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  I was getting worried
Posted by: bmyers - 09-15-2019, 11:12 AM - Forum: Forum News, Introductions and How-To Information - Replies (4)

After several days of trying to access the website and no luck, I'm glad to see it is back.

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  XL 750
Posted by: bmyers - 09-03-2019, 10:49 AM - Forum: Defense - Replies (6)

The setup of the XL 750 is complete. My best friend came over and oversaw the project (he has two XL 650 machines). The setup was actually really easy. Dillion has online YouTube videos which for visual learners are much easier than reading the instructions.  Followed the videos, checked my settings along the way and made my first 12 rounds. 

We took those down to the range and the worked perfectly. I have since made another 150 rounds for a match this weekend to see if I have any issues. Been checking the powder measure in about every 10th bullet and that is holding steady. Size of the bullets are consistent and primers are all seated nice and even. I gauge checked all the rounds to make sure they passed and I had two that didn't. Looking at the casing, they had a little deformities on them so they got tossed. 

I'm very pleased with my wife's purchase and plan on putting it to good use.

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  Hunting 2019
Posted by: mac66 - 09-02-2019, 09:50 PM - Forum: Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting & trapping - Replies (1)

Thought I would begin the hunting thread for 2019.  I did my first scouting of the property this past weekend and checked the game cameras.

Primarily I went up to sight in a new AR upper I built in 450 Bushmaster.   I am a big believer in big bores on deer having hunted the last three years with rifles in 44 mag. Am 3 for 3 in one shot kills.  So I wanted to try the 450 but didn't want to pay the freight for an expensive AR. My God daughter's husband brought up a Ruger American bolt gun in 450  last year but didn't get anything. I was intrigued with the 450s ballistics. 45 caliber, 250 gr bullet at a MV of 2200 FPS and 2700 foot lbs/energy. That's comparable to a 45-70 Gov. Yeah, that should do nicely.

 I would have bought a Ruger (+- $400) if I hadn't found a 450 barrel on sale at Bear Creak Arsenal for $60.  I had enough parts on hand to build an upper so I went that way instead. It seemed to be a inexpensive way in. $60 for the barrel, $65 for the bolt head. Most of the other parts I already had but ended up buying another free float hand guard for $40 and the upper receiver was $40 which I already had. So the whole project set me back $205, not counting the lower. You can use any AR lower of which I have 6 or 7 various kinds.

I had all the parts together but it needed a bolt head. 450 Bolt/carriers are expensive ($85-120) so trying to find a place to sell just the bolt head, which will fit any carrier was difficult.  I finally found one last week for $65.  Thinking I would like to carry a lightweight AR for hunting I put the upper on a Cav Arms lower. The Cav Arms is a once piece molded polymer lower that is very lightweight. The particular Cav Arms lower I used was built to be an ultra light. With polymer internal parts, light weight buffer and spring.

Notice that there is no ejection port cover or forward assist on that upper. I used an Anderson Sporter upper. IMO modern ARs don't need a forward assist (i.e, jam button) and the port cover is equally superfluous.  The 16" barrel however is free floated.

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Now to feed the beast. The good news is that you don't need special magazines.  You have to simply replace the followers in a standard AR mag and be good to go. Since there is a 5 round mag limit for hunting in my state, using a standard 20 round mag with a 450 follower holds 5 rounds. I was in a conversation with a guy named Marco in a thread on the 450 on Glock Talk and Marco sent me a pair of followers for free. Apparently he is affiliated with a business. Followers are normally $7 or $8 on ebay.

The difference between the followers are apparent. The 5.56 followers (on right) allows double stacking. The 450 only allows single stacking in the mag.

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My trip to the hunting property was primarily to function test the upper and mags. I mounted a cheap 5x scope and set up at 25 yards.

Unfortunately I didn't plan very well and was forced to buy ammo at the local sports shop. 450 ammo runs about $1.50/round. A box of 20 runs about $30 though I've since seen it for around $24 if you shop around.

It took 3 shots to zero the scope. I then began a new group. First shot was in the X ring. Second shot was touching in the 10 ring about 1 o'clock. 3 shot was in the 9 ring about 1 o'clock. By then I was flinching real bad due to the heavy recoil. Shots 4 & 5 were out at 10 & 11 o'clock.  The recoil on this very light weight rifle was brutal, i.e, very unpleasant.  I stopped shooting after that group. Couldn't see wasting anymore expensive ammo.  I'm not proud of that group but it is what it is.

