Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A little poem for Robert Burns day. 7.62X51 Malaysian ammo. If not now, maybe never. Endeavor to Persevere. Don't go out in the woods when it's snowing.

This one is for you, Rain....

To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough

Robert Burns


Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,
Wi' murd'ring pattle!

I'm truly sorry man's dominion,
Has broken nature's social union,
An' justifies that ill opinion,
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth-born companion,
An' fellow-mortal!

I doubt na, whiles, but thou may thieve;
What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!
A daimen icker in a thrave
'S a sma' request;
I'll get a blessin wi' the lave,
An' never miss't!

Thy wee bit housie, too, in ruin!
It's silly wa's the win's are strewin!
An' naething, now, to big a new ane,
O' foggage green!
An' bleak December's winds ensuin,
Baith snell an' keen!

Thou saw the fields laid bare an' waste,
An' weary winter comin fast,
An' cozie here, beneath the blast,
Thou thought to dwell-
Till crash! the cruel coulter past
Out thro' thy cell.

That wee bit heap o' leaves an' stibble,
Has cost thee mony a weary nibble!
Now thou's turn'd out, for a' thy trouble,
But house or hald,
To thole the winter's sleety dribble,
An' cranreuch cauld!

But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain;
The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men
Gang aft agley,
An'lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

Still thou art blest, compar'd wi' me
The present only toucheth thee:
But, Och! I backward cast my e'e.
On prospects drear!
An' forward, tho' I canna see,

I guess an' fear!

Wire Note:

This morning (Jan 31), I found five comments in the spam folder, going back about a week or so.   I posted them, and then responded to them.  But one of them, from J. Bogan, I can't find. When you review comments on blogger, you can only go back a few days. After that, you have to go back over each post and look for one with an odd number of comments. J, I did not find which post you were commenting on, but your comment is posted. If you can remember which one it was, let me know, will you?  


Psst! Hey buddy, wanna' buy some surplus ammo?

Addendum: 3:00 p.m. Wednesday January 31, 2018.  Just got my email receipt from Centerfire.  They said they would take off the $4.99 signature fee, and I annotated that on my order as they requested. But, they didn't.  I don't care so much about the $5.00 as I do about the hassle in getting the package if they won't leave it at the gate. They also charged me an additional 3% on the order because I ordered on line and used a credit card. That's on their web page, now that I look at it. Again, not a big deal but not particularly copacetic either.

Addendum: 3:15 p.m. Wednesday January 31, 2018    Well,  just called Centerfire.  They said not to worry, the $4.99 won't actually be charged to my card, although the bill reflects it .  But then the lady told me that the actual shipping documents might reflect "signature required" and if so, someone will have to sign for the ammo.  She told me a neighbor could sign. I told her that the old man at the foot of the mountain is the nearest "neighbor" and he would sign for it. She said it has to be someone adjacent to my property.  I explained that would be the national forest and I doubted the Department of Natural Resources would be enthusiastic about signing for my ammo. She said FEDEX is not allowed to call me on a cellphone to tell me they are at the gate, and that if they go to the gate three times and no one meets them, they will return the ammo to Centerfire. She said she would try to make sure the shipping documents don't reflect the "signature" thing. I told her I wasn't very worried about $5.00 but I sure wasn't comfortable with the way this is going.  So, we'll see. Just a word to the wise though, with all this foofarah, I'm thinking maybe it isn't such a good deal at all. Just have to wait and see I guess. The lady at Centerfire was really nice, I'm not fussing about her. It's just that all this is way too complicated.

There's a good deal on that Malaysian 7.62X51 that's been coming into the country.  The stuff is brass cased, noncorrosive, but berdan primed, hence not reloadable for most of us.

Centerfire is offering the ammo for $124.99, with free shipping. There's a little bit of a catch. If you just order it, they will charge you an additional $4.99 for a signature fee.  If you waive the fee, of course, then they are not responsible if someone steals it.  I told the lady I'd been up here 32 years and never lost a package yet, and she was nice about it.

