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  1. I should have posted this earlier, for you Mobil 1 users, here is a rebate that is being offered through Mobil 1, I think its $10 per 5 quart size containers, up to a max of $30: https://www.mobil.com/en/lubricants/promotions/mobil-1-2021-rebate
  2. Well this is my experience: I switched over to full synthetic Mobil 1 years ago in my diesel truck, my daily car and my wifes mini van. I also went from oil changes at 4-5K miles to oil changes at 10K+ miles, any less from my research you are throwing money away, full synthetics are designed to go longer, maybe 20K miles. In addition to proven properties of full synthetic over conventional oil, I have documented that all my vehicles get an average of 2-3 mpg fuel improvement of using full synthetics over conventional. If I hadn't proved it to myself multiple times, then I would not have mentioned it. So when it comes to just $$$, not to mention the properties of full synthetic over conventional, to me it is a no brainer to use full synthetic. Now with that said, I just have not changed over the lawn mowers, side x sides, and other small engine purposes, but may have to, walmart seems to have switched to stocking nothing but synthetics with only their own brand super tech being the only conventional oils on the shelf at 3 local walmarts in my area. BTW, I am still reluctant to use someone to change my oil, I still do it myself 35+ years straight, as I get older, I mean walker older, I may change. So my 2021 oil change cost is the cost of the oil and OEM filter from walmart, $35 car & minivan, and $90 for my diesel truck. And I take my old oil to a local city oil recycle center.
  3. runco

    Water wells?

    6 years ago, moved from a house with city water/sewer at around $90 month to a house in the country with a well at $0 per month. Since moving I estimate we have saved over $6,500. Water tastes better, and never a problem with pump capacity (family of 6 & 3 bathrooms), but due to hard water, it does challenge my Keurig from time to time on deposits buildup. Previous owners had installed a filtration system and it has a UV system too. I change the simple element filter about every 6 months at around $10 and have never had to replace the UV light. Full disclosure, we did have a well failure about 9 months ago. The check valve (one way valve) did fail, and caused the well to run continuous, and the pressure regulator finally failed which led to the discovery. Never did notice any spike in the electric bill. Anyway, the bill to repair was $1800 including a new well pump to be safe, since the old pump was 20+ years old. Found out the well was over 460ft deep with water at the 340ft level. Pump guy said with a well this deep, there should be 2 check valves, one at the pump and another 1/2 way. Pump guy says I should be good to go another 20+ years. So though I have saved $6500 in gross savings, I actually have saved $4700 in net savings due to the repair. Still a no brainer on well vs. city water if you have good water and are making $$$ comparison.
  4. Having a reminisce moment at this old old 2013 thread. This very month, I had a fellow coworker whom I have worked with for 7-8 years who invested $50K back when Bitcoin was <$900, and to my total surprise, just gave his notice he is retiring from work at age 40, a high stress automotive industry job. He says he cashed out his bitcoin, and hired an accountant to advise on taxes. Says he can make it now without a job. He has 4 small kids and a stay at home wife. What am I doing wrong.
  5. Look at total cost to refinance, your incumbent lender should be more competitive vs. introducing a new financial institution as to the cost to refinance goes, and all should be very close i.e. first or second decimal on the actual rate. This is what I recall when I last did this 10+ years ago, and am one of those over thinkers. You owe it to yourself to do a thorough due diligence, its only your hard earned money in jeopardy.
  6. To me sounds like a standard run of the mill gun show, except the op left out hover rounds running over your toes, and the constant sound of tasers.
  7. The first gun show after Sandy Hook in 2012, I threw out the idea of looking for a return on investment when reloading, something I had pondered some 20 years before. So I changed my mindset from a cost savings to a model of if I wanted to shoot, and maxed the credit card. But within 6-12 mos most everything went back to normal, and though I reloaded from time to time, found myself resorting back to store bought ammo. Fast forward 8-9 years later, I still have the same mindset of reloading, but now I have the experience and reload virtually all my calibers. Glad I stocked up on a life time supplies of powder, primers, bullets, brass etc. in late 2012. I probably need to dump out the safe of guns in lieu adding all my valuable reloading supplies in the safe. I am heavenly blessed with large and small pistol primers, but none for sell! Ha!
  8. I'm a gun nerd and excel guru. I actually have a excel spreadsheet tracking system and separately a spreadsheet scoring system on the my top 20 guns I want (my bucket list). If I didn't have the scoring system, I would simply buy buy buy anything that shoots and probably never get to my top 3 or 5 on the list. The scoring system keeps me honest to myself, allows me to budget, plan, and work to a goal in a priority manner. The scoring system has worked well for 10+ years and has yielded great focus. Its rare for me to break rank. My tracking system tells a good story on the gun, from the base data (type, make, model, s/n,) date of acquisition, acquired from whom, 4473 Y/N, Keeper Scale (1-10), and my personal comments. My comments tell the over all story on each gun, and why it is special to me. Since I am a excel guru I have graphs on gun types, calibers, how many in each of the keeper scores, etc. My original thoughts on my tracking system was obviously for fire, theft, etc. However as I grow older, I want to leave a story behind on each gun if I check out early. Maybe my sons will enjoy reading and maybe want a certain gun that resonates with them on my stories. A few years ago, I inherited a sizeable collection from my dad. Though I was familiar with about 10% of the guns, there was a large swath I knew nothing about, i.e. why did he have this certain rifle, was it special to him, where did he get it, and etc. Though guns are tools, and I don't have a system on my toolbox of sockets, wrenches, hammers and screwdrivers, guns are special to me (always have been). Finally, one more reason on the detail that I keep, some of you will cringe, I want my wife to know what something is worth, so she doesn't give it away or let it go for pennies on the dollar. She knows I have invested some $$, but I really don't think she knows that is $$+$^2 if you give my drift. I keep backups in the cloud, another backup in a traditional separate backup system, and routinely a hard copy in the lock box at the bank.
  9. That catalog brought back memories of strolling through the toy section of the Sears & Roebuck catalogs in the 70s the Christmas version. Lots of things I would circle. However, I am with you I would not trade any of my W. German guns for any item there, but I would trade some greenbacks for a few items.
  10. Since you are in Athens, I recommend these folks, I know the owner, great people great selection: https://www.easttennesseeautooutlet.com/
  11. Whew....I'm glad the government recorded the one in Vonore as an earthquake. Me and some buddies were shooting into large amounts of Tannerite. I mean large amounts.
  12. Sadly I have a way too many, my father loved 22s and inherited 1/2 of what he had to add to my own. He was not a fan of the 10/22: Anschutz 1450 Mossberg 46B - I have (3) Mossberg 144LSA Remington 510 - I have (3) Remington 581 - I have (3) Remington 541S - I have (2) Remington 541T HB Remington Nylon 66 Remington Mohawk 10C Remington 522 Savage Anschutz 54 Sporter Stevens 87A Wards Western Field 04M 401A Winchester 69 Winchester 9422 H&R 929 Revolver - I have two of these NAA Revolver Beretta 21A Ruger Mark II Stainless
  13. runco

