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  1. Depends on what you're looking for. We need to narrow some things down first before we start throwing out opinions on "tactical" gear! ...and believe me, lots of opinions on here!
  2. I've had excellent luck with Streamlight flashlights - I was whitetail hunting in West Virginia, and dropped my old Streamlight Scion rechargeable in the woods. Didn't realize it until I got back home to Maine. It was a nasty winter that year, I figured it was a goner. The following year, I was keeping an eye open for the light, just in case. Lo and behold, i saw its shiny black anodized case sticking out from under some oak leaves. Score! Threw it back on the charger, and it's still working fine to this day - 10 years later. I've left Streamlight Polytac lights and Microstreams outdoors, given hem to my teenager to use (and consequently abuse) - they never stop working. I've had superb luck with Fenix lights these days, and it's what I mostly use. I have a PD35 TAC on the bedstand, and a TK20R in the bug out bag - it can be recharged via USB port, which is awesome when combined with a portable solar charger. The fact that it's watertight and so heavily built you could bludgeon an elk to death with it doesn't hurt either.
  3. So I just was handed down a BUNCH of 125-grain JHP and 158-grain LSWC bullets for the .357 Magnum. What are you guys running for loads? So far I've loaded 8.0, 8.5, 9.0, and 9.5 grains of Unique under the 125 JHP pills - gonna try them out of my revolvers and a Marlin 1894 carbine. Jacketed bullets are easy, but non-gas-checked lead bullets out (of a carbine especially) are a bit more difficult to run hot. Powders I have are: Unique, Bullseye, TiteGroup, and HP-38. Aaaaaaand Go!
  4. It's sad, but every time I head into my local Cabela's, the used gun rack has 5 or 6 Hi-Powers, and they're bringing stupid money. My brother has three of them, and so I get to shoot them regularly. They're wonderful, elegant guns - but in an age when you can get two or three Glock 19s or SIG P320s (which, on a base level, are arguable better fighting pistols) for the same price as a Hi-Power, I can see why Browning threw in the towel.
  5. Odd - P320s, especially the compacts, are difficult to find here in my neck 'o' the woods. Just got mine back from the "voluntary upgrade" program last week. I brought it to the sandpit over the weekend and ran about 400 handloads and a couple mags' worth of my defense ammo - SIG V-Crown Elite 124 JHP - through it, and it ran like greased lightning. Trigger press is still amazing, and the pistol shoots better than I can. Maligned and practically given away in Canada or not, my P320 experience has been stellar.
  6. Concur. Dude needs to buy a chronograph and learn how to reload. Getting a .44 Magnum to 1000-1100fps with a 240-300 grain bullet should be a piece of cake. I doubt that even in the US, many manufacturers jump up and make supressor-ready ammo for the .44 Magnum; its normal use is out of a revolver, and well, suppressing a revolver is like suppressing Rosie O'Donnell's mouth - pretty much impossible to do.
  7. Welcome aboard! In the pages of Survival Cache and SHTFblog, I believe you'll find some good articles about organization to maximize your storage while prepping.
  8. I've had the opportunity to shoot most polymer pistols out there, and I went out of my way to find a P320. It's my primary EDC gun, and they are phenomenal. Even my diehard Glock buddies who try my P320C are very impressed. I think it's a great choice for the military, though there were other great options in the XM17 trials. I've never had a single jam, FTE, stovepipe, or double-feed in my P320, in probably 3-4000 rounds - most of which were handloads with cast lead bullets. its accuracy is as good or better than any other striker-fired pistol I've tried, HK and Walther included. I just sent my P320 back to SIG this week for the "voluntary upgrade". I'll do a full write-up on the changes and improvements (if any) that result. In the meantime, I just wanted to come in and defend the P320's honor.
  9. So the rifle portion of this year's deer season came to end end without my tag filled, which means I get to extend over to muzzleloader season for a couple weeks. About a year ago, I got a Thompson/Center White Mountain Carbine in .50 caliber (attached pic is not of my rifle, but mine is very similar.) It shoots well; offhand I can keep 3 shots in about 4-5" at 75 yards with the stock buckhorn-type sights. I installed a Hot Shot nipple and am running 90 grains of FFFg under a 275-grain T/C Maxi-Hunter HP projectile. I have pre-lubed patches and .490" lead balls to try someday, but I like the Maxi-Hunters better; it seems to me terminal performance would be better. Do you guys shoot any muzzleloaders with any frequency? What's your pet load?
  10. I'm not on too much these days as my work and family commitments have been high lately, but glad to see you back!
  11. Haven't been online much, but I've been busy cranking out ammo - almost all my 9mm cases are loaded, and I got a great deal on a bunch of Xtreme Bullets plated 200-grn SWC .45 ACP bullets, so I'm doing some load developement to see what my Sig P220s like. .222 and .223 is next... Found a ton of still-in-the-package pink R19 insulation at the dump (!) so I've been insulating crawl spaces and other less well insulated areas in my 100-year-old house. WAAAAY too much fun. Oh yeah, deer season is on! Trying to plug bambi so I can try out my dehydrator and canner that I got over the summer...
  12. When I was running a 1911 in IDPA, I ran Wilson Combat parts almost exclusively, save the King's Match Trigger. It's been a while, but I think I used a 16# (?) round recoil spring on a standard-length guide rod with a handload of 4.6 grains of Bullseye under a H&G 68 200 grain LSWC. Ragged one-hole groups at 15 yards. It was impossible to miss with that gun. Hm....I kinda want to dig it out of the safe now...Oh, wait! Here's a Sig P220. Never mind.
  13. Though I like the Lee factory crimp dies, everything else by Lee (save their bullet moulds) that I've tried, I've thrown in the big box of forgotten reloading gear. Their powder measures especially suck. I can see the merit of having the Loader dies (and the knowledge how to use them!) with the little yellow scoop and all to reload for a certain caliber - but let's face it: the only reason I would have one of those is to reload ammo on the run - but if I'm on the run, I'm not carrying around heavy projectiles, gunpowder, and easily-compromised primers with me. I keep all that shit at my reloading station. Aaaaaaaaand if I have a reloading station, I'm not gonna use a damn Lee Loader setup. I'm going all out. I'm 100% BIG GREEN - RCBS, baby! Their customer service is unparalleled (though Dillon is also excellent). The Rock Chucker press, their powder measures, and their balance scales are all awesome and will last forever if maintained. I use a smaller RCBS Partner single-stage press to to 99% of my single-stage loading - and that includes one-at-a-time priming the way Snake mentions in the OP. I do have a Forster Co-Axial - a super high end single stage press, but I just like the RCBS setup better - it's what I've always known and it works well for what I need. I also run a Dillon Square Deal B - actually two of them - one on 9mm, one in .45 ACP. I had issues with the primer feed mechanisms, so now I use the Dillon to deprime and size the cases, then prime by hand (I like that method better anyway - 100% of the primers go in the correct orientation), then use the Dillon to dump powder, seat, and crimp. It's still very fast - I can bang out 2-300 9mms an hour if I have cases primed ahead of time. So, anyway, I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'd rather not invest money in stuff like the Lee Loader die/scoop sets to load on the run - I'd much rather buy the good stuff, have it set up, spend the time cranking out ammo and storing it, then carrying loaded ammo with me instead of the Lee Loader.
  14. Welcome aboard!
  15. I like the looks of that MTM Dry Box, and that they come in different sizes. I'm gonna order one up next payday! Thanks Snake.