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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Meat freshness
« on: November 09, 2018, 04:18:21 PM »
Once, when hunting doves down in Mexico, maybe seventy miles in, we were driving into a little town for some minor supplies.  We saw an already bloating dead cow on the side of the road, legs already sticking out a little.  Our main guide said, "I'm surprised nobody has butchered it yet."  When we were returning from the little town, there was a family, of five or six, cutting it up.  The several of us in the crew cab truck, kind of all "sphinctered up" a little.  But then again, the natives there can drink that water without dying either.  Coming soon to America, unless we build that wall.  MM

One of my retired shooting buddies has a sizable ranching operation, and he and his daughter want to eat their own home grown beef.  He is also rather benevolent.  So I think it is twice a year, they have one of the local meat processors come get a steer or whatever, and they have it processed as they want.  They take what cuts and ground meat that they think they will consume in six months, and donate the rest to the area food bank.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Meat freshness
« on: November 05, 2018, 12:48:20 PM »
I would say to process some of it, and fry it; see if there is any "oddness" to the taste, or a little bit of "funky" smell.  Even though it was semi-cool weather, you have the hide of the deer, and the fact that it was not gutted, working against you.  Think about it, the hide insulated the meat to some degree from the cool air, and all of the entrails still in it stayed warm for a long time.  Had it been gutted, the cool air would have chilled the meat from the inside of the cavity; maybe not cooling the hind quarters as much, but still cooling them some.  If your weather would have been ten degrees cooler, it would have been better.
 Then again, I have been semi-deep into Mexico, and saw the open air un-refrigerated meat markets with goat carcasses hanging in 100 degree weather, albeit, in the shade.  I could SMELL enough of that, that I CERTAINLY would not have eaten any of it.  I have had gutted squirrels go bad on me; sitting in the field bag a little too long from a long afternoon hunt in the Summer.  I am sure that many will respond with much more experience on this than me; this is a good topic for discussion.  MM

This is a GREAT story about the efforts of a few groups and A BUNCH of hunters in Georgia, with trying to help the hungry.  There is a similar program here in Texas, and I bet in a bunch of other States.  It always boils down to, the various groups that are always denigrated, talked bad about, are "the deporables," "rednecks,"... always seem to be the ones that are actually trying to help people.  You never see the groups with the biggest protest signs, and the most arrogant mouths, ever do much of anything to help their fellow man.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: FedEx splits from NRA
« on: November 04, 2018, 11:35:29 PM »
I have not heard much about the "MAGAbomber" in about three days.  I bet something turned up that the press does NOT want us to know, and they have dropped it.  I did see that the goofus, was last registered as a Dembo.  That entire story sounded "not right" from the git-go.  As one, more realistic pundit commented, that this guy was SO amateur, that not one of the fourteen devices "worked," it is amazing that he did blow himself up building them.  I think it was all an anti-Trump hoax.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: 10
« on: November 04, 2018, 11:21:52 PM »
Congratulations Bad.  I have not felt the need to quit Copenhagen, but I quit alcohol four and a half years ago.  I do miss it.  I liked EVERYTHING about it.  Everybody I am in contact with still drinks.  The business I am in, music; EVERYONE drinks copious amounts of alcohol.  But I guess I am just proving to a bunch of people that I COULD quit.  I may start again one day, I do not know.  But I am at least going to go five years, just to say that I did.  Good luck with your situation.  Oh, I AM saving a bunch of money.  MM

I think that many of us can admit to having bought a "dud" rifle or two in the past.  I would move them at a show, and I was honest.  I would tell whomever was interested, "I could not get it to shoot good enough for me."  I guess they would take that as a "challenge," and they would think that they could.  Maybe they could, but I could not.  By being up front about it, I did not feel like I was screwing them.  Sometimes, you have to cut your losses, and just let the item go.  This also happens a lot with vehicles, that have tripped two hundred thousand miles.  I hope you can get a fair price at least for the action.  MM

