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Guns • Re: RELOADING

February 14, 2017 IceFire 0

Hornady (ammo manufacturer) is actually going to be sponsoring a reloading class in my area next month. I signed up (so far, the ONLY woman on the list…the rest are all guys) so will hopefully be getting some more info on it soon. They are also doing a promotion where if you buy certain reloading equipment, you can get either 100 or 500 free bullets for reloading.

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Natural Disasters • Re: CA: Oroville dam collapse feared

February 14, 2017 IceFire 0

My Dad grew up in Oroville…we used to go up there all the time to visit my Grandfather. I still remember the fighting that went on about building the dam in the first place (a LOT of people were displaced due to the dam construction and creation of the lake), then my Grandfather would take us to see the dam under construction.

My mother currently lives in Chico, just north of there. They are currently sending evacuees from Oroville north to Chico, and evacuees from south of Oroville to points south, east, and west.

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:18 pm


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Introduce Yourself • Re: Hello All

February 12, 2017 IceFire 0

Welcome! To get you started with some things to think about, and to answer some of your questions, I suggest that you start in the “Getting Started – the Basics” section. A LOT of your questions may be answered there. If you STILL have questions, then ASK! Lots of experienced people here, who are good “resources”.

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Introduce Yourself • Re: Hello All

February 12, 2017 IceFire 0

Welcome! To get you started with some things to think about, and to answer some of your questions, I suggest that you start in the “Getting Started – the Basics” section. A LOT of your questions may be answered there. If you STILL have questions, then ASK! Lots of experienced people here, who are good “resources”.

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:12 pm


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: FARADAY CAGES

February 12, 2017 IceFire 0
TRex2 wrote:

IceFire wrote:

farmer_dude48 wrote:I have a couple of questions if anybody can help…
I have a barn with all aluminum siding and roof and dirt floor would it serve as a faraday cage if I grounded the sides with ground rods ??
I have a 30 yr old garden tractor should it start and run after a EMP attack ??
Thanks guys I have tried to research this stuff and I just can’t seem to get my head rapped around it .. :?:?

If your garden tractor has plugs and points, it should be fine. I have a new tractor, but there are NO electronics on it…it’s plugs and points, and hydraulics. It will still run, even after an emp. I made sure I got one without electronics for just that reason.

I agree with you, but I have a couple of questions.
First, how did you find a new tractor with point and plugs?
(I could possibly be interested in one of those)
And I am curious, why did you go with gasoline instead of diesel?

Tractor is diesel, NOT gas. Found the tractor at a local dealer. The brand is LS. (They’re the blue ones) It’s a 25HP (not overkill for our 19 acres, but NOT underpowered, either) I got a front-end loader and back hoe on it, as well.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: FARADAY CAGES

February 12, 2017 IceFire 0
TRex2 wrote:

IceFire wrote:

farmer_dude48 wrote:I have a couple of questions if anybody can help…
I have a barn with all aluminum siding and roof and dirt floor would it serve as a faraday cage if I grounded the sides with ground rods ??
I have a 30 yr old garden tractor should it start and run after a EMP attack ??
Thanks guys I have tried to research this stuff and I just can’t seem to get my head rapped around it .. :?:?

If your garden tractor has plugs and points, it should be fine. I have a new tractor, but there are NO electronics on it…it’s plugs and points, and hydraulics. It will still run, even after an emp. I made sure I got one without electronics for just that reason.

I agree with you, but I have a couple of questions.
First, how did you find a new tractor with point and plugs?
(I could possibly be interested in one of those)
And I am curious, why did you go with gasoline instead of diesel?

Tractor is diesel, NOT gas. Found the tractor at a local dealer. The brand is LS. (They’re the blue ones) It’s a 25HP (not overkill for our 19 acres, but NOT underpowered, either) I got a front-end loader and back hoe on it, as well.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: FARADAY CAGES

February 11, 2017 IceFire 0
farmer_dude48 wrote:
I have a couple of questions if anybody can help…

I have a barn with all aluminum siding and roof and dirt floor would it serve as a faraday cage if I grounded the sides with ground rods ??

