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  1. Checking out barrels for my on and off again Bushy build I see they are offered in both 1:16 and 1:24 twist rate. What are some advantages or disadvantages of both with the heavy slug I am trying to launch? While I have seen some impressive distances with the Socom round I am not looking to take a shot much more than 100yds and typically it should be much closer. Money wise the difference isnt much in the two twists so any input to help with my decision is greatly appreciated. Oh, and I am seeing these 16" barrels only offered in a carbine length gas system. Does the Bushy need the shorter system to cycle reliably? I am generally leaning to middy gas systems now in my 5.56 rifles and wondering why I dont see the Bushy offered in a middy. Just curious.
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    USFS/FWC Range in Lake City, FL

    The big brown truck dropped off the 1K rounds I split with a buddy Wed. and we are headed to the range in Lake City Sunday morning. Neither of us have ever been to this range. I have heard mostly good things about it and the one pic on the 'net looks like its a nice facility. I also read that the first weekend of the month there are supposed to be "staff" on site and sometimes special events. Dunno if that is only on Sat but it doesnt really matter, its all about punching holes in targets and having a good and safe experience. I am stoked to do some plinking and finish the break in process on my new Smith M&P15. If anyone wants to meet up and shoot, load up and come on! Any other info besides what is listed on the FWC website, especially any good or bad experiences there, I would like to hear from you. Thanks guys and good shooting! Stephen H.
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    Tow, how do you do it?

    Tow, I just dont see how you and fellow Forum members stand to live in California. Same goes for anyone with normal sensibilities. You probly are deeply rooted in the Cali of yesteryear, the state that did hold dreams of opportunity, natural beauty and quality of life. Watching this quality of life slipping away must be heart breaking. What happens in the population centers probly doesnt affect your way of life much but high fuel prices, high taxes, environmental regulations and rolling blackouts have to impact you. I really feel for you and other citizens struggling to maintain your little piece of normalcy. My prayers are with you my brother. This article really hits home on this subject https://townhall.com/columnists/victordavishanson/2019/10/31/is-california-becoming-premodern-n2555588?utm_campaign=inarticle
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    Tow, how do you do it?

    The South is very much like this. Textile production and garment factories dotted across the countryside in many of the small towns. With cheaper imported clothes coming in these factories are closing and the towns associated are drying up. Where I lived in Bama a few years back folks would drive 90 miles one way to work at the Mercedes factory in Tuscaloosa or 30 miles to pulp/paper mills Beside a few new mostly automated auto plants, paper mills and the agriculture/forest industry is all thats left. A smattering of oddball manufacturing plants like toilet seats or roof shingles here and there and thats about it. Its a shame to see the decay but hopefully with a more America First stance of trade policies maybe it will revitalize some of it. The South is ripe for it with little union presencen and a hungry work force. There has been a push to built recycled metal smelting to produce sheet metal for these new auto factories but there can only be support for so many without an end user. It is a bright pot in a dismal landscape. Typically more conservative views in the South and communities eager for any industry offer tax breaks to anyone interested in building a manufacturing facility make this area look good to investors. Cali is its own worst enemy with the liberal, touchy feely and tax heavy policies. Damn shame.
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    Irishsetteroutlet.com

    Anyone ever heard or done business with this Irish Setter boots outlet? This popped up on Face Book Marketplace and I was curious as the deals seem too good to be true. I cant find any info much on DDG for reviews. I would like to order a pair of their rubber camo boots. At $25/pair for typically closer to $100 it sets off alarm bells. Maybe they are seconds but I dont see any info on the website. Makes me wonder if its a scam site. Watcha think? https://www.irishsettereoutlet.com/
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    Irishsetteroutlet.com

    Thanks Bush! I figured as much. I dont do FB much except scanning the Marketplace for odds and ends for my new to me Yukon. Before I started my search for a new vehicle it would be months at a time as I dont really care about social media at all. Knowing Suckerburg and company dont police anything except conservative voices the site can be a snake pit for scams. You never know tho, thats why I asked here before doing anything but look at the site. It sure woulda been nice to grab a pair of these camo boots cheap. "Buyer Beware" I guess.
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    New Upper with code on take down pin?

