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Off Topic / Best Meat Jun?
« on: September 18, 2021, 09:29:46 AM »
Best meat jun?

My top 3 are:
1) Young’s
2) Dong Yang
3) Kyung’s

I like Sorabol’s as well, used to eat it really late, so everything tasted good then.

Anyways, had Young’s yesterday. It was good, but not as good as I remember. Might have to hit up Dong Yang and Kyung’s to test again. And again haha
Political Discussion / Mayor Blangiardi The Hypocrite
« on: September 17, 2021, 08:53:11 AM »
Saw videos of what was reported as Blangiardi leaving a party for his birthday recently that was attended by 10+ people in an indoor venue.  But that's not all, he was lipping off at folks leaving the venue.  Wonder how come that's not making the local news?  Hmm

Now folks are posting more of his rants on SM.  Wonder how that will progress. . .
Off Topic / Mental Heath and Suicide
« on: September 07, 2021, 09:50:53 PM »
If any of y’all need someone to vent to, listen, bounce ideas off off, etc, don’t be afraid to reach out. Seriously…

Had some encounters with friends and coworkers recently that opened my eyes more to this subject. One was a buddy who was having some difficulties with unfolding events in Afghanistan. It started with him venting in normal “guy talk”. Then over some beers, more came out.  Particularly how some of his other buddies were having a difficult time and many of them looked to him for guidance as their leader from back in the day. Anyways, he was able to vent, but someone I’ll definitely check in on more often.

Second example is that I’m back to formally begin a supervisor after not being in that position for over 10 years. There was a suicide prevention and awareness thing recently and I forward that to to staff with a note sharing some things. Anyways, one emailed me with venting and today, another came to my office and shared quite a bit. My staff are mostly folks I’ve known for years and a couple of them are good friends. The one who came to my office today is one who I consider a good friend, who just so happens is on my team now. The conversation started has him venting another work and then took what I felt was a strange turn. Didn’t know where he was going with things at first. I thought he was gonna quit. It turned out that he was going through some things. He told me that he didn’t feel he could discuss some of those things with say his wife or family. That took me by surprise at first, but the more we chatted, made more sense. At the end of the convo, it did seem like a weight had been lifted off his shoulders.

We get in each other here and all, but mostly in fun. At least for me. But we are a 2a community with common interests.  Sometimes we need to take a step back and remember that.

We have plenty of threads for bickering, let’s keep this one more on track please.
General Discussion / Impact on Recent Firearm and Ammunition Situation?
« on: September 07, 2021, 07:58:47 AM »
How has the recent situation on firearm and ammunition availability and pricing affected you? 

Has it slowed down your enjoyment of shooting?  Has it made you put off purchasing of firearms?  If so, what were you looking for?

Has recent events been a wakeup call for you, or those that you know?   

For me, there are probably a few handguns that I may have looked to buy if I hadn't gotten back into the bolt action thing.  The most impact for me has been reloading components.  I was able to get what I needed, but at a higher price and probably not as wide range of components to try.  The latter may actually be a good thing as I forced me to focus on working with what I could get and luckily I was able to get at least decent components.

As for wake up call, not me.  Maybe highlighted things many shooting enthusiasts have know and been saying to folks for many years.  Don't have any close friends that were caught unawares and were scrambling to acquire a firearm. 

Looking for your experiences and recommendations on .22 lr bolt action rifle.  I've long wanted a .22 lr bolt action, or even a 10/22, but never got around to it.  When my centerfire bolt action comes in, I might as well maximize my time at HPD, so .22 lr bolt actions seems next on the list. 

I've shot Savage BA .22 lr a lot over the years.  Seems like a very solid rifle, readily available (in normal times), and very fun to shoot.  I've shot some others over the years, but none that stood out. CZ, Ruger, etc. 

Was going more research lately and read that some have issues with the Savage trigger, or something not to their liking.  I thought the Savage .22 lr BA rifle triggers were ok, or at least didn't notice anything bad about them.

Anyone who has been in the market for .22 lr BA, how available are they locally as of late?  I should run down to LGSs and check them out.  I'd want to try to buy one through a LGS as first choice, but I'm ok with ordering online. 
Ammunition prices are about to skyrocket! Bidens state department announced today further sanctions on Russia. Which include the denial of all pending and future import permits for firearms manufactured in Russia.

This is bad news for gun owners in America for two reasons.

