Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A new(to me at least) projectile & brass source

Somebody had a link to Reloading Valley a while back, and after looking things over I ordered some 110-grain Hornady .308 bullets and some Nosler 210-grain .338 to try.

It's mostly brass and bullets that were pulled from ammo for whatever reason, and they state in the bullet description
These bullets are from a pulldown operation, so they will be slightly tarnished and you may notice light tooling marks from the demil process.
When these came in I checked them over; some slight marks on some of them, all in places where I think the jacket would engage the rifling; the .338s had some slightly-mashed noses.  I've only had time to load and try a few of the .338s with a known load; they shot well.  And the price was damned good, especially considering shipping is included.

Take a look, might find some stuff you can use.

'Internet of Things'; not in my house

Hundreds of Internet-connected locks became inoperable last week after a faulty software update caused them to experience a fatal system error, manufacturer LockState said.
That's a problem.  A BIG problem.  And that was just a botched update, not intentional action.

I do NOT want my heating/cooling/locks/lights/refrigerator capable of being controlled by anyone who can sneak or hack into the system.  No, thank you.


I'm seeing a lot of crap on social media along the lines of "If you say 'Antifa and the National Socialists are both idiots', that makes you a Nazi sympathizer!"

Maybe in your idiot world, but not in mine, dumbass.  We need a meme saying "If you think yelling at both sides means you support one of them, you're a fucking idiot."


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

You wonder why there's less respect for cops?

Because we now hear about garbage like this, and the cops get away with it.

The Harris County District Attorney's office did not return calls from Reason, but county prosecutor Natasha Sinclair told the Houston TV station KRIV that "no one in this office stands by the search the way it happened," but she also said the officers' "bad judgement" might not rise to the level of criminal offense.
BAD JUDGEMENT?   That's how you 'excuse' this shit?

Every good cop on that force is going to catch shit for this, and a helluva lot of people are going to say "You want our support?  Clean your damned house, and then maybe."

Added: part of the response letter from Harris County:

So they BADLY violated policy(ignore the law for the moment), and are causing your agency a freakin' huge amount of trouble- and will probably cost the taxpayers a fortune unless some judge says "No qualified immunity for you"- and they still have jobs.  Great.

So, two groups of socialists are beating on each other

and I'm supposed to think one is better than the other?  Nope.
Sick to bloody death of both of them.  One's either wearing hoods or carrying swastikas, the other's wearing masks and carrying Soviet flags.  Screw 'em both.

And damn most of our media as well.
...Seattle police said in a statement that three men were arrested on suspicion of obstruction and assault. Confiscated weapons included ax handles, 2-by-4s and balloons containing an “unknown liquid substance,” the statement said.
NBC doesn’t tell us who, exactly, got arrested and carried ax handles, 2-by-4s and an “unknown liquid substance,” but it was the “antifa” fascists.
...
Counter-protesters — including antifa, Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), Veterans for Peace, Indivisible Seattle, Black Lives Matter, and the Freedom Socialist Party — marched “in solidarity against hate,” specifically against what they called “the bigotry, racism and violence” of the “far-right” organizers. Solidarity Against Hate counter-protesters waved communist flags, yelled “f*ck America,” squirted police with silly-string, and burned the American flag.
Most of the talking heads on TV and print aren't reporters, they're political operatives with bylines, and not to be trusted.  At all.

Also: politicians.  That slimy bastard McAuliffe, Governor of VA, blamed the ACLU for the crap in Charlottesville.  Because "I didn't want to allow THOSE people to speak, but they made me."  Which tells you exactly what he defines as 'free speech': "MY thugs get to speak, but not THEIRS."  I have my problems with the ACLU, but here they're right: those people had a right to gather, like them(or what they had to say) or not.  That bastard also had plenty of time for the cops and NG to prepare in case of trouble, but apparently had them stand back and let things blow up instead.  Wonderful guy, isn't he?


By the way: yes, the Nazis were/are socialists.  Deal with it, lefties.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday night

and awful rainy for August around here.  Cooler, too.  Which means when it goes back to normal the humidity will be bloody awful.  Time, I think, to just relax and check out the latest information.








































Well, that's weird

Get home late and find a message that sounds like it came from a bad cell-phone connection, saying something about a missing child and 'if you have any information', I get suspicious.

I get more so when I try the number I managed to pick out and there's no 'This is' business or agency answering message, it goes straight to voicemail.

What the hell kind of scam is going around now?

B asked if I'm still paper-patching,

and about the Blackhorn 209 loads.

On paper-patching, using the Lyman 340-grain hollow-point, yes.  Best load I've found with it so far uses A5744 powder, and it shoots the paper-patched bullet better than a bare lubed.  So it's definitely on the 'keep using' list.

That bullet over the recommended dose of BH209 was 'meh'.  I'll fiddle with it more, but probably stick with the patched bullet over A5744.

I tried the 405-grain Lee flatnose paper-patched, using A5744 and 2f black.  With the Accurate, results were ok; nothing wonderful.  The loads I tried over black put two close together and the others spread out; I forgot the blow tube that day, and a straw just doesn't cut it.  I'm going to try it with BH209 as well, I think a soft patched bullet might work quite well with it.

With the heavy bullet, the 500-grain Lee, I haven't tried patching; it's got such wide grease grooves I don't know how well it'd work.  With black, best load has been 68.0 grains of 2f, but- as noted in the past- it seems somewhat inconsistent.  With the 209, I first tried the somewhat lower loads, using some folded toilet paper as wads to fill the empty space*.  That was 33.0 grains, and tried it with and without the wads(did use a .060 thick wad over the powder, then the tp); results pretty much identical; some vertical stringing, but I'm pretty sure that was me, and horizontally they were very close.  After some other questions, and more reading, found that 35.0 grains with that over-powder wad pretty much filled the case below the seated bullet, so tried it; not bad at all.

So that's how it sits for now.




*I have no dacron for filler, so tp it is.  Looking around I've found various opinions on using a filler with BH(as usual for any question).  When I contacted Western to ask some questions, they said that if you're near/at max recommended loads, filler not needed; if you're much below that, use something. 
No, I didn't ask their opinion of tp.

Friday, August 11, 2017

It's Friday

And threatening rain over the next couple of days.  So, yeah, good time for checking out new data