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Lead “shot” prices!

Have you noticed the past several months that the cost of “shot” has skyrocketed? So what’s up with that? I wish I could answer that question and would like to hear what perception other shot-gunners may have.

So is it the “war”, or maybe the “tree huggers” causing the rise in lead prices?

Unless the military is using Gilding Metal components as opposed to leaded bullets for the war effort, more than likely that is a contributing factor.

Or could it be the nature lovers whom are concerned with lead poisoning of all wildlife’s animals?

Maybe the lead manufacturer’s are driving up prices in fear of lead shot be replaced with non-toxic shot and are wanting to cash in before the plunge?

I’m not sure of the reasoning but $40.00+ for a 25 pound bag of  lead shot is absolutely ridiculous! It kind of takes the fun out of reloading.

What are you paying for shot in your part of the world?


Part II

Day two welcomed us with bright sunlight and warm sunshine. The desert was alive with activity. The Saguaro Cactus were a brilliant green as were the Ocotillo and the Teddy Bear Cholla were a blazon tan.

After a quick bite a “Cinnabon”, we headed to Bass Pro Shop in Mesa, AZ where we ogled in delight at all the eye candy then commenced filling our shopping basket to the brim. Surprisingly, we were able to get out of there with “dinero” to spare for our next morning trip to Cabelas.

We were back at the Resort by lunchtime and decided to set camp at the beach pool. I grabbed a chaise lounge under a couple palms and ordered up some “Whiskey Sour’s” three at a time. The sun was very “hot” at times and the breeze was mild enough to keep the burning sun at bay.

Four or so hours later, we commenced gathering for dinner #2, at P F Chang’s in Scottsdale. Again, a short walk from the resort followed by a fine evening of “chow” and conversation. Our table quest was none other than entrepreneur “MJ”, founder of “The Fastlane to Million$“! The table “talk” was nothing shy of hilarious, what with discussion on everything from current events to political view-point’s, and we were the last of the group to depart the restaurant. My son was treated to a “ride” in “MJ’s” Lamborghini Countach of which he respectfully declined, for reasons unbeknownst to me! But we all were treated to a glimpse of the sports cars interior and exterior. Way cool dude! Thanks MJ!

More to come this weekend.

Beer & Pancakes

So I got to spend the last four days in Phoenix, AZ. The temperatures were in the high 70’s, low 80’s and the pool-side drinks were outstanding.

My son and I were able to tag along with my wife whom was traveling for a meeting of “Masterminds“, an annual meeting, and this particular function was held at the “Firesky Resort” in Scottsdale.

I was excited for this trip as I would get to visit two of my favorite stores: Bass Pro Shops & Cabelas. I knew this would be my opportunity to add several items to my hunting garb and reloading equipment.

Upon arrival to the “Firesky”, we got settled into our room then immediately headed to the pool for drinks and to let the boy swim. The resort has two swimming pools, one of which has a sandy beach that enters the water till about 3′ deep then transitions to a normal swimming pool. It was a “hoot” to say the least.

After several drinks, we prepared to meet with the ‘Mastermind” group for dinner down the road at the “Yardhouse” restaurant. I was truly out of my element in “the city” and all and decided to walk instead of drive. Seems the older I get, the further from the city folk I like to be. Dinner was entertaining and we got to see some pretty cool cars in the “Valet” lot such as a Lamborghini Diablo, Maserti and several Ferrari’s!

Seems I was the only “Stetson” wearin’, boot kickin’ belt buckle totin’ cow-poke to be found. At least they had PBR!

Curious about the title? Come back in a couple days to finish hearing about my trip to Phoenix.

An honest testimony of “Hornady InterBond®” bullets. II

Part II

Welcome back. So on my 1st day of the Oryx hunt, I was fortunate enough to spot and stalk a bull near to 500 lbs. My shot was ranged at 225 yards and under the watchful eye of the man upstairs I was able to make a perfect shot through the shoulder bone, all four heart valves and the lungs then the bullet came to rest in the meaty tissue of the far side rib cage.

I was certain to extract and keep the bullet as I wanted put to the test Hornady’s claim of 90% or better weight retention. Amazingly, the bullet remained in tact with a near perfect mushroom and most of the jacketing. As expected, no polymer tip though. After a thorough cleaning, I pulled out and calibrated my scale. Remember that this bullet weighed exactly 165-grains prior to loading. I proceeded to weigh the bullet and came up with 154.44 grains. That equates to a whopping 93.6% weight retention. Looks like that clearly beats their claim of 90% weight retention.

Considering the dense bone that this bullet traveled through and shattered, to reach the vitals, yet remained at better than 93% of it’s original weight, I am convinced that this is the manufacturer of which I will continue to purchase from for my reloading components.

My next Oryx hunt, I plan on testing Hornady’s new GMX [Gilding Metal Expanding] solid’s in my Savage 300 WIN MAG.

Feel free to share your stories with me by leaving comments!

An honest testimony of “Hornady InterBond®” bullets.

Let me open by saying that I am an avid reloader and have tried many brands of bullets and wish to share an experience I’ve had with Hornady InterBond® bullets.

For purposes of this blog, I loaded a .308 caliber, 165-grain Interbond® bullet atop a Winchester 30-06 cartridge, WLR primer and using 55.625 grains of IMR 4007 SSC powder.

This would be my first ever hunt for Oryx on the White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico. An Oryx is a Gemsbok, from the Kalahari region of Africa, which is not indigenous to New Mexico but was brought here in “1969, when the New Mexico Game and Fish Department released Oryx as part of its exotic animal introduction program on the White Sands Missile Range“. As it stands, the Oryx is at the top of the food chain here in the Tularosa Basin, and with exception to the occasional Mountain Lion, has no natural predators to regulate population growth. As luck would have it, the hunting community has been asked to assist with population growth and this exotic, rather majestic animal, is now available to harvest through the New Mexico hunting lottery system.

What makes this animal unique to other North American Big Game is the method of correct “shot placement” used to cleanly and quickly retire this difficult to knock-down beast of 400 – 500 pounds. To ensure a clean ethical harvest, one must shoot “through” the very thick shoulder bone to access the vitals. What this means for bullet manufacturers is to develop a bullet that can travel at higher velocities, without the jacket separating too drastically from the solid inner, yet still provide expansion and maintain near 100% weight retention. In my humble opinion, Hornady has achieved this with their Interbond® line of bullets.

Come back in a couple days for Part II of “An honest testimony of “Hornady InterBond®” bullets”.