Liked your post in the car-living thread. I’ve thought about starting a thread about all the things that can be done with a tobacco tin but haven’t done it yet.
Additionally, the reference to locomotives. My first 18 years included RR tracks (N&W) far back behind our fields so I generally knew when the trains would pass through and I used the tracks as paths to other places. There was a large curve before the trains could go over the river and into town so they had to slow down. Braver kids could run alongside and grab a ladder and swing up, or so I have been told.
I grew up hunting, fishing, and trapping, back when furs paid a great deal. Eventually, it might be illegal to admit it. Some people, upon seeing a barn full of hanging fur on boards, might go berserk. I added a second full-sized freezer a few years back and I have tried to keep it full. As space becomes available the missus tends to fill it with bread. At one time, it contained bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, frog legs, several saltwater delights, venison, squirrel, pheasant, rabbit, and dove. In 2017 I was unable to go as much but added two doe (compound bow) and 2 dozen squirrels. For 2018, fishing will be more than a hobby.
More and more the areas where I grew up hunting are being overtaken by expansive subdivisions or privately purchased for paying members hunting clubs. Here, it is much the same but I have a friend that allows me to use his property. Even there, he is starting to develop the property. Still, as the land is increasingly developed the wildlife must adjust as well so it becomes standard where I live to see them in your yard. The bow, and smaller, quieter, calibers will become more important.
I could write for hours about the merits of introducing our youth to firearms. Like hunting and fishing, it is a responsibility of those that do to ensure the interest and skills get passed on… and your freeze-dried meals and pantry will only take you so far if the stores all are closed. (This is not to say that I do not also enjoy the 4 for $4 special now being offered at Wendy’s.) It surprises me to see so little about hunting/fishing here. Realizing it is not specifically a hunting/fishing forum ̶ I get it ̶ the focus tends to be on shorter term goals, when SHTF rather than after the shat has hit the fan and life goes on. (Notice how rats play into the diet of those experiencing severe hardship in most true-life stories.)
For your REM870, I’d recommend the same as most people. Download the manual and break it down until you find the discrepancy. It might be as simple as using a file or some small piece that you can order and replace yourself. Remington 870 Owner’s Manual
Good luck. Keep us posted.