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General Family Preparedness • Re: Spreading Prepper Mentality—Pros Vs. Cons?

March 29, 2017 Cast Iron 0

Was on my second cup of coffee when this thread popped into my mind.

Prepper mentality is not just about beans, band aids, and bullets. It is also being aware of what is really going on.

I will use my oft mentioned co-worker as an example. He talks a good game when it comes to MREs, all things tacti-cool, Life Straws and Tampons.

But aside from sound bites or headlines that agrees with his point of view, he does not really understand who, where, what, why, how and what is in it for me?
Without doing any critical thinking on his own, doing some research, or get deeper into the details, he is happy to go along with whatever the talking heads say.

I think the prepper mentality is just as much about seeing the trees from the forest as it is seeing the forest from the trees.

Statistics: Posted by Cast Iron — Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:15 am


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Guns • Re: RELOADING

March 29, 2017 Cast Iron 0

Got to thinking about other dies, window shopping on line when I came across micro-seater dies. Prices varied, $70, $180, $200+.

I would still have to check the seating depth against a caliper.
So, why bother the expense of an expensive seating die, when I will just measure it again anyways? I know some who shoot competitively measure every bullet after seating.
Why not just get a bullet comparator, measure off the Ogive rather than the Meplat and be done with it. Lot cheaper too.

I could see the ease to readjust a die to a depth that worked for a given load.

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Livestock and more • Re: Guinea pigs as livestock??????

March 29, 2017 Cast Iron 0

I do not see much of a difference between guinea pigs and rabbits.

Maybe more recipes for rabbit, especially in the French cook books.

Can a guinea pig get pregnant again just before kindling a litter?
I recently had a female rabbit kindle, pulled her out, then about 34 days later kindle again.

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Guns • The Demise of the .40 Caliber?

March 28, 2017 Cast Iron 0

The author does not list or provide a link to the shooting organization that provided the information.
Hence I find it questionable.
If anyone can provide a link to the shooting organization report, I would appreciate it.

I have only shot a .40S&W once. I did find it . . . “snappy.” However, it was out of a Springfield XD sub-compact. I attributed the “snappy” with the short barrel, low weight of the composite frame.

http://www.alloutdoor.com/2017/03/22/de … Newsletter

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Guns • Re: RELOADING

March 28, 2017 Cast Iron 0

When I first started reloading, I was a poor LCpl.
Lee was all I could afford.

Since then looked at some others, Forester, L.E. Wilson, but never pushed the “Add to Cart” button.

As an experiment last night, I took all the Lee dies out of the turret plate, gave all the lock rings a few spins in either direction, took the seating plug all the way up.
Then, went about recalibrating them for a given load.

Significantly easier.

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Guns • Re: RELOADING

March 28, 2017 Cast Iron 0
Dirk Williams wrote:
. Nothing against Lee, good kit, I’ve just always used RCBS for, my precision bullets. Which Class of Dies were you using? The lower end dies can be a problem. And if loose, the depriiming pin can be a real pain. I keep a dozen extra pins on hand for ” those” days.

Dirk

Not entirely sure as to what class of dies.

Reloading for a co-worker. She brought me the dies, carbide, and the other components.

Other than the once in awhile clean and lubing, Lee dies never required additional tools for making adjustments.

I will give them the benefit of the doubt. She did say they were her fathers dies and he passed on a few years ago. Perhaps they were just stuck.

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Books • Re: Lights Out

March 27, 2017 Cast Iron 0

I thought it was well done. Easy read. Interviewed some very interesting people and brought his journalist experience to the table, addressing both sides of an issue.
Although I did get the feeling he did not have a high opinion of the government and their response to some of his questions.

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Guns • Re: RELOADING

March 27, 2017 Cast Iron 0

Just had my first experience reloading with RCBS dies . . .
Not impressed.

I have never had to use a allen key, or a pair of vice-grips and a wrench to adjust a seater die. The threads binded a lot too. Made it difficult to feel when the seater body touched the brass mouth, or when the seater plug touched the bullet flat nose.

