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The existing 'How has your week been' thread has been running along for over three years so I thought it might be time to start a fresh one.

This week I disassembled my H&R .45 Colt 'Buffalo Classic Carbine' further than normally done, to confirm which receiver frame they'd used in making it. I've been halfway debating on having it reamed out to .454 Casull, as there are several gunsmiths that used to advertise the conversion, but I wanted to personally check on the strength of the receiver before looking too seriously into it.

There were two frames that H&R used when making that size gun, the SB1 and SB2. The SB1 isn't hardened and is only good for low-pressure stuff like shotguns, some handgun calibers, etc. The SB2 receiver is hardened and was used in calibers up to .270, so it would be fine for a .454 Casull conversion. Haven't decided whether I'll do it or not; a small gun like that with its steel buttplate in 454 Casull would be punishing on both ends, but it's good to know that it can take it if I ever decide to.

Non-gun stuff, I worked some more on a new storage room inside a storage room. I closed it in last weekend and hung the door a few days ago, and yesterday finished the door hardware and reinforcing. Reassembled a 4" two-sided gondola shelving section that had to be moved for enclosing the new room, regaining the temporarily lost shelf space. Then inventoried the remaining gondola shelving to try and mentally lay out the room's storage setup. We bought a bunch of retail shelving when a store nearby closed up a few years ago, and it's been phenomenally handy.

Have everything done in the new room (including lights) except shelves and electrical outlets; may finish the electrical work this afternoon. Or if the weather's nice, may be a bum and just smoke a cigar on the porch & listen to the city people trying to shoot deer instead. I don't even deer hunt anymore; too many people who haven't touched a gun all year showing up with their new uber-magnum rifles, blasting away with their yuppie howitzers at deer smaller than they are. I don't go into the woods or even our fields & pasture during deer season if I can avoid it. If I can't avoid it, I make sure to be extra noisy and wear an orange vest over III+ body armor... :)
 

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Got gifted another not-quite-full bucket of wheelweights from a tire shop today; this one just 103 lbs, where a full bucket will run usually 120-125 lbs. That means around 74-75 lbs of usable lead when sorted through & smelted into ingots, or around 4,100 or so 9mm or 38spl bullets.

Reloading is gloriously inexpensive when all you have to buy is primers & powder.
 

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Gave back some of the lead to a couple guys at the tire shop. One of them reloads but doesn't cast so I gave him around 750 each 9mm and 38 bullets, and gave another guy ~20 lbs of muffin-pan ingots for use in fishing sinkers & other misc stuff. It's amazing how grateful people can be for something we can take for granted - the guy who got the bullets acted like he'd gotten a winning lottery ticket or something.

Same thing when I donated a pair of too-small boots to a men's rehab place earlier this week. It seemed to mean a lot more to them than it would have to me. I guess I'm spoiled (like most Americans nowadays), but that served as a good reminder.
 

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...recent heavy snowfall
I do not miss that part of living up north at all. We get snow once or twice a year down here, occasionally ice instead sometimes, but it's generally gone the next day; two at the most. Nothing like the months at a time we had to deal with up in Michigan.
 

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No gun stuff for me this weekend. My DIL recently got her master’s degree and some kind of certification(s) that I’m not familiar with, and starts a new job as a counsellor for the army next week, so I took off work yesterday and my other son and I helped them move from Arkansas to Ft Leonard Wood. Left home 4:30 yesterday morning and got back 3:00 this morning, but got everything moved to their house off base. Today, helping a family member (who’s a well driller) clean out my 81-yr-old mother in law’s water well.

Would like to start learning some christmas songs on the musical targets, but real life constantly intrudes. :unhappy:
 

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Laid off cranking the press handle and turned back to making some rifle slings to sell.
Lordy I hate eBay's layouts for selling stuff. Gonna have to do three listings for basically the same product because there's no drop downs I can set up for color choices.

Well at least Sasquatch Sling Company will get a start soon I hope.
I’ve never sold anything on ebay, but have been thinking about doing so lately, to get rid of some things that I rarely use anymore. Nearly 35 years of marriage, and especially the last dozen years or so of being paid in trade by a customer who owns a watch shop, I’m thinking about paring down other stuff the same way I’ve done lately with guns. The money would obviously be nice, but just reducing clutter & baggage would be nice as well.
 

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Got out the small rocket stove yesterday and ran it for a half hour or so strictly because winter’s coming. It’s a small commercially made one (Bruntmor iirc) and runs okay, but now with my welder son back in the area, I’m thinking about asking him to extend the chimney a little. I think just 6-8 inches extra height on the riser should probably make a substantial difference in its draw and maybe get rid of the small amount of smoke it doesn’t already eliminate.

