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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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#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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#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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#305949 finished with school

Posted by Bisley on 12 September 2014 - 09:03 PM

"Sir, can you mount this animal?"

"Hell, for the right price, I'll mount anything!!!"   :rofl2: :smiley-outta-here:


Th bummer part is that you will be home just in time to not hunt dove :504: . But at least you have brought some knowledge back with you instead :good: . Hope it goes well for you.

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#305747 Old side-by-side, Would like to have it checked out

Posted by OrneryOlMofo357 on 07 September 2014 - 08:41 AM

You could always tie it to a tree, put a long string on the trigger and.... lol
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#305529 Which truck to get?

Posted by Yateswell on 01 September 2014 - 07:33 PM

Just a quick update, no, I have not scratched my truck yet, who needs enemy when I have friends like you guys. lol.

First thing first, I got a camper shell installed. I had no idea these things cost a arm and leg. no one mentioned that when I went for orientation years ago. Oh well, it's too late now. So I shopped a little but most of places did not have it in stock. I finally found a place near my house that had the best price and had one in stock, so here it is


Second, the factory tail gate is not lockable, Toyota cheap out on this. I replaced it with a pop & lock tail gate lock, it allows me using the same ignition key, one less key to worry about.

Last but no least, I wasn't going to spent 3K on a truck vault, so I built one my own. Couple trips to local home depot and lowes, with some plywood, bunch of nails and screws, I got it almost done.

The left drawer has room for 3 rifles/shotguns, middle drawer is for misc. items and right drawer is for the high lift jack. Still have room for 1 or 2 ice chests in front of drawer 2 and 3. If needed, I can also sleep in it on top of the drawers. Still have a little touch up to do next weekend, but for the most part it is operational and it only costs me less than $300.


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#305377 Fished the Delta

Posted by ShooterJohn on 30 August 2014 - 06:41 AM

That's what I hate about the size limit, you had to throw him back!  If it weren't for all of the poaching being done we won't need a size limit.

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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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#304878 Ballistic coefficient

Posted by Air Rifle Hunter on 20 August 2014 - 08:46 AM

 Wind speed, wind angle, velocity, BC, projectile weight, temperature, altitude, and humidity all have an effect on shooting. Not only for long range shooters, but also for those hunting with air rifles. We may not be taking shots at 600 plus yards, but because of the lower velocity and different pellet weights a little wind at extended distances (out past 80 to 100 yards) can make a huge difference in POI.


 I think it is a good idea for anyone shooting to know how to adjust to the conditions around us while out in the field, or shooting from a bench. :)

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#304701 Which truck to get?

Posted by Yateswell on 17 August 2014 - 06:28 PM


Here it is, brand new 2014 Tacoma,V6 auto 4x4 double cab long bed (6ft). I was looking for a decent used one but the used one Tacoma has high resale value, for a 2009-2013 used one with about 50K miles, the asking price is about 27K and up. I figure for a couple thousand more, I can get a new one and don't have to worry about how the previous owner(s) took care of the tuck.

This truck barely fit in my garage, I will not be able to open the tailgate without open the garage door. If I were to get full size truck like F150 with 6.5 ft bed, it won't fit in my garage.

I will put a camper shell on it and build some sort of bed storage/drawer, if you guys know a place in So Cal where I can get a deal on camper shell please let me know.
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#304606 WTB 22mag

Posted by Traveler52 on 15 August 2014 - 06:58 AM

Are you referring to 22 wmr? If so I have two and the ammo  really seems be hard to find these days even harder than 22LR

17 WSM I have not seen on any store shelves yet.

17 HMR seems to be easy to find.

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#304496 Finally Got To Pour

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

Thanks, I hope they shoot as well as they look. I feel like the little old lady next door to me with all the delivery trucks every day. I had two more packages today :yahoo: . One with two more molds, a round ball/conical combo for the .45cal and a conical for the .50cal. too. The conicals are the Lee REAL bullets. I wanted to give them a try along with all the others and see which work best. It was just as cheap to but the mold as it was to buy a 20 pack of (other) conicals. They don't sell the Lee REAL bullets, only the molds. I hope they shoot as well ar better than the Maxi-Balls.




 I only have one other thing to add though... Please don't get me hooked on anything else!! :crazy:  My wife is patient and supportive of my hobby obsession hunting addiction, but I think another addition to it and I'll be in real trouble. :signlol2iu: :doh[1]:


I would never do that. You MUST have a wonderful wife though. I keep waiting for the day she says "You two can't play together anymore" :rofl2:

I will just say this though. I have heard that they do make molds for pellets as well. And how good would it feel to not only load your gun yourself (pump it by hand) and make your own pellets before you take that next rabbit............... :751:

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#304416 Which truck to get?

Posted by Air Rifle Hunter on 11 August 2014 - 02:24 PM

 My 1992 Toyota has well over 350,000 miles on it and still runs great. Needs a little TLC at this point, but runs strong. Made enough of an impression on me that I bought another Toyota truck later (2006 Tacoma). Still have both. :)

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#304360 Which truck to get?

Posted by Yateswell on 10 August 2014 - 07:26 PM

Went out this afternoon to test drive a couple of trucks including a Toyota Tacoma, I have say I'm impressed by Tacoma, perfect size for my type of hunting, great MPG and reliability. I'm leaning towards a used Tacoma, the down side is it costs more than the full size truck with the same milage/condition. I hate the guy who brought me into hunting, lol.
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#304328 Which truck to get?

Posted by Bisley on 10 August 2014 - 08:09 AM

A lot of the newer trucks, like the Chevy have the fuel pump located in the fuel tank. It would be nearly impossible to change on the road. I do agree though about bringing spare parts and tools with you. I have a spare fuel pump, water pump, belt, hoses and assorted tools in my hunting rig.


Far, far from it! Being tank mounted is what make sit so easy on a truck. Disconnect the three small srews on the filling spout and the two bolts on the strap that hold the tank up. thats it. The pump/sending unit assembly merely twistonto the tank, you could beat it with  rock if need be to loosen it, or a cresent wrench. I'm down to an 1 to 1-1/2 hours changing thm, and that's taking my time. I literally have to pull more parts out to get to my right front healight.

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#304259 Too Funny!!!

Posted by ShooterJohn on 08 August 2014 - 07:14 AM

They carry it at Walmart too in either the grocery section or the canning supplies. But for some reason I find it most on the grocery side of the stores. A little goes a long way.
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