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  1. 1 hour ago, Smuteye John SASS#24774 said:

    Come to think of it, that would probably look better on a coffee mug than a t-shirt.;)



           It actually does look better. :P



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  2. Thanks Joe.

    Always enjoy seeing old newspaper articles, especially when they reflect the types of funny memes that get posted to our forum.

    I have to admit though that your title had me thinking a different rank confusion:



  3.       Revolutionary War Grenade




    Grenades of this type played and important battle in the biggest naval battle of the Revolutionary War. The Bon Homme Richard under the command of Captain John Paul Jones entered into a battle with the British ship the Serapis. The Serapis was a much faster and heavier ship. As the battle continued, the two ships end up side by side. Jones relied on the eighteen pound large cannons in the gun room. As six of the cannons were discharged, two of the fired guns burst. This explosion blew out the deck above and killed a large number of the people below. Jones was force to abandon his most powerful weapons. As the firing halted, British Captain Pearson asked Jones if he was surrendering. Jones’s comment has endured the test of time. He replied, “I have not yet begun to fight.” The fighting continued but with the battle guns disabled there was little the Bon Homme Richard could do. As the crew of the Serapis fought below, the seamen of the Bon Homme Richard began throwing grenades onto the upper two decks of the Serapis. Others followed suit, throwing the grenades through the ports of the Serapis. One seaman climbed to the very end of a yard arm and with a bucket of grenades achieved such precision that he was able to land grenades through the main hatchway. The powder-boys of the Serapis carelessly laid out a row of cartridges on the main deck. One of the grenades hit lose powder setting off a domino effect igniting one cartridge after another. The explosion was devastating to the Serapis. It is estimated that 60 men were instantly disabled by the single, well placed grenade. The Serapis was permanently disabled and the Bon Homme Richard under John Paul Jones was victorious.

  4. 39 minutes ago, Hardpan Curmudgeon SASS #8967 said:

    My Go-To .22 ammo for short-range "varmints" has long been the CCI CB Long ammo.


    VERY quiet when fired from a heavy-barreled rifle.




            I'm making the assumption that for Armadillo and Opossum there is no need for "hollow point"?

            My goal is to be effective in the kill and not have the varmint suffer. 

            I prefer not to have to take a second shot to be the "kill shot".



  5. 15 minutes ago, Sixgun Sheridan said:

    A bullet should not ricochet off of bark, a leaf, or dirt. Ricochets happen when a bullet hits something it can't penetrate like rocks or gravel, or else hits at such an extreme angle it glances off rather than digging in.


    This kinda reminds me of the old "war stories" of the M16A1, how the bullet would supposedly penetrate an engine block yet ricochet off a jungle leaf.



          If that assumption is made, then those times when the bullet does ricochet by happenstance upon hitting a rock, or grouping of gravel, and if so, would a change in the bullet make-up, (ie. lead hollow point, expanding plastic, etc.) prevent such ricochets from occurring upon hitting those harder items?

          In the end, could it merely be said that preventing a ricochet PERIOD, is not obtainable based on the ammo being used?

  6. 3 minutes ago, Father Kit Cool Gun Garth said:



         I believe that is what I am currently using; however, the occasional ricochet still occurs.

         Much like a rock skipping across the water (which one assumes the rock would sink upon impact) the bullet is ricocheting off a piece of pine bark, leaf, hard dirt, etc.

         I will check when I get back home and post what is currently being loaded in my Henry.


    2 minutes ago, Alpo said:

    It's a 20 grain bullet at around 500 fps mv. After about 50 feet they are too slow to be very dangerous.


    And then there's the "be sure of your backstop" thing. I shoot at them either on the ground, so misses go in the dirt, or where there is a solid thing directly behind them. If the squirrel is on the face of the tree, so if I miss it hits the trunk, I'll shoot. If he's on the side of the tree, so if I miss it goes down range, or if I get full penetration it goes down range, I won't take the shot.I have shot squirrels on the wall of my storage on the wall my storage shed. That puny bullet will not penetrate the plywood.



    What are the varmints on, that you are getting ricochets?




          On the ground (see above in RED).

          Sounds like a viable option for squirrels (which I use my Gamo Whisperquiet air rifle for); however, may not have enough power to kill a thick skinned opossum or the armored armadillo.

  7. 6 minutes ago, Sixgun Sheridan said:

    My only suggestion would be to use hyper-velocity hollow points, which usually fragment on impact.



