desert rat

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  1. I've bowhunted since the 70s. I also used to shoot competitively in IBO shoots. I no longer compete! My compound now would be regarded as ancient as would my arrows. As a matter of fact I haven't bowhunted since the mid 90s. I've seen guys try to lighten their arrows to the extent of their bow(s) exploding. Limbs splitting, risers breaking and carbon arrows exploding. IBO rules were an arrow must weigh 7 grams per draw lb. back then, mine are 441grams each for a 63lb draw. I've not got a clue if this has changed. I shot the Beeman 40/60 carbon arrow around 285fps. I bought 75gr. broadheads weighed them and then took my field tips and a with a scale and grinder trimmed my field tips to make them weigh exactly as my broadheads. The Beeman fieldtips had notches incremented in 10gr. So they were pretty easy to weight to weight to broadheads. Nothing has been changed with my bow except having a new string and shooters loop put on it. I highly reccomend a shooters loop if you are going to use a mechanical release. This keeps the wear of the string and on the loop. What we looked for back then was a flat arrow trajectory. The flatter the better, you had a bit more leeway in estimateing yardage, "making a yardage error". Dang! I just remembered, I'm almost ancient! Now, accuracy in competition is a must. This is where brace height comes in. The distance between the string and riser. The more distance, the more forgiving the comp'd bow. If you'd take 7 and 1/2" brace height vs. 10 and 1/4" the latter is/was more forgiving to shoot. If you look at the new single cam compounds on todays market with the limbs laid back the way they are, I'd say they're pretty forgiving to shoot. Especially considering the fact that the axel lenght has been shortened considerably. Anyway, if you're considering a bow whether it be a recurve or compound go to a reputable shop/dealer and have them help you set it up! Arrow chart as promised: Easton is probably the easiest arrow to aquire. http://eastonarchery.com/uploads/files/51_hunt-sel-chart.pdf A pic of my old bow. The old bow. A stick of string wax.(very important) Side quiver and pencil for keeping score at shoots.(I don't do anymore) (I preffered a side quiver for practice and 3D shoots.) My hunting quick detach quiver that mounts on the bow. (I'd remove this and hang it if in a stand.) Equipped with broadhead (hunting) arrows. An adjustable pin sight(Check-it) for targets and 3D shoots. Field tip practice arrows stored in case lid. Also my 3 pin montana gold hunting sights and Keller pendulum sight. I'd fletch my own arrows and there's an art to that, don't let anyone tell you different. Little secrects someone new wouldn't know. I still have my fletching jig and extra vanes in a box along with hot melt glue, moleskin, extra sight pins, string wax, broadheads, arrow and string nocs and other little goodies that may come in handy someday. If in any way I can offer someone some insight post it here or IM me.....
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    MRE Advice

    Wal-Mart ,, I know, I know, I'm getting repetitive with this wallyworld thing but they do carry in the camping section Backpack meals. Also I've seen them at Dicks Sporting Goods. Small backpack meals are what they are. I have some in my (BOB).
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    MRE Advice

    Lived on MREs for days at a time. Only hot chow was at an FOB. Yup, it was hard to make a turd. We'd take Colace after missions.
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    fishing kits.

    Keep it simple and compact. If you're around streams or ponds. As long as you have a knife/hatchet or ring saw you have a rod. I carry a bag in my truck box with an assortment of lead weights and 10lb clear monofiliment."No reel, no rod to break." If you're lucky enough to be able to carry a rod and reel that's great! I think I'd like one of those things from the 70s. A Popiels pocket fishermen,,,LOL.. Seriously! As far as fish to fry, I hope to be lucky enough to catch something. "Anything will be edible". Catfish, trout, bass; as I said, only if I'm lucky enough.
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    MRE Advice

    Matt, have a look at the link below..... MREs are great because of the means of heating them. Downside, they only store for 3-5yrs. If you have a way of boiling water, I reccomend this, especially if you have a couple of mouths to feed. I've been shopping here for quite sometime. Service is great. They will keep you updated on any of your orders if you check the boxes required when you purchase from them. http://www.survival-supply.com/emergency-food-c-112.html?osCsid=807ac1bb2bb437b4624ec4a6a37f1ba5
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    How do you maintain your blades edges?

