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IF the linked article is indeed factual, this bothers me.  Tire manufacturers supposedly have started putting "chips" in tires..  They say that this is a GREAT way for the manufacturers and dealers to "keep track" of them; to know where they are in a warehouse, or in storage facility, etc.  Isn't that a GREAT idea........  I also have some ocean front property in Arizona that I am selling really cheap.  With a chip in your tires, guess who can track ANYWHERE you go, and how long you stay there.  They can track how many miles you drive, and how fast you drive.  Remember a couple of months ago, when Nancy Pelosi and some of her swine ilk, suggested taxing people by how many miles they drive.  This would make it really easy for the Government to determine that.  I concur with the author of the linked article below.  This is specifically and ONLY, to allow the Government or some other group, to track you.  Your car insurance company can track how fast you drive, or if you stop at liquor stores often.  Stores can track where you go shopping.  A private eye hired by your spouse can track if you have been at some stray woman's house for an hour or two every afternoon instead of playing golf, like you told your wife.  Local LEO can determine if you speed a lot when on the road.  And then they can be alerted when you are headed somewhere, and be waiting for you.  I am sure the LEO will at some point say, "Oh, if your car is stolen, this will allow us to find it for you quickly."  And as the Government ALWAYS claims, "it is for your SAFETY."  Yeah, right.  But putting them in the tires is very clever.  If you put a chip just about anywhere else on a car, a person with the right sensing tools might be able to find it, and remove it.  But in a tire; if you dig around for it, you are potentially damaging it enough to have a flat at some point.  I know millions of people chip their pets, which I think is good.  I was under the impression that you can chip your kid, as a measure if they are ever missing for some reason.  I guess you can put a chip in anything.  But I think that chipping a private citizen's vehicle tires, is something that somebody is going to take advantage of.  And you may think I am paranoid, but I BET, that many electronic devices made overseas, have a similar chip in them, that would allow somebody to access your computer, phone, or whatever.... just in case they needed to.  MM

https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2018/07/13/chipped-tires/

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The "Gyrojet" pistols and carbines.  They were a flop, but they are sure bringing big money now from collectors.  They were pricey back then.  They were for the most part, useless, but a fun novelty toy none the less.  Did any of y'all ever have one, or shoot one.  It was said that someone in my area had one, but I was just a little kid, and didn't know him.  I have never seen one except at a gunshow.  On the sidebar of the video, there is another video on making rocket motors for Estes type rockets, out of..... sugar and that powdered stump remover stuff you can buy at Walmarcado.  THAT looks like fun.  MM

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Nice rifle set-up Roger.  If you are going to pop a coon with it, try to video it.  MM

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Great video.  We ALL need night vision, especially for hogs.  I shot a medium sized, well under two hundred pounds, boar once at perhaps 100 yards.  Made a perfect shoulder shot with a .308.  He went down momentarily, and then got up and started running towards my blind, not even limping.  I was dumbfounded as to what happened.  I was using a semi-auto, so I did not have to think to reload.  He came to perhaps forty yards of me and turned broadsides to me, and I put another shot in him, also in the shoulder.  That put him down for good.  Upon examination, both shots were good shoulder shots.  He really smelled bad, so I didn't spend much time with him, just quickly cut off his head for the bounty.  I was using Walmarcado Federal 150 gr. hunting loads.  I didn't roll him over to see the exit wounds, he really smelled, but there was very little blood where he laid, so I am thinking they may not have passed through.  They are tough beasts.  But the coyotes COMPLETELY cleaned up the carcass that night.  MM

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A rare species of rattlesnakes, that are white and blend in with concrete.  I guarantee NOBODY would be squatting if these little fellows were roaming around.  But then, the city would have to spend millions on free underwear for the street people.  Maxime Waters would demand that they be exterminated since obviously, they were "racist" snakes, being white.  MM
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/article214825735.html

