Monday, May 2, 2016

Volume Two Number Eighteen

Le Boulevard Montmarte, effet de Nuit (ca 1897)
painting by
Camille Pissarro

Bucket List
Two of my three brothers are on the facebook. Every once in a while, Katniss will tell me about their posts. The other day it was about Bucket Lists.

In the post, they talked about all the things they wanted to do, before they died, Dive the Great Barrier Reef, Climb a Mountain, Make a Pizza from Scratch, Jump out of an Airplane, and many others.

Me? I have one item on my list.

Live as a Free man, before I die.

Things You Might Want to Think About

O.K. Then
I am a veteran; I will never seek mental healthcare from the V.A.

Not Another
It seems there is another downside about too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Sooner or later, you will need this advice.

Repeat after me, "Stay off Social Media"


There are multiple ways to be stupid."

"The difficulty here is simply that no one in the political establishment, and precious few in the salary class in general, are willing to recognize that failure, much less learn its obvious lessons or notice the ghastly burdens that those policies have imposed on the majorities who have been forced to carry the costs."

"Be ready to board the boxcars. Your turn will come."

"... will 2016 evolve into being remembered as the bail in year?"

What Others Wrote

WeaponsMan: Friday Tour d’Horizon, 2016 Week 17

Yer Ol' Woodpile Report: Index 424

That's Just the Way it Was: Littlefork, Minnesota (ca 1937)

Indian woman washing clothes. Blueberry camp,

Loading supplies into farmer's wagon.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

photograph by

Three Guns
The crew at work has a new person. He and his family enjoy the outdoors. Of course we got to talking about hunting and guns.

First, he suggests a bolt-action rifle in 30.06. He says it has taken every game animal in these United States, including Elk. He recommends, at least, a 150 grain bullet for dear. He says a 180 grain bullet would be better.

He recommends one of the newer, controlled expansion bullets from Sierra because they are softer.

Next, he recommends a shotgun with a 20 inch barrel and a 28 inch barrel. The 20 inch barrel is for turkey and deer. The 28 inch barrel is for the flying animals such as duck and geese.

Lastly, he suggests something in .22LR; however, he says .22LR has gotten so expensive it might not be worth the trouble. The .22LR is for practise and small game like squirrel and rabbit.

Next, we talked about optics for the rifle. Like many others, he says to spend about the same amount for a scope as the rifle, with some caveats.

First, you and your family can purchase a used Savage, Remington, Winchester for $500 from a local dealer. These rifles will have some finish wear, but will still be very serviceable.

So, these guns would get a $250 Redfield or Leupold. He said to buy new scopes because the older Redfield scopes, made in Japan, were crap. Plus, Leupold bought the name, and they are making the scopes across the street from each other.

Second, he remarked, something like, 'Why buy an $80 scope when you can buy a better scope for $150, instead.' He said this in response to a question about buying a BSA scope from Sportsman's Guide.

But, ... he also said his friend swears by his BSA scope.

Third, he told me that no one has the need to shoot at an animal more than 300 yards away, unless they practice, a lot, but I still need a scope for the rifle.

Back to Guns
The 'New Guy' said that for about $500, a family can purchase an adequate rifle and scope combo from any of the gunstores, brand new.

So, for about $500, you family would have a hunting rifle and scope. He says these new guns and scopes from Savage, Remington, and Winchester are very good.

For the shotgun, he said either 20 gauge or 12 gauge will work. His son and daughter share a 20 gauge Mossberg 500 shotgun for hunting turkey.

You will notice, we didn't talk about handguns for your three guns. These guns are for hunting.

But, ... We did talk about pistols later in the day.

He suggests three names, Glock, Smith & Wesson, and Beretta all in 9mm.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016