SIZE DOES MATTER
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You might have started to notice a trend here, and that is that I’m now reduced to mining the comments section for article ideas. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of minions have invaluable contributions to make. No, I’m taking the asinine and using my response to them as an excuse for an article. Hey, don’t complain. If the Yuppie Scum Universe Of Never-Ending Wealth And Happiness actually comes to pass ( you know, the one where as long as you have a plastic rifle and twenty cases of protein fortified dog dung you will never be uncomfortable or long for Middle America ) and we never ever ever never run out of petroleum even as the global population doubles and we start growing crops on all our roofs I guess or maybe on ocean floating platforms that majestically waft above the layers of sunken oil and dead fish carcasses ( DEAD FISH ), well then there will be plenty of time for me to cover such important topics as “how to practice tactical suppressive fire without ever running out of ammo in a post-manufacturing Ice Age” ( Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ) or “how perpetual growth with a finite resource base is magically possible and anyone who says different is un-American and a traitor and must be renditioned to a small grass hut in tropical Mexico and have electrical wiring threaded into their reproductive organ and be tortured in between brownouts ).”
“Whining about having to reload to save money on ammo? Sounds like you need to cut back on playing grab ass with every nearby farm animal so you got time for reloading in your busy schedule. JFC! Are you for real? It's nice to have a bunch of factory loaded ammo but I can't afford to stock a lifetime's worth so reloading makes a lot of sense. If you shoot a lot of 308s replace them via reloading. If your favorite 7.62x39 shootin pole dies, reload 30 cal ammo for that 308 or 3006 rusting in the rifle rack. All my centerfire rifles are 30 cal and use a couple of common powders and bullets for all of them.
Sweet baby jesus, I had you confused with a real prepper.”
Well, the challenge has been laid. As if we are but fifteen years old, we shall display our members in a contest to see whose is bigger. Not that size matters, in that context. Females could care less for the most part. But size does matter in prepping. I’m not a REAL prepper? Did he just go there? Listen, bitch boy. Do you live in a small town, rely primarily on a bicycle, have an underground lair? ( The Underground Lair ) Do you own four of the same kind of battle rifle ( The SAFN-49 Battle Rifle (A Shooter's and Collector's Guide) )? Do both you and your spouse both have three years of storage food? Do you have hundreds of printed reference books? Do you have a second income from self-employment, precious metals and no debt? How many pieces of land do you own?
I save almost no money by reloading. Or I should say, I will save almost no money by reloading as it isn’t something I do. No, I don’t filter my water yet, either. I drink city water I haul. Filtering is easy enough you don’t have to practice, and reloading with the Lee Loader ( Lee Loader for .30-06 Springfield ) is easy enough to do once I have to. I have the supplies, and the knowledge is simple enough. If you can follow directions on how to boil water for pasta you can follow the Lee Loader instructions. It is designed for morons, so I can somehow manage when the time comes. But I have practiced crunching numbers, and reloading the Enfield isn’t a money saver ( remember, the Enfield chews up brass ). The brass won’t last all that long. If I’m buying unprimed brass ( Unprimed Brass .30-06 Springfield ) for $35 per hundred it is a safe bet my case cost is going to be about a dime each. Yes, you might get more uses out of a case. If I reloaded I would know for sure. But since I do seem to be a bit busy most of the time, not molesting animals ( although some of those sheep look easy to catch ) but researching and writing this newsletter, I find I have to refrain from being the super survivalist and not go out and build adobe fortresses or butcher feral rabbits ( Fare Thee Well Feral Child ) or go traveling to meet the other members of the secret handshake survivalists club. I know you are disappointed that I don’t live off the land completely, pulling my own rotted teeth or laying ambushes to revenooers. Instead, I do what I can which is to stockpile the crap out of things and keep them simple enough to use with minimal training.
So, the best I can guess after reading about others experiences is that I can realistically reload a case three times before I have to concern myself about needing to discard it. Throw in a dimes worth of powder and a nickel for a primer and there is the same price as a steel case commie round. Which is also a bit more reliable than my homemade efforts, and ready to go. Unable to stock up on commie rounds does mean I’ll have to go the reload route exclusively. Which I’m mostly stocked up for already ( I guess you forgot my primer collection I bragged on years ago ). I was unable to ADD to my self-defense means. I’m still adequately covered, thank you very much. Remember when you stumbled into a party late, already stoned on meth ( American Meth: A History of the Methamphetamine Epidemic in America ), and you heard a conversation half way through and made a smart and witty comment that made everyone stare at you like you were a complete ass clown? Because you made the comment from incomplete information. Tell me my facts are wrong? Fine. Tell me I made the wrong conclusion? Fine. Not paying attention and jumping to conclusions and berating me despite the facts? Not so fine. Let’s assume I’m making the wrong choice for ammunition. Do you automatically assume all my other preps are inadequate? I’m already pretty sure my junk is bigger than your junk.
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