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It is a new composite material just invented/patented about three years ago.  Instead of using fiber glass or carbon graphite strands as it's main component, it uses.... flax.  Flax is a plant that can be grown just about anywhere, thereby, it is really cheap.  I guess it is like micarta, but in a very thin
 product.  So, flax fibers/strands are put into a mold of whatever shape, with the proper resin.  I assume pressure is applied, and viola, you have a composite material that is almost as sturdy as the other modern composites, and it looks like wood when it is finished, if a clear resin is used.  The process is a bit more complicated than that, but that is it in a nutshell.  It was developed by a Mom and Pop custom guitar company, wanting something as strong as modern composites, but more "organic" so to speak.  I am surprised George Washington Carver did not invent this a hundred and fifty years ago.  If they further develop this, and use some type of organic based resin, perhaps made out of soybeans or some other plant, it would be totally organic.  And extremely strong.  Do any of y'all remember "tweed" stuff back in the fifties.  Suitcases, guitar amp coverings, and such were covered in tweed, and some companies would "lacquer" it, and it made it one heck of a durable covering.  Ekoa reminds me of that, but it is MUCH stronger and shape-able.  The first thing that comes to my mind, would be a canoe made out of it.  But a lot of outdoors type products could also be made out of it.  Axe handles, gunstocks, various containers.  I am sure it is expensive now, but so was aluminum when it first came out.  (The little pyramid cap on the tip top of the Washington Monument was made of the most expensive metal at the time, aluminum.  Now it is worth a dollar or two).  I will keep my eyes open for other stuff coming out made of this stuff in the next few years.  MM

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: .375 Ruger
« on: July 11, 2018, 12:45:25 PM »
The .375 Ruger is on my list, but I do have the .416 Ruger.  It is a stainless Ruger with the Hougue synthetic stock.  It is very manageable to shoot.  On the .375 Ruger, I may wait until I see a good deal on a left handed model, for my left handed Son.  He likes my .375 Weatherby, but it is right handed.  MM

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Non lead bullets
« on: July 09, 2018, 01:33:45 AM »
Not to make light of the problems of lead and it's poisoning effects, but, I do not think condors would ever make it around here in the greater Central Texas area.   I was on a property adjacent to Camp Swift, about forty-five miles from here, a couple of years ago.  It was the middle of a very dry Summer, and there was hardly any grass or vegetation left on the ground.  You could not walk ten feet without seeing a projectile or some part of a projectile on the bare ground.  And Camp Swift is a very small potatoes military base.  It was a P.O.W. camp during WWII, and after that, mostly a National Guard training facility.  I bet there are quite a few tons of lead on that base's firing range berm, and behind it.  And then there is Fort Hood, another two hours away.  THAT is a big cahonies base.  I shot a match there once, and there are pieces of artillery shells scattered there.  There were actually signs saying something like, "Do not pick up any spent munitions."  Camp Mabry in Austin, and several bases around San Antonio.  And they have all been there a long time, and have firing ranges of course.  A dear old pal of mine was stationed at Ft. Hood during the late fifties, and he and another officer were doing an unimportant patrol (killing time) at a drop zone area where a training drop exercise had been recently conducted.  They found most of a howitzer planted barrel first into the ground.  Obviously some type of major malfunction had occurred.  MM

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You may try calling around at some Mom and Pop tire stores in the area, to see if they have a set of what you want gathering dust on the rack.  And so many times, I too had FINALLY found an item that was perfect for what I needed, and then the bean counters discontinued it.  Good luck.  MM

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When the Sierra 80 gr. SMK's first came out years ago, in .224, I am thinking they recommended at least an 8" twist.  I had a 8 1/2 twist in my match service rifle.  I called them up and asked about that, and the fellow said that "if I drove them fast enough, they would work."  I only used them for the 600 yd. stage anyway, which was fine since they had to be single loaded since they were too long to run through a magazine.  My load ended up being "warm," but still safe in THAT rifle, and VERY accurate.  The same load in my backup rifle with the same exact barrel, showed signs of pressure with slightly flattened primers and a little cratering.  At one match with near 100 degree temperatures, I had two stuck cases, my last two shots, which I did not like at all.  It is rather embarrassing to have a stuck case at a match.  Everyone thinks that you are a dumb-ass.  I never used that load again in the backup rifle.  But anyway, with the velocity potential of the .257 Weatherby, is there a chance that they would stabilize with the standard Weatherby twist.  I am just asking.  I would assume that the smaller cased cartridges mentioned would for sure need a faster twist.  I am just asking.  MM

