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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Sighting in 300 wby
« on: October 15, 2023, 09:46:39 AM »
 I think I would call rifle/ammo combo good if you are shooting cloverleafs at 100 yds,  learn the rifle and the ammo drops / shoot at different ranges and practice,  if the rifle is accurate at these different ranges leave it alone and don't start switching a lot of expensive things looking for what some book says it's suppose to be.  Book ballistics and ammo charts are a guide only,  a starting place so nothing is set in stone.   Every rifle is different,  scope choice and how high or low it's mounted can make a slight difference,  how you hold a rifle can make a difference you need consistency,  parallax in the scope can make a difference especially if you mount the rifle (different head positions) can shift bullet point of impact in a scope with a scope that has a lot of  parallax at different settings and ranges.  environmental differences can influence bullet/ammo points of impact shifts i.e. altitude, shooting up hill/downhill,  etc.  I sight/zero all my 300's and a few other calibers  @ 300 yds.  just an fyi some rifles just don't shoot quite as fast or some actually shoot faster than advertized take things with a grain of salt and go shoot. 

Check out www.grayboe.com   Ryan Mcmillan grand son of Gale Mcmillan,  I looked at some of the new stocks recently my eye caught the Trekker model, very light,  very nice construction and detail, they have a lot of other styles hunting and tactical, plus they are in Arizona which makes it nice for me.  I'm not all warm and fuzzy about some of these metal chassis type precision stocks (not my personal preference)   If I were to spend that kind of money on a pre-built rifle I might as well just have it built exactly the way I want it.  I totally get it a lot of people would love to have  the Alpine probably a really nice rifle. 

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Echo
« on: October 03, 2023, 07:27:53 PM »
Mixing your own 2 stroke ethanol free gas is definitely cheaper.  We have an ethanol free gas station in town normally I buy it for the quads and side by side, generators, stuff that doesn't get ran all the time,  I do like the little metal cans I can store in the chain saw box.  the boats don't get ran all that much since the nearest large lake is 140  miles away down the mountain learned a long time ago that 10 percent ethanol gas we  were using in the boats , evaporated out of the carbs during the winter months of non use causing a dry film of gunk that gummed up the carbs causing us to rebuild the carbs every couple years. went thru star tron and  sta-bil and ended up going to sea foam stabilizer  when we switched to ethanol free gas in the boats it solved our problems, we still use sea foam as insurance in all of our engines.   I will fill up around 30 gallons or more of dump cans with ethanol free gas when out hunting with the side by side and quads any distance away from home, the boats are a different story it's  hard to find any  ethanol free gas near any of the lakes we go to Havasu, Powell and Roosevelt without loading the boats and trying to find the good stuff and then re-launching,  so we will fill up and run the crappy stuff and fill up with ethanol free when we get home for storage.  it's about the same price as premium unleaded here.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Echo
« on: October 02, 2023, 10:40:22 AM »
We use chain saws quite a bit for hunting ,  trimming stuff around the property and heating my son's house.  I use to pre mix my gas but my son has been buying high end pre-mix ethanol free chain saw fuel at the local stores comes in small metal containers ,  stuff works great , no need to pre-mix 2 stroke oil,  I keep a couple cans of this pre-mix gas/oil in a little chain saw box I keep the saw in with extra parts, bar oil, chains, tools and leave it on the Honda side by side. My son throws his larger saw in his truck when he needs it.   I don't loan chain saws to people if they need a chain saw then they can go buy one the only exception would be out hunting and one of our hunting buddies need to go gather some wood for camp and all of our buddies have saws anyway.  back in the day my dad had a big heavy Mucculloch 2 man saw and a long bar Mucculloch, anymore we buy Stihl saws but in the past we have had old blue homelites good old saws for their time,  and smaller home owner homelite and echo saws. 