    He must use the edge...I carry a small piece of ceramic out of a 750watt light bulb. Works great.
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    An Ammo heads-up for M4 owners!! FYI

    Glad you came back to get the scoop. I just had to dig. LOL
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    An Ammo heads-up for M4 owners!! FYI

    I bought two cans at wally world they were $149 and change each before tax.
  9. Absolutely! I wouldn't have got it and it's very compact. That's why I got it. Takes up very little space.
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    An Ammo heads-up for M4 owners!! FYI

    Okay Amature. I found the answer, is as follows... "X" does not mean that it is a failed military lot. At LCAAP once the round is accepted to meet the military spec and purchased by the government it receives the M855 designation, so until it is purchased it is not M855 and will never be. ATK produces a considerable amount of the M855 (SS109) projectile design for commercial sales and they do not require the same quality checks that the military demands. If a lot is sold commercially and was never purchased by the government, the round is designated XM855 just so that it is different from M855 which is defined in their contract. Military surplus can be sold as M855 because that was already purchased by the government and met all acceptance standards. when a military lot fails or is rejected after it is purchased it receives a condition code "J" and that is not the same as these rounds. X or no X. Its the same. What matters is if the can is marked "not for duty use" and then it is only rejected from mil spec for small dents or dings but still passed civilian inspection. The "not for duty use" is still good ammo. When you get the can you will see a serial number or "not for duty use". The serial number are the "overruns" and the "not for duty use" are the mil spec rejects. Both are fine to shoot but I prefer the "serial number" NON REJECTS. The "X" denotes that is being sold on the civilian market as overrun from military production. Also, M855 is an advanced form of the M193. The only difference is the steel tip penetrator and the 62grn on the M855 compared to the all lead 55grn M193. Oopps, almost forgot. The PD means Bulk Packaging... Thx again Col. If you decide to show up here.
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    An Ammo heads-up for M4 owners!! FYI

    Okay, but why are these shipped in the ammo can with the seal wire on them? Not in 20rd boxes. Packed in 30rd boxes. It's been a long time, and remembering nomanclature and TM's was not my forte`. After seeing M855 on your response, I stand corrected Sir. I think it was SS109/M855. Not XM855 as I thought. Thinking seems to get me in more trouble than a fresh doughnut. Off to do some more research.... Thx Amature.
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    An Ammo heads-up for M4 owners!! FYI

    Amature, $149. and change at wally world for 420rds and ammo can. They're boxed 30rds per box on stripper clips with a clip adapter. They're not blems.
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    How do you maintain your blades edges?

    If you keep them sharp Rick, they're much easier to touch-up with a whetstone or ceramic stone. Good lord! How'd I manage that? Sorry for the repeat........
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    How do you maintain your blades edges?

    If you keep them sharp Rick, they're much easier to touch-up with a whetstone or ceramic stone.
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    How do you maintain your blades edges?

    It's hard not to get a good edge and razor sharpness useing one of these. I handed a guy my knife at work. He was admiring the edge on it and said, Dog gone man! Does this still have the factory edge on it? I told him about the Lansky, it's really pretty simple. http://lansky.com/index.php/products/dlx-5-stone-system/
  16. Got an OTIS TACTICAL gun cleaning kit for my B.O.B. They're very small and will clean about any caliber weapon I'd carry off....Designed to clean .17-.50cal. and .410-12ga. shotguns. http://www.otisgun.com/pc_product_detail.asp?key=B9DC009A351C4D44BE717B4E656E7CDA
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    What will disappear first?

