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May 12, 2008

My Range Bag

By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily

Thanks to the blogger who suggested this.

Here's what goes into my range bag.

Three pair of headphones, one with sound in them. (Why three? For people I teach, and for the occasional pitiful bastard who shows up on the line with a pair of cotton balls.)

Screwdrivers. Standard blade, Torx, Allen wrenches, and one great big screwdriver for Leupold windage screws.

Belding & Mull takedown steel cleaning rod for knocking out stuck shells.

Leatherman Wave.

Two pairs of molded ear plugs. (Used in combination with the headphones when I shoot muzzle brakes.)

Weatherproof notebook for recording chronograph readings.

Chronograph aiming cards and sunscreens.

Scoring gauges for .22 rimfire matches (sometimes I get to do this.)

Ball-less whistle. (For range officering.)

Stopwatch. (Same.)

A roll of heavy, black stick-on aiming squares. For when my geezer eyes need some help.

Three pairs of shooting glasses. One for me, two as loaners. If you have a spare pair of eyes, you can skip these.

Bug repellent. The little bastards love me.

Two Fisher Space Pens. One small Sharpie. One great big Sharpie. One big fat Magic Marker. Writing is better than trying to remember.

100 rounds of Winchester .22 LR High Velocity for practicing with my .22 rifle.

100 rounds of CCI .22 LR Pistol Match, for practicing with my S&W Model 41. Having the ammo on hand encourages me to practice. I need it.

The weight of all this would bring a mule to its knees, but what the hell, shooting is about having lots of stuff, so why not?

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

"Ball-less whistle." Wouldn't that be a "female whistle"?Fisher Space Pens are the best ball-point pens on the market, bar none. I carry at least one at all times.

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from Thomas wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Clay,It has been a while since I have shot at reactive targets. When I used to help coach a junior small bore rifle team the last practice of the season was fun night. The other coaches and I would come up with fun targets to shoot at. We used moth balls, life savers, necco wafers, assorted hard candy, playing cards turned sideways, and bowling pins. Yeah I know bowling pins are easy to see but hard to knock over with a .22 Cal pistol. (in the hands of younger kids) They would use Remington 513 Match Masters and Anshutz/Savage Model 10's. We also had a left handed youth Anshutz Model 64. We would allow the younger shooters use the prone position but the older ones they had their choice of either off hand or off hand. It evened the playing fields a bit.Tom the Troll

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from Clay Cooepr wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Thomas, you’re thinking in the box Sir!Now a briquette at 100 yards can be fun with open sites?Now you’re catching on their Son!

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from Jim in Mo. wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Dave,Hate to sound naive here but whats the difference with the ball-less whistle and why?

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from Jim in Mo. wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Del, ClayWe used to take it one step further just to prove how fast we were. We'd set a firecracker next to the match and when the richocet lit the match and the match lit the fuse we had to race down range and replace the burnt match before the echo of the firecracker died down.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Thomas,Clay forgot to say you must richocet your bullet before you hit the charcoal briquet. Heck, anyone can just aim at them straight on an hit 'em. We use to use richocets to strike wood matches before the eyes started to fail. You can do it with a modern gun but a flintlock longrifle like Natty Bumppo used makes it more interestin'. Kinda frustratin' when that big ball takes the head off the match instead of just lightin' it.

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from Thomas wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Clay Cooper,I was reading your post about the Charcoal briquettes and shooting at paper. Briquettes are nice for fun shooting but they don't offer any challenge. What I mean is when you are used to trying to hit a pin dot on a international target with a .22 at 50 yards. When I was younger I shot 4 position small bore rifle competitions. We used the NRA 50 foot and International targets. The international targets used a pin dot as the 10 ring. Now a briquette at 100 yards can be fun with open sites.Tom the Troll

