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Old 07-02-2016, 09:51 AM   #41
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Usually Canadian Customs are courteous and professional, this year this guy had an attitude. He didn't tear us down, but he obviously didn't believe we had no alcohol, since he asked three times. The guns weren't an issue, but "Why do you need so much ammunition?" 15 rounds of 12 Gauge and 48 rounds of .30/06. " What do you do for a living?" "Why do you need so much gear?" " Are you sure you don't have any eggs or poultry?" He was carrying a Glock 22. Most of the time Custom Officers aren't armed. I finally hauled out my retired LEO credentials when I got tired of being asked "So you say your a retired Cop?"
 
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Old 07-02-2016, 10:53 AM   #42
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He sounds like an officious little prick and an all around @$$hole.
I catch the same $hit from some of the Thousands Standing Around.
 
Old 07-02-2016, 11:51 AM   #43
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and why should being an ex cop entitle you to a goddamned thing, hmm?
 
 
Old 07-02-2016, 12:07 PM   #44
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and why should being an ex cop entitle you to a goddamned thing, hmm?
It doesn't "get him" anything. It demonstrates the likelihood of being "a known good guy"; something I've preached for years. You hold the concept of good guys in contempt; awesome for you. But among the grownups, "past performance is an indicator..." as they say.

Now hush. Grownups are talking.
 
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and why should being an ex cop entitle you to a goddamned thing, hmm?
I didn't show my credentials to get anything. The Officer acted like he didn't believe I was a former LEO. That's it.
 
Old 07-02-2016, 05:29 PM   #46
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About 5 years ago, the Border Guard union made a big stink that they were not allowed to carry firearms. The government relented and issued them all firearms and mandatory training. Most of the old guys didn't want guns so it was mandated that all new hires from that point on, took mandatory training, and passed or started to look for a new job. The old farts were moved out of front line positions. My main problem coming home from the US is when I go through a Canadian Border Crossing that serves as a training post. They dot the "I"'s and cross the "T"'s.

As for the ammunition I never go south with less than 3,000 rds and usually bring at least 1,500 back that I haven't used. Only once in the last 5 years has ammunition even been mentioned.

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Old 07-12-2016, 06:30 PM   #47
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On the "this week" topic...

Signed a sales contract on our house. Had one about 6 weeks or so ago & were supposed to close June 16th, but the buyer fell thru. New closing date with new buyer supposed to be August 4.

Don't have enough equity to completely build the new (and last) house, but half of it or so, and this will finally get us to our final location; 40 acres located much closer to our business, yet still extremely rural.

Been working toward it for a long time. 'Course, once this deal is closed, then starts the construction phase. Both and at the same time...

Also (not this week but recently) switched back down to lighter dumbbells. A few months ago I moved up from 50lb to 70lb dumbbells, but found that I was actually losing strength, not gaining it. I simply wasn't using them as much as I did the 50's, frankly because they're so much heavier and just are no fun at all. Went back down to the 50's and am able to do (and enjoy doing) a lot more reps than with the heavier ones. Sue me; I'm not as young as I used to be and am willing to be the wuss that works out with only 50's.

The 70's went into storage and as far as I'm concerned can stay there forever. Maybe one of my sons will end up using them; my youngest is only in his 20's but is liable to be stronger than me before too much longer.

Side note & workout tip - best thing I did for my weight workouts was last year when I downloaded a free metronome app to my phone. You can set the cadence to however fast or slow as you want, but it keeps you consistent; and keeping pace mentally gives you a distraction from the exertion. It keeps my pace consistent & disciplined and builds reps to more than when I wasn't using it.
 
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My Son drove over and put roller guides on my boat trailer. Makes loading much easier for me to do alone. Watched my Grandson re-arrange my wrenches and screwdrivers. Largest on the left to the smallest on the right. Perfect alignment on the shelves. Amazing, he just turned three. My hikes had to be to water so my Dog could take a dip. Temperature in 90's. Still had to carry water for her since she won't drink out of the Marshes or Ponds. Hiked to a Trout stream and then spent five minutes picking Wood Ticks off. Saw a Coyote with five pups apparently fishing upstream. I called my Dog off at a short chase. Saw a Doe carcass pretty well chewed. Probably the Coyotes, could have been a Wolf. The ground was too hard for prints. I'm going to do a shooting comparison tomorrow if the rain holds off. Wolf Gold, Tula Steel, and PMC. Found three 30 round magazines still in plastic. I don't remember buying these at all. They have mag pulls on the bottom. Strange.
 
