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  1. Welcome! Lots of good things to learn here from lots of good people! Wayne
  2. This is a really good way to graphically compare several different bullets. I'm particularly interested because after the first hour of shooting prairie dogs, most shots are past 150-200 yards and the wind always blows in South Dakota. Thanks! Wayne
  3. Clever! https://medium.com/the-physics-arxiv-blog/c1eb776193ef
  4. Here is a pretty good review of the RCBS Summit press on youtube: "> " type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350">
  5. Almost two years later, I called the wholesaler I buy from to see if he has any 22LR in the warehouse. He laughed when I asked. Hopefully he will have some in the next few months as I'm almost out.
  6. I saw this a few months ago. I still wonder if there is any practical meaning to pouring on loads of dirt and sand on a firearm and cycling the action until is won't cycle anymore. It makes for good youtube entertainment, but I don't think much else.
  7. BSW posted this earlier on BITOG - I reposted here with his permission. ------ Without trying to irritate anyone by picking on their favorite rifle, it seems like a lot of aspects of the AR's basic design are marginal: 1) The bolt is over stressed for the specified steel. Either a better grade of steel should have been specced, more generous stress relief cuts should have been used, or the locking lugs by the extractor should have been beefed up. Or all three. Alternately, a larger bolt could have been used, which would allow for more steel in the highly stressed areas and better stress relieving features. 2) The cam pin hole in the bolt causes a stress riser. This should have been eliminated. However, with the current design making the cam pin hole in the extractor smaller forces the cam pin to be smaller, which might lead to cam pin breakages. 3) Extraction is marginal. More spring force is needed and/or a widerextractor would provide for more of a margin against failure to extract. 4) Bolt travel is too short. As is, the bolt travels just enough to pick up the next round. Anything that interferes with the bolt's travel results in short stroking. A design that allowed bolt over travel would provide a margin against short stroking. 5) Debris* mitigation features are lacking. The AR has lots of tightly fitted parts with minimal clearance between them. Sand cuts should have been provided like the FAL and/or minimize contact areas of the bolt carrier, and receiver, like the G3, AK, and SCAR designs do. You could even do self clearing features like the Stirling SMG had. A automatic ejection port door like the FNC would be a nice feature too. Anything that relies on the operator is asking for trouble. The trouble is no one can try and fix any of the problem areas without breaking the modularity/interchangeability of the AR. Design a stronger bolt and you still have to interface with existing barrel extension designs and bolt carriers. Make a better extractor by making it wider and now it doesn't work with the existing fleet of bolts and barrels that are in service. BSW *External debris like dust, sand, and mud. I completely agree that carbon fouling in the AR is a total non-issue
  8. You know how the saying goes, the first one costs $1,000,000 and the rest cost a few $.
  9. Reposted from a couple years ago: I have asked friends who have reloaded for many years and not one of them have had a primer go off while reloading. Personally, I have experimented to see how hard/easy they could be set off. I found that if you directly dent the primer, like a firing pin would, that you can get them to go off. However, you have to hit them darn hard and make a significant dent. I have thrown them on the floor as hard as I could and slowly crushed them in a vise, just can't get them to go off this way. My experimentation stopped when I finally got one to explode. I had no idea how much force they have or how loud they are. I did have leather gloves and safety glasses on, but the force through the leather glove left my finger bleeding and my ears rang for a while. Folks, DO NOT experiment with primers, take it from someone who had to learn the hard way. Wayne
  10. I wonder when we'll have to start a new category in the forum for gauss guns? "> " type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350">
  11. AG just requested yet another 30 day extension, which the judge said not to ask for again. We'll see what happens.
  12. The Governor hasn't signed it and nobody knows what he's going to do, but something has to be done by July 8, or constitutional carry will be law (without a law) and hundreds of local carry ordinances will ruin everything.
  13. They show quantity 0 now... They have some other powders, but not many. I wonder when this run on components will subside? Wayne
  14. It finally happened 5/31/2013. It never would have happened this year without the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in Chicago affirming a constitutional right to have ready-to-use firearms for self-defense outside the home. Full bill here The new law is a Shall-Issue, with a twist that a law enforcement agency can deny the permit based on someone being a known bad actor, but the individual has a right to appeal to a state concealed carry board. It required 16 hrs of training from a Illinois certified instructor and will have a fee of $150/5yrs. Concealed carry in IL will also preempt home-rule, which is a very good thing. It's about time. We'll see how this all plays out soon. Wayne
  15. See this previous thread on the same topic: http://www.practicallyshooting.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=847#Post847 Wayne
  16. Sounds like a pretty good deal, considering the current climate. Wayne
  17. wwillson

    Sit, down, STAY

    I lifted this from an email I got today. Today I swung my front door wide open and placed my Stevens 320(a shotgun) right in the doorway. I gave it 5 shells and left it alone and went about my business. While I was gone, the mailman delivered my mail, the trash man picked up the trash, a girl walked her dog down the street, and quite a few of my neighbors drove past the house. After about an hour, I checked on the gun. It was still sitting there, right where I had left it. It hadn't killed anyone, even with the numerous opportunities it had been presented with to do so. In fact, it hadn't even loaded itself. Well you can imagine my surprise, with all the media hype about how dangerous guns are and how they kill people. Either the media is wrong, and it is the misuse of guns by PEOPLE that kills people, or I'm in possession of the laziest gun in the world. Alright, well I’m off to check on my spoons. I hear they’re making people fat.
  18. Nick, Are you looking for already loaded ammunition with copper plated bullets? Wayne
  19. I'm considering a heavy barreled .223 for varmint/target shooting. I normally would shoot varmints with my Bushmaster Varminter, which is a great gun, but considering a possible scary looking gun ban in IL it's got me thinking. Maybe a Mossberg MVP Or a Savage
  20. http://www.gunbot.net/ammo It looks to me like they screen scrape and aggregate info, then let the end user sort by price, age, and 'in stock'. The price of ammo is really frightening. Wayne
  21. Participating in a gun buy back because you believe that the criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you believe that the neighbors have too many kids.
  22. Seriously - go look for yourself. It's about the craziest thing I've seen in a long time.
  23. Good advice - thanks Barry
  24. Thanks Barry, You always keep us on our toes! Wayne
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