Our Scout Camo may not have shooting this year, or be severely cut back because shotgun shells and .22LRs are next to impossible to find in my state.
A nieghboring rancher had wild dogs killing his cattle and sheep. After he ran out of ammunition shooting these dogs he couldn't find any more in the caliber he needed---now all his sheep are dead, plus a few more cows and calves (the Deputy he called out puked when he saw a half chewed cow in agony.
Hi again, Hovannes-I just left a reply to you on the hikers, hunters group! Yes, fruit trees and bushes are definitely a must for prepping. I got a bare root apple last year which can be grown in a pot and its done well, but no apples yet. I just bought 2 black lace cranberries from Audubon and look forward to getting them. I'm in zone 7.
Also, I've got tons of wild raspberries which I'm very grateful for and a blueberry which I think is dead, unfortunately. I've got some kind of wild blackberry winding up a tree which is really nice too. Do any fruit trees do well in shade? Oh, and I tried to do goji berry last year and that didn't work out too well. You garden and learn.
Hi, I've just been upgraded to "New Member." I've been prepping for several years and have done a lot of research. I'm glad to see such a good forum on prepping here. Its so important to spread the word.
FYI, I'm starting a new Catholic apostolate in NY, dealing with emergency prep and sustainability. Please see my website: Nomen Christi Apostolate.
We need these apostolates to spring up all over the world to help the Church through the times ahead. God bless you all and looking forward to learning and sharing with you...CF
Yep storm shelter or basement, and harden a section of it e.g. panic room style. Throw a bag with things you will need, such as clothing because they have a bad habit of showing up at 3 AM. The only other thing you can do is pray.
When I was little and lived in Cleburne, Texas for a couple of years we had a neighbor with a shelter. There were gates in the fences so we could run to it. Never ran to it because there was never time, but I did spend many of a night or day in a closet. Trust me you realize how fragile everything is when you are in a closet and your house is moving. This is were prayer kicks in, and just like fox holes there are no atheists.
Honestly, we go through it as we have always done. We will gain martyrs and saints. We will eventually over come.
Now if you are thinking about defense and underground network building, history is your guide.
In de Nederlanden during the times of the reformation Catholics held Mass in attics. In fact some of these places, if the travel channel was telling me the truth, are still preserved and used for that purpose.
In Mexico a militia arose to fight for religious liberty, the Cristero war.
In France the CSB (Congregation of Saint Basil) was founded to continue seminary education. It was done in the underground, but they kept going until the terrors ceased.
Those are a few historic examples.
Think of things like holding schools in your garage. Doctors running clinics in secret. Mass in people's living rooms. Catechism, Bible, and spiritual literature being published via printers and then disseminated. And if need be dieing for the faith by promulgating the truth.
In fact the early Christians would be a good guide. They faced being fed to lions and worse.
My ex-fiance is an accountant. I was talking to her the other day. I mentioned the words, fiscal cliff. You would have thought I initiated launch codes by the manner of which her tone changed.
I took that to mean something very grave. I am not an economist, nor will I play one. Her reaction though is enough to let me know this is not a good thing.
Could you prepare for it? I do not honestly believe it is possible. One would either be wealthy enough not to be bothered, or one is not rich enough to escape the pains. That is my opinion about personal survival. Politically it will most likely change things radically, but that will most likely become a larger push for more Marxism, not the cure of less.
(I also like to say that I view being prepared has being ready for hurricanes, which is something I face along the Texas Gulf Coast. If I was in California, being ready for earthquakes, or if Montana blizzards.)
But when I think about it the tiniest voice in my head reminds me of one thing: God provides. Trust in God.
Now in the mean time, for as long as income is available, I would recommend getting out of any debt. Increase your savings. Some people say precious metals. I will not say yes or no on that one because I am not an investment adviser anymore then an economist.
I would also recommend becoming as much of a DIY person as possible. DIY types typically save money and maximize resources by their nature. In fact the less dependence upon the system the better is how I look at it.
Depending on how you reload it may or may not save money. In fact prices have never come down since the 2008 panic, of which I could not find 5.56x45mm primers until almost 2010. Just as with ammunition if the gun owners feel anxious about future legislation the shelves get cleared. (In fact there is a gun buying panic going on right now.)
Basic reloading equipment does not even require a mounted press. One can buy the Lee classic handloading press. Purchase the carbide die of choice, primers, smokeless powder of choice, calipers, chamfer, and bullets/or caste them and presto in business.
Then there are the progressive Dillon presses that are really expensive. Where by every crank of the handle complete a specific stage of the process from sizing, powder, primer, and seating the bullet. It sounds like it simplifies the process, but the truth is the person has to pay more attention to detail to make sure they do not have a primer accident or under/over charge their rounds.
I prefer single stage because one does not need distractions or to be overwhelmed when reloading. My purposes for reloading are to have plinking rounds to cranking out a round better than factory match grade.
By the way .22 Hornet is a centerfire .22 caliber round. It has more oomph than the .22WMR/MAG, and is fully reloadable. If .22 is a specific need then acquiring a rifle in this caliber + reloading equipment may be a good idea.
Lastly remember all material supplies eventually run out. Reloading is not as good a means of having ammunition on hand as is just purchasing ammunition.