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  1. Hey Guys: First ... I hope it's ok to ask these questions. I ask sincerely and out of honest ignorance of laws, law enforcement, and military operations. It seems like the drug cartels have always been a big problem not only with regards to illegal drugs, but they have their hand in the illegal immigration business too. Of course, there are folks like Soros, but that's another issue. Anyway ... from what I've heard and seen in the news, the cartel leaders are very smart in an "evil genius" kind of way. Given our intelligence capabilities, why don't we focus those onto the drug cartels, and authorize our military & law enforcement to go on the offensive and take-out these people? Another nation's sovereignty shouldn't matter. After all, we went and got Bin Laden despite him being in Pakistan. Also, I've heard (and this makes sense) that the traffickers use spotters like forward observers to warn when and where the Border Patrol is coming or moving. Why don't we take them out with airpower or snipers? Why don't we go after these folks like they went after Pablo Escobar? I know that took years, but he was eventually tracked down and shot. I shudder to think ISIS and/or Iranian operators are cooperating with the cartels too. So much of what I've seen on TV seems reactive in nature. I get a bit frustrated every time I see Coast Guard boats & choppers intercepting drug traffickers' speed boats firing warning shots into the water. I'm glad they're doing their job, but a part of me wonders why we don't blow-up the boats before they ever leave port ( if they get identified ) or just go ahead and shoot the boats and sink them? Pardon my ignorance of law enforcement procedures, but as a patriotic civilian I wonder why we don't take the fight to the cartels more. If we want to get the drug lords, why don't we do more Bin Laden style operations? I realize others are waiting to take their place, but maybe more action on our part will make them think twice. I admit I probably grew up reading too many Tom Clancy books, but why can't we just drop smart bombs on the drug lords? Or why don't we have a sub in the Gulf of Mexico (or near the Pacific shore) launch a few Tomahawks? Maybe I'm crazy, but I think a modern version of the Monroe Doctrine deserves to be enforced. Just wondering. My overall question is instead of dealing with the fight against the cartels here in the states, why don't we take the fight to the bad guys? After all, that's part of the rationale for the war on terrorism - fight them over there instead of here. Please understand I am pro-police and pro-military. My heart breaks thinking their hands are tied-up by politics. Please pardon the naïve nature of this posting. Thank you.
  2. Hey Everyone: I just wanted to let anyone interested know MidwayUSA has Federal 210M primers on sale. I impulsively ordered some since they'd been out-of-stock so often. I want to use them for a reloading recipe in the Sierra reloading book for MatchKing bullets. Curiously, they're listed as having a clearance price. I hope that doesn't mean Federal is going to stop making them. If so, some folks say they can't tell a difference between 210M and regular 210 primers. I'm no expert. I just follow the reloading manual. Does anyone know anything about the "clearance" issue?
  3. Glad to know folks like sjgusmc21 are in my area. I was referring to ranges like Dietz's near New Braunfels. Folks are always bringing interesting toys there. Anyway ... this open immigration/open borders/globalism stuff is all part of the left's effort to "Balkanize" our country folks. I don't know why they want to do that, I've never heard a motive, but multiculturalism doesn't work. So remain vigilant guys. This might sound naïve, but I think the only solution is for democrats to start going to jail. Why none of these folks like Billary haven't served time is beyond my comprehension. A lot of our problems exist simply because the lefties never face any consequences for their actions.
  4. I live near San Antonio. I'm sick of the local paper (Express News) discussing "Democrat this" or "Democrat that" all the time, and always sympathetic to the "plight" of illegal immigrants. A lot of folks here literally think Texas should belong to Mexico again. That's no joke. Perhaps that's one reason why Mexico isn't helping. I fear something's going to happen if Democrats/Progressives keep pushing, and pushing, and pushing their "agenda." Having visited gun ranges around here, I take comfort in knowing there are folks like DLT in Texas who have guns and know how to use them. I know for a fact many are current or former operators. I feel like I need to hurry and get Shilen barrels to make a couple of barrels for me and finish a couple of rifle projects. Honestly ... it seems like some folks on the political left should be charged with treason. They know not what they do. They think they do, but they don't.
