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Re: What did you do this weekend?
« Reply #225 on: September 30, 2017, 03:27:54 pm »
Dude, you look freakin' amazing!
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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #226 on: September 30, 2017, 03:49:01 pm »
    Dude, you look freakin' amazing!

    Thanks.  :D
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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #227 on: September 30, 2017, 07:21:49 pm »
    I played paintball for the first time in just about ten years. The company I work for now had an employee game yesterday afternoon, which was awesome because the only thing better than playing paintball is playing paintball when someone else pays for it.

    I didn't do too bad. It was a private session and most of us were newbies anyway. I did manage to pull off one awesome move. We were playing a round of center-capture (one flag in the middle of the field, the team that gets the flag back to their base before time runs out wins). There was less than a minute left to play and I'd completely run out of ammo, so I figured I'd make a suicide run for the flag. Somebody else on my team got the flag first and started running back, but they got eliminated. And they were right next to me (maybe 10 feet away) when that happened. So I leapt out from behind my bunker. ran to the flag, grabbed it up (this was an honest-to-gravy flag on a pole, by the way, not just a bandanna or something), and started booking it back to my base. By some miracle, I managed to make it back to our base without getting shot and with less than ten seconds on the clock. So I won the game for my team! And I was decked out head-to-toe in Tiger Stripe BDUs and Boonie Hat, so I looked badass while doing it!

    That almost made up for me accidentally shooting one of my team members in the face (we were all wearing full-face masks) earlier in the round...  :-[
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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #228 on: September 30, 2017, 09:06:23 pm »
    I melted and cleaned about 1200 lbs of lead.  All neatly stacked in 7.5 lb ingots
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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #229 on: October 01, 2017, 11:35:59 am »
    I melted and cleaned about 1200 lbs of lead.  All neatly stacked in 7.5 lb ingots
    Jealous.

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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #230 on: October 01, 2017, 12:41:59 pm »
    Jealous.
    Totally.  Nothing beats inhaling lead fumes.

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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #231 on: October 01, 2017, 01:02:09 pm »
    Totally.  Nothing beats inhaling lead fumes.
    If you're sucking in lead fumes you're doing it wrong.

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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #232 on: October 01, 2017, 04:15:05 pm »
    If you're sucking in lead fumes you're doing it wrong.

    True that. 

    I spent several hours yesterday casting up some 262gr .45 and 173gr .357 bullets, one bullet at a time.  Keith semiwadcutters all.  But I only went through about 11-12 pounds of lead.  Fan in the garage window blowing out, another fan blowing down across my shoulder toward the pot.  No fumes.

    A)  Where does one get that much lead to melt down?, and B) you must have one heck of a propane burner to melt that much down in one day.   That's several lifetimes worth for the amount of shooting I have time for.
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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #233 on: October 01, 2017, 04:22:26 pm »
    The weekend is not over yet, and I just popped open the best bottle of liquor I've ever had, bar none.  :cool

    Schladerer brand, Williams-Birne pear brandy.  40% abv, but I could drink this stuff out of a cup.  'Smooth' doesn't begin to describe it, and with a very clean pear aftertaste.

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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #234 on: October 01, 2017, 05:08:57 pm »
    The weekend is not over yet, and I just popped open the best bottle of liquor I've ever had, bar none.  :cool

    Schladerer brand, Williams-Birne pear brandy.  40% abv, but I could drink this stuff out of a cup.  'Smooth' doesn't begin to describe it, and with a very clean pear aftertaste.

    I know you don't like most alcohol, but I always get a distinct pear flavour with Speyburn 10 yo. You might like it, if you find some in your daily travels  :shrug.
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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #235 on: October 01, 2017, 05:42:56 pm »
    A)  Where does one get that much lead to melt down?, and B) you must have one heck of a propane burner to melt that much down in one day.   That's several lifetimes worth for the amount of shooting I have time for.

    A.  Nukmed is a close friend.  And his forum name is more than just a cool sounding handle, he is a radiological pharmacist.  I process all his pharmacies scrap lead shielding and containers.

    B.  I have this and two dutch ovens:   http://a.co/f54qtfn  Took me about 5-6 hours yesterday to melt it down.  Most of it will go to an alaskan fishing guide who will cast deep sea lures.

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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #236 on: October 01, 2017, 05:51:10 pm »
    A.  Nukmed is a close friend.  And his forum name is more than just a cool sounding handle, he is a radiological pharmacist.  I process all his pharmacies scrap lead shielding and containers.

    B.  I have this and two dutch ovens:   http://a.co/f54qtfn  Took me about 5-6 hours yesterday to melt it down.  Most of it will go to an alaskan fishing guide who will cast deep sea lures.

     :o

    Very cool hobby and set up  :thumbup1. I never knew that NukeMed was a radiological pharmacist, either.
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #237 on: October 01, 2017, 07:08:02 pm »
    One of my friends was in town so we went shooting today.   He's a professional opera singer and he spends a lot of his time in NYC, so he doesn't get to go when he is there.  He was in town to visit his parents and for a singing gig with his local synagogue. 

