22LR Reloader + Percussion Cap System
It may seem that a lot of guns are full of innovation. They really aren’t. We jabber about them and pretend that they are exciting, but at the end of the day, it’s more of the same old stuff. I love the new details and features as much as the next guy, but this guy Brian has introduced some innovation that nobody else out there is even working on. In this video you’ll find a reloading system for all of the .22 rimfires. There is also a DIY percussion cap maker, and a system to reprime Berdan with standard boxer primers. Some of these products are already in house for individual review, but I’ll cover the basics here.
As Brian explains in the video, over a century ago it was commonplace to reload rimfire cartridges. The original Henry Rifle, predecessor to the Winchester level guns, was .44 Henry, and a rimfire that was reloaded. Gallery rifle in .22 rimfire were reloaded up through the early 20th century. We don’t reload rimfire now because it became cheap and available.
That all changed in December of 2012 after the Sandy Hook hoax. Rimfire disappeared from the shelves, in many cases never to return. I shop at a Walmart in Florida that has a large firearm and ammo presence, but to this day it has never gotten back in any rimfire. There are some shops that now have rimfire here, but the prices are nowhere close to what they were before the shortage. I was at a range in Tampa a few weeks ago and they were still getting $75 for a box of 500 regular old Remington .22LR.
So for those of you in the places in the US that have plenty of rimfire, stock up on it, because they are only sending it to places where the locals don’t wipe it out.
And for the rest of us, it is time to get fluent and get some experience in how to reload rimfire. The biggest hurdle is in casting your own bullets, but as I’ll show you when I do the review for my Prepping 101 column, even that isn’t rocket science.
Make Your Own Percussion Caps
Many years ago I wrote an article called “A Handgun When You Can’t Buy a Handgun.” It was about percussion revolvers from the 1850s-1870s. Another angle on those guns would be “A Handgun After They Take All The Modern Handguns Away.” You can store a lot of powder, balls, and caps in a very small space for very little money, and in most states, there is no record at all that you ever bought a handgun.
Caps have gotten somewhat expensive, and it’s funny that I’m seeing this now because this past hunting season I grabbed several hundred more caps at Walmart just to put away.
Brian’s system uses the same 4 powders that he uses for the .22 reloader, and you make the caps out of soda or beer cans. If you are a prepper, or you just own percussion firearms, this thing is a no-brainer.
I’m not going to get too deep into this, because in the review we can get into the different sizes of Berdan primers, but suffice it to say, Berdan brass is a genuine waste, and a pain. I have a bunch of Swish brass for my K31s that I refuse to throw away, and I am eager to try this system, to see how the larger 3rd hole effects ignition, velocity, dirtiness, etc. There are other methods for Berdan ammo, but none of them allow you to use standard boxer primers once you get the old primer out, nor do they allow you to use a standard decapper on subsequent loadings. This will be an interesting product. These are not yet available on the website, but feel free to use the contact box for a potential purchase date.