Thursday, February 20, 2014
The Most Easily Sustainable Modern Firearms
Now before you get all ready for an "ultimate survival gun sparring match" with the little plinkers and their .22's on one side and the shotgun buffs on another etc. etc. etc. I am NOT talking about the best all around survival weapon, I am talking about the most sustainable modern day firearms in general from an ammunition stand point. So you black powder guys can stay out of it as well.
In my humble opinion the most sustainable modern day firearms are hands down the various pistol calibers that you can also readily find long guns manufactured in the same caliber for.
My reasons for this are many but mostly it hinges on two important characteristics. 1. The cases for these rounds being straight walled last infinity longer than rifle calibers without the neck and shoulder stress areas. 2. A shooter can easily cast his or her own bullets for these calibers.
Now of course you can cast bullets for any caliber of firearm but the easy lead alloy or linotype bullets lend themselves to the slower velocity pistol rounds much better and obtaining lead in the lower hardness ranges will be much easier in a grid down situation. Simply put lead that can be tempered into the 15 hardness range is easy to come by just by stripping out abandoned vehicles.
Personally I prefer the .357 since it can also use the .38 rounds but in reality any pistol caliber from the various flavors of .45 down to I would imagine even the .32's could be easily reloaded many times more often than the higher velocity rifle rounds.
Not to say pistol caliber brass doesn't wear out because it does, I have found it typically wears most from the bottom right around the top of the rim, but pistol brass seems to last many times longer than rifle brass in my experience.
A few other advantages is the amount of powder you can store gains you as much as a 20 or 30 to 1 ratio over hi-powered rifle rounds. Primers always seem to be in stock for small and large pistol when the small rifle primers are long gone. There isn't a significant price difference or storage size bonus but at least you can always find em to buy and store. In a pinch you don't have to be as accurate on trimming pistol, especially revolver, brass either. Of course I still would.
Last Winter I briefly began playing with some brass .410 and .12 gauge shells but the verdict isn't in on them yet. My thoughts were they might be as sustainable as pistol brass and it is also possible to buy molds for various shot sizes and wading can be improvised. Powder it looks like will still be an issue and I have no experience yet with primers. I had hoped to delve into the shotgun reloading a bit more this Winter but that never came to pass.
I certainly am going to keep my 5.56 and .308 preps (And others) but for some deep firearm preps that could last a decade or more without needing to be resupplied I am stocking .38sp and .357 magnum.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!