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  1. My Sig Kilo also went TU this year, Half the display when ranging is so faded you cannot read the numbers. I see the very same failure on the Sig forums and elsewhere. Sucks it cost a good chunk of change only to fail and have no support. Not like they were cheap, budget units.

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  2. Keep extra decapping pins, especially if using military calibers. nothing sucks more than to plan your alone time to reload, get everything set out and ready, nice cup of coffee ready, good music going and then breaking a pin on a crimped primer or berdan case that snuck in, about 5 cases into it on a Sunday, when nothing is open to get a replacement, you live an hour away from the nearest store that carries such things anyway, and boom. Your done for the day. Ask me how I know. The dog gets to learn some new words.

    Only other thing i didn't see mentioned was save and USE your books. New books contain good info and I do buy them but the old books contain calibers the new books drop. You end up with quite the library and gives you good cross reference data.

    Don't think you will save money. You can tell the wife that, but it ain't true, LOL. I load for accuracy and satisfaction not to mention some odd calibers that good factory ammo is not available or difficult to find.

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  3. On 12/14/2023 at 7:30 PM, slickrick0999 said:

    Threading is something that can be tricky but can also be done well if well trained. 

    We indicate in off of 2 different points in the bore of the barrel by adjusting front and rear spiders on the lathe.

    Short barrels (shorter than the head stock length) have to use the Viper jig after indicating that in.

    All that said to say be careful that anyone says "I can thread that easy" actually knows how to thread and then knows what is important about threading a barrel.

    Can you do it without removing the barrel from the receiver?

  4. 14 hours ago, gregintenn said:

    Make no mistake. It is a tax. Anything else involved is designed to discourage you from buying firearms.

    Exactly! I moved from a cash and carry state if you hold a CWP. This gun tax drives up the wall. What if you were taxed to vote, or taxed to to keep from getting searched, this is Gov't overreach.

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  5. 10 hours ago, DWARREN123 said:

    Touch downs all around me but nothing at my house except rain and some wind.  Saw today where it hit and power line down, power poles broken off, buildings smashed, and vehicles smashed and one on its roof and almost in Ft. Campbell Blvd.

    In winter (December/January) if it gets over 50 degrees F for two days here it means bad storms/tornados.

    Have only lived here 4 years but it seems pretty apparent with the same pattern. Really warm winter day with a 40-50 degree difference cold front right behind it = tornados. 

    I was sitting on my front patio Sat morning at 5am drinking coffee and smoking feeling how warm it was and thinking, I don't care what the weather lady Bree says on Channel 5. This is tornado weather. Sure enough, by noon "here we go". Luckily all we had on this side of the river in Dover was a really bad sideways wind/rain as it went over but just over the river in Indian Mound was a different story. Wife was in Clarksville shopping and on her way home down 79 had to run into the Walmart at Dover Crossing when the sirens went off after I called her and told her to not drive with what was on the way.

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  6. 21 hours ago, Erich said:

    Its the one in the pic that SmokyBaer posted. I bought it form another member on the M14 forum almost 10 years ago. I had bought a new National Match and was planning to do the upgrade. The difference between the National Match and M21 at that time was M21 stock used the oversize match  stock with the adjustable adjustable cheek riser, and the heavy profile barrel. National Match's were already glass bedded, so for me I wanted the adjustable riser since I planned to scope the rifle.

    But I never ended doing that or even shooting the National Match since I had a couple of other M14's at the time. Looking over my accumulated parts, I know I don't plan to do that in the future since I've not ever shot the NM and considering I may sell that.

    I forgot how I went hog wild on collecting back then. I have other GI stocks and vented hanguards. I was thinking if I sold the NM I would get one of the current shorter barrel versions and might use one of the GI stock / handguards as I wont end up ever scoping one realistically.


    Ahh gotcha, ya, the acquire, collect, hoard bug gets us all. LOL. I have a NM M1A I am turning into a M25 clone for Vintage Sniper shooting up here in the NW TN area. The factory SA synth stock has proven to be a great performer but just doesn't feel right. I too like authentic and "weathered" bits on my service rifle assemblies I do.