If the drivers can't just leave it at the gate, they'll leave it with the old man down on the hard surface road. Then I have to go down there to get it, and I have to "visit" and hear all the news. He's a good old guy, and I should visit more often than I do anyway. Sometimes, though, I just don't feel quite up to it.  "Old men are garrulous by nature." Cicero. 

People may wonder why I am still buying ammo, when I have a sufficiency for my needs already. The answer is that it's the same as the old guns, you can get it right now, but down the road you may not be able to .  This place was always designed to outlast me, and to continue to be a refuge for my adult kids and their families, if any.  However that works out, whether they live here , keep it against a day of need, or sell it, I want to turn it over to them 100 percent squared away when the time comes.  I truly believe that the day will come when we'll need this place, and if it isn't while my wife and I are alive, it will be in my kid's time.

If you need to get motivated for the future,  read this book, and see this movie. I know most of you have already, but for those who haven't, it's a unique experience.

It's got a stellar cast and a clear message. You won't forget it in a hurry, I promise.

The weather here has turned cold again.  Thursday night we are expecting snow, though the weather forecasters in Atlanta say there won't be much of it. We'll see.  I'm not taking any special precautions, other than to park the jeep down on the hard surface road, because we are well stocked up and I can't think of anything that needs doing.

Rain reminded me of this scene. It's appropriate for the mountains this winter!

I've been watching some news, though I try not to let it get me down.  I was underwhelmed with the Dims and their whining and showboating about the State of the Union Address. But rather than getting all mad, I am emulating Lone Watie.

Thought for the Day:

A little music:

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Forted up. Mosin Nagants are getting scarce. Spoiled food. Some that preserved well over time. Transmitting from the Deep Woods.

   Sunday morning.  Dreary weather outside, with rain and fog.  Nice enough inside though, and we aren't planning on going out today anyway.

No one has come up with any sources of 7.5 French surplus military ammo, which isn't a big surprise as there just may not be any more of it out there.

If I do hear of any, I'll be sure and let the people know who have expressed an interest in obtaining some for themselves.  There are still a good many French Mas 1936 rifles out there in collectors hands.  You can buy Privi partisan commercial 7.5 French for those, the brass is reloadable and there's lots of load data for the round.

It's only the 1949/56 that needs the military surplus stuff.

Just a word about something some of you may be looking for.  The latest CH Kadels catalog has replica Mosin Nagant slings at a good price.

In the little video at the end of the post, I got one of my Mosin Nagant rifles to show an original sling and how it attaches to the rifle, so I won't go into a lot of detail here.  Just wanted to bring this to the attention of Mosin owners, because the dog collar slings are very hard to find these days.

Below is a link to the slings on the CH Kadels page:

Mosin Nagant Rifle Slings.

Ruminations on the vanishing Mosin Nagant Rifles:

Twenty years ago, nobody really wanted Mosin-Nagants. They were a good, well built rifle but they looked "funny" to Americans.  That's not a new phenomenon. When we sent U.S. Army troops to fight the "Reds" in 1918, they had to leave their Springfield M1903 rifles in Europe and were equipped with Remington built Mosin-Nagant 1891 rifles. They didn't like them then, either.

So, the rifles were really cheap.  The ammunition was too, there were literally tons of it on the market in the U.S.

When someone did this meme, it was absolutely true.

But those days are gone now.  Prices are three or four times what they were then, and that's with no accessories.

Still, the guns are out there. 

The original Model 1891's are scarce, and are collectors items.  I have one, I know CC has one, but I don't know anyone else that does.  That's because most "shooters" won't spend the money on a rare firearm, and I don't know that many "pure collectors" ,who buy guns as investments and never fire them.

Model 1891

The Model 1891/30 is the most common gun.  They are going for about $300.00 now through dealers, in very good condition.  Some can turn up cheaper in good condition, if you are in the right place at the right time.

