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Monday, March 14, 2011

Survival Reloading

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Reloading, now and in the future, is the best way to ensure your ammunition independence instead of relying on supply chains and retailers to provide a secure supply of ammunition.  Reloading affords you the freedom to create your own ammo outside of the ups and downs of the global economy.

By Mr. Smashy of SurvivalCache.com
This article also appears in this month’s Complete Survivalist Magazine

Preparing for the Future

While it’s still a good idea to secure a good supply of surplus or bulk ammunition when prices dip, gun reload, reloading supplies, reloading, rcbs, bullet reloading
it’s also a good idea to get proficient at reloading.  The key to proficiency at reloading is getting the tools and skills you need now and knowledge through practice and practical application.  The more you reload, the more you will understand what forces are at play and why you need to do what you’re doing.  This will be vital when the time comes when supplies become scarce, and you need to make substitutions.
One thing you need to keep in your inventory and continue to replenish so that you’re at gun reload, reloading supplies, reloading, rcbs, bullet reloadingmaximum levels is primers and powder.  These components require complex chemistry to produce and are difficult to homebrew; the good news is you can purchase powder and primers in mass quantities for lower prices than ammo and store them in much smaller space.  It would be a good idea to keep at least 10,000 primers on hand, for example.  There may be limits to the amount of powder and primer you can keep on premise based on your home owners insurance or local fire regulations, but you should be able to store at least 20 pounds of powder and 10,000 primers.  This will make a lot of ammunition for a long time.


For high-power rifles, you’re going to need to fire copper jacketed rifle bullets.  It doesn’t make reloading supplies, gun reloading, bullet reloadingsense to go through the work of reloading if you’re going to load lower velocity lead bullets for rifles.  With special presses and dies, you can actually make jacketed rifle bullets out of raw materials, but this is advanced reloading.  You need to secure a supply of jacketed rifle bullets for reloading, they are as vital as primers and powder.  For pistols and pistol caliber rifles, you have the choice of shooting copper jacked and plain lead bullets.  Lead bullets are cheaper and easier to keep stocked up.  You also have the ability to make lead bullets with a bullet mould.  The downside is, again, you cannot push lead to the higher velocity that a jacketed bullet can handle.  Also, lead will also foul barrels more readily than a jacketed bullet.

Reloading Basics

The basics of reloading is taking a spent case, clean it, and use a press and dies to remove the spent gun reload, reloading supplies, reloading, rcbs, bullet reloading, spent brassprimer and re-size the brass, load a fresh primer, powder, and bullet and make it into a fresh round.
The best firearms to reload for are ones in common calibers that take brass cased rounds that are boxer primed.  You can reload steel cases, but most are berdan primed and not worth the effort to reload.  Steel pistol cases can usually be reloaded, so don’t discard these without checking the primer type.  If you are going to reload military surplus brass, be aware that the primers are crimped in and you will need a tool to remove the crimp to allow the brass to be reloaded.
The most basic tool for reloading is the reloading manual.  Get a good one, both from the bullet manufacturer you plan to use and for the caliber you plan to reload.  Getting the knowledge to use your reloading tools in a safe and reliable manner is probably the best way ensure your immediate survival when reloading; reloading can be dangerous and you need to be able to make the right choices when purchasing powder and working up loads.  Keeping good notes is also vital; you need to keep records of how you run your reloading process what your final recipe is.  All these records should be stored both on paper and electronically.
The core reloading tool is your reloading press.  What press you decide to purchase is going to gun reloading workshop, gunsmithing workshop, bullet reloadingaffect your reloading process greatly.  On the cheaper end of the spectrum is the single stage press.  They are simple, rugged, and reliable, but slow to load.  Because the single stage press can hold one die, each reloading operation must be run in batches.  Another type of press is a turret press.  This press has a turret head that holds each die and allows each step of the reloading process to be performed on the round, then the next round is loaded into the press.  Finally, there is the progressive reloading press, which holds all the dies and allows for a reloading operation to be performed on a round each time the press handle is pulled.  That way, as long as there are fresh components being loaded into it, a continuous stream of loaded ammunition will feed out of the press.
Dies are next big component in your reloading kit.  I’d recommend getting the best quality dies you can afford, with titanium carbide or carbide dies.  Carbide coatings reduce the possibility of a case getting stuck and destroying the die, which would be the worst case scenario.  Getting the best quality dies will also help you make the best quality ammunition.  Even if you plan on running a progressive press, you can still make match grade ammunition using high quality dies and careful reloading.
A stuck case remover kit would be a wise investment to protect yourself from a mistake that could jeopardize your entire reloading operation.  A stuck case remover taps into the base of a stuck case and removes the stuck case from a die with mechanical force.  With any luck, the case will separate from the die and you can continue reloading.
You will need a means to clean your brass.  Popular methods are vibratory tumblers with a corn cob or walnut based media.  In a lights-out situation, a hand-cranked tumbler with corn cob media will do the trick.  You’ll also need a media separator to remove the brass from the media, some types which can also be used as a hand cranked tumbler.
Some other tools you’ll need are case gauges (to be sure you re-sized brass properly), primer gun reload, reloading supplies, reloading, rcbs, bullet reloading, caliber gaugepocket swagger and reamers to clean up the primer pockets, case trimmers to remove excessive length on bottleneck rifle rounds, and case lube to ensure that cases feed into the reloading dies smoothly and re-size without issues.

