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  1. 4 points
    Hi guys, here is another airgun hunting video. The footage is from last summer...I finally got around to it. Most of the shots were really close because it is so hard to see them in the orchards, too much cover and concealment (for them). Hopefully you guys can get some enjoyment out of watching it. I can probably make another 1 or 2 more videos just from last years footage. I also have some gear reviews and such that I am working on getting out there, I have the footage I just need to edit it (the longest part).
  2. 3 points

    Making a Silent Pellet Trap...

    I'll save you guys some time and money on building a pellet trap. There used to be plans for a silent pellet trap on the web but the guy sells them now. His were made of wood and I made a couple I still use. But I found something that works even better and can stand up to even my PCP airguns. You can get all of the materials from Home Depot. I print my own targets on a 90 pound weight paper so that the pellets cut clean holes. So you can take a standard sheet of 8.5X11 paper to the store and go to the electrical department. Find the cheapest metal electrical circuit box (breaker box) that the paper fits closely over. The box fronts come off and you'll get rid of it when you get home. Then find or ask the sales person to get you to the Electrical Duct Sealant. It's a gray putty that comes in stick blocks and get enough to make one layer of it inside your box. Take your materials home and take the top off of the circuit box and throw it away. Take your duct seal and stuff it into the box. Go find a refrigerator door magnet or I use a magnetic paper clip to hold your target to the front of the metal electrical box. There you have your silent pellet trap. These are very quiet that don't splatter lead or lead dust around and you can shoot almost indefinitely into them without worrying about removing the pellets. Plus since it's a metal box you never have to worry about your pellets making a hole out the back like I did with my wooden version.
  3. 3 points

    Thordsen FRS Gen-3

    It's better........it only burns one of my eyes now
  4. 3 points
    Those are Barnes suppositories.
  5. 3 points

    New Polaris Ranger...

    Well, I've wanted to get something that was easy for me to get into since my back and legs give me so much trouble. Even after my spine fusion surgery it will be nice as a work vehicle and is perfect for around my area. I will be able to use it up at my property as well. I am very pleased with it so far especially how quick it is with the Electronic Fuel Injection and its 47hp. The electronic power steering is as easy to turn as my tractors hydraulic steering which is very smooth. It is a full size model so it seats three across if need be. It has a nice big dump bed on it that will carry 1,000 pounds and it will tow 2,000 pounds with its 2 inch ball hitch. I really like the tilt steering wheel too. It has a nice Turf Mode where you can unlock the rear wheels so that it doesn't rip out grass when turning and it saves your tires on hard surfaces. Then it has two wheel locked and then finally four wheel on demand four wheel drive. It has a 4500 pound Warn winch with synthetic rope which I like better than steel cable. The synthetic rope doesn't twist up like steel cable and it doesn't stab you with wire if it gets nicked. It does over 50mph which is nice if need be.
  6. 3 points


    As cool as the temps have been those eggs should be fine. You can always float them to see how old they are. Get a bowl of cool water twice as deep as the eggs are thick. Fresh eggs will sink to the bottom of the bowl and probably lie on their sides. Slightly older eggs (about one week) will lie on the bottom but bob slightly. If the egg balances on its smallest tip, with the large tip reaching for the top, it's probably close to three weeks old. Eggs that float at the surface are bad and should not be consumed.
  7. 2 points

    untrue BC for Nosler .243 90grain etip?

    When I started playing with lead free several years ago I had a rough time with the e-tip. Could very well just have been inexperience. I have recently gone to the GMX with very good results and a much easier time. Those e-tip bullets are lllloooonnngggg.
  8. 2 points

    Nice California Aqueduct striper.

    We went out scouting some duck hunting spots today and took our fishing rods since we would be close to the California Aqueduct. I caught the biggest striper I have ever caught. It was 37" long and weighed 17-1/2 pounds. I had to follow it down the Aqueduct about 300 yards because it was going to spool my 10 pound test line on my spinning rod if I didn't chase it down.
  9. 2 points

    The BIG Change - Leadless

    This is exactly how I do it, tape the label on ammo box.
  10. 2 points

    The BIG Change - Leadless

    Any time partner. Any knucklehead with a pair of wire cutters can cut a bullet and tell though lol. Anyway, I'm at home now and here is what I was talking about. First is the direct quote from the website, second is a link to the page it is on. How will wildlife officers check for compliance? All ammunition in a hunter’s possession may be inspected by wildlife officers. In some cases, if a wildlife officer suspects a hunter is in possession of lead ammunition and cannot prove otherwise in the field, he or she may seize a cartridge or bullet for further analysis. Hunters are encouraged to assist in confirming compliance by retaining ammunition boxes or other packaging. Nonlead Ammunition in California
  11. 2 points