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from Thomas wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Marie,Not really, every one has their favorite equipment and when you find something that works better for you what you had gets relegated to the bag or box. I usually have two pair of ear muffs with me when I shoot and close to 1 or 2 thousand rounds of .22 with me in all different manufactures and weights and shapes. When I go to the outdoor range I usually take most of what I got with me and make a afternoon of it. Two or three .22 rifles, a SKS with a carton of ammo, several pistols and ammo for them. The rifles and pistols usually get passed around I try one of theirs and they try one of mine. I like something on their rifle and they like something on mine. Or oh I have never seen one of those before.Most of the time the shooting community is pretty usually friendly. Sure there are the few exceptions when you run in to a total jerk.Tom the Troll

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from Marie wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Sounds like a bag that only someone who is in it many many years would build especially the carrying things for others part

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from Thomas wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Dave,If you ever come back and read this. I have spent my fair share of time behind the scoring table using the plug. I can't tell you how many times I have had to make the decision on whether to call it in of out. I started shooting 4 position small bore rifle when I was 13, when I turned 18 I got my NRA assistant Rifle instructor certification, at 21 I got the full Certification and helped to coach till they closed down our range due to a guy getting lead poisoning. (no he did not shoot him self.) (he was over using the range and probably not using the exhaust fans.) But anyway our team would host a match twice a season and we would have to score all the targets.Tom the Troll

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from Brian T wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Range Bag? I use the back of my old Chev Caprice station wagon. Flats of ammo, 5 gal buckets of useful tools and stuff and gun cases. Hindsight has shown me that helping other, inadequately prepared shooters is kind of fun.

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from MidnightBanjo wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Dang! I thought I was the only one that hauled around a truckload of stuff! Aside from the guns (usually 3 rifles and a pistol) and ammo, I take targets(paper and the spinner), tape and tacks, sharpie, binoculars, spotting scope, hearing and eye protection(of course), sand bags, cleaning kit, leatherman and flashlight on my belt, pocket knife, cell phone, band aids(just in case), bottled water, and last but not least, my wife(she loves to shoot the .223!). When the kids go, I add snacks, batteries for their MP3 players, and a folding chair. I got a new target for the next time out - it's a picture of HRC HA HA! Years ago, it was one of the I-a-toll-a!

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from Philip Brown wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Sounds like a standard issue "range bag".I do not carry ammo in mine - that's a big NO-NO in California South - but I carry several calibres in "bore snakes" and a collimator, plus a copy of local legislation, to balance that. My doctor says I need exercise and the range bag is like a short weights session especially balanced by five rifles.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Trae B.-Yea the .22 and buffalo act was funny..but we talk about rifle calibers getting the job done on game and when you see animals in there natural habitat, and not behind a zoo fence, it helps put NATURE in perspective!The hunting guide's caliber of choice was the .338 Win mag;can't go wrong with a proven winner!

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from Trae B. wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Ralph the Rifleman: yea ive watched the alaska experiance and thought it was funny as hell when this lady said "Oh look a buffalo quick get the 22.". Although this makes me think that every school shouls have an outdoor ed class so people will have a bit of common sense. I mean a piece of lead smaller than your pinkie nail. They should have figured that one out.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

By the way David PetzalDon’t care what they say about you, if I was still in Alaska I’d take you out on one of my hunts in a heartbeat!

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from SilverArrow wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Wow do we digress!Country music isn't so much any more. CDB and JR still play it, I guess the Oaks are still around some. Past that it is all sap.Only things I add to my range bag are a bottle of bubbles to judge wind and a pair of binoculars. I take out one pair each of earmuffs and shooting glasses. Of course if we have a crew going then there is one pair of muffs and one pair of glasses apeice plus one extra. My Leatherman is the Original and rides on my belt in a combo sheath with a small flashlight.SA

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from Peter wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Hey clay. there is a country song with your idea. The artist is Rascal Flatts. and the song is.."When you play a country song backwards" its hillarious.

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from Peter wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Wait Anna Nicole Smith killed that guy....DAVE DON'T DO IT MAN!!!WE NEED YA. WHERE WOULD THIS BLOG BE WITH OUT YOU!!!