The resizing die decapper pin did not impress me either. Kept moving, despite torquing down on the lock ring.

I will stick with Lee.

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General Family Preparedness • Re: Spreading Prepper Mentality—Pros Vs. Cons?

March 27, 2017 Cast Iron 0
angie_nrs wrote:
I’m not sure anyone can spread the prepper mentality. Either you have it or you don’t. I’ve always had the deep down feeling of needing to be prepared since I was a kid. I don’t know why. So, how can I spread that? If what you mean is; do I encourage others to prep…..the answer would be no. Actions speak louder than words and you can pretty much tell just by what others do (or don’t do) in the present, whether or not they will prepare for the future. I have friends who raise their own chickens, garden, camp, hunt, etc. Those friends don’t need any advice from me. I have other friends who would have difficulty managing a car breakdown this week, let alone anything else. Again, those friends don’t need (nor would they appreciate) any advice from me.

I prefer to expend my energies where they will do the most good and that’s with my own situation and family. If friends or family ask for my advice or help in the matter I would certainly engage in that conversation, (although I am no expert) and from what I can tell, being prepared is more about doing than it is about talking. I’d say work on the basics and move up from there……the basics will keep you busy enough. At least they do for me b/c I am still working on that. I don’t talk about it much with anyone since there doesn’t seem to be any upside to it. That’s why I appreciate APN so much. :D

It is interesting you mention that, the bold.
As a kid I too found myself doing things that would likely translate into what we have now as the prepper movement.

Not sure if it has to do with upbringing, genetics, environment etc.

It may have to do more with the current disposable society. Why bother doing something that requires time, effort and energy when a person could just goto the store?

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Knives and Multi-tools • Re: Why a Tactical knife is essential for extreme survivalis

March 27, 2017 Cast Iron 0
OMark wrote:
Anyone care to explain what really makes a tactical knife “tactical”? How’s it different than a bowie?

Marketing.

No, really. Some out there just take a knife, add some “tactical” like features and then add in the price hike.
No entirely sure what those features are concerning knives, but that is the best I can come up with.

Personally I like a knife made out of good steel, can keep an edge, and is comfortable for all day carry.
Additional features vary if it is fixed blade or a folding blade.

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Guns • Re: Cast reloads for .223?

March 27, 2017 Cast Iron 0
Reloader762 wrote:
All my casting for rifles are of the 30 caliber variety 7.62 x 39 & 54r as well as 30-30,300 Sav. all the bullets I cast can be used in any 30 cal. rifle although some work better for the Russian calibers and some for the US calibers with a few crossovers. If I owned an AR in .223/5.56 you can bet I would be shooting cast in it as well.

Leading doesn’t have to be an issue in the gas system of semi auto rifles or in the bore as long as you do things right from the start. The biggest cause of leading is either is using to soft and alloy for the velocity / load pressure an or your bullet is undersized. Wheel weight are a good alloy to start with,by themselves when air cooled right out of the mold depending on what you have as far as the alloys makeup is as it can vary somewhat your BHN is going to run from 10 to 12 on the hardness scale.

Wheel weights contain both antimony as well as traces of arsenic and can be further hardens without adding any additional alloy,water quenching your bullets straight from the mold will increase the hardness of the bullet to between 15 & 18 BHN in 24 hours. Further hardening can be achieved by the presents of the arsenic,heat treating the bullets in a toaster oven using the time and temperature method in general about 400 degrees for 1 hour then quenching will give you a BHN in the hi 20’s which will be plenty hard for anything you can throw through the AR,however with most AR with standard twist barrels you velocity/RPM/Stability range is still going to limit you to the 2300 to 2400 fps. range.

