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I bought an older used long action back country stock from a gun shop friend of mine and fitted it to a 300 Wby Vanguard S1.   Free floated and glass bedded then painted it a light sand color with black spider type paint and then multi coats of crystal clear to enhance the strength of the finish. Lighter in weight and much stiffer  than the original tupper ware stock and looks great. 

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Draws
« on: August 07, 2022, 12:56:49 PM »
My son drew AZ bull elk general rifle, and I drew cow elk muzzleloader basically a meat hunt for me where our home is located , one of my wife"s co-workers she took a cow elk early muzzleloader hunt down the road about 3 miles from our place  last week.  My son and I  both drew Coues white tail tags in the same unit he drew his bull tag so we will be scouting for elk also,  we know the area well about an hour and a half from our place. 

I would think chamfering could cause the start of neck splitting ,  how much and to what extent is anyones guess.  Personally I think it depends upon the brand of brass, caliber and how hot the load is along with repeated loading and resizing (work hardening) more than anything else, take nickel plated brass pistol or rifle brass it doesn't matter  both seem to show signs of nickel cracking before the brass underneath starts showing it's cracks.  There are pros and cons to everything if you know what you are doing annealing I suppose will extent the brass life and in some instances especially rare  very hard to find brass or cartridges with known very thin neck thickness it might be a good thing.  For me I don't bother annealing and when the brass wears out it wears out.   Some cartridges I can get 15 + hot loadings with no neck splits, BUT they start case head separation,  Some Semi-autos extract so violently the rims start coming apart so annealing in this case is a moot point.  Some calibers the primer pockets open to a point of not being able to hold a primer and have to be destroyed. These last two references only had been fired / reloaded maybe 3 times  No answer set in stone it just depends on other things. 

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Cops
« on: July 22, 2022, 04:31:44 AM »
The military is trained to obey lawful orders.  Duty to act immediately has been brought up from past mass shootings.  So why didn't they ?   I don't know I wouldn't even attempt to comment on that I have my own thoughts. 

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Cops
« on: July 21, 2022, 11:56:38 AM »
My dad was a state and federal cop starting back in the 30's ,  he would be rolling in his grave to see how this country in general has stooped to new lows.  Can't do this, can't do that, people don't want to take responsibility and don't even try to explain some of these  new kids, to be clear not all are bad.  We see the politicians getting rich and lying about it.  This problem could be fixed real quick ,  hold people accountable,  bring back the draft for everyone including women,   get some old school DI's and Company commanders in there to correct bad habits and I mean correct them,   no restrictions on military entrance except medical exemptions. Have those who cannot serve in the military have them serve in the peace corps or conservation corps.   Unless you are absolutey mental  and instutionalized there is no reason for any not to serve in some capacity.  Think about it who did they draft during Vietman.  You want to get ahead in life,   work and don't ask for a hand out  because you are not willing and able.  I have no problems of calling someone out , if you are a dumb shit I might call you one, if your are lazy I might call you that also, sometimes I might ask them if they bumped their head, my wife cringes when I do that.   You think antifa would come to a rural Cowboy's and Indian's  area and start their crap ?                                   

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Phones
« on: July 21, 2022, 11:32:23 AM »
And Bin Laden wasn't tracked for how many years ?  Need to go back to smoke signals  :D

What can I say that the guy's haven't already said,  beautiful, unique and  anyone would be proud of owning one.   I really wished more best  quality  folder skinning /caping knives were available, something maybe you could make down the road would be pretty cool.   I really don't know a lot of hard core elk hunters locally in Arizona where we live and hunt elk that use fixed blades anymore, we all have large fixed blade knives but they don't get used or carried that much anymore,  most of us keep  several boning , caping, butchers  knives,  saws, stones and old school steels  in the vehicles when needed,  if packing  boned  out meat  it's almost always folding knives of some type and personal preference and they are usually not all that big 2 " to 3 " blade is really all that is needed for elk.   Several taxidermist  friends use short  fixed blade Victorinox shaping knives or similar for skinning and caping, we have them also.   

I have used a lot of different powders at one time or another but to be honest there are only a few I would not want to be without, most of the powders I would choose are multi-caliber powders that may not be the best performers in all calibers  but good enough to  get the job done without a lot of fuss.   What are your thoughts ? 

Handgun / shotgun powders ,  HS--6 for heavy shotgun and some medium heavy handgun cartridges  I prefer HS-7 but it's not made anymore but have enough to get by.   Red dot for shotguns and small handgun cartridges,    Win 231 or HP-38  small caliber handgun powder and lite loadings for large handgun cartridges.   unique for shotgun and handguns,  H-110 or Win-296 for magnum handgun and small rifle. 

Rifle powders,  Tac for smaller to medium rifle cartridges, Hodgdons or Imr 4895 both great powders from small rifle cartridges up to 458 win mags,  H-4831 or Imr 4831 for  270 / 30-06 class cartridges, H-1000 for larger magnums such as 300 Wby, 

There are a few powders I didn't list in the above  I hope they don't get discontinued lists that I like such as Reloader 17,  Varget, H-4198,  blue dot, Imr-7828, Reloader 22, Norma MRP , Lil' gun, green dot, occasionally Retumbo. 

I do use other powders these are the one's I have a preference and feel the most comfortable with. 

+1   agree  Hodgdons  & Imr  4895's  are very versatile  powders and work well in numerous calibers. I'm more prone to picking Hodgdons 4895 for reduced loadings in larger calibers when appropiate.   Either one of these 4895  powders I wouldn't want to be without.   They are kind of like the Unique of  rifle powders.     

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Crack In The Dam
« on: July 19, 2022, 12:31:13 AM »
No one i've talked with is voting Dem-o-rat,   term limits for all parties

Another ball powder that i've found to work well in 5.56 is TAC ,  most accurate primers I tested with TAC were Wolf sm rife primers and got approx 100 fps higher velocities vs more well known american primers,   excellent accuracy, but need to work up TAC to max carefully, meters wonderfully,  all loads were were thrown from a measure.   Basically bug hole accuracy in a carbine.

They need to bring back the draft and that includes women,   if you cannot pass entrance qualifications for military service then have them serve in the conservation corps,  then bring back red line brigs  and if that don't straighten their asses up well you get the point.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Rust
« on: June 23, 2022, 12:39:32 AM »
What goes around comes around,    I would imagine there aren't too many party invitations being sent out. 

These shortages and high prices have been with us long before the china virus ,  it just seems worst the last few years,  being prepared is the rule of the day and has been since the brady bill and probably longer than that.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Thermal scope
« on: June 07, 2022, 07:33:19 PM »
we aren't allowed to use them in Arizona for hunting. 

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