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    Real Custom Ammunition

    Overheard at a gun show sometime in the distant past. “Where can I get bullets for that old gun? I’d sure like to have one like that!” "Well sir, to my knowledge there is no one who loads ammunition today for the old rifle. I don’t believe it was ever loaded in the United States.” The conversation carried on with the potential buyer bewailing the fact that cartridges were unavailable and how much he wanted the rifle. The dealer apologized once or twice then told the wannabe buyer...
  2. The Mighty Mo and my chance Meeting with WWII Hero

    Back in about 2005 I was fortunate enough to meet a genuine war hero by the name of Dick Wall. I had listed a golf cart charger on Ebay and Dick bought it and ask if I could just hold onto it for a month or two and he would be coming through the interstate where I live and he could just pick it up. I agreed and Dick called me one day to say he would be at the Flying J truck stop and could I bring the charger out to him. I gladly said yes and met him and his wife. My family was with me and...
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    Reloading Basics

    This article will be a short overview of the concepts and equipment involved in reloading ammunition. The most important thing to remember is that you should take your time and do quite a bit of reading and research before you ever purchase your first piece of equipment. Reloading can be broken down into a few basic steps. Case preparation: Whether you start with new virgin brass, or have been saving and collecting your brass, you will need to clean and inspect your cases. After reading...
  4. The Second Amendment

    The Second Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791. It reads: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." I know that some folks have a problem with this, but get over it! It's not just a document that protects our right to hunt. It's not just a document that protects our right to shoot targets. What is really is a statement of fact. The fact that God gave every man the "Right" to...
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    Muzzleloaders from the Top

    When I hear or use the word “muzzleloader” it conjures up images of a Swiss Mountaineer scaling the Alps in search of chamois. A German or Austrian Jaeger in pursuit of wild boar or stag, a “stiff upper lipped” Brit in one of England’s many colonies in Africa or the Indian sub-continent or Ceylon chasing elephant or tiger. By no means restricting it to European powers it reminds me of the early German/Austrian/Swiss immigrant gunsmiths to our country. At first they were making their...
  6. Zeroing a Weapon

    Step One: Fire a group of shots. Step Two: Measure the displacement of the shot group from the aiming point. Step Three: Adjust the sights accordingly. Mechanics of sighting in a firearm. Since roughly the last decade or two of the 19th Century, firearms - except shotguns - have generally featured rifles barrels and sights. Rifled barrels assist projectiles in arriving at their intended destination (hitting the mark). Sights provide a mechanism for aligning the arm properly that the...
  7. Bloodthirsty Squirrels

    I once took a friend and his disabled father on a simple squirrel hunt. Well, both my friend Ray and I thought it would be simple. We had hunted deer, rabbit, and squirrels on this small farm in rural Virginia for about 2 years. So, when Ray's father came for a visit and lamented that since he was on a cane and had bad knees, he could not hunt anymore! Ray and I took it as a challenge to allow his Father to hunt once again. It was on a Wednesday and we started preparations. First, to get...
  8. Beagles, Bunnies Beagles, Bunnies & Black Powder

    Shoot! What? Shoot! There he goes! You shoot it, my boys and I do this every weekend during the season. No! I want to see you shoot a rabbit with that thing! By then the rabbit was already gone and the dogs were hot on the trail. I told Jerry I would take it on the second go ‘round. I was hunting rabbits with my good friend Jerry James, a recently retired Missouri Highway Patrolman, and “that thing” he wanted to see me shoot a rabbit with was my Pedersoli, 12 ga., percussion, muzzle...
  9. Lead Casting - Part 1

    In my last article I gave an overview of metallic cartridge reloading. Reloading in itself is a very full stand alone hobby. However there are plenty of other hobbies that can significantly complement it, and still others that could benefit from it. Lead casting for example makes a great companion hobby to reloading. ( And if you enjoy muzzle loading firearms, you will want to learn how to cast to save $$ ). Part 1 of this article will deal with finding your lead and preparing it for...
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    Lead Casting Part 2

    In part 1 of my article I covered finding and preparing your lead for use. I’ll recap the safety warnings from Part 1: For anyone thinking they might want to get into casting, I recommend doing the same. Research, Research, Research, online and in books, thru contacts at clubs or being mentored by an experienced person locally. As with reloading, there are a few different paths you can take, and thus different equipment and styles. Above all, remember safety. Lead melts at about 622’F,...
  11. Steel Target Stand - DIY

    You guys have seen my steel target stand a time or two. Right now, is a perfect time to write about my setup as I'm putting together another stand that's 10" taller. Old stand was 28", new 36" Old New This stand can be taken down for transport in less than a minute, and back together in 2-3. Moving the entire stand 100 yards by hand is certainly doable. Although for long moves I'll usually throw it in a wagon or the pickup, depending on how far it's going. As a side note, the setup...
  12. Tavor SAR-FD18 review

    This rifle from IWI (Israel Weapons Industries) is the first bull-pup design I have ever handled. In this style of rifle, the action is back in the stock area, the magazine and ejection port are both behind the trigger area instead of ahead of it. This allows having a longer barrel in a compact rifle. Consider these pictures, and remember this rifle has an 18 inch barrel. This 5.56 has an 18 inch barrel, but does not look like it! Besides being compact, the heft - the balance - of this...
  13. The Land Where Guns Are Forbidden…. Almost

    Gun ownership rights are written into the U.S. Constitution. It’s one of the things that makes the U.S. unique among nations. As one might expect, lots of Americans own guns. In fact, if you do a quick search for “gun ownership statistics by nation” you might find an interesting Wiki-list. One hundred and seventy-five countries are listed. Next to each country is a number, representing the estimated number of guns for every one hundred people. It comes as no surprise that the U.S. is at the...
  14. Hunting Farmland Whitetails

    The wildlife that abounds in the rolling hills of the Palouse region of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho get accustomed to the engine noise of combines and tractors working in the fields from early in the spring through late in the fall. Deer, Elk, Coyotes and upland game birds have been known to sit tight almost to the point of getting "run over" by the machinery as it passes by. An aerial picture of Y's Acres Farms. The Snake River breaks in the background. Fall is a very busy time...
  15. Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter

    Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter Last night in Dallas, the country saw the greatest tragedy to hit American Law Enforcement since the September 11th attacks. At a peaceful rally, a small group of men decided to take it upon themselves to take the lives of five of our boys in blue and injure many peaceful civilians. Regardless of the actions of a few, we must stand as the many to protect those who protect us. Police officers live and die by the oath they swore to uphold when entering into...
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