    Who made the upper? You might ask them.
  8. Primary Arms pre season sale. Ive used these kits and they are GTG if anyone needs one. I dont but at this price.....well ya know. The kit is also less the A2 grip and screw as well as the FCG. Things most folks buy chuck into the parts box cuz they bought something better. CMMG LPK
  9. My next door neighbor asked if I knew anything about the .32 long revolver and how much it might be worth. I have yet to see it but he said it isnt in the best shape so say fair condition. S&W customer service told him serial numbers indicated it was made somewhere around 1940 give or take 5 years. I have no idea about it, just barely heard of a .32 caliber. There was a new .32 mag revolver on Gunbroker for around $300 but no Longs. I didnt know there was longs and magnums, etc so I am pretty clueless. Any ideas or info about the Long VS Magnum? I know the .32 was popular around the time it was made but technology has left it in the past. Is ammo even available for this model? Thanks in advance for any input.
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    The Yukon

    For some reason I have always had a soft spot for GMC trucks. Back in college I special ordered a 6 cyl 4 speed stepside in 1979 which never appeared at the dealership. It was a dream truck for a college student and back in the computer punch card/paper print out days my ID was GMC4X4 and it stuck with me all these years. My first GMC, a 1993 1/2 ton extended cab 4X4, didnt happen until somewhere around '97 and I finally sold it to a bud with 186K miles and still running strong. Ive had a couple of Chevy's along the way but a GMC was always on my mind. Cut to last Thursday and the next GMC enters my life. I found a 1998 Yukon with 143K miles with a rebuilt tranny and strong engine. Its got cosmetic issues especially the crappy GM white paint that loves to peel off of every vehicle in the last 25 years they have applied it on. You figure they would have developed a white paint that would stay put after that long but apparently not. The dash is blown out but covered with one of those fuzzy cover thingys so you can see it. Both the front leather seat covers are pretty much shot out and hopefully at some point I will find some Escalade seats to replace them with or buy some new leather covers off eBay. Until then some Realtree seat covers from my '09 GMC will work if I can find them. Mechanically I think the Yukon is in decent shape so I am undoing all the stupid shat the PO thought was either a good idea or just looked cool. I wonder if he thought this 4500lb bus would be a good rock crawler and read a bunch of stuff online as he took off the sway bar links for "articulation". Really? He also took the air box cover and threw it away, stabbed a K&N style filter on it to "make it breath". He also took off a big square plastic plenum thing that sits behind the throttle body because "it was useless". I dunno but the GM engineers must have thought it was necessary for some reason. So off to the junk yard tomorrow to find a cover and the plenum thing to put it back to stock. Being the "ricer 4X4 professional" he was, the boy took out the OEM headlights and tail lights and put in some "really cool" smoked lenses where you cant see the road in front of you at night. Really cool huh? His solution...."I drive with the bright on". At this point I am thinking of punching the boy in the head but all in all he hasnt done anything I cant undo with a little time and money.....I still want to punch him in the head. So I have spent the last two days working on my new Yukon into my own vision of "cool". First thing was replace the missing sway bar links and install two new front shocks. Rear shocks are on the agenda when I get my teacher pay next week. I found a burnt fuse for my tail lights so now I have brake lights in those "really cool" smoked lens tail lights. They are LED so they are bright enough I wont worry about getting slammed in the ass. Brake lights maybe overrated but I know folks behind me appreciate the warning. I also removed the tint on the front side windows as these old eyes dont see well enough at night to have tint where I need to see oncoming traffic. I am going to remove the "really cool" smoked headlights tomorrow and replace them with OEM clear lenses so I can actually see the road or a deer at night. Cool, huh? I have dreams of turning the Yukon into a "really cool" expeditionary vehicle with mods that make sense. A custom roof rack, grill guard with winch, some taller new tires and maybe some bigger rims to replace the 16" POS dry rots on stocks the kid threw on it. Eventually I will work on some new paint which will entail removing all the crappy white paint on it now. Its actually been resprayed but right over the peeling original paint. I actually like white, Florida and all, but I am thinking maybe a forest green or a deep blue might be nice. Well there ya have it, the rambling hopes for the Yukon. I will be turning to my Armory brothers to help with restoring my Yukon to its former glory so stay tuned for the adventures.
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    Barn Find

    As I said, be careful on the budget, you can quickly get in over the value if your not careful. Luckily the C3s are starting to pick up value as the C1 and 2s are getting expensive. The C4 like I had will take a lot longer as the made so many of them. I can say factually, stay away from a C4 unless its a special edition pristien low mileage one. Your 1980 still has appealing looks, the '82s went kooky with the back window and do not look nearly as good IMO.
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    The Yukon

