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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 05-29-2017, 03:17 AM Thread Starter
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Odd ball or New calipers of rifles?

How many rifles over the last few years have been made that are very hard to get loads or brass for ?
This is a problem i stay away from buying the flash in the pan new rifles?
IMHO the old tried and true calipers of the last 100 plus years are the best anyhow ?
The 30-06,308, 30-30,270,243,7mm mag and a few others are common and not hard to get stuff for. Why take a chance on odd ball new calipers?

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A caliper is a tool used to measure.

The caliber is the diameter of a bullet or bore.

Some people like old cartridges. Some people like new cartridges. Some people like common cartridges. Some people like uncommon cartridges. They all have a use, use what ever you find interesting.

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I agree Willy. If it isn't at least 50 years old, and common enough that in a pinch I can find it most any gun shop if needed, then I don't use it.
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The last three brass shortages should have taught everyone a good lesson, Stay away from all the new bee's, I avoid them at all costs these days, despite seeing some great deals on used racks. Most were designed to boost slumping sales of standard hunting rifles and at best gain a 100 or 200 fps, I used to appreciate the gain but finding reloading supplies can drive you nuts in short order. I'm still hearing stories of guys with cartridges they haven't seen a casing for in years, no way I'm going down that road again, I cleaned out all my odd balls except for one and haven't looked back since. If I can't !make it off a standard casing I'm no longer interested. Life is easier to take and that also includes reloading powders. The worst part is trying to unload one these days, no one wants to give you much for any of them. Also anything on the "seasonal list" is a no no also....times change !
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Confucius say "Wise man buy dies and lifetime supply of brass and bullets same day he buy gun in chambering he not already have. Then he no worry about internet post like this forever".

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I like different calibers.
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Haven't shot a factory round in 35 yrs.Reload for everything I have.
All the older caliber killed deer and I didn't understand why we needed all the new calibers.
I like OLD different calibers !
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The last three brass shortages should have taught everyone a good lesson, Stay away from all the new bee's, I avoid them at all costs these days, despite seeing some great deals on used racks. Most were designed to boost slumping sales of standard hunting rifles and at best gain a 100 or 200 fps, I used to appreciate the gain but finding reloading supplies can drive you nuts in short order. I'm still hearing stories of guys with cartridges they haven't seen a casing for in years, no way I'm going down that road again, I cleaned out all my odd balls except for one and haven't looked back since. If I can't !make it off a standard casing I'm no longer interested. Life is easier to take and that also includes reloading powders. The worst part is trying to unload one these days, no one wants to give you much for any of them. Also anything on the "seasonal list" is a no no also....times change !
Twenty, forty, sixty years ago people were making the same claim about the then "new bee's".

In the same model firearm those odd ball cartridges are now bringing premium prices over the standard cartridges. Compare prices of a Winchester 88 in 308 versus one in .358 or .284. Or a Model 70 in .358 versus one in .270 or 30-06. A Remington pump in 6mm Remington compared to any of the standard chamberings. The 6.5 and 350 Remington magnums were/are definitely odd ball cartridges, but in a Remington 600 they always carry a higher price tag then a equal condition .243 or .308.

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Not counting muzzle loaders,shotguns and handguns, I have a: .22, .17 HMR, 5mm rim fire, .222, 30/06.

Some years ago I had a bad idea and bought a .19-.223 Calhoon; a fantastically accurate rifle that I no longer need or want and which reminds me to check my "want" against my "need" before making any more wild-cat purchases. The gun haunts me.

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Not counting muzzle loaders,shotguns and handguns, I have a: .22, .17 HMR, 5mm rim fire, .222, 30/06.

Some years ago I had a bad idea and bought a .19-.223 Calhoon; a fantastically accurate rifle that I no longer need or want and which reminds me to check my "want" against my "need" before making any more wild-cat purchases. The gun haunts me.
The 5mm is about as oddball as they come these days. But I bet it'd be pretty hard to pry it off of you.

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