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    West Texas
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    Shooting and collecting firearms, backpacking, computing, smoking expensive cigars, history, tobacco in all its many guises, bird watching, collecting knives and swords, hectoring liberals, driving my 4 X4, Westerns, opera, coffee, science, politics and country music.
  1. I bought my 16 inch back in January at a local gun show for something like $320, now I see them no less than $350-$375. Sometimes some clown will try to get $400 or more for one. Anyway, I suggest looking at your local gun shows. Then treat yourself to some of that cheap Aussie ammo one finds at the gun shows around here and have fun with a great gun.
  2. DoubleD, I had forgotten I had done this, but when I got one of those Yugoslavian SKSs, I soaked all of the metal parts in gasoline (I know you aren't supposed to). It took only seconds for it to take off the grease. Even after I cleaned up everything, I could still vaguely smell gasoline until the first time I shot it. And some folks swear by mineral spirits, although I've never tried that.
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    new stock

    No, I was wrong. We'd call that a lake!
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    new stock

    Good job, chips, the stock looks nice. Not sure what that is in the background, but here in West Texas I think we would call it a mirage!
  5. Yeah, I recently bought a thousand rounds of 7.62 X 39 Wolf SP and got two of those ammo cans. Not sure why, but I love those cans. I have other containers that hold ammo better or hold more, but nothing quite looks as stylish.
  6. DoubleD, folks have all sorts of preferred methods for getting rid of the grease. Some even lightly bake the rifle and cook it out. But no matter how well I protected the oven, my wife would kill me. To me, the best thing, or at least as good as anything, for cutting grease is common WD-40. It cuts through the grease fairly well. Then, because WD-40 is a sorry gun lubricant, you need to clean all of the WD-40 out with your favorite gun cleaner, then lube as required. And then, because some guns get packed in more grease than I have in my truck, there will still be hidden reservoirs of grease. You get that last out by going to your local gun range and heating that unit up, if you know what I mean. The last vestiges will come seeping out. For what doesn't drip down on the ground, some gentlemen prefer silk-embroderied hankies, but I just use a clean rag. Sometimes even my shirt sleeve.
  7. Actually I live near Odessa. Lubbock is almost as far away as Fort Worth.
  8. Was the original stock wood? Mine is synthetic. Hope that doesn't happen to mine.
  9. chips, a friend of a friend has a ranch south of here, near Monahans. Most of the area is very sandy. That's usually where I go. Probably these feral hogs don't get as big as what you might have around San Antonio, but they make for a lot of fun. The biggest I ever took weighed 265 pounds. Can't wait to go!
  10. Glad we could help, chips Out of curiousity, why were you taking off the guard?
  11. My Saiga .308 has been very accurate and reliable. Like the guys say, it's easy to take down, like an AK or SKS. I've had mine for two, three months, and it has become one of my favorites. Like chips, I'm a bad shot, so I don't bother measuring inches from center--it's cans and bottles at the local calichi pit, but the Saiga is as accurate as anything else I own, out to one hundred yards anyway. Haven't been hog hunting since I got it, but I'm taking her out for just such in two weeks.
  12. That's a subject in which you will get as many answers as you get respondents. For the most part, salts are the leftovers, so to speak, from a reaction between an acid an a base. Some people swear by ammonia, but because ammonia is itself slightly caustic, I don't see where using it would be any better than a lot of other things in cleaning corrosive salts. In other words, there is nothing in ammonia that is going to react with the salt to make it dissolve. Probably nothing is better than warm water. But, I'm somewhat set in my ways, so I have taken to using warmed up Windex (or similar) as soon as I finish shooting anything that I suspect might be corrosive. Just my 2 cents worth.
  13. Outstanding! You did a lot of work there, and the pictures are great.
  14. $24 is cheaper than what I have been paying for them. Hadn't seen any for lower than $30. Where/what is CDNN?
  15. I finally got around to shooting some of the Portuguese the other day. I wish I had got more of it. There's a gun show here this weekend, and supposedly the same guy will be back, so maybe I can get some more--lots more. That was a very interesting comment about corrosive ammo, Sheik Yerbouti. The gentleman who sold me the Port had told me it was such, that's why I had assumed it was.
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