Dino82520 is absolutely correct ,  worst case scenario would be trying to polish loaded ammo in a vibratory tumbler or regular drum type tumbler very bad idea.  It's just not rifle ammo but pistol ammo with a much hotter powders in weaker guns.  I think maybe the best way to do that if you must carry ammo in a vehicle on a daily basis that is getting shaken around pretty hard would be to rotate the ammo on a regular basis, go out and shoot it and put in fresh ammo.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Ammo sitting in hot vehicles
« on: September 30, 2023, 07:30:03 PM »
Depends on where you live , we don't have the humidity here in Arizona but we sure have the heat. won't comment on humidity but the heat can and will definitely affect ammo, seen ammo breathe and smell while stored in old military ammo cans left in metal bldg's in the sun.  Generally most people here keep ammo in the house or garage or insulated cool place.  Wouldn't be a bad idea to have an under or above ground ammo bunker covered with dirt  and shade trees for insulation to keep it cool. At least here I can't leave ammo out sitting on the tailgate or any other place open to the summer sun ammo just gets too hot even to touch sometimes   I have to keep it in the shade as much as possible.  I do like to test loads when at or near max charge weights  when it's pretty warm out.  I've stuck enough bolt's thru the years to know heat and powder don't mix real well.  As temperature insensitivity as some of these newer powders are suppose to be imo there is a limit on just how hot you can get this stuff and be practical.  I keep my ammo covered out of the sun as much as possible.  I've melted plastic camera in the back seat, bic lighter explode on the dash , melted all of one of our boats plastic  electric panel switches  get soft and deform luckily our other boat has old school metal switches just can't touch them in the summer sun,  so we carry beach towels to lay on the vehicle  and boat  vinyl seats.  we literally have to crack the windows open a little in the vehicles when it's that hot.  luckily I will be hunting down in the Superstition mtn's and wilderness on Coues White tail hunt in Nov so the heat won't be a problem, rough ass country long shots are probable.  will be using a little Vanguard synthetic in 6.5 creedmoor  with first focal plane Nikon 4x16.

Putting in for spring Turkey on the north rim of the Grand Canyon,  hopefully I can get drawn, the plan is to take the wife up on a scenic  side by side drive around and look at all the northern points looking down on the canyon. getting older probably get a motel in Kanab Utah and short drive into AZ.  We have been up on the north Kaibab and strip  deer hunting several times always something interesting to see,  will stop in at Muley Crazy (the magazine) in Kanab and look at all the trophy deer  mounts, we try to stop in and visit  and get good info. 

gotta keep moving forward,    firearms /ammo makers are no different. 

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Final pictures
« on: August 27, 2023, 12:34:47 PM »
It's going to be real nice. 

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Classics
« on: August 27, 2023, 12:31:05 PM »
Savage 99 ,   too expensive to build and compete with newer models,  the old lever safety in 300 savage light weight beautiful rifle my son's first elk with it, shoots 1 " groups not bad for a lever gun.

There is no way I will buy an electric or hybred vehicle period.  we don't have the infrastructure, we don't have the batteries, we don't have the technology yet to make it viable, you can't tow with them for any distance before charging and where are you going to charge your vehicle in the sticks or bad weather conditions , are you going to call triple  A  to get a tow when you should have known better,  oh yea it's going to be cheaper,  say's who ?    What are you going to do without semi tractors, farming equipment, ships at sea, airplanes,  power plants,  emergency generators for hospitals and institutions,  chain saws , snow blowers,  you name it.  These people need to move to mars.  a hundred years from now maybe they will invent  alternatives, but right I don't know where the common sense went.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Hunting Elk
« on: August 19, 2023, 01:41:14 PM »
It's really up to you.   trying to make consessions to make everyone happy doesn't seem to work all the time,  make the rules and stick with them.  rules are rules

