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About Talvela

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  1. Talvela

    Scope for my Ruger 10/22

    I'm looking for the opinion of the good citizens of this board as to their recommendations for a scope for my Ruger 10/22 Carbine. It's been awhile since I've posted here, but I've been shooting for only about a year now. I shoot at an outdoor range, but I currently have no need for hunting (I'm a vegetarian, for personal health reasons, but that could change with a SHTF situation). Since I'm mainly going to plinking at the range, I really don't see the need for a scope that will cost more than the rifle. With a 22lr, I imagine I'll be sticking to 50 and 100 yard targets. I've been doing some research on the web, and saw the following two candidates that interest me: 1. Barska Ridgeline 3-9x42 Riflescope Ill. Dual Color Red/Green Reticle Matte http://www.natchezss.com/category.cfm?contentID=productDetail&prodID=BKAC10742 2. Barska 3-9x32 Plinker-22 Riflescope 30/30 Reticle Matte http://www.natchezss.com/category.cfm?contentID=productDetail&prodID=BKAC10380 I'm leaning towards option #1 if only because I may eventually be getting something with a bit more kick. Been looking at the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle and though I may be able to put it on that one in the future. Your thoughts and recommendations are appreciated.
  2. Inkspotdw, Myself, I'm in Morris County, and have a Ramsey Outdoor near me in Succasunna. That's where I bought my pistols (Ruger Mark III 22/45 and CZ P07 Duty 40S&W). Haven't checked Dick's yet for shot guns. Whenever I go there, there's either no one working the counter, or it's mobbed.
  3. I see several references in this thread to a "hot load". What's that?
  4. I've been looking into getting a 20 gauge shotgun for home defense. Originally, I was going to go for a 12 gauge, but my wife is a small person (4'11") and I'd like to get something my daughters (aged 18 and 13) would be comfortable firing if God forbid the need ever came about and their lives were on the line. Note: I've never fired a shotgun in my life, and really don't know jack about them, other than what I've read online. In my search, I have been heavily influenced by Mr Smashy's article on Survival Shotguns, and as a result, have been fixated (for better or worse) on Mossberg. In particular, the Mossberg 500 Special Purpose Persuader. However, I realize I probably need to be open minded as to the manufacturer. First off, I've been looking at local gun shops (rare here in NJ!) and online, and this particular gun is either not stocked (by the local shops) or are sold out online. Is this just a particularly "hot" brand? So, what other brands would you all recommend? Obviously, a shotgun for home defense tends to be shorter, but should I look at one where I can extend the barrel with add-ons in case I ever decide to use it for hunting (unlikely currently as I'm a vegetarian, but when the SHTF I'm sure to change)? Thanks in advance!
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    Storing rice in air tight food vault

    Thanks for the ideas Snake. This city boy never really has never really had to think about food that way before. I've got a sh*t load to learn! :-)
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    Storing rice in air tight food vault

    Sounds like good advice. I'm glad I'm learning this now instead of later down on the road, if and when I'd really need these food items. Also, I hadn't thought about storing oatmeal and cream of wheat. Will definitely have to to that.
  7. I started prepping back in mid 2011 or so, and some of the first foods that I've started storing away have been white rice and dried beans. Those two particular items I store in the food storage vaults similiar to what is sold in the Survival Store. When I stored the rice and beans (obviously in separate containers) I added those little oxygen desiccant packs to help prevent spoilage. These containers, along with other food items such as salt, are stored in my basement. Well, last night my wife decided she wanted to cook up some white rice to go with the chicken we were having. Alas, there was none in the pantry, so I figured I'd go on into the basement and get some out of the food vault. I got out a couple of cups worth, when I noticed that there were some brownish grains mixed in with the rice. Not many, just a couple. At first, I thought nothing of it, since it is pretty common for all sorts of things to be found in bags of rice, beans, etc. However, on closer inspection, I notice that the "brown grains" had legs! Going back to the food vault, and sifting through, I saw more of these critters, all of which appeared to be dead. Needless to say, my wife and daughters declined the use of this rice since were currently are not in a survival situation. Has anyone else experienced this? This leads to some questions: 1. Any ideas on how the critters got in? I cleaned the vaults thoroughly before storing food in them. Maybe there were some sort of bug eggs in the rice I purchased? 2. Is there anyway to prevent item #1 above from happening again? 3. Should I toss the rice that I have (maybe about 25 pounds or so) and start from scratch? I figure that in a real TSHTF situation, I wouldn't let it bother me. Seems like they are simply some extra bits of protein goodness. However, having dead bugs in the rice doesn't seem cool since the bugs themselves will break down. Thanks in advance for any advice you may have.
  8. Talvela

