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#84137 Making a Silent Pellet Trap...

Posted by ShooterJohn on 18 May 2008 - 09:57 AM

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 target 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.
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#278340 Maybe the ammo shortage is starting to let up???

Posted by ShooterJohn on 07 March 2013 - 08:44 AM

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#275877 Want to tan my first coyote pelt

Posted by Jeff on 05 February 2013 - 08:37 AM

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.

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#270935 New and first smoker

Posted by ShooterJohn on 04 December 2012 - 09:46 AM

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.
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#302886 New air gun

Posted by Bisley on 08 July 2014 - 09:56 PM

I could not tell you about how cheap they are to shoot, but I can sure attest to theiir accuracy and power. Some of my friends and family were lucky enough to shoot an air rifle this hunter uses, and it threw us all for a loop. The under the breath laughter when someone mentioned air guns turned to sheer awe by the time we were done. Not your dad's air guns for sure!!! I watched a few blackbirds fall harder and faster form that air rifle than they ever would have from a shotgun :yikes[1]: . You really have to see it to believe it Tom, it is that impressive. And this was a .25cal, I can't imagie the even larger bores!

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#302437 Fruit trees

Posted by ShooterJohn on 26 June 2014 - 08:30 AM

Most of our fruit has already come in but we have some newer trees with later fruit.  It's nice to spread them out so that you aren't totally inundated at one time.  I missed most of the earlier fruit due to my knee surgeries.  But I went out yesterday and took a few pictures of some of my later fruit.


This is a new tree from last year that I got to pollinate another tree that didn't have fruit or even flowers this first year.  This is a Burgundy Plum and I must say it is now my favorite plum.  I will get a picture of one cut open so that you can see how red it is inside.  It is a very sweet and firm fruit.  Most plums seem to be softer before they are their sweetest.




This is a Flavor Grenade Pluot that I also purchased as a pollinator for another tree but it is very tasty too.  A Pluot is a cross between a Plum and an Apricot.




These are just a much later variety of apricots.  Our other apricot trees were done well over a month ago.  So yesterday was apricot jam day as we picked a bucket full and made 20 pints of apricot jam.




I'll try to get more photos as I venture out for longer periods.

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#302191 Speed As It Relates To Shot Strings?

Posted by Bisley on 18 June 2014 - 05:28 PM

I have a real problem though with all these guys that have never shot a load that fast with lead explaining how it does not make a difference. Like Wakeman's (I guess you would call it) wriing, it os merely regurgitated articles from 50 years ago. Why not do his job as a writer and experiment, posting results? But yet I can tell you of sevaral of us that will tell you there is absolutely something different in the way they shoot and hit. Not to mention the endless lisr of guys whouse BPI's products that will tell you the same. Just the same way guys like Wakeman will insist to you that speed deforms pellets and ruins patterns :rofl2: . Every time I have actually, physically compared them, the faster load is always at least as well, usually better. Read their articles closely and you will never, ever hear one of them say they have actually compared them side by side. It is always mrely regurgitated info from 50 years ago when they used paper shells, softer lead, less quality plastics in the wads, and the nnew slow burning powders that not only achieve these speeds they could not back then, but do tioday with so little pressures were not even thought of.


I don't know exactly what it is, but there is something that makes them hit harder and make it physically possible to see when it does. I suppose you really have to see it in person to believe it? But it just bugs a machanically inclined mind to not know exactly why it is :crazy:


I will also say that a 1600fps load may lose some of its initial gain in speed over a 1200fps load, but what they do not tell yo is that it gets there in a fraction of the time the slower load does, and will have way less tendency to be pushed by wind since the only thing that pushes something off course is time spent in the wind. Less time spent in the wind will always mean less drift, period. And you can understand how much less tome these loads spend in the air until one actuially physically fires them. They are literally busting 50 yard clays before the action in an auto can cycle! Don't beieve me? Try them just once B) . Hell, ask the guys that watch us use them for that matter :D .

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#302122 Revolver Repair Reminder..Say That 3 Times Fast LOL!

Posted by Bisley on 15 June 2014 - 09:53 PM

I had finished a lot of work on an old pistol for a friend the other night. He had changed part of the frame himself (not mechanically inclined, at least around firearms :lol: ) and it appears that a spring or two along with a pin or two were unnoticed and either lost or omitted by accident. The pistol itself looks like it was shot (at) a few times, but it meant a lot to the gentleman I was putting it together for. This gun had saved a member of his family's life on more than one ocassion. The family member owned a small store that had been robbed, well, at least attempted to have been robbed until they carried out the perps :yikes[1]: . We all hold old military weapons and oten wonder the stories they could possibly tell but it is kind of an odd feeling knowing for a fact that you are holding a pistol that has sent a couple people to meet their maker. All justified in court obviously.


