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Still hand Bill

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  1. As pointed out by rooster we could easily run small generators for power generation. We don’t do that as it’s more efficient to have big power plants. In the case of coal or natural gas plants, it’s easier to control emissions from one source instead of many. In Colorado the last time I checked, an ev was about as clean as a gas car getting 36 mpg. So drive a car that does better than that and there is no break even point. Really depends on your grid source. Also many times the comparisons are disingenuous as they compare an ev, that if gas would get about 40 mpg vs a “standard” car that gets mid 20 mpg. The only ev made that has a body type that would be mid 20’s is the new lightning and they were just released. the problem with solar and charging cars is they need huge amounts of energy. I routinely used 45+kwh per day for charging two cars. Also they are not at home when the sun is shining. They are sitting in a parking lot somewhere. Without a huge battery, there is no easy way to use the solar at its point of generation. At best most people offset usage, ie provide energy to the grid during the day and draw out at night. That does mean once the grid is fully utilized at night for ev charging, there will be lots of ng or coal plants running as wind and solar don’t work well at night. This will increase emissions.
  2. Honestly a lot of the power companies don't want the power. My local company had a peak time from 5 pm to 10 pm. That was when they had to buy power at higher rates. Solar does little to provide power during this time. So it doesn’t offset any peak demand. why should they pay a high price for power than is actually cheap for them. Average rate was $.12/kwh. It should not be equal pay for a kwh generated off peak vs used on peak. At best a consumer who supplies power to the grid should get wholesale off peak pricing and pay peak rates for what they use (net) during peak time. I was on a plan where I paid the actual rate, so on peak $.28/kwh and off peak $.064. Was great as I could charge my cars during off peak and my electric bill was quite low for the amount of power I used.
  3. Buffer retaining pin is simply to make take down easier. Not required for function.
  4. My understanding is a single high potency male plant will “ruin” a whole field of hemp. It turns it all into thc containing plants and when tested, will fail testing. Used to be quite common to find it as ditch weed due to being a commercial crop during ww2. Not sure it is anymore as ag has changed due to the price of corn. They plant any ground they can now. We did run across a patch one summer detasseling back in the 80’s. The stoners on the crew picked and smoked it. I have also heard stories of guys picking it by the garbage bag full in Nebraska. Said it mostly just gave them a headache.
  5. Also realize that they are electric powered and the “riders” are doing nothing to make it go. Saw one last weekend, went by loaded with people, then 10 min later it drove by empty. All an illusion. the “driver” is the one who has control, the bar patrons look like they are pedaling, but are really just hanging out.
  6. My lgs says he can’t get revolvers. Seems the mfg are turning out plastic guns as fast as possible and don’t want to waste time on guns that take more time. Hence no sxs or revolvers. They take more time to build.
  7. It’s more like a glove. I have seen them. Called the cold finger.
  8. I have seen a few triples in the us. Usually at night and for mail or packages. They are short trailers, so not sure they hold a lot more than one big trailer, but may be easier to get one trailer to a specific distribution center without unloading a partial.
  9. Illinois does in a way. You have to have a foid card to be in possession of a firearm. I believe New York and Massachusetts have to have permits as well to possess firearms. California is interesting as you don’t have to register any firearms, but I believe you can’t buy ammo for a gun they don’t know you own. Also if you move into the state (not sure why anyone would) with firearms you do have to register them. So it’s a sort of have to register.
  10. Dog will drink water that can kill them. Search for green algae and dogs. Seems it is poison to them and can be quite a hazard in modern suburbia.
  11. While VV list some cowboy loads in their data, I suspect what you want is well off the low end of their charts. Will probably have to work up loads using a chronograph and known data.
  12. It’s all about registration. Making every gun transaction go through a 4473, so they can scan them in and make a database of who owns what. Why else would you require 20 year old purchase records to be turned over to the atf. as you state, having a serial number does nothing at a crime scene unless you already have the gun in your possession. Even then it only shows who first bought it unless it’s in a state that requires background checks.
  13. The P-80’s are sold as a frame with a jig and drill bits. Some retailers are combining all the parts together for the buyer in one shipment. Atf has raided one such retailer. They usually are more expensive than buying a complete gun and can be difficult to get to run right. now with the proliferation of 3d printers, it’s easy to print the frame for a polymer gun. The genie is out of the bottle and won’t go back in on that one. Unless parts are serialized there is no way to track a home built firearm. Can just as easily part out a gun with a serial number and put it in 3d printed parts. Then no serial number.
  14. 40 brass is readily available here too. Heck they even marked it down as it wasn’t selling. I would guess the corporate buyers don’t know that it wasn’t all that popular. 38 and 357 are available, but not quite in the quantity as 9 or 223. I am even seeing sales on 9 and 223 now, so I think they are starting to get caught up on demand. There has been a guy on MeWe with lots of 38 brass available. 8k + once fired. I ran across a big of 30-06 brass a month ago. Other than that, very little brass available. No primers. Powder has not been too bad, my local small guy had the powders I needed, so I am set for the next year at a minimum.
