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Old Mitch

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  1. For quite a few years if you wanted an AR, you had 2 choices: Buy a Colt or build one from surplus parts on a lower receiver made by Essential Arms and a couple of other companies. So YES, some Colts are very collectible and should be well maintained and not modified. But I doubt firing one occasionally will hurt much. As for older Bushmasters, IF you find the right buyer you might get a premium for it. So maybe it's worthwhile to keep it like new, but I myself would still shoot it.
  2. I seem to recall the '76 Monte had some massive doors! Oops! did I just revive a 2 year old thread? dang! and I can't figure out how to delete it.
  3. SixShooter, I'm amazed you didn't get expelled. Even 10 years ago they were starting to do that. But in the mid 60's, when I was in high school, one popular shop project for the advanced guys was to build a sporting rifle out of something like a Springfield 1903. A few years after that, building laminated fiberglass/hardwood recurve bows was very popular. I think now the kids could probably get approval for building a bong in shop, but definitely not a firearm!
  4. From about '96 to '04 I mowed commercially, then part-time a few more years. The most popular commercial mowers around here are Grasshopper. Probably Hustler after that. But one reason is the Grasshopper dealer, who always had a really expert head mechanic, and the shop gave commercial users priority. Don't know how they stack up against Kubota or John Deere, because neither have really taken hold in this area. Kubota is starting to gain now, though. I ran Grasshoppers with front mount decks, Kohler engines, and had excellent service out of them. The bigger ones also can be bought with diesels.
  5. Haha. I wish. Shooting at 100. But the 6.5 Swede project has been put on indefinite hold. I finally bought a barrel for a long(er) range AR in 5.56. 24" stainless, what Midway calls a varmint profile, pretty heavy, 1 in 8" twist, target crown, 5R rifling. They don't say who makes it. Customer reviews (there are quite a few) talk about sub MOA with factory ammo. I hope for good results with bullet of at least 70 gr. If I can get accuracy out of 77 or 80, even better. Also bought an adjustable gas block to go on it, Many reviewers say they started with an adjustable, or soon switched to one. Price of the barrel is rather unbelievably low for a good quality barrel, about $130. Would never have considered it except for the large number of very positive reviews. This will be a fairly conventional AR. with a fixed A2 stock plus cheekrest, palm-rest pistol grip, aluminum freefloat handguard, fairly inexpensive bipod. I'll probably start with a Bushnell scope I picked up on a close-out. Most of the parts I've had for quite a while, they were on another AR, an A2 with a carry handle.
  6. Hahaha! But no, I didn't go off on anyone.
  7. DaveTN, I don't think there's anything wrong with Vanguard except I just never quite fell in love with it. Scope is nothing great. Iirc, it's a Tasco World Class 3x9? that my dealer said he would make me a real deal on since he had it in his shop way too long. Vanguard does seem to punch my shoulder harder than other .308's I have. Really, I should just get it out more and shoot it til I'm used to it and find ammo it likes. Haven't seen anything better than about 2 1/2" from it. But then, there's also that urge for the new. Actually though I've started thinking I should just hold off a while on purchases that aren't related to all the work my wife would like done on the house. She be lot happier seeing stuff accomplished and then not so fussy about, "What? ANOTHER gun?"
  8. Thanks for replies. Xtriggerman, that's a beautiful rifle! Anything I come up with will be pretty plain-Jane compared to that. Likely I will mainly target shoot but doubt I have skills to compete. This rifle could go hunting with me, but long range accuracy hardly needed in the wooded hills around here. If my base rifle is a surplus Swede Mauser, my work on it will probably not go much farther than bedding action and possibly relieving barrel channel--if even that. I've always heard many old 96's get close to moa in original configuration. If I go with the Howa and initial results are promising, might leave it like it comes out of the box. I'm not really looking for another project so much--got plenty of those already! Swede ammo with reloadable cases is still pretty widely available. Pretty sure PPU and either Remington or Winchester still catalog it. Norma available too, iirc. Once I've got a supply of brass I'll start reloading. The Creedmore is still a possibility but I'm kind of a traditionalist. If anyone has experience with the Howa in 6.5 Swede, I would appreciate hearing from you. It comes with low-end scope and mounts so it could go to the range the day I get it. Built for a hunter, Hogue overmold synthetic stock. Biggest drawback (in my eyes), no iron sights.
  9. I like! But just to warn you LOL, by posting this and also saying you bought the tennis racket covert case, you probably put yourself on a watch list somewhere!
  10. I've started thinking about something economical and relatively accurate at 600 meters or so. A lot of Old School shooters would have put together a Swedish Mauser. While searching prices on the internet, I ran across new Howa bolt action rifles in 6.5 Swede and wondered if that might be as good or better, especially considering how hard it might be to find a Swedish Mauser with a really great barrel. These Howas are priced from about $450 on up. That's cheaper than most Swedish Mausers I've found listed. I do already have a Weatherby Vanguard in .308, which I believe was made by Howa, and it is a very good rifle considering the price. IIRC, both my Vanguard and the Howas in 6.5 I've been looking at are on Howa 1500 actions. What are some views on the Howa, the 6.5 Swede caliber, and so forth? I'm not any great marksman, but would like something I can reliably get MOA at 400-600 meters, without going into debt. Also, I think the Howa is also available in 6.5 Creedmore. How does that compare to the 6.5 Swede?
  11. His face sure got red, didn't it. And did you read comments where this vid was posted? "Typical Trump Supporter," etc. They've got to make everything about liberal vs. American. (See? I can play their stupid game too!). Btw, I've got a .44 mag with a similar trigger. Once you cock it, you only have to THINK trigger for it to fire.
  12. We've got stuff, you just haven't heard about it yet. And, it's only a matter of time til terrorists, some of our own stupid redneck Klan types, or even some of our less pacifistic Lefties, kill someone with a cheap drone carrying a stick of dynamite, right here in the US.
  13. Yeah, I know you're right. But I'll do this to give them some grief, not to recover funds. I'm retired, got spare time, like to irritate smug bastages and their minions.
  14. Shoot, I've met Russian diplomats or agents just about everywhere I've ever been. Got a couple living next door to me right now, they're both working as teachers in local schools. Worked with one in a manufacturing plant for 11 years. He once confided in me that he was quite exhilarated by the fall of the old Soviet Union. I had conversations with 2, at different times, during the 13 months I was in South Vietnam. One actually became somewhat of a friend, although we were never in contact after I came home. He was posing as a Swedish medical technician, and did actually have the skills and worked in a medical facility outside An Hoa combat base. The other I only met and talked to for an hour or so. Some RVN officers introduced me to him shortly I after I got lost in DaNang trying to find my way to language school. I seem to recall his cover was agricultural assistance but from Austria, not Soviet Union of course. We, and the ARVN lieutenants, had some beers at a street side bar before one of the ARVNs gave me a ride to the language school compound on his Honda 50! Dems just don't really know what goes on in the world.
  15. Also considering taking this to a law firm in my area that has had some notable successes in consumer and taxpayer class-action lawsuits.

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