Anyway, back to point here. So as I was wrapping the project up I forgot about the firing pin being worn. Then, after replacing it I loaded the gun up with five sized .38 cases with only a primer in them to make sure it would "make smoke". I was going to send a video to them showing it fire all five cases, but I could only fore between one or three cases before the cylinder would jam and not turn. I could open it up and remove the cases and the gun would dry-fire flawlessly all day long. I did this about twice before I noticed something I had forgotten and figure it out :blush: :doh[1]: . When you fire just a primer in an empty case in a revolver there is no force t push the case back against the frame and keep the primer from bulging and backing out. And believe me, it will bulge/back out! Some would bulge more than others, which is why some times it would only fire one and jam, and other times it would bulge enough on the second or third case. You have to look very, very carefully, but you can see the primer slightly lifed above the case. Believe me, it is just enough to make it hang up. Just something that to consider that never gets talked about in case you have to fix a revolver.............



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#301885 Triple B's

Posted by Bisley on 06 June 2014 - 10:13 PM

Take the money you would spend there and drive an hour and a half and throw some clays. You will get more out of it. Not only is it more fun, but birds don't flush when you yell "Pull" in the field :lol: . But seriously, if you get out, not only can you pattern your shotgun to know where you are shooting (the last guy I showed this to got a real eye opener. He copuld physically see how the plain Wal-Mart bulk ammo patterned almost two feet higher and above target than the reloads his BIL and I were giving him) but you may even scarce up a rabbit or two. nd having someone throw from behind you where you can't see them winding up is an excellent, reaction building, fun game. So is having them fly straight at you :smiley-innocent-halo-yellow: (I have an electric thrower for that one) And when you throw them low and fast, like quail, you can usually see dust kick up and show how far behind or to the side you are shooting. Sandy or dirt hills make a great backstop as well for that.


If you need a place to go, let me know. We go to a great little spot just about two hours total from you. It can get warm and windy out there, but so does bird season, that's why I like shooting in it. If you can hit in that, you can hit on any day :good:

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#301859 RCBS service

Posted by ShooterJohn on 06 June 2014 - 03:50 PM

RCBS has been like that as long as I have been using their equipment and that is 46 years. They used to have some great buys too when you could by blemished parts after their tours they gave of the factory. My first Rockchucker press was a blem because the wrinkle paint had a smudge in it.
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#301371 Started the garden

Posted by ShooterJohn on 22 May 2014 - 06:38 PM

There's nothing like deep fried okra or seafood gumbo with okra! My favorite and easiest to make is shrimp and okra gumbo. YUM!
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#301356 Started the garden

Posted by ShooterJohn on 22 May 2014 - 08:16 AM

Okra needs more heat to get going.  That's why it does so well in the South.  I sure like pickled okra.

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#301208 Aprium Cobbler

Posted by ShooterJohn on 18 May 2014 - 09:11 AM

We had the wife's folks over for dinner the other night and of course you have to have desert. Since we grow a large amount of fruit we make allot of fruit deserts. It's almost time for this years Apriums to be picked so I went digging in the freezer for last years. We have been making pies mostly so the wife said lets have cobbler and I happily agreed.

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#301064 Ate first jack

Posted by ShooterJohn on 11 May 2014 - 10:02 AM

That's not my preferred way to harvest a game animal.
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#301059 New Sumatra Carbine

Posted by ShooterJohn on 11 May 2014 - 08:30 AM

I have an automatic electric door on my chicken coop. It protects the girls and keeps the critters at bay until I can dispatch them on my terms.
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#300735 Been putting my son on some fish

Posted by Bennie on 30 April 2014 - 10:27 AM

Nice going! Kids never forget things like this.

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#300677 New rifle

Posted by modoc squeek shooter on 29 April 2014 - 06:49 PM

I have not experience with it, but do know a lot of PDog shooters use it. Like John said most use Rem 700 actions. If I was building if that's what I would do. Ed

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#300666 New rifle

Posted by ShooterJohn on 29 April 2014 - 04:53 PM

Sort of a barrel burner but a real long range round. I like pre 64 model 70 Winchester rifles but not the newer actions. I think you are confusing Bushnell and Leupold because I don't think Leupold makes a scope in that exact power range. It depends what you want to do with the rifle I guess. I'd rather put the money into a Remington action if you decide to go ahead.
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#300615 Savage Model 111 barrel

Posted by Bisley on 28 April 2014 - 07:25 PM

I would still not rule out extreme fouling (copper). Have had the same thing happen more than once on a few different guns. One still will not shoot right, and I can still literally see turquoise/green with the naked eye while looking down the barrel (VERY excessive fouling), despite having cleaned it over a dozen times without even shooting it and with a couple different copper fouling brands. Same exact thing though, first shot hits OK, but also heats up the fouling in the barrel just enough to make it tacky, and it just goes south from there.


Do you by any chance know if the previous owner used lead-free bullets? They are not all the same. Nosler and Hornady use a gilded metal (alloy) just like leaded bullets while b....s bullets use an all copper bullet. The all copper bullets are much, much softer and tend to foul barrels with much more extreme prejudice. If possible, you may want to try and find out if they were used in it. Just a thought.

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#300562 Savage Model 111 barrel

Posted by ShooterJohn on 27 April 2014 - 07:11 AM

Just swap a scope from another gun instead of buying a new one.

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