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from Peter wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Got to disagree with yall...love country..always will. don't like all the artists out there... but I still love it. I play Guitar and banjo..so I sort of have to.Hey dave...certainly a celebrity such as your self could pull little ol Elisha. common crazier things have happened. Look at Anna Nicole Smith and that one old guy she married (not that your old)And what if he was a billionare...is money really important.lol

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from Robert wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

I disagree about That Alaska show .Episode I seen the guy was using an expensive borrowed gun as A walking stick and the other 3 stooges with the .22 were random shooting at A buffalo. Ps i seldom use A range bag my 600 yard is my back yard ,life is good.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Dave PetzalThe only way I will play country music is backwards, were your dog comes home, your truck by some act of God renews itself starts running and your wife/girl friend comes home! Other than Yakov, it’s on my way to Springfield Mo Bass Pro Shop, THE CANDY STORE!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

I think Mr. Yakov has been drinking too much Smirnoff and yacking off waaaay too much.They say both will make you go blind....

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from Dave Petzal wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

To Clay Cooper: I would not go to see Yakov Smirnov if he were appearing in Irkutsk or Petrapavlovsk.Branson is for what passes as country music these days, and I lost interest in country music in 1971 after Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan's "The Legendary Chicken Fairy" went off the charts. There just didn't seem to be any point after that.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Hey,If you want to see a great show, go to Branson Mo. and see the Yakov Smirnoff show!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

The weight of all this would bring a mule to its knees?O’Brother, with a shooters equipment list like this, I wonder what all he takes in the field? WOW!I tell ya’David, how in the hell do you move around on the firing line with all that crap! I noticed you didn’t have a spotting scope or binoculars on your list. You wouldn’t be firing on a 1000 inch range are you??No wonder you have only enough room for 22 ammo only!By the way David, if I didn’t pick on you, you would think I‘m mad at you!Equal opportunity harassment!Your turn David !!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Ralph the RiflemanWatched it a few times Ralph. One thing I learned living in Alaska, either you loved it or you hated it! Did you know, the longer you live in sub degree places like Alaska, the greater chance of you become vulnerable to frostbite. As a person adapts to the extreme climates, it makes you more prone to environmental related accidents from hyperthermia to heat stroke. One of the deadliest and overlooked conditions in Arctic Conditions is dehydration. Heat triggers your thirst and cold doesn’t.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Off the subject here, but have any of you seen the new reality show the "Alaska Experience"?Basically, a group of city types live in Alaska under survival conditions far removed from city conviences.Many have never shot a rifle before let alone field dress a rabbit, and now their survival depends on it! I think this show gives hunting a much needed positive image in today's world of fast food mentality.I recommend you all check this program out on the Discovery channel for further info.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Yep! By’ Golly!When I was growing up, didn’t have all that fancy stuff of David’s! Instead of making holes in paper targets with rimfire, charcoal briquettes work fantastic with both rimfire and centerfire! Toss them as far as you can and rock and roll baby! Shooting small rocks out in the desert at different ranges 100 to 1000+ are great too and just think of all that gravel I made out their!There is a difference of growing up shooting 22LR on the range and those raised totally on High Power in the field! O’Ya BABY!Ishawooa, after thinking about it, you a right Sir!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Sounds like Dave is giving the Snap-On Tool Truck some competition!

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from Dave Petzal wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

To Del in KS: There is nothing humble about my opinion. That said, I tried Ultra Bore Coat in a .25/06 Savage Tactical Rifle made in the late 90s. It's a button-rifled barrel, and very rough (but a shooter). I applied it a total of four times, and while the powder fouling came out easier, I could see no difference in the amount of copper fouling, or the way it cleaned out. Bill and Doug say there must be a point beyond which it's not effective.However, Charlie Sisk has used it on custom barrels and has had good results, as, I believe has John Barsness. I'd go ahead and use it, and let me know how it works out.

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from semp wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Easy Bubba,I figure to use da Rosie pic to pattern some of those 120 mm cannister rounds the M1 A1 carries in its ammo locker. It's one of my 'Make a Wish' things.semp

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from Scott wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

We should all thank Dave for the picture and reference to Elisha. It's done more for my accuracy than anything to date!!

