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  1. catfish hunter

    Essay on guns and surviving in various senarios

    Should have added we share political views also. I can't see the situation improving without a big slap in the face waking everyone up. Our national debt level alone with nobody even talking of balancing the budget let alone repaying it is enough to create that slap in my lifetime. Don't figure the first slap will change anything anyway, things will likely get bad.
  2. catfish hunter

    Essay on guns and surviving in various senarios

    Very good and blunt posts. I like people who say what the mean and don't sugarcoat everything. I also agree with everything you said. I sure won't claim that there wouldn't be problems with my situation the way I have it imagined. No plan lasts past the first engagement. One thing we have going for us is that we are a ranching family. Every one of my generation is in our 30's and everyone our age or older has had to put our favorite dogs and horses to rest. We see life and death play out in nature daily. We learned the reality of death early and have dealt with it since. We have lost family members, neighbors, friends. I guess what I'm trying to say is that growing up ranching you see the cycle of life. It makes a person appreciate a newborn calf being born, but it also makes you understand that eliminating the predators is part of your role in life. I shoot 30-50 coyotes per year keeping my part of the natural balance for our livestock. When it comes to SHTF I understand the cycle of life and survival of the fittest, I won't hesitate to protect my herd from predators that threaten them As far as the kids, they are well on their way to learning that I mean what I say. I don't believe in idle threats, when I was young if I was told simply that X action would result in X consequence. The adults watched and followed through, if I did it anyway I got the consequences. No repeated warnings, no idle talk, just a calm voice saying "if you do X you will get X". They followed through and I learned to respect them for it. I hope that someday people will look at me with the respect that my idols get, not because of their money or influence but because they have lived their whole life and never needed more than a handshake as a guarantee. Their word was always enough. What they said they did. Growing up and making a living ranching I am more in touch with nature than most, I work with it. Death is a part of life, not something to be feared. Avoided yes, but not feared. Actions generate reactions and EACH individual is RESPONSIBLE for THEIR own ACTIONS. That is a concept lost in our society today, it was always the situation or some other outside influence that made a person do something. Strong individuals with principles will pay a terrible personal price before letting anyone make them do something they believe is wrong and those people are to few in our decision making process today. Damn I think I'd enjoy meeting you face to face if that time ever comes. You get right to the point on issues. I like to lay out blunt questions not to burst people's bubble and be mean but to make them think about their plan now rather than have to deal with an unexpected issue later. I like it when people call me out and make me think, that is the best way to improve my plans. Makes me face up to issues I might rather avoid. I've spent a fair bit of time evaluating what my responsibility is in a SHTF situation that goes long term. My answer is that my first responsibility is to my immediate family, myself and my wife. If we are in the position to share my second responsibility is to my extended family of my parents, sister, and her children and husband. They are all a part of the ranch and would get a share of the ranch resources plus I would share what I can of mine. If I have children myself they will fit into the first responsibility. I have a very few close friends that I have an agreement with on prepping that would also show up but not without their own resources. That has been made clear since day one, if you come to me come with X to support yourself or you will not be welcome. The list of people that are invited is very small and they all have skills that got them invited in the first place. It sure isn't a flawless plan but everyone knows where they stand right now. Being clear on that now makes it clearer what needs done if someone steps out of line during a crisis. Everything doesn't always work out for the best in the end even if you start with good intentions. Bad things happen to good people. I am trying now to put myself and those I feel responsible for in the best situation to survive and flourish in the environment I foresee. I am a hard person in my views but fair. I will likely become harder if things turn bad but will try to stay fair. I don't really want power or wealth, just left alone.
  3. catfish hunter