    Ya'll are killin' me with this poptart thingy. I guess I'd miss driving by a Krispy Kreme and seeing the FRESHsign on! Stopping in and getting a dozen. Man, when those are fresh it's better than any cake or pie. Yep, a couple of fresh Krispy Kreme's and an icey cold, extra large glass of moo-juice....
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    What's in your vehicle?

    Actually T-Wolf, It's not that much stuff. All is compacted very well. I gave my roll up nylon hammocks I had in my bag to a Boy Scouts troop leader, that didn't take up any room. Both together rolled up was about the size of a 16oz. drink bottle. Sounds like a lot of stuff but it's organized pretty good. Still got room for camp stoves, pots or pans, lanterns ammo bags. I guess the most awkward thing is the bow saw. I've found though that a piece of nylabraid hose around the blade keeps it from poking through me or anything else I might put in there. This is a good thread!!
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    What's in your vehicle?

    My truck box has: 8X10 tarp 100' para cord 2-25' pcs. 1/2" rope 2-tow straps with hooks 4 way lug wrench Extra long jumper cables Freezer bag with course steel wool(hook jumper cables to steel wool from battery,steel wool will get cherry red if spread out properly. Great for starting a fire. 24" bow saw/2 extra blades Pole ax Folding camp shovel/E-tool Tire plug kiit And a bag containing: 2 Magnesium Fire Starters 8" fillet knife Heavy duty scissors 8 plastic tent stakes Assorted fishing hooks 300 yd. spool of 12lb test mono fishing line 150 yd. spool of 50lb braided fishing line(great for making game snares) 1pkg of 4 bic lighters roll of duct tape Extra large zip ties crank type LED emergency light Katadyn Vario water filter Sunling 12volt 12watt foldable military grade solar charger Inside truck cab: 6 Dcell Mag light Coast LED lenser flashlight just a couple of bottles of water Large first aid kit and asprin/ibuprofen usually a jar with peanuts or a couple of pkgs of beef jerky. I keep eating them but it's a good way to rotate the expiration dates...LOL 400watt power inverter When I'm in the truck: smartphone a handgun concealed carry permit and identification Benchmade or Browning pocket knife, whichever I pick up and knowledge to use it all.
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    in a bug out situation.......

    Only when you hit the water? I'm told I generally look silly 95% of the time. I guess water would add to it though. A weapon/rifle! Just some humor rick........
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    Blow darts

    Hahahaha , yea, my luck I'd draw instead of blow and give myself a tonsilectomy or they'd call me dart vader or something..
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    Blow darts

    Wolf, get you a Gammo pellet rifle. If SHTF, I'd throw my M-4 over my shoulder, grab my Gammo and go sit on the mountain and hunt squrrills/rabbits. Super quite so I'm not giving my location away unless you're within 50yds or so. It'll kill a small wild boar. Then again, the blowgun maybe cheaper.
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    What will disappear first?

    Awake, dunno if you've heard this one, but the USSR is claiming land/sea or whatever at the North Pole. Right freakin' now! Anywhere that has fossil fuel. North pole? That's ice you say. "THAT IS ICE" Now I could be wrong on these numbers but I think USSR has around 75 ice breakers around 60 of them HEAVY ICEBREAKERS Canada has approxamately 35 with 12 heavy icebreakers. The US has 14 with only 2 heavy icebreakers. The Polar and the Polar Star. What you say? Fossil fuel, Oil, Natural gas. Well, you ever hear of the last man standing?
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    how old are you?

    LOL Rick! My mind says go, but my body says NO! I think she refers to it as me being childish.
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    What will disappear first?

    Foreign: :1) situated outside a place or country; especially : situated outside one's own country Domestic a) : living near or about human habitations :relating to, or originating within a country and especially one's own country Who know's what 2012 will bring? Major earthquake(s) in the U.S. California? San Diego? Another Tsunami? China/Japan? Planatary alignment and pole shifts? Could the U.S. be the next north pole? Boy, I got a few pals that'd just love that! They can't stand the temp. to get under 60 degrees or they freeze. To much stuff going on in this world not to be a prepper!