BOB’s Oregon

10MM AUTO 1st time reloading GLOCK 20 gen4

I moved to Oregon for many reasons one the most important has to be my Guns and the Reloading.  I have reloaded dozens of different types of ammunition for dozens of different guns and all have there own unique qualities.  The 10MM Auto came to me in the form of my first Glock; a Glock 20 gen4 with a 15 round magazine quite the hand full.  The guns will have to wait but look at the video to see the 10MM in action.

The 10MM,  40 Smith & Wesson and the .45 ACP all kick. Most  complaints I hear are with the 40 S&W it’s kick is sharp and hard to handle as most pistols are small and light made for Concealed Carry not for every day shooting.  People who use the .45 and 10MM are aware both kicker and are usually found in the larger and heavier guns.

Most reloading that is done focuses on the bullet first.  I will be using Hornaday 180 gr XTP (10mm/.400) with the bullet having a muzzle velocity range: 700 to 1500 fps.  Hornaday advises the bullets were designed for hunting, personal defense and  law enforcement.  I like to shoot what I will be using and like me most others do the same.  Hornaday hits a “Homerun” with their moto “Accurate, Deadly, Dependable”.

Lee Carbide Die Set restores the cases to factory dimensions and performance.  Their Carbide Factory Crimp die wraps a ring of “Brass” around the bullet sealing it.  I do single stage reloading with 1 round at a time it is the slowest but most accurate method I use.

Straight Brass cases use a 3 die process to prepare and set the round.  I add a 4th die with the Lee Factory Crimp die.  The die completes each round by sealing it and allowing a constant pressure  to maintain accuracy, everything needs to be constant.  You will find that the 40 S&W and the 10MM AUTO both use the same die set.  Extension of 40 S&W dies allows the reloading of the longer 10MM AUTO.  The 10MM AUTO is both longer by .142″ and wider by .001″.

In my processing of cases I clean, sizes,  clear the primer pockets of the walnut hulls (ouch) takes a while (Let Dead Bird do it). The cutting of each cases mouth, bulging each case and cleaning the cases 2nd time which removes tooling marks.

With bulging and priming  of the brass the cases are ready to make beautiful ammunition. I will be loading Hornaday 180 gr XTP bullet with .400 dimensions. Cases use either large or  small Primers depending on the manufacture of the cases. I will reference the Hornaday Tenth Edition.  The 180 GR Bullet using Accurate No. 9 with 13 gr. has an estimated  1095 EPS. The rest is fun shooting ammo you can male.  Remember never exceed the guideline of bullet maker high pressures will shorten the life of every firearms.



Bond Arms Rough N Rowdy 45 Colt

Midway USA currently has Bond Arms Rough N Rowdy Break Open Pistol 45 Colt (Long Colt )/410 Bore 3″ Barrel 2-Round Stainless Black in stock (only 3 in stock). FIND IT @ order from them soon.

Midway USA continues to show more 22 long rifle’s for sale with costs increasing  15 to 20% and more but with some products. We are also seeing 22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire Ammo showing up both on line and currently in ACE Newport store at very good prices. WATCH your price look on line for both availability and cost.

10 MM Auto was $79 in store but $59 on line make sure you add in shipping and look for no shipping times.

First Time Clamming

             I moved to Oregon to be closer to my Daughter; the closest I could get was 2 hours away in what was to became my “Hawaii” only 50 degrees cooler! (My Oregon), Gleneden Beach. With truly beautiful people on all sides and one of the Oregon’s most capable and artistic Carpenters a person could ask for the “Dead Bird Garage” was born. The Dead Bird name came from my neighbor Jack who named it “Dead Bird Garage” and laughed about it as we all did at the time and the name stuck.

              The only thing I really wanted to do was to teach reloading something I became STUCK with at age 11. Whenever I could talk my Dad into going Duck hunting (not very hard) I was the person to reload the shotgun shells usually about 100. I don’t remember how many times I reloaded the same cases but the family had Duck and Geese for Thursday Thanksgivings and Sunday dinners more than a few times! Oregon’s Gleneden Beach being my home with reloading and the blessing of the ATF as a Gunsmith and my FFL license at age 74 here I go again; never stop!

           The nightmare we have been living in for the past 2 years finally pushed  myself, Hunter and Dazy, with the help of a warm sunny September day, into going clamming and for me the first time in here Oregon (My Oregon). Hunter knew I didn’t know what I was doing “mostly”. The Sun was bright and brilliant shining off the waning water. I started out at the beginning of the Taft Beach. Walking for me is very hard as it is for many my age of 74.  Starting out across a beautiful green lawn with a 2 year old Cholate Labrador (Crazy Dazy) and new “world” 18 year old. Someone to help stand me back up when I tip over. We were 50 or 60 yards out just before the stream flowing thru the sand out to the bay catching the Siletz River meandering out to the ocean. 

           We were digging for Purple Varnish Clams!  at 1 1/2 to 4″, definitely not Giants, mostly on the small side but with pearly white meat. Picture an old man floundering in a small puddle bare handed, covered in sand, digging as fast as he could. Hunter next to me holding the shovel. It’s been  over 30+ years since I ventured forth with this insanity to clam in sand.  We dug as fast as we could with me on all fours. Hunter standing with control of the shovel and Dazy digging like “speed dog”. Yes we were quite the sight to see on the beach. 

              After we found the small ones near the top of the sand and the larger ones deeper down; and oh yes they can move in the sand using their strong mussel (get it “Mussels”). After a hour we collected our limit of 72 claims, Yahoo! With the excitement of getting clams next was getting out off the beach.  I’m covered in mud like sand from digging. Only have a shovel to use as my leverage to climb back to the grass. 

            Bringing back our bucket of clams the pride could not have been greater. Out unto the porch went our future clam chowder where it would sit for a full day. Off I go to get all the needed extras including a loud mouth.