    The BIG Change - Leadless

    Bob I am not completely retired. I run the Skeet Range in Taft on Wednesday afternoons and help with the Trap Range on Thursday afternoons. So I only have 5 days a week to reload ammo and go hunting and fishing.
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  13. 2 points

    New Revolver

    I didn't know they made the Redhawk in .45Colt/.45ACP. My very first snake was taken with a friend's Redhawk in .357 (100 years ago ). I wish I could have gotten a hold of that gun. They quit making them in .37, and it was a great gun. Hope you enjoy yours
  14. 2 points
    If you are pretty sure you will have to use lead free bullets in the future check out what lead free bullets are available for the rifle cartridge, caliber and barrel twist rates that are available. There are some great rifles out there for lead bullets that won't be that great with the lead free bullets being shot through them because you will have to shoot bullets that weigh 30% to 40% lighter in them because of the slow twist rate. Quite a few calibers have only copper lead free bullets available, some calibers have bullets that are lead free bullets that are not solid copper and these bullets are much less expensive than the copper bullets are. It may take the bullet manufacturers 10 years or more to start making decent lead free bullets for all the different calibers. The rifle manufacturers will also need to make more .224 cal and smaller rifles with faster twist rates so heavier lead free bullets can be used in them. Before I had to use lead free bullets I never thought about the twist rate on rifles. If you even think you may have to use lead free bullets check out the lead free bullets that are available and what twist rates that are recommended for those bullets before you buy a rifle. It really sucks having to go lead free, don't make it worse by not checking out the few options that we do have before buying a new rifle.
  15. 2 points

    any striper guys on this site?

    Glad you like it because that is how everyone on our end of the state just loves giving Southern California our water. It's is destroying our fisheries to satisfy your water needs.
  16. 2 points
    Two things #1 I love striper although I am not a fisherman. #2 I do not love that our water is going south, that was a fricken desert down there and still should be one. The people should move back to where they came from and take San Franisco with them. That would cure a lot of the problems with this state. Just my 2 cents. Ed
  17. 2 points

    Fished the Delta

    Today my friend Mike fished in the Delta around Pittsburg. My friend Mike hooked up on a small Sturgeon, and a small bass. I hooked up on a 63' Sturgeon, three inches to long, so I had to release him. Tom
  18. 2 points

    Too Funny!!!