    Russian Ammunition accounts for approximately 40% of available ammo at this time.
    Steel ammunition prices are the only thing keeping brass ammunition prices in check. When steel goes up brass will skyrocket.

When it rains. . .

I haven't dug into this.  Saw it on a post by MAC. 
Firearms and Accessories / 6.5 Creedmoor - Your Experiences & Thoughts
« on: August 09, 2021, 12:20:56 PM »
What are your experiences and thoughts on 6.5 Creedmoor?

I'm waiting on my custom .308 bolt action, but I have found a great deal on another action.  So figured that since I'll be registering the .308 when it's done, might as well make more efficient use of my time and "enjoy" it with HPD.   :P

But seriously, I was thinking of eventually going into the 6 mm range eventually, but this good deal may accelerate it.  Use will be the same as .308 Win, which is general target shooting, somewhat PRS style as opposed to benchrest or F-Class, with being more efficient at longer range (600 to 1000+ yards).  I'll still be focusing on .308 for the time being, but I am excited about venturing into 6 mm range.

I'm thinking 6.5 for many reasons.  Cartridge performance is a big one, but also availability of commercial/factory ammo.  Yeah, I'll be rolling my own, but good to have some match grade ammo to test with. 
Reloading / Forster Co-Ax Press
« on: August 05, 2021, 02:35:23 PM »
Seeing if anyone is interested in a Forster Co-Ax press.  I have been on the OpticPlanet waitlist and just got an email that the anticipated ship date end of August.  I forgot I was on the waitlist.  I bought one a couple of months ago, but I haven't used it yet.  Anyways, I just wanted to see if anyone is interested.  If not, I will likely cancel my order or maybe just get it and hold onto it. 
Firearms and Accessories / Firearm Component Lead Times
« on: August 03, 2021, 07:27:14 AM »
Have been researching a custom bolt action build for a while and recently (about a month ago) started the order process.  I noticed lead times on stuff like custom action and chassis/stocks steadily creeping up, but was in the 2-3 month range.  Was just watching a couple of videos, including one from an F-Class shooter on what he recommends to get started.  On that video, he mentioned stuff like Defiance actions lead time in the 6-9 month, maybe more range.  Some barrel manufacturers in the 4-6 month or more range.  When I ordered my parts, the longest lead item was the chassis (side folder) with barrel not expected to be a big deal since the company I ordered through has a steady supply of barrels, at least the common caliber/contour/twists on order.  But yikes!  One guy that was helping me with my orders said that not that long ago, the longest lead was a chassis in a configuration that wasn't that common and that lead time was maybe 1 month.  Bad timing to back into bolt action rifles. . .  :(
Reloading / Pistol Caliber Reloading - Do You Chrono?
« on: June 11, 2021, 07:28:34 AM »
For pistol caliber reloading, do you chrono your loads?

If yes, what are you looking for?  For min or target power factor (for say competition)?  To replicate factory ammo?  Other?

What chrono are you using?  I've mostly seen the chrono with the "gates" at KHSC, but seems to be rare. 
Political Discussion / Ignorant Populace is Easily Subverted (GA Bill)
« on: April 07, 2021, 11:36:28 AM »
Tony Cowden

Some light hearted reading.  Reminded me of "Superman vs Mighty Mouse" from Stand By Me.   ;D

Two days before the release of 2021’s most highly anticipated grudge match, Godzilla vs. King Kong, there’s a much smaller battle taking place across my screen. Nathaniel J. Dominy and Ryan Calsbeek share much in common—they’re colleagues, scientists, Dartmouth professors—but their areas of expertise weren’t an existential threat to their friendship until recently. One of them (Nathaniel) studies primates, the other (Ryan) reptiles and amphibians.

In 2019 over coffee, the two professors forged a bond when they realized they could write a paper examining Godzilla’s evolutionary growth in cinema dating back to the 1954 original. They each grew up with the original versions of the characters. Ryan watched the black-and-white Godzilla movies as a kid on Saturdays, while Nathaniel saw them as a teenager while watching Mystery Science Theater 3000. But there’s a difference between collaborating on a piece solely about Godzilla and weighing in on a battle royale between lizards and apes. So when the two logged onto Zoom, a conversation ostensibly about using science to settle a decades-long debate quickly became a way for each to hash out their relationships with the iconic monsters.