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The mistake was using the light weight lower with a light weight spring and buffer. Not sure it will even hold up under prolonged use. Not going to use it anymore. Looking back on it I am lucky it didn't come apart in my hands. I have a full length A2 Rifle which I could use the lower off of. It's a pound or two heavier than the Cav Arms.  I'm also going to mount a different scope on it and take it back to sight in. Should be a bit more pleasant to shoot then.

This rifle will strictly be used for hunting. I'm looking forward to rifle season to see what the 450 will do on deer.

Edited to add...When I returned home I checked out the cheap chinese scope I had mounted on it. The rear lens was shattered. I don't know if I dropped it, banged it on something or the recoil did it. I've since ordered and received a 2-7x Vortex scope which I've mounted for the next trip to the property to sight it in. I will be shooting it with a full stocked AR lower taken off my target rifle.

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Lightbulb Silica gel packs
Posted by: David - 08-28-2019, 03:19 PM - Forum: The Pub - Replies (2)

Silica gel packs

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  And our first Hurricane is inbound!
Posted by: Bob - 08-28-2019, 12:11 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (20)

Snore....

Likely no big deal, and will hit other coast even if it makes Cat 1.  But you never know.

Still, Damn preparedness has now given me nothing to do but enjoy myself and wait...

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  G26 back on the hip
Posted by: bmyers - 08-27-2019, 11:15 AM - Forum: Defense - Replies (10)

I have to go down to the East St. Louis and Washington Park area to check on jobsites. Sadly, these areas have turn into giant cesspools of crime. It is hard to imagine that these areas were once prominent and very prospers areas that people wanted to live. Now they have turned into nothing, but trash and garbage. You can't leave equipment down there because everything gets stolen. 

An ISP Trooper was just killed down there. https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/articl...373493.php

They would be better off to bulldoze the whole area down and start over.

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  B Notes- This just in!!!
Posted by: Bob - 08-27-2019, 12:36 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (3)

Remember these?


Quote:Hey Dave - "B" says be watchful!
1. Something Politically shocking will happen the last two weeks of August
2. Something is up in the Environment that may not be natural
3. There willl be a violent outburst somewhere.

1. Trump raises the ante against China as Economists predict next recession?!?!?!?!?  Didn't see that coming.  Well, YOU didn't anyway....but "B" did.
2.  The Rainforest is on fire.  One of the most carefully watched resources on the planet next to Uranium and Oil.....coincidence?  Mere chance?  Or does the mysterious "B" know something....
3. violence erupts in China.  Coincidence?  Mere chance?  Perhaps not....according to "Notes"

Meanwhile - not series of mass arrests in the great non-house cleaning....as predicted by "B"

This "Q" guy has nothing on me.....

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  Financial Preparedness / Next Recession
Posted by: Bob - 08-26-2019, 02:11 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (3)

So, with the latest recession buzz, how are you in terms of financial preparedness?


We all, I believe, understand that there will be another recession.  When is the question, and no one knows the answer to that.  Media has been pumping that for the news cycle lately, but fan fires and fears is how they operate.  But that doesn't mean it isn't going to happen.  

So now that we all went through the 2009 mess - are you getting ready for the next one?

- Debts paid off?
- Watching investments for move-to-cash strategy?
- Metals?
- Emergency fund for Job loss/lay-off?
- Just how recession-proof is your job and industry?
- Have a side-gig possibility?
- Able to move on-demand for work?

Just some things to chew on...

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  Address on Firearms to the Rhode Island House of Representatives
Posted by: David - 08-25-2019, 01:09 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (1)

Jeff asked me to post this video Smile



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Question If you could have only one firearm?
Posted by: David - 08-24-2019, 10:05 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (23)





I put this thread here rather than the ‘Defense’ section because the topic encompasses more than just self defense when we’re looking at it from the angle of emergency preparedness.  Defense is a consideration but we could also toss hunting, survival or even an armed conflict into the discussion.  Different folks will have different thought processes depending on training, concerns, area they live etc.  For some a long gun is the obvious choice, for others a pistol or revolver.  Here is a Paul Harrel video that got me thinking about the topic.

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