Friday, December 24, 2010

Family Conversations

We just returned from our annual family Christmas eve get-together and meal.  My cousin Stacey and her husband Jarret hosted again this year.  Stacey cooked the turkey and ham for the meal and rest of the family was responsible for a covered dish.  This probably sounds pretty typical for most families, however, my cousin is not a cook.  Hamburger Helper is a complicated dish for her to prepare, so as you can tell, any type of baking is going to be a stretch for her.  Here is how the conversation between Stacey and Jarret went as she was about to cook the turkey:

Stacey - "How long do I need to cook the turkey and at what temperature?"

Jarret -  (from another room) "Is it a bone-in turkey?"

Stacey - "I don't know.  It has a hump in the middle and hole in it where you can stick stuff."

Jarret - "Does it have breasts?"

Stacey - "What do you mean breasts???"

Jarret - "You know, boobs, like yours.  One on each side of your chest."

Stacey - "Hell no, it doesn't have breasts like mine."

I knew right away that I had to share this with the world or anyone who cares.  Of course I had to Google search an image to help illustrate the story.  I found one.  Isn't technology amazing?

Merry Christmas to all of you!

Blue Steel

Friday, December 10, 2010

I Hate Leftovers

Are things really so bad in this country that it takes two half-ass POTUS to run it?


This video is a little dated, but it got me hooked on watching these guys, check it out.  
 Bill Clinton
Jackie Broyles and Dunlap explain that there's something wrong with everybody married to everybody running for president. Plus, Vilsack's out 'cause bumper stickers are high. Plus stick around for a new Jackie '08 commercial. Originally posted 2/25/07

Sunday, December 5, 2010


I'm blue.  Not from emotion, but because of an acquisition.  I'm not sorry about the purchase, actually I'm quite happy about it.  This is something that I have had a interest in and a desire for for quite some time now.

A good friend of mine introduced me to reloading my own ammunition nearly ten years ago.  My interest in shooting and guns predates my beginner reloading by 20 + years, and though I have had many shooting friends to recommend me getting into the art and practice of loading my own ammo, I somehow managed to avoid reloading.  I have always had an aversion to things that required a slow progression of gathering the needed equipment to start something.  I credit my dad with this problem.  Let me try to explain.

Dad has always had to work hard and earn everything that he has.  He always felt that if you can buy something and make it work with the bare minimum of investment in time, money and material, then you would be better off for it and have a little extra money in your pocket to boot.  I have seen dad struggle with something that actually used up more of his time and effort than if he would have spent a few extra dollars and bought the thing he was working with in good working and usable condition.  It wouldn't be because he didn't have the few extra dollars, but simply because he just felt he could do as good with less.  I have noticed that as he has gotten older, this mind-set of his has began to change some, yet ever so slightly.  As an example, he has always wanted a 3/4 ton 4X4 diesel truck to use on the farm and for when he needs some extra towing power.  So he decided to find a good used one about two months ago.  After he looked around and priced every make and model with a diesel engine and felt they were terribly overpriced, he settled on a mid 90's model chevy with a small block gas engine.  It had about a zillion miles on it, but the body and drive train seemed to be in fair shape.  After working on and fixing up all the "little" problems it had, he decided to use it to haul off some calves to the sale barn.  When I asked him later how the truck did pulling the trailer, he said, "aw the damn thing don't have enough ass or guts to pull a hat off yer head."  Which is what I figured, but I can never get date to buy what he needs, only what he thinks is a bargain and might work.
So, with that type of stinginess entwined  in my DNA, I started my reloading experience.  Now, my friend is the opposite of my dad, he has always bought what was required to get the job done, regardless of cost.  A good example of his thinking goes like this:  I went bu his house one day and he said, "hey, lets go out to the barn, I want to show you what I bought last week."  We walk out to his barn and there sits a new Kubota RTV just like this one.  When I asked him why he bought it he said, "I went to the dealer to buy a chainsaw, and when I saw the Kubota, I thought that would make it easier for us to go out and change/paint our targets after a round of shooting."  I then asked him if he bought a chainsaw too, and he said, "hell no, they were to expensive!"

