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by Cavediver
Thu Apr 23, 2015 4:08 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Press therapy - reloading room *chat*
Replies: 1189
Views: 85790

Re: Press therapy - reloading room *chat*

Hollis wrote:A friend once said one of the most important reloading equipment is a Chrony.

I tend to agree to that view point. Just do not shoot the Chrony as a friend of mine did. :)
There are two types of reloaders: those who have shot their chrono ...

:lol:
by Cavediver
Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:58 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Shotgun barrels, mag capacity, and the Maverick 88.
Replies: 13
Views: 5032

Re: Shotgun barrels, mag capacity, and the Maverick 88.

Too funny. I recently went through a similar scenario; I have a Mossberg 500 with a 24" slug barrel, and wanted a longer barrel with a choke for shooting some clays. I threw out a few low ebay bids for one, and then decided I would just go get the Maverick. Damned if I didn't win a barrel for under ...
by Cavediver
Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:08 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Food Storage Discussion Thread
Replies: 312
Views: 26193

Re: Food Storage Discussion Thread

Wow, that's unreal. It almost seems fake it's so high. In our household it's me, my wife, and a 7 year old girl. I bet we spend MAYBE 300 a month on food. That's a pretty high estimate too. I don't think it's that far out of line. If you buy what you want and don't bother to shop sales or stick to ...
by Cavediver
Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:11 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Ebola All Over The Place
Replies: 1135
Views: 58416

Re: Ebola All Over The Place

More fun and games:
Ebola Scare at Pentagon After Woman Who Was Recently in Africa Vomits on Tour Bus

How long do you figure it's going to be before anyone who vomits in a public place causes a mild panic?
by Cavediver
Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:29 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Near-Death Experiments in Food
Replies: 594
Views: 86759

Frozen turkey

November 2006: Thanksgiving turkey. Yum! The leftover meat was vac-sealed with a foodsaver in 2-3 serving batches, and placed in our chest freezer. March, 2013: My wife found the last package of the aforementioned turkey in the bottom of the freezer. She thawed it out; it looked and tasted just fine...
by Cavediver
Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:32 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Treadle sewing machine: Singer 201-1?
Replies: 5
Views: 853

Re: Treadle sewing machine: Singer 201-1?

We took a look at it last night, and then decided to bring it home :D It's a 1947 treadle machine, and the seller included an add-on motor, a hand-crank attachment, and a non-matching treadle base. The machine itself is in excellent condition :D I'll have to make a replacement top for the treadle ba...
by Cavediver
Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: ILBE for short folks?
Replies: 3
Views: 665

ILBE for short folks?

At 5'7", do I stand a chance of getting an ILBE pack to fit? So far I'm not having a lot of luck with the adjustments; it seems like it's just too tall. I could cut the aluminum stays which would bring the shoulder connection points down to the proper height, but I'm concerned the pack will hang too...
by Cavediver
Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:44 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Treadle sewing machine: Singer 201-1?
Replies: 5
Views: 853

Re: Treadle sewing machine: Singer 201-1?

DJH wrote:My missus says "or you could do both, and have both working!"

She also says that's a good price on the 201-1.

I'm with her on having both - one is none and two is one, right?
Enabler.

:lol:

Can you ask if there's an advantage to the 201 over the standard line of homeowner machines?
Thanks!
by Cavediver
Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:43 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Food Storage Discussion Thread
Replies: 312
Views: 26193

Re: Food Storage Discussion Thread

Is there any point to repackaging sugar? I'm concerned that leaving it in the 4lb paper bags might be a bad idea over time due to the possiblilty of mold / moisture problems, insects, etc. Will storing those bags in sealed buckets work well enough, or should I take it a step further and rebag it in ...
by Cavediver
Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:54 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Treadle sewing machine: Singer 201-1?
Replies: 5
Views: 853

Treadle sewing machine: Singer 201-1?

Does anyone have experience with a Singer 201-1? My wife and I already have a model 27, but it doesn't work all that well. Either the timing is off or we can't get the tension set correctly. Either way, to date, it has yet to perform properly. I could take it to a pro for adjustment for around $65, ...
by Cavediver
Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:18 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Food Storage Discussion Thread
Replies: 312
Views: 26193

Re: Food Storage Discussion Thread

This seems as good a place to ask the wisdom of the forum as any. I've got a bit of money in Amazon gift cards. I'm looking to use them to take the next step in my own personal preps after watching the madness that was the grocery stores around me this past week before the winter storm. Right now I...
by Cavediver
Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:20 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Food Storage Discussion Thread
Replies: 312
Views: 26193

