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  1. 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."
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I had to confirm on my desktop, my iPhone and my eyes weren't cutting it!
  9. 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
  10. The highlight of the Christmas holiday each year for us in the early 60's was a trip to NYC. Of course, we always did the FAO Schwarz tour to look at toys, but my father and I couldn't wait to visit the Abercrombie & Fitch and Holland & Holland stores. Those are days long gone.
  11. The .350 Legend is AR-friendly and is going to be embraced by the deer hunters in certain Midwest states and other states where they are only allowed straight-walled cartridges for deer hunting. The .350 Legend is comparable with the .30-30, and with good aerodynamic bullets should be well received. This round may have a home for a while. We'll see. My cousin is building one now on an AR platform for this specific purpose.
  12. New cartridges help sell new guns. Some new cartridges, while good, haven't made the grade when it comes to popularity in a field that doesn't need to be that deep. The .32 H&R Magnum, .327 Federal and .45GAP come to mind. They offer something but all have one foot in the grave.
  13. Your hunting or fishing license expires every calendar year, which you "buy." You provide your CID# or SSN to procure one. You must purchase a new license each year to fish or hunt. If you want to hunt specific species, you can purchase a woodcock stamp, a pheasant & quail stamp, a doe permit, a coyote/fox permit during the special season, a lottery muzzleloader permit for deer by zone, an archery permit by special season by zone, or apply for a lottery turkey permit for a specific week by zone, etc. Some are over the counter purchases; those that are lottery drawn you must apply for. You have to provide your CID # or SSN to apply for such. https://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/licenses.htm#hunting
  14. I used to hunt Assunpink for many years ago and other parts further South with my Dad.
  15. Good looking GSP. Which WMA? Love the cover down south.
  16. The .22's were abysmal hitting clay birds when I was a seven-year-old. Not the choice to breed confidence. The smaller #12 shot is for anything below the ankle and distance is limited. 22 Rat/Snake Shot Shells - Would they really protect you from a snake? - YouTube
  17. Training with .22 shotshells was a "thing" back in the 40's:
  18. #12 shot for rats/bats/mice/moles. Ammo loaded with #9 shot ups the game, .44 Mag. shotshells with #4 shot ups the game past pest control but with distance limitations. Buy Pest Control Big 4™ Shotshell for USD 26.99 | CCI (cci-ammunition.com) Reloaders can still find shot cups to roll their own in .357 Mag. & .44 Mag. Handgun Shot Loads (hensleygibbs.com) We grew up learning to wing shoot using hand-thrown Mo-Skeet-O clays and a smoothbore Mossberg .22
  19. My preferences would be in the following order after the Marlin; Winchester (if I could find a reasonably priced 9422M), Browning, then Henry.
  20. You left out Browning's BL-22. Winchester 9422's, if you can find them, are selling for more than $1,000 these days. You might find a ratty one for $750-$800 if you're lucky. Winchester Rifles - Model 9422 for sale (gunsinternational.com)
  21. You probably would consider filing the front sight only if you were stuck on using a specific bullet weight. You can alter your impact by testing with different bullet weights. Ammunition availability is your enemy right now. Ruger Single Six 3-screw and 2-screw are fun guns that will last a lifetime. I don't know anything about the Wrangler but it is popular.
  22. When I shot in a bullseye league decades ago the argument in the club of which was the most accurate load that would reliably function a S&W M52 came down to 2.7 grs. of Bullseye vs. 2.8 grs. of Bullseye with a 148 gr. DEWC or HBWC. Both produced stellar accuracy. I've heard good things about HP38 & WST but never tried them in a .38 Spcl.
  23. Parker

    Lever guns

    I had heard the same about BLR's stringing their shots as the barrel heated up, erratic groups, etc. But when I found one years ago in the cartridge I had on my bucket list, I picked one up in used but excellent condition and took a chance. I've been surprised by the groups I've gotten with the right bullets in handloads. It seems to digest well anything above 115 gr's. using 4895, 4064, 4350 & 4831 powders. It's also pleasing to look at.
  24. Parker

    Lever guns

    Not to worry. Plenty of lever's out there and plenty of time.
  25. Agree. But there is really nothing to crow about anymore in this state.
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