Cast bullets in the 60 to 70 gr. range sized to .001 to .002″ over groove dia. gas checked with a good lube give best results. Powder coating your bullet is also a plus if you have the ability to do that as it can replace the tradition lubing process. A quick check on the net will lead you to lots of various load data but if I were working up a load I would start with H-4895 using about 13.5 grs starting load till I got reliable cycling an continue till accuracy dropped off. 2″ at 100 yds. would suit me just fine and is and has been done on a pretty regular basis with the velocity running around 2100 fps. with 15.0 to 16.0 grs. of H-4895.

Great post.

Thank you for the information.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Terror Attack in London

March 24, 2017 Cast Iron 0
Dirk Williams wrote:
Understand, I get it about the Ninja’s. While this oP was regarding the London attack, my post is more about general knife attacks. It would be rare for anybody here would be engaged by a jihadi.

I’m kinda surprised that the corps, isn’t training for this sort of event.

A disciplined knife fighter is an artist. Impressive to watch.

Have a great night. O by the way we use to have a member here, who had it together regarding the knife stuff. Check out so,e of his posts on the knife section. Like you I’m not interested in having to address a knife ever again.

DW

It was something of a paradox.

In boot camp we were instructed the absolute last place you wanted to be was in hand to hand combat and or a knife fight. My Drill Instructors put emphasis on using anything and everything but your hands to get the advantage, distance was your friend.
Then we went to our hand to hand combat training, to include how to use a knife.

Even in Krav Maga, we were trained in how to disarm an assailant with a knife. But the instructor noted it was likely you would not come out unscathed, but bloody.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Terror Attack in London

March 23, 2017 Cast Iron 0
Dirk Williams wrote:
Cast, I’m not sure if you calling me a mall ninja, or simply don’t understand the complexity of a knife involved situation. Your abvise either way is very poor. You turn your back, you have zero oppertunity to defend, you just broke the rules, by taking your eyes off the weapon and perpetrator. If you see him coming, from a distance, I see your point.

If he/ she’s on you. Your a fool to turn your back to the knife wielded.

I live in Indian country, for some odd reason our tribal brothers and sisters use knives, their go to weapon. It’s rare for a firearm to be used in their environment.

Best to you.

Dirk

Nothing against you Dirk.

Seen too many Mall Ninjas believe they will always over come someone who is willing to die for their warped cause.

Go back to my Marine Corps training; Hand to hand combat, or someone with a knife, dont.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Terror Attack in London

March 23, 2017 Cast Iron 0

These idiots, run as fast as you can.
Do not try to engage in self defense.
These idiots are there to die for their twisted cause. They do not care if they die. They are going to die and will take you with them at all costs. There is no real defense against that kind of mentality.
Ask the Israelis.

I am sure the Spider People with their mad Mall Ninja skills would beg to differ.

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Guns • Re: Mil, MOA or inches?

March 23, 2017 Cast Iron 0

I have found MOA can be useful shooting NRA High-Power, but using the Amended Rule.

For Field Target, I use the mil-dots or the equivalent to determine distance, and knowing my holdovers to take the shot.

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Guns • Re: Mil, MOA or inches?

March 23, 2017 Cast Iron 0
ajax727 wrote:
Old school and old rules MOA was poured into my brain years and years ago so that is what i know . To me it is just as important to know your rifle and ammo . Before all the new bells and whistles we can now get with a new scope we used our brain to do the dope , aka the drop and wind push , target speed .This is all from a hunting point of view . I also used that well known Kentucky windage , when you just don’t have time to think .

Well said.

Rather have the guy next to me with a bolt action Winchester Model 70 who can hit nearly everything he can see, from field positions than the guy with a tricked out AR that can only hit a twelve inch target at 100yrds from a bench, off bags.

I am sure the Spider People’s heads are exploding right now.

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Gardening • Re: Potatoes: Another Container Gardening Idea

March 23, 2017 Cast Iron 0
oldasrocks wrote:
Does anybody have a few quarts of ambition they can loan me? It’s almost 8;30 am and I’m still sitting her drinking coffee waiting for enough energy to make breakfast. My goal today was to fill the barrels with rocks then dirt for the taters.