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...I'm going to do a shooting comparison tomorrow if the rain holds off. Wolf Gold, Tula Steel, and PMC.
PMC Bronze or X-Tac?
 
Old 07-13-2016, 10:58 AM   #50
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PMC Bronze or X-Tac?
X-Tac. I also found some Chinese .223 that I bought back when we still imported Guns and Ammunition from mainland China, might as well shoot that, too.
 
Old 07-13-2016, 11:28 AM   #51
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X-Tac..
Never used that as far as I recall. Would you mind posting your impressions after shooting it? I use a lot of the Bronze because itís somewhat lighter-loaded (200fps slower or so) and I like shooting steel closer than youíre really supposed to and the bronze doesnít tear up the steel as quick as hotter loads.

The X-Tac is supposedly closer to M193, about like the wolf gold; so itís probably a better round than the bronze for most applications.
 
Old 07-13-2016, 11:33 AM   #52
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No problem. I want to see the difference in groups between the AR-15 SP-1 and the LE6920. In theory they should both handle 55 grain rounds the same. My mistake on the PMC; it's Bronze.

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Old 07-13-2016, 05:15 PM   #53
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I've spent 2 days cleaning, resizing, belling .38 Spl brass for reloading next week and packing for this weekends Montana State SASS Championships. On the road back to Montana in the morning, first round down range Friday morning.
 
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Where in Montana?
 
Old 07-13-2016, 06:22 PM   #55
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Great Falls, the have 2 really nice Cowboy Action clubs in the area and it is only 4 1/2 hours drive south of my home.
 
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I've spent 2 days cleaning, resizing, belling .38 Spl brass for reloading...
I've always really liked the 38 special round. Crazy easy to load, and you can load it from mouse-fart 150-ft/lb loads up to near 400 ft/lbs with no adapters or kits.

It's like an old Ford F-100 pickup truck or something; it's not particularly "awesome" in any single respect, but manages to be kind of awsomely versatile nonetheless.
 
Old 07-13-2016, 06:38 PM   #57
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I've a number of handguns and carbines that shoot the .38 Spl. It is cheap to shoot, easy on the recoil for my wife (which keeps her coming out) and great when someone wants a "dog & pony" show for a new shooter as it does not intimidate them. Plus it can be loaded real hot, or mild depending on the shooting discipline.

It is probably safe to say I've probably got at least 7,000-8,000 brass that can still be loaded and about 2,000 ready for the range.
 
Old 07-17-2016, 05:29 AM   #58
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Ordered a case of 9mm +P+ jhp's (9BPLE) when found at a good price. Have no real actual 'need' for more defensive ammunition; like (I assume) most of us, I have more than I would realistically live to need and the only stuff that I've been buying in quite a while has been just range/playing stuff. But I've always had a soft spot for the 9BPLE, probably because it manages to be an old-fart load with a track record of 30+ years, has a roundish profile that feeds in most anything, and yet still manages to be a top-end performer at the same time.

In a world where there seems to be a "new & improved" wonderload every year or so, this one has quietly held its own alongside all comers for over 30 years now.
 
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Remember you must dremel an hacksaw on them.
 
Old 07-17-2016, 10:44 AM   #60
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I actually did try that once, back in 1986. I remember the year because I'd just gotten married and was looking for some 'better' loads for my new bride's revolver. The gun shop threw in some LRN stuff with the gun and I cut down from the tip to the case, a single cut with the thin blade of a coping saw. Never shot any animals with them and didn't have gel tests back then, but the little testing I did with them with wet phone books (and maybe newspaper) was disappointing. Occasionally the lead just folded/wrapped back around without separating or doing much of anything impressive; and that was the best-case result. Most times they simply turned base-forward and stayed that way, I assume from being so base-heavy & off-balance at impact.

Not a direct analog to the "tin split-nose" often recommended here, because they were both slower and softer. A lighter, faster, harder bullet made of tin may well perform well; never tried one.

Finally decided to just go with a commercially-available load and after experimenting some, ended up settling on 125 Nyclad for her 3" J-frame.
 
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