What Would Retirement Be Like?

Lately 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 “semi-retirement.” 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.”

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. Twenty-five 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 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.
Story By: Mike “Duke” Venturino
Photos By: Yvonne Venturino

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