    The filter box on the Vortec engine actually draws from a hole in the inner fender making it a true cold air intake. At least in the respect it isnt drawing air from the engine compartment. When the boy took the lid off the filter box, he exposed the filter to the engine compartment, hence hot air. I dont believe the hype with cold air intakes, they sound really cool and the seat of the pants feel with all the noise makes you think you have added power. It may help in some engine set upss but generally I think they are a waste of money I would be more apt to try one if the dry filters Rampy has suggested.. The filter that came with the truck is a K&N as its stamped into the rubber end of the fioter. I did not see any evidence it had any oil on it and it is dirty as hell anyway so NAPA Gold for now. All NAPA Gold series filters are made by WIX and I believe they are the best on the market. I also use Gold oil filters. They are only a buck more for better protection so why not. My buddy stopped thru the town where the brush guard was at and picked it up for me. The seller found it on the property and had no ide what it fit. I looked at it and was pretty sure it was for a GM truck of my era and I held it up in front of the grill and it is indeed the proper guard for my truck. $40 and I couldnt be happier. It didnt have mounting hardware but nuts and bolts I can pick up out of the bins at my shop as wellas have the shop fbricator make brackets as nevessary. I am hoping it bolts directly on the bumper and I will check that out today in the daylight. For that price I couldnt go wrong. Its chrome and I may have it powder coated satin black ass I am not much of a chrome fan. First I will figure mounting and go from there.
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    Tires

    I didnt really look too close at the tires of the Yukon when I bought it. Two had acceptable tread and the other two were very close to replacement. What I didnt see was all four were dry rotted and basically "aged out" anyway, the newest was ten years old. I had hoped to drive down to the hunting camp this weekend to hunt the quota permits I drew in June but I would not chance it because I know I would have been sitting on the side of the road with blow outs. Yes, plural. Ive been checking on pricing a little bit but I am uncertain yet if I will keep the 16" rims. I want an all terrain like a BFG All Terrain, Goodyear Wrangler or other similar or mildly more aggressive mud tire. No Chinese tires beside Federal (Taiwanese), I just wont trust my life to the communists. I am thinking 33" tall tires would be max I can mount and hopefully not have rubbing issues. With the 16" rims a 285/75/16 is about it I would think. Not sure about the larger rim sizes but sticking with the 33" max and not too wide will be my spec. I am looking on FB Marketplace for some stock 17"-18" rims as they are readily available pull offs. I like some of the newer GM OEM rims. I might get some decent tires with them as many folks replace rims and tires at the same time. What I am seeing tho is folks think OEM rims and half worn tires are made of gold apparently. I am pretty cheap but thinking an OEM rim is worth north of $100 each and half worn tires $200 a piece is nuts. I dont want to pay the majority of the price for their new tires and rims. The last few times I bought tires I went to Walmart as the prices are good and mounting reasonable. Ive bought a few tires online because of price and done well. Has anyone bought from an online tire seller they would recommend? Shipping can sometimes make them not such a good deal. I am a little hesitant of web based tire sales because of warranty or road hazard issues. Toe to toe sales might be better. I am going to check with a few tire shops around locally and price some 16" tires as a base line. I am open to suggestions on brands yall may have had good luck with or an online seller who has really great prices. Help me build the Yukon!
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    Barn Find

    Glad you found a nice car. Since its been in the shed since '06 I would definitely buy new tires for it before I went on any kind of long trip. Dont put a lot of money in it if you are thinking flip, the later C3's arent nearly as desirable as pre '73's. Your estimates are spot on so use that as a guide for investment. Parts, especially repro stuff isnt cheap, its called the Vette Tax. Mechanical stuff is still available and no Vette Tax added usually unless it is specific to the model, it is a SBC after all. Do expect skint knuckles as they dont have a lot of room to work on them. Do the work yourself because Vette specific mechanics can be pricey. It will be nice for car shows and a Sunday drive every now and then. Vettes arent known for long drive comfort. You dont drive a Vette, you wear it. Good luck and enjoy!
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    The Yukon

