I’m glad that is over.

Saturday I had my last food at 2100 and nothing to eat all day Sunday.  Lots of tea but no food.

I started the prep at 1645 on Sunday and from that point on I had no desire to get out of the house.  The second round of prep started at 0345 Monday.

At the hospital at 0845 and out by 1100.  Home, after lunch by 1215 and slept for 3 hours.

One polyp removed and I’ll get the results of the biopsy in a couple of weeks.

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Must be Global Warming.

Either that or Al Gore is in town*.

Great Lakes ice cover developing; Earliest in over 40 years

Ice is already starting to develop on Michigan’s Great Lakes. This is the earliest ice on some of the Great Lakes in at least 40 years.

According to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, on November 20, 2014, three of Michigan’s Great Lakes had ice starting to form. Lake Superior and Lake Michigan were one-half percent ice covered, while Lake Huron had one percent ice. Lake Erie was not reporting any ice as of Nov. 20, 2014.

Decent early season ice coverage records date back to 1973. Last Friday was the earliest date that all three Great Lakes already had ice since the better reporting of early season ice began.


*The Gore Effect.

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So long to “The Book of the Face”

So long Facebook, farewell, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.


Facebook rejected a gun stores ad for Gun Safes because

Your ad was rejected because it violates the Ad Guidelines. Ads may not promote firearms, ammunition, or weapons (ex: paintball guns, BB guns, knives, etc.)…This decision is final. Please consider this the end of our correspondence about your ad. 

Hell, anyone who has access to Facebook, that want’s to get my attention, already has a computer and can email me.  If they can’t email me because they don’t have a computer then they are not on Facebook.

I don’t see any reason that I need Facebook.  I only checked it once or twice a week as it was, now I’ll save that little bit of time.

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#46 and 47

Veterans day I had myself a little ceibration involving me, a Handi Rifle in 357 Mag, a Ruger 1022, a S&W Model 642 in 38 Special and a S&W Model 63 in 22LR.

Much fun was had.  I even pulled a 98% at 50+ yards offhand with the 1022

I actually called the high flyer.  Not bad for not having shot that gun in a couple of months.

Remember “If you don’t shoot weekly, you’ll shoot weakly”





Yesterday I ate my lunch in the car on the way to the range and once there I managed, while shooting with two other shooters, to shoot 40 rounds through Kat’s AR.

2 ten shot groups with 26.3 grs of BLC-2 and 2 ten shot groups with 26.8 grs BLC-2

BLC2 1 BLC2 2 BLC2 3 BLC2 4
At this point I think it’s up to me to just pick a load (at least until I can get some Varget powder to try) and get off the bench and start shooting.

Just for grins I’m very inclined to pick 26.5 grs of BLC-2 and go to town with it.

Hell another couple hundred rounds and I’ll need to buy another 500 – 1,000 bullets.

And I haven’t even started working with my rifle.

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How Low Can it Go?

I took this photo of New Melones Reservoir a couple of Saturdays (11/8/14) ago.  At that time the the lake level was 858 ft and change.  Back in 1992 in September and October it fell as low as 721 ft and change.  I make that 137 feet lower then today.

Pray for rain, but its been worse.





How many new reservoirs have been added in Kalifornia since 92?

Not many and all of them are a fraction of the size of Melones.  You would almost think we’v never had a drought around here before.



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Just a quick post for all the veterans.

From Canada we have

And a short film here in America

The last one is a music video from Big & Rich.

Thank you, all of you veterans.

Thank you Dad.

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Case lube. The update.

I bought a small bottle of RCBS Case Lube-2.  If anything this stuff is more viscous then the old stuff I had.  However they say it’s water soluble.  That’s nice.  I’ve got 30 rounds of loaded 223 in the tumbler right now.  In crushed Walnut shells with just a little bit of Odorless Mineral Spirits.  That should clean it off.

26.3grs of BLC-2 in TAA 09 brass, capped with 55gr Hornady bulk bullets.  On top of some of my rapidly dwindling supply of Federal Small Rifle primers.  With luck I’ll get out and shoot tomorrow for lunch.

Same brass, dies and press as the last time.  RCBS case lube vs XXXXXXX (not Dillon’s) spray lube.  Unlike last time, not a single case stuck.

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Just a quick victory dance

Dear Repubs.

That’s all you get.  Now get to work and undo all the crap that president Obola and Harry “The Pedophile” Reid* have done.

The Public


*I have it on good authority that he is.  I can’t name names, but a business man I know who knows Mr. Reid, told me he is.

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Case lube is a wonderful thing.

When you re-size rifle or pistol cases, like …. for example you are reloading for a AR-15 and you bought 1,000 once fired military cases (a 60/40 mixture of TAA-09 and LC-09 for example) and you took two days to tumble every case and another two evenings to full length re-size and de-prime every one of them.  Well in order to re-size the cases you need to lube the cases or that brass, clean or not is going to stick in your re-sizing die.

Then you discover that, even after a hot water/Citric acid bath you can still feel a little of that old RCBS case lube snot that you lubed them all with, on the brass.  That stuff does work, but is very sticky. The best way, that I have found, to get it off my cases is to tumble the re-sized brass or loaded ammo one more time in crushed walnut shells with a little bit of mineral spirits in it.  The only down side is that by doing so you end up throwing the tumbling media away earlier.

Well you used up the last of your RCBS snot, so on your next trip by a gun store you pick up a spray bottle of XXXXXXX water based spray lube.  The instructions on the bottle sound simple. Line the cases up and spray them. Rotate the cases 180º, spray them again and then wait 3-5 minutes and you are ready to go.

Case lube is a wonderful thing.

Case lube that works that is.  These were clean and already re-sized cases without primers.  Out of 42 rounds loaded on my Dillon 450 I pulled the rims off 2.  Fortunately I have a RCBS stuck case remover*.  By the second time around I was pretty quick with the stuck case remover and I was also pretty disgusted.   That was time I did not want to waste and I could not help but wonder.  How well would this case lube have done with fired, non re-sized cases?

I’m going to write a pretty disgusted email to XXXXXXX and head down to the local gun store tomorrow and pick up another bottle of RCBS case lube snot.  Also the next time I go to the pet store I’ll pick up another 10-20lbs of crushed walnut shells.  That is a whole lot less aggravating then dealing with a stuck case.


*Never reload ammo with one or a bullet puller.

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I’m beginning to think that I should have watched the Muppet Show when I was younger.

My kids had Barney, Sponge Bob Square Pants and a whole lot of crappy Japanese animation when they were growing up.

Well that and my DVD collections of the Golden Age of Loony Tunes.

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