    Took out the AR-10 and AR-15 I built last year.  Also had my old AK, but wasn't able to shoot that since the local range apparently decided to ban any use of Wolf ammo and that was all I had.  Both ARs ran well with zero function problems.   Unfortunately, the batteries were dead in my red dot on the carbine,  so I wasn't able to use that.   Had to switch to the back up iron sights.   Wasn't able to get a good idea of accuracy,  since I could barely see the target on the dimly lit indoor range and I had to shoot with an awkward stance through a window.   

    The AR-10 performed pretty well,  I put my Burris XTR on that and it was doing ok once I got it sighted in.   Did have something really weird when I first tried it.  I brought a laser bore sighter to get myself dialed in.  Put the target at 50 yards (closest distance available) and got the red dot on the cross hairs.    Fire three rounds and see that I'm 4" low and 6" off to the left.    Put the bore sighter back in, and I'm still dead on.     Fire a couple more shots,  still way low and to the left.   So  I gave up on the bore sighter and figured how many clicks I needed to move manually.   Made my adjustments and I was good to go.  No problems at all after that.  I don't know if my laser was off center or what, but it wasn't even close.    :shrug



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    « Reply #238 on: October 01, 2017, 07:15:11 pm »
    Ban Wolf ammo?  :eh

    Why not just ban Saturday night specials on the range too  ::) ? I can't always afford brass case ammo, so while I'll never go cheap on a gun or a holster, I will frequently go cheap on ammo, because practice is still practice.
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

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    « Reply #239 on: October 01, 2017, 07:26:02 pm »
    Well they have always had the rule about not letting anything that attracts a magnet on the range.  They don't want steel core stuff tearing up the backstop since this is a 100 yard indoor range in the middle of town.    However, I happen to have some of the older copper jacketed non magnetic wolf that I bought back in 2001 and I've used it there before.    They also ban barnaul and another one (Red Army Standard maybe?).   I don't know if it is due to the steel jacket issue, or if they have had other quality control problems with the Russian stuff.

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    « Reply #240 on: October 01, 2017, 07:44:39 pm »
    I don't know if it is due to the steel jacket issue, or if they have had other quality control problems with the Russian stuff.
    It is much more likely that the range staff just doesn't like having to pick out all the steel casings before they can sell the brass.

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    « Reply #241 on: October 01, 2017, 07:47:37 pm »
    I know you don't like most alcohol, but I always get a distinct pear flavour with Speyburn 10 yo. You might like it, if you find some in your daily travels  :shrug.
    I am still working on the bottle of Kirschwasser (cherry brandy) that was bought almost a year ago.  Also Schladerer, and why I gave their pear brandy a shot.  The stuff made from cherries is good, but the pear is just worlds better.

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    « Reply #242 on: October 01, 2017, 07:53:53 pm »
    It is much more likely that the range staff just doesn't like having to pick out all the steel casings before they can sell the brass.

    Might be to discourage a particular type of shooter.  I remember they used to specifically ban AKs and SKSs, even though they sold them at the attached gun store.  I think they were basically cool with regulars bringing in an AK, it was the more casual folks that caused a problem.  I think they were getting a constant string of yahoos that were going in there blasting up the target systems.  Bubbas or the wannabe gangsters would get themselves a cheap SKS at the gun show and end up trashing the downrange lights or hitting the target return cables. 
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    « Reply #243 on: October 01, 2017, 08:28:51 pm »
    Might be to discourage a particular type of shooter.  I remember they used to specifically ban AKs and SKSs, even though they sold them at the attached gun store.  I think they were basically cool with regulars bringing in an AK, it was the more casual folks that caused a problem.  I think they were getting a constant string of yahoos that were going in there blasting up the target systems.  Bubbas or the wannabe gangsters would get themselves a cheap SKS at the gun show and end up trashing the downrange lights or hitting the target return cables. 

    That makes sense. At the range I used to go to back near Philly, they had big signs up saying that any handguns larger than .44 Magnum, i.e. .454 Casull, .50 AE, .500 S&W Magnum, .45-70 (I believe those were all specifically mentioned on the signs) could only be single-loaded, and if you loaded multiple rounds into the magazine/cylinder, you'd be ejected. I asked why, and they said it was because of morons showing off by emptying their Deagles and whatnot as fast as they could, and putting rounds through the ceiling (indoor pistol range in the burbs, not good) and destroying the target systems.
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    « Reply #244 on: October 01, 2017, 09:33:55 pm »
    That makes sense. At the range I used to go to back near Philly, they had big signs up saying that any handguns larger than .44 Magnum, i.e. .454 Casull, .50 AE, .500 S&W Magnum, .45-70 (I believe those were all specifically mentioned on the signs) could only be single-loaded, and if you loaded multiple rounds into the magazine/cylinder, you'd be ejected. I asked why, and they said it was because of morons showing off by emptying their Deagles and whatnot as fast as they could, and putting rounds through the ceiling (indoor pistol range in the burbs, not good) and destroying the target systems.

