Saturday, October 14, 2017

Doesn't feel like October here.

It's hot here.  Georgia was breaking record temperatures yesterday and you could sure tell it.  We are going to stay hot until Monday, when a cold front coming through will drop temperatures back into the normal range , low to mid seventies, for the mountains this time of year. The temperatures and humidity levels we are having now are more consistent with August than October.




We made a run into town yesterday, more to get out than anything else.  I forgot it was a "leaf season" weekend. Our rule is never to go into town or anywhere else from the beginning of the  second week of October through the end of the third week.  Traffic is terrible, and a lot of the people on the road and in town are rude, pushy, and obnoxious.  So this will be our last trip into town for awhile unless we really need something.

 Picked up some groceries, my wife got an "outfit", and I bought some 9mm and .22LR.  She really doesn't need any more clothes, but she likes  to shop and it makes her happy to buy some new things to wear.  I sure don't need any more ammo, but I seem to buy it just about every time I am pottering around somewhere that sells it. The big question for me yesterday was whether to buy aluminum cased 9mm ball, or brass cased 9 mm ball. There was only a difference of one dollar between them so I bought brass. Used to be, only CCI  had a good selection of aluminium cased ammo  (the Blazer line) but I guess the idea has caught on.







 While aluminum cased ammo is marginally cheaper than brass, you can't reload it.

So if you save a dollar on the price of 50 rounds, it might seem good at face value. You are giving up 50 cartridge cases of once fired brass though, and that's a false economy.

Unless, of course, you don't reload. But most people who shoot a lot do reload, both as a matter of economy and because they can work up their own loads.  Not to mention it's relaxing and satisfying.  You can store a lot of reloading components. If you have primers, powder, brass and bullets for your favorite loads, you can keep yourself in ammo a long, long time after you can't buy it anymore. Assuming you have the right tools and knowledge.   







                                                               







I look at aluminum cased ammunition the same way I look at berdan primed ammunition.

It's always good to have some, in case you expect to be using it in a situation where you don't want to hang around to police up your brass.

That's the same kind of ammo you load wearing thin leather gloves, so there's no finger or thumb prints on the brass.


You just never know.....







But not everywhere:







Yellowstone is on the news a good bit since June, especially this last week.




There have been a lot of news stories over the past week about earthquake swarms that are more numerous and stronger than normal at Yellowstone.  If you google anything about "Super Volcano 2017" you'll come up with a good many articles in  recent mainstream publications.  Last night was the first time I have seen any segments about the subject on the MSM television since June.

The segment on OAN last night said that the scientists out there who monitor the Yellowstone Park (some of whom are featured in the two programs below) say the eruption is probably decades away, not hundreds of years.  I have been searching the internet for a video of  that part of the OAN broadcast, but so far it hasn't turned up. It was aired last night though, so it should materialize and I'll post it if and  when I find it.

In the interim, here's a Fox News article and video from two days ago, on the same issue:

Fox News article and video on recent Super Volcano discussions.

                                    link above:


From the "Naked Science" series on the Science Channel.

Super Volcanoes. (just under one hour in length)






Discovery Channel/BBC movie  "Super Volcano."





(this is full length movie, as aired on Discovery, runs over an hour.)





Cartoons:






Thought for the Day:


Obama is gone, but his stench lingers on.










46 comments:

  1. My experience with aluminum cased ammo has been fine, but even though I haven't had any problems with it, I still prefer brass cases. It just seems like one less potential point of failure when I use brass. At a $1.00 difference, I'd spend the dollar and have the option of reloading as well as the peace of mind that brass gives me.

    One thing I draw the line at is steel cases. Commie guns, in commie calibers, shoot steel fine...thats what they were built for. But I am loathe to shoot steel .223 out of my AR's, or steel 9mm out of my pistols. Again, it introduces a new potential for failure. I know some folks say they shoot steel .223 all day out of their AR's but I don't mind spending the extra coin for brass cases.

    Having said that, if I WAS going to stock up on aluminum cases for my handguns, I'd go with the CCI stuff since theyve had a much longer track record in this department than any other American ammo manufacturer.

