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  1. ...and for a range-only rifle, I can lug a couple of ounces the 30 feet from the truck to the bench. John ”Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” -Buckaroo Banzai Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. Hahahaha! That’s me; always throwing a cat among the pigeons. I have two unfluted SS barrels, one 5.56 and one Bushy. Thought I’d give something else a try. But I’m not paying more for no benefit and I’m not paying more to reduce accuracy. If you can’t see the flutes for the handguard, this all becomes a moot point, I guess. John ”Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” -Buckaroo Banzai Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. Whether is nobler in the the mind... No. Never mind. Can we all agree that fluted barrels look a little cooler than non-fluted barrels? I read an article that claims fluting is SUPPOSED to do one or both of; stiffening the barrel for accuracy (like open triangles are stronger than solid squares, that kind of idea) and/or that fluted barrels disperse heat better/faster and therefore heat effects subsequent shots less than solid barrels that hold more heat. The article, furthermore, claims that fluted barrels are NOT more accurate and might even be LESS accurate. If you want accuracy, you can sacrifice looks. If it makes no difference in accuracy, you might as well have the good looks. If it it enhances accuracy and looks better, not reason not to do it. So, flutes or no flutes? update: my search finally worked. Greg posted something that says fluted barrels are no stiffer than the same barrel unfluted, and someone else asked the very same question a while ago. I’ll go read that one. If there’s nothing new to add, I’ll take my recommendation from that thread.
  4. That right there is a good idea. Heat the stud space.
  5. srjdsmith

    Good Morning!

    Good morning from Northeast Iowa! 14 days left with this group of hormone-crazed 13-year-olds. Wish me luck.
  6. srjdsmith

    Well, my baby has graduated high school.

    Congratulations! John ”Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” -Buckaroo Banzai Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Nope! I hate plumbing! Once wood and drywall are fastened in place they tend to stay. But plumbing all looks good, then you open a valve, get a shower, and start all over...
  8. srjdsmith

    Good Morning!

    Good Sunday morning from a cloudy (again) Northeast Iowa. John “Remember, no matter where you go, there you are,” —Buckaroo Banzai Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Well, he’s no plumber. Both he and the property owner are on maintenance at a summer camp, which is the organization all the Dads & sons were from. They were shooting at the farm of the one guy and the pipe was an irrigation pipe for the garden (don’t ask me why they didn’t go a few more feet to the bean field or why the guy didn’t know where the pipes were in his own garden...) So, after the shindig, my son went out to help him fix the pipe. Unfortunately, when he opened the valve from the well, he sprung a leak about 40 feet down. THEN they called a plumber. My son is actually just starting a new position as Recreation Director, so he won’t be maintenance much longer. In his apartment on camp grounds, hot is on the right in both the kitchen and bathroom. Plumbed, apparently, by some volunteer years ago who came to share his “skills” and volunteer his time. The whole last year-and-a-half while my son was on maintenance, he never had time to fix it because he was running around doing other things. Now that he’s Rec Director, his wife wants their apartment put right, so he’s doing things in the evening- plumbing fix here, leaky window there, paint the kitchen... none of which will ever get done by the maintenance crew! John “Remember, no matter where you go, there you are,” —Buckaroo Banzai Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. srjdsmith

    Range Report 05/18/19

    Real happy with: * Bob’s Bullets (thanks for the tip, Greg) * my reloads both .223 & .38 spcl (the old can of Hercules 2400 works fine for .38spcl, and now I’m not so sure I need to abandon IMR4198 for .223 - the heavier loads shot & grouped well, and cycled properly) * new sight ($20 worth of “Hey! This thing seems to be working!!”) * heading home with +- 5 lbs of brass including .30-06 and 30 Carbine * rainy afternoon, can’t work in the yard, wife away, guess I’ll just have to load some 9mm Not as happy with: * getting rained on while I’m trying to shoot * lightest test loads that group well, eject spent brass, but won’t chamber the next round. (Did I go TOO light? Is that what happens? Not a total loss, since they also group VERY well in my Ruger No.1- since the day I bought it, it has never ejected and chambered the next round anyway) Very unhappy with: * getting poured on while trying to shoot- but shooting in the rain is better than... NOT shooting in the rain, I guess * my inability to post pics. I know how to on Tapatalk, but when I use that app, I miss notifications of this native site. What am I not doing? Got it. Using Tapatalk provides the uploading service.
  11. I mean, Wisconsin is an awfully long way to go to fix some PVC in someone’s garden... Apparently he was out there in the middle of the night with a headlamp replacing a few feet of plastic. On a side note, when a bullet traveling near 3000 FPS strikes PVC pipe, it doesn’t just punch a hole, it shatters about 7 feet of pipe. But a shovel, a couple of unions, cement, and some pipe later and all is well.
  12. srjdsmith

    Good Morning!

    Good morning! I see the sun... Range Day!! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. Thats so cool! Gotta love a good grandpa story.
  14. As I stated over in the Beginner’s Armory, I’m using Bob’s 55 gr FMJ. I using up some IMR 4198 and it works fine for big targets at close range (my club’s Zombie group started a new shoot on a different night that works for me, so that’s real fun. And I’m not the only rank amateur there. And I’m not even the worst shot!). Problem is, the rod-shaped nature of IMR 4198 doesn’t measure smoothly and I must be shearing some rods in the measure. Isn’t that changing my burn rates? Sacrificing performance? What’s a better powder for .223? (Include second choices- my LGS doesn’t always have a great stock.)
  15. srjdsmith

    Twist rate

    That Venn is the diagram I was looking for. I didn’t look very hard, but thanks for posting it. I’m about to start shopping for a 20” 1:8 stainless fluted. I’m not in a hurry, but that’s what I’m thinking right now. Also gonna go try Bob’s 55 gr FMJBT bullets with different powder charges behind them tomorrow- if the rain holds off enough- from my 16” barrel. I haven’t found it’s sweet spot yet, but it sure is fun looking! It’s WAY accurate enough for “zombies” (human-sized cardboard cutouts) at 25-50 yards; I can hit those all day. But I’d like to shoot better 100-200yd groups.