Saturday, December 13, 2014


Oh yeah!!! The chili turned out really good.. A little more heat than I anticipated, but that just makes it go good with a pint of Homer Brewings finest Bitter. 
Gonna have to bring it down to Karachters this weekend and share!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Night

My sweetie is off working late tonight so what to do.... 

I guess I could go and join in the local nightlife, or, I could take some quiet time at home and busy myself with some reloading. Setting up to reload for the 30-06, and some 30-30. 
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...

Press in some new primers

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

Chili kind of a day

Taking the afternoon off to make some chili. Have some moose burger and a moose roast to cut up in little pieces, add some dark beer, coffee, and a bunch of chili fixins and will see what happens..

Friday, December 5, 2014

Ski Time

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... 

I'm thinking the ski trails in my old stomping grounds are busy and full of activity.  
The weather patterns seem to have done a switch and put the Midwest in a deep freeze and gave Alaska the tropics!

Rock Chucker

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.
Compare it to the 30-06 ... Should be fun!  My "go to" loads are 45 Colt for just some fun target plinking. I'll put some pictures up next time we get out for some shooting. 
Oh.. The Rock Chucker is the RCBS press 


Monday, December 1, 2014

Sauna Time

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. 
Small but very cozy..