So, my friend didn't start me out reloading on some cheap, pieced together reloading set.  He told me to get a complete RCBS Rock Chucker kits and don't look at anything else.  At the time he and I were shooting long range rifles, and we needed to load some rifle loads with a hot charge and some Hornaday A-Max bullets.  The RCBS worked great for what we and I needed at the time.  As hot summer days tend to ruin good groups at long range, my friend and I would spend the hotter parts of the day shooting pistols.  This led me to need to load many pistol rounds in .38, .357. .45 ACP, and whatever else we happened to have laying around.  I can tell you that loading a couple of hundred pistol rounds on a single stage press is not fast and efficient, but it can be done fairly quickly if you have a good rhythm going and your loading bench is laid out well.  My friend and I haven't shot long range for a couple of years now, but pistol shooting is still done in intervals between work and other annoying obligations.  If you haven't sat down to a single stage press with about 2000 fired and polished 9mm, .40, or .45ACP brass ready to be processed and loaded, well, you better not have anything important to do for several hours and a good dose of alieve in the medicine cabinet to take care of your sore elbow and shoulder from all the sizing/depriming, case mouth expanding/priming, and powder loading/bullet seating.  

All that alone should make me blue, but it actually has a soothing effect in that it tends to take my mind off of things for a while.  But, this is the real reason that I'm blue ... I found 
a lightly used Dillion RL550B reloader and some accesories on a local classified site a couple of days ago.  I haven't had a chance to get it set up due to a wonderful chronic sinus infection that makes my head feel like its filled with mud and the mud is trying to be squeezed out through my eye sockets.  The Dillion is already set up for .45ACP and all I need to do is get it mounted to my bench, read the instructions, and get used to the sublime experience of progressive reloading.  I guess Santa came to my house a little early this year, and sure beats a new pair of socks!!!
Blue Steel

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Does this make sense to anyone?

Apparently, legally owning and just having these ...

  ... or these, in your possession will get you 7 years in prison if you live in New Jersey!

I'm sure glad that I live in the Bluegrass state.  Kentucky isn't a perfect Commonwealth to live in, but I don't think anyone has has gone to prison for owning some hollerpoints or magazines that'll hold more bullets than most of us hillbillies have teeth! ;-)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday and the .308

I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving.  My family ate around 1:00 pm yesterday afternoon.  It was the only meal that I ate all day, and I am still not very hungry.
Does this mess look familiar?
My wife left with some friends about 1:00 am this morning to get to the big post-Thanksgiving day shopping craziness. They have been gone for almost 14 hours now.  I hope our bank account can take it!  If it was up to me, all of the shopping would be done cyber-style with all the stuff delivered straight to the front door.

As the men in the family sat together in the man-cave yesterday, talking about deer and rabbit season, good hunting dogs, and the latest firearms purchases, I began to think about something that is obvious, but not really expanded on much today... the .308 Winchester as a wildcatters platform.  My dad and uncle both deer hunt with .243 Winchester rifles.  My granddad was a great fan of this caliber and has used it on many successful hunts, even taking a Canadian black bear with one.  I recently posted on the Browning BLR in .358 Winchester that I have enjoyed shooting and reloading for, and I also own a nice Weatherby SVM in 7mm-08 that I have been trying to develop a pet load for, but haven't had the opportunity to fully flesh out.  So, what does this have to do with my sudden epiphany?  Well, I was wondering about the .308 family of calibers that have been created and how successful that all seem to be (within reason considering the .358 and possibly 7mm-08) and why other calibers haven't been brought to the public as an actual chambered caliber.  Now, I am certainly no firearms/reloading/shooting expert, and I know that there is nothing new under the sun.  I simply wonder why some calibers that seem to make sense haven't become popular to the shooting public.

