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Dusty Devil Dale

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  1. AT&T finally admitted that they no longer maintain their landlines infrastructure in most areas. For decades, they were our sole provider in the location where we live. Finally last year, we switched to Starlink. I've never looked back. The service is uninterrupted, fast and inexpensive -- the antithesis of AT&T. It took 10 months, three registered letters, multiple phone calls and a threat from a lawyer to get AT&T to believe we had quit their service after 40 years, and get them to stop billing us and threatening us with collections. AT&T just grew too big and lost control of their company and innumerable foreign sub-contractors. Every "department" is a different contractor in a different country.
  2. That is the sustained yield way to do it if you are mainly just sport fishing. The only species I kill these days are yellowfin that are fast maturing and heavily commercially harvested, or Wahoo, Dorado or yellowtail that exist mostly ocean- or worldwide in astronomical numbers and receive comparatively light harvest pressure. I long ago stopped fishing the grouper family, because of the barotrauma- swim bladder issues. Also, a 120- pound Black Sea Bass can be 70 or 80 years old, and I have a definite reverence for that.
  3. As strong as it appeared, probably 80% or better. Swordfish don't really fight and generate a lot of lactic acid like tuna, wahoo, or marlin do. Swords just sulk, spread their long pectoral fins, and circle deep, with their weight being like a very heavy anchor. The hook should corrode or fall out within a week or so, so the drag of line would have little effect -- and even if it took longer, the drag of just a hundred or so feet of line is less than significant to a fish of that size. I do regret leaving the line floating free in the ocean though, tangling up anything from whales to sea birds. Fortunately 120 pound line is not very prone to tangling.
  4. Courtesy to others is important. Here's a story from my other favorite sport. I was on long-range tuna trip out of San Diego a few years ago. We were enroute to Clipperton Island, 1050 nautical miles off of southern Mexico's Pacific Coast -- the 3-week trip of a lifetime @ $8,000+ per person. We stopped the second night at Alijos Rocks to fish big yellowtail, wahoo, and to gather needed bait. In the middle of the night, I sent a 6 pound live squid down 300+ feet and hooked up what acted like a huge swordfish. 4 hours later, daylight broke. I had worn myself down, but despite continued hard short stroking, I could only gain about a quarter of the line back after the initial run. The skipper thought it was probably a really big sword. It did not run like a shark. It just sulked and swam in wide, deep circles. The rod was solidly pinned to the rail for hours. An hour after sunrise, the fish was still very strong. I was not. The other fishermen gave much encouragement and seemed thrilled at the prosect of seeing a probable 600# sword. Several took a turn relieving me. Everyone seemed patient, but I could feel some anxiety building as time passed. The skipper was right beside me and I thought I also sensed concern on his part. The entire boat relaxed when I quietly pulled out my cutters and severed the 120# line. I never have looked back --absolutely the right thing to do. We got underway and had a great trip with some 200# plus Clipperton yellowfin. The swordfish of a lifetime is still out there for a future trip. I never saw it. Courtesy to others is important !
  5. There are at least a dozen different mortar formulations, depending on what kind of masonry you are doing.
  6. We've never met, but I will still wish you well and fast healing. Falls can be life changers. I hope yours is not one of those. Best of luck in healing -- and I much respect your sense of commitment to others.
  7. NOAA NWS is over-forecasting almost every day here in central California. Practically every week, in this season, they predict heavy rain that seldom turns out to be very consequential. They predict "Atmospheric rivers" that end up delivering < 1/4" of rain over 48 hours. But they do succeed in discouraging attendance at our monthly matches, even though little rain actually falls. Then in the Summer they forecast 110 deg days frequently, constituting "new heat records", but our actual temperatures seldom reach that 110 deg F mark. They are succeeding in creating a media and public mindset that extremes are happening everywhere, but their predictions, like those from their models for Climate Change, haven't really been very reliable. I wish they could separate weather forecasting and climate predictions from political agendas, but that appears to be impossible for them.
  8. Regarding Camping: Dry camping for our events is always free at our range. If you are travelling and will need a place to lay over for a day or two, or longer, before or after the Fort Miller event, that is no problem. Just let us know in advance. Also, there are two Derrels Mini-Storage facilities within a few miles of our range (right along the way) who offer free RV Dump Stations. .
  9. Dillon's new 650 Ring Indexers are, sadly, not what the old ones were. They appear to be made by 3D printing, and the material is very brittle. My older ones were a fibrous plastic, like the one in your image. The new ones break much more easily, even with a roller bearing cam, so I've been buying them 4 at a time. The warranty won't cover more than one at a time. There is no need to ship the press to Dillon. They come with full installation instructions and they have a video online. Easy peasy! I found a couple after-market aluminum indexers online, but one was a company in Slovania that I don't trust to give credit card info to. The other was a CNC machined one made in Washington State. I ordered one, but I do have some reservations that Dillon may intend the indexer to be a sacrificial easily replaceable (weak link) part to prevent other major damage. I think there will be risks using the aluminum one, so I'm still thinking on that before I install it. The first rounds will be VERY light- handed. My particular problem is that my wife shoots .32 H&R Mag in her revolvers, so it occasionally happens that with my ageing eyesight, a .32 case hides inside one of my .38s and when I deprime, the force bends the deprime pin and snaps the indexer.
