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OFF TOPIC / Re: Wild July
Last post by Alan - July 19, 2024, 09:54:57 AM
Well, you could buy a new Honda Gold Wing with the after-market air-conditioning kit?
OFF TOPIC / Re: Wild July
Last post by steveoh - July 18, 2024, 08:02:10 AM
We've had a couple of heat waves here in the past month or so. I live in Benicia which is on the Sacramento. It usually cools down at night and gives us relief, but we do have the occasional nights when it is just plain hot.

I ride my motorcycle two days a week to Davis, CA and it has been an inferno. When the weather prediction is 100+ I drive the car. It's just too sweltering and I get no relief on the bike. It's already been 112 and that is the death zone. Nope nope nope.

My house has a substantial hill for the backyard and I often wonder about how more efficient it would be if the house were built into that hillside.
Airgun Hunting / Re: The older I get, the bette...
Last post by Alan - July 18, 2024, 03:46:44 AM
Yes, squirrels do that.

New Mexico is (now) the largest pecan grower in the US, with Georgia second. Large growers have the resources to spray capsicum oil and other chemicals to prevent squirrels from making their homes in the orchards. Smaller growers rely on folks like me and my shooting partners to keep the squirrels in check. Fact is, the youngsters are just emerging from the nests, making the matter worse. If I had to guess, I suspect I've eliminated about 50 so far this year, and the pace will pick up as the weather cools. The only drawback is simply that I'm tired of squirrel meat. I still like Eurasian dove meat, however!
Airgun Hunting / Re: The older I get, the bette...
Last post by T3PRanchAGS - July 17, 2024, 08:41:42 PM
Alas I have no squirrels but this summer the grasshoppers are VERY plentiful from small to jumbo and make for decent target practice. I suspect my catfish like them too as they don't last but a second or two when they fall into the water where the fish are. They have unfortunately decimated my pecan crop it appears. :'(
OFF TOPIC / Re: Wild July
Last post by T3PRanchAGS - July 17, 2024, 08:35:45 PM
Prior generations of my folks lived in half dugout and dugout houses. They did not usually sweat fire, heat or cold. I believe my mothers parents lived in the ground in eastern New Mexico at one time. Sometimes rain was an issue for a dugout but rarely at all. Now everyone lives above ground (myself included) and pays through the nose for it or otherwise suffers when the "public" utilities vanish! With current modern materials a dugout could make a lot of sense.
Big Bore Airguns / Re: Stopping arrows (bolts) fr...
Last post by Alan - July 16, 2024, 03:26:39 AM
Excelsior indeed! I remember unpacking all sorts of things packed in excelsior. Only problem was (still is) its flammability! Lit off, it was almost explosive!
OFF TOPIC / Re: Wild July
Last post by Alan - July 16, 2024, 03:23:01 AM
I think we need to go back a few generations and dig ourselves root cellars. Here in New Mexico, the permafrost line is only about 10 feet down due in part to the clay and caliche mix which covers a large portion of the state. Reminds me of the basement homes one used to see all over the west and south west. The inhabitants were smarter than we think they were!
OFF TOPIC / Re: Wild July
Last post by Steelhead - July 15, 2024, 04:20:07 PM
Right on, Bob! Heat is inescapable.
Big Bore Airguns / Re: Stopping arrows (bolts) fr...
Last post by olddog - July 15, 2024, 11:59:50 AM
Quote from: Steelhead on July 13, 2024, 09:06:56 AMI had never chrony'd my 909 shooting bolts until just yesterday. I have struggled mightily trying to find a backstop that will keep my bolts from blowing through and being lost, or having the vanes destroyed. At $20 a pop for arrows, the three shots I took yesterday at 40 yards were:

#1: Shot low, missed bottom of Yellow Jacket YJ-425 target and pinned under a hay bale. Recovered shaft with no damage but field tip was bent and replaced.

#2: Adjusted holdover, set up chrony. Center punched target, but bolt passed all of the way through and stopped only on the vanes on the exit side. Bolt destroyed. Air at @ 2600 psi and speed was 407 fps.

#3: Changed target angle and placed hay bale directly behind/against target. The bolt hit the target but I could not find it after 15 minutes of searching. Air at @ 2300 and speed was 424 fps.

After that I gave up. Three shots, two $20 arrows lost/destroyed. Need to rethink the plan. I should've done more research a few years ago before buying the target I have, as it's not rated for the speed generated by air-driven devices or high-end crossbows. I just bought a Spyderwed 24" target that was recommended to me by a fellow 909 arrow shooter on AGN. Expensive, yes, but if it keeps the bolts from being lost or destroyed it's what has to be done.

All shots were taken on half power.

Just putting this out here on the Guild so it hopefully helps somebody else getting into the arrow game.
The last compound bow I owned was custom built PSE at 90# with a 20% let off.  I was shooting #11 fiberglass in those days (80's).  I have a 30.5" draw so I was delivering a hell of a lot of penetration on target (600+ grains at 245 fps IIRC).  I once shot through two ceder fences after a pass through on my cheap Wallmart backstop.  That is when I went back to the old tried and true Excelsior bale backstop.  Fifty five years ago when I was a young man, I was a member of a Rod and Gun club which had an NFAA range.  I helped build it.  Excelsior... yep.
OFF TOPIC / Re: Wild July
Last post by bnowlin - July 15, 2024, 10:46:58 AM
Finally power back on and feels good. Until nexet little storm, hurrican, or someone hiccups up the road