Let's look at the .308 family of calibers, you have, by my humble estimation, the following:

  1. .308 Winchester (original chambering)
  2. .358 Winchester
  3. .338 Federal
  4. 7mm-08 Remington
  5. .260 Remington
  6. .243 Winchester
All awesome calibers that can be fit into most shooter/hunters arsenal to take most all North American game. I guess my big question is this, what about a .308 based cartridge using the .270, .25, or .22 caliber bullets?

Again, I'm not foolish enough to believe they haven't been tried.  In my brief internet searches last night, I even found a guy who had created a .22-.50 cal round.  It took a lot of shimming to make it work, and I don't know if it has ever been fired, or why it was even done other than he just wanted to see if he could do it.

I may even answer my own question in suggesting that there isn't enough of a difference in ballistics to create .25 or .270 caliber round when we already have a .264 and 7mm round out there being mass produced by major manufacturers.  But what about the .22 caliber?  Is it too overbore to be practical? I could see that being the case with small 45 - 55 grain bullets.  What about the bigger 62 - 80 grain bullets?  Couldn't these bigger bullets and the .308 case be used to make a round that most shooters are familiar with and have a history with already?  Has this already been done using the new super short calibers?

Just a little deep thinking on a cold November day.  Am I delusional from a turkey/tryptophan overload, or do I have a valid point?  Tell me what you think.

Blue Steel

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Have a Happy Thanksgiving.  Remember, tomorrow is the big shopping day so get lots of rest.

Monday, November 22, 2010

What I want for Christmas!

Somewhere, in a musty old chest, there are some picture albums with hundreds of pictures in them.  One of those albums has many 70's era polaroid pictures of me sitting on Santa Claus' lap and telling him all the cool stuff that I wanted.  I remember one year that I asked for a stretch armstrong, hungry hungry hippos, and matchbox cars.  I think I got gloves, socks, underwear, and baseball glove and baseball.  I enjoyed the underwear more than the baseball stuff if that tells you anything about my personality!

So yesterday, my wife asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year.  Now, I believe that I am a very easy person to buy gifts for.  I like anything shooting/firearms related.  That doesn't mean I expect my wife to have a new Benelli Vinci all wrapped with a bow under the tree for me Christmas morning (though I would be a very grateful husband :-).  I would be satisfied with a box of bullets, bag of brass, can of Wipe-out bore cleaner, set of cleaning jags and bag of cotton patches, or most anything in that line.

Actually, several years back, my wife asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I just happened to have a list ready (printed on a Midway order form).  I have got more use from my gifts that year than I can remember.  I got a brass tumbler, 1000 pieces of .45 ACP brass, some Hornaday A-MAX bullets, and a set of reloading dies.

Can you tell that I am probably like most men and am totally satisfied with practical gifts that I can use for my hobbies or for stuff around the house.  I still get socks and underwear, but I'm actually glad to get them now.  My wife, on the other hand, is very difficult to buy gifts for.  She never asks for anything specific.  She doesn't have any particular hobby that I can buy stuff for.  She doesn't wear or ask for any specific kind of jewelry or cosmetics or clothing.  There is one thing that my wife is almost compulsive about and I decided to play on that as a method of gifting her.  She is a button pusher!  She loves electronic gadgets and equipment that she can push buttons on, work through and figure out.  So, I decided what a better gift for her than an iPod.  If it is possible to wear out an iPod, she has worn it out.  I had to upgrade it for her on her birthday and get her one with more memory to hold all the pictures, videos, movies and junk that she had on the thing.  She was happy.  Now, I'm faced with the problem of how I can top that gift.  I hope I can come up with something she will enjoy as much as that stinking iPod.