  10. Truthfully, I was in high school before I realized it was "indivisible" and not "in the window sill". I found out when an attractive young girl standing beside me broke out laughing in the middle of the Pledge. (True story)
  11. I use the pins with a few drops of Dawn and a pinch of Lemi-shine or with a squirt of Armoral Wash and Wax. Brass always comes clean, but after several cleanings, the pins will put micro-scratches on the brass surface, making them appear paler. After the tumbling cycle, I dump the contents into a round gold panner's 1/4" classifier sceen that is sized to fit inside the top of a 5 gal plastic bucket. My bucket has several 1" holes bored in the sides about 8" from the bottom. I run the hose, with considerable volume, over the brass in the screen-bucket, for several minutes. That washes out 90% of the pins and all of the chemicals. Then the batch goes in the media separator, submerged in a storage tub with a hose overflowing it for a second clean rinse. From there brass goes to a sun (summer) or oven (winter) drying tray. The gold classifier screen makes initial rinsing easy and the bucket catches the washed out pins. It works for me. The gold classifier screens are available for about $10-$15 from various vendors online.
  12. This is good advice. The smallest bit of soap residue will discolor the brass after it is dried. Don't ask me why.
  13. If you can make it to the Central Ca area on April 18th - 20th, the Fort Miller Shootout is a fun 3-day annual event that you will want to get signed up for. Fort Miller is a true classical Cowboy Action Shooting match with historically themed stages that will take you back 150 years into the old west; shooting it out with outlaw gangs, escaped prisoners, and claim jumpers -- all in a western town setting. One stage will have you shooting at claim jumpers out of a fast moving ore cart on a 100-ft track into an open-pit mine. As Roger described, the three days will be full of activities and action: 5 side-matches, two warm-up matches, the 2-day, 11-stage Main Match, some great eating, raffles with some very nice (think 1873) prizes, and free onsite dry camping. This year, the event is limited to the first 100 shooters, so get signed up soon if you want to be there. It is always a fun time with lots of fun shooting and cowboy freindship!
  14. Just FYI, Fitting of a Vaquero pawl (or "hand") needs to be a slow, careful process. It probably should not be tried by an inexperienced kitchen table gunsmith unless you have a spare, stand-by, working part and someone knowledgable to call for help. Fitting the length and both tip angles of the second, lower pawl spur is a critical fitting job. If the length is a thousandth or two too long or short, the gun's timing will be affected. If the TWO release angles are incorrect, with respect to the cylinder ratchet angles, over time and use, the hardened hand will improperly wear the softer cylinder ratchet ledges, eventually putting the cylinder rotation out of time (always at the worst possible moment of an important match). Like all gunsmithing, make sure you understand how it all works before you start modifying parts.
  15. Definite advantage if your shiny bald head blinds the spotters.
  16. From your description, it sounds like the hammer plunger and spring are either missing or not operating properly. When the hammer is drawn back, the spring loaded plunger presses the rear tang of the cylinder latch, releasing the cylinder to spin. The plunger needs to be cleaned and lubricated from time to time, and it can fall out easily on disassembly if it's little locking pin is loose.
  17. It's a Ford. That means everything is linked through the computer and expensive fuses. And to find things in their manual, you look up the verb. Instead of looking up "tire" or "wheel" for a tire change, you look under 'c' for "change a tire".
  18. When the only work they ever have done was at the gym, their hands have never been dirty, their fingernails are perfect, they have never had job, a boss or a supervisor, and they think there are eight genders, you have a Gavin Newsom -- Just the way everybody wants their son to turn out.
  19. High winds are pretty amazing! Yesterday I drove through Cramer's Junction on Hwys 58 and 395 in the California Mojave Desert. I stopped at the Chevron station to fuel my pickup. While I was fueling, I heard a loud series of bangs above the shrieking wind. About 20' of the raised seam steel roof above me peeled back, broke loose and slammed into the side of the adjacent convenience store. I don't know the official wind speed, but it rocked my F250 truck side to side 8 or so inches. After returning to Hwy 58 and proceeding west, I saw two small travel trailers on their side on the shoulder.
  20. I'm sure the lovely gold inlay adds a lot to that value at auction.
  21. Re: lost phones: I solved my frequently misplaced phone problems with blue tooth "TILES", purchased at WallMart. They're small plastic tabs, each with a locator chip. With one attached to my car keys and programmed into the phone app, I can either locate the keys from the phone or find the phone from the keys with the press of a button. They work great, but you do have to check batteries from time to time. I have them on all sets of vehicle keys, heavy equipment keys, and my travel trailer keys. Each set is uniquely programmed and separately searchable. I buy them on sale; 4 TILES/ package for about $35. They've saved me some frustrated hours searching. They have about a 100-foot effective blue tooth search range.
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