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Savage 1911 45/9mm
« on: August 18, 2023, 07:53:26 PM »
I don't know anything about the Savage 1911's ,  they may very well be worth the money.  For a no frills 1911 rock island armory (armscor)  go bang,  there are some old LLama's out there that aren't bad guns they are not exactly the same,  Ruger makes a decent 1911 when my son in law was  at university he interned over the summers for Ruger they have a couple.  Kimber makes a good 1911 as does Sig, you may want an original Colt even if it's used in good condition ?  It's really hard to beat an older series 70 gold cup in 45acp a little pricy in very good condition,  you can look around. Question  series 70 or series 80 ?  FULL SIZE or COMPACT gun ,  mil-spec or not mil-spec ?  custom or stock ?  do you prefer an arched main spring housing 1911-A1 or the flat main spring housing of the WW1 style 1911's handle them both and see which one fit's you,  I have both and prefer the flat style.  the main spring housing can be switched out for the most part.    Not all magazines will fit all 1911's even of the same frame size.    Remember the newer the 1911's  can generally feed most decent correct nose profile bullets/ammo,  the same can't be said for old 1911's or A-1's that were made for military ball ammo,  hence older 1911's getting ramped/polished, tightened, accurized, etc.  the cool thing about 1911's in general is the amazing amount of aftermarket parts to enhance the overall gun to suit your personal preference.  Of the non mil-spec magazines other than whatever came with the gun,  Chip McCormick shooting star magazines fit in my colts and  are very well known to top  1911 shooters.  Mec-gar makes  good magazines,  if your gun can use military issue  mil-spec mags find them at the swap meets, gun show's , gun broker, etc,   get a bunch of magazines  5 to 10 at least down the road and rat hole them,  I had all the  bases on my shooting star magazines tig welded and of course shooting star mags comes with their own followers which are really good.   The reason we had the bases welded we were shooting matches where you had to drop the magazines sometimes with a couple rounds of ammo still in them and when hitting the ground the bases came loose and ammo and spring went all over.,  hence why we welded them,  we didn't worry about the bottom welds the shooting star followers of this style come out the top so you can clean the mags if you wanted,   that was years ago but still holds true.   If money were no object I would have one built on a Caspian frame & slide with all the goodies,  adjustable Bomar or equiv sights,  have a Bomar cut milled into the slide.  fine line checkering in both front and rear straps, slightly beveled mag well nothing goudy,  extended mag release, full length guide rod with poly shock buffs,  have the trigger gone thru  NO slop nice and crisp.  I'd buy a bunch of Wilson recoil springs of different weights to play with different intensity  hot to mild loads.   But that's just me.  Read up on the differences and warnings between the series 70's and series 80's guns,  if they are an odd ball gun with differences from the original Colts then read up on ALL the safety features or lack thereof  before making any decisions.  These gov'n models are professionals guns it's not like picking up a Glock.   You shoot a match trigger 1911  that shoots 1 1/2 @ 50 yds you will wonder why they even came out with these new striker fired triggers not even a comparison. 

IMO if you are going to have a FULL  SIZE 1911 get it in 45 acp or 10mm ,  or even a 38 super which is a very cool caliber by the way,   leave the 9mm to other  smaller guns.  yes you can shoot faster with a 9mm, but it ain't no 45acp or 10mm either.

When we were hunting antelope in Wyoming in 2011  me, my wife and  son with Roger and Mark,  Rogers friend from TX, he did bring up Ruger the dog, we brought up our 2 Labs,   Me my son and Roger had Weatherby Nation members rifles in 257 Wby,  perfect rifle for Antelope.  one thing with Roger and Mark they liked to drink and I mean they liked to drink whiskey it was before noon each day and it stated from there on and these weren't little drinks  about the size of a 16 oz tumbler or larger.  I knew he liked whiskey so I brought up a couple of 5 ths which only lasted a few days.  We camped where there wasn't even a tree around although we did have antelope pretty much within shooting range near camp every day it seemed.  What we did do is EAT he brought up a fish fryer and a bunch of catfish,  blues and channel, he cooked up a bunch of fry's and fish and we ate till we were stuffed.  my wife is Mexican  her family is from Texas you would never know it talking to her on the phone anyway we brought up  TX/AZ Mex food,  good salsa,  home made tortillas ,  elk meat from home, hatch green chili's ,  I think we used one 25-06, 257's and my wife shot a 243 and got the nicest antelope buck,  darn grouse were running around and I think we could have hunted them we just never thought about it or brought up any shotguns,   seen some nice heavy bodied mule deer, some nice elk and several coyotes,   it doesn't get any better.   Yep he will be missed.   I wouldn't mind going up to Wyoming again for antelope that was a great relaxing hunt. 

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Your defense round
« on: August 16, 2023, 10:43:24 AM »
leather is quiet, it's comfortable as long as it fits you right,  I think it looks better.   I do have a few kydex holsters and I will use them on occasion where I may need the holster to keep it's shape a little better while re-holstering and that's more of a case for IWB holsters.  I can and do make my own holsters every now and then more so for some special use,  plus  perfect gun and body fit.  These are hand stitched or double loop laced.  I do like high quality LINED  leather holsters and high quality double thickness glued and stitched  leather gun  belts usually  1 1/2 ".  once you wear it for awhile and get the new feel and stiffness out they are a good as they get imo,  they are well worth the hundred + bucks as long as you don't grow too much and have to pass it down to your wife or kids, then they grow too much and have to pass it down to the grand kids.

Danno  I didn't know he had a little NAA , nothing surprises me with Roger he was one of a kind.    I knew he carried the P32 in his pocket didn't know he carried it until he showed it to me.   lot of different options out there  I kind of like flat (not very wide) lightweight belly guns basically pocket guns that don't seem to alarming to folks (not like reaching for a gun which is pretty obvious to most anyone)

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