For those of you old enough to remember the writings of Jack O'Connor MANY years ago, he particularly liked the .257 Roberts, the 7mm Mauser handloaded with 139 gr. bullets, the .30-06, and his "darling," the .270 Winchester, for North American big game.  This was in the days way before there were as many premium bullets available, as there are today.  He also used a 7mm Remington some in his later years.  There have probably been thirty more cartridges in these bore diameters added, since he passed away.  Except for the 7mm Remington, these were all moderate velocity cartridges, with the .270 being on the upper end of that.  Boddington also did an article several years ago, extolling the 8mm Mauser, handloaded of course, as a GREAT all around cartridge.  So as one poster said, this recent article may just be "page filler."  Perhaps cartridges are like women:  Yes, there is probably an "ideal" woman for each of us, but there are many different women, that would also be entirely wonderful as well.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: FedEx splits from NRA
« on: November 04, 2018, 01:06:49 PM »
I read the press release submitted by FedEx to a newspaper, and the NRA was not specifically mentioned.  It said that they were discontinuing "discount services" to a little over 100 various companies.  The media found out that the NRA was one of the companies, so they are running with it to make it look like FedEx is standing up to the NRA.  The press release also said that participants from any of these companies will STILL get discounts, but they will be run through a different "offer."  I think that as usual, the Mainstream Media is making much ado over just about nothing.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Officer down in our little town
« on: November 03, 2018, 03:24:54 PM »
A really good, decent young Sheriff's Deputy took a frontal blast from a shotgun while trying to apprehend a suspect this past Thursday night.  He shares the same last name as I have, but is not closely related to me.  This is the first officer that I can remember ever taking a hit in our community, in my fifty-eight years.  He was wearing his duty vest, and that saved his life, but many pellets hit him in the head.  He has lost one eye, and may lose the other.  He is in critical but stable condition in Austin.  He is a single Dad with three young girls, and is engaged to get remarried.  It is so sad.  And the POS perp was wanted on sexual assault charges, not what I would think is worthy of trying to kill a Sheriff's Deputy over.  When I grew up, we had an "old West styled" Sheriff, "Sheriff Jim."  If this had happened back then, I would think that somehow, the perp would have "died at the scene."

Our town is not a "Mayberry," but it is a decent small town.  Most of our crime is related to people passing through between Houston and Austin, and Houston and San Antonio.  Things sure have changed.  MM 

I thought that this was interesting.  It covers really basic stuff at first, that y'all may all know already., so the first several minutes are a little boring.  He did explain why case separations happen where they do.  I new that they always happen in that certain area of a case, but I did not know why.
 The two guns that blew were crummy Italian rifles, both blowing with shells from the same box of ammo.  HE thought that THAT was rather suspect right off of the bat, shitty surplus ammo.  He also explained that although these were not robust actions anyway, they still deflected the gases enough to keep the blow up from killing the person firing them.  I am going to see if he has some other pertinent videos on more modern guns.  He has a dry sense of humor.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Passwords
« on: October 28, 2018, 02:53:02 PM »
My Cabela's account almost got hacked a few years ago by someone with a Middle Eastern name.  Whomever at Cabela's spotted it, and froze my account and contacted me.  Thank goodness they were on the ball.  I had to go through a few hoops though to get everything straight, including having my Son to take a closeup photo of my face with me holding a photo I.D. next to it.  I am just glad they caught it.  I periodically get suspicious emails that I "need to change some password to avoid being hacked."  Someone told me, that that is a hacker's trick.  I have no idea.  But some of my passwords, I have had for years, and they have not been compromised yet, so I see no need to change them.  I had the various passwords all written down on a piece of paper since I am somewhat scatter brained.  That was destroyed in the flood.  But I only had maybe four different ones.  So when I have to type one in, I just try one of them, and eventually get in.  MM

