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Reloading and Handloading / New to reloading, bought a Ferrari to start with
« Last post by LowKey on November 14, 2020, 11:15:01 pm »
Well I am now the proud owner of a Dillon 1050, currently set up for 9 mm.    Later I'll be setting up for 10 mm, 5.56, and 300BLK (sub and supers).
Of course now primers, and to a lessor extent powders, are unicorns.  :facepalm

I plan on going VERY slowly at first.   I understand the wisdom of a single stage as a first reloading press but I knew I'd end up with a 1050 eventually and figured that if I am restrained and stern with my self to not try to run before I can crawl I should be alright.    I like my eyes, fingers, ect so I'll be playing it slow and conservative for the first few hundred rounds.

To be honest I'm also worried that as the founder died a few years back that someday the legendary quality could start to slip, so better a machine made now than roll the dice in 4-5 years.

MY lovely wife has suggested getting me a Mr. Bullet feeder for Christmas.....I am a fortunate man.

When I get farther down the rabbit hole I'm thinking about a Corbin bullet swager.

General Non-Firearms Discussion / Re: Whats up with me
« Last post by coelacanth on November 13, 2020, 11:16:52 pm »
Oh my, what a beautiful setting.  Congratulations would seem to be in order for you and your clan.   :thumbup1

Call me old school but I tend to think of solutions to most problems that are more twentieth century than twenty first.  The tech is tried and true, mostly off the shelf and generally rebuildable.  All things that eventually work in your favor.  Gravity feed from the 1100 gallon tank is a plus but freezing temperatures limit its utility.  Why not either bury the feed line(s) or insulate them to prevent freezing?  If the tank is in good shape and well maintained it might serve as the centerpiece for the water supply system year round. 

How popular are mechanical windmills in that area?  I am referring to the standard Aermotor type common all over the west.  Looks like your property is in a canyon which may act as a natural funnel for prevailing winds and if that is the case and your well site is favorable it might be worth looking into as an alternative to an all electric system.   :shrug   As it stands now you're going to be using a lot of propane and once you factor the cost(s) of installing and maintaining a sizeable propane system into your equation it may be painful.  Bear in mind that propane tanks must be replaced regularly - by law.   :bash   

How rowdy does that creek get?  Does it ever become impassable during summer thunderstorms or spring snowmelt?   :hmm   I tend to agree with Retrogrouch re: the diesel transportation option.  In some respects they are nice to have but just be aware that its an expensive option from start to finish and all along the way.  If I were you I'd seriously consider the F-250 Supercrew with 4wd , a 6.8L gas engine and the standard 6 speed automatic transmission.   You can usually find used ones around that aren't totally beat to hell and gone and they are fairly bulletproof as pick up trucks go.  The ride is not as cushy as the Suburban but it will excel everywhere the Suburban is currently falling short.   
Announcements and Introductions / Re: Newbie intro
« Last post by coelacanth on November 13, 2020, 10:08:03 pm »
Hello from SW Montana.  I joined this group a few days ago and have lived up to my title of "Lurker".  Thanks for having me.  I've already enjoyed quite a few threads, but I am disappointed to find I learned of this group after the banter slowed.
We actually have a member here from Montana.  He hasn't posted for a bit but life gets busy on a ranch.  Maybe he'll drop by and give what passes for the hometown welcome up that way.   ;)

And I missed it.  :facepalm

Sorry folks, didn’t mean to sneak in. I found a reference to this place on another forum and came over to take a look. I like what I see.

 And I totally love the fact that you guys have a creative writing section.

 I am updating a story that I wrote on another forum and posting it here. While the people at the original site liked it and were generous with their comments, I was hoping for more writer-centric feedback. Hopefully I can get that here. ( It’s called When The Host Dies )

 I love the huge amount of information that I have been finding on this site. The people seem great, and I enjoy coming here, kicking back and spending some time with like minded people.

General Non-Firearms Discussion / Re: Whats up with me
« Last post by RetroGrouch on November 13, 2020, 03:46:09 pm »
The property looks beautiful.  Don't know what the wind is like in that canyon, but a small windmill/wind turbine could help with the electricity, but might be a bit loud in your really quiet locale. 

