This post about the correct ammunition for old guns has prompted todd to ask a question......
"Do you know of any .44 practice ammo that will cycle my Desert Eagle? I'm stuck using American Eagle self defense ammo and that means I can't shoot inside. I have to go way out to the Angeles Crest range."
Ummm, no offense meant to you, todd, but I have no idea where that is. I had to do a Google search to find out that there's 2 ranges in the Angeles National Forest near Los Angeles. I hope that's what you mean.
todd goes on to say.........
"I can't use the self defense hollow point rounds inside because they splatter on impact and can cause injury. I'm looking for practice rounds that will cycle my .44 but I have been unable to find them anywhere locally."
todd is very, very smart. Point of impact, noise and flash levels, recoil and even the weight of the gun will change with different loads. It's important to practice every so often with the chosen defensive round so there's no surprises when you have to use them in the gravest extreme. But the self-defense loads are expensive and most of us aren't rich enough to use them regularly. An alternative that isn't as hard on the wallet has to be found.
Let's get back to todd's question. I can see four solutions to his problem.
The first is to just keep doing what he's doing now. It's expensive to use the defensive ammo and a pain to drive out to a remote range all of the time but it does have the advantage of working. Something tells me that he wouldn't have asked the question in the first place if this was an acceptable choice.
The second solution is to buy ammunition in bulk, and many sources can be found at this web page. A disadvantage with this is that, to get the real savings, you have to buy in huge quantities. This takes a big pile of cash up front, and it's difficult to tell right off if the ammunition is what you want. You could spend a week's pay only to find out that you have bought all of this ammunition that you can't use.
Another disadvantage with buying bulk is that very few companies will ship to the Los Angeles area. Take a look at this website offering discount ammunition. Notice that they state up front "AMMO NOT SOLD IN ALASKA, HAWAII AND LOS ANGELES AREA". To get around this I'd suggest that todd drive to another city like Carlsbad or San Diego. Rent a mailbox at one of those places that will accept packages. Then just have the ammo shipped there. Sure it's even more money, but it's one solution.
The third solution is to get some money in hand and then scour the gun shows in your state to find a deal. This website is particularly useful because it provides calender pages that can be printed and hung around the house to remind you of the event. A very similar service can be found on the official NRA website. This isn't a perfect solution because of the time and trouble of all of that travel, and the large amount of cash needed up front.
The fourth solution is for todd to reload his own ammunition. Buying the reloading equipment and supplies will take about $150.00 or so. After that todd can reload around 1,000 rounds depending on the type and quality of the components. After his initial 1,00 rounds it should only take about $75.00 for each additional thousand.
The pros to reloading is that todd will be able to experiment with different bullet weights and powder sharges and develop a specialty load that's the best for him. The disadvantages are that it takes some of your free time and many indoor shooting ranges won't allow reloaded ammo. Still, it's the best solution that I can think of.
So there you have it. Todd can buy a big load of ammo in bulk through the mail or at a gun show, start reloading his own, or keep doing what he's doing now. If anyone else has a suggestion then please feel free to make your voice heard.