Back to what I want for Christmas.  My requests are short, simple, and practical once again. And I'm going back to the well once again (thank you, Midway).  I want NEED two lower parts kits for a couple AR-15 lower receivers that I bought back this summer.  A year and a half ago, I started build an AR-15 in 5.56 like I wanted.  I decided to build it like Johnny Cash's Cadillac, one piece at a time, until I finished it out.  I finished it last spring.

As you can tell in the above picture, my AR is ready to go, and with a little range time to get it sighted in, I should have a .223 shucking machine that the coyotes better watch out for.  My next project will be a something new with these lowers.  I want to build one in 5.56 for my dad, but the other...

I'm thinking something in a 6.8 for use on bigger game.  

I hope Santa is listening, I'm way too big to sit on his lap now!

Blue Steel

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Is it Friday yet?

I have had a busy week at work.  Tomorrow is going to be a wasted day with not much getting accomplished.  My usual daily routine will change tomorrow, and I don't like that!  So, I'm sitting here on the couch and just kind of vegging out.

I don't feel like cooking much or washing dishes, so supper tonight is a delicious southern meal known as fried bologna.  I liked mine, slightly browned 2-3 minutes on each side, served between two slices of white bread with a generous amount of yellow mustard.  Of course this fine samich is served and eaten directly from a piece of paper towel for practical purposes and easy clean-up afterwards.  For all of you out there who don't know about this fine southern cuisine, you are missing out.  I used to get these for lunch at a local store where they would slice you a piece of bologna about 3/8"-1/2" thick and fry it up just how you like.  It was awesome! :-)  I doubt you'll see the Food Network using this recipe on Iron Chef, but you just might see Paula Deen make 'em one day.

As I'm sitting here on the couch typing this quick post, enjoying my bologna and washing it down with a glass of tea, I'm also watching the Police Women of Dallas.  Now, as I read what I'm writing, I start to form a picture in my mind of what those of you who do read this little blog are thinking about me and social regression tonight.  Then I wondered what kind of picture you have in your minds about how this dude looks as he eats fried bologna and watches reality tv.

Does it look something like this?

"Life's a garden, dig it."  "You can't have no in your heart."  "Ya gotta keep on keppin' on."

Ya'll have a great Friday!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Deer Season 2010

Well, it's deer season here in the Bluegrass state.  People from all walks of life have picked up their latest and greatest super-duper magnum monster deer rifle that they probably spent a month salary on, then topped with the cheapest scope they could buy.  Then they more than likely took it to someone else to sight in for them "because it just kicks too damn hard!"  Of course they need the rifle to shoot 1" groups out to 600 yards, but they only want it sighted in hitting about an inch above zero at 100 yards cause that's good enough.  If they see a monster buck out too far, they will be able to hold right on him and hit exactly where they're aiming.

I used to enjoy deer hunting when I was younger.  I had a great place to hunt with no pressure from outsiders to mess up a hunt.  I stopped hunting deer when my dad decided he could save money on groceries through the winter by stocking up on venison.  He worked with a bunch of guys who liked to hunt but didn't like to eat deer.  So dad volunteered to take any deer that they shot and if they wanted to keep the head as a trophy that was fine with him, he just wanted the meat.  There was a sweat gum tree right beside our house, and on opening day of deer season, I would come home and dad would have 2-3 deer hanging in the tree to dressed and processed for the freezer.  As the season would progress, and more guys would tag out, there would be more deer hanging for me to help clean.
This is about how many deer I would have to help process every couple of days during our 11 day season.