    My right to rapid fire 50 AE Deagles Akimbo, shall not be infringed!  :cool

    I am still working on the bottle of Kirschwasser (cherry brandy) that was bought almost a year ago.  Also Schladerer, and why I gave their pear brandy a shot.  The stuff made from cherries is good, but the pear is just worlds better.

    Glad to hear that you found something you liked, at least  :thumbup1. There's no law against having a few bottles in the house  ;). I currently have a bottle of knob creek, Bulleit, and Speyburn 10 YO on hand  :cool.
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
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    « Reply #245 on: October 01, 2017, 09:48:48 pm »
    A.  Nukmed is a close friend.  And his forum name is more than just a cool sounding handle, he is a radiological pharmacist.  I process all his pharmacies scrap lead shielding and containers.

    B.  I have this and two dutch ovens:   http://a.co/f54qtfn  Took me about 5-6 hours yesterday to melt it down.  Most of it will go to an alaskan fishing guide who will cast deep sea lures.


    So, what do you use to remove the white paint from the outside of the containers?  Or do you just toss the thing into the pot and skim it off as dross after the metal melts?
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    « Reply #246 on: October 02, 2017, 11:23:36 am »
    Wife was actually agreeable to be seen in public with me.
    Friday evening we went to a good Mexican restaurant in Emporia, Ks. called Casa Ramos. 
    Then went down the street to a nice little theater (Granada) they refurbished to an old school standard and saw the Quebe Sisters perform .
    Very nice, good family show, Good fiddle music and a good time overall.

     
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    « Reply #247 on: October 02, 2017, 12:35:40 pm »
    So, what do you use to remove the white paint from the outside of the containers?  Or do you just toss the thing into the pot and skim it off as dross after the metal melts?

    All goes in the pot.  Heat until melted, then flux it with sawdust and used motor oil.

    It is nasty and smelly.  In my new garage there will be a dedicated hood and exhaust fan to try and save me from further noxious exposure.
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    « Reply #248 on: October 02, 2017, 11:11:51 pm »
    That's about what I figured but thought I'd ask just to see if there was some sort of miraculous process that I'd missed to deal with it.   :thumbup1

    My neighbor is also a nuke med tech and has access to those same containers so I've got a fairly good sized stack of them in the garage awaiting the smelter. 

    Between me and a guy who builds scale model, remote control sailboats we pretty much take everything he can bring home.
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    « Reply #249 on: October 03, 2017, 09:26:39 am »
    Finished sanding (third time), priming (second time), and painting the dining room ceiling - finally bringing to an end a debacle that started.... back in April, I think?

    Flashback...

    Toilet overflowed in the upstairs bathroom, prompting a waterfall onto the dining room table. So, we decided to sand the popcorn off the dining room ceiling and make it smooth, since the living room ceiling is as well. Get through that with relatively little fuss, until I get to a spot in the ceiling where we thought the previous owners had repaired a leak under the shower.

    No, they did not.  They sprayed it with Kilz, overloaded it with spraycan popcorn, and then randomly sprayed ceiling white around until it masked what had been done.  As soon as I scraped the popcorn off, parts of the ceiling drywall fell off. Hm.  Poke it a little, more falls off, with black stuff sitting on top of it.

    *sigh and hang head*

    Go back to where the toilet leaked, on the other side of the room, and punch a hole through.  That toilet had been leaking a lot longer than we thought. Fluuuuuufffffffffffff.

    Rip down three sheets worth of ceiling, to make sure to get all the mold/mildew, order three 12' sheets for delivery, and spray Microbium over every single joist anywhere near water.  As long as we've got the ceiling open, I look at the AC ductwork - sheetmetal improvised boxes, no sealant. I've got that. Open it up, spread sealant over the seams, close it back up, wife flushes the upstairs toilet, small waterfall in the dining room.

    Fluff. Turns out the wax seal on the toilet is long gone - easy fix, no biggie.

    Drywall arrives, rent a drywall hoist, and a friend is kind enough to help me with getting them cut and hung to the ceiling.  Buy drywallers stilts.

    Somewhere in the middle of this, take a fall walking down the stairs at work, basically tripping and landing on my knees on a diamond plate landing. My knees do not appreciate this treatment. They're not right until after Memorial Day vacation, when I can take a week off from taking any stairs whatsoever.  So, I'm (understandably, from my perspective) reluctant to use the aforementioned drywall stilts to tape the ceiling seams.

    Fiiine, we farm that out to someone with more experience than me. Meanwhile, spackle every. Single. Ding and dot in the wall, 'cuz we might as well paint the walls in there and finish the dining room, top to bottom. Buy a new light fixture.  Take a flashlight to the guy's work... a little rough, but hey, the seams are taped, I can take it from here.

    Sand. Skim coat. Sand. Prime. Check for issues. Find screw heads that are showing through. Hammer'n'set those, mud 'em.

    This weekend: Sand 'em, prime again. Check again. Looks good. Two coats of ceiling white. Hang light fixture last night.  Will sand the walls one evening this week, paint next week, then finally reassemble the dining room.

    Wheeeeee. Ain't home ownership grand?   :facepalm :rotfl



    Oh, yeah,sometime before the end of the month we need to put the crown molding back up, too... got company coming...
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