R.L. Posted September 25, 2018 Report Share Posted September 25, 2018 After the wife thoroughly pissed me off the other night, I decided to descend to the gun/reloading room for some decompression time. Yea, I'm sure none of you have had or have this occasional domestic problem, but after doing the marital dance 4 times now, the bliss ain't what it once was...but what is? Might have a little to do with me being just a bit cantankerous. I believe it's a mans God given right to be cranky when necessary after 64. How ya like that feminazi's?? About 1/2 of my entire downstairs is dedicated to everything gun related. about 1K sq ft. packed to the gills with gun stuff. Was even worse with the 30+ machinguns I had before selling them off over the last 2 years. The wife thinks it hoarding, I call it measured and organized pandemonium. If she doesn't touch anything, I know where everything is. Moving my shit in this house is a guaranteed donnybrook. That's a whole new conversation for another day...anywho. Just leave my stuff alone, and everything will be ok!! With over 50 years of collecting, shooting and reloading, I've accumulated a pretty nice library of reloading books along the way. Some date fro the early to late 50's all the way up to the latest 2017 Berger, Speer, Hornady and Lyman books. Yea I shoot the latest stuff, .416 Barrett, .50bmg, .338 Lapua. Tikka's, TRG's and Steyr's in the latest chamberings with S&B, Nightforce scopes. There is still a strong latent attraction for me to the old stuff. John Unertl scopes, barrel block mounting, Strongback sleeves to stiffen actions, fiberglass beded wood stocks....antiquated tech for sure, but memorable tech. Tech from my time. The old books are quite colorful look great on the shelf, but rarely in say the last 15 years have I looked at any of these reloading books. Tonight I figure is a good night to pass some time and read some of this older material. Talk about personal time travel.... the late fifty's was my time. Man this is GREAT! I'm loving this, reading about all of this olde4 stuff brings back so many good memories. Bench rest matches, ground hog shooting in Pa. My first custom .22-250 with a Sako 591 action, Unertl ultra varmint scope with barrel block mounts, Canjar single set trigger. I also remember most of these long gone cartridges....220 Swift, .219 Zipper, .218 Mashburn Bee, .250-3000. I actually owned some of these, with the .220 Swift being my favorite. Like other older people I associate many things I did with the various times of my life. Reloading and guns have been the major focus of my life, for most of my entire life. Reading about these old cartridges brought back so many old and very pleasant memories. I also found some hand written letters, one from a major icon associated with the gun cleaning accessories, John Dewey. Yeps that's right a hand written letter to me from John Dewey. I opened an old Weatherby catalog I've had for decades, catalog # 1 from about 1958, and guess what I found? A hand written letter from Roy Weatherby Sr.!! Yea, it might not be that big a thing for some, but this was better than opening presents at Christmas for me! It takes so little to amuse me these days. The other thing lurking in the background after all this reminiscing is the stark reminder of how old I am now and how in the hell did I get to be almost 65 this fast. FWIW, R.L. 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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