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  • Rick Hodges's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:24 AM
    I have a Stainless Guide gun. Debur and break all edges on the lever, trigger, and loading gate that your hands are exposed to. I shoot with the little finger out of the lever. There is not enough room in there for all of them comfortably. I...
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    06-19-2018, 05:37 PM
    Rick Hodges replied to a thread Tinnitus ! in Our Town
    I have it...too much unprotected gunfire, race car engines, loud machinery. My hearing loss is in the high frequency range worse in right ear (I'm left handed) the ringing never goes away. They tell me it is my brain trying to replace the sounds I...
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    06-19-2018, 11:59 AM
    Well now I am waiting for the other shoe to drop. The outcry over the senseless murder of an endangered and lovable creature....the gray wolf. The protests and mobs demanding the head of the rancher, they will have named the poor deceased...
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    06-19-2018, 09:23 AM
    Rick Hodges replied to a thread Husqvarna 371 XP in Our Town
    I ran a small Husky for 20 years and gave it to my son, who still runs it. Aside from putting in new fuel lines that got brittle due to ethanol it has been great. I currently run two a small 16" bar and a 445 with an 18" bar. They are only 4 or...
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    06-17-2018, 08:30 AM
    I have the 3" LCRx3 with adjustable sights in 38 sp.+P I like it. Accurate, pretty comfortable to shoot with +P for such a lightweight gun. I load 130gr. (with my alloy) Lee fp's at 870fps to mimic the 130gr. Winchester HP's that I carry. Both...
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    06-16-2018, 09:14 PM
    Reference the fishing jigs. I use recovered range lead...clean but whatever alloy it is. I hoard my tin for boolits....the jigs work both ways.
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    06-16-2018, 09:09 PM
    Rick Hodges replied to a thread Electronic Earmuff in Our Town
    I use the Howard Leight and they seem to work well indoor or outdoor. I usually double up with plugs as well because there is a loss of seal around my eyeglass ear stems. I think they operate with a 9V battery. Price is right at $50. I can work...
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    06-16-2018, 12:48 PM
    Many a thousand rounds through S&W Model 66 and 686. Hundreds of thousands of rounds on a 120 ofc. police department with similar S&W 19's and 66's and never saw or heard of it happening to one of them.
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    06-16-2018, 11:51 AM
    I was involved in a shooting where a total of 9 rounds of 357 Mag. were fired in a small kitchen/dining area of a house. It was dimly lit during the early AM hours. Neither muzzle flash nor noise bothered me DURING the incident. However, I have...
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    06-16-2018, 11:36 AM
    I also cast the walleye style jigs with the barb to hold the plastic grub....I need to get the mold and lead hot to get a good barb. I fish them both ways and the walleye don't seem to mind, but I like those with a usable barb better. (Where I...
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    06-16-2018, 08:27 AM
    If you spend any time glassing they will give you eyestrain. That said, for archery use, my optic is a leupold range finder with the 5x monocular. It does all I need plus range finding duties. If I was going to pick the brush apart glassing I...
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    06-16-2018, 08:21 AM
    I use parchment paper but I stand my boolits up. I would still get sticking with non stick foil and would end up tearing the foil and needing to replace it at least every other batch. The parchment paper is still going strong in the bottom of my...
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    06-16-2018, 07:39 AM
    Camped in Northern Michigan, turned on the air vents to get blasted with pine straw and bits of flotsam.....seems the chipmunks/ground squirrels built a nest in the ductwork. Took them two days.
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    06-15-2018, 02:19 PM
    I built two CVA side locks and a Lyman Great Plains. I remember reading to take a pencil tip torch (propane or mapp) and heat the bend of the hammer while using a box end wrench as a lever. Bend a little at a time till you get proper alignment. ...
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    06-10-2018, 08:56 AM
    CCI/Speer Fusion .223Rem 64gr. SP tests out very well. Penetration similar to 125gr HP 357 Mag. loads in 4 layer denim + ballistic gel tests. (Meets FBI 8"minimum 18"maximum penetration standards). Decent bullet performance without being over...
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    06-08-2018, 06:44 PM
    Lead BB's sound like the ticket. Magnum #4 buckshot will work nicely as well but you might have to find a choke that they pattern well out of.
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    06-08-2018, 03:30 PM
    Rick Hodges replied to a thread ATV or UTV? in Our Town
    My experience is with a 2014 Honda Rancher 420...I have a rack box on the front that would hold a grown lab and could build one for the back if need be. I don't know how much you haul, and if you would need the rack space for other things. It has...
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    06-07-2018, 06:19 PM
    Rick Hodges replied to a thread Primers???? in Our Town
    I like Winchesters better than Remington but probably use more CCI than either. (I also use a lot of Federal SR primers). They all work.
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    06-07-2018, 01:28 PM
    Hummingbirds are legal year round up here....only thing is they have to be taken with "kite string lasso's, not to exceed 10' in length, between 9am and 11am Monday through Fridays." Sorry looks like the shotgun is out of the question, unless they...
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    06-06-2018, 03:19 PM
    If you buy it at a retail outlet it will be taxed.
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    06-06-2018, 10:01 AM
    I wonder if the Soviets sat around carping: Geeze Sergei, we have to do something there are all these reports of American GI's getting hit with 7.62mm 130 gr. AK rounds running around and shooting up our surrogates with 22's. Why Ivan told me...
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    06-04-2018, 07:17 PM
    I remember reading in one of the old Speer manuals. They used the same ammo in 6 consecutively serial numbered 4" model 19's and got velocity readings from 900+fps to 1250+fps. The point was: each gun was a rule unto itself. The 4" gun might have...
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    06-04-2018, 08:29 AM
    Rick Hodges replied to a thread B-29 Flyover in Our Town
    Definitely not a 17 nor a B-24 Liberator. I know they are not supposed to be here, nearest in Pennsylvania. The Nose and Narrow aspect wing are pretty distinctive, even though she was pretty high. It was heading towards Willow Run, home of the...
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    06-03-2018, 07:26 PM
    Rick Hodges started a thread B-29 Flyover in Our Town
    I just looked up to see what plane was making the loud noise.....a shining polished aluminum B-29 just made a pass over my house. Pretty impressive airplane.
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check