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Everything posted by mako20ft

  1. Frederick Douglas Cause it worked out so well for him...
  2. Normally yes, I'm not crazy about their minimum $20 shipping charge though. The firearms selection is why I visit their site...the ammo prices are meh
  3. I've been using Freedom Munitions for target, practice in 38 Special (A LOT lol). Anyway, I ordered 2 cases (1000rnds) Monday afternoon and checked the order number late last night, I was curious if it had been processed/shipped? They're out of damn near everything which I've never seen. They reload their own and apparently can't keep up with demand. It's a very strange world right now
  4. I'm glad you found what works for you. FWIW, it's the same reason (granted different platform) I press on with revolvers for weekly practice and daily carry. When it doesn't fit you find something that does
  5. Here here!
  6. You could not be more wrong...literally
  7. For the 2nd year in a row we stopped at Frischs in Troy on the way back from the lake following the 4th's celebrations. For the 2nd year in a row it sucked. Take away the shaved ice and the place isn't worth saving... RIP
  8. Proof positive the mighty 410 should be abolished...criminal even! Who "needs" a shot shell OVER 4 inches in length
  9. I've watched a number of videos from reputable barrel manufacturers. The consensus (tough to get with shooters) is 16-20 inches is ideal. Any shorter and the bullet doesn't get a complete single revolution (typical 22LR twist rate 1 to 16) and the propellant may not have time to completely burn (this 2nd one I question) however any longer gives unnecessary friction and actually reduces velocity. Realistic range is up to you and conditions. In the big scheme of things it's still a pea shooter. Also, I've personally learned that a clean barrel affects 22 a lot more than your Centerfire cartridges (a lot more!).
  10. Every now and again Ruger will do a run of Mannlicher stocks for TALO. I really like the basket weave checkering also...I know it's pressed but it gives the rifle a different appearance. The ext mag release is a Volquartsen and is exactly what you suggested...a nod to a Ruger #1
  11. Your showing your age friend...hasn't been CCA in quite some time. Anyway, we had a Video conference with Grayson Lumber today, a large producer of SYP (Southern Yellow Pine). SYP is the base material for virtually all Pressure Treated in these US. The choke point (much to my surprise) is not the treatment plants but rather the harvest cannot keep up with the unexpected need. If you thought petroleum lived by Supply and Demand they have nothing on the Timber industry. If there is a hint of a slowdown they'll cull hours and move to shut the resaws down without notice. The housing starts took them by surprise but hold off on any pity. Yes, their margins are razor thin in normal times but they are taking in cash by the wheelbarrow right now. Give it 4-6 weeks and we'll move past this.
  12. You guys are taking the tact all wrong here. To the OP, you have a priceless historical artifact of American History. It's value? In the 6 figures based on the collected wisdom of SOL members. Take additional photos, talk to your Insurance guy and sit tight for maybe 3 years. Then report the terrible boating accident...
  13. Any advice on the loader you use for 22? Does it only work on the MarkIV (or other Ruger 22 pistols)? I ask because this is one of my joys but loading the thing gets tiresome...
  14. Hold my beer... Check Check Check Check Check Check and... Check
  15. We're a mid sized lumber yard and we cannot source anything in the Midwest. Last week I needed treated plate material so badly I paid retail at Menards (not sure if you have those) for 4 units of 2x4 and 2x6 just so I could ship packages. It was funny watching them try to load a roll-off trailer (for hauling trusses) driver took a cell phone video. Apparently the guard shack where they double check the load before pulling out was confused also. She saw our company logo on the cab and said something like "I guess we'll sell to anybody". Not even the distributor's know ETA's on fresh product. They'll only quote pricing at time of order and are giving 5-6 week lead times. The guess from them is Treatment plants were slow to begin production after coming out of the Winter with low inventory. Now, with incredible pent up demand...there is very little they can do but wait and hope. Nothing can happen without those treated sills.
  16. ^^^ I should add that I'm in Ohio. I understand the situation could be completely different in the Soviet Bloc of New England
  17. I'm in good shape but this thread got me curious. Took a peek at my normal online stores and then jumped on Gunbroker...I don't see any shortages in my carry 9mm or 45acp. I'm not suggesting that everyone's favorites are widely available but HST, Golden Saber +P and routine Sellier and Bellot FMJ practice is all over the place. Prices are decent, CC fees are FINALLY low (for the reputable stores they're zero) but shipping is warned as being slow. Last Thursday I bought 200 rounds of 6.5 Creedmoor from Outdoor Limited that has yet to ship. If the lead time turns out to be long I'll post something here but even an extra week isn't really an issue (until I run out that is lol)
  18. Sounds like I'm not up to speed on the Pro series. I've swung their 3lb splitter but had the same complaint with the handle. The little guy below is torture given the shape of my hands (way to many surgeries). Their pull saw is a terrific tree stand pal...
  19. Damn, what I'd give to go back. Truly, I've traveled the world but for whatever reason AK was the single one I could have kept calling home.
  20. No offense Brian but I've got no love for Fiskars. Their tempering flat're lucky to see the first 1/2" of the leading edge where as your antique heads were always an inch with many pushing 1-1/2" of proper tempering. To their fiscal credit, Fiskar's realized that easy resharpening of the blade trumped doing a proper bit from the factory. I could live with this ^^^ but for 2 things. The damn resin handles resonate in my hands badly and they're a one and done. Break it and there's no replacing that handle. I want to go play around in storage and drag a few out.
  21. Right on sir. I use their single cut Handy File at 8" for everything from the mower to the axe. I literally did a double take when I found it at the Orange Empire...still 100% USA manufactured.
  22. If that's the one she likes then 99% of the search is over. Even if it takes a month (maybe less if your willing to prowl around on the keyboard) I would suffer the wait. Literally everything I've heard has been positive for the EZ in either 380 or 9mm. Btw, a quick glance at Buds shows them in stock (as of right now) on the 380 version. Best,
  23. Never stops amazing me the collected wisdom of some members here. Well done gentlemen...
  24. Although the consistency from one axe head to another done by the big name Scandinavian folks is better than the typical domestic axes (which as you mentioned, are actually manufactured overseas)...don't give up on the excellent axes made in America. If you want new then Council Tool has the Velvicut series. If you don't mind working a new haft then jump on Ebay for a vintage axe head.. Collins, Vulcan, Hammond, Craftsman, Kelly, etc might fit your needs to a tee. The forgings "generally" were far superior to what you'll find mass produced these days (and I include our Nordic friends when I mention that). IMHO, it's hard to beat an antique Plumb though. I've got many Victory series (toooo many) but for all around use this Double Bit has served me going on 30 years. Just heavy enough at 2lbs 9oz to split modest wood it's about all I'm willing to carry from the car to a woods camp. You might notice the 2 bits have distinctly different profiles. The more worn of the 2 is purposely blunt and is used 5 to 1 since a stump isn't always handy for splitting. The opposite bit is literally razor sharp for quartering game, limbs and bark peeling, A double bit isn't for everyone but they are awful handy when you understand their limits (and obvious dangers). I just now added the lanyard. Seems to give certain "tools" around here wadded panties
  25. I would add Bud Gun Shop to that list. Purchased many pistols from them, not a single issue and they answer the phone. They incorrectly charged me shipping on my Mossberg order and they called me to verify the amount of the credit/apologize for any confusion.