As to the diesel/gas considerations, I tend to shy away from diesel after dealing with it during winters in the Midwest.  Adding alcohol to keep it from gelling in the cold, engine block heaters (more electricity needed at an off-grid location for you), replacing batteries in the winter, all combine to make me think of it as a warm weather fuel system.
General Non-Firearms Discussion / Re: Whats up with me
« Last post by NukMed on November 13, 2020, 03:42:24 pm »
So... When do we christen the range? :D
General Non-Firearms Discussion / Whats up with me
« Last post by sqlbullet on November 13, 2020, 11:54:08 am »
Inspired by Woofr looking for some increase in content, I am offering this thread.

Over the summer the clan pooled resources and purchased 40 acres with a "cabin" in Utah between Duchesne and Helper.  I put cabin in quotes as in the midwest where I grew up we would call it a house.  Four bedrooms, two baths, living room, great room with kitchen, loft and a garage.  Total finished size is about 2500 sq feet.  Propane is onsite for water heating, range, and fridge.  The property is bisected by highway 191 which has year round maintenance.  From the turn off to the cabin is 3/4 mile of decent gravel road.  Snow should be manageable for the Suburban.  We also have the Kubota there if we get stuck.

The downside is currently the water is gravity feed from a 1100 gallon tank on the side of the mountain, and the electricity is only when the generator is running.  As an added downside, the water line from the tank to the house is not buried, so running water is really a summer only luxury.  Price has a municipal potable water fill station that charges about $1.00 per 300 gallons, so we can fill the tank for about $4.00 plus gas and time.  I picked up three 275 gallon totes which allows us to do so in two trips.  The previous owners were using a 125 gallon truck bed tank, and it was a several weekend event to fill the tank.  Oh..And no cell service at the cabin.  If you stand the right places on the property you can find cell coverage, but not at the cabin itself.

The plan...

A cell phone booster antenna has been mounted and combined with a booster and WIFI hotspot it gives us about 5mbps/1mbps down/up when the generator is on.  When the generator is off the hotspot works about 8-9 hours off it's internal batter, but without the booster it only manages about 2mbps/0.05 mbps down/up.  I have on my desk the parts to make a DC power supply for the booster and have a deep cycle battery that can keep the booster on when the generator is not running.  This will keep us in a usable internet speed 24/7.  Most of us are with Google FI, which will treat WIFI same as cell service for calls and SMS.  We are on the list to be a beta test for SpaceX Starlink, which should give us 150/50 mbps and would be better than we have in the city.  That is the proper long term solution.

Solar is ordered and en route.  Fourteen 370 watt panels, FM80 charge controller, Conext 4048 4KW inverter/charger and a fortress eVault 18.5 KwH LIFPO battery.  Battery got here on Monday, and the rest of the system gets here next Wednesday, save the inverter which is on backorder until December.  Since the snow has flown, we will probably stage the cells on a ground array once they arrive with the plan to move them to the roof in the spring.  This gets us into 24/7 power with the generator for backup.

We have procured a water right for domestic culinary and have put a deposit in with a well driller.  The property has year round running water so we expect to not be much over 100' depth.  The well will have it's own independent solar power for the pump and use a pressure tank via buried water lines giving us year round water.  We will use a pressure tank housed in a utility shed, heated by a propane radiant heater.

Short term we are installing two 30K BTU radiant heaters in the cabin to keep us above freezing when we aren't there.  Eventually that will be supplanted by hydronic baseboard heat with either an electric or propane boiler.  The final decision on boiler type will depend on how well the solar system performs over the cold months this winter.  If we are making enough power, the solar electric is the way.  If we are just scraping by, then a different choice will be made.

We have spent the last four weekends there.  The first two weekends we had water from the tank, though it did freeze the line second weekend so we drained the tank and supply lines in the house as well as winterizing the drains and toilets with RV antifreeze.  The second two weekends we carried in water and used one of the totes for backup supply.  Last weekend when we left we drained the tote as this weeks was not going to see temps above freezing much and I didn't want a 200 gallon block of ice to deal with.

Things I have learned/relearned.  I grew up in rural Indiana, so some of this was just remembering things.  Like how dark dark is when you aren't near any source of artificial light.  And how quiet quiet is for the same reason.  How nice a woodstove is when it's cold outside.  I also understand now why as an adult make I have to pee at 2:00 AM...It coincides with the need to toss another log or two on the fire.