    So I finally found a place to get the wax for the casting, and just in time as the lead came in today. This time it was a white truck with a white box . Don't know why it never occurred to me, but there is a Hobby Lobby down the road. So I go in there and can not find it by the candles, so I ask a young man if they have plain old wax. He looks at me kind of funny and hesitantly says "I think so, by thr candle making stuff". So we head in that way and he asks another guy there if thay have wax. He looks at me and says it is in the crafts section. I give him a blank stare that he must have recognized before (like I know where the crafts secttion is), and said in the back wall on the left. The forst yong man shows me the way and I find it. I thak him and go pay. As I'm paying for it what looks like a mangaer of some kind comes over like she is going to tell the kid at the register to go to breal or something. As he continues ringing it up she gives me a funny look. I knew what was coming next. "Can I ask you a question sir?". Big surprise. "Yes ma'am, you can ask me anything". She replies "You don't look like the candle making type, may I ask you what you are doing with wax?". I explain that it is for a new hobby, casting lead, and proceed to tell them what it is for expecting them to frown upon it. Instead they were very interested and intrigued as they have never heard that before. She then goes on again "Oh, that might explain why I have seen a coule other guys buying it as well. They must be doing the same thing". At that point I could not help myself. As I walked away, I replied "Maybe. Were they wearing Stetsons as well. If so then they might be. But if they were wearing a tennis tyoe sun visor, odds are they were probably just making candles for their life partners". I could still hear them both laughing as I went all the way out the door.........................
  19. 2 points
    Even though itw as windy and raining today, you can't pick what days off you get, so i went to the range again. There were constant 10+mph winds all day, and off and on rain. No worries, a little water won't make me melt. First runner up today was the Marlin CB .45-70. I was playing with the Trail Boss powder again. If you have not tried it, try it! SHoots grest and is just a ton of fun to shoot for light loads with heavy bullets. These are all from 50 yards with open sights today. FIrst one is the 13gr load. Not spectacular, but with the winds and the fact is was raining, not horrific either. You can see the water on the paper . The next pic is of the much stouter IMR4198 loads scattered on the left side along with the three loads of 13.5gr of Trail Boss in the middle. These looked even better, so I nestle down and do my best to concentrate harder. It showed, a little bit. I couldn't imagine this load with a scope. I then load up two mags of each (eleven total of each load) and fire them as quick as I could shoot, rack the lever, aquire target and shoot again. It was not freehand (I wish) but not bad by any means, especially for the speed they were being shot. I have officially found my loads for this gun and small game/plinking I then moved on to the .50cal black poowder. I wanted to try some different types of bullets today, conicals to be exact. The first up were the 240gr Hornady PA conicals. Not impressive at all . Very bummed. I fire about a half dozen of those before deciding to try the 370 Maxi-Balls. I probably should have clened the fouling in the barrel a bit, but I still want to see how clean this Black Dot MZ powder is, so I fire 5 Maxi-balls over a felt wad. I watch the first three start to make one big black hole, albeit way left, before it started to really foul and scatter the bullets. I don't know how much of the leftward shooting was the wiind and how much is me. I will try it again with no wind before adjusting anything though. But I had similar results lst time with these Maxi-Balls. Thnk that may be "the" load, don't know. I ran out before I could test much more. Always next time. Now the real fun was about to begin. The Frakengun was next on the list. This is the one I had rebuilt the breech on. I was nervous to say the least . I loaded her up light with 50gr, waited until nobody was on the line so that in case the breech flew off it wouldn't hit them, squinted my eyes and pulled the trigger. Through the squint I could see dust in the burm fly up. It shot! It didn't take my eyes or my hand! Nobody was screaming like they were shot from a flying piece of gun! I tried a couple shots loaded light, not very good. This gun always liked being loaded a little hotter. So I cautiously jump to 60grs and it was better, but not great. I decided I would clean the fouling at this point and jump to 70grs. next. That is when I realized the new ramrod was a 10-32 thread and the cleaning jag was an 8-32 thread . Still working out all the details. It was getting harder to load, but I had to see what happened. I loaded 70grs and watched the first two shots almost touch. Great I thought, considering how horendous the sights on this gun really are. I will have to change them. Yes, that bad. then the fouling started to kick in and I called it quits. I have to admt to getting a little misty eyed after the last round thinking about the old man. Fun but sad all at the same time..... With those all being shot, and time running out, I decided to head over to the pistol range. I took the Texas New Army .44 and ran it with some 20+ year old Goex Black Powder. This stuff is M E S S Y!!! My first few shots from 15 yards were too too bad. I've seen modern guns shoot worse, like the guy next to me . When I reloaded the cylinder, 10 minutes later, I put up the second pic here at 15 yards. I don't know if the poor guy next to me was upset about the nooise and smoke, or if he was a little upset while he was watching me. He was havng a tough time hitting a 10"x12" hanging metal plate at the same distance while I out this on the paper. Oh well, no sense of humor I guess. That Goex was so nasty I had to field clean the gun every two cylinders.It literally would not even cock the hammer. No wonder they used to carry so many pistols instead of reloading them All in all a great day. Even in spite of the wind and the rain. I still have a long ways to go and a lot of testing andd trial and error, but I think I could very easily make these my main choice of shooting. Hearing about guys complainig and getting frustrated about opening up their group size 1/4" because of the wind/rain or because they pulled a shot only drove home how much more I amenjoying this type of shooting. Slow, steady, good enough to hunt with, and most importantly, just plain fun. Next up, with a L O T of help from a certain administrator/owner/operator of this forum I begin casting round balls and more than likely conicals as well. Everything arrive this week supposedly, so I know what I will be doing in my spare time. Great, another addiction
  20. 2 points


    The 5 watt commercial band handheld radios we used to use at our mine easily reached the 43 miles line of sight to my house. Of course our line of sight was from 3000 feet elevation to my backyard at 175 feet. But from one side of the ridge to the other forget it. That's what we had a repeater for.
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  22. 2 points

    Want to tan my first coyote pelt

    John, I won't send S back to USA FOXX. We just got back our foxes and raccoons from last year...let me tell you...every single one of them was messed up. Tails missing, holes everywhere, hair missing. Terrible, terrible. Oh, and it took them almost a year to get them back to us, and THEN they lost one. After calling them and complaining about the quality, they said "there weren't any notes on the account regarding the shape of the furs"...so, they openly said that what we got is normal quality. Sad. We asked them to replace the furs that were messed up and lost (all of them, I think), and they did. What they sent was also not what I'd call quality, but better than the original batch. And it took them weeks to send that replacement batch. Now we're sending them to a local taxidermist friend of ours that fleshes them for us and sends them to his tanner at cost. Not my cup of tea. Just a heads up.
  23. 2 points

