Tuesday, October 4, 2016


I'm now a "pernicious, corrupting influence"!

And deplorable. Don't forget deplorable.

BTW, this pernicious, corrupting influence just located the long-sought-after Henry lever action rifle chambered in .41 Magnum, for sale and in stock at an online firearms dealer (currently, I believe, it is the only rifle being manufactured in this caliber). Can't wait to get my hands on it.


Veeshir said...

I like Henry rifles, that .41 magnum is nice.
I have a .44 mag Big Boy, a carbine with a brass receiver and an octagonal barrel.
I love it.

bruce said...

Guys, we have to model ourselves on Tim Kaine and seek to be someone's right-hand person. That's the message I'm getting. Maybe foot-person would be ok too.

Paco said...

Bruce: Hey, I'm up for being somebody's stooge. Where does one apply?

JeffS said...

A very nice rifle, indeed, Paco! I should pick up a lever action rifle as well. But in .357 magnum -- I appreciate the .41 magnum, but isn't ammo for that scarce? Or do you reload?

Just be careful the next time you're in a canoe, you hear me?

RebeccaH said...

The first thing that popped up was a sign-up to win a pistol. So I signed up. What the heck.

Paco said...

Jeff: I've never - and I mean never - seen .41 Magnum cartridges in a store, but they're available online pretty much everywhere. They are costly, though (usually a dollar or more per round); that's why I usually buy them from places like Gander Mountain and Sportsman's Guide when these outfits offer occasional free shipping deals (since I have to buy online, might as well do what I can to hold the costs down). But I love the caliber, even if I do have to regulate my use of it. I've heard that the .41 is a fairly popular reloading cartridge; in fact, I seriously need to look into reloading, period.

rinardman said...

...I seriously need to look into reloading, period.

I reloaded for 30+ years, and always enjoyed 'rolling my own' because it was cheaper and I could tailor the loads for maximum accuracy. Having said that, I would point out that things have changed (involving the Nanny state, of course), and I have now given up reloading. If you start now, I hope you have a good local source for supplies (powder, primers, etc.) because it's become a expensive pain in the butt to acquire them otherwise. And, if you want to do it to save money, you'd better plan on reloading large quantities. If not I'd recommend just buying factory ammo. If you do decide to try it, look around for used reloading equipment. Most people don't reload enough to wear anything out.

Deborah said...

Bruce, remember that a hand or foot can easily be severed.

JeffS said...

I'll echo r-man on the reloading. I bought most of my gear used, from an older gentleman. I still reload, and will for a while.

Dies and such are fairly easy to get, and quite durable. Cheap, no. Durable, yes. There are several reputable manufacturers as well.

The good news about the consumables is that (a) they are more available of late, and (b) store well. Powder kept in a cool dry place will last for decades. Ditto primers. Prices aren't so bad nowadays.

The bad news is that stuff flies off the shelf during panic buys faster than straight ammo. Or it's going directly into ammunition production, I've never been sure which. For a while, one couldn't buy ANY bulk powder or primers on-line or off the shelf.

Once you have a press and dies, and measuring equipment (scales, powder throw, gages and/or calipers, etc), you're set. But the pay off for the up front investment can btake a while. Start small, maybe?

OTOH, when's there's wide spread ammo shortages again, you won't worry much about having ammo available. As long as your supplies last, anywho.

Read up on it first. I imagine you can find something through the NRA; I talked with a number of people here in town, before I started.

rinardman said...

Sounds like things are better now, Jeff. I stopped when stuff was hard to find, and expensive, so I haven't kept up on how things are now. As to reading up, I always recommend the first thing you buy is a reloading manual. The good ones have a lot of basic info on gun cartridge nomenclature, specs, etc.; and on what equipment you need & how to use it; and of course, load data for all the common cartridges. I've always used the Sierra Bullets manual (I like their bullets), but there are probably others that are just as good.
Ditto on talking to someone who already reloads. I had a friend who helped me get started by letting me watch him reload & then let me do some reloading with his stuff. That way, if you decide you don't like doing it, you haven't bought a bunch of stuff you don't need. If you don't know anyone, ask around at the gun shop/gun range. Shooters are generally helpful people, and are glad to help get someone addicted...I mean, started.

Paco said...

Thanks, guys, good information. My main reason for reloading would be to ensure supply, not really to save money.