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Old 10-07-2016, 05:17 PM   #121
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Spit a deal on 2000 rounds of 9x18 mm( old stock 109 grain Wolf Ball and Silver Bear ).
Went to work.
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Old 10-08-2016, 07:35 PM   #122
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Found a seller of greenhouses with aquaponics setups and talked to them a bunch today. It was the first one my wife has seen first-hand and she's finally as interested in them as I am now. She's already decided exactly where she wants to put the first one.

Will probably be six months or a year before we pull the trigger on one, but it was good to get some info.
 
Old 10-11-2016, 07:30 AM   #123
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Lost another 2 lbs and put back another 5k of 22LR bulk stuff. The 22 ammo is one of those "don't really need it" things, but it won't go bad and I doubt it'll get much cheaper any time in the near future. Have several years' worth put back now, based on what we go thru most years.

Also got the "almost final" CAD drawings back on the house along with "almost final" construction costs.
 
 
Old 10-11-2016, 02:34 PM   #124
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Went to the range today. Sighted in another one of FordPerfect's ARs, Shot my model 29 at the 200 yd. gong most of the time. Yes Melvin a potato smuggler gun WILL shoot that far. And about tear it off the chains.
His weak ass AR, had to watch with spotting scope to see it move a little.
BTW, he used a 22 conversion unit to get it sighted in, You know that 22 conversion that only you has ever heard of an used.
Going again Thursday, taking the M1A an I hope to fire a few that I have not had time to shoot.
A nice peaceful day, no combat to worry about.
Now to start tumbling all that brass. Need a cement mixer!
 
Old 10-11-2016, 04:39 PM   #125
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Picked up 350 rds of .45 Long Colt Brass today and resized and belled it. Tomorrow going to finish off the process.
 
Old 10-26-2016, 04:42 PM   #126
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Picked up a bunch of .22LR stuff over the last couple weeks. With the political silly season in full swing and with .22LR not being easily reloadable, seemed like a prudent investment. I'm thinking that probably most of my shooting in the near future will be .22's and reloaded 9mm.



Also... bought a 6500-watt generator on a closeout site - http://tools.woot.com/offers/raven-m...enerator-atv-2
A 6500-watt generator on wheels.
A Raven MPV-7100 self-propelled hybrid gas-electric drive, 6500-watt generator on wheels...






They sell them at lowe's (or at least used to) for $4000 with mower deck and $3400 without the deck. Woot had them without mower deck for $1299, and with a three-year warranty, couldn't pass it up. Told a friend of mine about them, but they sold out in just a few hours.

{edit - the ones on woot weren't camo, but at that price I can live with it...}

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Old 11-02-2016, 10:38 AM   #127
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Put back a few more things for employees' possible emergency use; just minor prep items that they may or may not need, but wanted to have on hand in case bad things happen.

Slowing down on the weight loss - only down one more pound in the last 2-3 weeks, 27 lbs total since January. Also had some dental work done that was frankly overdue.

Tried out the raven four-wheeler/generator thing a little. I like the fact that they kept the engine-starting battery separate from the electric-drive batteries; that way the engine can still be started even if the drive batteries get run down. I assume they do hybrid cars the same way, but never owned one. It's kind of a weird critter, but darn if it isn't practical & handy. So far I like it and my wife loves it. I'm thinking we may turn the very-small "bed" area of it into a closed storage space, for keeping some smaller things handy - oil, fuses, heavy extension cord, gloves; stuff like that.

 
Old 11-03-2016, 04:30 PM   #128
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Did the Trick or Treat thing with the Grandkid's. Hiked a lot, the weather is beautiful. Lot's of critter's about. Fox, Raccoon, Deer, and Coyote. Got a lot on my trail camera's. Did some clay bird shooting to prepare for an upcoming Pheasant hunt. Been trailing a scented lure and hiding it for the Dog to practice on. Labrador's are truly amazing.
 
Old 11-09-2016, 09:15 AM   #129
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Main thing lately was health related. My dentist found something he didn't like a week or two ago and set me up an appointment with an ear, nose & throat oncologist at UAMS who I saw yesterday. All good; having throat surgery in a few weeks after our Christmas musical is past. We'll find out when they remove it if it's cancerous or not; didn't bother with a biopsy yesterday since we're doing the surgery either way. Glad he found it.

Also, ordered a bunch of powder and primers recently. I figure with the price of .22LR and .223 being what it is, I'll be shooting mostly my cast-bullet 9mm and .38/.357 reloads in the near future. It works out actually cheaper than .22 ammo is nowadays, and I really don't mind the "work" of casting & loading; kind of relaxing & enjoyable to me anymore.

I much prefer the 9mm over the .38 & .357 (I simply prefer autos), but when not on an actual range setup where brass is easily retrieved, I suspect I'll be shooting more revolver stuff in the near future. Not my favorite, but I'm too cheap to leave behind tons of brass in the grass and too old & cranky to crawl around very much in the grass to try & find it.
 
Old 11-09-2016, 02:43 PM   #130
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Shot up a bunch of .22's out of my revolver's that don't function well in semi-auto's. Shot the H&R M999 a lot. Forgot how loud it is. Too big a cylinder gap? A lot of fun. Taurus M94 also. Shot the CZ P-09 in combat drill's, it's my everyday hiking gun now. Practiced retrieve's and shooting my Sweet Sixteen over the Dog. Good week.

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Old 11-20-2016, 02:33 PM   #131
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Terry - know what you mean about some ammo that some guns just don't like. Seems espsecially prevalent in .22lr stuff. Spent a couple hours yesterday with one of my sons and his fiancée, shooting mostly the new rimfire-only plate rack, with an eye toward cleaning up some of the too-many open boxes of .22 stuff on hand. We shot stuff that I'd forgotten existed, including a bunch of old pmc stuff, some velocitors, and a bunch of old federal 31-grain stuff that I don't recall the name of.

