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Posted: August 21 2018 at 11:19am | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

Cruising around the reloading shop looking for something to do I came up empty. I thought "Why not 10mm" except looking over that stock I am down to my last 1000 to 1500 rounds which should last me 10 or so years. I have been cleaning up misc brass, soeting and discarding as needed. I just need to shoot more but I have been do so good lately I don't want to screw that up by doing too much shooting. I did try to put my Kimber 10mm back to 10mm from 22 but I didn't find a part so I had to call Kimber and they are sending it no charge. Just extreme boredom setting in I guess. Craig

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Posted: August 22 2018 at 11:07am | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

Out of desperation I went to the range today manly to use up 20ish rounds that I had sorted out of brass I had laying around. It shot ok, no problems to report. Shot some other rounds I had and all went well. The few incepter rounds shot good but wouldn't load the next round, no surprise there. Those rounds suck. Well that's it. Craig

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Posted: August 22 2018 at 11:38pm | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

At some point in my life I hope to be
bored like that. At this point in my life
so many projects and so little time to get
as many as possible done.

I still haven't mannaged to load up a
fresh batch of loads for the monthly 10-yd
pistol target and the darn month is over
2/3 done already. Could use some general
all purpose reloads I already have in my
stock or a different gun but really want
to make up some more of a known good
dedicated paper target load for my primary
every day carry sidearm (XDS-45 3.3")
since I want to practice what I preach and
mainly use it for the monthly pistol
target.

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Posted: August 23 2018 at 9:24am | IP Logged Quote Tom W.

I have some 30/30 brass, once fired, in my vibratory
tumbler now. I've had this brass for probably well over
ten years. While decapping/resizing last night I did throw
away two or three that I didn't like the looks of. I still
have probably 100 or so once fired that was put into the
boxes by some considerate shooter a number of years back
and handed to me at the range.

I loaded up 50 more rounds of 9mm last night, but don't
have a box to put them in. I also loaded up some 30/30
rounds w/33 gr of H414 and a LRMP, per the manual, and am
going to use them for fire forming. I don't have a light
bullet to use, so I just use the 165 gr. Ranch Dog
bullets.

I am looking forward to getting my rifle back from the
gunsmith. I know there is no rational reason to have it
rechambered, other than the fact that he mentioned it and
said that he'd do it for free. I've also wanted to
rechamber it for more than 10 years now, just haven't had
the free cash. Now all I need to get is a set of 30/30
A.I. dies......

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Posted: August 29 2018 at 11:12am | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

OK still looking foe something to do I fixed my large tumbler. Don't know if you remember but I melted down my Lyman 1200 tumbler a while ago and at the time had built a tumbler out of odds and ends but it ended up too big. I used parts from that and the orange pumpkin of the old Lyman and it works great but loosened up after several uses. All fixed now with jam nuts to help hold it together. It is running now!! Oh I did buy a tumbler from Harbor Freight and it works great for smaller loads. Craig

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Posted: August 29 2018 at 5:50pm | IP Logged Quote Tom W.

Didja ever do something that made absolutely no sense at
all? Yesterday I went to the shed and was going to load a
few 30-06 a.i. rounds with 47 gr. of Varget and a 180 gr
GameKing. I got 20 primed and filled, and then had a "Oh"
moment. I found some cast bullets, already sized and lubed
w/ gas checks. I weighed some and they were in the 175 .
something area, so I decided that I'd load them up
instead.

It had to be a major brain fart. I KNOW that I'll get
patterns rather than groups with those cast bullets. Well,
I only loaded up 20. I could lie and say that I was
testing them to see if they fire formed any better with a
heavier charge, but I ain't gonna do that.   

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Posted: August 30 2018 at 4:32am | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

Well on a better note I was cleaning/testing the tumbler with some 9mm brass and let me tell ya it's Clean now!!! like new. Craig

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Posted: August 30 2018 at 5:12am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

Boredom, not sure if I recognize the term..with 40 acres and livestock to take care of, not to mention firewood cutting for winter, hauling and stacking hay. Then there is winterizing my house and out buildings, tractor, atv and motorcycle maintenance.

I still manage to get in an average walking five miles a day cruising the forest.

Reloading is something I do when I need to sit down and take a break for a while.