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from Bubba wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

"...a few life size pics of Rosie O topless and in thong panties..."One thing about it, hang that pic and the range would be yours! That is if you could refrain from heaving every time you looked down range!Thing two: if you can shoot well with "that" hanging around, I'd say you were either brain dead or ready for ANY situation!Bubba

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from Dave Petzal wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

To Tom the Troll: Push-in plugs is all I ever use.

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Dave,What you need is a rolling tool caddy. Basically a square milk crate with wheels and a handle. They line it with a canvas pouch with pockets and slots for all your tools. The screw driver slots work great for what else screw drivers and the Velcro closure pockets work for your scoring gauges and small stuff. Then you can put your pistol bag and ammo and muffs inside.By the way do you prefer the push in plugs or flat sheets or do you use both for your scoring gauges?Tom the Troll

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from semp wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

A few life size pics of Rosie O topless in thong panties could be useful too :-D

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from semp wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Hay,Any ya'll from West Virginia? I was just wunderin HOW warm n fuzzy ya felt havin ur kin Hillary back home :-D ?

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from lost my zero wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

these comments relate to previous blogs. Regarding a sling stud unscrewing, coat the screw(stud) threads with contact cement run the screw threads in finger tight, then back it out, wait ten minutes, then reassemble, it is NOT going to back out with out tools.If you have a swivel stud that threads into an escutcheon under the barrel channel use contact cement to secure the escutcheon, then when you screw the swivel stud into the escutcheon, use loctite #271 on the threads. aint nothin gonna unscrew, unless you want it to!ref: Brownells catalog, page 201To avoid slings slipping off your shoulder, get a LARGE button, 1 inch or so, sew it on with "spider wire" or similar wonder line.NOTE secure line/knot with superglue. the button trick has worked for me (hasty sling) over 60 years.

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from Zermoid wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Better question, why not have her carry the bag? Makes her nice to look at AND useful. (As that's the only use any of us is likely to get out of her!)

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from Michael wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

How the hell do you manage to fold Elisha up and get her in the bag?

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from Bubba wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Well, I feel I got all y'all whupped!I don't carry a range bag. I don't carry anything but a spotting scope, gun, ammo for said gun to the range!If I need anything extra, I just go back home!Did I mention that the range is in the back yard?The nearest range of any consequence is 30 miles away. At today's fuel prices, sixty miles just to shoot when I have a spot in the back to shoot all I want?But, (there's that but[butt!?] again!) by the time I get through shooting, it takes me a wheel barrow to get all the junk I drug out to the bench back into the house and shop! Normally, at least two trips are necessary!Sometimes, I don't shoot because I know that by the time I get everything to the bench, I gotta put it all back up and it just ain't worth the trouble. In those cases, I just shoot, grumble about the problem and go back inside!Bubba

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from reired waycar rider wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Dave , Don't know about you, but, I always take a large standard tripod for my spotting scope. sets right in front of me with the scope on it---saves space o n the shooting bench. also have my cell phone close at hand---just in case-- put it on vibrate, that way it won't bother any else. at our range , we built our firing line large enough so we can back our pick-ups right up to the shooting bench and leave them there---its really a handy thing if you have the room for it. out here in the high plains we never have more than 5 or 6 shooters on the 300 yard range at onetime any way.

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from sarg wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Be careful of the Pic's of Elisha, they can affect the shooter as well as the comp...

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from sarg wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Sounds like someone needs more than one "range bag".. I don't see taking ammo for guns i don't take. I would only carry ammo for what I do plan on shooting.I don't believe I would take .22 ammo If I'm shooting muzzleloaders that day. Some times a small can of gun oil is nice to have..

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Sorry, computer again. The above 2 posts are me.

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

BTW last week a guy next to me left his rifle on a rifle rest and the wind blew it off onto the concrete floor. It was a new Savage bolt gun. He was sick after that and left.

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

The shooting benches at our club are made of concrete. I always carry an old Army poncho liner to cover the table and a sandbag to rest the gunbutt on when loading a muzzleloader.