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    1. Even my old Walthers and my Luger fire the aluminum cased ammo fine, and my more modern pistols seem ok with it. I buy the brass most of the time too. My problem, though a small one, is that I am obsessive about scrounging the brass up after a shooting session. I know brass for the 9mm weapons is cheap, but it's "free" if I pick up my brass.

      I read a lot about the Russian steel cased .223, and there was a particularly good video on The Lucky Gunner web page that dealt with a series of very carefully controlled experiments with firing both brass cased and steel cased .223 through an AR-15. Their conclusion was that steel cased is dirtier, but functions just fine. And yet, every time I get ready to hit the button to order a couple of cans of the Russian steel cased .223, I never go through with it. I have bought many thousands of rounds of .223, but it's all brass cased. Not all of it is Boxer primed, though. Like you, I am probably set in my ways on this, and I think if I had some of the steel cased stuff, I would leave it in the spam cans and only use it after the complete collapse of civilization, as the cannibal hordes poured over the wall.....

      CCI has been around a long time with their aluminium ammo. I used to buy "CCI brass" a lot, and I did buy some of the aluminum when it came out, but not a whole lot. I never had any problems at all with their ammo, good stuff.

      I shoot a lot of the military surplus ammo in 8mm Mauser and 7.62X54R that's steel cased. As you say, weapons designed for it function just fine with it. Lots of the surplus I bought in the 80's and 90's was steel cased and I have a bunch of it in long term storage.

      I was looking at some old invoices from the late 80's and the 90's, and it's appalling at the increase in prices. I also have some old catalogs from the same time period. Sad to see how much was available to shooters , for so little cash, back in the day. Of course, money bought a lot more then and a dollar was worth more, but still......

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  2. Feels like September here. Just had coffee out in the yard wearing shorts. Used to be extremely rare for temps like that mid-Oct.

    Funny how people who know nothing about guns want to limit us to just two. It's easy to end up with a dozen without even trying. A 20 gauge for rabbit hunting. 12 for ducks. A couple of .22s for plinking. 308 for larger game. A 380 pocket gun. Maybe something like a 9mm or .45 for more serious punch in your concealed carry. .22 handguns for plinking. Some black powder guns. Then there's dad's collection that you inherited, which more than doubles everything. Pretty typical for the causal gun owner.

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    1. I'm ready for Fall weather. It should be flannel shirts, a fire in the fireplace, and coffee on the porch watching the wind blow the leaves. Instead, it's hotter than hell and the humidity is terrible. I think everybody is having hotter weather than usual. I was reading blogs this morning and several people mentioned it from different parts of the country.

      You are exactly right. There's no such thing as one gun fits all requirements. And I like collecting the old guns, they were so well built, have so much history associated with them, and they are such works of art.

      I hear these know nothing reporters on the news, breathlessly relating that "he had 9 guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition" and I think " if you only knew, idiot, if you only knew...."

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  3. It's been warm and humid here in Tidewater as well. Autumn teased us with cooler temps for a few days and we thought Fall was on the way.

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    1. Tim, we had a nice week or two, that really made me think Fall was here to stay. Then the storms came in , Irma and Nate, and we haven't had decent weather since. The ATL affiliates are saying Monday it will go back to being more seasonal. I sure hope so. Fall is my favorite and I feel like I'm being gypped out of part of it.

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  4. My Sig 938 goes out of battery running Blazer 9mm as does my 223 when using some S. African PMP.
    I'm all for lots of practice ammo but believe most engagements will be decided by the first RIFLE mag. One way or the other. Not all but most. Us preppers will find out the hard way that the two way range extends out to 500 yds. or so.

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    1. Loren,

      I keep a log book on all my reloads, and assign each batch a lot number. I keep another log book on every one of my guns. When I fired , what I fired out of it, with what results, when I cleaned it. I'm obsessive about record keeping but it does come in handy. For instance, my Luger will fire just about any 9mm that has a brass case, and is a commercial load. It doesn't like reloads, for some reason, and it absolutely won't function property with UMC ammo. I don't know why, but as long as I know that, it doesn't matter.

      Strangely, for me living here in the mountains, long range shooting is something I can only do out to the 300 yard line at the gun club. There are almost no long range scenarios that could happen here as the forest closes in on everything. In side the tree line, even in winter, you can't see more than 200 yards and in summer, far less.