    Essay on guns and surviving in various senarios

    I have a couple lever guns and 3 revolvers in 357. I have added 3 of those guns recently so I am trying to build up some ammo for them as I can. Going from 2 to 5 guns firing the same cartridge changes logistics considerably, trying to switch everything over to 158gr JHP loads as I can. The little S&W model 60 is resisting so far it shoots 158's decent but really shines with 125's. I like to have at least 2 ways and preferably 3 to fire any cartridge I stock in quantity. I'm building up my 12 gauge, 22LR, 9mm, 223 and 357 right now as I can. I'm comfortable with what I have but always watching for deals. I handload for the longer range big game rifles and keep at least 30 loaded rounds for each plus extra components. I keep 250 loaded for my 6mm that handles anything where I live effectively and more efficiently on both powder and cost than my magnums. I like to store what I can as components that can be made into whatever I need instead of being locked into one thing. My 264WM is my favorite big game rifle now during normal times for it's ability to reach and great penetration on quartering shots, but in SHTF scenario's I won't be deer hunting with it. I won't be concerned with giant antlers quartering hard at last light, just meat and the 6mm kills just as dead on 90% of the shot angles and ranges with less meat damage. 6mm uses almost 20gr less powder per round also. I wish I'd spent my money lots wiser when I was younger, I've only been prepping since 2009. I was into camping, hunting, fishing, horses, anything outdoors long before that so I had lots of gear and knowledge earlier but hadn't felt the need to go past that. When I did start I built the ultimate BOB first and spent lots of money because most of the high end lightweight gear crossed over into my backpack hunting also. Those early purchases were fun and I can't really say I regret them but the money could have been spent better elsewhere since I plan to bug in. Last year up until November I spent most of my budget on ammo and I'm sure glad I did now. The whole time I've been slowly accumulating food and medical so those are getting built up faster during the ammo shortage. I spend a set amount each month and evaluate where they can be best used, if I don't find a sale or good deal on something on my list toward the end of the month I just order some more beans, rice, etc. As I get more of the other gaps filled the amount of food I buy continues to increase. I live on a ranch as you might know from other posts so we have livestock for meat and land for gardening. I'm in my mid 30's now and figure I will likely see some hard times in my life with all that is going on in the world. Got married last year so my priorities have changed some, my sister having kids that I love changed them some more. My parents live real close and are getting older too. Prepping for myself was simple but as I get closer to comfortable with what I have for my wife and I I'm working on getting supplies for them too. It is a work in progress and always will be. When I get older I'll likely be in a similar position to you, My brother in law is starting to get more interested in prepping and has valuable skills from his military background and civilian EMT job. I'll be providing for my family however I can and ready to stand against anyone who tries to take what I have been building.
  4. catfish hunter

    Essay on guns and surviving in various senarios

    Yeah, I'm not really supporting the 223 or bashing the 308, just illustrating the compromise. It just depends on each persons situation and what they feel fits it best. I pick the 223 for weight if I'm forced to bug out and use handloads with premium bullets that will expand and exit. Around the BOL I have choices so I can pick the right tool for the job at hand. Hopefully none of it is ever tested. Definitely agree about switching tools for the job. My GB small forest axe gets traded for the ESEE machete each spring when the sting nettles get tall, Kifaru stove traded for the mosquito net. Each fall I switch back when the temp drops. All compromise.
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    Essay on guns and surviving in various senarios

    Can't argue with much of that. My plan for firearms in the BOB still includes my little 15oz 22 pack rifle for all the reasons you mention a 22 being great, but I will still have the bigger rifle and handgun for defense. The defensive guns will have limited ammo and having the 22 will help conserve it. If I remember right from a check I did a while back the 22LR ammo I weighed came out to 320rds/lb. Can't get to many of anything for that weight. My pack rifle and 650rds of ammo barely breaks 3lbs. For defensive use my 357 ammo runs about 32rds/lb and 223 is 40rds/lb. I didn't have a 308 to check, but a 100gr 243 loaded round weighs .7oz and a 7mm Rem Mag 160gr loaded round weighs 1.2oz, so it would be somewhere around an ounce/round or 16rds/lb. It's all a compromise. I to will be using snares and absentee fishing. There are many of those tricks around. One thing to remember is that other predators and scavengers will be after the same meat. A rabbit or squirrel snared within reach of the ground won't last long in coyote country, spring snares can be your friend. Deer can disappear overnight too in coyote country, helped recover some bow kills that were down to skeletons and scraps by morning. Even a 1200lb cow will only last a night or two if they are thick.
  6. catfish hunter

    long gun to keep in the vehicle for trips

    Thanks Snake, I'll check it out.
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    long gun to keep in the vehicle for trips