With all this venison in the freezer, here is what our typical menu would be:

  • Fried tenderloin (awesome) with mashed taters and gravy, biscuits, mac'n cheese.
  • Venison soup - venison ham or shoulder cubed and browned cooked in with typical soup ingredients (taters,beans,corn,onion,tomaters).
  • BBQ venison shoulder
  • Smoked venison ham
  • Roasted venison (ham,shoulder, or neck roast)
  • Summer sausage
Now, this was all good the first time it was prepared and served.  However, this was the only meat in our diet, and I kind of missed stuff like hamburgers, pork chops, or most anything else that would break up the monotony of venison 4-5 nights a week.  This is also about the time my wife and I started dating.  She was almost a vegetarian by choice, as she couldn't stand the idea of eating a cute little deer that was just skipping through the woods minding its own business when a mean awful hunter shot it dead.  22 years later, she has overcome her issues with being a meat-eater and loves typical store-bought and processed  meat, but will not eat wild game of any kind.  Since she refuses to eat venison, and I am still burned-out on it, I have no reason to go after a mucho-grande buck.  I wouldn't mind having a little fried tenderloin, but it's just not worth the work involved to get it.

.358 Winchester
.358 Winchester (l to r) 225 gr Nosler AccuBond, 250 gr Nosler Partition, 180 gr Hornaday XTP, 158 gr Remington semi-jacketed lead point.

Because of my interest in firearms, and the fact that I might muster the desire to deer hunt again, I have a rifle that I have wanted for a while that fits the bill for hunting whitetails here in my area.  I had some interest in the .358 Winchester for a good while.  I liked the tradition of the caliber itself.  It was designed as a short-medium range caliber with enough power and density from the .35 caliber bullet to take all North American game from elk to groundhogs depending on how it was loaded.  I also like the fact that a person who reloads can load this round very easily and with a wide range of bullet selections.  The .35 caliber is nowhere near as popular as a .30 caliber in having a many bullet choices for reloading, bu there are so many bullet makers on the market, plus the fact that .357 caliber pistol bullets can also be loaded for the .358 Winchester, makes the round quite versatile.

Browning BLR '81

The rifle I found in this caliber was the Browning BLR.  I am no fan-boy of Browning, but I do like this particular rifle.

The only other lever action that I have owned was an old model 94 Winchester in .30-.30.  I never shot the 94 very much, and a .30-.30 has the ballistics of a flying brick.  The .358 in a BLR allows the reloader to use spire pointed bullets for better velocities and ballistics because the rounds are loaded from a box magazine in the bottom of the receiver.  A few bolt rifle were also chamber for this round, but are quite rare to find, but they also allow the shooter to use pointed bullets.

I liked the short and fast aiming of the BLR.  One advantage of the BLR design is the trigger and trigger guard all move with the lever when cycling the action.  This prevents unintended pinches and also allows the shooter to work the action quite fast.  My rifle is equipped with sights, but I attached a Leupold Vari-X III 1.5X5 power scope on it for quick target acquisition and ease of aiming.  With the scope on the 1.5 power setting, I can see the tip of the front sight, but the field of view is large and clear, and there is no parallax to have to adjust.

I haven't shot a deer with this rifle, but a friend of mine decided to try a wild hog hunt down in Tenneessee a couple of years ago, and this is the rifle I took on the hunt.  I had just bought the rifle about 2 months prior to the hunt and had been working up various loads.  I decided to take a load using the Nosler 250 grain Partition bullet as I had always heard a how tough wild hogs are to kill and the Nosler Partition bullet has a great reputation for taking tough game.  I got a shot on a 260 pound boar at about 75 yards.  I don't know if the .358/partition bullet combination is exceptionally deadly, or if wild hogs aren't as tough as their reputation, but one shot at the hog quartering away from me took him down instantly!  The bullet entered just behind his right-front shoulder and exited through the upper left chest.  I know that old boar hit the ground hard and never even twitched one time.  When the processor cleaned the hog, he told me the bullet passed through and did lots of damage in the process.  That confirms the reliability of the partition bullet for me.  Especially since a bunch of yankees from Minnesota was hunting another section of the same property as we were and got a shot at their hog with a 20 gauge slug.  The shot was bad and they decided to drive the hog and get another shot at it.  By the time all the shooting was done, that poor old hog had been run all over the country and had 7 slugs in him.

