Today Willard made sure his father's Savage 99 was still zeroed after a barrel recrowning.
But it took less than a $45 box of .300 Savage to get it centered.
It's not everyday you see a 99 anymore. Even less often do you get offered five rounds!
The 99 feels strange. Willard nailed the feeling as being more akin to a 1930's shotgun than a rifle at all.
Recoil is mild, as befitting a round that's slightly less powerful than .308. Because it felt odd, I wasn't grouping like I'd like. The problem with getting used to it is the $45 per box of 20 rounds, and spotty availability.
Minimum wage is a government mandate that allows people who've never worked to price themselves out of the labor market.
If you really want to talk about free trade, you're going to have to address this largest elephant in the room and talk about freedom to set prices.
Yes, that includes setting the price on what you'll pay someone who has never worked before.
Yes, that wage might be far below what someone can live on, comfortably or not.
Free trade is, at it's core, about the market finding the actual value of a good or service.
"But how will I know I'm offering enough pay for the job I need done without government to tell me?"
That one's easy, if you're not paying enough, you don't get applicants for the job. Or rather, you don't get quality applicants. In the case of no-skill positions, there's very little quality required.
Where it gets really sticky is when you create a situation where a middle-schooler with no experience has to be paid the same wages as a degreed engineer; but only in YOUR locale. If there's middle schoolers in, say, India who can be paid far less... guess where that job will relocate. Go on, guess.
At some point, in a nation state paradigm, we have to begin to say that our laws should be to the benefit of our people first and foremost. Offshoring jobs generally doesn't benefit the unskilled and untrained. Eliminating the no skills or training required jobs also eliminates a valuable school where a person can acquire the skills and ethics as an employee that will serve them in good stead as they gain skills and training for higher paying positions.
Importing skilled and trained workers is merely a variation on offshoring.
This open-border, "free-trade", globalization thing is the rest of the world operating on the traditional nation-state level and winning an economic war on our duped asses. You might not live to regret supporting it, but your kids will.
The funny thing is, it has to start with getting the government out of the infrastate and interstate pricing of labor and get them back into setting tariffs, tolls and pricing international labor to where our own economy benefits rather than exporting the accumulated wealth of people who were unhampered by the excessive regulatory burdens of today.
The scope that was on the Winchester Model 70 has been transplanted to Willard's Savage 93F.
The old Bushnell Sportview 3-9x32mm is a good fit.
Used new Weaver #16 mounts (from Marv) and Weaver rings (from Wal Mart) to stick it on and viola!
The more I play around with scopes the more I see that there's not anything actually wrong with most old glass. In many cases cheap glass from days gone by is better than cheap glass today with regards to color transmission and distortion. The exit pupil is HUGE on this Bushnell, and a better field of view than my Vortex 2-7x32.
It's worth noting that these old Bushnells are out there for almost nothing on ebay. It's a decent alternative to cheaper glass, if you can stand being unstylish about your scope.
I forgot to take a picture... Maybe an update in a bit. Update:
Fifteen Men on a dead man's chest. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. the mate was fixed by the bosun's pike The bosun brained with a marlinspike And cookey's throat was marked belike It had been gripped by fingers ten; And there they lay, all good dead men Like break o'day in a boozing ken, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
Fifteen men of the whole ship's list, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Dead and be damned and the rest gone whist! Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! The skipper lay with his nob in gore Where the scullion's axe his cheek had shore And the scullion he was stabbed times four And there they lay, and the soggy skies Dripped down in up-staring eyes In murk sunset and foul sunrise, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum
Fifteen men of 'em stiff and stark, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Ten of the crew had the murder mark! Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! 'Twas a cutlass swipe or an ounce of lead Or a yawing hole in a battered head And the scuppers' glut with a rotting red And there they lay, aye, damn my eyes Looking up at paradise All souls bound just contrawise, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
Fifteen men of 'em good and true, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Ev'ry man jack could ha' sailed with Old Pew, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! There was chest on chest of Spanish gold With a ton of plate in the middle hold And the cabins riot of stuff untold, And they lay there that took the plum With sightless glare and their lips struck dumb While we shared all by the rule of thumb, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
More was seen through a sternlight screen... Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Chartings undoubt where a woman had been Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum 'Twas a flimsy shift on a bunker cot With a dirk slit sheer through the bosom spot And the lace stiff dry in a purplish blot Oh was she wench or some shudderin' maid That dared the knife and took the blade By God! she had stuff for a plucky jade, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.