         I believe that is what I am currently using; however, the occasional ricochet still occurs.

         Much like a rock skipping across the water (which one assumes the rock would sink upon impact) the bullet is ricocheting off a piece of pine bark, leaf, hard dirt, etc.

         I will check when I get back home and post what is currently being loaded in my Henry.

  8. 4 minutes ago, Alpo said:

    How far are you shooting?


    I use Super Colibris, but I'm shooting at 45 feet or less.



         Typical distance is as close as I can get, depending on the varmint.

         Rabbits are more skittish, Armadillo if they smell you, Opossum same thing.

         The majority of the times it is less than 50 feet.

         What makes the Super Colibri fit my request?

  9. When shooting varmints (armadillo, opossum, etc.) on our property there have been on occasion, the ricochet of the bullet on a distant object in those cases where a miss occurs. I am using my Henry Lever Rifle with 22 cal hollow point ammo.

    Shots are ALWAYS at the ground from a standing position.

    Obviously hitting the varmint incurs no problems and the ammo does its job.

    But as I mentioned above, on occasion, I will hear the bullet make a sound some short distance from the varmint's location and I can only imagine that the bullet, even with a downward trajectory has ricocheted leaving at the same angle.

    I know that there is expanding ammo out there with plastic bullets that shred upon impact, yet wasn't sure if they made same in 22 cal. Supposedly these bullets will expand upon the slightest bit of resistance, thus the theory that a miss, hitting the ground, would prevent a ricochet from occurring.

    Is there anyone who may have had this experience and if so, what did you change to?

    Based on our property, I'm not concerned, but always aware, about what is past the target that the ricochet is hitting, but merely trying to prevent it from happening. 

    Thoughts and solutions would be appreciated.

  10. 14 hours ago, Blackwater 53393 said:

    Folsom Prison Blues;  Johnny Cash

    Train, Train;  Blackfoot

    Casey Jones;  Grateful Dead

    I'm Movin' On;  Hank Snow

    Melissa; The Allman Brothers Band

    Train Kept A Rollin';  Aerosmith

    Locomotive Breath;  Jethro Tull

    Locomotion;  Little Eva/Grand Funk Railroad

    B Movie Boxcar Blues;  Delbert McClinton/The Blues Brothers



    These are NOT what you're looking for, but each one is truly a great train song.



    @Blackwater 53393,

           Truer words could not be spoken. :D

           This is a classic Jethro Tull (from the "Aqualung" Album) one of my favorite albums, along with his "Thick as a Brick" album.

           Thanks for mentioning it. ;)


           For those not familiar with it ... be prepared! :o (NOTE: May need volume up until the 1:21 Mark, then hold on for the ride!)




          If there will be children present at the event, then obviously they might enjoy "I've Been Working on the Railroad" which we all learned in kindergarten. :blush:

          And with the recent post about the Monkees Peter Tork passing, we can't forget "Last Train to Clarksville":wub:

          And for those reminiscing the 30's & 40's, there is the great Duke Ellington and "Take the A Train". (instrumental) ;)



  12. 15 hours ago, Fireball #7709 Life said:

    So, I'm helping a young man get set up to shoot and he's just not been able to come up with an alias on his own.  I'm not much good at coming up with stuff like this either.  I get that shooting a couple times he'll likely be "given" one, but he'd like to start with something, so I thought I'd ask here.  Some of the ideas I've seen folks on the Wire come up with are (almost!LOL) brilliant sometimes.  So, young man in his early 20's.  He's a gearhead, works on cars and likes them fast.(and usually small)  Rides motorcycle(Harley).  Likes his computer games and is a pretty good artist.  He's gunning to shoot gunfighter with some Sheriff model rugers and has been doing real well on the home range here.  He just changed jobs from delivering Budweiser products to team driving semis, which may impact when I get him to his first shoot.  In the mean time, whatcha' all got for suggestions.  Be nice now...  :P


    @Fireball #7709 Life,

           Please be sure to post here once he has decided on an Alias.

           Remember that you can check to make sure an Alias has not already been taken by going to the SASS HOME PAGE:




           Click on Membership:




            Click on Alias Look Up:



            Enter possible ALIAS.        

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  13. 7 minutes ago, Pat Riot, SASS #13748 said:

    Just noticed one. Some of the social media selections at the bottom of the threads have disappeared. 


    Those little icons for Faceplant, Twit-ter, Pinterest, etc. Or maybe they are the same and they just take up less room now..,





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