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from Rj wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

I always bring lens cleaning cloths, dry and the moist ones in the packet, dirty glasses don't help my old eyes. And band-aids. The screw drive/wrench kit is a plus. One more thing, duck tape. NOT FOR MY REVOLVER OR RIFLE, but for sand bags.

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from Trae B. wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Cant argue with the bug spray.

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

I figure Dave actually has a FATHEAD of Elisha that he unrolls and attaches to the rangehouse wall so as to distract his competition.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Dave you need some teenagers as my bag always contains at least 500 .22's... sandbags, foam earplugs, generic targets and don't forget thumb tacks! Throw in boxes and boxes of 20 and 12 gauge shotgun shells along with at least 250 .30 caliber carbines and two boxes of cartridges to match whatever other center fire rifles I happen to bring.The Trius 1 Step clay pigeon thrower and two cases of blue rocks don't fit in the bag but always make the trip.

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from Jim in Mo. wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Dave,I also carry a small set of jewelers screwdrivers. Can't adjust my Ruger MkII sights without them and you'd be surprised at guys coming over to borrow one for something or other.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

DAVE,THIS AIN'T NO SH*T. I have used Ultracoatings, Inc. Ultraborecoat in 3 of my rifles now and the results are excellent. Now I can load and shoot my muzzleloaders almost indefinitely without having to clean between shots. I was able to easily load my flintlock longrifle with tight fitting patched round balls even after 12 shots with no cleaning. That was with 20 gr of FFG and 60 gr of Pyrodex. In the past I had to clean after every shot. The 2506 cleans up with just a patch dipped in solvent and a couple dry patches. I keep thinking the other shoe is going to drop but so far the only drawback is the stuff stains anything if you don't wipe it up right away. So you can't be sloppy with the application. Anyhow if you would check Ultraborecoat out and give me your IMHO I would appreciate it. I am about to put this stuff in my most prized Shiloh Sharps and would like to hear from you before I do the deed. It's true that Bill and Doug over at U.I. are my friends. After the molycoat bullet thing I was very skeptical but Bill got me to try it. To me you are a disinterested expert 3d party and I would appreciate your honest opinion.

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

I would add an extra battery for the Chronogragh to that list. My trip to the range was mostly wasted last week because of a battery that went dead. Seems like the wind always blows in KS. Even on a calm day all I have to do to make a breeze kick up is go to the range to test reloads.

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from Will Becker wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

My trouble is I always manage to forget at least one thing.

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from KJ wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

I always carry a spare picture of Elisha in my range bag in case some poor bastard forgets his.

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from tom wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

And it's all in a Filson Bag right :)

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from SD Bob wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

I agree, you forgot Elisha! I suggest a picture of her carrying your bag! Dang! Did I just draw the line with an innocent comment that can be read many ways?

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from wgp wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

You forgot pictures of Elisha Cuthbert.

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

"Ball-less whistle." Wouldn't that be a "female whistle"?Fisher Space Pens are the best ball-point pens on the market, bar none. I carry at least one at all times.

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from Thomas wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Clay,It has been a while since I have shot at reactive targets. When I used to help coach a junior small bore rifle team the last practice of the season was fun night. The other coaches and I would come up with fun targets to shoot at. We used moth balls, life savers, necco wafers, assorted hard candy, playing cards turned sideways, and bowling pins. Yeah I know bowling pins are easy to see but hard to knock over with a .22 Cal pistol. (in the hands of younger kids) They would use Remington 513 Match Masters and Anshutz/Savage Model 10's. We also had a left handed youth Anshutz Model 64. We would allow the younger shooters use the prone position but the older ones they had their choice of either off hand or off hand. It evened the playing fields a bit.Tom the Troll

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from Clay Cooepr wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Thomas, you’re thinking in the box Sir!Now a briquette at 100 yards can be fun with open sites?Now you’re catching on their Son!

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from Jim in Mo. wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Dave,Hate to sound naive here but whats the difference with the ball-less whistle and why?