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It seems that a teenager got chased up a tree in Florida, by an alligator.  A 911 call brought a Sheriff's Deputy to the scene, and he dispatched it with the dreaded "black rifle," his AR-15.  I wonder if the Libmonkeys are going to find some problem with this event.  Anyway, I'd say the deputy had a lot of balls walking into this scenario, because he did not know how many gators might have been present, or just off in the bushes, or how hungry they were.  And at least he was sufficiently armed for the occasion.  One of the beasts I wanted to collect on my dashed dreamed trip to Africa, was a croc.  And many of the PH's that I had read up on, recommended "as large a caliber rifle as you can shoot accurately."  Many recommended a .375 H&H, perhaps if the shot was not well placed.  I wonder if they let the deputy skin the gator; he deserved at least that.  And some restaurants around here serve alligator.  MM
https://www.clickorlando.com/news/florida-teen-chased-up-tree-by-monster-alligator-saved-by-hero-deputy

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Annapolis
« on: June 29, 2018, 04:31:25 PM »
ALL great comments.  I like the way purplefox thinks.  Also, the perp's last name is Hispanic......  Ramos.   I bet the media will not be pasting his name everywhere five hundred times a day.  But he DID take Joe Biden's advice about using a shotgun.  Maybe Joe should be interrogated about HIS part in this.  But remember when Joe said to shoot the shotgun "over their heads;"  I was told that in Texas, that is against the law.  Something like "unlawful discharging of a firearm," or something like that.  MM

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It is only a little over a minute long.  I had seen this a couple of years ago, maybe many of you have also.  But I ran across it just now.  Supposedly, it is from a movie, so it is fake, but I think that it tells a good story; about life.   It is a fight between a "kickboxer," and a U.S. Marine.  In my mind, the kickboxer represents a lot of people.  He represents the News Media.  He represents Maxine Waters, and many of her ilk, who want to "fight" and disrupt everything that is good in this Country, just for their own glory.  He represents the babies, cryers, whiners, leeches, the gun-grabbers, Hollywood, the do-nothings, and the complainers throughout our land.  They all have a song and a dance.  They are all about themselves and showmanship.  The U.S. Marine, represents Donald Trump, but if you do not care for Donald Trump, you could instead say, that perhaps he represents all of us in the "silent majority," that are really starting to get tired of putting up with all this monkey bunkie crap that is going on everywhere.  Keep that in mind, as you watch it.  It is short.. and sweet.  MM

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A older gentleman friend of mine's college room mate passed away a couple of months ago, and his widow asked him to disperse his fifty year collection of firearms, maybe fifty items.  They had no children, and she isn't into guns.  That is so sad.  But anyway, he had some really good pieces.  If I wouldn't be almost broke, I would have taken a number of them.  She had suggested taking 70% of what they Blue Booked at.  She wanted them gone.  One buyer bought ALL the handguns, maybe twenty.  One rifle that caught my eye, and was affordable, was a 1968 or so, Ruger 10-22 with a period correct Weaver 3/4 inch variable scope on it.  It had been shot a lot, as all 10-22's should be, but it was in great condition for a fifty year old gun.  The scope is not much, but adequate.  Too bad it didn't have one of those skinny Redfields from that era on it.  NO PLASTIC parts like the new ones have.  The wood is really nice.  And the wood to metal fit is exceptional.  At that time, Ruger was trying to make a name for itself, and I think, put some real craftsmanship into their products.  My .44 Deerslayer from that era is really nice as well.  Anyway, I cannot see to shoot anymore, but I bet it will shoot well.  I'll let my Grandsons have at in in a couple of years, unless I get flooded again.  He still has a Winchester 1886 in .45-75, unless he mistyped that, and an 1892 in .38-40, but those are pricey.  MM

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When I was more active, I used my plain jane folding Army entrenching tool ALL THE TIME for various jobs.  This more modern version from Cold Steel, with Soviet lineage, takes it a little further.  And they are somewhat cheap at under $25.  What a GREAT "camping tool" to have in your vehicle.  MM
   

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