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Re: Good luck with that!...

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 11 February 2011, at 9:04 a.m., in response to Re: Good luck with that!..., posted by FrontierWest on Thursday, 10 February 2011, at 11:46 p.m.

For me, it all boils down to logic:

(1) As primarily a collector, I do NOT "need" to shoot EVERY rifle I own - period. Frankly I look a bit askance at people who MUST "shoot it or sell it." Just because one CAN do something doesn't mean they SHOULD. We are only caretakers, remember.

(2) IF I'm going to shoot a rifle, it HAS to be safe. For me that rules out all M66s, no matter how nice one looks. Despite the force geometry, I want the block held by a threaded-on steel receiver - soft solder and two screws doesn't cut it. I know a lot of people will disagree - that is their prerogative. And, playing devil's advocate, remember that, even though the latches frequently had to be hammered open, none of the .30-40 test rifles actually blew up.

(3) Once safety has been satisfied, two choices are available - do you want to shoot it because you want to be able to tell your friends, and your mirror, that you did so, or do you want accuracy? If the former, almost anything (I'd surely stay away from HV though) will suffice. If the latter, reloading is an absolute must, unless you are lucky enough to find a niche product which shoots well enough in your rifle to satisfy you, off the shelf.

Just my $.02. :-)


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