RIP Mike Venturino

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Premod70 posted this 2 weeks ago

Word has it Mike has passed away from a bout with a failing heart. We lost a great writer and asset to the shooting community, God rest his soul and comfort his faithful wife.

Forrest Gump is my smarter brother.

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MarkinEllensburg posted this 2 weeks ago

Sad to read this. 

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GBertolet posted this 2 weeks ago

He will be sorely missed.

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Larry Gibson posted this 2 weeks ago

Rest in Peace........

Concealment is not cover.........

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Brodie posted this 2 weeks ago

I am sorry to hear this.  
May God bless and keep him on the big range. 

B.E.Brickey

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sluggo posted this 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed mikes articles. He had an easy to understand down to earth way of way of writing. His book on loading black powder cartridges is an excellent reference. Over the years i picked up a lot of info from his writings that you do not find in the average reloading manual. I will miss his work. Godspeed for him.

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linoww posted this 2 weeks ago

He died too young ,but was blessed to have  lived a life many shooters would envy.

"if it was easy we'd let women do it" don't tell my wife I said that!

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Aaron posted this 2 weeks ago

He is gone unfortunately. Here is an article about it. He did in fact, have fantastic prose in his writing, understandable by all who read it. What a loss to the shooting community.

 

With rifle in hand, I confidently go forth into the darkness.

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Tom Acheson posted this 2 weeks ago

I posted this on the Shiloh site after it was announced that Mike’s health was declining….

 

Tom

I watched the Quigley movie, decided I had to have a rifle like was in the movie. But to bolster my courage I bought an autographed copy of Mike's book, "Shooting Buffalo Rifles of the Old West" I bought that in Feb. 2008. That's all it took. What a great resource! In Oct. 2009 I ordered my rifle.

Thank you Mike for ALL of the articles that you penned in many publications. 

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Wm Cook posted this 2 weeks ago

You could feel Mike’s unpretentious knowledge in his writings and it’s both ironic and a tribute that last week I re-read the intro’s he pen’d for Lyman’s 4th edition Handbook.  Hearing he was gone I started to think of others, and saw that John Wootters left us in 2013.  

A lot of people made an impact on me as I grew old.  Thankfully some of them are still around and contribute to the CBA and to the forum.  A few of those people have given me personal advice that was greatly appreciated.  To those that have left us and to those giants that still remain I am humbled.  Bill C.

My addiction to gambling starts and ends with me spending $ to try a powder I’ve never shot before.

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OU812 posted this 2 weeks ago

My first venture shooting cast was influenced by Mike's articles in Handloader magazine. He really liked soft 20/1 lead tin alloy.

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MarkinEllensburg posted this 2 weeks ago

In my 20s, in the 80s while working in a small town grocery store one of the few perks of that minimum wage job was the ability to read magazines on my breaks. I liked it when we received each months new magazine bundles. The next several days would be spent devouring Shooting Times. Early days it was Skeeter Shelton, then later it was Mike Venuriino. Once I started shooting .45 acp it was his articles that gave me options for what I was shooting. His inclusion of cast bullet loads likely had as much impact to me as my life experience of having a father dedicated to cast bullets. My early loads were straight from his articles, confirmed by consultation with Lyman. His articles on the .45Colt influenced my additions to my safe. His writing of what I believe the last Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook is noteworthy. His advocacy for the cast bullet should earn him a special place in our organizations history. Many of the writers of that era are now gone. They all added to our collective knowledge and experiences.

I hope the young men and women of today find an author to follow with as much knowledge and wisdom to share as Mike was for me.

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Shopdog posted this 2 weeks ago

Rest in peace.

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creeker posted this 2 weeks ago

Mike was an ole West Virginia guy. Another passed today, Jerry West. Happy Trails to both.

Lynn Halstead

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dannyd93140 posted this 2 weeks ago

First Article in Handloader Magazine January 1976

 

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