Overview of the Reloading Process

Dirty brass, either fired or bought in bulk, is cleaned, usually in a tumbler.  Brass is then inspected for cracks and split necks.  The clean brass is then lubed.  Lube can be water based, oil based, or even animal fat based.  Lubed cases are pressed into the resizing die where the used primer is knocked out.  If this is military brass and is being reloaded for the first time, now is when the primer pocket crimping is swagged off, using either a primer pocket swagger that presses out the crimp, or a tool that cuts off the crimp.  The re-sized case is then filled with powder.  Depending on your die, the brass may be “belled” slightly in order to accept a bullet more readily.  A bullet is then seated to a set seating depth.  Next, depending on the round being loaded, a crimp may be applied to remove the bell and crimp in the bullet.
Electricity has brought some of the modern convinces into the reloading room; vibratory tumblers, electric brass trimmers, etc.  There are hand tools available to perform this work.  Reloading will take more time, but these tools will allow you to continue without disruption.  They are cheap and I’d recommend purchasing a backup set of tools, in case the first wear out.

Summary for the Survivalist

The key points a survivalist needs to take away from this are to stock up on supplies that can’t be gun reload, reloading supplies, reloading, rcbs, bullet reloading, pistol roundscreated easily, collect all the knowledge you can and keep good records, procure hand tools to replace electric tools when possible, and practice reloading as often as possible.  The more experience you have with reloading, the more prepared you will be when you need to work with less resources.
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Audio Podcast: Episode-614- Seed Saving, Seed Banks & Seed Storage

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So yesterday I did a show one could only call alarming about GMOs and the problems they are creating for society in the name of science and supposedly feeding the world.  Though one wonders how putting round up resistant bent grass on golf courses will fee anything?
Today true to the TSP mission . . . → Read More: Episode-614- Seed Saving, Seed Banks & Seed Storage


Cooking with Basic Food Storage: Yummy Whole Wheat Pasta

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Have you ever eaten homemade pasta?  It is to die for. . . so much better than the kind you buy at the store.  Here is a recipe for whole wheat pasta using your food storage.  Enjoy!

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
4 eggs
2 teaspoons olive oil

Stir together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour and salt in a medium bowl, or on a clean board. Make a hollow in the center, and pour in the olive oil. Break eggs into it one at a time, while mixing quickly with a fork until the dough is wet enough to come together. Knead on a lightly floured surface until the dough is stiff and elastic. Cover, and let stand for 30 minutes to relax.

Roll out dough by hand with a rolling pin, or use a pasta machine to achieve the desired thickness of noodles. Cut into desired width and shapes. Allow the pasta to air dry for at least 15 minutes to avoid having it clump together. To cook fresh pasta, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Fresh pasta cooks very quickly. It will float to the surface when fully cooked. Drain, and use as desired.

Source:  allrecipes.com

Raised Bed Gardening

Raised Bed Gardening

Raised bed gardening is an option for those persons having poor soil conditions or limited space. You may even have both of these problems. A simple raised bed for your garden may be the answer to your problems. The size of your raised bed is important if you don't want additional problems. Two simple sizes can work to your advantage when it comes to working your raised bed garden.

The above picture shows a simple 4 foot by 4 foot raised bed frame. This was made from two 2x6x8 foot boards, each of which was cut in half and screwed together. When factoring in the average reach of a person (about two feet), this keeps everything within easy reach and avoids unnecessary physical strain.

You can also use a rectangular shaped raised bed to make a raised bed easier to work. Two 8 foot 2x6 boards are all it takes. Cutting two feet off each board and attaching them together gives you a 2x6 foot raised bed for your garden. Depending upon what you're planting you can use 2x8's, 2x10's, or even 2x12's to make a raised bed that will provide deeper soil levels for your plants.

It also helps to add some additional bracing inside the frame for your raised bed. A simple 4" corner brace on each of the corners of your raised bed will add additional stability. Using basic sizes will also make them easier to move if necessary and allow you to place them according to available space. Old newspaper or a cardboard box can be used as weed paper for your raised bed.

It doesn't require a lot of material to build a decent raised bed for gardening but you'd be wise to keep basic sizes in mind that won't cause undue physical stress by putting things beyond your normal reach. Gardening can be a very rewarding effort if done right.

Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.