I have a 30 yr old garden tractor should it start and run after a EMP attack ??

Thanks guys I have tried to research this stuff and I just can’t seem to get my head rapped around it .. :?:?

If your garden tractor has plugs and points, it should be fine. I have a new tractor, but there are NO electronics on it…it’s plugs and points, and hydraulics. It will still run, even after an emp. I made sure I got one without electronics for just that reason.

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:21 pm


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Guns • Re: Taurus Judge

February 11, 2017 IceFire 0

Yes, mine has the steel frame. I have found that the steel frames absorb and distribute the recoil MUCH better than polymer frames.

I don’t reload as of yet. It is something that I want to learn how to do, but I am NOT about to try it without someone teaching me “hands on”, while they are there to correct any mistakes I might make BEFORE I find out the hard way!

Yes, the great thing about the Judge is that you CAN put different loads in it, depending on what you might run in to. That is EXACTLY why we bought it.

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:12 pm


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Guns • Re: Taurus Judge

February 11, 2017 IceFire 0

I’ve had a Judge since they first came out (back then, they had a 2 1/2 inch cylinder.) When shooting with .45LC ammo, the recoil is pretty well absorbed by the “ribbing” on the rubber grip. When shooting with the 410 gauge shells, there is more of a tendency for “muzzle flip”, and more felt recoil. Unless you plan on spending quite a bit of time at the range shooting, though, it’s not that big of an issue.

When I go deer hunting, I take it along as a sidearm…with a couple rounds of “snake shot”, some 000 buckshot, and a couple of slugs or 45LC loaded. When I’m out in the woods, I never know if I might encounter rattlesnakes, javelinas, bears, or 2 legged “critters”. The Judge lets me be ready to handle any threats.

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:11 pm


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Water • Re: storing water 2 liter bottles

February 11, 2017 IceFire 0
Norman11 wrote:
A 55 gal Barrel used $20.00 Cleaned would make a more efficient use of space and a lot less work than 55 I gal. or more 2 liter containers. Not near as breakable or likely to leak

Norman11

It’s all about diversifying…I have 14 55 gal barrels of water stored, AND 166 (83 gallons) 2 qt juice bottles of water. Can’t get those 55 gallon barrels in the house (have to store those outside), but I CAN store several gallons worth of the 2 qt bottles in the house. I also have several 20 oz bottles that I keep on the nightstand (have meds that I have to take WiTH WATER before I get up in the morning.) I like having options.

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Introduce Yourself • Re: New member

February 10, 2017 IceFire 0

Welcome. I suggest starting in the “Getting started – the Basics” section of the forum, then branch out from there. If you have questions not answered by what you’ve read, then ASK!

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Washington Discussion, News and Weather • Re: What is the first thing a beginning needs to do ?

February 10, 2017 IceFire 0

Not in any particular order, EXCEPT for the water and food.

Water
Food
“Re-supply”–Garden, seeds, small livestock (chickens, rabbits, goats, etc.)
Medical (Not just supplies, but also the know-how to USE them!)
Also, medicinal plant garden (many plants have dual usage…both culinary AND medicinal)
Books on gardening; herbal remedies; animal husbandry (to include butchering); building animal housing, sheds, greenhouses, etc; emergency medicine; veterinary medicine;
Alternative means of cooking/heating
means of security/self-defense

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Introduce Yourself • Re: Reintroduction

February 10, 2017 IceFire 0
DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE wrote:
Reminder for you two…The last rational mind to leave CA has to close the door at the AZ border. :p

Don’t forget to BOLT that door, as well! We don’t need anymore dingbats and snowflakes sneaking in, to add to the ones that came earlier and are now trying to change things to mirror what they LEFT!

