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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Nacht und Nebel


A cold air mass came in last night. We had fog and a bright moon, something we rarely see in the Blue Ridge mountains.

This morning it's chilly, so we have a fire burning.  My wife is watching one of the Hobbit movies, and I'm just catching up on the news.

We had rain yesterday, and are expecting it again today. That kept me from getting the roof work done this weekend, but it will have to wait.  It needs to be dry to put new shakes on the roof.

This weekend we upgraded the kids phones from regular cell phones to smart phones.  Rather than sign a contract with AT&T, we bought the phones outright and just changed our "calling plan" to provide data service.  Two regular phones, two smart phones, with unlimited voice and text, 2 GB of data runs $130.00 a month. Seems like a good deal.  My wife and I have no need of smart phones, but living in the city my kids should find them useful.




Samco Global Arms got a shipment of Yugoslavian 7.62X39 on stripper clips in.  This is good, brass cased ammo.  The price is very high, though.  Thirtynine cents a round.  If the brass was reloadable, I'd still consider buying another case. But this is berdan primed.



Ragnar played with the other ferrets yesterday, for the first time since his operation. I have cut back on his melatonin and benedryl, and he may be feeling a little more energetic as a result.

No new ferrets have come to join the colony yet but I'm working on it. I should have at least seven and we are down to just three now.



Today should be quiet.

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  1. It's been raining off and on here, too. Now and then a minor storm rolls through, but nothing serious. I see by the radar that more rain should blow in about the time Youngest Son and family will arrive to take me out for lunch. Not even a rainy day can spoil the joy of spending time with them.

    Glad to hear that Ragnar is getting better. That's a sure sign of improvement - when they want to play. I knew my Lily was getting better when she started hauling her stuffed toys around. Hope he continues to improve.

    Enjoy your quiet day. After lunch, I will do the same.

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    1. Vicki, I'm sure you will have a good mothers day with the family coming. My wife and I went out for a breakfast in town yesterday. We have few restaurants and I knew it would be crowded if we waited til today.

      Ragnar seems to be recovering though he is almost totally blind now. Doesn't slow him down any.

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  2. We had a nice storm cell move through last night. It blew pretty much everything off the deck and took a cloths basket the wife left out for a tour of the alfalfa field. A good blow and rain but it didn't last long. The extended forecast is showing us hitting a high of only 61 degrees come Tuesday WOW.

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    1. I am beginning to get a bit uneasy about this weather. For more than a year now, it's been completely unpredictable. Another winter like this last one will do me in.

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  3. Good to hear the positive news about Ragnar.

    Weather has a habit of making us dance to its tune - and patience is not always freely available. Hang in there - your (work)time will come... ;)

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    1. Yes, he seems to be doing better. I was worried for awhile about his lack of energy.

      It will take a day or two of good weather to dry out the soil enough to where I can trust a ladder to it. I'll have to find something else to keep me busy in the interim.

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  4. Today the weather has been odd. Very humid and looked like it was going to get hot but turned to rain. Thankfully a spurt of motivation yesterday evening and early this morning got my outside to do list taken care of for the weekend.

    Any additional motivation above making dinner and getting ready for work tomorrow will go to a project gun. Trying to rescue the finish with fine steel wool and oil, at lest to the point where I can cold blue it and avoid going scorched earth with naval jelly or something similar.

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    1. Project guns are always a mixed blessing. If you persevere, you can end up with something nice. But you pay for it in toil and aggravation.

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  5. Forgot to say: I do not think I have any brass cased 7.62x39 on inventory. That this stuff is primed wrong for reloading eliminates the only real benefit of brass casing in my mind. Given that Com Bloc guns are made to shoot steel cased just fine unless you have an oddball or a 7.62x39 bolt gun I don't see a reason to not go all steel.

    At .22 cents a round for Wolf or Tula right now (and it used to be cheaper) that is getting into, not worth the trouble price range.

    I did hear a good case for keeping some modern quality ammo around if you use an AK for an HD gun. It's probably worth the cost to have something more consistent than Wolf/ Tula ion the off chance you have to do the classic hostage rescue shot. Better to buy 2 mags worth of Hornady TAP or something decent and western made than gamble that Oleg had his usual flask of vodka, not the occasional half liter at lunch before going back to loading ammo at the factory.

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    1. With Russian guns, soft steel cases work fine. Brass that you can't reload is just a "nice to have' item, but there really aren't any advantages over soft steel that I know of.

      The Lucky Gunner did a stringent test of Tula and Wolf and concluded it was reliable ammo. I suppose a few boxes of the high end stuff couldn't hurt, though. Russian quality control is a big question. I think I remember reading that's why there are so many stamps on Russian guns, it's so they could find anybody who screwed up and send them to Siberia.

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    2. Harry, I do not think com bloc ammo has a notable reliability issue in terms of going bang. I strongly suspect that Wolf and Tula are made in the same factories with the same equipment by mostly the same people as when they supplied the USSR war machine. Were I a betting man I would say the probably go 'bang' at slightly less than the rate of western military ammo, close enough that the difference is statistically irrelevant. Now on the other hand with accuracy might be a different discussion. That ammo is in my mind barely making the marks to begin with so I suspect the flier is going to go a whole lot wider than say western milspec Winchester or Hornady.

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    3. Accuracy really isn't the issue for me that it would be for people who were either shooting at a paper target, or shooting beyond 100 yards at anything. I can't see further than 100 yards in the mountains except in exceptional circumstances, because I am so hemmed in by the woods. Even in my meadow, if I am looking from the house across the meadow, it's not more than 100 yards. Beyond that anything in the tree line will be invisible. So, from a defense perspective, the old Russian surplus in old Russian guns works for me. But I certainly agree that Western made ammunition, particularly commercial ammunition, is going to be much more accurate.

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  6. The bright moon isn't rare here, it just didn't last very long. The heat is back on, the plants are covered and we keep going outside to knock the snow off the bushes.

    I hope your day was relaxing and included some good quality family time.

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    1. I saw where it was snowing out your way. I also saw on the news there is a big fire burning in your state. I hope it isn't anywhere near your place.

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  7. It's been raining here all day. Tonight we had the sirens go off. West of us were tornadoes. We just got lots of rain. 1000s are without power, but we still have ours.

    My husband has a smart phone. I guess I'm not smart enough to get one. ;) I just don't care to have a fancy phone.

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    1. The news talked about tornadoes in your state and I was kind of worried about you and your family. I am glad they didn't get near enough to do any damage. Do you have a generator you could fire up if you lost power? It makes life a lot easier in the short term.

      I don't need a smart phone. I don't actually know what the difference is except smart phones cost more to buy and more to support. But my daughter tells me she can check her email, and get on the internet and check her shift schedule, which is nice. Also , they have GPS navigation systems on the ones we bought, so the next time the state closes the bridge over the Ohio river, and my son has to reroute to work, it won't be such a fuss.

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