    New and first smoker

    You may want to think twice about your smoker being in the garage! Not only can you dangerously raise carbon monoxide levels that could migrate into your house but the smoke will chase out in a short time.
  24. 2 points
    It would have been great if I would have had this trail camera set on video.The coyote on the left is chasing the fawn on the far right.The doe is going after the coyote that is chasing her fawn. This is on the same ranch that we saw 21 coyotes on in one day last winter. The same day that we saw 21 coyotes we only saw 2 deer.
  25. 1 point

    Jackrabbit hunting through a dogs eyes

    It's great you were able to get out, connect and make a video. Looks like a good time. I'm going to start getting my PCPs out more.
  26. 1 point

    Primer Question

    You can get into trouble(pierced or blown primers) if you use pistol primers I a rifle cartridge. Especially mag one and others that are at the top end of the pressure curve. Using a rifle primer in a pistol(except 454Casull) you may have misfires due to thicker/stronger cup.
  27. 1 point

    6.5 Grendel and 5.56 ARs

    As for the stock, people either like them or not, no gray area. Me, I would rather put a red ant in my condom and make love to a rabid porcupine! And as for switching them back, well, you may want to do a little more, no, a LOT more looking into it! You would technically be committing a felony. I don't agree with the laws, but I do know what they say. They say that once converted you can never LEGALLY convert them back.
  28. 1 point

    223 Rem Lead Free

    I think I have only shot the 35 gr NTX bullets at paper one time. The black dot is 1" and this group was shot at 100 yards. About a week ago I shot 40 shots at ground squirrels and killed 38 squirrels. I shot them through my Rem 700 223 Rem with a 1-10" twist Hart barrel. This rifle has a Jewell trigger on it and it is a sweet shooting rifle. Rimrock, I am wanting to try the Nosler 50 gr Lead Free BT Varmint bullets in my 1-8" twist 22-250 and my 1-8" twist 223AI. If they shoot and perform good on coyotes I will quit using the Barnes 55 gr MPG Lead Free bullets.
  29. 1 point

    Sub MOA 16" upper build

    nice job that thing looks ssswwwweeeeetttt, and it's got the accuracy to match. Yatewell is right though the shooter does matter. Loved the minute of squirrel comment made me LOL. You are definitely gonna be a squirrel slayer with that thing.
  30. 1 point
    I've been watching the Hobie mirage pro angler 14 for the last year or so. They keep adding new stuff and improving the previous yeas model. I've checked them out at the tackle shows and they are definitely built for fishing. I definitely see one of these in my future.
  31. 1 point
    modoc squeek shooter

    Reloading Equipment

    RCBS here also. I don't think Tom uses his bench lol. ED
  32. 1 point

    finished with school

    "Sir, can you mount this animal?" "Hell, for the right price, I'll mount anything!!!" Th bummer part is that you will be home just in time to not hunt dove . But at least you have brought some knowledge back with you instead . Hope it goes well for you.
  33. 1 point
    You could always tie it to a tree, put a long string on the trigger and.... lol
  34. 1 point
    can't go wrong with vortex, nikon and Leupold also come in mind, 4x12 should let you see the target out to 300 yards
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    No, this was at the bottom of the Cajon pass where the 210 & 15 freeways meet. Wind is one thiing, but rain sure makes for some real interesting stuff. Kind of like shooting through a pinball machine . I took off the super primative sights today and put on some adjustable ones so I can play with different loads on the Kentucky .45. I had an old pair of ramp sights from a .357 Marlin levergun I put Skinner peeps on. This should be much, much easier for my poor eyes as the "v" in theo old ones is super tiny, and I am blind.
  36. 1 point
    Give some consideratons to the old reliable 30/06. You can use light weight bullets or big old heavy rounds. Good for almost any criter on the north american continent. May be some better for some of the really big ones, but it definately will do a job on a bear. or an elk. Lots of the out there too, from brand new to good ones on the used market.
  37. 1 point
    modoc squeek shooter

    Mini 14 in 308

    I had enough of the military looking rifles back in the late 60's lol, I don't want to play army anymore. Give me a bolt gun, single shot or even a lever gun and if you make the first shot count you don't need 10 in the mag. But hey I am an old geezer so whatever floats your boat makes me happy lol. I remember when my grandson got an AR for Christmas a couple years ago. He asked me what I thought lol, so I told him that with that fine rifle he probably could be a corporal in the militia. He shots it at squirrels and it is very accurate, but he uses his bolt guns more. Well actually he is a shotgun freak lol. Him and my son belong to 2 duck clubs, so he hunts ducks when he isn't in school or playing football. Please excuse my spelling, it never was one of my long suits lol. ED
  38. 1 point

    I think I may want to reload...?

