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by minengr
Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:23 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Practicality of a Post Apocalyptic Sniper?
Replies: 135
Views: 6290

Re: Practicality of a Post Apocalyptic Sniper?

Using a PAW fantasy TV show as a guide is fraught with peril. A situation that has never occurred in all of human history, could not occur in reality, comes from the imaging of cartoonists through the filter of Hollywood TV writers and producers does not serve as a good moral compass. 1. I didn't u...
by minengr
Tue Feb 03, 2015 5:21 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Practicality of a Post Apocalyptic Sniper?
Replies: 135
Views: 6290

Re: Practicality of a Post Apocalyptic Sniper?

I know I'm probably going to be sorry for posting again, but I can't help myself. To the OP. The practicality of a "sniper", or maybe role is a better word, will depend entirely upon what type of event occurs. For me, this is where words and definitions matter. Apocalyptic, by definition, means end ...
by minengr
Tue Feb 03, 2015 3:25 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Scout Rifle, or...
Replies: 52
Views: 5562

Re: Scout Rifle, or...

As stated previously, it's all about application and definition. If you're talking about Cooper's "light weight" bolt gun with a forward mounted optic, BUIS, and ability to feed with stripper clips I think the concept is over rated and dated. IMO, it does a few things ok, and sucks at others. Person...
by minengr
Fri Jan 30, 2015 2:58 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Practicality of a Post Apocalyptic Sniper?
Replies: 135
Views: 6290

Re: Practicality of a Post Apocalyptic Sniper?

Lotta good points brought up here, as well as a lot of fantasy dreams from playing too many video games and watching too many movies. The OP says he is a decent shot at distance. Being a good shot doesn't make someone a true sniper. Just like having a camo get-up and facepaint doesn't make you a tr...
by minengr
Thu Jan 29, 2015 2:35 am
Forum: Handguns
Topic: .357 Magnum or .38spl?
Replies: 43
Views: 4246

Re: .357 Magnum or .38spl?

FWIW, I have the 38 spl only version of the sp 101 and I don't feel under gunned. I went with it because I literally can't shoot a snub 357 well enough to save my life. Ok, maybe it's not that bad. I've shot a few different +p loads and I didn't find any of them unpleasant. And I'm pretty recoil sen...
by minengr
Thu Jan 29, 2015 2:03 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Practicality of a Post Apocalyptic Sniper?
Replies: 135
Views: 6290

Re: Practicality of a Post Apocalyptic Sniper?

I had a pretty long winded response typed up. After re-reading it, I decided it probably wasn't worth the effort and I could sum it up a lot quicker. IMO, no matter the situation, a guy/girl with good gear and the skills to utilize it will always be valuable. Yes, it's a "no shit" answer, but I'm tr...
by minengr
Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:44 am
Forum: Handguns
Topic: Medusa M-47 multi caliber revolver
Replies: 11
Views: 1168

Re: Medusa M-47 multi caliber revolver

For the $400+ the sell for, I'd rather buy a few thousand rounds for whatever I'm used to shooting instead of trying to learn a new gun and hope I can guess the POI for random rounds. This. A close friend is ridiculously into casting and handloading for pistols. I've seen first hand the issues he's...
by minengr
Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:41 am
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: 132 year old gun found leaning against tree
Replies: 30
Views: 2509

Re: 132 year old gun found leaning against tree

I lived in Nevada for a little while. Never found/saw anything that cool. I lived in the middle of nowhere and spent most of my time on the weekends checking out old mining sites. Based on what I saw, I have no difficulty believing that rifle could have sat there anywhere from 20-80+ years. Amongst ...
by minengr
Fri Jan 16, 2015 1:10 am
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Questions about a Winchester Model 12
Replies: 2
Views: 383

Re: Questions about a Winchester Model 12

My Mod 12 knowledge is a bit limited, but I believe you are correct. I don't think any Mod 12 left the factory with screw in chokes. I'd have to reverence some material, but I'm mostly basing that on discussions after federal law was passed requiring steel shot for waterfowl in 1990 (or there abouts...
by minengr
Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:11 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: MINI 14 FLAME WAR continued
Replies: 182
Views: 11518

Re: MINI 14 FLAME WAR continued

Sorry, but if my life is on the line, I'm pretty sure my thoughts are going to be about saving my ass, not what it will look like to a jury. A Mini-14 will do anything a AR-15 will for most home/property defense distances. It really will. And even then they aren't going to magically become Lemons o...
by minengr
Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:13 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: MINI 14 FLAME WAR continued
Replies: 182
Views: 11518

Re: MINI 14 FLAME WAR continued

I'm rather fond of Ayoob's dictum about "be aware of what it looks like to a jury", so my Mini-14 is my home-defense rifle rather than one of my ARs or my AK. Sides, it's a fun little rifle to shoot. Sorry, but if my life is on the line, I'm pretty sure my thoughts are going to be about saving my a...
by minengr
Sun Jan 11, 2015 4:58 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: MINI 14 FLAME WAR continued
Replies: 182
Views: 11518