    Got the Rossi back today and ran a box of mixed ammo through it. The gunsmith found some poorly machined parts with slivers of metal still hanging off of them. Once he removed them and stoned everything the trigger is much better and the function was perfect with every ammo I tried. I was busting beer cans full of water out to 50yds offhand with a couple different brands of 158gr FMJ and JHP loads. Picked up the Marlin today also so that project can start. I am looking for places to Cerakote it and then I will get the wild west happy trigger kit and install it and the rail and ghost ring sights. 357 lever guns are a lot of fun.
  8. catfish hunter

    A Brick of 22lr ammo. What does it cost these days.

    Still haven't seen a brick of 22LR on a shelf since November here. I did buy the first ammo I've bought in a long while yesterday. It was raining pretty hard all morning so when I got to Walmart to pick up ranch supplies at 9am they still had ammo on the shelf. Probably 30 boxes of Tula 223 FMJ ammo and 2 boxes of Federal 9mm 115gr JHP. They have a 3 box limit so I got all the 9mm and one box of 223. Cabelas just had Remington UMC 100 packs of 9mm 115gr ball ammo for $29.99, ordered 5 of those just now. They will sell out real soon.
  9. catfish hunter

    long gun to keep in the vehicle for trips

    Well as I've tested further the Rossi 92 357 lever action I recently purchased has proven to be a shooter but very picky on ammo. The HSM 158gr JHP 357 load shoots great but I can't find any of it to purchase. It was the first ammo I tried and led to the good reviews I posted earlier. The more different 125gr and 158gr 357 loads I try the more finicky I find the rifle is on feeding ammo. After shooting more the 38 loads I have tried all function fine but have a much different POI than the load it is sighted in with. Other 357 loads don't feed worth a darn after trying several other brands. While the Rossi is visiting the gunsmith for a tune-up I picked up a beater gun of a Marlin 1894C in 357 reasonable. I didn't buy it to look at, so a little cosmetic damage isn't an issue for me and the bore/function is supposed to be very good. With all the quality control issues on newer Marlin's I read about an older version looked like the way to go. Anyway, here is what I am thinking about for upgrades. I purchased it cheap enough that I can afford to do a little upgrading over a little time. The gun will probably replace the Rossi as my GHG or get home gun. I plan to carry it in my vehicle unloaded and locked in a case but still available to complement my revolver if necessary. A gun like this is handy for many things around the ranch or elsewhere in a light easy handling package. I am hoping it will feed light 38's for small game or heavy 357's for more power reliably. If I end up using 2 loads I will have 3 sighting systems to accommodate that. While I like the clean lines of a traditional lever gun as much as anyone, I plan to modify this one to better fit it's intended use. 1. Check-up by the gunsmith, trigger job and remove any burrs found in action, make sure it feeds a variety of loads 2. Install XS systems scout rail and ghost ring sight system, zero iron sights for 357's 3. Install Leupold illuminated Prismatic 1x14mm scope in quick release mount on rail and zero (works w/o batteries and I already have it) 4. Accuracy testing, find a good heavy 357 and light 38 load. 5. Install small pistol laser on rail in front of Leupold scope and zero for small game load, learn hold difference between scope zero and laser POI at ranges from 10-35yds to retain effectiveness if/when batteries fail on laser. 6. If the gun passes all these tests, strip it down and send it for the metal to be Cerakoted and have the wood treated with a good sealant coat 7. Keep forever, won't ever get my money back but should be great for what it's for.
  10. catfish hunter