My latest project involved looking for native plant fiber that would make usable cord, I found some bark on the stems of an unidentified bush that came off in long strips, that made some pretty strong cord, the real test is it suitable for bow strings.

Then there is the block full of cast bullet .30-06 loads I haven't shot yet, maybe when I get bored..

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Posted: August 30 2018 at 11:03am | IP Logged Quote mikld

I too often suffer from boredom 'cause I have way more
time to reload than to shoot. I have several "new"
loads waiting to be tested for 4 or 5 of my guns and I
have plenty (800-1,000 rounds) of "just in case ammo"
and my standard loads.

Often when I'm bored I'll do some things just to be out
in the shop getting my hands dirty; I'll sort brass by
headstamp, (even 9mm and 38 Specials), I'll
tumble/polish brass to a high shine (rarely have I
"needed" bright shiny brass), I have even measured and
trimmed some pistol brass. Once I cleaned some primer
pockets on my 44 Mag. brass and on another boredom
session I deburred the insides of some flash holes in
my LC 7.62x51 brass.

If my new Dr. has a solution for my knee and I can walk
again, if the forest fires get put out and when it
doesn't rain, I have a lot of reloads to shoot...

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Posted: August 30 2018 at 12:24pm | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

Well I too used to love reloading more than shooting but with my new Sig p320 it's 50 50 now but I still reload more than I shoot quantity wise. Even with my range being close and nobody uses it but me it is still a pain to load up and go there. Oh well that's life I guess. Craig

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Posted: August 30 2018 at 1:20pm | IP Logged Quote Tom W.

One time after I had stomach surgery I was so bored that I
trimmed a whole pile of .44 mag brass.


I haven't been that bored since!

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Posted: August 30 2018 at 3:28pm | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

Craig

Range shooting is ok, but a bit like eating your chocolate with the wrapper still on.

Grab the Sig, a couple of extra mags, and go for a hike, there are lots of plinking targets out there and a lot more fun than making holes in paper.
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Posted: August 30 2018 at 3:38pm | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

Oh I don't know, When you can make one smallish hole in the paper it's OK!! There isn't a real place o go like you are talking about around here anyway. Craig

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Posted: August 30 2018 at 10:38pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Boredom?

Oh my goodness... Maybe you guys need to challenge yourselves? Find something new to tackle. Something you haven't tried before.

Read from an author new to you.

If you're a rifleman, maybe take up trap shooting with a shotgun.

Or if you're a pistolero, consider diving deep into the world of precision rifle shooting.

Take all that range training, and apply it to reality, become a hunter.

Old and beat up? Read, learn. Or... take that knowledge and start passing it on to the young folk.

Bored... I don't get that way often. Always something to do! Even if it's something I don't like.

All the best guys, I'm going to bed now.

G'night.
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Posted: August 31 2018 at 6:23am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

It gets very dry here during the summer months, my water supply is from a spring, the over flow from my cistern goes into a small pond, which draws a lot of wild animals.

This entire area sits on top of a 2 million year old lava flow, so there are lots of different layers that trap water and have springs.

I hiked down my ravine, about 1 1/2 miles yesterday looking for standing water and found a number of pools. There is usually enough water in these little side canyons to sustain the range stock over the summer months. We normally do not get any rain between mid June to early October.

The range stock are the bane of my existence during the grazing season, the cows can be standing in grass up to their bellies and still have to go through my fences to get into my horse pastures.

However there is a positive side to grazing season, the cows make trails that go into places that would other wise be difficult walking.

In between the things I have to do, it is great fun to go out and explore the new cow trails. The trails are used by everything, deer, elk, bears, coyotes, wolves, mt.lions.
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Posted: September 01 2018 at 3:47am | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

John Van Gelder wrote:
. . .

The range stock are the bane of my
existence during the grazing season, the
cows can be standing in grass up to their
bellies and still have to go through my
fences to get into my horse pastures.

. . .


Yup, it's not just people who always think
the grass is always greener on the other
side of the fence.

I've seen one particular horse play
chicken with an electric fence carefully
trying to nibble on grass on the other
side by slipping his snout between the
wires to grab grass from the other side
that was the same as the grass he was
standing in occasionally getting zapped
and jerking back before going right back
to trying it again a few minutes later.
Of course that particular horse isn't
exactly the brightest bulb in the herd but
still.