Pistol and rifle range locations are picked out, but I have not made any progress yet on target holders or shooting benches.  The five year plan includes a machinery shed on the other side of the creek that will have on it's north end a shooting room that conveniently is 100 yards from the rifle range target stands.    And with a little creating trimming the deck will have a clear line to those stands too, 133 yards distant.

The final challenge is our beloved Suburban.  It is a 2011 LT that we have loved.  But, it has a couple of shortcomings.  It is a half-ton and it lacks a two speed transfer case.  Three totes full of water plus the weight of the trailer is right at the 7500 lb tow limit of the vehicle, and for pulling up a canyon from Price to the cabin the 5.3L engine works pretty hard.  While hauling water should be in our past in a few weeks when the well is installed, I still foresee many needs that will be right at the tow limit.  And without a low-range the 2.29 reverse ratio doesn't cut it.  For instance, to get the trailer into position to off-load water I have to back up a small hill.  No low range means I can't make it unless I get a run at it.  Getting a run as a 10' rise going backwards pushing a 7500 lbs 16' trailer inspires a bit of white knuckle even in this country boy.  It also struggles to back up the driveway the last 50' or so to the garage if it is loaded with people and gear.  I either pull in forward and we have to carry cargo an extra 150" or I make the people get out and then back up the hill.


Upgrade the existing vehicle.  It only has 100K miles and is in good shape.  The big upgrade would be a two speed transfer case.  Based on my research this should be about $500 at the junk yard and should plug and play.  T-case, TCU and the two speed knob in the dash.  I would rebuild the t-case before I installed it.  Not much I can do about being a half ton, but once I have a well that becomes (hopefully) much less of an issue.  Other changes would need to be a better clearance bumper front and rear and swapping out the city running boards with some that provide better rock protection (don't ask).  There are running board options, and some front bumper kits, but the rear is a real pain.  All the options I have found are just plain ugly since the factory rear quarter panels are actually part of factory rear bumper cover.

The downside to this option is most of these upgrades make no difference in the value of the vehicle to others.

The other option is to get a more capable SUV.  The obvious option is an Excursion.  I had a 2005 with the 6.0 Diesel and I loved it.  But the 6.0 was an expensive problem that at the time I didn't have the time (or knowledge) of how to deal with.  If current me could go back in time and spend an hour with 2011 me, I would still have that truck.  Instead of going to the Ford dealer for it's last round of repairs, it would have gone to a local diesel shop and gotten an aftermarket EGR cooler, a remote oil cooler and filter in place of the factory job in the valley and an aftermarket power side of the FICM.  Unfortunately my time machine is on the fritz.

Also unfortunately, everyone now knows how great the 7.3 and 6.0's can be.  Finding one under $15K without being into very high mileage is quite the trick.  You can find a 6.0 if it has no engine upgrades, but then you have $4-5K of engine upgrades to do.  And as a used vehicle with 200K miles or more, you don't know what other gremlins are lurking.

There is also the 6.8L V10 option.  These appear to be quite cheap, with decent options available for about $5k.  The cry of the purist is that a non-diesel Excursion will be wildly expensive to drive due to gas costs.  But, running the math myself, it appears they are about on par running clean.  The V-10's get around 11mpg ( data), while the 6.0 gets 17mpg and the 7.3 gets 15mpg.  But, gas is cheaper than diesel by about 15-20% around here.  And the cost of a 5K mile service is nearly $400 of the diesel versus $130 for the V10.  So, $200-$250 more per 5K miles for fuel, but $270 less for service.  Plus $10K cheaper up front.  And the V10 appears to be a solid engine otherwise.  Plus, lots better options for bumpers, sliders, steps, etc as they are pretty much fully compatible with the rest of the Super Duty line of vehicles.  And Excursions are going up in value, and upgrades to bumpers, suspension, etc seem to be valued by the local market.  And I can always dream about doing a Cummins 5.9 swap, though I probably never will.

So, that's what has been up at casa sqlbullet.

Oh...And a couple of photos:

The first weekend after we closed on the property:

A view from above on the third weekend (Halloween 2020)

And a selfie in the snow(Nov 8, 2020):

Announcements and Introductions / Re: Newbie intro
« Last post by Woofr on November 13, 2020, 09:14:51 am »
Glad to be here. Thanks.
Announcements and Introductions / Re: Newbie intro
« Last post by booksmart on November 12, 2020, 10:36:07 pm »
cpaspr - Exactly.  :cool
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