Chip Sawdust

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  1. On 8/31/2020 at 12:18 PM, Chestnut said:

    The only downside and reason i want a new rifle is currently the magnum round carries a 24" barrel and it's not a good bush gun. I moved from hunting open field to hunting dense brush. I'm even tempted to revert to open sights ... GASP!

    I'm looking for another new rifle next year in 6.5CM., most of them have a 24" barrel Haven't decided which on to get yet, but am leaning hard at the Ruger Precision. Magnums, by their nature, all have longer barrels.

    I don't know about brush busting, lots of discussion as you have said. But a heavy 44 round seems like it would toss twigs aside (not 12" poles!) fairly well, and I have a handy Winchester 94 lever gun in that caliber if I ever need to try it. :)

  2. 18 minutes ago, treeslayer said:

    Yep that’s the thing @Chip Sawdust, zero bullet run out is the best but anything under 2 thousandth is goof for me, also bullet jump, the distance the bullet travels before it contacts the lands and groves is important, I have one rifle that likes 10 thousandth jump nothing more or less and have a gauge to “chase” the jump as the rifling wears. 

    Yep and for bullet jump to the lands this thing works really well... Or you can do it the old fashioned way, which I first found in a Nosler reloading book.


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  3. I bought a new mower last year and it leaves some grass on the lawn, even when bagging. Kind of typical. I like to leave grass on the lawn though, adds mulch. I only bag when I'm mowing over weeds and mushrooms, in hopes that I'll suck up seeds and spores rather than spreading them into parts of my lawn. This one is a "personal pace" Toro, and if I run it at top speeds I get the lawn done pretty fast, although it does work me to do it, and I have long legs!

    Snapper makes a great mower, but I've never owned one. I think this Toro is the first new mower I've bought, maybe ever? Always got them used from one place or another, but the last one, a Scotts John Deere, finally gave up the ghost, I was tired of using ether to start it, even after a tune up and new carb. :)

  4. 19 hours ago, Chestnut said:

    It was factory ammo, but we have a feeling that the heavier grain, 165 vs 150, and maybe different powder wasn't accelerating the bullet fast enough for the short barrel (16"). If he had a proper bolt action rifle with a proper length barrel I'd imagine the 165 would fly the same or better.

    I should have taken a picture of his paper. He did 20 shots of each weight and the difference was quite noticeable both 50y and 100y.

    I reload my ammo and find that different grain bullets and different powders, as well as grains of powder, make a big difference. Two rifles of the same caliber might not "like" the same loads. One will want 180 grain with X amount of X powder, while the same load in the other rifle likes 208 grain bullets with X amount of some other powder. It takes some testing and paperwork but it's worth it when you find the sweet spot. :)

    Treeslayer was talking about one of these, which is nice to have for handloads, but even factory loads can stand some correction as well.


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  5. On 7/12/2020 at 7:54 AM, Mick S said:

    I would also opt for the MR23. Both kits come with plunge bases, but the trigger switch and LED light would steer me toward the MR23. I have the 1617 and use it frequently, but those two features are lacking on it. I have to be very careful to hold on tight when I switch it on because of the torque jump. With a trigger switch it's a non-issue.

    I have a 1617 and it has a soft start feature, or at least i thought it did. I didn't get the plunge base with mine; it resides mostly in the router table. The plunge router I use has LED lights, but only takes 1/4" bits, which is a limit one wouldn't want much of the time. That's the little DeWalt; good router overall, can't complain. The 1617 comes out when I need to dado something long, but generally does its best bat imitation, hanging upside down in the table :)

  6. Yesterday for the first time I went to the range and watched some F class shooters hit bullseyes at 600 yards. Fascinating that the physics of it can be figured that closely. The money they spend on equipment is less than what I spend on woodworking stuff, but not by much!

  7. Bmac when I watch your projects progress I get a little envy that you get after it till it's done, while i have stuff on my bench that's waiting waiting waiting for me to get back out there. I have too many dang hobbies....

    That said, I really enjoy watching these things take shape, and so far it looks fantastic!

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  8. On 7/26/2020 at 6:11 PM, RichardA said:

    After dark, I answer the door armed, unless I've expected someone late.

    Had I got out of bed and answered the door, that would've been my MO as well, Rick. As it was, I watched from my Ring cameras and then stayed awake for another hour or so to make sure he didn't come back.

    1 hour ago, JohnG said:

    My tires rotate every time I drive :P

    Hmmm, so they rotate, or revolve? :unsure:

  9. Science and faith, there's a great combination. Lots of people seem to think those are exclusive from each other but they're actually quite well aligned. I don't drink much beer any more, but I'd have a rum and coke with you while you have your beer :) I'd like to go to PA some time and visit Steve Latta's college - we just might meet some time :)

  10. On 7/24/2020 at 1:02 PM, Tom King said:

    Did the UPS guy knock on your door, to see if you were okay?

    No he didn't! But the other night we had someone ring our doorbell at 9:40pm (we were sleeping) since UPS dropped off something we'd ordered at his house. Turns out it was the neighbor across the street.

    I don't know about you all, but I think 9:40pm is way too late to go to someone's house that you've never even met.

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  11. So today I went to the range. Shot three of my magnum rifles, shoulder got sore, didn't go shoot trap after that :)

    But I found out the bolt action bullet speeds were identical to the semiauto which pleased me no end. Ye olde chronograph is getting a workout.