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Home School • Re: Home school Pros Vs. Cons…The dumbing down of our chil

February 10, 2017 IceFire 0

Here’s the take of a former substitute teacher. I was always frustrated at the lack of learning going on. In some cases, it was the kids not caring enough to learn. In some, it was lousy teachers. Case in point…I subbed in a HS History class (majored in PoliSci/Social Science, so it was an easy class for me.) Regular teacher left NO lesson plans, so I found out where they were SUPPOSED to be, and actually TAUGHT the class. Afterward, the students said “Why can’t you be our teacher ALL of the time? We’ve learned more from you in this class than we’ve learned from him ALL YEAR!” Apparently, the teacher was more concerned with coaching one of the sports teams than he was in actually teaching the class. Pathetic.
It’s no wonder our schools are failing.

On the other hand, I know a LOT of people who home school. Their kids are working at levels FAR above kids their age. As for socialization, they were involved with Community Theater, (working with people of ALL ages), dance classes, music, sports, etc. so had PLENTY of interaction with others. Some that I know do our local Farmer’s Market…the kids are selling their products, making change CORRECTLY (math skills, that too many of the kids in the public HS can’t manage), interacting with the public, etc.

The homeschooled kids that I know are better adjusted, better educated, more involved, better behaved, and better mannered than the kids in the public schools.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: FEBRUARY 2017- What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

February 9, 2017 IceFire 0

Got 20 strawberry crowns planted today. Need to get another 10 tomorrow, when I get additional post spikes for our stable project (4 stalls–2 12×12 stalls on each side of a 6-ft wide aisle. Well, actually, 3 stalls and a feed/hay/tack room.)

Also got another 8 bags of cedar shavings for the garden walkways (still need to get a LOT more, but a limited by how many I can get in the back of the car.)

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:50 pm


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Introduce Yourself • Re: Prepper with excellent skill set, big island bound.

February 7, 2017 IceFire 0

It seems that is one of the rules that gets overlooked when people join the forum. The reason for that particular rule is SAFETY. Posting personal contact information leaves you open to potential contact by “trolls”. There are a LOT of people who read the forum without actually joining, and there is no way of assessing their intentions. That’s why the PM function exists. Members can contact each other first via PM, and once a level of trust is reached, can exchange contact information. We are generally a cautious bunch…

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Economic Disasters • Re: A man of wisdom and truth

February 5, 2017 IceFire 0

A year and a half ago, I used some of my gold and silver to turn into cash to come up with the downpayment on our 19 acres. we are in the process of setting it up as a farm. Have the garden area fenced, most of the raised beds built and filled with composted manure, in the process of getting more livestock and setting up shelters (have chickens, goats, and horses, and plan on more turkeys, sheep, pigs, and cattle.) Also working on getting vineyard and orchard fenced and finished planting. Have beehive set up, and bees ordered.

In the meantime, I’m working on replacing the gold and silver that I had used for the land purchase, and buying additional. I call it my “retirement fund.”

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Prepper Fiction • Re: Surviving the river

February 5, 2017 IceFire 0

So glad you survived the trip into town, but DANG, man…you made some SERIOUS errors there (which I KNOW you darn well know.) Hopefully, you will NEVER repeat them!

Oh, and while you were in town, did you buy a new thermometer, so you at least know how bloody cold it is BEFORE you decide to head out? Next time, LET YOUR WIFE KNOW YOU”RE COMING!

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: FEBRUARY 2017- What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

February 5, 2017 IceFire 0
Cin wrote:
BTW, we ordered from Emergency Essentials and we are only buying stuff as it goes on sale.

That’s what I do. I order from them, too, and ONLY buy things when they are on sale.

Also did the Sam’s/Costco run today.

Don’t know how much of a “prep” you might consider it, but halfway through the Sam’s/Costco run, I went to a piercing shop for a “Daith” piercing (it’s part of the cartilage in the ear “shell”…there is a nerve that runs through there) to hopefully get some relief from migraines. I was working on a migraine when I went in, and afterward, NO headache AT ALL!

