How tricky is timing in the 2013 Ammo bubble? Well, over the course of the past week, .223 Rem / 5.56 NATO has dropped to about .75 a cartridge, from 1.00, and 9X19 (9mm Luger) has dropped from about .90 to .50 a cartridge. Oddly enough, .308 Win / 7.62 NATO has stayed steady or perhaps climbed slightly, hanging around about 1.00 per ctg. Gun control has been a bit less talked about this week -- though I did catch part of a particularly ignorant and condescending discussion of ammunition taxation on NPR one morning. I expect the market will re-spike within a few weeks, when people have another paycheck in hand and the media blitz or the administration's actions get cranked back up publicly.
Went to the local indoor pistol range with my girlfriend and one of the older boys this evening. They shot well. Neither had ever been in an indoor range before. My girlfriend bought us a range membership for Valentines -- now, that's true love. We'd visited the range together once before, but were too late in the day to get a lane. What I like about the indoor range is that it's lit. After working 12 hr nights for 3 months, my body has suddenly flipped into a nocturnal pattern. I almost can't sleep at night anymore. In fact, I've started to think about using illuminated targets to shoot rifles at night, as getting a block of waking daylight to work with is really tough right now.
I'd handloaded some 9X19 for use in my Steyr-Hahn M1912 pistol and was surprised that it wouldn't extract the cases reliably. I'm beginning to suspect that the Rem cases that ran so well through it may have thinner rims than the Win brass that choked it up, both with factory loads and these reloads. If the extractor can't get a good bite on the rims, that would cause failures to extract. I'll look into this soon. It wouldn't be the first seemingly minor difference in case manufacturing standards that I've seen causing jams. .32 ACP has two distinctly different extractor rim and cut patterns -- making it effectively two different types of cartridge. I prefer to call them 7.65 Browning and .32 ACP. European guns choke up on a lot of US factory ammo in .32 ACP. There's no telling how many fine little pistols have been butchered in a misguided effort to fix them, when all that was wrong was this failure to either standardize or communicate fully.
Okay. Enough of this for the moment. I've got another topic to add separately.