Fifteen men on a dead man's chest, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! We wrapped 'em all in a mains'l tight With twice ten turns of a hawser's bight And we heaved 'em over and out of sight With a Yo-Heave-Ho! and a fare-you-well And a sudden plunge in the sullen swell Ten fathoms deep on the road to hell, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
The Crossroads Center in St Cloud, Minnesota is owned by General Growth Properties.
They've put up "No Firearms Allowed" signage before on their properties before, and I have not heard anywhere that they've stopped the practice.
Conscientious good guys with guns avoid places so marked, so they will be very thin on the ground if there's a need of them; thus with a vinyl sticker on glass a sanctuary for violence is created.
Is there a law that specifically insulates the property owners from prosecution for creating such an attractive nuisance when people are injured or killed there?
I'm spitballing, but I don't recall any mass shootings or stabbings happening at a gun shop or range. The SHOT show and NRA annual meetings seem remarkably free from such violence, as are gun shows!
I worry that places like Disney will get targeted as they change their security to better catch the people who CCW despite the signs. Eventually not even the pleas of the children will get a gunowner to risk losing their investment in their vacation and they will not even attempt to pack into the park, assuming they want to give money to someone who forbids them to be armed.
This thinning of good guys eventually brings violence from what I've observed.
It's embarrassing to be killed for a lack of shooting back.
The starter was the proximate cause of the trouble. It is replaced with a reman'd limited lifetime item.
The corroded cables probably weren't helping anyone, so they're replaced too.
The battery, which probably wasn't bad, has been replaced.
The stud I broke because I was too lazy to grab the PB Blaster and wait a few minutes has been replaced.
The single use gasket between the manifold and the catalytic convertor has been replaced. Likewise the single use nuts that hold it up.
Time and again when dealing with The Precious and her wiring I've asked, "why didn't GM give me any dang slack when moving parts that are connected with wires." Without slack you can't get to connectors and there's never space to unplug something when it's still attached.
I relocated and rerouted the wiring for the cat-detector O2 sensor. This is because the connector has a locking tab and a latch. The tab holds the latch closed. With the cat dangling from the wire you have just enough room to unplug the tab and unlatch the connector. Gravity is on your side!
But to get it plugged back in, there's no room to manipulate the latch and get the connector seated so you can get the locking tab in. So I moved the plug lower and zip tied the wires in a better for me-the-owner location than the better for the assembly line position it came in.
The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.
In preparation for the arrival of new cables, I removed the old Optima 35 (redtop) and put it on the charger.
Two hours of charging and the charge indicator has not budged off the 25% line, which is where the red zone on the gauge starts.
I think the battery is toast.
I ran up to Autozone and got one of their Duralast Gold 85 batteries. Popped it in and got one failure to crank, then it fired right up. I shut it off and fired it up again.
Voltage reads 14.2 volts with everything running, headlights, fan, AC... 14.4 with all that shut off.
My confidence is not restored, but this is a good sign.
The doubts are sown by the push-button starting. You push it and the car literally boots up. A failure to crank with a near dead battery causes an interruption in the boot cycle and you don't know why it failed to crank.
With an old fashioned key you got to the "boot" portion when you passed through the "run" position and the cranking position was just cranking.
I remember once hanging with my "uncle", a naval aviator, and his fellow pilot buddies.
They made some sort of comment about Navy wings being gold and Air Force being lead.
Mouth working faster than my brain, I say, "Aren't Ensign bars gold and Lieutenant JG silver? And the same thing for Lt Commander and Commander? Doesn't that mean that silver outranks gold when the symbol is otherwise the same?"