If you like old calibers and like having a round that can be loaded with a diverse number of bullets, try out the .358 Winchester.  I know you'll like it.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Pair, Two, Double, or a Couple

Good things come in groups of two.  Some are identical matches like Reece's Cups (which are favorites of mine).  How can you go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter, right?

Another pair of items that compliment each other and are almost always seen together and is a very common adult beverage that's very popular here in my area.  

In one of my last posts, I discussed what type of gun does most firearms enthusiasts look for specifically when they go to a gun show or their favorite sporting goods store.  K. Erickson commented and said that he didn't look for any particular model, but if it is handguns, he would want two of each.  This got me to thinking about some of my handguns that I have in my safe.

So, starting this blog has given me an excuse to take some pictures with my wife's new digital camera and show of some of the handguns I like so much that one of each wasn't enough.  I hope you enjoy these.  I know the writing and the pictures aren't up to the quality that you will find over at one of my favorite blogs Home on the Range, but I've been thinking about this post for a while.

In this picture, you'll see a couple of my favorites. Both are Smith & Wesson .41 Rem mag revolvers.  The one on top is 657 with target hammer and trigger.  I had Bob Mernickle to make the leather cross-draw holster for me about six years ago.  The holster is great, however, the spare tire around my waist has slightly expanded in the past six years causing the cross-draw ride too comfortably on the belt.

The revolver on the bottom is the Mountain Gun version of the 657.  I have a Mernickle high ride strong side leather holster for it.  I have used this fine revolver as my concealed carry piece many times.  I know it only holds six rounds, has many snag points to catch on clothing, and is bright and shiny, but there is something about a person intending to do me or my family severe bodily harm staring at the business ens of a big 'ole wheel gun that might encourage them to tuck tail and run home.

The next brace of pistols that I have are Springfield Armory XDm's.  I bought the first one, a used .40, and I liked the features and how it shot so well, that I went to Whittaker's and traded of a HK USP in 9mm for a new XDm in 9mm.  Now, some of you say, "what, are you nuttier than a squirrel turd for getting rid of that HK?"  Well, I tell ya, I thought that at first too.  But, after I compared the features of the two pistols, considered that it isn't recommended to fire cast lead through the HK, and the fact that the mag and parts for an HK are nearly double the price of an XDm, I decided to make the trade.  I will tell you that the XDm trigger straight out of the box is far superior to the HK trigger.  I also feel that the grip size and geometry on the XDm makes it a much easier pistol to control and fire accurately.  The grip on the HK is better than the Glock in my opinion, but the XDm has 'em both beat.

When I find a handgun that I like, I want to buy up and try as many calibers or versions that they have out there.  I liked the .41 S&W revolvers because they're just not common.  I like to have something that is a little different from what is out there.  There are a blue million .357's and .44 mags in the market.  But for almost every 10 of each of those caliber revolver that you see in a gun show or shop, you might find only one or two .41's.

The XDm's are gaining in popularity, especially now that a .45 ACP version is hitting the market.  But again, compare them to the amount of Glocks and even ole' man 1911.  I liked the .40 for concealed carry, but I found that to get super tight and consistent groups with cast lead, I had to light load it down to almost a 9mm.  So I decided to just go ahead and get a 9mm that I can try to do my target shooting with.

This post wouldn't be complete without one more tie-in to my title and keeping with the theme of pairs and doubles.  LL posted a picture from one of her past Halloween parties (I assume) over at Chromed Curses.  

So I thought it would be fitting to keep with the theme to show you one last pair that most been just can't seem to ignore.
Thanks LL for providing the cleavage for this post!
Can you believe that she has considered having those things lifted!  If she did, I don't think she would be able to breathe.  It looks like two bald men bumping heads!!  :-)

Blue Steel

Thursday, October 28, 2010

My wife has had some surgery.  She has been having some issues for a while and had surgery yesterday  that will correct those issues.  We had to be at the hospital at 5:30 yesterday morning.  She was taken to pre-op at 8:15, surgery started at about 9:30, finished about 11:00, and was in a room by 1:30.  She is recuperating very well and will go home this afternoon.  She has had a shower, put on some clothes and is putting on some makeup. This will definitely make her feel better after laying around all day and night.

