so waht ya doin today?

L Ross

Well-Known Member
Couple weeks ago at a gunshow I picked up an NEI mould for my 9.3. Got it out tonight to cast some bullets for size etc. Ran about 150 bullets, mic'd a few and found the box is mismarked: this is a 35 caliber mould.

I think I'll go cast some .490 round ball, hard for even me to mess that up.
Well poop, that's a disappointment.
 

JustJim

Active Member
Makes me wish I had hair so I could pull it out! The box is marked 290.368, but why didn't I actually check the block numbers at the gun show? I think I was just in shock at actually finding a mould for the 9.3 in the wild.
 

fiver

Well-Known Member
that 35 might not be a bad thing. [if your willing to 2 wrap paper patch]
heck any old Walt made mold is a good one to have around.
unless you ain't got a gun for it.... you know cause then your obligated to now get one.
 

Bret4207

Northern NY Dangerous extremist...???
I'm not saying I know exactly what it is. I thought it was some sort of locust, because of the leaves...my Google image search, after you and Ian suggested it may be Black Cherry, lead me to the Black Locust compound leaves.

I went back out to the compost site today and hauled 3 more branch sized logs...there is a fourth, but it's buried deep in the pile. They are real rigid and I already used one for a trellis post for my raspberry patch.
The leaves do appear to be locust, but the wood and bark don't look like any I've ever seen. Locust is real dense, heavy and strong. Also bends well. Good wood to have around.
 

Bret4207

Northern NY Dangerous extremist...???
I blocked that email last year, the humor I found in the irony was starting to wear thin after a few years..

Welding on steel within two steps of a charging battery in a semi-enclosed space is begging for disaster. The ignition point of the hydrogen plume actually occurred a few feet from the battery and flashed back to the space above the plates through the vent instantly, causing the battery to grenade. Many batteries blow up when the charging or jumper cables are disconnected and a big spark happens right on top of the battery where the hydrogen gas is originating.
Doesn't seem possible with the breeze that was going through there, but it's as good an explanation as any.

I never unhitch a battery charged that is plugged in or still running. Burnt out the best one I ever had doing that and learned the hard way.

Here's the battery
 

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Winelover

North Central Arkansas
Couple of honey locusts behind the house. Grew after the house build, in the resulting clearing. Fast growing. Sycamore's also. Haven't run across either on the rest of the 57 acres.

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Bret4207

Northern NY Dangerous extremist...???
Huh, I took out 7 sickle sections, 2 stub guards AND lost or loosened 4- 7/16" guard/hold down bolts on that ledge yesterday! What a fun exercise it is to repair all that!

Gorgeous day here. Raked hay, knocked down some more, strung out fence and got the stock onto fresh graze. Lord I love summer!
 

fiver

Well-Known Member
I see a lot of fields around here that I know have been plowed and worked since the 1840 time frame.
that's only 180 years or so.
but I always wonder why the farmers don't just go out and repair many of the trouble spots in their fields,
it's not like they don't have tractors and back hoe's and stuff.
heck the tatoe farmers even have extra dump trucks full of dirt [that the conveyor puts right in the truck they have to drive back out to the field at some point]
they mostly just dump it on the edge of their storage facilities driving areas instead of filling in the dips in their fields with it.
 

462

California's Central Coast Amid The Insanity
Usual retirement side-job Tuesday. After that processed some .223 and .45-70 brass, then some range scrounged .45 ACP that was almost all small primered.
 

fiver

Well-Known Member
works though.


so Jax got herself a little trophy tonight.
the neighbors cat is real adept at climbing the power pole across the street and has shown Jax it can do it at a full run more than once.
unfortunately the cat didn't count on a black and orange dog blending with the shadows under the cedar tree next to the driveway, and come wandering over again just before dark.
Jax caught the cat in the middle of the road, pinned it down, then took the cats collar and brought it home.
so now I'm debating whether to take the collar back to the crazy lady across the street, stick it in her mail box, or just let Jax keep it.
 

L Ross

Well-Known Member
Kind of a pain to to acquire but honey locust is pretty fair meat smoking wood.
Really? All I know is the number of flat tires we get around here is, well, disheartening. Then putting Slime in the ATV tires and having the techs complain when they have to replace a tire.

I know locust makes good fire wood, and fence posts, but the thorns, OMG the thorns!
 