Silence descended on the bar.
First confusion, then anger began to rise.
Luckily my uncle reminded them I was not only Army, but enlisted, and getting mad at me was akin to wrestling with pigs in their pens.
This was when I was so very young and wet behind the ears. And they were all so very old, I prolly could have taken four of them at a time! Why the youngest one there was 26! Practically decrepit!
It is, as expected, but denied by Savage, a drop in assembly. Also of note is the trigger frame is identical, so you could replace the guts if you wanted to (and maybe save a couple of pennies in the course).
Installation was quick and simple.
As with Agnes, the Accutrigger is very nice. And even with taxes, shipping and driving down to the gun shop; cheaper than what the aftermarket wants for a similar solution.
Now the Globull Warmering people are blathering on that climate change deniers deny that the climate EVER changed...
No, you ignorant and scientifically illiterate twits.
First off, "climate change denier" is a term that Global Warming Climate Change people made up for skeptics who did not accept that global warming was man-made. And it was applied once those skeptics had shown that the warming trend had plateaued and they changed their own name for what was happening from global warming to climate change.
The thing is, the skeptical have ALWAYS doubted the magnitude of man's effect on the climate.
An aside, any person who claims to be a scientist and says they're not a skeptic is constitutionally incapable of performing experiments and is therefore not a scientist at all.
The skeptics have been harping on the medieval and Roman warm periods and things like the little ice age since I was in middle school! One reason that we kept bringing them up is they never seem to appear in any data going into a model that "proves" global warming.
We're now harping on the smoothing done to the trend lines to make the temperature changes appear minimal or localized. Well, I guess I have to concede the "localized" since the whole rest of the world is a "no data" zone. Unless you want to use data from botanists who see similar growth patterns in trees all over the world to Europe during those same periods...
Skeptics are the people who took Al Gore to task about CO2 content being a trailing indicator of temperature (and climate) change rather than a leader.
Skeptics are the people who noticed we didn't have an ice age in the 80's and 90's. Heck, for all the panic about that in the 70's anthropogenic global warming should have been hailed as the salvation of Mankind!
Skeptics are the people who noticed that the solution to global cooling and global warming is identical, eliminating any form of energy generation that involves burning something besides food.
Those few who claim they've accounted for that, well they don't seem to share their data or methodology. At least one model was shown to always give a "hockey stick" result regardless of start points or data entered. At least one group of "scientists" refused to produce their data until ordered by a court and by then, conveniently, the data had been "inadvertently" destroyed.
If the data is not available for others to replicate the experiment, we have a technical term for the results: invalid.
We skeptic types have been demanding obscure experimental checks on models like given them the data from 50 years ago and seeing if it can produce today's weather. In any other field but climate this would be called "calibration".
So, fuck off, Mr Munroe. You've moved the goalposts again and are putting words into our mouths we never said. You also start your cute little timeline way too recently to be significant, in fact starting it during an ice age tells us all we need to know about you and your "scientific" methods.
Please go play in traffic so that someone burning fossil fuels runs over you. Yes, I hope you die.
The patina is from its storage in the closet for decades. The dust is from hanging on my wall.
Marble No 2 front sight.
Despite being made in 1938 it still groups wonderfully at 25 yards. Grampa didn't really pamper his guns, but internally it's well taken care of. For a decent hunk of his life he was a hired farm hand, I think I remember tales that he was hired to pop vermin in and around grain silos. Only vague memories and everyone who heard them first hand are dead now.
Despite the protestations of certain parties, .270 Winchester is an American cartridge.
For if it were European it would be called 7x65mm...
If it were Canadian or English it would be called .277.
Only America! uses Imperial measures and rounds off the caliber.
The history of the round seems to be... Winchester designs it for their new Model 54 in 1925. Jack O'Connor writes about it because he liked his Model 54 a lot. People read what Mr O'Connor wrote and it becomes popular. Huzzah!