 I am not doing quite as well.  I'm still wearing the same clothes after 24 + hours, and I haven't washed or bathed anything except for my hands, face and hair since.  Ihad to sleep on a chair that converts out into a cot.  A steel bar in the chair frame was breaking my back all night, and now I feel like I need to be in a hospital bed.  I believe the chair/bed/cot combination is some sort of device that can be used along with water-boarding to get to-secret info out of terrorists!

I guess this isn't about my comfort though, right?

I have some pictures that I plan to post in another entry later on today.  It will be pertaining to shooting and gun porn will be a plenty.  I wanted to post it earlier this week, but schedule and a brief hospital stint has caused me to postpone.  

As for today, I'm going to continue taking care of my wife and enjoying our beautiful view from the hospital room.  What do you think they will charge us for a room with a view like this?
Room 202
Come back later for a gun friendly post.
Blue Steel

Friday, October 22, 2010

Moby Dick and Winchester

Do you remember reading about the Captain Ahab and his relentless obsession for the search of an enigmatic whale?

Rick over at Bullet Points is going to a gun show this weekend.  I almost always go to the local gun shows when they have them.  In fact, I used to go to gun shows so much that I ran into more friends and family there than I ever did at family reunions.  Rick mentions that he doesn't have anything in particular that he is going for, but he going to go prepared.  Now I know that we have a common trait.  That is going to a gun show with no intended purpose, but, just in case he sees his "white whale," he will be ready to bring it home.

Recently, I have gone to gun shows with no intentions of ever buying anything.  I have very specific interests when it comes to guns.  I don't usually settle, and I am never satisfied.  This must be a regressive trait that I have inherited from my granddad.  He was the same way.  He has owned, shot, sold or traded more guns than I can count.  

His white whale was a pre 64 model 70 Winchester rifle in .270 that he bought new just for the purpose of a mule deer and elk hunt in Wyoming that he went on back in the early 60's.  He came home telling his buddies the story of how he shot a mule deer off of a mountain ledge that was 600 yards across a valley from the mountain that he was hunting on.  I'm sure there was a little exaggeration in that story, but it got his buddies attention.  This story also got him some offers to buy that mule deer killin' .270.  My granddad was a great capitalist, and any time he had a chance to make some profit, he would take it.  This is how he let one of the best made rifles in America get away.  He was always on the search for that rifle, which he had a gunsmith to attach a little silver plate on the bottom of the buttstock with his initials JBF engraved on.

This got me to thinking, "What are the guns that I am always on the lookout for?"  Well, that's an easy answer.  I am a simple man with simple tastes.  Here is the short list of what I would buy and bring home if I saw for sale at a reasonable price, no matter what!

1. Model 12 Winchester -12 gauge, 30" full choke barrel, and a solid rib.  This describes the gun that my favorite great uncle always hunted with.  That old model 12 killed more squirrels and turkeys in Kentucky than you could pile in a wagon.

2. 788 Remington in .223 - I have owned just about every caliber 788 except for .30-.30 or .44 mag, but I never had a chance to own one in the .223.

                           3. Model 58 Smith  &Wesson - I want the old school 58, not a new one with the big ugly zit on the side plate.  (If somebody knows a big wheel at S&W, please convince them to stop putting that goofy-ass safety lock crap on their fine handguns)

And of coarse, I am especially on the look-out for that model 70 with the silver plate on the butt with the initials JBF engraved on it.  I have a home for it in my safe.

