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In 45 years of handloading, I've seldom shied away from tackling oddball cartridges. In earlier years, some such were .38 Colt, .41 Colt, .44 American and .44 Colt. All of those were introduced with the so-called "heel-type" bullets fitting inside a cartridge case, as do .22 LR bullets, and carried their lubrication on the outside. Later .38 and .41 Colt evolved into "Long Colt" versions using hollowbase, inside-lubed bullets. I've handloaded them both ways and prefer the latter method.

I'm still not scared of tackling oddball cartridges. The most recent ones added to my list have been the French 7.65mm Long and the Japanese. 8mm Nambu. The semi-auto handguns both are part of my World War II collection. I also handload for a 7.62x25mm Tokarov, although there has never been a handgun for that cartridge in my collection. Those cartridges have been fed to a PPsh41 submachine gun. Still I count it among my life's list of handgun cartridges reloaded.

From my vantage point, I can't see adding to my list in the future. In fact, just yesterday I made arrangements to sell my only .38 Super pistol, so I'm actually down to 20 handguns cartridges actively being loaded. That's still enough to keep me busy--especially since I cast bullets for all.

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Author:Venturino, Mike "Duke"
Publication:American Handgunner
Date:Jan 1, 2012
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