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Old 30 May 2016, 16:14
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The trap of the odd rounds.

Rather than derail another thread I bring to the floor my compulsion for firearms in odd rounds.

I have to admit I have a .340 Wby and a .257 Wby in the safe and I shoot more .41 mag rounds than any other revolver round.
While not exactly rare I have 2 .375 .H&H's and that is odd for North Carolina.

I am not to far gone I managed to avoid the 30 Remington AR, all the 17 cal rimfires, .357 sig, 308 marlin express, and a few others.

What one off rounds do you use, or mange to escape?

Got to admit that I got an email about a run of Ruger redhawks in .41 mag with a 2 inch Bbl that keeps rattling around my head, and I keep thinking about an AR-10 in 338 Federal.
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Old 30 May 2016, 16:20
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I too have a 41Mag....and a 9x23Win. 7.62 Luger. Had a 7.62x25 Mauser. 10mm Auto had a period out in the wilderness until G-lock picked it up. 6.8SPC is kinda the same way.

You really need to avoid the wildcat stuff; that's a PITA. I have (2x) 280 Ackley Improveds, a 22-250 Ackley, and a whole metric shitload of target stuff(22 and 6mm rounds for space gun target AR's, mostly). S/F....Ken M
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Old 30 May 2016, 17:43
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I have a .17 Hornady Hornet. I like it for fox and bobcat. It will work on coyotes, but you really need to be careful with your shot selection. It worked well on the prairie dogs that were in with the ranched bison as well.

I also have a .17 HMR and that thing is one accurate little gun.

I really want a .19 Badger, I just can't justify it at the moment.
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Old 30 May 2016, 17:46
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I've avoided the 220Swift twice.
Once in my youth, and a second time as an adult-child.
[The second time, I came across a great deal at a Sportsman's Warehouse in IA, grabbed a new [FN'made] Winchester M70 FWT in .22-250 that squelched my rekindled interest in the 220Swift.]

I was almost seduced by the 6x45 & 6x47 scenario in 29Palms. I witnessed the remarkable effects of these cartridges on large high-desert coyotes. Fortunately everything I had shot proper with a 223 dropped like dead-wood so the interest did not match logistics. However I am still a big advocate of the 243/6mm. [I am interested in the ballistics of a 25Cal projectile crammed into a 223 case as well.]

The biggest step in this direction has by far been ... The 376Steyr.
A 'Fireplug' cartridge that over-ran my recurring interest in the 350Rem-mag.
[Launching 250grn Swift A-Frames from a 19"tube w/notable but not unmanageable recoil.]
I went so far as to get the cart and the horse on this one.
As well as a significant supply of other items needed to sustain the weapon system.

[Then there's ... the 300BLK]

Like I have mentioned before, had it not been for my exposure to the 308/762 in my youth, I would have surely managed just fine when I moved to Arizona from IA with that 7x57 Mauser in the trunk of my Cutlass at the age of 19. I was hell-bent on selling the damn thing asap and getting a M70/270Win asap and putting my Mauser fetish to rest. The Mauser prevailed, and maintained its hold on me until I was re-introduced to the 30-06 and later the 308Win. That Mauser is now back in a basement in IA, and my 270Win is what I shoot when I want to demonstrate the longevity of one of the most longstanding cartridges, that is still one of the best [for its intended purpose] that did not have a government contract to propel it's trajectory. The 270Win still stands on merit alone.

Again...Then there's the 300BLK.
Kinda like a .25... or a .270 crammed into said case ... [but - bigger].
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Old 30 May 2016, 18:16
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Yeah, I've got a Swift too. I like it, have 2k rds of 40gn V-maxes loaded up to 4200fps on the shelf for it. That's probably enough to put paid on this barrel.

There's a CZ550 American in 9.3x62 calling my name at the local gun store. I don't have enough time to do any big game hunting, otherwise I might rationalize it. S/F....Ken M
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Old 30 May 2016, 21:08
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10mm and 300 BLK currently.

I too had 357 Sig,5.7x28mm.
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Old 30 May 2016, 23:13
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I've actually bought rifles/pistols to match what I thought would be an interesting round to load for.

My not so common (not particularly uncommon though) include:

35 Whelen
458 SOCOM
460 Rowland
41 Mag
300 BO
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Old 30 May 2016, 23:32
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Gavin will be along soon to talk about his 41 AE. Favorite round of the hermaphrodite.

But the 45 GAP reigns supreme. I also have an AR in 7.62 x 39 of which SOTB despised the mere existence. And a POF in 6.8 SPC.
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Old 31 May 2016, 20:03
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I have a couple of guns that I will never get ammo for, not even handloads.
One is a single shot octagon Bbl. in 25 Stevens rimfire, another the 56-50 Spencer rimfire.
Then there are guns that ammo is damn hard to get or even hand make for like the 40-60 winchester.

