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#308627 Eggs

Posted by ShooterJohn on 30 November 2014 - 08:03 AM

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.

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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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#305355 Fished the Delta

Posted by KNOCKED UP on 29 August 2014 - 05:08 PM

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.

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#304247 Too Funny!!!

Posted by Bisley on 07 August 2014 - 10:12 PM

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 :lol: . 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". :rofl2: I could still hear them both laughing as I went all the way out the door.........................

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#304026 Wind, Rain, And Lots Of Smoke

Posted by Bisley on 03 August 2014 - 10:28 PM

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 :lol: . 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 :good:








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 :unsure: . 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! :653: 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 :doh[1]: . 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 :smiley-innocent-halo-yellow: . 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 :lol:





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 :smiley-innocent-halo-yellow:  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 :crazy:

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#302881 Radio's

Posted by ShooterJohn on 08 July 2014 - 07:00 PM

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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#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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#256261 Coyote Chasing Fawn And The Doe Chasing The Coyote!

Posted by dabob on 11 May 2012 - 08:56 AM

It would have been great if I would have had this trail camera set on video.Posted ImageThe coyote on the left is chasing the fawn on the far right.Posted ImageThe 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.Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
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#308876 17 HMR

Posted by modoc squeek shooter on 05 December 2014 - 02:52 PM

Monkey a 17hmr will kill a coyote with proper bullet placement, heck you can kill them with a rock with proper placement. Having said that neither would be my first choice. If the dog was standing say 50 yds and I could get a good head shot I would take the shot. Now a 17hmr is a great little round and a man should own one at least once in his life lol. ED

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#308746 17 HMR

Posted by KNOCKED UP on 03 December 2014 - 06:31 AM

A 223 will work very well on Coyotes and Squeeks.
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#308568 Umarex Surge

Posted by ShooterJohn on 28 November 2014 - 07:58 AM

Tom it seems like every new springer diesels when you first fire them sounding as loud as a rimfire. But once the oil in the barrel spring area is burned off they quiet right down.
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#307880 Steady rest

Posted by KNOCKED UP on 05 November 2014 - 01:38 PM

I like it. I think I'll build myself one. I just can't get my wife to let me weld on the kitchen counter.

They just don't understand, do they?
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#307839 Steady rest

Posted by KNOCKED UP on 04 November 2014 - 05:08 PM

I finished welding my steady rest today.
I still need a longer elevation adjustment screw.

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#307336 Proposed non-lead ammo timeline

Posted by KNOCKED UP on 20 October 2014 - 05:54 AM

I really think that the lead ban is a
ploy to stop hunting and fishing.
They have tainted scientific data.
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#306705 Fishing the delta

Posted by OrneryOlMofo357 on 01 October 2014 - 05:56 PM

Looks tastey Tom!

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#306407 Best Hunting GPS?

Posted by ShooterJohn on 24 September 2014 - 01:08 PM

But there again most good hunting spots don't have reliable cell service. A SPOT would be a better choice. Or do what I recommend to everyone on here. Just make sure to tell someone where you are going and when you'll be returning.
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#306291 Mountain Lion in AZ with Air Rifle

Posted by modoc squeek shooter on 22 September 2014 - 03:42 PM

I agree Switch. CBR400RR I wouldn't call him a loser. That is some tough country and riding a horse thru that kind of country for 4 or 5 days is not easy. I make my living from the back of a horse and trust me it is hard on the man as well as the horse. Takes a pretty tough person to keep up with hounds. That is one of the reasons I never hunted bear with hounds, I ain't tough enough and I doubt you are either. ED

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#306260 Been Fishin'

Posted by Air Rifle Hunter on 21 September 2014 - 08:41 PM

 Well to start off, I haven't been out fishing on a boat like many of you have been or fishing in a night time fishing spot, but I have been doing some salt water fishing lately with my daughter. All of your photos of tuna and spotted/barred sand bass have been making me really want to start fishing allot more. :)


 This Saturday morning (9/20/14) I caught my first Southern California Corbina. It fought  pretty good on light tackle and I was surprised when I reeled it in and saw what it was. I had been hoping for catch one and my first time back surf fishing I caught the king. I've heard that people have caught bigger, but I was happy catching this one:




 It was 22" long from nose to tip of tail. My daughter and I also managed to catch some barred surf perch, but most all were small. We ended up with 11 of the barred surf perch but only kept the three that swallowed the hooks and died while we tried to get the hook out. I had those for breakfast this morning. :)


 My daughter and I also went fishing Sunday afternoon last weekend (9/14/14) after I got off work. We caught a mess of mackerel and a few smelt for bait. She had a blast. No full fish photos, but here's one of them cleaned.




 I made a bunch of mackerel jerky out of the last few batches I had caught. Delicious and nutritious, though my wife doesn't really care for the smell.


 I can't wait for my daughter and I to get out fishing again soon. :)

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