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from Jim in Mo. wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Del, ClayWe used to take it one step further just to prove how fast we were. We'd set a firecracker next to the match and when the richocet lit the match and the match lit the fuse we had to race down range and replace the burnt match before the echo of the firecracker died down.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Thomas,Clay forgot to say you must richocet your bullet before you hit the charcoal briquet. Heck, anyone can just aim at them straight on an hit 'em. We use to use richocets to strike wood matches before the eyes started to fail. You can do it with a modern gun but a flintlock longrifle like Natty Bumppo used makes it more interestin'. Kinda frustratin' when that big ball takes the head off the match instead of just lightin' it.

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from Thomas wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Clay Cooper,I was reading your post about the Charcoal briquettes and shooting at paper. Briquettes are nice for fun shooting but they don't offer any challenge. What I mean is when you are used to trying to hit a pin dot on a international target with a .22 at 50 yards. When I was younger I shot 4 position small bore rifle competitions. We used the NRA 50 foot and International targets. The international targets used a pin dot as the 10 ring. Now a briquette at 100 yards can be fun with open sites.Tom the Troll

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from Thomas wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Marie,Not really, every one has their favorite equipment and when you find something that works better for you what you had gets relegated to the bag or box. I usually have two pair of ear muffs with me when I shoot and close to 1 or 2 thousand rounds of .22 with me in all different manufactures and weights and shapes. When I go to the outdoor range I usually take most of what I got with me and make a afternoon of it. Two or three .22 rifles, a SKS with a carton of ammo, several pistols and ammo for them. The rifles and pistols usually get passed around I try one of theirs and they try one of mine. I like something on their rifle and they like something on mine. Or oh I have never seen one of those before.Most of the time the shooting community is pretty usually friendly. Sure there are the few exceptions when you run in to a total jerk.Tom the Troll

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from Marie wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Sounds like a bag that only someone who is in it many many years would build especially the carrying things for others part

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from Thomas wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Dave,If you ever come back and read this. I have spent my fair share of time behind the scoring table using the plug. I can't tell you how many times I have had to make the decision on whether to call it in of out. I started shooting 4 position small bore rifle when I was 13, when I turned 18 I got my NRA assistant Rifle instructor certification, at 21 I got the full Certification and helped to coach till they closed down our range due to a guy getting lead poisoning. (no he did not shoot him self.) (he was over using the range and probably not using the exhaust fans.) But anyway our team would host a match twice a season and we would have to score all the targets.Tom the Troll

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from Brian T wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Range Bag? I use the back of my old Chev Caprice station wagon. Flats of ammo, 5 gal buckets of useful tools and stuff and gun cases. Hindsight has shown me that helping other, inadequately prepared shooters is kind of fun.

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from MidnightBanjo wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Dang! I thought I was the only one that hauled around a truckload of stuff! Aside from the guns (usually 3 rifles and a pistol) and ammo, I take targets(paper and the spinner), tape and tacks, sharpie, binoculars, spotting scope, hearing and eye protection(of course), sand bags, cleaning kit, leatherman and flashlight on my belt, pocket knife, cell phone, band aids(just in case), bottled water, and last but not least, my wife(she loves to shoot the .223!). When the kids go, I add snacks, batteries for their MP3 players, and a folding chair. I got a new target for the next time out - it's a picture of HRC HA HA! Years ago, it was one of the I-a-toll-a!

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from Philip Brown wrote 5 years 48 weeks ago

Sounds like a standard issue "range bag".I do not carry ammo in mine - that's a big NO-NO in California South - but I carry several calibres in "bore snakes" and a collimator, plus a copy of local legislation, to balance that. My doctor says I need exercise and the range bag is like a short weights session especially balanced by five rifles.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Trae B.-Yea the .22 and buffalo act was funny..but we talk about rifle calibers getting the job done on game and when you see animals in there natural habitat, and not behind a zoo fence, it helps put NATURE in perspective!The hunting guide's caliber of choice was the .338 Win mag;can't go wrong with a proven winner!