  15. I am partial to a good safety razor. Although I have a couple that are not cheap. My favorite for serious mowing is a Maggard slant, about $15 and blades run $25/100. I like Gillette silver blues. I also like my Rockwell but it’s a bit more expensive. Then for special occasions, I have a BBS.
  16. For raw recoil numbers it’s all physics. Recoil is momentum, mass x velocity. So heavier or faster bullets have more recoil. Since the rifle momentum has to be equal the momentum of the round a heavy rifle moves less. Energy of the bullet is 1/2 mass x V^2, so energy goes up faster with velocity than mass. What this means in a practical sense is small fast bullets have more energy for the same recoil, hence 243, 6.5’s, and 7mm vs 308, 30-06. Problem is the bc, if it’s low then you loose energy quickly, thus must start fast to have any power at long ranges. Commonly accepted is 2000 ftlbs and a minimum of 1500 for elk. With that know, I would start plugging numbers into the Hornady external ballistics calculator to see what cartridges will meet the needed energy. I expect most common low recoil rounds won’t get it done at 400 yards. A quick search for 6.5 cm data says it’s a 200 yard cartridge for elk. once you have a couple contenders based on energy, plug that into a recoil calculator to see which has the least recoil. Then you can always adjust by adding weigh to the rifle or a muzzle brake. Muzzle brakes are very effective, but do add strain on scopes and are louder to the shooter. If you want to spend the $200, get a silencer as it reduces noise and recoil. I have several rifles for elk at sub 200 yards, but only two that really can reach out to 300+. 7 rem mag and 35 whelen. Of those two I prefer shooting the 35 Whelen.
  17. I have a Hornady lnl, works well although I only do pistol rounds on it. For rifle I still use a single stage. I have broken a few parts and Hornady has replaced them at no cost. Good customer service. It’s a 5 station which I need as I run deprime/size, flare, powder drop, seat, crimp. This would be at least a 650 or now 750 in blue. I change dies a lot, so the quick turn adapters are handy, also uses the dies I already own and just a new shell plate if needed. Back when I bought the lnl it was about $350 ish so it’s cost vs a 650 was less. Been happy so far. I think a 1050 would be a step up as it could add power trim which would be handy for rifle, but that’s a lot more $$ than I have invested in my lnl.
  18. Turns out it’s in a marine refuge, so they are not allowed to remove anything. Also it’s 10,000 fit down. Guess there is nothing that eats wood in that part of the ocean, so it’s pristine for a wreck. one of the things I find most interesting about the whole story is it happened in 1915. After the invention of the car and airplane.
  19. I have one on my 1894 and it works fine. It went on it early on, so I don’t remember how good or bad the original worked.
  20. Not really. The way the action works on a Marlin, you have to run a shorter round ie 44 Russian vs 44 mag and then limit travel to shorten the stroke. Also changes the timing, not trivial. Some smiths will mod individual guns, but no drop in kits that I have been able to find. Even just getting someone to convert a Marlin is a bit rare. Widder pioneered some mods that help with roll off and how the round feeds into the bolt. Not hard to do yourself and can make the Marlin quite smooth.
  21. One other clue is if some obscure site has something no one else has in stock. That’s not to say a lgs might have something on hand that’s not in stock at a big distributer. But if it’s a lgs, you can probably verify location and phone number.
  22. It’s starting g to come back in stock. The common 9 and 223 have been in stock for a month or more now. Been able to get 380 as well. Have seen a little 38 spl. For rifles it’s been 350 legend and a little 308. Hopefully as they panic buying slows down the mfg will branch out into slower moving cartridges. my local shop says revolvers have been almost unobtainable. Seems the mfg would rather make more plastic guns as they take less time to make and there is more demand.
  23. Snake bite is correct, a shorter spring is a stiffer spring. An easy way to visualize this is take a yardstick and grab both ends, now gently bend it. Now grab the middle and one end, try again. Harder to bend. It’s a stiffer spring. coil springs are just a leaf spring wound into a coil for space reasons. Springs are usually rated in force per distance compressed. Ie ft/lb or kg/mm or in/lb. for a 10lb/in spring if it’s compressed 1”, you get 10 lbs of force. If 2”, 20lbs. When you cut it shorter the rate becomes stiffer. Say you have a spring that is 10” long and it’s 10lb/in with 1” of preload (9”) At rest the force is 10lbs, at 8” length it’s 20 lbs. now we cut that spring to 9.5” and the rate is now 20lbs/in (not realistic, but easy math), at the same 9” length it’s 10 lbs of force and then at 8” long it’s 30 lbs of force. So cutting a spring can reduce initial force, but can actually increase force later in the travel. to reduce the spring rate, the spring has to be either be longer or thinner. So more coils for a coil spring or thinner diameter wire.
  24. Red dot, good quick powder, will work for reduced sass pistol and shotgun loads. Blue dot is too slow and needs pressure to work correctly. Better for full power loads or magnum loads. Good powder, but not for soft sass loads.
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