    Welcome to the forum Squeak, Like some of the guy's said, Reloading is a passion, Your mind is totally focused on reloading, and not on life's problems. If you are doing it to save money, forget it. (My opinion) it's all about making, and shooting your own product. I know a lot of people that buy one piece at a time, I personally start a new hobby, and go all out, with nothing but the best. I find myself at the gun shop buying more bullets, or some extra brass, ECT. But I wouldn't trade it for anything, it is a passion. Tom
  39. 1 point
    Oh, somebody has the big boy toys . Nice ramps. I should have figured, as I forget you have all the small tractors and mowers etc.. We have always used the 1,000lb tri-fold ramps that run (I think) around $125-$150. But I was also thinking that part of the reason may also be because we never use a staging area, we always just find a turn off in a road and keep away from the other weirdos. That is because we use them mainly for either hunting or just running around scouting some new areas, or ones a little tight for the truck. I don't think I would try that at a public staging area . However, I don't know how much room there is, but she may be able to store them in the truck as they are usually only about 6' long and fold up pretty narrow. I suppose they could always break into the truck though too if they want it bad enough. Sad, sad state of affairs when we have to worry about petty stuff like this, isn't it?
  40. 1 point
    That's something she will remember forever. You're a great dad for showing your children the outdoors.
  41. 1 point
    mtn dog

    Killing Houseflies With A Shotgun

    More fun, less mess, than a fly swatter. http://www.bugasalt.com/ I told my wife I was ordering one and she told me to order another one for her!
  42. 1 point
    Actually, from all of the research I've done in the last couple of years and into this year's hunting season an airgun is not considered a firearm in California (though it may be considered a firearm in other cities, counties or states). You are correct that Los Angeles has special regulations for the use of airguns as listed in the DF&G regulations. It is best to check with your local L.E.O. office and look into city ordinances for further clarification on their use without your local. In the DF&G regulations concerning small game, air rifles and firearms are listed seperately. A firearm uses and explosive charge to expel the projectile from the barrel while an air rifle uses compressed air (either through a reservior, co2 or spring/nitro piston), thus the "firearm" designation for a powder burner type gun (which I'm sure the majority of us already are aware of). Certain cities and, or counties may lump the use of airguns into the same catagory as firearms, but they usually specify "airguns" separately to clarify the legality or illegality of their use. I'll do some more research tonight (after I take care of sorting through some pellets and creating some sampler packs ) and try to find out what I can.
  43. 1 point

    Shopping for a new rifle.

    Let your wife go hog wild, You don't see that to often. Tell her it is an investment, incourage her. Tom
  44. 1 point

    The Raging Judge

    They are an awsome gun. I can say no more. Tom
  45. 1 point


    Before I purchaced my equipment, Grant told me about the RCBS warranty. So I purchaced all RCBS equipment. I had a bad brass set screw on one of my dies, they sent me several brass set screws, and a locking nut. I am very glad I chose RCBS. Not to mention the rebate. Tom
  46. 1 point

    Trouble At The Range

    Stuck cases/hard to lift bolts are usually signs of high pressure. But since you fired the round after it was chambered, maybe the case was not fully resized? Why did he try to open the bolt prior to the shot? Any missing info? My Howa has a tighter chamber than the Tikka, and only fully resized cases will interchange. I would put an empty resized case in and make sure that the bolt closes easily before loading more. Good luck.
  47. 1 point
    mtn dog

    Frenchmen's Lake

    I've never had a chance to fish ANYWHERE on Mars.
  48. 1 point

    Time For #3...

    General (Spring) Mar 31 - May 6, 2012 1 bearded 3 per season Archery (Spring) Mar 31 - May 20, 2012My chickens don't have a season on the turkeys around here. A big bearded Tom flew into the back yard today and two of my Wyandottes chased him back out.
  49. 1 point

    Free Gun Manuals...

    I dug out my Remington Nylon 66 I have had since I got it NEW as a kid. I really don't ever remember cleaning it other that wiping it down and cleaning the bore once in awhile. I forgot about this page and found the manual for the gun and stripped it down to clean it. I could have done it without the manual but it sure made it nice having the reference.
  50. 1 point


    Yep all that stuff and then there's ammo and more ammo and don't forget more ammo.
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