Funny story… I’m not really sure what I’ve learnt from it.
A while ago I bought a K31 from a dude. We started talking at the gunshop and he seemed like a cool dude, was selling part of his milsurp collection, to finance another milsurp. Seemed to know his stuff, in general conversational sense, that’s how it felt.
A little later I ran into to him at arms and militaria expo. We were both buying milsurp ammo from the same person. Talked a bit more, he was also buying those yellow books with old rifles schematics. So I’m thinking, yeah, guy knows his stuff, maybe?
Later, saw him at Little River, we were a couple of benches apart. He was shooting a bunch of very cool milsurps and we were talking about some of them.
Conversation went to ammo and recoil management. Some of those old girls kick like a mule and metal butt plate doesn’t help. Looking at a box of ammo he had on the bench, I said that 180+gr would probably recoil a bit harder than 149gr actual military ammo and suggested 155 grain bullets and a lite loads.
He agreed and said thst 180gr seems like a lot of powder. I looked confused, thought he was joking, nope, legit. So I said that the number on the box is the bullet weight. Because 180gr of powder is in fact a lot of powder for a 30cal… Awkward silence… But a cool dude nevertheless. We had a laugh about it, I’ve explained to him what those numbers meant and gave him a few Trail Boss rounds to have a go with, as an alternative to a shoulder breaking artillery he was using… Seeds of reloading were planted…
So yeah, I don’t even know the moral of this story. Heh.