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GUNS Magazine April 2012 Digital Edition - Page 54
Duke currently reloads for rifles and handguns chambered for 48 cartridges. To even think semi-retire he would plan to consolidate. Mike “Duke” Venturino Photos: Yvonne Venturino ately I’ve been thinking a lot about retirement. Not the sort of retirement where you just sit on the porch in a rocking chair and watch the world go. I’m thinking of the slowing down type where you’re supposed to smell the coffee or roses or whatever but still be active. I guess that would properly be called “semiretirement.” I could get used to fewer deadlines allowing more time to drive to all sorts of shooting events around the West. Heck, I might even get wild and cross the Mississippi River again to shoot some matches “back East” or “down South.” L semi-autos. There’re even a couple of shotguns in the mix. That also means that I am more or less actively involved in handloading for all 48 centerfire cartridges. My stock of smokeless powders is so large that I keep it in a shed about 50 yards from the house. The more volatile black powders are kept in another shed over 200 yards from the house. Boxes of jacketed rifle bullets from .22 to .45 caliber and jacketed pistol bullets from .30 to .45 caliber are stuffed in and under every shelf and bench in my office and gun vault. There are over 125 bullet moulds in my casting area along with four lead furnaces and literally tons of lead alloys. Of course reloading dies and cast bullet sizing/lubing dies are needed for all. Hungry Chambers How in the world can someone even semi-retire and still feed so many different types of guns? No, semi-retirement is going to require some consolidation. I’m sure in some instances it will be painful. For example: perhaps I could make do with fewer than 13 rifles chambered for the .30-06? Or instead of having several dozen various types of singleaction revolvers maybe a couple could suffice. Since I’ve taken up firing a type of event called VIMBAR (vintage military bolt action rifle) one .30-06 keeper would be my Smith-Corona US Model 1903A3. Even with socialsecurity-aged eyes I can still use its peep sights well. The second would be my Gibbs Rifle Company’s copy of the US Model 1903A4 with a 2.5X Weaver scope. I’ve shot it with good results all the way to 1,000 yards so it would suffice Duke kept this Remington Model 700 .222 Remington Magnum after selling off all his other varmint rifles ages ago. He keeps it by the door to deal with predators that come around looking to make a meal of his pets. With that frame of mind I did a survey in the gun vault and surprised even myself. That is, I own firearms chambered for 48 different centerfire cartridges. Twentyfive are rifle calibers and 23 are handgun types. And that doesn’t include muzzleloaders or .22 rimfires! In bore size they range from .22- to a .577-caliber rifle musket. In long guns those firearms run the gamut from single shots, bolt actions, lever guns, and semi-autos to full-autos. In handguns they range from cap-and-ball sixguns to modern 54 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • A P R I L 2 0 1 2