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  1. Is he the guy who brings the shingle mill to the fairs?
  2. 10 gauge hammer gun of mine. Back about 30 years ago on the Thursday night modern skeet shoot I decided it was unusual enough to bring. I bought some primed 3 1/2 shells, cut them well down, and loaded them with 1 1/8 #8s and a 12 ga black powder load. I should have cut them down shorter as I still had to add a lot of wadding before I roll crimped them, undoubtedly raising the pressure and report. Modern Skeet is all pairs, station 1 being a report pair. I got the first bird but had to ask if I got the second due the smoke - I did. All action on the adjacent range stopped as the black powder report is way louder than the smokeless skeet loads. Faces cautiously peered around the fence at the smoke and wadding snowfall. The guys in my group were quite ammused but I only shot a couple more stations due smoke and the fact I neglected to bring a glove as black powder makes for hot barrels and the gun only has a splinter. Gun says London but is actually a Birmingham gun. Proof marks make it mid 1860s. Note one barrel is choked as it's marked not for ball and 11 bore, 12 muzzle. The other barrel is stamped 12. It's chambered 10.
  3. Yes, Purdey. Thanks Mike. I used to subscribe to The Double Gun Journal and drool over the bespoke guns. Sadly they're not printing anymore due to costs. https://www.thedoublegunjournal.net/ Purdey prices are truly well into the stratosphere.
  4. It somehow doesn't seem fair. Bow season is early because it's hard. Muzzle loader should be antique or reproduction black powder, early again because it's hard, Some of the modern muzzle loaders are as accurate as any breach loader. That's the opinion of some of my friends.
  5. Judging from the number brought to the local fairs there should be plenty of info and parts on the web. Some guys have multiples on trailers. Many pumping water in an endless loop or running a saw or some do nothing machines. There are some really monstrous ones that were from a powerhouse or pumping station. It's amazing at the size of a 20hp engine.
  6. Wow! Beautiful colors on it! Is it an A Grade? A fellow used to bring some of his Fox guns to Major Waldron range on the Thursday evening shoots years ago. I remember a similar gun that I believe he said was their A grade. Yeah, Purdy are a London company that's produced bespoke guns of impeccable quality at prices few can afford.
  7. Thanks Mike. The gun still had good blue and fair case hardening colors. It's only a Field Grade, the cheapest of the LC Smith side lock guns, extractors, double triggers. The stock was done in American Walnut by a stock maker in California. I was on a trip with a layover in SFO and drove quite a distance to his shop. He had a duplicator machine which was pretty interesting in itself. I picked out the wood, requested a thicker fore stock than the original splinter stock and a few weeks later it was done. I spent many hours doing the finish and shipped it to the woman who cut the checkering with a request for a Fleur-de-lis pattern. She did amazing work. The shotgun my father sold, probably for $40. or so back in the day, was an Eagle grade like below. Now worth 8-10 grand.
  8. My first skeet gun was a Citori Skeet Special - 26" with a beaver tail fore stock. I never shot it too well and bought it because some of the guys at the range were using one. It certainly was a well made gun but really didn't fit me well - length of pull too short, so I traded it on the 686 that I still have, which fits me well. I always had a soft spot for LC Smith as my father had a beautifully engraved model his uncle gifted him, sadly sold when money was extremely tight. Anyway I found this very clean field model and had it restocked with a long length of pull. I finished the wood then had it checkered by a woman who worked for Kimber. It turned out to be too long and needs to be cut. Unfortunately I became Chief Pilot and my free time suddenly was limited and more devoted to kid's soccer games and other family duties. My son and I were shooting fairly regularly but he's now XO on a CG Cutter so I lost my partner. Maybe now that I'm semi retired (company has been calling me for coverage as I'm still current) I'll get the stock cut and get back on the range with it. I dolled it up with thin wall screw in choke tubes as it had full/mod barrels. It's been sitting in its case for almost 20 years.
  9. Our driveway is a causeway between two small ponds full of sun turtles and snappers. They're often crossing the road so I stop and give them a flight into the side where I think they were going. They dig their nests in my lawn and the skunks dig up the eggs but some survive. A huge snapper got under the electric fence I had to attempt to keep the rabbits out of our garden. When she left she got the wire between her neck and shell and was getting zapped and really pissed. I mistakenly thought I could grab her and toss her over but I found I was going to loose an appendage trying that so just cut the wire with a pair of pliers I happened to have in my pocket. Ungrateful reptile took one last snap at me while I was cutting it.
  10. The only stainless steel and hard chromed shotguns I've ever seen are for hunting waterfowl, not on a skeet or trap field. Black finish with a synthetic stock that'll double for the lost boat paddle. I don't shoot much skeet anymore but hope to get back into it. I've got nothing fancier than a Beretta Black Onyx and most of the guys I've shot with don't have any bespoke guns. I have found that when I was riding target too far and missing doubles the cure was to break out an old Mossberg pump. The need to rack the action for the next shot would speed me up. The guys at the ranges I've used have the attitude of bring whatever you have, I've seen even bolt action guns and saw a kid who actually was getting some doubles with one! Being on a layover back when I worked for a company that was into shooting and didn't mind me carrying a gun in the baggage I used to visit skeet ranges. Other guys might carry a golf bag but I'd rather watch paint dry. Anyway, at a range near Scottsdale I saw more Krieghoffs than they probably have at the factory. There's some serious money there!
