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    I bought a new truck

    Earlier this year Wifezilla decided that we needed a camping trailer so we could take the dogs camping. I bought a small 18', single axle trailer and then fixed up the 2004 GMC Z-71 4x4 (5.3 L engine) with 150,000 miles on it, with new tires, battery, hoses, belts, sparkplugs, etc. Pulling the grade over to the coast the truck wouldn't hold 50 MPH with the <4,000 Lbs trailer but it was OK. Last month the instrument cluster in the GMC went out and it was $500 to fix that, then last week my remote door openers quit working, the shop says that it's a computer problem and could be $1,500, then the A/C compressor decided that it won't turn off, one of the switches is bad but the shop doesn't know which one, one is $250 and the other is $300, then, last Saturday I noticed an oil spot on the driveway and it's right at the transmission/engine joint so it looks like a rear main seal, (my mechanic says $1,500). I was looking at spending between $3,000 and $4,000 in repairs on a 14 year old truck so I decided to trade it in on a new 2019 Ram 1500 4x4 with the 5.7L Hemi. I go from 300 Ft-Lbs of torque to 410 ft-lbs and get better gas mileage to boot.
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    I bought a new truck

    Bob, Wes told me that you had one of the same color.
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    Aqueduct Stripers a little bigger this year!

    I used to fish downstream of Buena Vista golf course and caught some nice ones there. I need to get out more.
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    New Project in the works

    Rommel, Why not just taper it along the length? It shouldn't remove that much weight. I was over in Henderson a couple of weeks ago, my company was bidding on a power plant operating contract there and I had to go over there as part of the team.
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    Ruger No.1 (and other SS's)

    The rim of the ejected round hits the tang safety and you can reach it easily under the scope. I typically tilt the gun to the left while I'm reloading (left handed) so the ejected round just drops right in front of me.
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    Ruger No.1 (and other SS's)

    I own a Ruger No. 1 but not in a varmint chambering (270 Win). I think that the No.1s are prone to vertical stringing due to the forearm attachment method but if you get a good one they shoot lights out. I like having the longer barrel in the shorter, lightweight package. Mine has taken my last two pronghorns at 440 and 250 yards.
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    Fishing in Texas

    I'm working in Texas for the next month or so and met up with one of my old long range buddies, Capt. Tom for a little inshore fishing. We fished a little inlet sight casting bait for red drum (called redfish here) fish, black drum and speckled trout. We caught and released a bunch of big redfish I got a 38" and a 40" and Tom landed a 42" monster as well as a bunch of smaller ones. They have a slot limit here so anything over 28" has to be released. We caught a bunch of black drum also and just kept a couple of 18" fish for the pot. We were sight casting with dead shrimp on 12# spinning and bait casting rigs. Next week we're going to try the same spot with flyrods and surface plug and maybe I can get some better photos. It's hard to stop and take pictures when the fishing's hot. Black drum Redfish Tom and I went out yesterday afternoon, Tom used a flyrod and I threw top water plugs. I caught over 20 speckled trout, redfish and ladyfish while Tom was catching black drum and redfish. Here's Tom's big black drum on the fly Tom releasing a good redfish: An 18" speckled trout It was a blast sight fishing with the surface plug and watching them blow up on the lure as close as 5 feet in front of me. We went out this morning in the rain and fishing was real slow until I changed over to a brass spoon fishing the channel between the sand flats. On my first cast I hooked into a monster bull redfish and his first run ran 100' of 12# mono and 100 yards of 20# braid. I got him turned and he made a second run and I couldn't stop him. He turned down the channel and just kept running. As I started getting down to the bottom of the spool, I started thumbing the spool to increase the drag I got him stopped finally but I couldn't get more than 3-4 cranks on the spool at a time. After 10 minutes of this he broke the braid. I got maybe 200 yards braid back but lost 100 yards of it with another 100' of mono. I did land a 24"+ black drum on another spoon fished along the bottom and some smaller redfish and ladyfish all on lures.
  8. It depends on your definition of hunting. Most of my deer guns have 3-9X scopes on them and they work for 99% of my shooting. My coyote guns run 4-12X or 4.5-14X since I usually shoot them at distance. My long range guns run 5.5-22X, 6.5-20X or 6-24X. My serious hunting rifles run 1.5-6X and 2.5-8X but I only shoot them out to 300 yards or so. I haven't found that one perfect scope yet but the 2.5-8X is pretty close.
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    Fishing in Texas

    I fly home Friday morning so we got in one more fishing trip yesterday afternoon: I lost a 50" redfish, 10 feet from shore but my buddy Tom got a 45" redfish and and 18" speckled trout. We were out for about 3.5 hours and landed about 30 redfish, a dozen trout and some small croaker and ladyfish
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    Fishing in Texas