      I do carry a rifle (and SKS right now) in the vehicles, but I also carry a pistol because I can take it out of the vehicle without being ostentatious about being armed. We have open carry here and I see people doing that, but I feel like it's safer on a number of fronts to stay off the skyline.

      If things to to hell in a hand basket and the overall security situation deteriorates , rifles will be nice items to have at hand all the time.

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  5. have you read about the bill HR3999
    will gut the 2cnd amendment if passed.
    obviously written prior to the las vegas event ready to trot out and is said to be on fast track.

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    1. I haven't, but I don't doubt a lot of "face time" bills with no chance of passing will be pimped on television. I'm not a Republican anymore, but the Republicans control the House and Senate and the President is pro Second Amendment.

      The only time I remember a really bad bill getting past the NRA was when Clinton was President, and Feinstein got some turn coat Democrats in Republicans Clothing to vote with the Dems on the 1994 "Clinton Gun Ban."

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  6. I've fired a lot of CCI aluminum out of my 1911 and it always fed, went BANG, and ejected just fine. Accurate and clean burning, too.

    I have a TON of once-fired brass in the calibers I shoot, and once we get into a house I'll be setting up (finally....) my RCBS reloading press.

    And I still have quite a bit of the ammo I bought in 2008, right before Obummer was elected and the prices shot way up.

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    1. I think the aluminium cased ammo works fine in most guns, it's just a matter of being sure it will function in a person's particular weapon.

      It'll be nice to have a radio room and reloading bench in your new place. Reloading is a particularly relaxing pass time because you can concentrate on it and not worry about anything else.

      I've always felt like the government could choke off the supply of ammo pretty quickly if we had a Democratic House, Senate and President. They could get around the Second Amendment by putting taxes on ammo so high that no one could afford it. Better to have a lot of it stockpiled, put away against a rainy day.

      I think almost all shooters are doing that, and a lot of them have been doing it since the sixties, passing on their holdings in that respect to their progeny. That's my plan.

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  7. Well, our summer is over and we had a skiff of snow in the deck this morning. 29F last night and a cold wind has been blowing. It has been getting up to 50F or so during the day. I guess we are ammo snobs and will only buy brass cased, but then DH reloads, too. He said he used to keep records like you but then wound up with so much data that he has just stopped. I am green with envy that you have a luger. I have always thought that it was one of the most interesting pistols made. It's lines are beautiful, which is probably why I like the Ruger Mark series so much. You have the exact same 2nd Amendment sign in your shop that we have besides our front door. There is never any doubt as to who we are....just like most folks around here. The left will always try to control or just take our guns since only a disarmed people can be taken over. We just keep buying more ammo and dig at our representatives, and voting them out of office. They nibble away at our rights and I am sick of it. We have clear line of sight for 2 miles on one side of the place....and the rifles to match.

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    1. How I envy you. It's so hot and muggy here that I have hardly been outside. Snow would be wonderful. I always find winter to be relaxing and less stressful than any other season, probably because more than half the population of the county leaves at the end of October and doesn't come back until early summer.

      I've had that sign a long time. A friend of mine at my job gave it to me. She's still my accountant, I only do business with people I feel comfortable with and that doesn't include Moonbats, Snowflakes, BLM or the Goat Molesters.

      You have me beat in terms of good topography for self defense. I can't see anyone coming up here until they are right on top of me, which is why I use early warning systems on the avenues of approach. Even a few minutes warning is better than none.

      I only have two scoped rifles, because they just don't fit the terrain here. Most of mine are iron sights.

      I wanted a Luger forever, and finally got a good deal on one not long ago. I am a great haunter of pawn shops and sometimes it pays off.

      Sound really nice out your way.

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  8. Great cartoons today! Have an issue where my comments only load if I use anonymous...H. Oltman...not just your site, all blogspots these days.

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    1. I'm not sure what could be causing that. This blog is set up to accept comments from "all" as opposed to only authors or people on a list.

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  9. I haven't gotten into reloading (yet), but I do pick up all my brass at the range. When I get enough of it I take it to the gun show with me and can always find someone to trade me for the loaded stuff...

