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  1. FWIW, the old rule of thumb was that the viewing distance for your TV should be 4x the diagonal of the screen, back when they were 3x4 aspect ratio. The new TV's are wide screen and generally speaking you want to be seated about 3x the diagonal for those models. Also, a lot of them are adjusted for extreme contrast and brightness (movie theatre mode) rather than for viewing comfort in the home at night. You might want to adjust settings after you've installed it in the viewing room, and set your lights to your viewing comfort. There are a few web sites out there that offer advice on how to do this depending on which model you select. 4K is generally over the top unless you're doing extremely large screens in an entertainment room, ie for watching Superbowl parties. Getting one of the new screens that does intense black is a good idea though! I've a Blu-Ray player that I bought new and have never bothered to connect, just don't watch much if those anymore. Between Netflix and Amazon there isn't any reason for us to watch CD's or have broadcast TV over cable. We use internet only, and I haven't seen a commercial in over 6 years now. We're getting ready to reconfigure our TV room, and bringing the stereo system back in to connect to the TV, but also to buy a turntable - we've got old vinyl that we miss playing, and there are new pressings out we also want. TV gets less interesting daily! Shadow Catcher
  2. https://www.edbrown.com/cco-lw-9mm/ https://www.usacarry.com/dan-wesson-vigil-cco-9mm-1911-review/ There are probably others as well, just search for CCO 9mm. Shadow Catcher
  3. Agreed. I had to change my loads recently, having switched from Rugers to Colts. Chambers all mike at .454, so I decided to do a bunch of experimenting. Tried WW231, Unique, Trail Boss, Tite-Group, all under a 250 LRNFP sized .454 I found the tightest grouping at reasonable velocity was 6.7 of Unique in all three Colts. I think it runs around 735 f/s, and is quite comfortable to shoot a hundred rounds at practice. On a side note, shooting Trail Boss in nickle cases was never a problem, could get 10-20 reloads per piece. I'm finding though that I get more splits from using Unique. It may be also the TB loads were 600 f/s loads, these are hotter. Hope this helps, Shadow Catcher .
  4. I'd cast a magic spell to heal the holes . . .
  5. Facebook is a mixed blessing. It's been good for me as it allows me to contact family and some real friends that are scattered to the four winds. It's been bad because the world is full of keyboard Commando's and Meme-warriors who just say things that they'd never have the courage or lack of wits to do in person. It's been fascinating as it has allowed me to separate some wheat from chaff, especially in this last election cycle. All things considered I think I'll probably eliminate it from my life, or do a significant paring down of who and what, in the near term future. My wife has a simpler approach, she has a few family and friends, very few - and dozens of antiques, pretty pictures cats, and all kinds of girly stuff whizzing by. Politics are deleted at light speed, and most other controversial issues as well. I lack the self control to do that so I'll probably just nuke the whole thing soon . . . . SC
  6. He's done two of my Colt's and the third will be going to him in a few weeks. A great gentleman, and the only one who I will send my Colts to. SC
  7. It's not so much that they're going away, but rather being dropped for the more profitable and better selling Indian line of bikes, which are made by the same company. I like the looks of the Indian bikes better myself. SC
  8. Through several folks I've had access to a few already, and will try more before I buy. Thanks for the input. SC
  9. Current wait time is upwards of 9 months, and the fees are at least $200 over cost of can. I'm waiting - I'd like one for my .22's, and perhaps a 5.56 and 9mm can each in the future - I am willing to wait now that we have a more benign administration in place. SC
  10. Hey Badger - I've been using the Poly coated bullets from Missouri Bullets, since the indoor range I also frequent will allow them, when they will NOT allow exposed lead otherwise. They give me the same velocity and accuracy as the plain lead ones, but are much cleaner in the gun! I've got the better part of 1000 uncoated lead that I'm ready to part with cheaply, or trade, as I intend to shoot nothing but these for p[ractice and competition. I also like not touching the lead when I reload. If you want to see and try some in .45 (250 LRNFP) let me know - I can give you some to fiddle with! SC http://missouribullet.com/details.php?prodId=246&category=20&secondary=14&keywords=
  11. I use this outfit - easy to upload to , and easy to use their links. https://imgur.com/ SC
  12. I might quibble about your choice of adjective . . . . SC
  13. Do the math. At 66 you start drawing, and get 12 months times 4 years before you start at 70. Let's pretend it's 2500 per month. That's 120,000 in four years. Now at 70 instead you'd get 3500 per month. You were already getting 2500 a month so it's only 1000 month more, so it takes 120 months to make up that 120,000 you made from age 66 to 70 and then you start getting ahead in the game and making more. So at age 80 you will finally start to make more money than if you started at 66..... Using smaller amounts - say 1500 per month, then going to 2500 per month. 48 months times 1500 = 72000. 1000 per month more at 70 means you will break even at 76 years old. That might be a good deal for you . . you ave to work out the math for your actual numbers though . . . YMMV SC
  14. I was stationed at Luke AFB in 73, and we had a dozen or so squadrons of F-4's there. Three German F-104 squadrons as well. Watching the F-4 take of on AB at sunset was a glory to behold, however all the homeowners down the flight path would call to complain about kerosene on their pools later. It was a magnificent war fighter that could take a pounding and deliver one in turn. The 555th brought the first squadron of F-15's to Luke whilst I was there, and frankly, I never would have believed how much better a combat plane could be. It was a quantum leap improvement, and a far and away better aircraft. In spite of that though, I still love the look and sound of that ugly war horse. SC
  15. Retired at age 60, after 35 years at the company. Would have gone two more but next pending assignment was working for a person whose aggressive and oppressive style and attitudes were contemptible. Two years later (next month) I get my first SS check to add to my pension. House will be paid off shortly, no debt, and planning to travel a lot more. We did the calculation about SS, starting at 62 versus 65 versus 70. I turns out that it takes until age 73 to make up what you earned by starting at 62, and only then do you get a head by a $100 or so each month. I figure I'd rather have it now while we're both young enough to utilize it a lot, than to wait till later. YMMV, but for us it makes sense. Don't miss working everyday, tensions and challenges of managing a group of engineers on a difficult project with angry management is tiring! Being retired is stress free and I can enjoy life significantly more than working 50 plus hours a week! SC
  16. It's probably quite safe, and I can understand doing it if folks can't find flat point ammo to reload with. However, if it could happen, and you could avoid it, why wouldn't you? I've already developed accurate loads using the 250 LRNFP from Missouri, using TB powder, I'll just stick with that. SC
  17. First I heard of this - looks amusing! Thanks for the heads up! SC
  18. I'd go with either a .45 or 9mm 1911, basic/stock. Have a competent local G'smith clean the trigger a bit for you and run it as it is. Get a half dozen or more quality mags for this class. Case of ball ammo - and Bob's yer uncle. SC
  19. I prefer cross draw over handing guns back and forth under pressure. I'm trying to shoot using either hand without the hand off - but after 45 or more years shooting right handed, and only shooting left handed during training drills with square guns, I may just stay with this.
  20. Then again us normal folks probably wouldn't get word of mouth out to tens of thousands of interested folks, so what they traded for advertising might just be a fair trade! SC
  21. Oh, you're going to have the ladies swooning if you talk like that! SC
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