Re: MINI 14 FLAME WAR continued

I was tempted to take a cheap shot on the subject, very tempted. I'll just say this; If I didn't already have a few AR's I'd consider giving the new ones a look. However, for me I'm too heavily invested in a different direction. For me, it's not worth the effort at this current time and location, YM...
by minengr
Mon Jan 05, 2015 1:03 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Unusual ? for here...trap scattergat recommendation
Replies: 15
Views: 883

Re: Unusual ? for here...trap scattergat recommendation

I'm pretty sure a buddy bought his step-daughter a Beretta 300 when she joined the trap team. He now has a Kreighoff and normally shoots at The Grand every year, so he knows what to look for. If you're going to drop $3k the doors defiantly open up. I have a Gamba Daytona (poor man's Perazzi) I could...
by minengr
Mon Jan 05, 2015 12:46 am
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Would you buy this rifle?
Replies: 31
Views: 3011

Re: Would you buy this rifle?

I'd pass on probable cost alone.
by minengr
Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:17 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Anyone have a Zastava M85 7.62x39 bolt gun?
Replies: 15
Views: 6123

Re: Anyone have a Zastava M85 7.62x39 bolt gun?

Without seeing it I can't be 100% certain but a couple quick google searches indicate the M85 is the same mini mauser action that has been imported by Interarms (mark x), Charles Daly, and Remington (as the 799). If that is in fact the case, I'm quite the fan of the action. I had a custom 17 Remingt...
by minengr
Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:12 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: What LER "Scout" scope?
Replies: 10
Views: 949

Re: What LER "Scout" scope?

I have a Lupy on my guide gun and a Burris on a 30-30. I like them both. The Burris is a variable with a more magnification, I'd give it the nod if longer distances were expected.
by minengr
Thu Nov 27, 2014 3:07 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: What was your first pistol?
Replies: 105
Views: 13293

Re: What was your first pistol?

My first was a S&W Mod 15 that two buddies chipped in and bought me for my 21st birthday. The first I purchased for myself was a Star PD. And I hope you still have that M15! Mine was a FIE .25 ACP that I got for a song before I was legally old enough to own a pistol. I still have it in the safe. Oh...
by minengr
Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:39 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: 500 S&W long gun
Replies: 23
Views: 2065

Re: 500 S&W long gun

by minengr
Wed Nov 19, 2014 2:03 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Watches for long-term survival off the grid
Replies: 80
Views: 11213

Re: Watches for long-term survival off the grid

I own/owned a bunch of watches. My info is probably dated, but the most rugged watch I ever had was a Swiss Army. I wore it daily while working at an underground coal mine. I beat the crap out of it and it ran like a champ. I don't know what kind of self-winders they make, but I'd put them in the ru...
by minengr
Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:32 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: On shooting bows, eye dominance, and weak muscles.
Replies: 12
Views: 869

Re: On shooting bows, eye dominance, and weak muscles.

If you're left-handed, but right eye dominant I'd learn to shoot right-handed and here's why. With weight training and practice you'll eventually be able to draw what you want. With that accomplished, your left hand (the stronger one) will be holding the bow. Theoretically, you should be able to hol...
by minengr
Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:47 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: What was your first pistol?
Replies: 105
Views: 13293

Re: What was your first pistol?

My first was a S&W Mod 15 that two buddies chipped in and bought me for my 21st birthday. The first I purchased for myself was a Star PD.
by minengr
Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:04 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Deer / varmint rifle
Replies: 9
Views: 871

Re: Deer / varmint rifle

Do I need to adjust loads when switching between a standard bullet such as the sierra and a ttsx? Or can I work up a load using the sierras and use that data for the Barnes as well? ***Disclaimer*** Reload at your own risk, but for me a 120gr bullet is a 120gr bullet regardless of manufacturer. The...
by minengr
Fri Nov 14, 2014 12:44 am
Forum: Handguns
Topic: Justifying a 9mm 1911 purchase?
Replies: 16
Views: 1503

Re: Justifying a 9mm 1911 purchase?

Chance at a SA at half price? I'd get it, although I am a 1911 fanboy. I have a commander size Kimber in 9mm (don't remember the exact model). I love it. I haven't shot it a ton, but only had an issue with it once and that involved cheap off brand ammo. As far as customizing it later, that's a whole...
by minengr
Fri Nov 14, 2014 12:19 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Deer / varmint rifle
Replies: 9
Views: 871

Re: Deer / varmint rifle

Do you reload? What distances are you planning to shoot? I don't have a 7, so I'm unsure of the mag box dimensions. The shorter box may prevent you from shooting heavier bullets, but that may (or may not) be an issue for you. If you're planning on deer hunting, I'd be looking at Barnes TSX 120's. I ...

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