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from Trae B. wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Ralph the Rifleman: yea ive watched the alaska experiance and thought it was funny as hell when this lady said "Oh look a buffalo quick get the 22.". Although this makes me think that every school shouls have an outdoor ed class so people will have a bit of common sense. I mean a piece of lead smaller than your pinkie nail. They should have figured that one out.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

By the way David PetzalDon’t care what they say about you, if I was still in Alaska I’d take you out on one of my hunts in a heartbeat!

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from SilverArrow wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Wow do we digress!Country music isn't so much any more. CDB and JR still play it, I guess the Oaks are still around some. Past that it is all sap.Only things I add to my range bag are a bottle of bubbles to judge wind and a pair of binoculars. I take out one pair each of earmuffs and shooting glasses. Of course if we have a crew going then there is one pair of muffs and one pair of glasses apeice plus one extra. My Leatherman is the Original and rides on my belt in a combo sheath with a small flashlight.SA

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from Peter wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Hey clay. there is a country song with your idea. The artist is Rascal Flatts. and the song is.."When you play a country song backwards" its hillarious.

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from Peter wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Wait Anna Nicole Smith killed that guy....DAVE DON'T DO IT MAN!!!WE NEED YA. WHERE WOULD THIS BLOG BE WITH OUT YOU!!!

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from Peter wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Got to disagree with yall...love country..always will. don't like all the artists out there... but I still love it. I play Guitar and banjo..so I sort of have to.Hey dave...certainly a celebrity such as your self could pull little ol Elisha. common crazier things have happened. Look at Anna Nicole Smith and that one old guy she married (not that your old)And what if he was a billionare...is money really important.lol

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from Robert wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

I disagree about That Alaska show .Episode I seen the guy was using an expensive borrowed gun as A walking stick and the other 3 stooges with the .22 were random shooting at A buffalo. Ps i seldom use A range bag my 600 yard is my back yard ,life is good.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Dave PetzalThe only way I will play country music is backwards, were your dog comes home, your truck by some act of God renews itself starts running and your wife/girl friend comes home! Other than Yakov, it’s on my way to Springfield Mo Bass Pro Shop, THE CANDY STORE!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

I think Mr. Yakov has been drinking too much Smirnoff and yacking off waaaay too much.They say both will make you go blind....

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from Dave Petzal wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

To Clay Cooper: I would not go to see Yakov Smirnov if he were appearing in Irkutsk or Petrapavlovsk.Branson is for what passes as country music these days, and I lost interest in country music in 1971 after Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan's "The Legendary Chicken Fairy" went off the charts. There just didn't seem to be any point after that.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Hey,If you want to see a great show, go to Branson Mo. and see the Yakov Smirnoff show!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

The weight of all this would bring a mule to its knees?O’Brother, with a shooters equipment list like this, I wonder what all he takes in the field? WOW!I tell ya’David, how in the hell do you move around on the firing line with all that crap! I noticed you didn’t have a spotting scope or binoculars on your list. You wouldn’t be firing on a 1000 inch range are you??No wonder you have only enough room for 22 ammo only!By the way David, if I didn’t pick on you, you would think I‘m mad at you!Equal opportunity harassment!Your turn David !!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Ralph the RiflemanWatched it a few times Ralph. One thing I learned living in Alaska, either you loved it or you hated it! Did you know, the longer you live in sub degree places like Alaska, the greater chance of you become vulnerable to frostbite. As a person adapts to the extreme climates, it makes you more prone to environmental related accidents from hyperthermia to heat stroke. One of the deadliest and overlooked conditions in Arctic Conditions is dehydration. Heat triggers your thirst and cold doesn’t.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Off the subject here, but have any of you seen the new reality show the "Alaska Experience"?Basically, a group of city types live in Alaska under survival conditions far removed from city conviences.Many have never shot a rifle before let alone field dress a rabbit, and now their survival depends on it! I think this show gives hunting a much needed positive image in today's world of fast food mentality.I recommend you all check this program out on the Discovery channel for further info.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Yep! By’ Golly!When I was growing up, didn’t have all that fancy stuff of David’s! Instead of making holes in paper targets with rimfire, charcoal briquettes work fantastic with both rimfire and centerfire! Toss them as far as you can and rock and roll baby! Shooting small rocks out in the desert at different ranges 100 to 1000+ are great too and just think of all that gravel I made out their!There is a difference of growing up shooting 22LR on the range and those raised totally on High Power in the field! O’Ya BABY!Ishawooa, after thinking about it, you a right Sir!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Sounds like Dave is giving the Snap-On Tool Truck some competition!

