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  Renegrade Star
Posted by: Bill Hay - 09-08-2018, 11:48 PM - Forum: Welcome To The Hoodlums - Replies (2)

I got this book in Kindle version from Amazon, for 99 cents...  Read it through and bought the rest of the series (7 in all).  Read them all in a week...  Guess I liked it.  [Image: smile.png]

Unique story line, sci-fi environment, relentless action...  Great read that is written so that you can zip through the story easily and quickly.  I love that kind of writing...

Here it is on Amazon...

Renegade Star - 1st in Series

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  The Birth-DAY PRESENT!!!!!!!
Posted by: jbarrow - 09-05-2018, 06:28 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (8)

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  Crossbow Review
Posted by: Benjamin Liu - 09-04-2018, 04:05 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (4)

A couple weeks ago I purchased a Centerpoint XR175.  This is a recurve crossbow with a 175 lb pull and a velocity of 245 fps.

It came with a red dot scope, a quiver that can carry 6 bolts, a rope cocker, rail/string lube, and 4 16" bolts. 

Centerpoint is the archery division of Crosman.

This is my first real crossbow and I bought it mainly for recreational shooting.

It is difficult to pull the string back without using the rope cocker, but with the cocker it is pretty easy.

This is far more powerful than I expected.  I lost a few bolts and they went much farther than I thought they would.  I'll probably have to wait until Winter to find them.  At roughly $5.00 a bolt (with field tips) I decided to wait until I build a trap before shooting it more. 

So far I have no problem hitting an archery target at 30-35 yards. 

The 16" bolts penetrate too deeply and their fletching gets embedded in the target.  The 20" bolts I bought separately work better.

Some thoughts on the crossbow as a survival weapon:

I bought it just for target shooting, but I can see it being useful for hunting.  For self-defense, it can hit a person from outside the effective range of an untrained shooter with a pistol, but a follow-up shot would be very slow.

The string will wear out eventually, most likely faster than any part on a firearm or even an air rifle.  Spare strings and additional lube would be needed.

Bolts are bulky and expensive compared to most ammunition, especially if one is not just target shooting and is using broadheads.  I'm not about to shoot homemade bolts made up of dowels in something like this.  That would be very dangerous.

IMO a crossbow is more dangerous to the user than a firearm. 

A crossbow itself is more bulky than most firearms due to the shape. 

IMO a .22 rifle or even a pistol would be a more practical survival tool than a crossbow, assuming firearms are not banned where one lives.

A piston air rifle is probably also more practical for hunting (500 .177 pellets for the cost of one bolt,) though this would be better for defense.

All that said, this thing is fun to shoot and I'm fighting the urge to buy a compound crossbow, either by Centerpoint of Barnett.   Big Grin

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  Sharp Blade
Posted by: Willie - 08-31-2018, 05:39 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (3)

Aye laddies, now that's a fooking sharp knife!!!!!


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  Wal-Mart Sale - Crosman Air Rifle
Posted by: Benjamin Liu - 08-31-2018, 06:48 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (4)

Wal-Mart has the Crosman Raven youth air rifle for $30.00 each. 

This is a .177 spring piston with a velocity of 650 fps.

Last week they were $40.00 and I bought one for my niece for her birthday and one for myself.

Today they were $30.00 so I picked up another one.  It'll be a Christmas gift for one of my relatives, but I don't know who yet.

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  Fall trips this year
Posted by: Grizzly Dave - 08-29-2018, 11:09 PM - Forum: Questions and Answers - Replies (28)

Well I have only one hobby.....hunting
I do not watch or play organized sports, golf, waterski, own a boat or anything other than hunting stuff.
This fall, my youngest niece decided to wed her beau in the middle of the start of hunting season...I should slap my brother for raising a child that would do such a thing. Dodgy
Valkyrie and I decided to fly and save a day or three and stay there for a week or so. My brother redeemed himself by suggesting we go hunting after the wedding for a few days while Valkyrie visits her old girl friends. This will be an easy hunt. I am borrowing a rifle cuz its a PITA to fly with a gun. So I just have to pack my hunting clothes, a sleeping bag and my pocket knife and binoculars.
We will hunt the headwaters of the Crooked River north of Prince George B.C. which flows into the Peace River, then the McKenzie and into the Arctic Ocean then work our way west toward the Rockies and the head waters of the Fraser River which flows into the Pacific Ocean...a real diverse pair of watersheds. We are after Moose, Caribou and Black Bear.
I will let you all know how it turns out
Then We fly back home and a few days later we will take the trucks this time and a bunch of friends and I are headed to the Stikine Plateau.
More to come....