Got the propane tanks squared away as well; all are full except one that I used for an hour or two at our shop wednesday, cooking for our people. Just small stuff, making sure things are winter-ready, as the almanac indicates this may be a strange one weather-wise. Already cranked up & test-ran the generator a few weeks ago.
 

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Shifting into a slightly higher gear (which I didn't think I had) on getting things squared away in the event we manage to actually sell the business. Got a verbal notice of intent from one of the prospective buyers yesterday, and looks like it might actually be happening in the near future; so today introduced our broker to our lawyer for handling all of that lovely process.

Just a lot of inevitable loose ends to tie down and rats to stomp before everything can be finalized; a lot of overlap between our personal life and business that have to be segregated first. It's a hassle and pain, but well worth it in the long run.
 

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Similar here. It's the biggest transaction I've been involved in; it’s not like I do stuff this big on a regular basis. That’s why we’re using the lawyer to interface with the broker; I have fairly limited personal experience with attorneys, but I’m a firm believer that a good attorney, a good accountant, and even a good real estate agent will save me more money than they cost, and you’re better off with one than without them.

The overlap I mentioned is just a byproduct (maybe an inevitable byproduct) of business and busy-ness of normal life. When we sold our house ~3 years ago, our new house wasn’t ready, so we put a lot of personal stuff in storage in our business’ building; and a lot of it is still there. One of the business service vehicles is in my name instead of the company’s and will have to be changed, because we're selling the vehicles with the business. In a weird case of karma or serendipity or whatever, this month is actually the last mortgage payment on our building, so we’ll have that real estate transaction (seller’s quit-claim and other deed stuff) to deal with as well. But then, we’re not selling the building itself with the business; I’ve told the buyer that he can have up to 6 months free rent if he wants, but he doesn’t know yet if he wants to move into our facility or not. If not, we’ll end up either selling or renting the building. It’s crazy enough even with a broker and attorney on our side; without them it would be like trying to juggle spaghetti.

Bear in mind, we don't have a contract or anything yet, just a verbal declaration of intent; and it may turn into absolutely nothing at all. All I can do is find the best professionals to help that I can, and then lean into the harness & pull…


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Getting things lined out for winter; because regardless of who's in the white house two months from now, or whether rioters burn cities again, or whether half the world dies of covid, or whether we face a gun ban, or whatever happens with china or korea, "winter is coming" as they say... ;)

Test-ran the small generator and cleaned & ran the small rocket stove several weeks ago, hadn't run the tractor in over a month so cranked it up for a while on saturday, and topped off the fuel cans. My wife can't handle the five-gallon cans anymore, so I keep a small can full for her just in case she gets a wild hair and wants to do something. I don't keep much diesel on hand, as the tractor and fire-starting are the only things we use it for.



On the side of the small generator is a laminated set of instructions for cranking up and shutting down the generator; in case I'm not there and she or someone else has to do it. Per the wife's request (mainly because of winter coming on), also broke down and ordered a replacement seat for the old ripped-up one on the four-wheeler as well.

Need to replace the bigger generator. The one we had wasn't a honda and I traded it off to a guy who did a bunch of work on our 17 year old (honda) four-wheeler. At this point in life I'm done with any small-engine stuff that isn't honda. It's just not worth the hassle anymore. But until I find a deal on a replacement, this small one will pretty much (barely) do all we need in a short-term emergency.
 

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After searching pretty much every place within 50-60 miles of me (online & phone call inquiries), settled on a new generator; Honda's EM4000SX, and picked it up yesterday. Was hoping to get the 5000, but none in stock anywhere nearby or online that I could find, and the 4000 will actually do anything we need it for.
 

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We have a "three-point rule" here in my part of Arkansas. A buck is legal if it has three points on either side, or if it has NO points more than two inches on either side (button buck). So a five-pointer is legal, most four-pointers are illegal (although a four-pointer can be legal if it's a weird distribution of points), a button-buck is legal, a spike is (usually) illegal, and (in most areas) a doe is legal.

Basically, we can shoot big bucks, small bucks, and doe even in most places, but the medium-small bucks and even some of the medium-large bucks are illegal to shoot.

I don't even deer hunt anymore, but the three-point rule is why I gave up trying to use a handgun for it. Without a magnified optic I can't tell whether a deer is legal or not; at least can't tell quick enough to do much about it. Now instead of shooting them I just wave to them while smoking a cigar on the porch.
 

