flippin’ bergers – part 1

July 26, 2014
flippin’ bergers – part 1

All I have used in my .308 are target bullets and target ammunition. I wanted something in this versatile rifle that could actually DO SOMETHING. From my reading, Berger’s 175 OTM Tactical is a great hunting round. So I aim to find out. I loaded up 3 each in 3-grain increments from 42.8 grains up…

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targets

July 19, 2014
targets

My low-rent Romanian AK47 had an awful trigger that was like a pointy stick dragging across broken pavement. Worse, every shot fired would reset the trigger with a smart SLAP on your trigger finger. Not too many shots downrange before anyone and everyone had enough.…

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The Day Before

July 19, 2014

Studying history with knowledge of the elite banking families in mind; with an understanding of the role The Bilderberg Group plays in it, and watching events unfold from sources outside their mainstream media leads prudent people to preparation for dramatic change in our world. That…

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river hangout

July 11, 2014
river hangout

The river has come down a foot or so and we are a month older than pictured here, but it’s the photo I have available for this thought. I just opened the windows to let the evening cool take the temperature down in the house.…

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take a hike

July 8, 2014
take a hike

Lest I be accused of failing to stop and smell the roses…. We live in a lovely vacation paradise, so it is easy to just STAY here and enjoy the nature in our own back yard. But we took a break that I share here…

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first car

July 6, 2014
first car

I bought Mom’s ’50 Plymouth from Dad when he upgraded her to a ’57 Ford. He paid $125 several years before, so that’s what it cost me in 1966. The 16-year-old factory paint was such a glossy black that reflection of sky was blue, clouds…

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cafe’ BSA

July 5, 2014
cafe’ BSA

Fairly fresh out of the service I finally got a chance to scratch that itch to own a motorcycle. Typical Ted, it couldn’t be one of the popular Hondas or Harleys. Somehow a Triumph 650 Bonneville was my ideal. I found a nearly-affordable BSA 650…

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Field Day 2014

July 3, 2014
Field Day 2014

Amateur radio operators preparing for weekend event When the power goes out, often amateur radio operators have the only reliable means of communication. They are prepared with generators, solar power, radios, antennas and training. Amateur Radio Field Day is a coordinated effort for all amateur…

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saying “NO” to myself

June 26, 2014
saying “NO” to myself

  Claire Wolfe Getting to No You Thursday, June 26th, 2014 You’ve decided you need to say no. To new volunteer obligations. Impositions on your privacy. Visits from relatives. Extra projects at work. Co-workers who crowd you. Whatever. (Maybe even to government, but more about…

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Father’s Day

June 15, 2014
Father’s Day

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great video

June 14, 2014

I confess to a certain bias: my daughter created this video. It is excellent in several ways. Watch it for its own sake. For me, I am pleased that she achieved a position of doing what she enjoys, is very good at it, earns a…

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match setup

June 12, 2014
match setup

We are coming up to the Nampa Rod And Gun Club match weekend. A real fun favorite match is their Vance Cusic Vietnam Memorial Match… four-man teams in several 200-yard rapid-fire courses of fire, including some moving silhouettes as well as full-sized and “prone silhouettes”.…

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armstrong mower

June 2, 2014
armstrong mower

The 20-year-old Honda mulching mower that has been hard to start for 10 years finally stopped running. My $25 thrift store push mower runs like a watch … as long as my arms, legs, knees, back, heart and lungs can keep pushing it. I may…

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spring planting

June 1, 2014
spring planting

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dam this morning

May 29, 2014
dam this morning

As you know, I’ve been paying attention the the river outside my front window. This morning a log caught on the bridge support downstream. Knowing this could rather rapidly escalate into a major dam, backup and flood for us lowlanders, I called the highway department.…

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back off

May 24, 2014

A year ago I overdid it with proper lifting techniques. I taught lifting classes at Hewlett Packard so my staff wouldn’t hurt themselves tossing 40-pound paper boxes. I had some great models and training. I know how to do it right. But I’m too dang…