Model 1891/30
The Model 1938 is a carbine version with no bayonet.  It will rattle the fillings right out of your teeth, and if you don't use a shooting jacket you may wind up with bruises. On the other hand, it's light, handy, and while it has a bad kick and muzzle flash, it still delivers a full power 7.62X54R round on target.
Model 1938

The Model 1944 is a Model 1938 with a side folding bayonet.

Model 1944

With the exception of the Model 1891/30,  these guns are all pretty much gone now, because collectors bought them up. I have two of the Model 1938's, one of which used to be my truck gun for a long time.  I bought several of the Model 1944 guns when they were on sale , from AIM, SOG, and at a gun store in Dalton, Georgia.  Otherwise, I wouldn't have any of them because I wouldn't pay the prices sellers are asking now.

look up Simo Hayha
Well, hell!
A follow up on long term storage of UTZ pub mix.

I like it, it's a great "comfort food" and I've stored it before without problems. But this time, when I opened one from the last case, it had gone rancid.

All of them were spoiled, and in only a few months time. The containers can still be used, and the food itself we are feeding to the dogs. They like the salt and the fat in it.  I ate some of it anyway, and it didn't make me sick. But my wife says the shortening they used in it has gone bad. It does stink and I decided it just wasn't worth eating it, particularly as the dogs like it. I give them some in their bowls every day.

I don't know why this went bad and the preceding supplies didn't. They were all stored exactly the same, and this batch wasn't stored anywhere near as long as the others.

On the other hand.....

 Last night I opened up a case of these that have been down in the storage room for more than two years.

They were just as fresh as they day they were made. Sealed in aluminum foil packages, and stored in a cool, dry and dark space, they are fine.

I buy these at Christmas time, at a department store in a different county.  This year, they didn't have any so I opened a new case .  I'm glad the chocolate made it through that time period OK.  I didn't want to have to freeze them.

Here's something else I opened a can of recently that was still fresh and good. They'd been stored out in the climate controlled part of the barn, in a cardboard box, for four years.

I like these crackers with cheese or butter.  They're really intended for people who live on sail boats, but given their long storage life, and the low cost, they work for me. The cans are all metal and make good storage containers.

Of course, Lisa's "hard tack" is way better than these, but you can't have everything!

Fish Medication:

We recently went to the farmer's depot, and bought Amoxicillin which they had on hand for treating farm animals. It was expensive, $39.00 plus 7% tax for 50 caplets.  However, you can buy it from Walmart, on line, 100 capsules for $20.00.   Might be worth getting some for the shelf.

We used it to treat some kittens that were nearly at death's doorstep with what looked like pneumonia. They got well.  We also used it to treat "Miss Bitey", my cat , who had a terrible respiratory infection. It cured her.

Can't hurt to have it in your medical supplies:

We have pretty good insurance, and we tootle to the doctor if we need medicine. But the day may come when there is no doctor. "Just sayin'" as the expression goes.

Thought for  the Day:

A little music:

Transmitting from the Deep Woods:

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Things that go bump in the night. 7.5 French (military surplus) . New catalogs.

Living out in the forest, you expect to hear night noises.  There are some I've been hearing for years, that I can't identify.  I'm sure an ornithologist or a person who studies animals could identify the sounds. They are just "night noises" to me.  Some of them, I know. Owls hooting to each other, wild hogs snuffling, coyotes and the red wolves, I'm familiar with.

But a couple of nights ago, I heard one that has me really flummoxed.  I went outside to take the readings on the propane tanks. I'd forgotten to do it before dark, so I took a light and went out to the tanks. They are inside the tree line to keep them shaded in summer.

There was an ear splitting noise, so loud that I hardly believe any animal could have made it. It sounded like someone with a clarinet, hitting one bad note, amplified many times. It seemed to originate just inside the treeline across the meadow. There was an element of tearing metal in it, too.  Instantly, the two outdoor dogs started howling and the chickens , who were up in the trees, began to cluck their "alarm song."