Some of them wouldn't run reliably in any of the four guns we had out, some would function but lacked the oomph to reset the plate when hit, and some just kind of sucked for accuracy. Still had a very good time though.

Garand was right about the Custom Metal Products rack. It's well made and works well.

(Edit - was cleaning out my truck and found some of the empty boxes. The weird federal stuff was "Spitfire". Don't remember when I bought it, but kind of glad we used it up yesterday. Pretty disappointing stuff.)

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Old 11-21-2016, 01:51 PM   #132
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Opening of Deer Season, but my hearts not in it. My Son can't go due to a health problem, so it's not the same. Probably will go out for a few day's.
 
Old 11-21-2016, 01:56 PM   #133
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Just working, every day since last Wednesday. I took last Tuesday and Wednesday off for the surgery and recovery. Still can't use my left hand until the 29th,but I do most of what I ordinarily do...awkwardly for some things, no difference with others.
 
Old 12-05-2016, 05:14 AM   #134
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Last week, had some dental work done that was overdue and swapped out the red dot on my 10-22 for a 1-4X scope instead.

This week (thursday) I'm having throat surgery at the UAMS oncology center to have a tumor removed from the inside of my throat, to be followed next monday by a second procedure to finish things up - removing a drain tube installed in my neck during the first surgery and other general follow-up stuff.

It's good to have phenomenal employees that we can trust to handle things, as it looks like I'll be out of commission for nearly a week with the two procedures back to back like that.

Found the tumor about four weeks ago and could (maybe should..) have had this done a couple weeks earlier, but have two public singing events this week as well as a Rotary dinner, and wanted to have those behind me first before having my throat cut and a drain tube temporarily installed in my neck...

Maybe I'll at least get some good painkillers out of it and just spend the whole weekend in the recliner. I told my wife I was going to buy a big box of large Depends and not worry about anything over the weekend. She nixed that idea real quick.
 
Old 12-05-2016, 06:22 AM   #135
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This week (thursday) I'm having throat surgery at the UAMS oncology center to have a tumor removed from the inside of my throat, to be followed next monday by a second procedure to finish things up - removing a drain tube installed in my neck during the first surgery and other general follow-up stuff.
Best wishes on getting it all out and having a swift recovery. You'll be in my thoughts.
 
Old 12-06-2016, 03:14 PM   #136
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John, please post your outcome when your up and running.
 
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Last week, had some dental work done that was overdue and swapped out the red dot on my 10-22 for a 1-4X scope instead.

This week (thursday) I'm having throat surgery at the UAMS oncology center to have a tumor removed from the inside of my throat, to be followed next monday by a second procedure to finish things up - removing a drain tube installed in my neck during the first surgery and other general follow-up stuff.

It's good to have phenomenal employees that we can trust to handle things, as it looks like I'll be out of commission for nearly a week with the two procedures back to back like that.

Found the tumor about four weeks ago and could (maybe should..) have had this done a couple weeks earlier, but have two public singing events this week as well as a Rotary dinner, and wanted to have those behind me first before having my throat cut and a drain tube temporarily installed in my neck...

Maybe I'll at least get some good painkillers out of it and just spend the whole weekend in the recliner. I told my wife I was going to buy a big box of large Depends and not worry about anything over the weekend. She nixed that idea real quick.
Be Well,John!
 
Old 12-13-2016, 02:33 PM   #138
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Best wishes on getting it all out and having a swift recovery. You'll be in my thoughts.
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Be Well,John!
Thanks. All is good; got the pathology report back today, benign. Going back next Tuesday for final follow-up. Got more of a scar than I'd like, but small price to pay compared to what it could have been worst-case.


On the "done this week", I've been strongly considering a 10-22 takedown since I've come to like my newish 10-22 so well. Every December, the local gunshop owes us money for work done thru the year and I tend to get a new gun around this time every year. There are several guns I'd been debating between - primarily another micro-kahr in 9mm or a takedown 10-22. Walk into our small-town gunshop yesterday, to check prices and have them maybe order me something and what do I find sitting on the shelf..?

- A new, stainless, threaded-barrel 10-22; for ~$100 less than they owe us.
- A new Kahr CM9 for about the same price as the 10-22 takedown.
- A used Kahr PM9 for right at what they owe us ($489 + tax).
- A used .22LR ruger american. Bolt-action, with 3-9 Burris scope, threaded for suppressor, and uses standard 10-22 magazines.

So I did the only thing I could think of - I walked back out to think it over.

Went back in today and bought the used PM9; just couldn't pass up a $489 PM9, and I can live without another 22 rifle; until next year at least...

Put ~125 fmj & plated reloads and several mags each of HST and CorBon thru it today without any bobbles at all. So far, like it; it's some smoother than its CM9 brethren.
Garand and ethereal like this.

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Old 12-13-2016, 06:55 PM   #139
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Is this an actual Browning, or one of the Argentine "FM" versions? I briefly had a full-size FM 'Hi-Power' 20+ years ago, and while it was functional, I never liked the trigger. Friend had a Belgium Browning, and its trigger was pretty awful too, for that matter.

As much as I dislike glock triggers, both of those were worse.
Magazine safety was probably interfering with the trigger.. I had run across Fabrics Military,Feg and actual Browning/Inglis and FN marked High Powers that benefitted from removal of that " safety " device.
 
Old 12-14-2016, 05:05 AM   #140
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Clipping 1 1/2 to 2 coils off the mag safety spring will improve trigger pull. Or just take it out. A little polishing on trigger bar an other points will be like magic, just don't get too carried away on the hammer or sear.
 
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