Bret4207

Northern NY Dangerous extremist...???
I see a lot of fields around here that I know have been plowed and worked since the 1840 time frame.
that's only 180 years or so.
but I always wonder why the farmers don't just go out and repair many of the trouble spots in their fields,
it's not like they don't have tractors and back hoe's and stuff.
heck the tatoe farmers even have extra dump trucks full of dirt [that the conveyor puts right in the truck they have to drive back out to the field at some point]
they mostly just dump it on the edge of their storage facilities driving areas instead of filling in the dips in their fields with it.
"Fixing" often ends up giving you another issue. I can cover some ledge with dirt but then you still end up with a "hump" in the fields that you hit. Stones you can dig up, ledge...not so much.
 

JonB

Halcyon member
I delivered a couple dozen empty egg cartons (that I have scrounged from several sources) to my veggie farmer friend who supplies me with chicken and duck eggs. The well timed visit had me coming home with farmer's market leftovers, including a grocery bag of yellow string beans and 4 lbs of small beets.

9 years ago, I got this recipe for pickled beets that uses red wine in the brine. I've been wanting to make that all these years and for multiple reasons, I just never did...UNTIL yesterday! ...I did a small batch (4 Qt jars), much easier that I thought it would be.

Here is the recipe for your reading pleasure, I did modify it a bit, swapping Honey for sugar, and such.

Recipe: SS Beets
pickled Beets in Wine brine, *yield 4 Qt jars

4 lbs beets covered in water
Cook, light boil about 20 min.
Move beets to cold water, then peel.
Cut into chunks/slices to fit in jar.
Put spices into jars first.
1 Cinnamon stick
6 cloves
9 allspice
Then add beets, then add boiling brine, leave 1/2" headspace.
Brine:
3 cup Honey (cooking grade)
3 cup apple cider vinegar
2 cup wine (I used a CA Zinfandel)
1 TBLSP canning salt
>>>Bring to boil, let boil about 8 min if you wish? ...That's what the previous recipe said, but I don't see the need for the 8 min.
Put lids on, then process in boil water bath for 30 minutes
OR
in pressure canner 10 min @ 7 lbs.
 

CWLONGSHOT

Residing in New England
Range this AM.
Worked up a good load in the 1909 Mauser. 7.65. Using the 311284 HP sourced here and 2400 powder. I was wanting 1700 + fps and 1850 woulda been perfect. (For my wants) I found that 16 and 17.5 where best. 16 was just 1500 and 17.5 1635 ish. But touching @ 50 and nice and round sub 1.5" @ 100. This rifle has a thick reticule and a 1.25-6x power range.
The bullet is a HP and of coarse alloy search begins now. But COWW aughta be just fine. Target is Whitetails inside 200.

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Also shot my old plinking load of Blue Dot and a 200g. It was slower then I remember. Clocking 1050 in the G29, 1125 in the 5.25" G20 and 1160 in the 6" G40. Good part was seated 1.260 zero issues and ALL GUNS target was about 6x10 @ 50yards off hand. Obviously the G40 with its Red dot was easiest to shoot accurately. But a combined group with open sites off hand Ill take that.

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JWFilips

Well-Known Member
Big Doin's on the cat ranch! Last week a woodchuck decided to dig a massive burrow next to our patio!
He was well hidden by my Lime and Tangerine Trees!

Wife came home from vacation and asked if I saw the "New Digs" Damn! Heck no!
Right at the back foundation!.

Because of the house noise this guy was illusive! Finally got a shot at him! It was from the bathroom window ( about 12 feet) had to hold 4 " high to compensate for the scope hight! CCI Segmented HP Sub Sonic) Just behind the head!
Filled his hole in this afternoon!
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popper

Well-Known Member
But that was P. Phil!
Range time with the CVA BO @ 100. Few shots were scattered then I noticed the mount (one piece steel from the 308 AR10) came loose! And I was only getting vertical stringing before I noticed it!
Guess gotta have the doc look at my knee when I get the staples pulled. She thinks it's a Limey tick bite. Tiny red spot that has grown and looks funny. Oh well. Never got to Tuscon, appears bro is going into home hospice. AA is still screwed up on flights. She wanted to drive till she looked on the map and saw El Paso and Tuscon are on the border (and not much there but desert).
 

L Ross

Well-Known Member
Wife and I went fishing today.Goal was 12 fish for tomorrow's Supper. My buddy Jimmy is coming over to fish tomorrow, so we scouted for that and for Supper. Takes longer to drive to the river and backIMG_4056.jpgIMG_4053.jpg than it does to catch a meal.