Sunday, April 24, 2011
Last fall we purchased a 12' x 20' x 8' plastc canvas garage from TSC to store our lawn and garden equipment in.
It was hurridly constructed just before the first snowfall on a somewhat level piece of ground and anchored down in sand so I was worried that it wouldn't survive the winter and spring winds.
As winter starrted I was worried about the buildup of snow on the roof but I needed to remove it only a couple of times over the winter. The slick plastic and wind took care of most of it and the sun on the dark color took care of the rest. Only a couple of ice storms caused me to worry enough to bother cleaning it off with a broom from the inside, a couple of taps to loosen it up and it slid right off. The white interior made it plenty light enough inside and I was surprised at how warm it was inside out of the elements. The tubular steel frame gave enough to withstand the 60-70 mph winds and somehow the four 30" tie down auger/spikes held it all down in the sand..
|The ratchet down straps were nice too.|
What really surprised me was that the plastic zippers for the doors on each end held up to all of that abuse. My neighbor has had one of these up for the last 8 years and the only thing he has done to it was to add a vent kit to it. He says they retain dampness inside if you don't. They make a few different models of these Garage-In-A-Box things and one even has windows. We are planing on moving ours this summer and setting it on a foudation. So all in all I think it was well worth the $250 sale price.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
This is all I need to reload 100 rounds of .303 British rifle ammunition. I am really impressed with my Lee Loader, it came with very good instructions and a load chart that made getting into reloading easy. I think they must have invented the K.I.S.S. principle (Keep It Simple Stupid) because this loading system works. Another thing I like about it is that it is very portable, you could take it to the field with you and reload anywhere. The initial cost (Bullets, Powder, Primers, Loader and accessories) is about the same as buying 5 twenty round boxes of commerial ammunition, but it has a plus. The rest of the 100 round batches you make will only cost you about what you would pay for 2 boxes.
The first thing you need is the Lee Classic Loader in your rifle caliber.
Here are a few interesting sites:
If you order it through http://www.midwayusa.com/browse/BrowseProducts.aspx?brandId=1262
it will cost you about $24.99.
Lee Case Length Gage and Shellholder in your caliber $4.49 This is used in combination with this:
|Lee case trimmer cutter and locking stud $5.99|
Lee Chamfer and Deburring Tool $2.79
Lee Primer Pocket Cleaner $2.09
Lee Powder Funnel 22 to 45 Caliber $3.29
The funnel may not be necessary but it sure makes it easier to add the powder, especially since it is made to fit into the top of the tool. And it is nice to have something to store all of your reloading supplies in such as Military Surplus Ammo Cans. I own several in different sizes and use them to store all sorts of stuff. I like them because they are usually air tight and will keep moisture out of the powder and primers. I usually pick them up at flea markets or Army Surplus stores but they are getting harder to find and more expensive all of the time.
I am sorry for the poor quality of the following photos but I shake too much to get very many good ones.
From the left a case with the primer removed, the depriming base, a Berdan primed case (usually only found on military rounds, sometimes having a colored primer, and cannot be reloaded), and the depriming rod. To deprime the case you stand it up in the base, insert the rod and tap it with a mallet.
|clean out the primer pocket|
|Put the case into the shell holder and tighten the locking stud.|
|Screw the case length gage into the cutter/trimmer and insert it into the case.|
|give it a couple turns with gentle downwards pressure|
|Deburr the inside of the case wit a gentle turn or two.|
|and chamfer the ouside edge the same way.|
|insert the shell into the resizing chamber |
it will only fit part way, stand the tool up and tap the case in flush with a mallet
|put a new primer (cup side up) into the priming base|
|Stand the tool into the base|
|insert the priming rod and tap it with the mallet until the case frees and the primer seats|
|a perfect seated primer|
|stand the primed case in the depriming base|
|slide the tool over the top|
|insert the funnel|
|pour some powder into a non plastic container it need to be big enough to drag the measre through and deep enough to fill the measure. tap to level|
|pour into then remove funnel|
|drop in a bullet|
|insert the bullet seater and tap with mallet until flush|
|remove the tool|
|a perfectly seated bullet|
|to crimp the shell to the bullet stand it in the top of the tool place the depriming chamber over it and tap with a mallet|
|And there you have it a perfect round to rival any factory load. Total loading time, about 2 minutes|
Ok, so I did leave out the instructions for adjusting the tool to the proper bullet seating depth, but it is well covered in the loader instructions, as is most of what I showed here.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Saturday was such a beautiful spring day here that after some yardwork Wifey and I had to go for a ride on our golf cart. We headed around the mile to see some of the wonders of spring, mainly the chirping of frogs that we heard all day.
|If you need this many shots....Go Home and practice.|
|All the comforts of home.|
|Let's cover it up.|
|Too many years of lazyness.|
|Locals no doubt.|
|Such a pretty view.|
|Oh look, more!|
|An idiot with a chain saw.|
|A little too much campfire wood.|
|And the reason we have so many Coyotes and other scavengers like this Buzzard.|
|Antlers removed rest of carcas intact except for scavengers eating.|
|I have over 20 more photos like this.|
|The legs and head were nearby.|