  5. Hey Guys: I like ESEE knives, but they sure are expensive. Specifically, I like the ESEE 5 because of its thick blade. Also, it's sort of neat its handle has a bow drill hole. However, ESEE knives are $100+. Wow. One can find knives with equally thick carbon steel blades for less. Just wondering if their blades are (for whatever reason) higher quality or are you paying for the name. Thanks.
  6. Hello All: I simply want to exercise some gratitude & humility in this message by thanking all of you for your advice and answers to my questions about rifles and shooting. I'm not a gunsmith, nor am I retired military or a former operator. I'm a civilian who is thankful for this website because many of you know a lot more than I do and are OK with sharing your knowledge. I don't doubt some of my questions might have fallen into the "everybody knows that" category, but you answer anyway. I've been around guns recreationally my whole life, but have developed an appetite for the technical aspects of things only in my adult years. For what it's worth, I did attempt O.C.S. "cold turkey" once, but got injured. So I can say I'm not a draft dodger. I continue to admire those who serve or have served. Riflery offers me a connection to something martial in nature, and has engendered a respect for snipers and all who know how to do long range shooting. It's a fascinating science. So .... thank you everybody. It's a privilege to be a member of this community. Now a request for Mr. Chile Rilleno: PLEASE BUILD A RESTAURANT! Your food looks great!!! (Ok ... gotta go watch the Sniper competition show on the History channel now)
  7. Hey Guys: This is related to my prior post titled "Good rifle build?" A barrel manufacturer I'm interested in offers barrels in Chrome-Moly or Stainless Steel. The S.S. barrels are offered in match grade quality. Benchrest shooters often get stainless steel barrels from this company. The tolerance difference between the two grades/types of barrels sounds like splitting hairs to me. However, my concern is wear & tear. So ... with regards to barrel wear, which lasts longer? Chrome-Moly or Stainless Steel? Frankly, I don't shoot often. So the lower price of a Chrome-Moly barrel appeals to me. However, I do want a barrel that'll last. This will be for .30 caliber bullets and 1:10 twist. Probable muzzle velocities ranging from 2,600 - 2,700 f.p.s. for .308 Win. and .30-06 rifles. BTW, I'm referring to Shilen barrels. I simply understand their website better than the sites of some other barrel makers. I'm interested in their #7 heavy varmint and #8 heavy bull barrels. Thanks guys.
  8. Also .... will someone please clone Rosamund Pike!
  9. Does anyone know where I can get a knife like Christian Bale had in the movie "Hostiles?" That was an impressive knife. I liked it. I want one. Thanks.
  10. Netpackrat expresses my sentiments better. I understand the cost/economic arguments some posters have submitted, but my idea is meant to be a fun educational exercise. Also, they seem to assume such a gun already exists on the market. As far as I know, no mainstream manufacturer makes bull barreled .30 caliber rifles (why not?). What they call a "heavy barrel" is not nearly as thick as what I've seen on custom rifles at the gun range. A Varmint barrel is thicker than a "heavy barrel" on many factory stock rifles. I dream about building a rifle from scratch, but I figure it's smarter to begin with aftermarket components and put them together. I wouldn't do it all at once due to the total cost. One part at a time. I mention using the services of a gunsmith simply because I do not have the skills or tools of a gunsmith to do things like change a barrel, replace a trigger, or glass bed a gunstock, blueprint an action, etc. I just know about them and their importance. I simply have an extra Rem 700 long action I want to do something with in order to learn more about this fascinating craft, and get rid of the skinny barrel (a sporter barrel?) my rifle currently has. I might do the same for a .308 rifle build one day. All in all ... I'm intrigued by how one can build a bolt rifle from components. If only Howa offered barreled actions with bull barrels. If only MacMillan gunstocks weren't so expensive. If only the stork would leave a NightForce scope at my door. :-) I think I need to attend that gunsmithing school I've heard about in Colorado. I had an idea for a .50 caliber bolt rifle when I was in middle school. Well ... some guy in Tennessee named Barrett beat me to it. Darn. I have a 20 gauge side-by-side double barrel shotgun my grandfather made himself - including a walnut stock he carved. I wish I knew how to do that. Unfortunately, they don't teach "Gunsmithing 101" in college. It seems silly to have gotten an engineering degree, but not know the first thing about building a rifle - let alone a match grade barrel. Like Clint Eastwood said in one of his movies: "A man has to know his limits." I have a fun idea. I'll defer to others' expertise to help make it become a reality.