Never have figured out how they do it, but a flock of chickens, when frightened, can all cluck in unison, and the same note. They start at the same time, and they stop at the same time. If someone else told me that I'd wink and nod, but it's true.

I didn't see anything out of the ordinary, and I didn't hear it again. I mention it because it happened. From time to time, you have strange experiences living out here. Doubtless they all have perfectly rational explanations but it still lifts the hair on your arms up with the goose bumps.

On a more mundane level, I'm looking for 7.5 French MAS ammo, specifically for military surplus ammo.

I want it for my MAS 49/56.   A friend sent me some components of the MAS 49/56 recently, which reminded me I had it.

Some were imported into the country back in the early 90's.  They are usually associated with the French Foreign Legion, for which they were standard issue in the 50's and 60's. Everything in the picture came with the rifle (mine has a slightly different colored stock), and I paid about $200 for it at the time.

These guns won't shoot low pressure Privi, so you have to find the military surplus or reload your own. I'd like to pick up some of the military surplus , though I do load for this weapon.

I know lots of people buy from different suppliers than I do, so if anyone has seen any of this for sale, please let me know. I'm in the market.

I have plenty of the commercial production, but I shoot it in the MAS 36. No gas system in that gun, so it isn't picky.

Got a couple of new catalogs. Good stuff.  I made some small purchases from both, essentially to keep on their mailing list.


It has been a bit of a  trying week.  My wife had problems at the hospital Monday.  We had a good scare because she had some kind of very negative reaction to the anesthesia. She's ok now, but we are rethinking any elective treatment that requires "going under" anymore.

We've made a concerted effort to get our stores replenished. Part of that was because we needed to, and part of it was because getting out with our lists and going to the different places ( six different counties and two other states) was fun and helped us get to feeling "normal" again.

It's nice to do day trips, because you can be home again at night, but you still got to see places you haven't been to in awhile, places that are different.  Home is where a person feels the most secure, the most at ease. But it helps to leave sometimes, so you appreciate it better when you get back.

 Things are going well overall.  Still haven't decided what video camera to buy, but I have narrowed it down some and look forward to being able to show people more of the mountains.

Thought for the Day:

Some quiet time music.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Say hello to Percy. New survivalist magazines. "many a slip, twixt the cup and the lip."

It's a nice, quiet Sunday on the mountain.


Both issues came out about the same time.  American Survival Guide has adopted the larger, slicker format of Off Grid, and even more, it came in a plastic cover this time, instead of getting all beat up the mail.

Neither issue really had a lot that I could use , but there were some interesting articles. Even when there's nothing that is directly applicable to my own situation, I always enjoy the magazines. My daughter shares my interest in self sufficiency, and I gave her a Kindle Fire 10 for Christmas, so now she can read them up there.

I got my Choate butt pads, but they were for the actual MAK 90 stock, not the Choate stock that I need them for. I realize now that when I placed my order, I asked for the MAK 90 butt pad, meaning the Choate Mak 90 stock, but that's not what I said.  It would be tacky to send them back since it was my mistake, so I'll keep them. I still have both MAK 90 wooden stocks, who knows, I may need them some day. I'll give Choate a call tomorrow and clear this up, then place an order for the one's I need.

Here's what I inadvertently ordered,

but here's what I needed.

In the "Ah, well." category.

  My wife will be spending Monday and Tuesday at the hospital, so the next couple of days won't be fun but it's just routine stuff, nothing to worry about. I don't like hospitals. Always reminds me of bad times associated with people being ill. I also don't like the way they think they can order you around like you were their slave.

The Flu continues to ravish Georgia.

The flu is really burning through Georgia. We went to an adjacent county yesterday to do some shopping, and lots of people were wandering around in those little masks that cover your mouth and your nose. They didn't work in the 1918 epidemic, but maybe the masks are better today. When we got back here, there were people wearing them in the Walmart.  Never seen that before. However, the Atlanta news is really hyping it up, talking about all the young people and middle aged people in good health who had died.

All's well here, right now anyway.


Thought for the Day: