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Still hand Bill

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  1. I worked with a tool and die shop where the owner made a wood gas fired truck. Had never heard of such a thing at the time. It does work, but not a lot of power from what he said.
  2. Balloon is probably too high for a helicopter to get to it. I believe they can’t get much above 20k feet if even that high.
  3. My mom has one that’s been in the family forever. Real ivory keys. It’s not worth a thing. I am sure we will pay to have it hauled off once she moves out of her house.
  4. Front vs rear wear is due to fixed brake proportioning although I have seen a few Toyota pickups that adjust front/rear bias dynamically. Usually cars are biased to the front for panic stops as weight transfer moves a lot of weight to the front and not much to the rear. Worst case of this was a Kia we drove up pikes peak. Front brakes were over 400, rears were almost cold. Safer to have the fronts lock first. You do lose steering, but don’t spin out. I do not worry about matching pads or rotors. On recent cars I have found the pads are so hard that rotors are needed with every pad change. Rears being worse as they are often part of the hub on front wheel drive cars. Fronts are easy, just slap on new rotors and pads. Rears, it’s a whole bearing change to swap hubs. Just replace as needed.
  5. Long shot is too slow for light shotgun loads. Clays, promo, red dot, clay dot, extra lite are all better choices. See if you can find someone who shoots sub gauges. As long shot works works well in that application.
  6. I am about half way through an interesting read. The book is “on killing”. It is about the psychology of what it takes for soldiers and police to kill in the line of duty. Turns out historically only 20-30% of soldiers do any killing. Most won’t. I have not finished it, but it alludes to how this has changed do to training, making police and military more effective, but also changing how people can do spree shootings.
  7. If the gun prohibitionists really wanted to go take away guns they could simply cross reference every medical and recreational marijuana purchase against 4473’s or ccw’s and go arrest people. There is no political will to do so as it would probably be 20-30% of the adult population. I suspect if they did so marijuana would be legalized on a federal level quite quickly. With the number of people prosecuted for lying on 4473’s in the 100’s per year it’s such a a farce that it shows that it’s all about registration, not actually doing anything useful or good.
  8. What no one realizes is there are many more guns in Australia today than before the “buy back”. They are just owned by fewer people and each person owns more. The only confiscated 400,000 ish out of something like 3.5 million if I remember correctly. It’s easy enough to look up if you want exact numbers.
  9. The media is definitely working to make the association, gun=bad. Unfortunately as fewer people are exposed or use guns on a regular basis they are successful. once again we have a shooter that people knew was a potential issue and other than the one friend who is reported to have called the police, no one did anything. We have plenty of laws already on the books, they just need to be enforced. I fully expect spree shootings and other violent acts are going to become a lot more common. Police are largely ineffective and laws are being selectively enforced at best. When the economy tanks again as it will people who are marginalized will lash out. Unfortunately it will probably be violent.
  10. In Colorado an AR in 223 is not legal to use for deer hunting. Quite commonly used in Iowa when chambered in 350 legend or 450 Bush master. No surprise that the talking heads get it wrong.
  11. The whole short barrel rifle was in the nfa because they were going to have all pistols be nfa items and didn’t want people getting around that by shortening rifles. When they took pistols out of the nfa, the sbr didn’t get removed. Based on heller, if a pistol brace is a SBR, they are in common use. Making the nfa for SBR’s unconstitutional. the bigger problem as pointed out is agencies redefining terms to make people criminals without any oversight from voters. Started with Trump and bump stocks and has become much worse under the Biden administration. Unfortunately it takes years in the courts to undo a simple administrative rule.
  12. I have several sets of Lee dies. Work fine. I really like the FCD for pistol rounds. I use them for all my pistol rounds. A nice final sizing ensuring that they will chamber. Price is usually good as well.
  13. Never had an issue shot thousands of them before I standardized on rem hulls. The difference is pretty subtle.
  14. The 1 oz wads are shorter as they hold more shot.
  15. Just get a bag of 1oz wads and try them in the aahs hulls. Should fit with the same setup as the sts using 7/8 shot. While the aahs use the same reload data I found the stack height was taller. By using the larger wad, the stack height is the same between the two hulls.
  16. I found the solution was a different wad. Sts can use correct size wad ie 1 oz shot, 1 oz wad. Aahs seem to need one size larger wad. Ie 1 oz shot, 1 1/8 oz wad. 7/8 oz use 1 oz wad.
  17. +1 on a baking sheet under the press. I would also suggest a hole in the sheet and your table, then attach a pint jar on the underside. Makes it easier to contain the stray shot and powder for cleaning. the only downside to a mec is getting a pc of shot stuck in the sizer. It can cause lots of issues. When you spill shot, make sure the sizer is clear before proceeding.
  18. If you want to see what 10 years down the road looks like, cruise the Volt forums. Those cars are now approaching 10+ years in use and propulsion batteries are having a lot of issues. Replacing them is often exceeding the worth of the vehicle. This will change the used vehicle market as used ev’s won’t be worth much due to needing expensive batteries. Unlike a 10 year old ice, which might have 100k miles. It’s good for another 100-200k without major expense. I am not against ev’s but can see that todays tech is not ready to replace ice. Heck I even sold both ev’s I owned and have not bought another. One of the problems I see is the people making the rules don’t live in corner case use areas. They live in temperate climates with large cities. That’s an area that works well for ev’s. Try living in the Midwest 30-60 miles from a major metro area and see how an ev works in winter. grid capacity is not straight forward as to having enough. If the cars all charge at night, plenty of capacity. The problem become daytime fast charging. This can quickly overwhelm the grid. Fortunately most users don’t need to use daytime fast charging often. One easy way to force the issue would be to charge different amounts for when you charge. Make it very expensive as it should be to charge mid day and you won’t need to do much to the grid to accommodate the additional cars. But by doing so you will make owning an ev even more expensive.
  19. If common use is only 200k, silencers should be in common use now at over 1,000,000 and growing by 50k per year. Same with SBR’s since the atf just decided there are somewhere between 4 and 40 million out there.
  20. Just 5 years ago to today can be eye opening. I got a pair of ruger blackhawks for $950 then, now I would guess a new pair is almost that per gun.
  21. We used to see how many peanuts we could pick up at one time. Not hard to do 2, 3 or 4 gets a bit tougher. Having spent literal years in Asian countries, I have no problem using chopsticks. For those types of food, I prefer them over a fork.
  22. You could always just seat the bullets deeper. That would up the pressure as well.
  23. Being a 44 spl aficionado, I have a few rugers in that cartridge. My gp100 is a nice gun, but I shoot it the worst of the batch. Not sure if it’s the shorter barrel or the gun itself. Because of that it’s not my favorite and isn’t one that gets shot a lot. Really wish S&W would rerelease a true 44spl and not just a 44 mag.
  24. The public schools are dysfunctional in many ways. While I am sure there are a fair share of liberal teachers who cause issues, but It’s not all the teachers fault. My cousin teaches high school science and the parents and administrators are just as much to blame. No one accepts responsibility for their actions. Parents can’t accept that their wonderful kid is failing and not doing homework. The parents expect if they give $$ the kid gets preferential treatment. The admin won’t back the teachers on discipline, so it become run by the kids. In many ways it’s a mirror of our current society where laws or rules people don’t like are ignored without consequence.
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