Re: Food Storage Discussion Thread

For those of you that grind your own grain but don't have local stores that carry wheat, WalMart has a pretty goood deal going right now: $14 per 26lb of hard white from Auguson Farms; free shipping after $45. http://www.walmart.com/msharbor/ip/22001478?adid=1500000000000012981640&veh=mweb Mods plea...
by Cavediver
Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Free Self Sufficiency E-Books
Replies: 450
Views: 67964

Re: Free Self Sufficiency E-Books

Deenie.... Calibre will convert the file as long as it is not protected.. apparently, if you can read it in Calibre, it is not protected. So, do you download the file through Kindle For PC and then read it through Calibre? H2L There are a few plugins available for Calibre that will strip the DRM in...
by Cavediver
Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:19 pm
Forum: Eats and Drinks
Topic: Cooking with TVP
Replies: 23
Views: 5240

Re: Cooking with TVP

I was hoping this thread would encourage people to try out their stored foods, so yay! I imagine a lot of people buy it, stick it on a shelf, and then don't ever play with it, so they have no idea what to do with it. It's super easy to work with, hopefully the recipes posted in here will inspire fo...
by Cavediver
Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:53 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Home machine shop
Replies: 238
Views: 24960

Re: DIY Crane

UGH! My top slide wiggle is because the clampy style thingy inside is CRACKED. Somebody tried to "fix it" by drilling a new hole in the loose end and bolting it down. However, it can bow outward just enough to let things move around. Holy shit. I don't have the gear to weld cast iron.... That's a d...
by Cavediver
Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:56 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Whole Egg Powder from Emergency Essentials.
Replies: 10
Views: 1368

Re: Whole Egg Powder from Emergency Essentials.

EDIT: I just looked up a post from another location that listed the exact day I opened the can. Turns out it was Feb 10. So, the product was good for 8 months after opening. That's great to know since most sites say to use them within a month or so. We've had good luck with powdered milk from a #10...
by Cavediver
Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:42 am
Forum: Eats and Drinks
Topic: Cabin Crackers
Replies: 54
Views: 10358

Re: Cabin Crackers

I let the rest of the dough sit overnight so that the rolled grains could absorb more of the liquid. Sunday morning I rolled out the remainder of the dough to 1/8"-1/4", lightly sprinkled them with salt, and double baked as directed. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but we wound up with something ...
by Cavediver
Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:23 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?
Replies: 6662
Views: 315871

Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Canned 10lbs of carrots (16 pints plus enough for dinner), and made my first attempt at Squirrley's Cabin Cracker recipe.
by Cavediver
Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:17 pm
Forum: Eats and Drinks
Topic: Cabin Crackers
Replies: 54
Views: 10358

Re:

Thread Hijack. So I made some hard tack today, and I found out that my recipe book had a slightly different recipe than the one I posted before. 2 1/2 C old fashioned or quick oats 3 1/4 C unbleached flour 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/2 cups buttermilk 3 tablespoons honey 1/2 cup...
by Cavediver
Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:20 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Storing\Cooking Beans\Rice\ETC with little fuel or how much
Replies: 24
Views: 2907

Re: Storing\Cooking Beans\Rice\ETC with little fuel or how m

I am thinking 1-2 buckets of oatmeal (rolled oats? whats the diff?) Rolled oats are just flattened oat groats, plus they're usually steamed (lightly) at the same time to reduce overall cooking time. Instant oatmeal contains oats that are fully cooked and then dehydrated. Non-instant oatmeal lands s...
by Cavediver
Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:31 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Water Storage Question
Replies: 22
Views: 3906

Re: Water Storage Question

I'm tempted to get a pair of 30 gallon ones with a pump when I get my own place, but I'm wondering how you actually go about cleaning things like this? Do you just get a garden hose and some soap or what? I'd think it'd be hard to get anything to scrub with through the bung, or can the lids be remo...
by Cavediver
Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Natural gas generator good in an extended blackout?
Replies: 29
Views: 3647

Re: Natural gas generator good in an extended blackout?

I've heard of folks around here actually having an NG well drilled on their property. Unfortunately it was secondhand info and I have yet to research the cost or whether it's even true. I thought there was some refinement in the processing that would be impractical for a single-family source so it ...
by Cavediver
Sun Sep 23, 2012 6:04 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: ZS Gasoline Watch--North America (post current prices here)
Replies: 1343
Views: 67438

Re: ZS Gasoline Watch--North America (post current prices he

Prices are slowly dropping N.E. of Atlanta. $3.59 is the current low, but many stations in the busy areas are at $3.65.
by Cavediver
Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:18 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: New to reloading ammunition
Replies: 24
Views: 1955

Re: New to reloading ammunition

I'mWhat are the differences between these models? I know that the SD doesn't handle rifle calibers but other than that I am flying somewhat blind. I was hoping the collective expertise of ZS could shed some light on this. I've got an SDB and like it a lot. I bought it used on ebay before things wen...

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