    Sig 365 ?

    I got in on the Brownells deal from early in the year, had to wait about 7-8 mos to take delivery. Then Brownells gave out $25 gift cards for the ones that waited. Used the $25 gift card towards a 12 round magazine. I am very satisfied with the gun, its size, and its accuracy. I use a Crossbreed Founder Series Supertuck IWB for my carry holster.
  14. Back in my FFL days (25 years ago), SOG was one of my major suppliers. I use to buy Chinese SKS $19.99 each. One Labor Day weekend, I purchased I think 100 SKS a few days before with free shipping, sold all but a few for $39.99 that weekend. SOG was good to deal with back then.
  15. My take, on guns still in production or still available everywhere, I try to follow the 80% rule meaning if buying used the used "asking" price has to be <80% of what I can buy it new for. One cannot expect to get new pricing or close to it, when there is no warranty provided and there is just peace of mind of the gun ownership history when buying new, if used there is always that slight risk. Magazines, even Glock OEMs, if one is patient can be found in the $18-$20 with free shipping from internet retailers. The fun sticks can be found too relatively not much more in premium. So to summarize, a new Glock Gen IV 19 can be found <$500 (Grab a gun) plus local FFL fee and the state $10 fee. You can do the math from there.
  16. I bought some around the $15 price range at Knife Works a few weeks ago. Have not shot any, just thought it was a good deal on CCI 1235 fps ammo.
  17. What I am reading on Sigforum is that everyone is very pleased. http://sigforum.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/430601935/m/6430072234/p/1
  18. Received my noticed it shipped yesterday, and I should have it tomorrow. Basically less than 2 weeks. I will try to shoot it this weekend. BTW, here is a good video on what Sig is actually doing to the pistol:
  19. My favorite come back: just in case. This applies to all my tools, guns, supplies, etc. and a few wild eye ideas.
  20. runco

    .357 sig

    I shoot 357Sig occasionally I find it little more snappier than 40 but less than the 10mm, somewhere in between.
  21. I will chime in. I am a Sig guy myself, but I own lets say well North of 5+ Glocks. They work, they are proven, and like others have said they get the job done. So do the P series Sigs, with class. However, its like taking the best looking girl to the prom, she is nice, sexy, gets all of the looks, and makes you look good and she will put out, but the ugly girl in the back may be ugly, not sexy, etc, but one thing is or sure, she most definitely will put out without fail. One more point, if I accidently dropped a Sig, I will fret if a scratch is made, but if the Glock drops, who cares. BTW, I am not talking about dropping a P320!
  22. Got my email and shipping label. My goes tomorrow. My buddy at work registered his with Sig 2 hours before me on the opening day, and he sent his in last week. I am reading that the turn around is not 6 weeks as advertised, but like 2 weeks. We will see.
  23. 1st gun that I was given was a Winchester 37A single shot 410, I was about 8 years old, and yes I still have it, and my oldest son killed his 1st squirrel with it. The first gun I ever purchased on my own, was a Beretta 92FS, and yes I still have it too.
  24. I am relieved I am not the only geeky person. I too have planned a vacation day for this event, I work and live in its path. However, if there is rain or heavy overcast, I plan to cancel my vacation day! BTW, I remember too reading about this 30-40+ years ago, been waiting too!
  25. I kinda took a break from making posts over the past 1-2 mos, and the other day I peeked my head back in and made a post in the Trump Critical Mass..... thread. Was it something I said?


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