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  1. DIY fire starting gel?

    Maybe not a true survival topic, but maybe the best place to ask this, I hope. Our primary heat source for the house is an outside wood-fired boiler. Every once in a while the fire goes out overnight, either because of the logs "bridging" or creosote building up on the blower port. We wake up...
  2. Anderson 50 Beowulf extrusions

    I am reloading 50 Beowulf for my BIL. Already made a few test rounds, ran them through his gun and everything seemed fine. My recipe doesn't really pertain to my question, but for the record, I'm loading 40.9g IMR 4227, CCI 350, Speer 325g JHP. After the test rounds fired fine, he gave me the...
  3. Who has done the Glock Armourer Course? Worth it?

    Thinking of signing up for said course when we head down to Richmond next month for the NRA Carry Guard Expo. I know Glocks very well already but there are very few gunsmiths around here and I thought I might be able to make a few bucks on the side if I have the cert. Seems like it's $250 at...
  4. NRA Carry Guard Expo (Richmond)--help me pick seminars

    Mrs. scatter and I have decided to attend the subject event for our 30th anniversary (yeah, we're real romantics). Trying to decide on which seminars and workshops to sign up for. I'm looking for people who have had attended seminars with these instructors, or have some other knowledge about...
  5. Is it possible to "over decrimp" with a Weldon bit?

    I've been loading 223 over the last couple of weeks--my first attempt at this. A lot of my brass is crimped. I'm using a Weldon bit on a hand-held drill to decrimp. Lots of hand cramps but I'm getting through the stash reasonably well. I've seen some videos of people using this bit and they...
  6. &%##$** RCBS hand primer

    I am fairly new to reloading. Have done about 1000 rds of 9mm so far. For the last couple weeks I have started reloading my stash of .223/5.56 brass. I am using a RCBS rock chucker and hand primer, a Lyman manual trimmer, and deburring with a RCBS hand deburring tool. Yes I know it's very...
  7. Beretta AL2 butt plate needed

    I have a vintage Beretta AL2 20 ga. I have managed to crack the butt plate and would like to buy a replacement. Anybody know of a good source? Is the 20 ga plate the same as the 12 ga?
  8. Please help a new (old) HAM with first equipment

    I am embarrassed to say that I took and passed my exam 2 1/2 years ago and am not yet on the airwaves. I went in for the Tech exam and managed to pass General and Extra while I was there. Life has intervened, especially trying to build a new house that has taken much longer that it should have...
  9. My latest project

    This is my latest addition to our safe/gun/hide room. No, this would not be a legal setup in MA. Access to this place is hidden but there are no locks. But I wanted to share because I think it came out pretty good. Not shown are the ready guns (shotguns under the bed and carry guns on the...
  10. Power supply for clay thrower

    I have a Champion Wheelybird clay thrower that wants to run off of a 12V automotive battery. I am fortunate enough to be able to shoot clays from my back porch and would like to power the thrower from an outdoor receptacle through a 110-12V power supply, so I don't have to drive the truck around...
  11. Finger pad or finger joint on the trigger?

    I've done my share of handgun shooting, and after all this time, when I miss it's still almost always low and left. I know "flinching" is a possible culprit, although I am very conscious of it and I don't think that's the entire problem. I've been taught, and have always thought, that the...
  12. My first squib (?)

    M&P 9c. Wife's gun. Factory Blazer brass. We were doing move and shoot drills. She does not recall, and I do not recall, her pulling the trigger and not getting a loud bang. But as she was lining up her next shot, she noticed the gun was slightly out of battery and stopped (thank goodness). I...
  13. Schooling anti's on suppressors

    Interesting article about the benefits of suppressors, from The Federalist. http://thefederalist.com/2017/01/09/progressives-dont-understand-how-gun-silencers-work-here-are-some-facts-to-help-them/
  14. Should I work on me or the gun first?

    Bone stock 10/22 with a cheap Weaver 9x scope. 90 yards. CCI lead standard velocity rounds. Prone. No wind. I want to get better groups but I don't want to keep shooting up my stash if this is about as good as it gets with my setup and ammo, and I could get more improvement faster with a...
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  16. Storing dry milk

    I figured I would add a box of non-fat dried milk to my stock. According to the Still Tasty site it only lasts a year on the shelf. I'm probably going to put the box in a mylar bag with O2 absorbers. Anybody got any better ideas or experience?
  17. Cancer patient beaten by TSA

    I'll just leave this here: https://pjmedia.com/trending/2016/07/02/disabled-teen-beaten-bloody-by-tsa-agents/ Obviously there are a lot of details missing but this looks pretty bad. Short story, a cancer treatment patient apparently pissed off the TSA because she set off the alarms and...
  18. My 9mm reloads aren't feeding well (noob)

    I'm brand new to this and have just recently loaded about 50 rounds of 9mm, 4.2gr of Bullseye behind a Hornady 115gr FMJ RN, using the Hornady load data, which puts me at about the mid range for this powder. I'm getting a fail to feed on my G26 about 20% of the time. The round gets stuck on the...
  19. Anybody going to the NRA convention this weekend?

    My wife and I will be there Friday. Would like to meet up with any NES'rs.
  20. Bullet setback--I'm sure this won't be any problem

    Last time I was at my parents' house I brought back a couple of rifles and all my dad's ammo from his closet, before he auctioned everything off. I'm slowly getting through all the stuff. Pulled out an old moldy box of 7mm Mauser and found this: I'm thinking what the hell, I'll just shoot...
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