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Got the new generator wired up to the transfer switch & test-ran it today. Still want to improve it some; mainly flexible exhaust venting so it can be run inside a storage room next to the storm cellar (not the storm cellar itself) and tidying up the feed line to the transfer switch, but it’s at least functional and has the feed line cleanly thru the penetration in the concrete wall so all doors can be closed & secured while running on gen power. The feed line was a little tricky since it’s a 10-gauge I made up with normal L14-30 connectors. Because of the generator’s limited output rating, it has an L14-20 outlet instead. Not having a local source for an adapter and not wanting to wait to finish, I swapped to an L14-20 male plug on the generator end, leaving the 14-30 female end on the breaker box end. Works fine, and is the only option I had that let me finish today.

The transfer switch is manual, not automatic, but I prefer the simplicity of the manual. I was surprised that it swaps between utility power & generator power responsively enough that the security and cctv systems don’t even beep a momentary power-loss condition.

Generator’s not big enough to run everything all at once, but plenty for lights, heater in the winter or filtered intake fan in the summer, radio or tv & dvd player, and other things that run intermittently. Microwave, fridge, coffee pot, hot plate, etc. One more winter-oriented thing crossed off the list.
 

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Nothing exciting here because of covid lockdowns, so I let my credit card go tip toe through the Brownells catalog and ordered some stuff for reloading and the M1 Carbine.
Envy you that. This time of year, a local gunshop owes us money and we generally work a trade. This year it was one of three guns I hoped to come out with. A takedown ruger carbine in either 9mm or 22lr, or a short 18 inch or so 1873 in 45 colt. My only 45 caliber levergun is a full size 454 with a recoil pad and a shorter, lighter one would be fun. But no luck; he checked four different distributors and takedown 10-22’s, PC carbines, or 45lc leverguns at all anywhere.

Never had this problem before, but it’s par for the course for 2020 I guess. Normally I’d just wait and carry the debt on the books, but with the possibility of selling the business in the next few months I’d rather put it to bed & be done with it. I figure to give it a few weeks or so & then if necessary come up with an alternate choice.
 

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Wasn't supposed to happen until tomorrow, but the people we bought our building from were in town today, so today we wrote & handed them the last mortgage check on the building. They say they'll file the release deed at the courthouse this afternoon & bring us a copy tomorrow. :dancer01:

Substantial milestone for us, and if the business buyer does want to use our building temporarily, we've told him he can do so rent-free for up to six months. Having it paid for will definitely help with that.
 

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Got a copy of the notarized release deed on the building and it has the circuit clerk's stamp on it (meaning it's been filed at the courthouse), so that's finally done & behind us.

Picked up a short ~8" or so section of 4" square tube to extend the rocket stove's chimney a little. Need to fix up a flange to mate the new section to the existing chimney and then I suspect the added draft will make the rocket stove substantially more efficient. Actually getting a little snow again today; two snows this close together is unusual for us in a given year. Two snows this close together before winter even begins is enough to make a person worry. Winter is coming...
 

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John in AR, I compete with a 19" Uberti M73 round barreled Carbine in .45 Colt, if you can find one snap it up fast. Highly recommended. I have noticed this year, that at the end of the month, I'm finding money left in my checking account, which is probably because we did no travelling at all this year, so I really don't want my credit card getting rusty.......
Envy you that. This time of year, a local gunshop owes us money and we generally work a trade. This year it was one of three guns I hoped to come out with. A takedown ruger carbine in either 9mm or 22lr, or a short 18 inch or so 1873 in 45 colt. My only 45 caliber levergun is a full size 454 with a recoil pad and a shorter, lighter one would be fun. But no luck; he checked four different distributors and takedown 10-22’s, PC carbines, or 45lc leverguns at all anywhere.

Never had this problem before, but it’s par for the course for 2020 I guess. Normally I’d just wait and carry the debt on the books, but with the possibility of selling the business in the next few months I’d rather put it to bed & be done with it. I figure to give it a few weeks or so & then if necessary come up with an alternate choice.
Heard from the gunshop owner yesterday. One of his distributors had two models come into stock, and I had him order me one of them. It's a Uberti 342440, an 18” 1873 in 45Colt. He says it will be January before it gets here, but that’s not a surprise the way shipping times are nowadays and I have plenty of more important things to keep me busy anyway. I’d rather have a lighter barrel profile (this one has a half-round / half-octagon barrel), but at 18” it shouldn’t be a major thing regardless. It’s a pretty gun, but the best part is that it’s in a caliber that I not only reload, but also cast my own bullets for, so primers & powder are the only shooting cost involved.

Garand – have you had any work or modifications done on yours? I keep reading about short-throw conversions, which sounds like it might be neat to have.

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