  11. I'm no hunter but rather a clay shooter so own mostly shotguns only a few rifles but my observation is that a long shot in New England is not likely to be as much as a hundred yards. Massachusetts deer is shotgun only and that dates back to pre Kennedy years. It seems that if I was hunting Bambi I'd want a heavy bullet not likely to be tipped by a twig. Most of my rifle shooting is ground hog or beaver and a .22 LR in does the trick. I've seen a few rifles and one shotgun that were hard chromed for corrosion resistance.
  12. Here's why progressive lenses are popular in the aviation community. Note the intermediate vision requirements for those of us over 50. The solution is trifocals or even quad focal lenses, or, progressive lenses. Before progressive grinds were available it was common to see pilots with two or even three lines in their glasses. The third line was for the overhead panel which is very busy in early two man cockpits. Fortunately for me the plane I moved into as I got older had a very automated cockpit and although there are plenty of items up there they require little attention so it''s not hard to lean back on occasion. The below also applies to Air Traffic Controllers. Federal Aviation Regulations require that a pilot’s distant vision be 20/20 or better, with or without correction, in EACH eye separately to hold a first or second class medical certificate. The standard for near visual acuity (16″) is 20/40 in each eye separately. Pilots aged 50 and older also have an intermediate visual standard measured at 32″ of 20/40 or better in each eye separately.
  13. A good optician will take lots of measurements and mark up plain glass in your frames sitting in front of you with their tools. If you just take your prescription to the mall they'll never be right.
  14. If you're a pilot you can't wear them, disqualifying right on the application. If you're not, good luck with them!
  15. A guy in a 'Vet asked what was in my '40 Ford after I smoked him. I said "flat head" which was of course, a lie, but he looked disappointed in his car.
  16. I love progressives. If you have to look through the very top to see the TV then they're set up wrong. The place I go will spend 30-40 minutes getting the glasses set to be ground correctly. They should pretty much focus where your nose is pointing. When I got my first pair I took them back as they were making me sick. I was told, and they were correct, that your brain will adapt in a couple of days. Give them a chance. Yes you have to move your head more but pretty soon you won't even think about it. The only problem I ever have is the eye machine for my medical cert. The machine kinda holds you in the wrong position to tilt your head back enough but picking the glasses up solves that. Fortunately the Falcon 7X doesn't have too much on the overhead as much is automated but I have to lean way back to see some of it. Guys flying other planes have to have lenses ground to see the overhead panel resulting in trifocals or weird progressive grinds.
  17. I finished up a UV water sterilizer and filter on Sunday. UV lamp ballast has a countdown timer for lamp replacement - 365 days. It was my first time working with PEX. I've always done copper for everything and did for the bypass valves but boy, PEX is easy and fast. When I screwed one up bolt cutters took care of the clamp easily.
  18. No sense in having a race cam that won't idle for street use. I've been out of it for decades but it seems the roller cams available now can give best of both worlds. Sounds like plenty of raw material in the lot.
  19. HD and Amazon, all 20 volt and have good luck with them.
  20. My daughter hiked all but a couple of the NH 4000'+ often starting in the middle of the night and alone. I used to offer her a hand gun, even a little .380 but she walked without. The whole family has CC too. I worried about a bear encounter but she would say all the black bears she saw just ran. New HD boyfriend hikes with her. They just hiked a glacier in NZ - helicoptered to it. That was after 10 days on his uncles 70' catamaran in Tahiti. She's in love and picked a good one. I was hiking the Grand Tetons on a trip many years ago. The other guy had a new camcorder. We were cautioned to keep talking and otherwise make noise. Nature called and I retreated off the trail to pee and found that a bear had just used the same spot and left a big pile of steaming evidence. The other guy filmed it! I was told that brown bears are not as shy as black bears and may be aggressive.
  21. A treasure trove! Heads on left look like big block, on the right are in shadow. What are they?
  22. The thought on them was to increase the dwell and coil saturation, something just not needed on a stovebolt 6. I ran one years ago on a 327 that would rev really high. Any more modern electronic system would work better.
  23. As Dirt Poor said: If you're breaking multiple grade 8 bolts there's something else going on. Grade 9 may fix it but...........There's no such thing as a grade 12. There is a 12.9 metric, roughly equivalent to a grade 9.
  24. I used to carry a Colt Mustang Pocket Lite,, in my pocket! I haven't carried in years and probably should. I stopped because ME didn't honor a NH carry and I live pretty much on the border. It doesn't matter anymore but I never started carrying again. When I lived in MA I did carry a 9mm S&W which would be way more effective than the .380. The .380 in such a short barrel is of questionable use but perhaps better than nothing.
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