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Ho Ho Ho, What's Santa Bringing You?
« on: December 11, 2018, 09:24:14 AM »
Ho Ho Ho, What's Santa Bringing You?

I'm getting in some bullet molds. :) And maybe after the Xmas dust settles sometime in January, maybe, just maybe I'll spring for a Texan .257 which in turn is going to require a new mold. Oh the joy.


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Re: Ho Ho Ho, What's Santa Bringing You?
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2018, 09:37:13 AM »
Well sad to say but no air gun related stuff. However I'm getting some AR stuff for the rifle I'm building.
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Re: Ho Ho Ho, What's Santa Bringing You?
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2018, 12:49:18 PM »
I'm of the age, where Christmas gifting has got to the point of no return—literally! So the instructions to my family, spend the money on yourself, not me!
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Re: Ho Ho Ho, What's Santa Bringing You?
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2018, 01:18:36 PM »
I tend to get 'the spirit' about 10 days before Christmas and basically abandon everything else and make things for those closest to me. Which can be stressful. At times too stressful, so I've had to learn to take a lot of deep breaths, go for walks, calm myself down and just enjoy the season and accept my limitations. Already have one idea settled, for my 12-year-old son - he's getting a custom belt knife with light jade G10 scales, in a sort of hybrid pattern between a Folts 2-finger and a Shivworks grip, with a long and narrow Warncliff blade style. He's got a couple of folders but really needs a proper belt knife. Unfortunately not something he can wear at school (bunch of sissies!), but something he'll find useful for umpteen chores in the rest of his life outside school.

For my wife and daughter it'll perhaps be rings. I've got a couple of chunks of silver melted into blobs, left over from various lower register instrument strings. The outer winding on many low strings of violins, violas and cellos are pure silver, and they're both nuts for silver jewellery so that should work out. Maybe on a birch bark theme... or something more branchy...

And since I usually get some pants or boots or otherwise terribly practical but utterly boring gifts (vanilla scented moustache wax, seriously?), I've decided to get myself a new thermal scope. Funds pending, but a couple of violins look likely to sell in the next few days, so I'm being optimistic. I was going to hold out for the Torrey Pines model T25 with 8x zoom and a higher resolution screen, but the T20 finally became available from a dealer in Canada, and it should deliver sufficient precision for rats and squirrels out to at least 15 metres (usually as far as I have to shoot here - been working on my stealth).

So yeah, at $1,000 tiny Canadian dollars I'll probably spring for that. Wrap it up nicely, put a 'from Santa' label on it and stick it under the tree. That way it'll serve triple duty: 1) not keeping it a secret from my wife, 2) a bit of a hint towards what sorts of things I actually hope for under the tree, and 3) a big smile on my face Christmas morning, when I get to mount the thing on my Pardini K12 and sight it in, replacing the bulky, heavy rig I have on there now.

I've been using a compact no-name 3x scope with a Carson Mini Aura NV200 infrared monocular behind it, the IR emitter pulled out of the casing and extended to a long aluminum tube above the scope to clear the vertical turret. It works very well actually. Clearly sees glowing rat eyes out to about 20 metres. But the problem is, they see the red glow too, and no amount of gel filtration has managed to dull that enough that they don't stare right back at me for 2 or 3 seconds then scram. Luckily I'm a decent shot, so 9 times out of 10 get a shot off before they get scared. But the sheer stealth of thermal calls to me. I have a T12, but the resolution is just too poor at 0.9x zoom, best accuracy from a rest has been about 1" at 5 metres, just nowhere near good enough. Hitting a 1" heated steel disc every time at 5 metres means missing the brain more than half the time in real world shooting on rats. Can't bring myself to do that.

The 5.5x zoom of the T20 with its slightly larger screen (same resolution though, dang it) should be enough, even if the picture of something rat sized isn't much better than a rat shaped blob. It's all about zero. If I can get 1/4" rested groups at 10 metres I'll be happy. So fingers crossed for a fiddle or two to sell, and I should have a fine Christmas morning, whatever else I receive in shaving kits or t-shirts with weird Japanese slogans printed on them...
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Re: Ho Ho Ho, What's Santa Bringing You?
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2018, 03:08:24 PM »
Not a clue! Probably something other than what I have asked for!!! What're ya gonna do though!
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Re: Ho Ho Ho, What's Santa Bringing You?
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2018, 03:58:47 PM »
Absolutely nothing except family.
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Re: Ho Ho Ho, What's Santa Bringing You?
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2018, 05:16:11 PM »
My partner is great about letting me buy and do things that make me happy. Airgun stuff is so specialized that I prefer to get my own. I do however put some fishing lure requests in, especially the ones that are constantly deposited in the brush piles and rocks of the local rivers. As far as what I give, a lot of it is time. Family members (especially the older ones) have chore lists that they can't physically do anymore or just can't find the time or motivation to do it. I'm a tile contractor so I'm used to busting me arse for my money. It also gives me a day to spend with someone whom I may see only on holidays or special occasions. I've found that mending fences, dump runs, yard work, etc. are very much appreciated and also sorely needed.
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Re: Ho Ho Ho, What's Santa Bringing You?
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2018, 06:09:02 AM »
If all goes well, a new Great White..
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Re: Ho Ho Ho, What's Santa Bringing You?
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2018, 12:01:38 PM »
A red laminated stock for my R5 .30 long.
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Re: Ho Ho Ho, What's Santa Bringing You?
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2018, 12:42:49 PM »
Probably a great big chunk of coal.
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