Tomorrow I’m picking up a load of steel I ordered for the new gazebo I need to build. Our old one died of old age.

I would Old, but I needed mine to go out to the barn this morning to thaw all the livestock water containers.
It was three degrees this morning.

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Guns • Re: Mil, MOA or inches?

March 23, 2017 Cast Iron 0

Good post Dirk.

I have a Super Sniper as well, fixed power. I put it on three different rifles and did the box test. It tracked perfectly.

I like the reticule, as I can zero for a given distance for a given weight bullet. Then back up to the 100yrd and note the subtensions above the horizontal line. Then start to take it back past the zero to a given distance.
No messing with knobs.

Using a app like Strelok can get me in the general vicinity.

I am not sure I understand your question concerning “inch” and scope tube diameter?
There are scopes main tube in 1-inch, 30mm, 35mm, and I think I saw IOR is putting out some 40mm main tubes.

at the end of the day, it’s the guy driving the rifle and scope that is the difference.

Could not agree with you more.
My co-worker is a name and price dropper. He can quote all kinds of stats, but we have never seen him shoot. Even a picture of a group he shot.
Based off his comments about marksmanship, I do not think he knows a thing about marksmanship.
But he sure can drop names and stats.

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Gardening • Re: Potatoes: Another Container Gardening Idea

March 23, 2017 Cast Iron 0

The other system I have seen is using old tires.
Put one tire down,fill it with dirt and some compost. Then the potatoes, then straw. When the leaves have grown up and through, add another tire with more compost and straw.
Continue until chest height.

Then remove a tire and harvest the ones in that layer.

Do not know if there is any health hazards using old tires or not.

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General Family Preparedness • Re: Spreading Prepper Mentality—Pros Vs. Cons?

March 21, 2017 Cast Iron 0

I look around and assess all those in my community as either assets or a liability.

If you are a bunker bunny, hardcore on OPSEC, unwilling to even talk to me, well then I will just write you off as a lost cause.
If you have family, do not be surprised when after months and months of your quest for ultimate OPSEC, your spouse or children shoot you in the face, poison your dinner, or slip a knife in your back while you sleep.
Really, there are families who now have outlawed the board games Monopoly or Risk at Thanksgiving or Christmas as a result of the onset of violence.

If you live alone, after a year of talking to, arguing with, and in the end, losing the argument with a volleyball, do not be surprised if a community or tribe does not welcome you with open arms.

Better to empower and educate those around you now and community member, than be seen as an standoffish elite hording food in their bunker.

The go it alone wolf mentality is a losing end game.

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General Food Topics • Re: Sour Dough Starter

March 21, 2017 Cast Iron 0
DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE wrote:
Great, interesting stuff here all….. Unfortunately for me, its all French(Bread)…lol.

As an ABSOLUTE newbie to this, where would you recommend I get some good info starting my bread skills?

I of course found some resources already but am curious to veteran recommended links….

This is my current prepper goal…. Bread…. In its entirety – including easy starts thru grinding my own wheat.

Thank you guys for any quick links in advance….

Good joke.

I have had several books prior to this one, but this one really brought it home for me: https://www.amazon.com/Bread-Bakers-App … apprentice

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Washington Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Patriot Nurse

March 20, 2017 Cast Iron 0
woodchipper518 wrote:

Cast Iron wrote:You can get your EMT-B for about $600.
Two nights a week, for six months.

Then, take the NOLS Wilderness EMT course.
One week. Prices vary.

In a SHTF situation, that is what everyone will be pretty much reduced to.
Including doctors. I had two in my NOLS class.

I would probably do better in a 6 month class rather than a crash 2-3 day course. But after 2 master degrees, I mentally toast for attending ‘class’ again. I have checked out the NOLS classes thru REI several times. Just need to commit.

Looking back I am split on it.

The EMT-B course was at a community, adult education college. The instructor was very knowledgeable. Her entire career was in Firefighting and EMS.
Granted a background in A&P, and other medical practices made it easy for me.
I felt we could of done better with the “hands on,” practicals.
She helped me get into a local volunteer fire station.