THAT put a smile on my sad face.   I needed that.  Thanks.  MM

As I gather from most all previous posts on this board, we all LOVE AND RESPECT our dogs.  I however let my dog, Reeses, down.  During all of this flood debacle of the past year, rebuilding the house etc., I let his heart-worm medicine monthly dose slide for about four months.  I just did not get it done.  At his checkup Friday, he shows a "low-positive" for heart-worms.  I am SO disgusted with myself.  I can try to make excuses, but the bottom line is; I f'ed up, and let him down.  The Vet offered two different treatment options; expensive, and more expensive.  I went for the more expensive one.  I will find the money.  She is a young Vet, just a couple years out of Vet School, so I am sure that she is up to date on the best treatments.  I started him on daily steroids, and antibiotics, and a heart-worm pill to kill the larvae, and then he goes in for the "big shot" in a month.  I think there are a couple more after that.  I think that they are "deep muscle" shots that will cause him pain.  THAT will hurt me as well.  I will find the money.  I owe him that.  Throughout this flood and aftermath, he was the ONLY entity by my side through it all.  He slept by me in the tent; he slept by me in the freezing garage throughout the Winter.  He is a better "person" to me, than most persons are.  I have been so upset since Friday, and he knows I am upset.  So HE is trying to comfort ME.  I feel like such an ass.  The Vet said that since he is a low positive, everything should work out well; he is a strong dog, perfect health otherwise.  He is a Catahoula, so he is rather robust.  Only five years old.  So I am optimistic at least, but it did not have to happen.  The Vet said that with the flood, there is stagnant water everywhere still, and the mosquitoes are EVERYWHERE.  But the blame is all mine.  Do not let this happen to your dog.  Beg, borrow, or do something, to make sure if you are in a high heart-worm area, that you get your dogs their necessary preventative medicines.  MM

This was posted as a "Darwin Award" story.  But I do not think that this story is true; In my almost forty five years of redneck auto repair, I have never heard that you can use a .22 cartridge as a fuse replacement, and I do not have an older vehicle to try it out on.  And if it were possible, I certainly would not put a live round in the fuse holder; only an empty cartridge case.    BUT, the story is funny anyway.  I wonder if the fellows in the story are any kin to Bill Clinton.  MM

[Arkansas Democrat Gazette]:
Two local men were injured when their pickup truck left the road and struck a tree near Cotton Patch on State Highway 38 early Monday. Woodruff County deputy Dovey Snyder reported the accident shortly after midnight Monday. Thurston Poole, 33, of Des Arc, and Billy Ray Wallis, 38, of Little Rock, were returning to Des Arc after a frog-catching trip. On an overcast Sunday night, Poole 's pickup truck headlights malfunctioned.
The two men concluded that the headlight fuse on the older-model truck had burned out. As a replacement fuse was not available, Wallis noticed that the .22 caliber bullets from his pistol fit perfectly into the fuse box next to the steering-wheel column. Upon inserting the bullet the headlights again began to operate properly, and the two men proceeded on eastbound toward the White River Bridge .
After traveling approximately 20 miles, and just before crossing the river, the bullet apparently overheated, discharged and struck Poole in the testicles. The vehicle swerved sharply right, exited the pavement, and struck a tree. Poole suffered only minor cuts and abrasions from the accident but will require extensive surgery to repair the damage to his testicles, which will never operate as intended.
Wallis sustained a broken clavicle and was treated and released. "Thank God we weren't on that bridge when Thurston shot his balls off, or we might be dead," stated Wallis.  "I've been a trooper for 10 years in this part of the world, but this is a first for me. I can't believe that those two would admit how this accident happened," said Snyder.
Upon being notified of the wreck, Lavinia ( Poole 's wife) asked how many frogs the boys had caught and did anyone get them from the truck? Though Poole and Wallis did not die as a result of their misadventure as normally required by Darwin Award Official Rules, it can be argued that Poole did in fact effectively remove himself from the gene pool.

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