Nathaniel and Ryan looked at three main areas that would impact a fight between Godzilla and Kong: anatomy, geography, and intelligence. (Previous matchups between the two titans were used as evidence since the latest movie wasn’t yet released during the time of the interview.) We’ll try our best to avoid spoilers, at least until the end.

Reloading / My 9 mm Reloading Thread (and eventually .357 and .41 Mag)
« on: April 06, 2021, 09:44:13 AM »
Gearing up for starting to reload for 9 mm, so consolidating my thoughts, experiences, and questions. 

My goal is primarily for reliable functioning in my guns.  Preferably as close to 115 gr factory ammo since that is what I typically shoot for training, competition, etc.  But not a need.  I'm thinking that I will likely need to keep things a little lower at first, which is fine.  I have a chronograph that I think can be used for handguns, but I wasn't really planning on it.  How have you gone about trying to replicate a specific loading?  Not looking to get "poof poof" ammo.

Will be using a Dillon setup that one of my buddies who has been reloading handgun for years has.  His handgun reloading needs are similar to mine, so that will help.  I think he said he typically finds a load that functions and is a certain percentage (I don't remember how much lower) lower than the max published load data.  That sounds good to me, but I am down to do some testing to get closer to factory load. 
Political Discussion / Huntah Biden :facepalm:
« on: April 05, 2021, 02:00:41 PM »
Hunter Biden admits he used to smoke parmesan cheese because it resembled crack

Hunter Biden says he probably smoked ‘parmesan cheese’ digging for crack in carpets
Starting an "Eh, you get extra" thread to facilitate members sharing and paying it forward with other members in need. 

A bunch of us have bins/boxes with spare parts, mostly take offs, or gear that we don't use.  I know I have quite a bit. 

I've been blessed to have gotten to know many on here who have supported my renewed shooting interests, so I want to give back.  Taking an opportunity to share some stuff that I have that I think could help other 2a folks.  No rules or strings attached, just sharing some "2aHawaii Aloha".  I just ask that folks participate and support where they can. 

I'll start with:
1) Rem 700 Hogue stock and other parts.  Everything from a Rem 700 SPS except for the action and barrel.  I have the trigger, but won't offer that up since it was part of the Remington trigger recall.
2) AR15 take off parts.  I'll have to check what I have, but stuff like A2 flash hiders, grips, charging handle, etc.
3) AR15 cleaning kit.  Someone gave it to me when I bought my first AR, but never used it.  I would have to check what's even in the kit.

I'll post more eventually, but just wanted to list some things to get it started.   :shaka:

MODs - Please move if you think this should be in the Classifieds instead.
Dan Crenshaw and Henry Cuellar introduced The ATF Accountability Act of 2021 to create a transparent appeals process within the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).  Saw it on a number of SM pages of "gun guys".  MAC and others.  Nothing on other searches. . .
Reloading / Forster Co-Ax Press - Anyone have/use?
« on: February 02, 2021, 08:20:57 AM »
Anyone use the Forster Co-Ax press?  That's the leader (at least right now) for a press for reloading for precision rifle.

At my buddy's shop, he already has a Dillon (I think 550, but maybe one up) that we have been using to reload for rifle, along with an RCBS single stage press.  We can use the Dillon for more high production reloading, like 9 mm, so have that aspect covered.  I considered turret presses, but the Forster seems to add the flexibility while maintaining the "better" alignment for precision rifle.  Don't have personal experience with it, nor any of my shooting friends, so the "better" is in quotes. 

Seems like the Forster is a good all around press.  It will likely be used primarily for sizing and seating boolits.  Most of the other operations will be done on the other presses (decapping, primer seating).  If I ever move the press into my own reloading room, I'll still be able to use it for all of the steps. 
Now that I've started down the rabbit hole of reloading for precision rifle, starting a thread to document/share my experiences.  Hopefully more successes than failures, but all good data.  I've found it helps to be able to go back and read experiences at the start of going down a path with shooting (training, LPVO, handgun sights and red dot, etc).  Appreciate help and advice moving forward, as well as hope to just have fun with getting into reloading. 
Off Topic / 2a Friendly or Anti Companies
« on: January 08, 2021, 10:11:51 AM »
What are some 2a friendly or anti companies that you patronize or avoid?

I've been seeing a lot more companies be more vocal with their view online.  A few that I've been a customer for years.  My money talks and will walk in a heartbeat.