    Today I worked until it got too hot after yesterday's junk yard expedition. I got up early and cleaned up the parts I picked up. I put the top of the engine back to stock because this is what it looked like: I certainly did not like the open air box with the unoiled K&N filter. While I aint no mud bogger, I will subscribe to the "hit it hard and wish it well" theory of making it thru the occasional mud hole full of water if I feel like its the proper technique and water into the engine bay is indeed a given. Notice also the 2" rubber plumbing cap the boy put on to delete the air intake resonance chamber next to the throttle body. I always wondered why GM put it there so I did a DDG search to find out more. Apparently its a kind of expansion chamber/shock absorber to smooth out air flow. As the air charge moves to the throttle body, the flow can be disturbed by the intake valves opening and closing, kind of like an echo effect. The air is moving towards the combustion chamber, the valve opens then closes and the air pushes against the closed valve and bounces back into the oncoming air screwing with the smooth air flow into the throttle body. Apparently it was enough of an issue with the Vortec engines GM thought the resonator would help. Science aside, I think this OEM set up was the way to go. It looks so purty. I bought a new NAPA Gold paper air filter to go in the air box, maybe if I find my K&N filter recharge kit I will clean it up and put it back in. I have a few thousand miles to think about it. All the stuff looks new but it all came from the junk yard. I cleaned it all up and used some Armor all on it. Now the rest of the engine looks dirty in comparison. I may clean it up or just run into a mud hole and F it, lol. Oh and I put the rubber hose elbow back on after I took the pic. By the time I was done with the engine stuff I didnt get to replacing the "really cool" smoked headlights. I am thinking I will have to pull the grill assembly to do all of that and it was getting hot(ter) so I decided to get a cool drink and sit by the A/C instead of continuing to sweat. I have to sweat on the job but on my days off i have a choice. I am not driving the Yukon much anyway because of the tires so its not a priority. I turn my teacher time card in tomorrow night and I hope I will get paid this week so I can buy he much needed tires and maybe a couple of other things. I found a nice used brush guard on CraigsList for $40 and I hope my buddy will pick it up tomorrow for me on his way home from hunting. The seller is about 50 miles away and with dry rotted tires its out of the question for me to drive there. A little bit at a time.
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    Tires

    Ive had BFG All Terrains before and like them alright and they are just about the best all around tire. Baja racers and Ford choose them so there is something there. I have found if your vehicle isnt perfectly aligned and you dont rotate religiously, they dont last long. Every GM I have had wears the inner treads out, I think its inherent with their indy front suspension but thats me using the SWAG theorum. I am planning on cranking the torsion bars a bit on the Yukon and maybe with a stiffer front end the issue wont be as bad and I will level the truck out a bit. I am trying to keep the budget under $800 out the door which can be difficult when some places impose mandatory installation packages and fees on the purchase. I see it a lot on local chains and some national ones do it. I dont want to pay $25/ tire installation and $4 a piece for Schrader valves, then a $4/ tire FL tire fee and $1/ tire disposal fees. Add in sales tax and it puts almost $40 more each on the tire. Right now I am leaning to General Grabber AT2's in a 265X70X16" as they are priced decently and they have a $100 Visa Gift card lagniappe. I also dont have to buy new rims right now. I will keep an eye on the for sale ads and may pick something else up. My '09 GMC 1/2 ton extended cab had some nice rims from the factory and I may run up on them. They are offered aftermarket but are pricey but I really like them. It was a big reason I bought that particular truck. I dont have to have new to me rims. A buddy once told me he wouldnt buy fancy alloy rims for his dump truck because the rims didnt make any money. Coming from the days when white wagon wheels were cool, some of the rims today are just plain gaudy. To each his own but I wont spend more for a rim than the tire, vanity isnt my problem.
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    Tires

    Wally has many brand names Ive never heard of and I doubt they are USA made. I dont doubt sometimes the tires they buy may not be 1st quality either but checking age or country of manufacture isnt hard, the info is right on the tire. I dont doubt some Chinese tires may be good but I am not gonna buy them. Name doesnt matter to me, I just want to make sure my money doesnt go to communists. If there is a USA made tire thats a good price, I will certainly consider them. Rampy makes a good oint, its all in the specs anyway. I wouldnt put the Chinese past lying about that tho, turning out a inferior product billed as good.
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    Tires

    Thanks Rampster, a lot of good info there. The truck will live 95% on pavement and thats why I lean to an all terrain. Some of them are a bit more aggressive but I definitely dont want a bogger. They wear too quickly in the summer with the heat and are typically too noisy.
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    My Yukon

