Re: OK. I can\'t stand it anymore..!!
SAVAGE TRASHIN - sounds like some rockpunk band.
You guys seemed to enjoy the little anecdote with the thumb and the decapping pin. Here are the details [img]images/icons/mad.gif[/img]
Decades ago. Lived in a small apartment. No loading bench, so set up in a small closet. Liked to prairie dog shoot down at Fort Belknap in Montana. Had some very good shooting .22-250's and 2000 rounds of brass. Cranking that much ammo with an RCBS Junior was somewhat time consuming. 33 grains of 3031 and a 53 hollowpoint. Sized, de-lubed and primed all the brass but did not get to the powder and bullets. Time was running out.
Cranked one evening, went to work, back to the loading bench and back at it - had a hell of a bunch of cases to load. Total repetition. Put 50 brass into the loading block (only had one), throw the charges (weighing ever 50th...), put the block on a little table with an open box of bullets and start crankin bullets into cases. About 4.00 a.m. (?) was getting a little groggy, kind of lost focus. Everything got quite sharply focused when my thumb started to get pinched between the top of a case and the bottom of the seating die. Thumb happed to be situated on top of a charged case. Had drifted off and didn't even have a bullet in between that thumb and forefinger. Hurt like hell for an instant - sort of a sharp pinch. Unfortunately my reaction was to pull down on the press handle. Then it really got nasty as the pin went thru the thumbnail - as in flash of freaking pain that woke me right up. Figured out that I should be pushing the handle UP real quick.
Did the old Decapping Pin Thru the Thumbnail Dance, had to keep silent as my little wife was sound asleep, sure as hell didn't want her to know what I had just managed to do. She figured me and my friends were all crazy when it came to shooting anyhow. Put it under cold water for a while, bandage and back at it. Big bruse on the underside of the thumb also. Not great for lining up the bullets when you couldn't feel your thumb but actually loaded ammo all night, headed on the p-dog trip the next morning.
While I am at it - how about this one. A friend whacked his thumb with a hammer, got a huge blood-blister under the nail. Woke up in the middle of the night because the thumb was throbbing ugly. Pain was not good, getting worse.
Went downstairs to his workshop, decided to relieve the pressure by holding the thumb under his drill-press and drilling a hole thru the thumbnail. Put a brand new bit into the press, turned it on and lined his thumb under the bit. Hurt like hell as he slowly cranked the handle downward. Then blood squirted like it was shot out of a syringe. Pressure was gone and he went back to bed. Found out later that the best thing to do is simply heat a needle, touch the nail and it will melt and the blood and pressure will be released. That would be too easy...
What all this has to do with long range hunting is not clear, but what the hell, I need a break from cranking .308 ammo.