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  1. PugslyCat

    Reloaders: Your thoughts on automatic scale/powder dispenser/trickler

    I'm thinking about getting one of those plug in combination units that dispenses powder onto a scale and trickles it to the exact charge that you want. Are any other B&B reloaders using these? What are your thoughts? Here's what's motivating me: Rhythm - I normally weigh 1 in every 5-10...
  2. PugslyCat

    Home Canning - 2014 Edition

    Well I got started with the summer canning this past weekend. It wasn't much, just 5 pints of green beans, but it was a nice warm up for what is to come. It wasn't like I had all that many beans, but they were just getting ahead of us. Later this week I'll be doing some pickles and something...
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    Looking to purchase a NOT CCW .380 pistol need some options.

    In the course of collecting 9mm range brass for reloading I have managed to pick up a certain amount of .380 brass as well. Factory ammo in this caliber is expensive and currently scarce, but I figure reloaded ammo would make for some fairly inexpensive plinking rounds. To that end I am looking...
  4. PugslyCat

    Dutch (Camp) Oven - What recipe to christen it with?

    This past weekend I bought something I've wanted for a while, a Dutch oven, or camp oven if you prefer. It's one of those cast iron jobs with three legs and a flat, rimmed lid so you can stack coals above and below it to cook what lies within. IT also has a handle suitable for hanging it above a...
  5. PugslyCat

    Made a hash of things.

    Right after St. Patrick's Day I picked up a couple of corned beef briskets and threw them in the freezer. Sunday I got one out and had a go at it. I threw it in the slow cooker just barely covered with water and set it on high for about three hours. At that point i tossed in a bag of cole slaw...
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    Post Mardis Gras Restraint Until Easter

    Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we diet!! That truly was the original spirit of Mardis Gras. That's because the dominant religion in the culture that brought us Mardis Gras (Fat Tuesday) imposed dietary restrictions on Wednesday which would be lifted on Easter Sunday. People of that...
  7. PugslyCat

    .22LR Ammunition Prices - When do you walk away?

    Without any speculation on current or past market forces, at what price point do you see a box of .22LR ammo on the shelf or available online and pass on it? Last week I went to a popular online ammunition finding tool and found hundred packs for $0.12/round. After the $5.99 shipping fee was...
  8. PugslyCat

    Thanksgiving Recipes

    For decades, Thanksgiving dinner in my family has meant dried out turkey served with mashed potatoes from a box, canned cranberry jelly, canned yams baked with marshmallows on top, green bean casserole from the recipe on the soup can and a Mrs. Smith's pumpkin pie for dessert. For reasons which...
  9. PugslyCat

    Interest in Pass Around box - US Middle West Only

    I am thinking of creating a pass around box or maybe a couple of them and wanted to check for any interest in a limited geographic area. This box would be limited to participants in the state of Iowa or one of the bordering states. That would be Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota...
  10. PugslyCat

    Need Advice on Casting Bullets

    I am considering a minimal setup for casting some of my own pistol bullets to supplement what I can buy when the market does its roller coaster thing. The goal isn't to save any money over buying foundry cast bullets, just to make sure I have a steady supply of similar bullets the next time the...
  11. PugslyCat

    Seeking suggestions for a first (real) rifle

    I am thinking of buying a rifle. This will be my first rifle other than a couple of .22LR's and Hi-Point carbine in .45 ACP. That's why I consider this to be my first real rifle purchase. I am looking for advice mostly on which caliber to choose as I really can't count on finding a specific make...
  12. PugslyCat

    Not all .22LR created equal.

    I want to walk back what I said in one thread about any .22LR ammo will work. There are some oddities like powderless cartridges and shotshell cartridges that everyody needs to be aware of, especially since in these desperate times (for ammo shoppers anyway) there might be a tendency to grab...
  13. PugslyCat

    Mechanic won't let me have my car back

    Seven weeks ago I took my car to a local mechanic for a new intake manifold. After six weeks he finally got the replacement manifold on, but he isn't satisfied with the way it runs. It overheats now, which it wasn't doing when it went into his shop. At this point I want to get my car back from...
  14. PugslyCat

    Need a first smoker project

    My new smoker arrived at the house today. It's a little charcoal fueled Brinkmann smoker tht I got as a service anniversary gift from work. I have never used a smoker before and my father has only used his electric smoker for an annual smoked fish binge. What are your suggestions for a first...
  15. PugslyCat

    Witnessed wrong way on the freeway - What to do?

    Early Saturday morning, just after midnight actually, I was driving southbound on I-29 just north of Council Bluffs, IA and noticed something wrong in the northbound lane. It was a set of tail lights. I made a quick cell phone call to 911 and reported the problem, they thanked me and hung up. I...
  16. PugslyCat

    Home Canning Gone Wrong

    Last night I tried to do some home canning. I made about 10 pints of split pea soup, filled 9 pint jars and refrigerated what was left. When I processed the jars the canner wouldn't hold pressure. I guess after 40 years it's time to replace the gasket even though it seems pliable and I see no...
  17. PugslyCat

    Tear Drop Camping Trailer

    Does anybody have experience camping in one of the tiny teardrop camping trailers? How about building one? I ask because I have an old flat bed trailer we used to haul snowmobiles on. I am thinking about building a teardrop trailer body that would bolt to that not unlike a container on a...
  18. PugslyCat

    Why no .22LR in stores?

    I understand the panic buying that is going on. I know ammunition has been in short supply for a year and we've had a crisis since December. What I can't understand is that I can generally find at least limited quantities of anything I want EXCEPT .22LR. For my other pistols and rifles I might...
  19. PugslyCat

    Target body wash - Is it really like Old Spice body wash?

    The other day I was in Target and noticed their store brand body wash. It said to compare to Old Spice body wash. Has anybody tried them both and done the comparison? Normally I use Mama Bear Aged Spice bath bars when I want something OS-like, but the last time I went to order it they were out...
  20. PugslyCat

    New to Reloading On a Budget

    Back at Thanksgiving I bought the Classic Lee Loader kits (aka Whack-A-Mole) in .38 special and .45 ACP. These kits seemed like an economical way to get started in reloading. To do it again I would have only bought one or the other, gone through the process, and evaluated whether to get the...
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