    For some reason I have always had a soft spot for GMC trucks. Back in college I special ordered a 6 cyl 4 speed stepside in 1979 which never appeared at the dealership. It was a dream truck for a college student and back in the computer punch card/paper print out days my ID was GMC4X4 and it stuck with me all these years. My first GMC, a 1993 1/2 ton extended cab 4X4, didnt happen until somewhere around '97 and I finally sold it to a bud with 186K miles and still running strong. Ive had a couple of Chevy's along the way but a GMC was always on my mind. Cut to last Thursday and the next GMC enters my life. I found a 1998 Yukon with 143K miles with a rebuilt tranny and strong engine. Its got cosmetic issues especially the crappy GM white paint that loves to peel off of every vehicle in the last 25 years they have applied it on. You figure they would have developed a white paint that would stay put after that long but apparently not. The dash is blown out but covered with one of those fuzzy cover thingys so you can see it. Both the front leather seat covers are pretty much shot out and hopefully at some point I will find some Escalade seats to replace them with or buy some new leather covers off eBay. Until then some Realtree seat covers from my '09 GMC will work if I can find them. Mechanically I think the Yukon is in decent shape so I am undoing all the stupid shat the PO thought was either a good idea or just looked cool. I wonder if he thought this 4500lb bus would be a good rock crawler and read a bunch of stuff online as he took off the sway bar links for "articulation". Really? He also took the air box cover and threw it away, stabbed a K&N style filter on it to "make it breath". He also took off a big square plastic plenum thing that sits behind the throttle body because "it was useless". I dunno but the GM engineers must have thought it was necessary for some reason. So off to the junk yard tomorrow to find a cover and the plenum thing to put it back to stock. Being the "ricer 4X4 professional" he was, the boy took out the OEM headlights and tail lights and put in some "really cool" smoked lenses where you cant see the road in front of you at night. Really cool huh? His solution...."I drive with the bright on". At this point I am thinking of punching the boy in the head but all in all he hasnt done anything I cant undo with a little time and money.....I still want to punch him in the head. So I have spent the last two days working on my new Yukon into my own vision of "cool". First thing was replace the missing sway bar links and install two new front shocks. Rear shocks are on the agenda when I get my teacher pay next week. I found a burnt fuse for my tail lights so now I have brake lights in those "really cool" smoked lens tail lights. They are LED so they are bright enough I wont worry about getting slammed in the ass. Brake lights maybe overrated but I know folks behind me appreciate the warning. I also removed the tint on the front side windows as these old eyes dont see well enough at night to have tint where I need to see oncoming traffic. I am going to remove the "really cool" smoked headlights tomorrow and replace them with OEM clear lenses so I can actually see the road or a deer at night. Cool, huh? I have dreams of turning the Yukon into a "really cool" expeditionary vehicle with mods that make sense. A custom roof rack, grill guard with winch, some taller new tires and maybe some bigger rims to replace the 16" POS dry rots on stocks the kid threw on it. Eventually I will work on some new paint which will entail removing all the crappy white paint on it now. Its actually been resprayed but right over the peeling original paint. I actually like white, Florida and all, but I am thinking maybe a forest green or a deep blue might be nice. Well there ya have it, the rambling hopes for the Yukon. I will be turning to my Armory brothers to help with restoring my Yukon to its former glory so stay tuned for the adventures.
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    Brake light issue

    I just bought a '98 Yukon 4X4 and the brake lights arent working, neither is the third brake light. I checked the fuse and its good as well as power into the block. Checking the turn signals and back ups, all are working so I think the wire harness is probly ok. The kid I bought the truck from thought he was a mechanic and did a bunch of stupid shat to the truck so I cant be certain but I know I dont have power to the tail light brake connector terminal. Barring a wiring issue, I think the only culprit would be the brake light switch which is a PITA to access as well as disconnect because of the brake booster retaining clip and awkward position. Does the one switch operate the third light as well as the main brake lights? I thought they were totally independent of each other.` What do yall think? Am I headed in the right direction with my diagnosis? TIA!
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    Brake light issue

    The rears are LED so are actually really bright. I am planning on buying some OEM ones and almost did today until I saw how bright these are. They will be replaced when I have truly available funds because they are too cool for me. I am either not young enough or ricer 4X4 enough.
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    Brake light issue

    HA! I went out to the truck to see if the hazards worked and they did not. I decided to look at the fuses again and when I checked them yesterday I only looked at the BRAKE fuse. I did not look at the STOP/HAZARD fuse. It was blown! No need to crawl under and pull the stop light switch! It still leaves why the fuse blew in the first place but maybe it would be the mechanic kid did something when he installed his "really cool" smoked Euro tail lenses or maybe the lenses are chinese POS's. I have new clear lenses coming for the fronts today because the "really cool" smoked headlight covers dont throw enough light out at night for me to see the road. I will replace the tails later. I dont need to be "really cool". Anyway, saved some time and a bit of money and I am happy!
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    This bothers me a little.

    One of the new online car buying websites uses your tag number to give you a trade in valuation of your car. No privacy anymore. Orwell saw it coming.
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