    Hello from Nj

    My name is Rob, 45 yrs. old, married with two teenage daughters. Grew up on Long Island, but am now living in NJ, with plans to eventually move to the south west. I'm a late bloomer when it comes to prepping, though I've always been the type to assume that someday, somehow, the SHTF. I started reading this great website about six months ago, along with some others, and my prepping has started with accumulating a food and water supply, as well as ways to prepare food and clean water if the electrical grid ever shuts down. And it seems like the prepping never stops! Besides building a food supply, I've also been accumulating books on gardening, farming, car repairs, and healthcare. I decided a few years ago to make a mid life career change and am now a registered nurse, so I've been accumulating great amounts of medical knowledge and experience. I figure if we ever experience TEOTWAWKI, I'll at least have skills that will come in use when rebuilding or starting a new community. My prior career was spent as a mathematician/consultant. I've also gotten my wife and daughters involved with prepping, though they probably think I've got a few screws loose, but I also know that they've been raised to be independent and not follow the herd. My hobbies and interests are as follows (not all prepping related): - Gardening - History - Meditating - Hiking - Self-Defense - Guns - Games (boardgames, computer games, etc.) I also want learn how to make alcohol (vodka, whiskey, etc.) cause I figure that in a TEOTWAWKI situation, it will make a great bartering item as well as potentially being a great skill that will be needed. I've learned alot from reading this website, and look forward to learning even more.
  9. Thank you gentlemen. The welcome and advice are greatly appreciated. Based upon the above advice, further reading around the net, and talking with gun dealers, here's my new plan. 1. Pistols - I've got the Mark III 22/45 in .22LR. My plan is to by a CZ P-06 in .40 S&W. Both my wife and I went to a dealer yesterday and tried the P-06 to see how it felt in our hands, and we liked it. When my wife gets her own gun permit, she'll get something for herself, but that will be further down the road. 2. Shotguns - Mossberg 500 in 20 gauge. I'll eventually get a Mossberg 12 gauge for myself and the 20 gauge will be for the Mrs. 3. Rifles - Definitely going for the Ruger 10/22. If I were to ever go for a "battle rifle" for some reason I'm drawn towards getting a M14 in .308 Winchester. Is Springfield Armory a good brand? Though a .308 is bigger than needed here in NJ, we do plan on moving somewhere out west once the kids are done with high school. I really don't want to be in an area with a such a large population in a SHTF situation.
  10. After years of trying to convince my wife that we should have firearms in the house (we grew up in the NYC area and now live in NJ), she has relented as she realizes how little prepared we are for a SHTF situation. My original purchasing plans were in the following order: 1. Shotgun. 2. Rifle 3. Handgun Of course, most plans end up needing to be changed once implementation commences. Being in NJ (the land of milk and honey) with its "unique" guns laws, it seems that I will be purchasing handguns first. The reason: When you get a NJ firearm permit, you are allowed to buy rifles and shotguns to your heart's desire. However, if you also want a pistol or two, those require a separate handgun purchase permit (per handgun) that is only good for 90 days. I applied for two such handgun permits. And if I don't use them in the 90 day period allotted, you have to go through the whole permit application again. That being the case, and being that I've never fired a handgun, it was recommended that I start off with something in a .22 LR since it has low recoil, and will allow me to concentrate on proper technique. I ended up purchasing a Ruger Mark III 22/45. Haven't fired it yet, but will be once I take an NRA course I'm signing up for this January. Now, I'm looking to get a second pistol with my remaining purchase permit, but want something a bit heaver in caliber for home defense. As for brand, I'm looking at CZ USA. Here are the calibers I'm interested in, but I can't quite decide which to go for: 1. .45 ACP. My only concern with this is that my wife is a very small person (4' 11") and I'm afraid that it would knock her on her ass. 2. 9mm. Seems to be the most widely available, but I am concerned about a situation where a we have a high velocity bullet going through the walls of my house and entering my neighbor's house. Would hollow point help to prevent this? 3. .40 S&W. This was recommended by a local gun dealer as being something my wife could probably handle, and it will stop a bad guy in his tracks. Your thoughts and suggestions on this are greatly appreciated.