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  1. It’s not unheard of to have ice on the lakes in May that far north (they ice fish Lake of the Woods well into April). Ely is a fair bit north of me (250 miles or so), but absolutely beautiful country. When I was young, we would canoe into the boundary waters and I have a friend from high school who is a fishing guide out of Ely. But yeah, you just accept the fact that the air will hurt your face for a good portion of the year. On the plus side it’s only bears and wolves none of the little poisonous bugs or snakes to worry about. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. It seems everyone I know who has moved away loses their tolerance for the cold rather quickly. I was happy to be able to just wear a sweatshirt today while working with my daughters at an outdoor Girl Scout cookie booth for a couple of hours (19 degrees). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. update: I did receive this order. On their own accord, UPS took the liberty of changing the address on the shipping label. They sent it to my old address from 5 years ago and somehow listed my Dad's phone number from ten years ago. Nobody I spoke with could give me an answer to any of it. Luckily the people who bought my old house asked my old neighbor for my phone number and texted me about the package. I went and picked it up. I did let AR15Discounts know about everything and they had already issued me a refund. They re-billed me less 10% for the trouble. Just a weird situation. @GLShooter you were correct that the 9" hand guard would not work. Griffen makes an 8.6" handguard to go with this barrel which puts the shoulder of the muzzle threads exactly at the end of the hand guard (of course out of stock). Since I have larger than average mitts, I am going to look for something in the 8" range so I can get to the suppressor a little easier and have room to get a strap wrench to the suppressor's cam lock should things get stuck.
  4. Looks kind of like an L Series International (I don’t know, not familiar). I would make room in the garage for that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I have added 4 firearms to the safe so far this year, two of which are new calibers to me. My 300AAC build has been a disastrous PIA so that is getting kicked to the back burner for awhile. The other new caliber is 45ACP. I have been looking for a die set for awhile without much luck other than the overpriced gunbroker and ebay auctions. I stopped in to the reloading store on the other side of town and they had just gotten their Redding shipment in from last fall. He advised me against buying the Redding die set they had (sizer, expander, seat/crimp) and advised I find a Pro Series that had the separate crimp since I am running a progressive. I was reluctant to leave without grabbing what was in stock, but I figured it was better to let the gun sit awhile instead of spending money on a less than ideal die set. As luck would have it I found a Pro Series on line and it should be here next week. I had been keeping an eye on projectiles and knew Xtreme had 230 grain round nose in stock. This morning I noticed that Cabela's listed them in stock as well for $30 cheaper per box. I made a quick call to verify and ordered up two boxes of 500 to be delivered to my local store next week. I am pretty happy with how this week has turned out so far. Now if the temperature would warm up just a bit (preferably above zero) I can get to the range and test out the 38 Special and .357 Magnum test loads I have waiting. More than likely I will have the 45ACP ladders ready before I get to go.
  6. They did offer to resend the order when/if they got another barrel in stock. They said they show an order for the barrels, but no ETA. I chose to refund versus waiting an unknown amount of months. And yes, somebody got a free barrel and some gas blocks if they figure out what they are. I am going to watch the local armslist and ginbroker for the heck of it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. This morning the package with the barrel and gas block was written off as lost. AR15 Discounts was pleasant to deal with and issued a refund. Now back to the drawing board. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. You had to purchase prior to 12-31. I missed that window. The funny thing is the 300 die set I picked up was $35 and had it been last years purchase would’ve counted for free bullets. I should’ve paid more attention this time last year. That would’ve been free die sets basically. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. The only CZ I’ve shot is my 75D compact. Fits my hand like a glove. It is a very smooth shooter for me. It is the only pistol that always goes to the range with me as I enjoy it so much. And in the CZ realm of things, I treated myself to a couple of birthday presents this week. I have some suppressors in jail currently that will be in need of some hosts. After doing some research I decided I wanted a FN-FNX 45 Tactical. I received an email that the LGS on the south side of town received some and went down to look at one. It followed me home that night, but while I was there I also looked at a CZ Scorpion. I slept on it and went back the next day and swept that one up as well. Of the 4 firearms I picked up so far this year, 3 came from that shop. I am amazed how every other retailer looks like the last day of a garage sale, yet they have everything in stock (except they are out of anything Sig). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. The LGS south of town is fully stocked for guns. I’ve picked up 3 of my 4 so far this year there. Their Sig cabinets are bare, but everything else seems to be trickling through. Prices aren’t great, but less than or at MSRP and less than any of the online place I checked before I purchased. Ammo was hit and miss. It was high priced, but not as absurd as what I’ve seen online. They don’t carry any reloading stuff. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  12. Well...according to UPS my barrel was delivered yesterday. No sign of it anywhere. I gave them today to see if there was a mix up and I made the call to customer service. They stated it was delivered to the wrong address and that they were going to send the driver to attempt to retrieve it. They told me I should start the claims procedure just in case. I am not very pleasant to be around right now. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. My luck today. I was walking through the local Fleet Farm (Wal Mart, Cabela’s, and feed/seed all in one). As usual the ammo section was dry, but I was surprised to se stacks of Hornady dies in their reloading section. Just put out today I was told. I snagged a 300AAC set as I haven’t been able to find any die sets lately. The box was plastered with the “free bullets” offers. I looked it up when I got home and had I bought the die set 32 days ago it would have qualified (but want in stock). It made me laugh,but at least I have something to work with. Now to find an elusive 45ACP set...I picked the wrong time to add calibers. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Are you referring to the RT1500? At a quick glance it appears you need a special tool head and Dillon’s size/trim die. It looks like a slick setup especially if you are converting 223/556 to 300 (as I may be doing since I can’t find brass). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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