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Old 09-06-2020, 09:06 PM   #1
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age 13, I dug 32 post holes, 30" deep, in 3 days

in hard illinois clay. Nothing but old crap cotton gloves. Blisters on both thumbs, sore for a week or more afterwards. My sister and her hubby used those 2 rows of posts, some picket fencing and sheet plastic to store a bunch of silage on that hill and fed their dairy cattle with it that next winer. An hour for each hole, man. That sucked. I made $10 a month for 3 months of labor, helping milk cows, sometimes by hand, and lost it all.

I bet my bro in law that I could hit a qt can more tiimes out of 10 with my bow and several different types of arrows, at 25 yds, than he could with a 6" Colt Huntsman .22. I'd never seen anyone use the braced sitting firing position. I hit 7 out of 10, which was damned excellent archery, considering that I was using a Ben Pearson solid fiberglass bow and mismatched arrows. My misses all came within a few inches, too. He missed once, then hit 9 straight. Which was just half assed good, actually, but I didn't know it back then.

years later, I'd cut a Bull barreled Ruger mk 1 back to 4.5" of barrel, so it would fit a 1911 holster (sort of This was like 1975. i sold it to a co-worker for $100. I had fitted it with a Clark steel trigger with overtravel stop. He said that it would not reliably hit a gallon jug at 50 ft. I set up the sitting braced position on the hood of my car, with the portable silo stand set up 50 yds, away, using an orange targ-dot . I really bore down and fired 5 shots with the Ruger. I covered all 5 with a half a dollar and he said, "guess it's not the gun". ;-)
 
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[QUOTE=boati;299253]in hard illinois clay. Nothing but old crap cotton gloves. Blisters on both thumbs, sore for a week or more afterwards. My sister and her hubby used those 2 rows of posts, some picket fencing and sheet plastic to store a bunch of silage on that hill and fed their dairy cattle with it that next winer. An hour for each hole, man. That sucked. I made $10 a month for 3 months of labor, helping milk cows, sometimes by hand, and lost it all.

I bet my bro in law that I could hit a qt can more tiimes out of 10 with my bow and several different types of arrows, at 25 yds, than he could with a 6" Colt Huntsman .22. I'd never seen anyone use the braced sitting firing position. I hit 7 out of 10, which was damned excellent archery, considering that I was using a Ben Pearson solid fiberglass bow and mismatched arrows. My misses all came within a few inches, too. He missed once, then hit 9 straight. Which was just half assed good, actually, but I didn't know it back then.

years later, I'd cut a Bull barreled Ruger mk 1 back to 4.5" of barrel, so it would fit a 1911 holster (sort of). This was like 1975. i sold it to a co-worker for $100. I had fitted it with a Clark steel trigger with overtravel stop. He said that it would not reliably hit a gallon jug at 50 ft. I set up the sitting braced position on the hood of my car, with the portable silo stand set up 50 yds, away, using an orange targ-dot . I really bore down and fired 5 shots with the Ruger. I covered all 5 of those bullet holes. with a half a dollar and he said, "guess it's not the gun". :-)
 
Old 09-06-2020, 09:17 PM   #3
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Me and a buddy were riding around came to a bridge where a kid, maybe age 14 or so was tossing beer bottles into the cree and trying to hit them as the fast water took them out of sight, using a scoped 290 winchester .22lr autorifle. This was about 1974. Once they got past 20m or so, he couldn't hit them. I hit several , a bit further out, using a 2" Smith Kit gun, and he asked, "do you know how to sight in a scope"? I chuckled and said, "yeah. I set up a target box, got him leaning over my car hood with a rolled up jacket, showed him how to print groups, adjusted the scope. His dad drove up and as he got into the car, I heard him say 'Daddy, that man's got the hardest shooting pistol I ever SEE!". :-) i later, from the weaver, managed to hit a standing chuck with it at about 80 yds, after having missed him a couple of other times, one shot per day, in front of 3 winesses. same Kitgun. I put it on the lee machine rest, using a wooden adapter than i'd cobbled-up and it would only group 2" at 25 yds. So it was just a bad day for that chuck.:-) When I tried to use the same adapter with a .38 chief, even with mild loads, the recoil split the wood.

a while back, while on a trip up north a guy insisted that my wife try his DAO bodyguard Chief with plus p's. She fired 5 yds, using crimson trace grips, got a nice group and handed it back to him. Her hand was sore for days and she was cussing him. Now she knows a bit more about why her teacher insisted that she learn with a 22lr 1911 variant. :-)

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Old 09-07-2020, 09:21 AM   #4
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priceless survival info...
 
Old 09-07-2020, 01:06 PM   #5
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He did this on his own forum. He doesn't have a well ordered thinking process.
 
Old 09-08-2020, 07:59 AM   #6
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Is Melvin doing the Joe Biden "thing"?
 
Old 09-08-2020, 01:23 PM   #7
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Is Melvin doing the Joe Biden "thing"?
I hope not, Biden is sadly showing some signs of mental decay. My Mom went through some of that just before she passed last week. It's not pretty.

Biden, independent of your politics, has no business running for office. It is a cruel joke on him.
 
Old 09-09-2020, 06:53 AM   #8
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sorry for your loss
 
Old 09-09-2020, 08:14 AM   #9
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...My Mom went through some of that just before she passed last week. It's not pretty...
Dorobuta ó sorry for your loss; itís hard losing parents. I was lucky, my mom died at 74 and my dad lived till 91, and neither ever lost cognitive abilities at all.

My wifeís going thru some instances of it due to all the chemo treatments sheís done. Iíd heard of Ďchemo brainí but always thought it was somewhat of a jest until seeing it firsthand. Iím glad my parents didnít go through any amount of it.
 
Old 09-09-2020, 06:39 PM   #10
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Thanks, I appreciate the thoughts.
 
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