I got a 7.62 Nagant in the early 90's There were a few boxes of special run ammo floating around at collector by the round prices. No chance I was going to be able to afford ammo like that. Here we are 20 some years later and I can walk in to any gun show and buy it at prices reasonable enough you don't mind shooting it up.

So maybe I am worse infected than I though, because I don't really count those as one offs.
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For me, Winchester model 94, .32 Winchester Special. .32WS isn't all that uncommon, but I've had to special order it a couple times for some to shoot, then save the brass for reloading. I was shown how to form the brass from .30-30, so I save all the .30-30 brass I find now. And the rifle is a pre-'64, which was my main requirement when looking for a '94.

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One is a single shot octagon Bbl. in 25 Stevens rimfire, another the 56-50 Spencer rimfire.
Then there are guns that ammo is damn hard to get or even hand make for like the 40-60 winchester.
I was at a shooting range up near Grass Valley (NorCal), and a guy at at the table next to me found what he thought was a .22LR. It wouldn't fit in his rifle, so he gave it to me. Turns out it was a .25 Stevens. How it ended up at the range, sitting on the table, we never found out.

Old Western Scrounger used to make a lot of the old obsolete calibers, but they were bought a few years ago, so they don't make all the old stuff they used to. If you keep an eye on their site, some newly-manufactured old ammo shows up occasionally.

Starline makes empty .45-70 brass, specifically for forming some of the old Winchester black powder cartridges.

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Old 31 May 2016, 20:12
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I had a Ruger Blackhawk in .41 as a young man. Smoked several deer with it. Should have kept it, but I was overwhelmed by the stupidity of youth and sold it.
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Old 31 May 2016, 20:13
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40-60 Win can be made from 45-70 cases.

Which reminds me, I've also got a 43 Mauser M1871/84. Cases are formed from 348 Winchester, on a lathe. S/F...Ken M
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Old 5 June 2016, 16:59
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40-60 Win can be made from 45-70 cases.
I will have to look into that.
Someone on castboolets had the whole 40-60 loading setup for sale, dies, brass, mold, and data. But I convinced myself that I would never fire it. Yeah,Yeah lesson learned.
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Old 31 May 2016, 20:17
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I have a martini-henry in .303 that I liberated while in Afghanistan. It's a rusty mess, but I'm afraid to try to restore it.
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Old 31 May 2016, 20:58
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I have a M1 Carbine in ... .30 Carbine! The round is better than most people give it credit for and the damn thing is handy . Especially once I sighted it in and put a light on it.
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Short version Had a full collection of Weatherbys in every caliber. And two double drills in 470 and 500 NE .



Dude sold it to me for $1 so wife couldn't get them in divorce. And yes I sold them back for $1.

TFG is trying to talk me into 45 GAP.
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Old 31 May 2016, 22:52
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500-450 No.1 Express
450 No.2 Musket
9.3 x 72R
8.15 x 46R

Those are the ones that have to be reloaded. Some other stuff I can usually get ammo for if I look hard enough. Mostly Mannlichers and some other german stuff.
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It is getting harder and harder to find affordable 16 gage shotgun shells.
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It is getting harder and harder to find affordable 16 gage shotgun shells.
Yes it is, and I love the 16 Ga. It's a perfect small/upland game gun. I ran Beagles for many years, tore many up with a 12 Ga. I even dusted a nice Georgia buck with a 16 Ga slug. I have always wanted the Browning Sweet 16 autoloader. If you do find one in good shape have a wad of cash.

The .22 Hornet is an odd round. While I don't own one, and old friend put a lot of venison in the freezer in SC with that round.
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Old 23 August 2017, 21:11
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Yes it is, and I love the 16 Ga. It's a perfect small/upland game gun. I ran Beagles for many years, tore many up with a 12 Ga. I even dusted a nice Georgia buck with a 16 Ga slug. I have always wanted the Browning Sweet 16 autoloader. If you do find one in good shape have a wad of cash.

The .22 Hornet is an odd round. While I don't own one, and old friend put a lot of venison in the freezer in SC with that round.
I've owned 3 or 4 Sweet 16s. The shooter variety isn't out of sight usually, but if you want the classic vent rib 28"barrel in nice condition you'll pay. I paid less than $600 for my current one. Check with Wal-Mart or Dick's SG. If they can get the 100 round boxes of 12 or 20 ga they can get 16s and it's usually pretty reasonable. I've got shitloads so I haven't bought any in years. I'm still shooting 2-9/16" paper case stuff from my dad's stash.

I never gave 22 hornet much thought until I borrowed one from my dad to go clear out some porcupines from by brother-in-laws woodlot. It literally took them apart. There is a LOT more to that little cartridge than meets the eye. I wouldn't hesitate to shoot deer with it if they were standing and within 50 yards or so.
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