    BoB trial results

    They aren't cheap, but the Kifaru tarp series are hard to beat for packable shelter. I have a Paratarp but want to someday add a Megatarp that will work with the same wood stove. I have the annex and parastove (works for boiling water etc) for using my Paratarp in cold weather, and a Snugpack mosquito net for warm weather. I have used mine quite a bit and it is still working great, only thing I ever had to do was seam-seal the seam in the center.
  11. catfish hunter

    long gun to keep in the vehicle for trips

    Forgot to add to cons, the rear sight wants to move down the ramp all the time, I need it on the second step for correct elevation. It slid down on me 3 times but a drop of superglue fixed the problem.
  12. catfish hunter

    long gun to keep in the vehicle for trips

    Good read Snake. The Rossi I got sounds pretty much like his. It is the 16" carbine. I haven't got it shot enough to give it a real thorough review, but I had some HSM 158gr 357 JHP's it really likes. It feeds great and shoots 4" groups at 75yds with the fairly coarse open sights from a decent rest if I really take my time and concentrate on my sight picture and trigger squeeze. A peep and trigger job will really help I think. The 357 magnum 125gr JHP's I have quite a few of don't feed worth a darn. Not sure if the gun just needs to break in more or not, but I prefer to use 158gr loads in it anyway. Now I just need to find some more of the 158's to stock up on, or find another brand that shoots to the same POI to reasonable distances. All 38's I've tried have fed fine, but shoot to a different POI in both elevation and windage. Still within 5" at 50yds though. For Capt Bart or others who may be interested here are my pros and cons so far. Pros: -light and short, handles and points well -accurate and reliable with the right bullets -buttstock comes off with one screw for carrying inside a backpack Cons: -wish it had a finer front bead like my Winchester 94 for longer ranges -don't like the top safety but it can be replaced with a peep I think I will like -picky on ammo feeding so far, may improve with use -heavy trigger I'm nitpicking, it is great for what it is for. A trip to the gunsmith to smooth the action and trigger will improve both reliability and accuracy though so it is getting one. So is the M94 Winchester for that matter, but not at the same time!
  13. catfish hunter

    long gun to keep in the vehicle for trips

    Good reads, thanks Snake. I found a deal on another lever gun today I added to the safe. Got a Model 94 Ranger in 30-30 with 100rds of Remington 170gr bullets a guy advertised really reasonable. He had a cheap simmons 3-9x40 on it that I immediately removed. I checked the irons and they were good enough for beer cans at 40yds, so I put my little Leupold 1-4x scope on and zeroed it. 1.5" high at 50yds shows it should have me within 2.5" of line of sight out to 180yds where it starts dropping off pretty fast, down almost 6" at 200yds. Still it is plenty accurate and should be another good addition with the low power scope. I considered getting an XS systems rear peep sight and rail so I could make a scout rifle but decided I could make it plenty functional with what I had on hand instead.
  14. catfish hunter

