Monday morning here. Nothing extraordinary going on. Today is a big day on the "fashion show" circuit for Direct TV, so my wife is ensconced in her nest upstairs , with Rufus the Ancient Dog, watching TV. Rufus is not feeling well today. He has to go outside for a pit stop every few hours, and we are afraid he may have been run down by the cold. Before he came down here, he had pneumonia and nearly croaked.
Rufus lived with an old lady in Cincinnati all his life. She had to go into a "home", and he couldn't go . One of her church buddies said she would give Rufus a home, then immediately made an appointment to have him killed by the vet.
Her son worked with my daughter. He told E about it, and she got Rufus. "Ruf" is 15, best anyone can tell.
When we got him, he wasn't in good shape. The disruption to his life, I think, was a bit more than he could handle at his age.
But when my kids were here for Christmas, they said they were amazed at how much better he is doing. For one thing, he and my wife are always in the house together. If she is on the couch, Rufus is there on his camo comforter with her. If she is reading in her bedroom, he's there too. I think being with a "person" who reminds him of his first owner has helped him out. Plus, he's outrageously spoiled. He has his front teeth but no side teeth, so he gets ham, chicken, and things like that cut up in small bites and warmed up, then my wife feeds him by hand. His favorite things are whipped cream and spam, neither of which he can eat a lot of because it's not healthy, but everybody needs a treat now and then. My wife loves Rufus, and I like the little guy a lot. He has personality.
The higher elevations of the mountains are all glazed with ice. We have snow coming back in tomorrow. I wish I had a decent camera, because the "freezing line" is so distinct that if you can get a picture from a distance, everything above the line looks like this and everything below it is brown.
Today we are below the freezing line, but not much. By tomorrow evening I will probably have more snow pictures to post from up here on the mountain top.
We went into town yesterday, and I told my wife the place looked like a set for "Silent Hill."
All the way into town, about 16 miles, we only saw one other car. And we were on the main road that runs North/South out of the county.
We ran into town to get some shelves and storage containers for our laundry room.
I do most of the laundry, because it has to be carried up the stairs from the lowest level of the house. I don't want my wife trying that , because those stairs are hard enough to get up without a huge basket of laundry in your arms.
Also, I spend a lot of time down there in the family room or the "little" computer room, so I can hear the washer and drier kick off.
M has been "renovating" the house since she retired, and about the last place she wanted to redo was the laundry room. We have been working down there, when the mood struck us, but we finished off the job yesterday. New shelves, new storage bins, it does look good. And now, maybe I will be able to find my socks without having to dump out other clothes that somehow got on top of them.
I got this strange catalog in the mail last week. I get on a lot of mailing lists, and I'm always interested in what shows up in the mail box.
This one has every kind of cord, line, or fishing line in the universe. It also has nets, tools, odds and ends. I put it on here just in case there is someone out there who is in the market for a throw net or some other hard to find related item. The catalog is free and makes interesting browsing.
Turkish Military Surplus Ammo.
From time to time, I get an email about ammunition that somebody has come across.
How this gentleman who emailed me found any Turkish 8mm Mauser for sale stumps me. The ammo came in for a short time back in the early 1990's, as far as I know, and then dried up.
I suppose some of it is still out there in mom and pop gun shops though.
At any rate, there's a lot of hooting and hollering around the internet about this ammo.
When commercial manufacturers load 8mm Mauser for retail sale, they load it way on the low end of the spectrum. There are thousands of old 8mm Mauser chambered rifles out there, many of them well over 100 years old now. Not all of them have been inspected by a qualified gunsmith, or by an owner with the tools and know how to check them out. So, the big ammo manufacturers load "low power" rounds for lawyer proofing and for safety.
But, the actual military ammunition produced for these guns was a lot "hotter." That is to say, the ammo was loaded to generate higher pressures, which result in higher muzzle velocity, when then result in longer ranges and "hitting power."
Turkish Model 1893 Rifle converted in Ankara arsenal to 8mm Mauser circa 1933
When you get ammo like the old Turkish Mauser ammo, loaded to military specifications, it kicks more. If you run it through a chronograph, it's moving faster. It does generate higher chamber pressures.
The Turks used 8mm Mauser rifles from World War I, on up well into the 1980's. I can remember seeing Turkish soldiers at motor pools and other rear echelon places armed with the Turkish Model 1903 Mauser, converted to 8mm, all over Turkey in the early 1980's. In the late 80's these guns started showing up in America as surplus, and I have about 8 or 9 of them in different configurations.
It's worth noting that all Turkish Mausers were produced in Germany.
Turkish Model 1903 converted to 8 mm in 1938
I've fired Turkish surplus ammo, all from the 1940's, in all these rifles. It does kick harder. You do some times get small ripples in the cartridge neck (but it's not reloadable anyway, it's Berdan primed), but that's it.
I bought several cases, 1200 rounds to a case, on stripper clips in the bandoleer when it was still around, and I'm glad I did. As for shooting it, I do. But all my guns are in good shape. With old surplus rifles, you either need to be able to check head space and do a chamber cast yourself, or you need to find a good gunsmith to check the gun for you. It's really hard to find a good gunsmith for these old guns locally anymore, so you will probably wind up shipping the guns somewhere unless you have the gauges and experience to do the checking yourself.
I wouldn't shoot any surplus rifle that hadn't been checked out by a competent individual. Then it's up to the shooter if they want to shoot surplus ammo. I do, and I have, for thirty years plus. That doesn't mean it's safe in every circumstance or condition. You have to suit yourself on this question.
a good video on the Turkish ammo. The head stamp reads 7.9 because it's 8mm Mauser, (7.92X57).
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