    Woke up this morning to 4 inches of heavy snow. We had a lot of trees in the area tip over, and with the leaves still on them I guess it was just too much. --Troy

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    1. Troy, if at some point you have the free time, reloading has a lot of advantages. Not least of which is letting you load your own rounds for your particular weapons. Until then, using the spent brass as wampum at a gun show is a good idea. They get the brass and you get the trade goods. Everybody is happy.

      Tewshooz in the Oregon High Desert had snow this morning too. I sure wish we did. It is so hot and humid in Georgia right now, we just stayed inside most of the day.

      Must have been that wet snow that comes down sometimes, it will take down trees and with them, power lines.

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  10. I scoffed up a pile of Perfecta 223 last year at Wallyworld. Its all brass cased made by Fiochy but distributed by Tula. At 30cents a pop its the same price as the steel cased Tula stuff. As I reload for me it was an easy choice, and that way I can amortize my cost over multiple uses. Seems Wallyworld just recently stopped carrying it. Go figure!!! My Sig P-6 and my S&W both digest the steel and aluminum cased 9mm without a hick-up. My little Bersa .380 also eats the aluminum and steel cased stuff just fine. Like you I only use it in situations where I can't collect my cases after use.

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    1. I noticed the Perfecta, which was good ammo and reasonably priced, has dried up at Walmart here too. Fortunately ,Sportsman's Guide still has it at good prices, so I wait for one of their free shipping events and get it then. I didn't buy much Perfecta .223, I wish I had now.

      The Aluminum stuff is good ammo, if it wasn't for wanting the brass I'd buy more of it.

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    2. I just came from Waly World where I had a choice of 200 rounds of Winchester 9mm aluminum for $33 OR $37 for brass from same manufacturer. Same 115 gr FMJ bullet in both loads. I went with brass, out of principle.

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    3. I tend to go that route myself. I do have some of the aluminum cased ammo, but I generally buy the brass cased. The price differential isn't enough to justify giving up the once fired brass.

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  11. don't put much stock in the super volcano hype. like the asteroid, space invasion, or all out nuke war, i can't prep for it so i don't fret it .some things just have to be left up to the maker. only had probs with steel was in my 45, stuck case that ruined the extractor. gradually rotating out the steel and trying to stick with quality brass these days.

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    1. Well, all a fellow can do is what he can do. I don't think the thing will blow up in my lifetime, but it might in my kid's. If it does, Georgia will get the ash plume, but the way I see it, the last time it blew, there were all sorts of mammals like horses, camels, rhinoceros, etc living on the continent, and while a lot of them died they didn't all get wiped out. I watch things like the super volcanoes when it gets on the news because it's interesting. I have to agree, there are things that can happen which are just beyond our ability to cope with. Those fires that burnt up a lot of North Georgia, Western North Carolina and East Tennessee were kind of that way. If one was coming on you, there wasn't much you could do but try to get out of the woods.

      I know the U.S. tried steel cased .45 ACP in world war II and there were a lot of problems with it, including failures to extract. I have heard it said that the M1911A1 had extractor problems , and I know a lot of the guns like my Kimber have "improved extractors" to address those old issues. I have a lot of steel cased ammo but it's for the old guns built for it. I have started to buy a couple of cases of the Russian .223 with steel cases, but I get the order all filled out on line and I get to the check out point, and chicken out.

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  12. Any time the mainstream media gets a hold of a story, I always suspect it's a distraction. Then I wonder what's really going on in the world. Not that I disbelieve about the volcano in Yellowstone, but I somehow can never trust what the media is telling us. Thanks for posting the videos. I'll get Dan to watch with me later today.

    It's raining and cooler here this a.m.! I'm assuming that's the case for you too.

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    1. Back when History Channel, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Channel had big budgets and big viewing audiences, they did some outstanding documentaries on different survival related subjects. There were two that were excellent on the Super Volcano thing. One was the movie I put on there "Super Volcano." The other was a documentary that I can't find on the net, and haven't ever seen on DVD. But the Naked Science program was pretty good.

      I don't know how much the scientists at Arizona State put into their research, but what I read on the news web pages sounded like they knew what they were talking about.