The NOLS class offered a EMT-B to Wilderness EMT combination course. Had I the time off from work, I would of done the combination. Very intense, very hands on. Well worth it.
And we were outdoors 90% of the time. What can be better?
Taken that with the Leadership part, I can not recommend it higher.

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General Family Preparedness • Re: Spreading Prepper Mentality—Pros Vs. Cons?

March 20, 2017 Cast Iron 0

What do you call the go to guy or gal who not only has all the preps, but the knowledge and experience to make it all work?
The go to guy or gal with the military experience, the leadership experience, the understanding of logistics?
The go to guy or gal with the medical background?
The go to guy or gal with the small and medium livestock knowledge and experience of animal husbandry?
The go to guy or gal with the small and medium livestock knowledge and experience to slaughter, butcher and process meat for long term storage without modern conveniences?
The go to guy or gal with the knowledge and experience to not only grow food from seeds but how to collect seeds for next years harvest?
The go to guy or gal who is an Expert Rifle marksman?
The go to guy or gal who can do more with less?

The OIC.

I am sure the Spider People will beg to differ.

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General Food Topics • Re: Sour Dough Starter

March 20, 2017 Cast Iron 0
Drakenstead1 wrote:
Interesting responses to my post. At least a few of us are interested in good taste. I figure that making good bread with a renewable starter is not only a survival skill from the point of self reliance and sustainability but from the stand point of taste. One of the dangers of living off basic food stuffs, particularly LTS food is what I call “palate death”. I lived for a time in East Africa and witnessed famine first hand in the Karamoja district. I have seen people die in the abundance of food when it either is repetitive and bland or totally unfamiliar or alien to their culture. Staying alive and prosperous is not only about quantity but about taste as well.

The first loaf we made from this starter was just short of magnificent. It was on a par with the best old world European bread of my experience. I suspect that living in a farm house that is well over a century old has something to do with the variety and vigor of the yeast beasties and lactobacilli we caught. I’m fairly certain that it is also a matter of luck. I’d suggest that it takes several tries to get a good culture and that one should not be discouraged by failure. Failure is an integral part of the learning process. It seems to me to be a good idea to perfect this skill prior to an “event” rather than learn on the fly. Secondly I can say that life is too short to drink suboptimal beer or to eat lousy bread. I believe that beer and bread are absolute proof that G-d wishes us to be happy (In which I paraphrase the eminent Mr. Benjamin Franklin). There is also the consideration that not all strains of yeast are perfect for all kinds of flour. A culture that works with whole grains, wheat or others may be foul with a white all purpose flour. It also can work the other way as a culture suitable for that white flour may leave an attempted whole grain rye loaf suitable only as a boat anchor. As my Late Father advised me on my wedding night “keep trying until you get it right”.

Well said.

One reason why I think after a prolong period of time eating canned goods or MREs, some will be quite willing to trade things they normally would never consider for, say, fresh eggs.
E.g. see my The Fall, in prepper fiction. Bold, mine for emphasis.

I made some bread with some dough I made last week.
Imparted some very interesting flavors, reminded me of French bread, the crust was exceptionally crusty.
I made a starter today, using a Black&Tan beer. See what that tastes like in a week or so.

I have noted, when making pizza dough, using milk rather than water makes for a more tender crust.

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General Family Preparedness • Re: Spreading Prepper Mentality—Pros Vs. Cons?

March 20, 2017 Cast Iron 0

Unfortunately it usually takes a real world event to get people even into the most basic mindset of having more than a few days supply of food on hand.

Hurricane Katrina was a good one.
So was Super Storm Sandy.

The occasional black out here or there.

The recent Nor’easter had everyone in a lather . . . then it passed West of NYC and all was well . . . except those of us out to the West. Did not leave the house for two days. No big deal, except thawing out the livestock water.

Statistics: Posted by Cast Iron — Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:42 am