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  In the beginning
Posted by: jbarrow - 08-25-2018, 04:58 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (3)

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  So true!
Posted by: jbarrow - 08-23-2018, 10:11 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (3)

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  A Handy light.
Posted by: Limey Pete - 08-13-2018, 08:27 AM - Forum: Backpacking and Gear Testing - Replies (29)

Living here in the Far East, I sometimes have to lower my standards and stay in one star hotels. 
Holiday Inns and Hiltons are not always available. And this being so, I must suffer in accommodation without Jacuzzis and other amenities that a gentleman deserved and expects.
One of the amenities, which is often lacking is a good reading light.
Often the bedside light is dim, or lacking, so that I am unable to read my copy of Hippolytus by Euripides.
However, lately I have noticed the hawkers around the bars offering a small rechargeable LED lamp.
I was reluctant to buy because this item had no warranty, and dealing with these “sorts” of vendors, one is at risk of being swindled, which these “sorts” delight in achieving in regard to shy and sensitive former railroad tramps.
However my companion, Jock, told me he had a similar lamp and that the lamp worked well, and was a good buy.
I bought one.
Jock was correct. This lamp has the illumination of a car headlight! And never need batteries.
The lamp is small, folds well, and I judge would be a good asset at an evening camp, where, hanging in a tree, this lamp would illuminate the campsite well.

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  .338WM - DS
Posted by: Deerstalker - 08-10-2018, 03:36 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (7)

Hi Dave,

I don't seem to have access to reply to your thread, so I've imported the text below here. Confused

Personally I'm not so keen on Savage as a brand, but the .338WM is never a mistake......especially where you intend to go Shy

GD question - am I one of the loonies?

DS reply - probably no more so than the rest of us Tongue

Link to previous post in "Weapons FAQ":


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.338 Win Mag - Grizzly Dave - 08-09-2018 

After I returned from African and had harvested my Kudu, Gemsbok, Springbok and Impala all with a .30-06 I decided all the game I would take in future I could also do with a .30-06 and my Kimber in .300 Win. Mag. was the first to go, then my .338 Win. Mag. in SS Tikka T3. I didn't plan on heading to the Stikine/ Spatsizi plateaus again so a .30-06 would likely do me fine, no Grizzlies or polar bears in my future and I certainly can't afford Africa in the near future....a rich sugar-momma not withstanding of course.
My big fat mouth got me in trouble again.
A bunch of mechanics at work were telling hunting stories and stupidly, I mentioned the Stikine and the moose we took out of there as well as Caribou and Goats etc.
Bad move Grizzly Dave...now they want me to go along with them and show them the area.
At the very same time there was a letter to the editor in a gunrag stating that the man's family had bought some property in Colorado so they could elk hunt. He said the over 200 elk they had taken from that area with rifles from 243-300RUM. He said they all died if hit in the boiler room but it was a matter of how far you had to track the wounded elk...with one exception the .338 Win. Mag. which he stated resulted in the elk taking a step or two then down as if poleaxed.
I recalled the mooses (Plural) I had shot with a .338 and the mountain goat and all were dead with one shot in place except one moose  went 50 feet after a frontal shot and the goat did the quick one step over the edge of the cliff. I also recalled the time I was hunting the McKay River near Quesnel British Columbia with a .270 Featherweight Winchester, just like Jack O'Connor..... and came across fresh Grizzly pie in a willow thicket  which kicked in the pucker factor of only having a .270.

HMMMMMM sez I, me thinks mayhap I acted in haste in limiting my magnum capabilities.

Looking around I could only find a .338 in a Savage 116 Weather Warrior and after a bit of research...all positive, I traded a rifle and some cash for a brand new Savage with a Weaver scope as a package deal. I swapped the Weaver onto my .270 and put the 3X9 Leupould from the .270 onto the .338. After all O'Conner did use Weavers on his .270s if you follow the pattern of my manic thoughts.
Next Monday or Tuesday I will be at the range before it gets too hot and see if I can sight them both in ...or at least the .338.
Some folks say a .30-06 can do it all and they are right. Grancel Fitz did it before WWII. ... but it's those rare occasions when not every thing is going as planned that it could possibly let you down. Elmer Keith designed the .338 win. Mag. for a specific reason and that was to drop big and / or dangerous game and it works.
I have had six Grizzly encounters in one day and it certainly demands all of your senses especially the sow with two yearling cubs at 52 yards. That took some fast talking. [Image: confused.png]..backed up by a .338 if needed.
So on September 26th I head for the Stikine/Spatsizi area again and like Sean Connery I must never say never again. [Image: rolleyes.png] 

RE: .338 Win Mag - ddennis2 - 08-09-2018 

If regrets over getting rid of guns were loonies, I would need another safe to store them!

Good luck on your hunt, photo's please as well as a complete trip report. Moose and elk are two of my favorite meals.


RE: .338 Win Mag - Grizzly Dave - 08-10-2018 

am I one of the loonies?  

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