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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Winter is here. A good deal on 30-06 loaded for the M1 Garand



I just put in an order for a can of this ammo.  I have two M-1 Garands, one is a Korean import, good shooter but has been around. One is a pristine gun I got from DCM after shooting in an NRA high power match back in the early 90's.  I  have a lot of U.S. surplus ammo for them, but as Kipling said, you can never have too much ammo. 




He's right about the books, too.  This weekend I finished off three I'd been reading. Not hard to do when it's dark by five in the evening.





When I finished the book on the air war in Korea, I thought it was kind of sad that all those guys were pretty much gone now. But at the store today, this old guy was wearing a ball cap that said "Korean War Veteran" and he looked a lot better than I do.  Guess they are not all decrepit yet.


 I have been kind of hard on the Dim, Moon Bat crowd , and to show there are no hard feelings on my part against people who are of that mindset, I have put this little video of a gathering of individuals with that mentality, below.   Open the borders, import the Moslems, and let's all have a flower drum circle!  Yeah, it's the new Kinder, Gentler Harry.......

See how tolerant a person I really am..... As that savant and servant of the people, LBJ, said "there's a place in the Great Society for everybody."  




It's been cold here.  Especially at night when the temperature has been dropping to the low teens. No humidity though, so the stars are out there by the millions. I am always amazed at how many stars you can see on a winters night up here. No light pollution.



No noise either. The creek down slope is still about dry, first time I can remember it ever getting that low. More rain due in tomorrow, and some light snow possible at our elevation.  Went into town today, more just to get out than anything else. We'd been up here since Friday and the time was starting to hang heavy on our hands. I spent a lot of yesterday clearing the Jeep trail so we could get out if we needed to. Some big trees down, and even worse, one of them was across the road, on the bank on one side and caught on a cliff on the other.  Try cutting a big tree out with a chain saw when it's lifted on both ends and not touching the ground!  Took ten years off my life, I'm sure. Especially since I had to do it on my own. Wasn't so bad when my son was home but now the things like that are a one man job.






You can tell winter is here.  The roads are empty.  You can get almost into town before you start seeing other cars. At the grocery store, you can park right in front of the entrance.  Once winter comes, three quarters of the county population pulls up stakes and heads back to Florida. I can understand why, when we have one of those nights where the pine tree limbs are cracking in the cold. But I like it best this way.



25 comments:

  1. Depending on the size of the tree, a 5' one man crosscut saw might be safer than using a chainsaw on those overhead wind-throws.

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    1. It would be, but alas I don't have one. I do have a very good two man crosscut saw I bought in 1999 but I suppose I had better get one that I can handle on my own.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      If you can find a way to win the lottery, maybe you can get one of those 'large, expensive, tracked vehicles the lumber companies use to pick up tree trunks and saw them up into little tree trunks. You would never have to get up out of the cab, have heat. Air conditioning and a cup holder for your coffee. The best thing about it is you can chase Mexican drug dealers off of your mountain with that 10 foot chainsaw on the end of that big, hydraulic articulating arm (Vlad the Impailer would have had a field day with one of those things)

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    3. I actually don't much like chain saws. When I first came here, I met a lot of people missing fingers from blades kicking back, and a guy I worked with some part time got hurt really badly when we were clearing a blow down. He cut a branch, and it had been pinned under another tree and whipped around like a booby trap, hit him right on the knee and smashed it. I hate it when a blade gets pinched. But I have two saws, and I have to use them sometimes. I'm always glad when I finish.

      If the narcotrafficantes come here, they'd have to be looking for me and then it would be AK-47 time. Fortunately, I have plenty of those. ;-)

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  2. Thanks for the tip on the S&B ammo for the Garand. I've always had good results with S&B in my Marlin 336 30-30, so maybe I'll grab some of this for my Garand.

    Less than a buck a round is very good price, and having it preloaded into the clip makes it really a good buy!

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    1. Dr. J, they had free shipping on it, and it was reduced about 30 bucks from the regular price. Midway is a good outfit. I don't buy as much from them as from Sportsman's Guide, but when I do they are having a good sale.

      S&B is good fodder. They've been around a long time and the Czechs make great weapons and ancillary products.

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    2. Yep. All the S&B ammo I've fired has always gone BANG, was "accurate enough" for me, and didn't foul my guns with powder residu and other junk.

      And it's always been reasonably priced, too.

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  3. Ah, Eugene....totally Californicated. We used to go there to the Black Sheep Gathering when we were raising colored hand spinning fleeces. Beautiful town....too bad. Glad you got some moisture. It is cold here, too.

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    1. I have been up to Oregon a couple of times, mostly around Corvallis, and it seemed nice. But I liked your part of the state way better. And, I did not see any latter day flower children out your way.

      Big cold coming Thursday for us. Right now it's rainy and windy.

