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Parker last won the day on October 12 2016

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About Parker

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    NJGF Cornerstone
  • Birthday 08/20/1955

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    Somewhere in New Jersey
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    Hunting, fishing, all types of target shooting (I.E. high power, skeet and trap, sporting clays, NRA Bullseye) reloading, shooting fine doubles (and wishing for more,) upland bird hunting.
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    Thunder Mountain

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  1. I would let the kids catch sunfish using small trout flies at our small lake here. We'd save a couple small sunnies in a bucket for later. I'd then tie a worm hook on the end of the tippet, hook a sunny through the body, hand the rod to one of my kids and tell them to hold on. A big bass would invariably inhale it and a fight would be on to land him. Fishing here isn't what it used to be nor are the streams and ponds. Glad the kids experienced it when they did.
  2. A set of GO, NO-GO and FIELD gauges should be included in your tools. It's a good way to ensure your rifle has the required SAAMI dimensions that you're reloading for.
  3. The bloodknot just makes me curse at times. Joining dissimilar size tippets is necessary but frustrating. Tying an improved clinch knot on a size 22 dry fly when a hatch is rising at dusk is just as frustrating.
  4. Still have my first rod (South Bend 8' fiberglass) I got when I was eight. Upgraded to a Fenwick 7'6" 6wt. when I turned 14, added an Orvis 9' 5wt. graphite sometime in the 90's. Use the old South Bend 'glass rod for bass now. The other two I flip-flop on depending on size of streams I fish. Nothing fancy, no Hardy reels, just Pflueger Medalist's. Rod action and quality and style of fly line are equally important as matching the rod to the style and type of fishing. Pre-season as a kid was spent casting in the backyard by March and tying tapered leaders in 7', 9' & 12' lengths. The Godsend for me was unknotted tapered leaders when they came out. Was tying my own flies in the 60's and fishing the Battenkill River with them when it was THE stream in the Northeast to fish. Fished the Mettawee and White River's as well when up there. When I could drive we'd make a day or weekend trip just to fish in VT. Would make at least one homage to Orvis in Manchester every year, was thrilled when they opened a store in Saddle River and then moved to Paramus. A shame they closed, but this area didn't suit them. Poppers for bass is a ton of fun. Responding to this thread reminds me how much I miss it.
  5. I second that sentiment. The bits I swear by I get from GARR TOOL. Their CARBIDE STUB DRILL HARD METAL 1500 series with only two cutting flutes works great. I'll drill twenty brakes/comps before they begin to dull. A good drill press and a fixture for a firm hold on the brake/barrel do make a difference. I find most barrel steels soft in comparison to a brake's/comp's steel.
  6. We just spent five days in Georgia through Easter weekend visiting my daughter. I loved it there. My daughter and her husband bought a house minutes from Savannah last year. I fell in love with old Savannah. Bed and breakfast's and apartment's abound there in buildings that have been standing for 150 years. Lots of charm in the city and people are friendly. They said once Memorial Day comes it will get busy with vacationers and tourists. Food and restaurants were great everywhere we ate. A number of places in the city with rooftop dining, upscale pub food in many bars. The Savannah River is not much different in size from the Hudson River. It's big and tidal and handles ocean-going vessels. Take a quick trip to Tybee or Jekyll Islands if you get the chance which are a short drive (30 mins.) from Savannah. Gas was only $3.50/gal. when we were there. Hit any of these places if you want some delicious Southern food, from a simple biscuit & egg sandwich to a four-star meal. Biscuits are a "thing" down South: The 15 Best Places for Biscuits in Savannah (foursquare.com) Don't forget Leupold's in Savannah for ice cream. Won't be hard to find, there's usually a line outside the door. Lots of water there, plenty of rivers to kayak in. The Ogeechee River is just one and is by my daughter's house and flows into the ocean 30 miles away. Keep in mind Georgia has six species of venomous snakes, along with alligators. Walk any of the trails there, and signs everywhere tell you to "beware of snakes & alligators."
  7. U.S. military firearms began to serialize in the late 1800's. Quality firearms in America and Europe that were hand assembled one-at-a-time had serial numbers, dating back to the late 1800's or possibly earlier. Cheap .22's, parlor guns, "hardware-store" guns may not have had S/N's until 1968's GCA. Sometime in the late 1970's is when they began stamping those ugly warning labels on some U.S. guns.
  8. No. H4895 & IMR4064 work fine, just more powder. Same powders I find most accurate in the .308 Win. I have yet to try Varget. Maybe that will happen sometime this summer.
  9. I've done nothing special. I started with Master Po's Garand loads, and also searched the CMP forums for data for lighter weight bullets like the 125 Speer TNT. (I have not found any .30 cal. rifle that cannot shoot that bullet well, and recoil is mild.) I've used four powders to date: 3031, 4064, W748, and both brands of 4895. Bullet weights from 125 gr. to 150 grs. I had hangfires with W748, probably because of wrong primer or I was starting off too low on the powder weight. I've never gone back to testing with it. I've been meaning to try 168's HPBT's but haven't had the time, life got in the way. I use the standard gas plug too, no adjustable gas plug.
  10. Parker

    Trap Guns

    I've shot trap with many guns but have concentrated on just four when it came to shooting seriously for scores. They are: a 32" single-barrel BT-99, a Belgium O/U with 28" barrels, a Ruger SC with 30" barrels on doubles-trap, and an 11-87 with a 26" bbl. Most comfortable shooting is the gas auto, then the Belgium O/U. Least comfortable shooting was the BT-99 and Ruger SC. My best scores are with the 11-87 & Belgium O/U. Gun fit, not barrel length is more important, at least for me.
  11. This saddens me, that is an astronomical price for primers. Primer unavailability is matched by bullet selection, which are non-existent in some areas. I have watchlists on a few sites (Graf's, Precision Reloading, etc.) and have been waiting for certain bullets for more than two years now. I can't find the .224", .243" & .257', .358" or .429" rifle bullets I've used for years that were always available. I reached out to Hammer bullets this week and they have availability but cost for just the bullet start @ $.1.60. Tough times right now.
  12. Parker

    Trap Guns

    Any quality 12 ga. will suffice until the bug bites you and then you'll want an upgrade when you get serious. I like double's for sporting clays but again a single-barrel gun will suffice with the right choke.
  13. I had to confirm on my desktop, my iPhone and my eyes weren't cutting it!
  14. The rifle depicted in the attached video is an M14. (A very nice one at that too.) The lack of forward handguard, an exposed gas block for piston, weep hole in stock under the piston, charging guide for stripper clips on top of the receiver, empty magazine well, visible magazine catch and flash hider are dead giveaways that make it an M14 and not an M1. https://tombguard.org/guards/weapons
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