Layne Simpson's 50 B&M Alaskan
I am particularly proud of the fact that one of my "Gun Writer Heroes", and there are not many good ones left, but Layne Simpson is at the top of my very short list, decided to have a 50 B&M Alaskan built for himself! If you have followed Layne over the years we all know Layne likes lever guns! I am very proud that Layne liked the 50 B&M Alaskan good enough to have SSK put one together for him. I was not able to convince Layne he really did not need that long barrel, 22 inches, but in Layne's words, it's a rifle not a pistol! Layne was good enough to provide some load data on that long barrel for us, and which I will include in the General Load Data listed below. Some good comparisons can be made, and something even more interesting to me is how some of the powders actually play out in 18 inches of barrel, and a few powders, such as RL 10X is still able to produce some extra velocity with the longer barrel! Something of note should you choose to have a longer barrel done. Thanks Layne for sharing the data and sending the photo, excellent rifle, I look forward to some field reports!