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Posted by ShooterJohn on 18 May 2008 - 09:57 AM
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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 . 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.........................
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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 . 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
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Posted by ShooterJohn on 08 July 2014 - 07:00 PM
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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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Posted by KNOCKED UP on 05 November 2014 - 01:38 PM
They just don't understand, do they?
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.
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Posted by OrneryOlMofo357 on 01 October 2014 - 05:56 PM
Looks tastey Tom!
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Posted by ShooterJohn on 24 September 2014 - 01:08 PM
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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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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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Posted by modoc squeek shooter on 21 September 2014 - 07:34 AM
RCBS here also. I don't think Tom uses his bench lol. ED
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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!!!"
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.
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Posted by OrneryOlMofo357 on 07 September 2014 - 08:41 AM
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Posted by Bisley on 02 September 2014 - 11:00 PM
I applied for the Cabelas Card since BPS does not carry what I wanted. Damn them, they gave me one. So on their way soon are the beautiful Pedrsoli Hawken Rifle along with a Uberti steel framed 1858 (instead of the brass frame I have) so that I can also get the .45 Colt conversion cylinder. Which, by the way, is also on its way . I went with the Uberti because it is the only one with adjusable sights except for the Pietta, which has modern pistol rear sights on the rear. It just did not look right. The Uberi has a dovetail front sight so that it can be adjusted, but still look like the original. And the rifle was on sale for a very reasonable price, and I wanted a brand new one both because it is beautiful, it is new and not used like the other, and I can possibly set one up for round balls and one for conicals. I know, any excuse to justify it, right? I also do not own a .45 Colt, and always wanted one.
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Posted by Yateswell on 01 September 2014 - 07:33 PM
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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