Saturday, December 13, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
One can just make them fast, or you can take some time and maybe, just maybe, they will shoot as good or better than the factory made stuff. Years ago when I got into this as a hobby, the goal was to make ammo that was better than anything you could buy already made up.. Well the factory stuff has gotten pretty good over the years so now, well, at least I can make it a whole lot less expensive. And really, that's a pretty good reason to roll yer own.
Start out with 20 fired cases..
Knock the old primers, resize the cases and look things over close..
Make some repairs...
Now we're ready to make some choices with powder and bullets.
Looks like the bullet choices I have on hand are not really what I'm looking for. These are better choices for the 30-30.
We'll pick up some better choices and continue another day with the 30-06.
I know I have a bunch of 30-30 brass here somewhere...
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014
It's been hard to get excited about skiing so far this season.. Here we are in the first week of December, in Alaska, and no snow to ski on.
Screen shots from the weather forecast aren't promising either...
It's been awhile since I've had a reloading bench set up, I picked up some lumber and put some pieces together and... There it is.
Did some horse trading on a couple Facebook pages and came up with a sweet little Alaska Guide Gun in 375H&H.. I'm looking forward to working up a nice practice (read light recoil) load and a good moose hunting load.
Monday, December 1, 2014
An afternoon enjoying some target practice with a few different handguns is something I haven't done for quite some time.. You'd think in Alaska a person could just step out the back door and set up a couple targets and have at it.. Well, that may be the case in 99.9 percent of Alaska. But my little corner, although well away from city lights, is still within the city limits of Homer, and discharging a firearm is against the law in about every city I can think of.
So our little range session was well out of any city limits... And they just happen to have an old wood fired sauna out back behind the house.. Sauna time is just one of those things that I really miss since moving here. So last night was a real treat. I'm gonna have to look into building a sauna here, even if I have to make it somewhat portable.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
So there are trade offs, some easy to see, and others just take some time to sink in. The idea of staying fit and trim here is another trade off.. A future rant!!
Thursday, January 16, 2014
It's been awhile since the sun has shared some vitamin d. I really don't remember the last full day of sunshine!
For reasons unknown, the lights and heat at the hanger went dark this afternoon so I figured I'd take the opportunity to go out and absorb some sunshine. The weather forecast for the next 5 or 6 days is calling for a warm air mass from the Pacific to come north with lots of rain and snow. I'm ok with the snow, but the rain.. I think a couple inches of it is forecast for tomorrow alone!
We're gaining daylight by 4 minutes a day now. Sunrise is a little before 10 am and sunset around 4:30 pm.. I like this time after Winter Solstice, the days getting longer are a good thing.
Friday, January 10, 2014
I started this blog years ago as a way to keep friends and family up to date with my kayaking adventures. I guess I haven't been kayaking much in the last couple years, mostly because I've been living and working in Alaska for the last couple years and there just doesn't seem to be a community of kayakers here. The stand up paddle board seems to be the way people here are getting out on the water. I'm just not ready to make the investment in more sporting equipment yet. So to keep this blog alive and up to date I will have to change some direction with what I have to write about. Maybe a name change for the blog is in order too.
Some thoughts and musings about life north of 59 degrees will have to be my chain of thought here for the time being. I hope I can keep things interesting and worth reading.
At any rate.. I'd like to wish all good things and good health for the new year.