

    "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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    Those popup ads are really irritating!
     
  3. MagnumDweeb

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    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.
     
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    I couldnt even make it past the first few paragraphs with all those ads on there,,
    Annoying !!
     
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    Magnumdweeb,
    May I ask what you use for the primer bodies?
    Are you able to recycle and fill used ones?
     
  6. MagnumDweeb

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    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.
     
  7. MagnumDweeb

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    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.
     
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    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?
     
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    Here's the text. Not too long.

     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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