      I think you are right to distrust the main stream media, and it might well be a dog and pony show to distract people. These days, it's just hard to say.

      It's about six o'clock on Monday evening here now. Rained all night, a good, soaking rain, and the temps never got out of the sixties here. It's blissfully cool and the humidity is falling some.

      I really hope this is the onset of Fall. This past week was miserable and I am tired of paying $200 electric bills because I have to run the air and the dehumidifiers in all the buildings.

      Maybe we are finally going to get a break on the weather.

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  13. It's finally starting to feel like fall here in Nebraska. I could have summer all the time though.

    It was rainy all last week. Now it's supposed to warm up a bit, but it's so cold in the mornings.

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    1. Alissa there is a lot I really like about summer, but this one was so hot, and so humid, and those wretched hurricane remnants came through and trashed the area one after the other. I would really be glad if it just moved on into Fall, and then about the end of November it started to get really cold and snow. That would be good for me!

      We finally got a front going through last night, it rained all night, and the temps today never got out of the sixties, which is a huge improvement over the last week.

      I bet you like summer because there is no school! ;-)

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  14. Hi Harry :) I hope your cold front eases the humidity! I'm certainly okay with our frosty mornings. That is a lovely painting that you posted, is that something you or your wife did?

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    1. Hey, Rain. The cold front came through last night, and now it's much cooler and much less humid. I am a lot happier.

      No, I found that painting on the internet many years ago. I keep a folder called "art" and when I find a painting that really typifies something I want to express, I see if there is something in the art folder that fits. When winter comes, and we have snowy nights, or cold nights with stars and the moon and snow on the ground, you'll see a lot of them.

      Steph at "Art by Steph" let's me use her beautiful ferret paintings on my blog. I used to do that a lot more, before the state of the country got so terrible and I got more politicized. Believe or not, once upon a time my blog didn't have all that much politics in it, it was more just a journal of things up here and what all we did.

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  15. Oh, and don't get me started on the "leafers"....can't stand them!!!

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    1. I feel your pain. People who make money off the leaf tourists are happy when they cram the stores and roads. But people who are just trying to live here can't wait for them to be gone. Believe it or not, the Sheriff's department closes off the road I live off of so they can have bicycle races up to the gap. The Spandex crowd rides through four mountain counties, and spends tons of money, and blocks the roads. None of the money winds up in my hands, but during that one day I have to drive into my house on the old forest service road, through the mountains, and hope the narcotraficantes don't get me!

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    2. Lol at the "Spandex" crowd...we get them here too. They are ridiculous...have to bike on country roads...have to bike on country roads...what they don't realize is that we country/mountain folk don't WANT them invading the roads here...and furthermore, there is no SHOULDER on most of the roads here. I wish they would just stick to the bike paths. Our roads are really wind-ey...I think you probably have the same, winding up and down the mountains...one time I was driving the 80km speed limit when a biker suddenly was in front if me, about 2 feet from the edge of the road, pumpkin his tire. I had to squeal on the brakes and drive around him. That idiot is lucky I didn't kill him. Roads were made for motorized vehicles!!

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    3. Rain, in October we get the bikers in their hundreds, literally. They ride in big "clouds" and completely block the roads. Our county put up signs that said "share the road, ride single file" but they just ignore them. No matter what happens, if one of them gets hit by an automobile there is a great outcry and the automobile driver gets blamed.

      Back when my diesel truck didn't have burn all the diesel in the cylinders, I would pass a big crowd of them, put the truck in low, push the fuel pedal, and they would just disappear in a cloud of noxious diesel smoke. But alas, I got it fixed and lost that marvelous capability. :-(

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    4. Oh gosh...your comment just made my day with the noxious diesel smoke...everyone is big on "sharing the road" here too...I'll never accept it.

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    5. The bicycle crowd in SoCal is very different than here in Fort Collins. The SoCal people are pretty predictable. You see them pretty often in ones and twos, but the big crowds only came out for some event, and then they're like ants on a Butterfinger!

      Here in FTC they're every-freaking-where in the city, and especially thick around CSU. The locals call them "Turtleheads" from the helmets they wear, and the urban ones are completely oblivious to motor traffic. The ones out here in the country are very cautious, courteous 'share the road' people even though they're dressed like space aliens.