  7. I just did a suppressor this last year. Photo was done at walgreens, fingerprints were done at my local Sheriff's office/County jail. Took them both in the the FFL who assisted filling out the Form 1 and we set it off. 7 months later, ATF sent it back approved. 

    There is a LGS in Clarksville that does it all, for an additional fee of course. Not sure if their turn around time is better since they do E-Form instead of the paper form I did. 

  8. OK, re-do since server crash...We had the Henry County Gun Club Iron Sight Championships this last weekend out to Doc Tusa's farm. 100 to 500 yards with 600 yard tie breaker. Shot two classes, Vintage Bolt with an 03A3 and modern with an A2 AR. Had great fun. Came in 6th in bolt, 4th in modern. Rob Ski came and shot with us so while he took medals home it was cool to meet him and share some shooting tips. Great end of season fun. Can't wait for next year and a new season!




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  9. Having moved from the west a few years ago there are some things. 

    Lack of public land. There is no millions of acres of BLM or FS land you can wonder on for days. Most hunting is done on private land. If you don't buy some acerage, you might have a difficult time.

    It is crowded. The days of spending days in the wilderness and not ever seeing another person are long gone here.

    Deer hunting is stupid easy. At least where I live (north central) I can't go start my car in the morning without shoving deer out of the way. You may be used to planning your deer hunting trip all year, take 2 weeks off work. Go set up camp for opening day, spend all that time in the wilderness to get your one lucky shot to fill your one-deer-a-year mule tag. In TN, it's not like that. You can shoot like 4 a does a day and they are much smaller white tail deer so filling the freezer, if that is your goal, is as simple as walking out on the back porch and nailing one, hang it, butcher it and be done. Kinda takes the fun out in my experience.

    License, this is the neat thing. If you are on your property, no license or tag required. Simply check the season dates in your area and have at it. No need to buy anything other than ammo. Lesson here is buy as much land as you can.

    There are places like LBL and Fort Campbell in my area where you can get on public land but there are restrictions to short range, muzzle loader, archery and the like and there will be other people around. Sometimes, lots of people around.

    Tennessee is not as gun friendly as others would have you believe. You wonder into any metro area with a gun in your back window, expect to have a talk with the local police. Nothing like living in the west at all where that won't even get a second glance.

    Range time. Like hunting, there is no going off on some corner of public land and shooting. This will also be met by local police/Sheriff with a frown on thier face. I know this one first hand. Again, buy a large chunk of land off in the county away from any metro and choose one with good back stops.

    Distance shooting. There are no 300-500 yard deer shots here. The forrest is too thick. I have never shot a deer past 75 yards since I have been here. There will be no need for a scoped belted magnum.

    Your experience may vary, but this has been mine. That said, I do like it here much better than the high plains desert of the west but set your self up in your plans and property searching.

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  10. Talk of M1A/M14 rifles. Chalk this up to a lesson I know but ignored, buy it when you see it. Do not hesitate. Damn it. LOL

    Want an M1A for a while, saw a slightly used one in Murfreesboro this last week for $1400. Mulled it over, decided I best chat with the house boss before buying it. By the time I wore her down on Thursday evening and went on Friday to grab it, it was gone!


    Better to buy her flowers and grovel at her feet while pulling house slave duty all weekend than to let one get away.

    As for the Garand, there is a gas plug you can put in that will allow it to safely run commercial hunting ammo without worrying about bending the op rod. They make fine deer rifles if you are tough enough to tote it through the woods all day.

  11. Gotta spend next week in Murfreesboro for work. Staying Sunday evening through Friday morning at a hotel by the freeway but will have some time to kill during the days. Whats the word on gun shops. More into old, dusty shops rather than shiney new stuff. Military surplus stores, and historical locations. Already plan the battlefield for sure, but water falls in the area would be cool and other natural wonders. 


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