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  4. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I am more familiar than most Americans on the 'Fall of the Roman Empire'and I have been trying to read up on it as well as the 'Byzantine Empire' The reason is, is that I am trying to 'glean knowledge' from the past to predict the future.
    The more I try to read up on it the more confusing it gets. There is more social, political, economic and military turmoil that lead to the downfall of Christendom in Constantinople (I guess there's a lesson right there. Too much infighting)
    I guess I need to read up on the time frame from 460 AD to the fall of the Byzantine Empire to the First Sultan in the Ottoman Empire.
    What was interesting is the 'Czar' in Russia means 'Caesar' I read that Ivan 1, first 'Czar' had one parent that was part of the Byzantine Empire. Does that mean part of the 'Czarist' bloodline is traceable back to Rome and the line of Caesar's. Its an interesting thought that 'Nicholas II' may have had bloodlines going back to Ancient Rome.
    My ancestors during the time frame of Ancient Rome were up in the mountains of Scotland, jumping 'Hadrians Wall, killing Romans. Eating Romans. Killing each other and eating each other and lining up rocks with interesting stars and sacrificing virgin's every time a comet appeared in the sky or the weather changed (the good ole' days:)

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    1. Most of what I know about Byzantium I picked up by reading about the Crusades, and the collapse of the Western Empire. Osprey Men At Arms has some good issues on the Byzantine Army. People don't usually realize how important Byzantium was in holding off Islam. They did it for a long time before they went under.

      I know you don't like books because they take up room and you can find what you need on the net, but if you want to read "The Dark Ages" and "The Devil's Horsemen" I'll send you my copies by mail. Just let me know if you want to borrow them. If something happens to them don't worry. I'm getting old and I won't miss a few books one way or the other.

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  5. We've had a few trees fall in wood ways as well that my husband was nervous about clearing. We are getting rain here today. I think there is a chance of snow this weekend.

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    1. I don't think anybody is all that enthusiastic about clearing up blow downs. They are really dangerous. Does he take you out with him when he works on those. My wife used to come to watch, in case I got hurt. But now I won't let her, since she has respiratory issues and the cold and wind are bad for her. I take a radio and we check in from time to time that way. We are going to get very cold weather here Thursday. I think you will get snow but doubt we will.

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  6. I take it you've never been invited to a drum circle? :)


    Is there something special about 30-06 for the M1? Besides the clips?

    Just got 6 inches of snow with more coming down. It's going to turn to rain along the coast, but all snow here in the mountains. Pretty. Already had some sub zero temps, with more on the way. This time of year the sun disappears behind the mountains around 3:30. Taking my vitamin D3.

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    1. Not my kind of company. I look at those folks and wonder what's the point?

      If you use too powerful a load in the M-1 Garand, you can bend the operating rod and then your rifle is unserviceable until you can fit a replacement rod. I never shoot ammo in my M-1's that wasn't specifically loaded for that rifle type, unless I have loaded it myself.

      We have that phenomenon with the mountains and sunset. I can walk outside about 5, and it's dusk. But I can look around at the mountain tops on all sides of me, which are much higher, and see sunlight on them.

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    2. Around here there's a lot of hippy chicks who marry redneck guys. They like the idea of living off the land, but want a guy who actually knows how to do it.

      The guys might not always understand where their wives are coming from, but the sex is freaky, so that's good.

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    3. The Garand is a rough one logistically. It is a 30.06 but really needs 150ish grain FMJ loaded to that eras specs. Aside from now 50+ year old surplus I believe the big names are S&B and Prvi Partisan. I haven't shot prvi out of a garand but their other ammo is good to go. I think Hornady offers their plastic tipped TAP ammo in a 150gr garand safe variety. Expensive but good match grade hunting stuff.

      I wouldn't want to shoot normal 06 ammo in one. Best case it probably wouldn't feed/ cycle. Middle clase your op rod is shot. Worst case (let's be honest these guns aren't getting any younger) is boom. You could probably get away with a couple rounds but why? If you want to shoot modern ammo get a modern gun.

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    4. I hope those fellows keep a hefty supply of penicillin on hand. Hippie girls have been known to give a fellow more than memories.

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    5. The "important" thing about ammo loaded specifically for the M1 Garand has to do with the powder burning rate. The pressure at the end of the barrel, where the gas port is, has to be down to a certain level as the bullet exits the barrel so that the force exerted on the gas piston and operating rod are within specified limits. Otherwise the operating rod can bend, and as Harry mentions, this will disable the rifle.

      I *only* fire ammo specifically loaded for an M1 Garand in mine. Even though I bought one of the CMP "Select" grades, and it's been completely remanufactured with many new parts, I still treat it like an "old" gun, and only feed it what it was designed for.

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  7. Did you notice the gray haired hippie playing flute? Looks like Tiny Tim...maybe he is still alive? What is it about Oregon and the peaceniks anyway.

    What kind of chainsaw do you use? --Troy

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    1. I sent that clip to my brother in Oregon and accused him of being the guy in the red top hat and leggings. He emailed me back and said I was the guy with the flute...

      I have a Stihl and a Ryobi. Both good saws. The Ryobi has a longer blade on it, and the Stihl is good for cutting a v in something you are trying to get through without pinching the blade.

      I'm not a big fan of hippies, myself. I remember them from the sixties, but even more from when I was in college in the early seventies. They had few endearing or redeeming qualities in my view. Why the breed still flourishes in Western Oregon is beyond me. Maybe they all originate in Portland and just fan out from there?

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  8. Harry,

    Great tip on ammo, thanks.

    Yes, Please be real careful cutting tree's on your own.
    Hubby won't even allow me to use the chainsaw by myself.

    Stay warm!

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    1. You have a smart husband. I would not let M touch one of those things either. Cold rain here tonight but we are all snug inside.

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  9. I hope you get a good rain soon! It's dry in Nebraska. Man is it cold! The wind is just bitter. I was shocked that I didn't have to scrape the car windows this morning.

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    1. Alissa, it's raining off and on here now. More rain tomorrow then clear and cold. Nebraska always makes me think of icy wind and blizzards.

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