Tuesday I took a order for 700 rounds of 300 Blackout brass. He needed it by Friday, the first day of the gun show. It's not that big of a deal, except for re-sizing, the initial cutting and the trimming are motorized. Then I have to manually chamfer and bevel each case. I've figured out a way to speed up the process and I'll get a chance to try it out, my customer has 1100 rounds of nickel plated bass he wants converted.
Everything else went fine, until Friday. At 0630, SW turned on the TV in the living room for the news and it flashed once and died. Great. After some discussion and a quick check of finances, we went and got a new one. We had been talking about it for a while, but as long as the old one worked, we weren't in a big hurry.
Got the new TV home and set up just in time to load up for the gun show. The gun show. Shit. This was probably the worst show I've ever done. After expenses, I made less than 200 bucks. I wasn't the only one either. Everyone I talked to said sales were down. The crowd wasn't as big either but I think that had a lot to do with the weather.
Speaking of the gun show, Why do people have to coonfinger (Thanks Tam) a box of ammo before they set it back down and walk off. Have they never seen ammo before? I sell re-manufactured (06 FFL) ammo. I put it in white cardboard boxes that have styrofoam inserts. Because of that, I guess they need to open it and see what is inside. Even though every box is labeled with the caliber, bullet size and bullet type. I have one box of .45 ACP 200gr SWC that has been handled and opened so often, that I'm going to have to put it in a new box. I've thought about getting colored tape and sealing every box. Then add a sign that says if you break the seal, you buy the box.
Another thing that never fails, every show, someone asks for some obscure caliber. I load all of the popular pistol and rifle calibers and a few that aren't all that popular. Yet every show, someone can show up and ask for something I don't have. After a point, you have to tell them no, unless they want to pay for the setup. For a pistol caliber, that would be the cost of the dies, the shell plate and the turret. I am going to add 45 Schofield and 44-40 because I have been asked enough for those. They use the same shell plate so that will save a little on set up.
This week just has to be better. It did get off to a good start. I did nothing yesterday. I even checked the mail in my pajamas. Today, not so much. I'm going to have to get out in the cold and get some things done.