  11. A couple more comments: 1) I keep thinking how a Mr. Baker of Diligence, Inc. (an intelligence firm) was on Greg Gutfeld's show. He said if a civil war really were to break-out the left "would get its ass kicked." 2) I also keep thinking how all the "Chris Matthews" of the world need to be held accountable for giving Obama a pass, not vetting him, and getting him elected. Thus, setting the stage for this mess.
  12. Geez ... how did such an arrogant S.O.B. get where he is? Obama set a terrible precedent. It's going to take years to recover from folks like him and Strzok. If ever. I just don't understand, and am frustrated by, the fact not one democrat/lefty has gone to jail. Not one. Their current blatant disregard for civility, ethics, the law, their hypocrisy, and their condescending arrogance (as epitomized by Strzok) really makes me worry about the course of our country. Heck ... I'm still scratching my head about the I.R.S. and Benghazi. It's almost as if the left views Trump as a brief interruption in their plans. The "Obamanation" of our country will continue once Trump is out of office. Obama brought Chicago-style politics to a national level and I fear there will continue to be really bad consequences. I just hope Trump has (or will get) Obama's, Clinton's, and Soros's numbers somehow.
  13. In response to Jerry 52, I'm sure such changes will, by their very nature, produce a more accurate rifle than a stock 700 ADL. Better stock, heavier barrel to minimize (or eliminate) barrel whip, and Timney triggers are great. My Rem 700 ADL is the first rifle I ever bought and I didn't know much about guns & scopes then. I just knew Remington was a good brand, the .30-06 is a classic cartridge, and it can be hand-loaded for just about anything using up to at least 220 gr. bullets. Without knowing any better, I got that thin barrel really hot a few times simply due to being excited and having fun target shooting at the range. It might be prematurely worn-out. I'm simply under the general impression that the .30-06 cartridge is not as accurate as the .308 or 6.5 Creedmore for competition. Seems like every competitor I've seen shoots either .308 or 6mm PPC (?). I figure it's good to have .30-06 as a "back-up" for my .308 rifle. I simply have a Remington 700 long-action I want to do something with. The rifle is currently chambered for .30-06 and I figured I'd stick with that - especially since I've hand-loaded a lot of .30-06 rounds using primers and shells I also got from my uncle. If this project gun shoots groups as small as a dime at 100 yards - fine. I just don't assume to be a good enough shooter to run with the benchrest guys who get groups like .180" or .190" at 200 yards.
  14. Geez .. just now noticed I misspelled "Good" in my title. Embarrassing.
  15. Hello: I wanted to pass an idea for a rifle project by you guys to see if it sounds ok or not. I have a Remington 700 ADL in .30-06 with a black nylon stock. I don't need it anymore ever since I inherited a beautiful Weatherby Mk.V Deluxe from an uncle in .30-06 too with a nice Burris scope. So ... I have an extra 700 long action. Hmmm ... I was thinking it'd be fun to take my Remington apart by a gunsmith for a project. I'd take the thin factory barrel off (that gets hot) and put a Shilen heavy varmint or bull barrel onto the action. I'm referring to their #7 or #8 contours. Replace the trigger with a Timney trigger. Of course, I'd also get a better scope, base, and rings. At the least, something like an SWFA SS scope. Since it's an ADL, I'm fine with the factory bottom metal (correct term?). However, if there's a way to convert to a box magazine, I'm open to any suggestions as to how to do that. I'm not a Brownell's expert. Anyway ... I'd put it all into an Boyd's Pro Varmint or Thumbhole stock and get it bedded. I don't think any pillaring would be needed. I think either one can accept a bull barrel with some widening of the stock's channel. I'm not trying to make a competition rifle since it's a .30-06 - not a .308 or 6.5 Creedmore. I assume a bedding job and new trigger would be all I need to worry about. Not sure what kind of crown to get though. Perhaps an 11-degree crown is the simplest. I'll be going ahead and having a complete chambered barrel made. I just wanted to check with you guys and see if I'm on the right track for making a souped-up .30-06 bolt rifle for the fun of it. Maybe I'll blueprint the action too just for the heck of it. Thanks.