The piercing itself, though…Holy Mother of Mothra! THAT hurt! (Where’s the lidocaine?!) The area that was pierced is still a bit sore, but not NEARLY as bad as the headache was, and even that will eventually stop. If it gives relief from the migraines, it will have been worth it!

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Prepper Fiction • Re: The Fall

February 3, 2017 IceFire 0

Not really…sometimes, the characters take on a mind and life of their own, and the best you can do is try to keep up with them!

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:36 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: Not just bug-out bags

February 3, 2017 IceFire 0

I keep a GHB in the car, and have multiple other bags for varying situations…the “day hike gone horribly wrong” bag, the “I’m taking off for a week of hunting” bag, the BOB that’s good up to 2 weeks, and the “I’m Never Coming Home” bag. I also keep several “grab and go” buckets with different supplies in them.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: FEBRUARY 2017- What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

February 2, 2017 IceFire 0
RayMac1963 wrote:
I’m jealous, I can’t grow anything except mold on the cheese in my fridge. :(

It’s like any other skill, Ray…there IS a learning curve, and then you have to PRACTICE! Yes, there WILL be failures along the way, but each one offers another learning experience (what does work, and what doesn’t.) To me, it’s part art, part skill, and part science, with a whole LOT of labor, as well.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: FEBRUARY 2017- What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

February 2, 2017 IceFire 0
Illini Warrior wrote:
sounds like too much unnecessary labor – can’t you dump from the tractor bucket into a wheelbarrow >>>>>> over to those planting beds ….

The paths between the beds are too narrow for my wheelbarrow (it’s one of the large, 2-wheeled, “contractor”-sized wheelbarrows.) In any case, from where we’ll dump the manure to the planting beds isn’t far…in fact, I’ll probably have him dump it where the next set of beds will be going; that way, any “leftover” manure will already be where it needs to be.

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Livestock and more • Re: Having livestock and no plan!!

February 2, 2017 IceFire 0
Cast Iron wrote:
Heck, even my one neighbor could not understand why the livestock were not in the barn in the summer. They are where they are supposed to be; Out in the fields.

Apparently, your neighbor does NOT understand that barns are for sheltering animals in inclement/winter weather. In summer, they MUCH prefer being out where they can eat nice, fresh, GREEN stuff; roll in the grass; and enjoy the warmth of the sun. Being cooped up in a barn is like us being locked in a bathroom all day. Who wants that?

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: FEBRUARY 2017- What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

February 2, 2017 IceFire 0

After getting home from work today, got 9 of the raised beds (to include the three new ones) filled with composted manure today (the FEL on the tractor came in REALLY handy for that…one FEL load fills an entire bed, so that saves a LOT of time and labor…just had to rake it out evenly after it was dumped in.) After that, got 5 of the beds planted–3 with different varieties of Swiss Chard (Fordhook Giant, Lucullus, and Ruby) and 2 with lettuce (Parris Island Romaine and Buttercrunch.)

We made quite a dent in the manure pile today. Later, we’ll bring more of it from the manure pile to a pile in the garden. From there, I’ll have to fill a 5-gallon bucket to take it to the 7 beds that we can’t get to with the tractor.

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:16 pm


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Livestock and more • Re: Having livestock and no plan!!

February 1, 2017 IceFire 0

I understood exactly what you were saying, Farmer. As to the cows, you saved the three, and saved the fourth from a slow, painful death. A quick bullet to the head is MUCH more merciful. Something that city people and the “PETA” types do NOT understand. Another thing that the city folks don’t understand is the “carrying capacity” of the land, for stock density. Also, the carrying capacity in one area will be different than the carrying capacity in another, due to factors such as soil fertility, water availability, native vegetation etc. People are idiots. I much prefer animals.

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Guns • Re: Quebec shooting

January 31, 2017 IceFire 0
anita wrote:
I noticed when watching the ABC news tonight (I suffer through to see what they are mis-reporting) they never mentioned that the shooter was Muslim. Just left it hang.

Of course not. The facts don’t fit with their agenda.

Statistics: Posted by IceFire — Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:58 pm