I'm going to investigate the frying technique. Some of these are pretty big.
Posts made by bigfoot
RE: Spring Garden Planting
Ha, not sure they're worth the freight. These are some hot ones. Got some white ones and purple ones thrown in there. All the seeds came out of one bulk container where I get all my seeds, not supposed to be a mix. Guess some of them didn't get a lot of sun. We used to make some kind of salad with broccoli and radishes with a mayonnaise dressing of some kind. Like you I usually just pull them and eat them fresh. Get a little grit too.
RE: Spring Garden Planting
Starting to pick a few vegetables now. We canned six quarts of peppers and I picked radishes this morning. Not sure what to do with those things. They say you can fry them. We picked some yellow squash also and my wife made a casserole for church luncheon and I spotted a few zucchini that are almost ready. Beans are a couple of days out and we have a dozen or so tomatoes on the window sill getting ripe now. Five of the tomato plants bit the dust, disease or something. These came from a different nursery so there's no telling what. Got some blossom rot so I am losing about a fourth of the other tomatoes, wish I didn't have that to deal with. corn really needs rain, my well water isn't cutting it. Some farmers towards Corpus Christi and west already are shredding their corn down. Guess they had drought insurance. Some fields around here aren't far from the same fate. Those with cotton that is established are in good shape. They say the wider the cracks the more trips to the gin. Dry land farming can be tough, my family did it for many years.
RE: Barrel Tuner
That figures. I bought that single box at a hunting store slash gun shop between Laredo and San Antonio a couple of years ago. I bought five boxes of Federal Ultra on closeout at Academy last month as a matter of fact. Maybe that's off the list as well. My old 513 seemed to like it and I still have four boxes to play with. That stuff is kind of expensive but Academy sold it to me for $4.96 each but only had five boxes. Might try the SK, thanks for the heads up. I haven't been able to break 1000 on the rim fire challenge in a while with either 22 I have. I got a different style of front bag I need to try and leave the bi pod at home to see if that helps too. I've had my best scores off of bags. Maybe if I had a good bi pod it would be different.
RE: Barrel Tuner
I have a sad feeling when I go to fifty yards my groups will open up drastically even with the tuner, if it's actually doing anything. This Savage rifle is pretty much a Christmas Tree gun. In other words it's mass produced and belongs under a tree waiting for an anxious kid to unwrap it and go blast some cans. Not exactly a target rifle but I do kind of like the Hawke scope. Cost more than the rifle if that tells you anything. Somewhere between the fifth position and seventh is what I believe I am looking for but at this rate I need a pipeline for match ammo and a gold mine to finance it. The Wolf stuff kind of took me by surprise and it's not too pricey if I can find some. Bruno lists it but it's back ordered. Might have to sacrifice some Center X.
RE: Barrel Tuner
Savage Mark II FVSR .22 Boyds Tacticool Stock
Hawke Eclipse 4-16 SF Mil Dot Scope
UTG Bi Pod
CCI Standard Velocity 40 Grain
Aguila Rifle Match 40 Grain
Wolf Match Target 40 Grain
Target set at 25 yards shot sitting from cement benches off of a bi pod and a rear bag.
86 degrees wind left to right slightly 13 mph 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Target 1 CCI
Started with the weight flush at the end of the inner piece and began moving it outward .100" per target.
Still moving the weight outward .100 for each attempt. At the seventh mark four shots made an oblong hole with a flyer caused by me. Didn't load the bi pod and fell forward. Another guy that was at the range asked me if I always talked to myself at that point.
Switched to Aguila. At mark #7 the group was a nice cluster with the same damn flier. Still not a one hole that I am looking for at 25 yards. Now I am moving out at .050 per target and at #10 I started stringing vertically. I set the weight back to flush and it went horizontal. Interesting.
Seven looked like the lucky number for Aguila so I moved the weight back to that position for three more groups. Moved it inward one mark (.100) and shot. Groups were about the same.
Moved the weight inward another .100 and things changed again. Top group with Aguila tightened up and the bottom group was headed the same direction except for another shooter error.
The Eye Opener
I had three dots left and rummaged around in my stash and found a lone box of Wolf Match I bought two years ago somewhere down the line to try. First attempt, center dot almost one hole. Second attempt not so good, average with the others. Last attempt I settled down and tried my best and almost had it, the last one went high and jacked up the group. I was gonna go after some push pins but decided to save the rest of the box for fifty yards. Only way to prove if the weight helped this rifle / load combination is to pull the tuner off and retest. Maybe next time.
RE: Barrel Tuner
Wow, thanks for replying! My piece is pretty crude compared to those and I had a general idea of how they functioned but I don't have the tools to pull of the inside threads, not yet. Definitely need a mill also with a DRO and dividing head. I used a head a couple of times but never really grasped how it is set up. Could live without the readout but man the last mill I ran had a three axis readout and was nice. Didn't have a scale on the quill but had it on the knee. I'm curious, is the delrin one a thread on or clamp? I've done some composite machining I just wondered how it threads if it is threaded. I did see the Harrel tuner for sale somewhere and figured it had threads like a micrometer, didn't know what pitch but I do now. Maybe make one later if I get the tools. I did a little trial run yesterday with three brands of ammo I just have to get some pictures and see if any of them make sense.
I've been reading a little about these things, sounds like snake oil but there is scientific data and trophies to prove they work. A friend of mine had a .270 with the Boss and he swore by it right up until the day it was swiped out of his truck. So it's a weight that you move in or out to change the barrel harmonics. I saw some that weighed eight ounces and some that had an eight ounce weight and dozens of other concepts using different weights and lengths and their primary use is for rimfire and centerfire rifles also but the emphasis was on rimfire. Boy, I need all the help I can get there. So, I made one. No plans, just looked at pictures and tried to figure out how to do it with what I got. Craftsman lathe, drill press and basic measuring tools. First off I ain't no machinist. I know just enough to get my ass in trouble that's it. A couple of years barely scratched the surface for my training in the modern world with all the CNC's and gadgets we have now. The inner part that screws to the barrel is aluminum and was turned, bored and reamed for the threads and clearance all in one set up to be concentric. Threading was done with a 1/2 28 NEF tap in the lathe and feels as good or better than the thread engagement on my YHM suppressor when installed. I machined grooves for reference marks spaced .050 apart to adjust the moveable outer weight that is held with two set screws. The weight started as 11/2" cold roll but I turned it down to 11/4" to try to hit the eight ounce total weight and some how I did it. I bored it to just slide over the inner piece without galling so it has some clearance. If I had an internal threading tool I would have threaded it to match the other piece with some kind of fine thread, would have been a nervous wreck doing it on my Dinosaur lathe though. Does it work? Don't know yet, good excuse to go shoot. Probably try it at 25 yards and move the weight around to see if I get some drastic result and will be able to read the targets easier. Don't think it will put my eye out and if it does something for the better I will make the internal piece out of stainless.
RE: Pre Mother's Day Visitor
Yep, been to several BBQ's and they show up on the pit next to gator tail and freshwater gar. The rib cage kind of turns me off but they always seem to get eaten up. Alligator is great, it's commercially produced down here and is on the menu at quite a few eating places. Fried rattler might be better the pit version gets dried out pretty easy. Gar patties are good if they are seasoned right, kind of like a salmon patty. And then there's frog legs, those things are really good. Guess if you can stomach frog flesh you can handle a snake.