I’ve got two, a Ruger Security-Six and a Rossi Winchester 92 clone in carbine form, both in Skeeter Skelton’s TEOTWAWKI cartridge, the .357 Magnum. I picked up the Rossi the other week
instead of an AR because there was nothing else to buy because I have wanted one for a long time, dammit.
I wonder if somebody makes Pearlite stocks for leverguns? They should match, after all.
Skeeter argued that both gun and ammo would need to be small and easily transported (preferably by horseback) since he would want to “weather the storm” in the mountains, it would need to be easily reloaded using tong tools (no loading benches in the rimrock), it would have to shoot bullets cast over a campfire, it had to be powerful enough for both self-defense and hunting, but frugal enough that a valuable stash of components would outlast the hostilities. His conclusion was logical, the .357 Magnum.
appropriate tong-tool, gas-checks, spare brass, a small cast-iron lead pot and ladle, a pair of mould handles and one bullet mould — the 358156 HP (he argued that standard SWCs could be cast by using a shortened spud, or by dropping BB’s into the cavity). All this was packaged in a small Army surplus canvas backpack that was easily grabbed on a moments notice. One of the most knowledgeable handgunners of the smokeless era had chosen these two bullets (the 358156 SWC and HP) to feed and defend himself and his family for “the duration”…
Now to look for a tong tool….
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