Some companies catch flak along the way for some leans, but some are blatantly anti 2a.  Trying to keep this mostly based on 2a and gear quality, not really on politics.  Though I understand that may be difficult to keep separate. 
Firearms and Accessories / Bolt Action Rifle Update - Sharing Experience
« on: January 07, 2021, 10:41:40 AM »
Getting back to what I truly enjoy and what led me to this forum, which is shooting.  Both enjoying shooting, sharing experience, helping new shooters, and getting to know like minded folks. 

I have recently gotten back into shooting my Rem 700 .308.  I bought this rifle many years ago with the intention of eventually updating.  When I bought the rifle, I envisioned an aftermarket stock and cerakote.  Remington's blued finish is ABSOLUTE CRAP!!!  To the point where I would shoot the gun one afternoon and case it up.  Then when shooting the next day (not even 24 hours later), there would be a sheen of rust.  I mean it was easy to wipe off, but that's crap. 

The original gun is a Remington 700 SPS Tactical AAC-SD with a Vortex Viper PST 4-16.  I chose .308 because it was a popular/common caliber that was readily available commercially.  I had "visions" of eventually getting into reloading.  I enjoy shooting steel in general, so when the steel got taken down at KHSC I lost motivation to shoot the 700, as well as a lull in my shooting in general.  Anyways, I have the bug again and have picked up the update. 

As I've gotten back into shooting the 700 and started reloading, I've received a lot of feedback from folks on the forum and friends, as well as on the internet.  I've found that like many things in life, context is key when receiving feedback.  From folks that hunt, to are interested in stuff like PRS style/level shooting, and F-Class and benchrest folks.  I'm somewhere in the middle.   I mostly just want to improve on the stock gun and goal is better results than commercial match ammo.  Not expecting to get into the 0.25 MOA average level, but of course want to get the best I can out of the gun, ammo, and my shooting ability.

Cutting to the chase, here's where the gun is at now:
- Cerakoted barrel, action, and bolt (with larger bolt knob)
- American Precision Arms Little Bastard brake, turned down to match the barrel OD
- MPA Competition chassis with side folder
- Nightforce ATACR with MIL-XT reticle with Spuhr mount and Seekins base
- Geissele Rem 700 Super trigger (likely going to change out soon)
- Atlas BT65 bipod

When the work was done to cerakote and install the brake was done, since the barrel and action had to be taken apart, I had the gunsmith perform some "cleaning up" of the action, chamber, and crown. 

Pause here. . . why not just go with a custom action and barrel?  Yup, I would have if it wasn't for a few things.  I wasn't expecting to go that far with the updates and I wanted to get the gun back shooting soonest.  The actions I was looking at were pretty long lead times.  Add to that the registration "situation".  Current plan is to shoot this action/barrel a lot and see how the reloading goes and then decide where to go from there. 

I got the gun back end of Dec and was able to fit in a range day to zero the gun and a "fun" range day.  Zeroing on the first range day was pretty quick.  I think I took about 3 rounds to get pretty close.  I have a useful reference point on a building next door that allowed a pretty good boresight at about 125 yards.  Wish I had done that on previous rifles.  I was able to shoot a few 5 shot groups that first range day and was pleased with the results with factory ammo.

Then on the "fun" range day, I was able to get pretty good chrono data for the FGMM.  Good to set a baseline for many things moving forward, both for shooting the gun in longer ranges and reloading.  With the chrono data and ballistic app, I was able to get decent first round hits on steel in the 300 yard to mid 400 yard range, so I was quite happy.  By decent, I mean with help from "a friend" on the wind call, first round hits on steel near the center of the plate.  The group had a laugh when I had the first round hit on the first target and I was like "I hope that wasn't a one hit wonder"  ;D

So now that I'm somewhat comfortable with the gun setup, focus is shifting to reloading.  I have 100 rounds loaded up from my first batch of loading.  I have decided to go a different route with the load development, but it will be interesting to shoot the rounds that I have loaded up. 

It's been a fun process so far.  Learning a lot and have had a few mistakes in ordering components that weren't "quite right".  I think I've gotten past that with the gun, but will likely have more of that with the reloading components.  As I've mention in other threads, I like to try different things and see for myself.  I've gone through the growing pains with handguns and ARs, and starting down that road now with bolt action rifles.  A bit of bad timing as many of the reloading components are tougher to come by. 

Haven't been this excited about shooting in a while.  Just wish we had more diverse ranges to shoot at.  This might make me look into joining SRGC again.  Will see. . .
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