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studio move-in

May 24, 2014
studio move-in

I merely copied Missy’s post at FreeMissy.com …

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river running by

May 22, 2014
river running by

I have never lived within reach of a river before now. It is great. But prudence dictates I pay attention to it. I didn’t move here unaware of the potential, but noticing our home is about two feet higher than the neighbors homes was reassuring.…

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Sheriff admits he can’t do job

May 20, 2014
Sheriff admits he can’t do job

The article below recently appeared in the Ravalli Republic. While that newspaper slanted the piece towards a view supporting the Sheriff’s quest for more taxes on the people of Ravalli County, or cuts in other services, my take is different. First I give you theirs.…

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national weather service warning

May 14, 2014

Here is the text of this afternoon’s warning bulletin. I separated it into paragraphs to facilitate reading, but didn’t bother translating the all caps “shouting”. Event: Hydrologic Outlook Alert: …RIVERS AND STREAMS ON THE RISE LATER THIS WEEK AND WEEKEND… TEMPERATURES WILL BE WARM THE…

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running for Ravalli County Sheriff

May 10, 2014

I was disappointed to see that the incumbent Ravalli County Sheriff was running unopposed. He is not THAT good. Nobody is. I did a little feasibility study with a few selected friends. At a meeting today, I was strongly encouraged to run for this office.…

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Radio Field Day June 27-29

May 10, 2014
Radio Field Day June 27-29

Field Day is an annual amateur radio event involving radio operators, clubs and groups nation-wide. They set up stations in the field no sooner than Friday morning, then begin practicing communications from “emergency conditions” to as many stations in the USofA as possible. The Bitterroot…

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Painted Rocks is full

May 5, 2014
Painted Rocks is full

I remember hearing that “We don’t let it get more than half full because of the safety hazard presented by this type of earth-fill dam.” Interestingly, yesterday it was running over the top at 2+ acre-feet per minute with no room for more. Every drop…

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river is a-risin’

May 4, 2014
river is a-risin’

Warm with scattered showers, intermittent sunshine expected high: 60 It has been creeping up from its winter/spring long-term stable state around 2 1/2 feet, but today the river is getting a bit more serious about rising. It is at 3 1/2 this morning, with strong…

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May Day treat

May 2, 2014
May Day treat

Andrea and jamie brought themselves to our humble home, and neighborhood for a visit. It was WONDERFUL. The original plan had her two sisters along, but in spite of the disappointment their begging off this trip brought, it turned out to be a great time…

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dam cavalier attitude

April 23, 2014
dam cavalier attitude

In late February, Dallas Erickson presented to the Bitterroot Amateur Radio Club a view of the risk behind the Painted Rocks Dam. Nature has a way of returning these canyons to their original state. The transformation is usually spectacular… particularly to those humans who live…

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wi-fi freeloaders cut off

April 22, 2014
wi-fi freeloaders cut off

Out in the boonies, we have only two choices for Internet access. Neither is great, but surprising me, the cell-phone provider from a tower 4.5 miles away is unreliable while the satellite 25,000 miles away is pretty good by comparison. For about the same price,…

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ammo load testing

April 20, 2014
ammo load testing

I was looking for this article this morning. Since it was hard for me to find, I am posting it anew here. It is from The Fixer over a year ago. Swiss K31 I built test loads for a couple of rifles. Monday’s weather was…

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AR-15 rifle options

April 13, 2014
AR-15 rifle options

My best friend, a devout AR-15 builder, built me a ‘utility upper’ for my AR-15 “Service Rifle”. My rifle’s original purpose is to shoot CMP and NRA High-Power Rifle Matches at 200, 300 and 600 yards in very restricted, formatted matches. They have been going…

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slowing Hoover down

April 6, 2014
slowing Hoover down

Scooter’s cup of food now gets placed in the bowl with 4 hard rubber toys. She doesn’t achieve a lady-like or savoring her food level, but she no longer eats like a 3-horsepower shop-vac. We are getting along supremely. She is a sharp cookie, and…

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