    Handguns: Revolvers or Semi-automatics

    This is a question I have put alot of thought into. I voted long gun because I really don't ever travel without one. We always seem to take my vehicle on hunting trips or vacations because the diesel gets decent mileage and it is comfortable. I like to use it because I know what is in it for gear, I can air or plug tires, replace the serpentine belt, fix most any problem that isn't computerized plus have survival gear for if I do have to walk. I keep a Rossi Tuffy 410 shotgun broke down behind the back seat with a couple boxes of #4 shot, a box of slugs, and a box of PDX1 defense loads. My reasoning for having it is that it is cheap, light, compact, and good for survival hunting. It fits in the backpack that is also behind the seat when broke down. That gun lives in the truck full time year round. It would be better than nothing if it was the only long gun I had, or if I have someone with me I can let them use it, barter it for fuel, whatever is needed. It is handy to have in the truck anyway for when I come across a rattler or copperhead to close to the ranch headquarters. Fall and winter I always carry a scoped rifle for coyotes in the truck also when I'm in my home area and not as concerned about theft and guns don't scare people, usually my Remington 7615 pump. For roadtrips or during the summer when I'm not shooting coyotes The Rossi 92 lever action in 357 goes in the truck and the scoped gun goes out. For the scenario described the 357 lever action may not be perfect, but it's a pretty good compromise. The heavier bullets perform well from the longer rifle barrel and some are stout enough to work decent on barriers. It is short, light, and goes into action quick. It wouldn't likely draw as much attention as a tactical looking gun either if it was spotted. A tactical looking gun has drawbacks for a trip like that because some people will want to steal it while others will be irrationally scared of it, either way it draws unwanted attention. The stubby lever action sure won't eliminate that problem but may reduce it. I like that I can take out 1 screw with my multi-tool and remove the buttstock so the whole thing fits into my pack quickly. Ammo is fairly light and compact plus it is available in so many different designs I can use a light FMJ 38 load for small game or a hot 158gr load for defense/big game. For feral dogs or other wild threats the carbine has the accuracy to hit the brain at longer ranges for an instant shutdown. When in a likely small game area I can slip one light load into the chamber and still have a magazine full of hot loads backing it up. A Remington 870 with the 20" smoothbore barrel with choke tubes and rifle sights would also be a good versatile firearm for this, but is heavier and requires bulkier/heavier ammo. With the lever gun my handgun of choice would be my 3" S&W model 60 revolver. It is extremely accurate and still concealable. I could have it hidden on me while the lever gun was broke down in my pack if the situation required it. My "roadtrip bag" that I take on long trips also holds my Ruger Blackhawk convertible in 357/9mm. It sounds like quite an arsenal, but I don't travel long distances for work so when traveling I nearly always have my wife or a friend with me that is also capable with a firearm so it makes sense to have a long gun and handgun for the second person, or to be divided among more people. If I could only have a handgun with no long gun option I would probably take the wrong one. The best choice would probably be my Sig 226 with the 22LR and 40 S&W conversions. I've taken a several rabbits and squirrels with the 22 conversion and the 40 is reliable and combat accurate. What I'd actually take is the Ruger Blackhawk convertible. It's long barrel, tuned trigger, and finer sights let me shoot it accurately at double the range I can reliably hit with the Sig. It is slow to reload and hard to conceal but gives me flexibility in ammo with 38, 357, or 9mm. Especially if I had only a handgun I'd be avoiding everyone as much as possible and traveling cross country and moving at night so hopefully I'd avoid using it for anything except hunting anyway. Growing up on a ranch in pretty open country I grew up using rifles the majority of the time and I'm best with them, this influences my thinking a lot.
  15. catfish hunter

    M1A/M14 as a SHTF/TEOTWAWKI Rifle

    I went with a Vortex 2-7x diamondback scope for my AR. It has a heck of a field of view for it's power range, over 64ft at 100yds on the lowest setting if I remember right. I think a Leupold 1-4x only has around 10ft more I think. I mounted it with a Burris PEPR mount and put a small red dot sight on the rail build into the front ring. I can use it for quick and close, plus have the scope with a ballistic reticle for longer shots. The whole set-up was under $500, and the Vortex is comparable in quality to a VariX-II Leupold scope from all reviews I've read and my own experience. Vortex will increase their prices as their reputation builds just like Sightron and others have, but as of now they are a bargain. I also have a Leupold 1x14 Prismatic scope I want to install on a second AR when I get one. I picked one up with a circle plex reticle that can be illuminated but is always there in black for good lighting. I want to put it on a full length rail with flip up sights as a back-up method. It offers a small precise reticle with a larger circle for faster shooting. Still limited by magnification for distance though.