    We spent the weekend fishing and here's some photos of my brother Tom and and my buddy Capt. Tom, who used to fish with us on the long range trips out of San Diego on the old Q105, Polaris Supreme and Royal Polaris: Everything was released. Here's Tom and Capt. Tom with Tom's 27" speckled trout. Tom caught three of these 27"-28" fish this weekend (you're allowed to keep one above 25") Tom's 30" redfish. You're only allowed to keep one fish over 29" and you have to tag it as a trophy fish. Tom with one of many black drum that we landed: My 45" redfish was the biggest of the weekend:
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    Fishing in Texas

    Fished yesterday and on the first ten casts I got 7 bites and landed 5 fish. All of them were smaller speckled trout, ladyfish and redfish. My brother's flying in tomorrow so we'll spend the whole weekend fishing.
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    Fishing in Texas

    I'm back in California this weekend but have to fly back to Texas on Monday morning. My brother got so jealous of the photos that I was sending that he booked an airline ticket to come down and fish with me next weekend.
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    Took Mom fishing at Goleta pier

    I drove down to Lompoc and took Mom fishing on Saturday off the pier at Goleta park. We had a slow day, three brown kelp rockfish and one good calico 14+ inches that we released. We were bait fishing using cured mackerel that we caught in the spring. There were a few small smelt caught during the morning but mostly the small brown kelp rockfish, off the west side of the pier in the kelp over the outfall pipe. The guys fishing the shore for halibut, perch and corbina looked like they were getting skunked, we saw nothing coming over the rail down there all morning. Mom's 87 this year and still loves to get out fishing. My brother and his youngest son came down from San Jose and took her fishing on Tuesday and I have to be down in Lompoc again next week so I'll take her out again Saturday. I've been home for 16 days in the last 5 weeks but it's payback time for Mom.
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    How important is this to do?

    On a factory barreled rifle it won't make a lot of difference. On a hand lapped, match barrel you need to do some new barrel break in. When the gunsmith chambers the barrel blank and cuts the throat, his reamer is going to leave microscopic ridges across the bore. The shoot, clean, shoot, clean, shoot, clean, routine helps keep these ridges from filling with copper from the bullets and allows them to get worn smooth by the first few rounds that are shot. If you do the proper break in then the throat will be as smooth as the rest of the barrel and less likely to copper foul for it's lifetime. Krieger Barrels website gives a good explanation of this. What Bob is talking about is something that is commonly seen with factory barrels, the first few rounds in a clean barrel do not hit at the same point of impact or group as well as a barrel with a little fouling in it. I have a 7mm Mag Ruger that will not group consistently after cleaning until it has at least 15-20 rounds through it. It's a stainless barrel but I think that it must have a very rough finish that needs to be fouled thoroughly to shoot well.
  15. I like loads that run close to 100% loading density, if possible so it's hard to argue with the W760 and Big Game data.
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    Took Mom fishing at Goleta pier

    I'm going back this weekend and taking Mom fishing again. It gives my sister a break who does all the daily care for Mom.
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    And so it began

    I didn't know that the 195 grain EOL's were in production already. What are you expecting for velocity in the 7 Mag?
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    And so it began

    When I was shooting the 6.5x284 with the big Nightforce, my limit was way out there. The Yote in my avatar was taken at 732 yards with that 6.5. The Ruger No.1 is a 270 with a 3x9-36mm scope on top so I limit myself to around 400 yards.
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    And so it began

    Rommel, I'm right behind you. I turn 60 in March. I took my No.1 to Wyoming last fall and what a difference that made. Before that it was the 11 Lbs. 6.5x284 built on the Montana Rifle Co action with a 27" barrel and the big Nightforce on top. I just put my max limit at 400 yards which is far enough.
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    And so it began

    Rommel, I found out the same thing a couple of years ago hauling a 10 Lb rifle around at 7,000' in Wyoming. I've switched to a Ruger No.1 in 270 Win with a 3x9x36 mm Leupold for deer sized game. I still carry my Win Model 70 in 375 H&H for the big stuff but I don't hike the mountains with it.
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    Took Mom fishing at Goleta pier

    Took Mom fishing again this morning, she was dressed and ready to go at 5:30 AM. We left Lompoc at 6:00 and got to Goleta pier by 0700. We caught 5 short calico and a dozen or more small brown kelp bass until about 9:30 when the bite turned off. I got one more brown kelp bass about 10:30 but that was it for the morning. We left about Noon but the guys on the end of the pier were catching anchovies and mackerel pretty steadily on small hooks and baited sabiki rigs.
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    Took Mom fishing at Goleta pier

    Cool Walt, there a "Growing up in Lompoc in the 60's, 70's and 80's" Facebook page, if you use Facebook . There might be some people that you know there.
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    Took Mom fishing at Goleta pier

    Thanks guys, Walt, I was class of 76, when were you there?
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    .223 with 30gr bullet

    I load the 36 grain VGs to at 4400+ fps in a 22.250 Ackley Improved. I can't imagine what a 30 grain bullet would do. BTW. I'm posting this from the Calgary International Airport (YYC)
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    New to me rifle

    I've only shot paper with my 260. Mostly trying the 123 grain SMK and other 120 grain match bullets. The good thing is that I've made it out to 1,000 yards with many of the loads.
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