I try to keep such things in mind when
dealing with particular humans if you know
what I mean. Helps a little knowing it's
not just humans who act in such manners.

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my "guys", horses, know all there is to know about electric fences, and always know just how far from the hot wire they are.

Just as with people, some are a bit more cleaver than others. On the average horses have the same intelligence as a four year old human.

During my life with them I have seen some pretty incredible things.

I had been fixing fence and managed to snag my arm on some of the preexisting property line barbed wire fence. When I walked back to where the horses were my mare came up to me put her nose on my arm where the cut was and then rubbed my face, with her nose, she was trying to comfort me because I was hurt.

I have been known to sit under a tree with my gang just to watch them, on a warm day I sometimes doze off, when I wake up there is one or the other of the horses standing over me guarding me while I sleep. It is a herd thing, someone is on guard duty while the others sleep, and since I am part of the herd..!. Elk do the same thing.
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Posted: September 01 2018 at 5:36am | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

Yup, horses are cool animals. I don't
have any of my own but my woman's family
has quite a few plus they use their place
on a volunteer basis as a halfway house
for abused or neglected horses that animal
control takes away from bad owners until
they can be adopted by new good owners.
It's amazing how much they communicate and
have their own emotions, I think they are
in many ways smarter and "deeper" then
what is traditionally considered "man's
best friend" the canine, and so their is
no confusion because of my post about dogs
on the other thread I'm talking about good
dogs. A good dog is great and will show
all that slobbery adoration and playful
love for it's owner. But with a horse it
goes deeper I think. When you are on a
horse and you and the horse "get each
other" it isn't telepathy but it's close.
Plus I love they way they will circle
around me gently nuzzling me searching for
where I hid the carrots this time. Not
the same thing as the fawning begging of a
dog it's deeper there is more intelligence
there and they seem to have deeper
emotions and instincts. You can make
friends with a good friendly dog in a few
minutes. Takes longer with a horse they
check you out more they are more a part of
the process.

Anyway that's my thoughts. But as I said
just like people they also think the grass
is greener on the other side of the fence.

Although I have to agree that cows aren't
my cup of tea. I don't put them anywhere
near what a horse is. Wouldn't go so far
as to call them stupid but they ain't
exactly smart for the most part. I'm sure
there are exceptions but I ain't run
across any, but then maybe I have never
really tried either.

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I grew up on a dairy farm, and had a lot of experience with Holsteins, I had a heifer that could clear three strands of barbed wire, she thought she was a deer.

Cows are pretty smart, but nothing like horses. Just watch a good cutting horse work cattle, they out think a cow every time, in fact when they are working the rider is just a passenger.

As far as being up there with "man's best friend", the only folks that think that describes dogs are the ones who have never had horses.

Their hearing and sense of smell are all better than dogs, my horses know when someone is coming down my drive way before the dogs do.

The Border Patrol units that use the horses, the horse and rider is a two "man" team, because of their acute sense of smell and hearing.

Pretty far afield from the original topic..But..! There is the account of a horse that belonged to one of the Confederate generals, I do not recall which one. After the war, the horse ended up in NY City as a police horse, one day out on patrol, horse and rider came upon a struggle between some miscreant and a number of uniformed policemen, the horse immediately attacked the policemen, it was the obvious conflict and the blue uniforms.

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My nephew wanted to see a horse being shoed and I told him I could arrange that!    So I contacted my friend, ex coworker from the fire dept. who is also Farrier and I made the arrangements. So I drove out to the location where he was and my nephew got to see these guys work in this profession. They had setup their fans for air circulation to help with heat and flies, placed the horse (police parade horse) and began pulling old shoes, trimming the hooves explain how they level them, then shaped the new shoes to fit, showed him the special nails explaining to him the design makes them turn outward where the are trimmed and bent over like a hook. He showed him the rear shoes with the clip that help prevent the shoe from movement as the kick in the stall, to prevent the shoe from coming off. We discussed other types of shoes such as rubber and polymer types which he showed my nephew and explained their uses. He ask several questions one being that why and how do horses sleep standing up. He explained that a horse can lock its knees, and that fear of predators was why they sleep standing. In was just under an hour they were finished packed up and ready to proceed to their next location.   

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