Tell me, what is your white whale of guns?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Five Days

Five days since my last post.  I was afraid that I wouldn't be very consistent in the beginning.  My schedule is pretty unpredictable and sometimes I have more stuff going on than I need to.  That keeps me from taking the time just stop and write something, though I have made a few brief posts on a couple of other blogs.

I changed my job back in August.  My last job-site was 8 miles from my house.  Now, with my new position, I am driving 60 miles each way.  That has really stretched my work day out quite a bit.  Since my move, I have been looking for a new house closer to my job.  I want to try to split the driving distance equally for my wife and for me.  This puts our potential home options close to a resort area, so you can guess what the property values/prices are like.  Everything that we like is priced higher than a cat's ass.  The stuff in our price range isn't fit to live in.  Things aren't progressing quite like I expected.  I guess with people buying houses that they couldn't afford in the first place means that they are still wanting to recoup some of their property value, even though very few people can afford them.  A realtor told me that the people that do have the money for these high dollar homes aren't spending any money because of this awesome economic recovery that we're going through.  With no real home buying options out there now, I have been working around the house trying to get it ready to put on the market.  It's tough trying to decide what the right amount of work is necessary to get a house fixed up to the point that when people look at it that they see potential.  I'm afraid that I'll put more money in it than I can ever get back out of it.

I'm sleepy.  I'm headed of to bed for some rest.  Maybe I can get a regular posting schedule worked out.  Please don't give up on me yet!

Blue Steel

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Just in case you didn't have anything to do on Thursdays...

Saturday's the best day to give birth... but Thursday is the best to have sex.

Stereotype or Reality

I had to sit in the local walk-in clinic lobby today, waiting to see a doctor.  As I was waiting, a young woman came in and sat down in front of me.  I doubt that she was 20 years old and she already had 4 kids ranging in age from 6 months to 6 years.  She told a lady acquaintance sitting with her that the kids had lice.  She also told her friend that the husband/boyfriend/baby daddy was looking for a job and trying to get his GED, that they were living with his grandma, that they didn’t have any money, any gasoline, or any money for medicine.  The girl didn’t have any idea how the kids got lice, but she had an encyclopedic knowledge of the difference between Staffordshire Terriers and the American Pit Bull dog. 

I’m certainly not an elitist.  I’m not trying to judge anyone based on their unfortunate situation.  But, don’t you think that if this young lady had made better decisions in her life (and still has time to) that she might not be living the white trash lifestyle.  Am I stereotyping these people, or are they the literal type that we think of when we hear the term?

I’m sure glad that I made good choices early in life, or I could’ve wound up in the exact situation.
Blue Steel

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New Adventure

This is my first attempt at writing a blog.  I have been an avid reader and dedicated follower of several blogs for more than a year.  So, with overwhelming apprehension, I decided to start my own personal blog site.  This is unusual for me for several reasons:

1. I don't feel like I have anything interesting to put into a blog.
2. I HATE sharing information about myself to anyone except the most intimate of people in my life.
3. I'm not sure that I will have the time to dedicate to writing a blog on a regular basis.

Now, for the reasons for starting my blog.  I love to read about people around the world who share common interests, ideas, and hobbies that I have.  Some examples are:

1. Politics - CONSERVATIVE ('nuff said).
2. Avid interest of handguns, rifles, and shotguns (Lifetime member of NRA).
3. Self-sufficient, independent, and capable and I enjoy reading about others with the same characteristics developing friendships and lasting relationships through the blogosphere.

I may be getting a bit long-winded in this first post, so I'll stop here for now.  I hope that readers will find something here interesting enough to visit and respond regularly.

I couldn't make my first blog post and have an interest about firearms without a gun pic.  Here is a pic (not the actual pic, traded the .44 off long ago for a Remington 788 in .22-250) of my first handgun, a good 'ole Ruger Super Blackhawk in .44 mag that was the old style without the transfer bar safety.  Pretty good pistol for a 15 year old to start out with, huh?

Blue Steel