      It's probably all the farm machinery on the roads out here! Make one mistake, and you'll wind up going through a reaper!

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    6. Rain, those were the days. Now I just have to try to avoid the bicycle bunch, which is hard to do in the month of October!

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    7. Dr. Jim, I think we are just too close to Atlanta. They come swarming up the four lane road, in their hundreds. What really aggravates me is that lots of them ride in group of say, 10 to 15, and they are followed by a van going in low gear with it's flashers on. This is their "support vehicle" and it never pulls over to let traffic by. On these two lane, narrow, twisting mountain roads it's hard enough to get by without having some twit in a van blocking the road.

      Fortunately, our Sheriff's Department is fed up with their antics too, and hands out a lot of tickets for obstructing traffic. Of course, the Chamber of Commerce doesn't like this, as they actively try to attract the Bicycle Nazi's because they spend a lot of money.

      Speaking of farm equipment, we just had some guy from Florida coming around a corner at Warp 9 and blow into the back of a tractor pulling a hay bailer. Was a real mess...

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  16. Is the Supervolcano movie any good? I haven't seen it. I've been watching the second season of BBC Survivors, but I don't have much time to watch, so it's taking me forever to get through it. I think I'm halfway right now.

    Yesterday was the first day it finally felt like fall here. The leaves are late turning. I just wrote a post about it.

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    1. Lisa, it really is good. I saw BBC Survivors. Very strange. It highlights how different the English are from us. I remember hooting with laughter at the scene where the two guys are shooting it out and one of them has a double barreled shotgun like a Citori. Not what would happen here. I thought it was a good series though, and enjoyed it overall.

      We are having beautiful fall weather at last. Temps in the sixties and low humidity. It's so much more comfortable.

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  17. The October weather here has been spectacular the last few days. Dry air, 50's in the morning and 70's during the day and the sky so clear and blue it hurts your eyes. Chamber of Commerce weather. Unfortunately we have not been able to get out to enjoy it like I would prefer.

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    1. Randy, our weather here is similar. It's about time, I was beginning to think it was "the endless summer."

      It's not always easy to keep all the balls in the air, especially when you get older. I can sympathize.

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  18. Harry,

    I bought 2 boxes of aluminum 9mm on accident cause I thought it was a good deal on brass cased ammo. It was a few years back before it became popular. I didn't check the box because it looked like the regular federal ammo red box and I had gotten impatient waiting on the key holder. First clip out of my keltec pf9 I had a fail to feed. Same with next clip so I stopped. That gun has never had a ftf shooting any other type of ammo even hollow points. So I learned more than one lesson.

    My brother has a ruger cowboy style revolver that shoots 9mm without using moon clips so he got some free ammo and I got to do some shooting with that gun. It was a fun gun to shoot but a little expensive and impraticle for me although I think it came with two cylinders and the second one shoots 38s or 357s. So could be useful in some situations.

    Have a good one,
    Curly wolf

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    1. Curly Wolf, I just found your comment in the spam folder,I don't check it often enough. Sorry I am posting it late.
      I think whether or not any particular brand of ammo will cycle reliably through any firearm is a crap shoot til you try it out.

      Too bad the KelTech wouldn't digest the aluminum cased ammo, but maybe you can trade what you have left to someone at the range.

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  19. Harry,

    Sometimes you just have to get out of the house and do a little shopping!!! The weather has really taken a turn here as well. I'm wondering if this means were going to have a harsh winter??

    I'm thinking the earthquakes will occur sooner than later.

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    1. My wife really likes to shop at women's clothing stores. I usually sit out in the car and listen to conservative talk radio if I can pick it up. I also bring a book to read. M can walk around all day shopping, but I get too tired to keep up with her. I'm not that interested in shopping for clothes, anyway... ;-)

      We are due for a really bad winter, but I wouldn't mind. Even if it got sub-zero , I just stay forted up when that happens.

      I cancelled my earthquake insurance last year, because USAA increased the price of it dramatically, and increased the percentage they would not pay at the same time. It used to be they would cover only 80% of the damage but now it's even worse.

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