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from Dave Petzal wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

To Del in KS: There is nothing humble about my opinion. That said, I tried Ultra Bore Coat in a .25/06 Savage Tactical Rifle made in the late 90s. It's a button-rifled barrel, and very rough (but a shooter). I applied it a total of four times, and while the powder fouling came out easier, I could see no difference in the amount of copper fouling, or the way it cleaned out. Bill and Doug say there must be a point beyond which it's not effective.However, Charlie Sisk has used it on custom barrels and has had good results, as, I believe has John Barsness. I'd go ahead and use it, and let me know how it works out.

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from semp wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Easy Bubba,I figure to use da Rosie pic to pattern some of those 120 mm cannister rounds the M1 A1 carries in its ammo locker. It's one of my 'Make a Wish' things.semp

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from Scott wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

We should all thank Dave for the picture and reference to Elisha. It's done more for my accuracy than anything to date!!

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from Bubba wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

"...a few life size pics of Rosie O topless and in thong panties..."One thing about it, hang that pic and the range would be yours! That is if you could refrain from heaving every time you looked down range!Thing two: if you can shoot well with "that" hanging around, I'd say you were either brain dead or ready for ANY situation!Bubba

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from Dave Petzal wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

To Tom the Troll: Push-in plugs is all I ever use.

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Dave,What you need is a rolling tool caddy. Basically a square milk crate with wheels and a handle. They line it with a canvas pouch with pockets and slots for all your tools. The screw driver slots work great for what else screw drivers and the Velcro closure pockets work for your scoring gauges and small stuff. Then you can put your pistol bag and ammo and muffs inside.By the way do you prefer the push in plugs or flat sheets or do you use both for your scoring gauges?Tom the Troll

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from semp wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

A few life size pics of Rosie O topless in thong panties could be useful too :-D

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from semp wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Hay,Any ya'll from West Virginia? I was just wunderin HOW warm n fuzzy ya felt havin ur kin Hillary back home :-D ?

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from lost my zero wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

these comments relate to previous blogs. Regarding a sling stud unscrewing, coat the screw(stud) threads with contact cement run the screw threads in finger tight, then back it out, wait ten minutes, then reassemble, it is NOT going to back out with out tools.If you have a swivel stud that threads into an escutcheon under the barrel channel use contact cement to secure the escutcheon, then when you screw the swivel stud into the escutcheon, use loctite #271 on the threads. aint nothin gonna unscrew, unless you want it to!ref: Brownells catalog, page 201To avoid slings slipping off your shoulder, get a LARGE button, 1 inch or so, sew it on with "spider wire" or similar wonder line.NOTE secure line/knot with superglue. the button trick has worked for me (hasty sling) over 60 years.

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from Zermoid wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Better question, why not have her carry the bag? Makes her nice to look at AND useful. (As that's the only use any of us is likely to get out of her!)

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from Michael wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

How the hell do you manage to fold Elisha up and get her in the bag?

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from Bubba wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Well, I feel I got all y'all whupped!I don't carry a range bag. I don't carry anything but a spotting scope, gun, ammo for said gun to the range!If I need anything extra, I just go back home!Did I mention that the range is in the back yard?The nearest range of any consequence is 30 miles away. At today's fuel prices, sixty miles just to shoot when I have a spot in the back to shoot all I want?But, (there's that but[butt!?] again!) by the time I get through shooting, it takes me a wheel barrow to get all the junk I drug out to the bench back into the house and shop! Normally, at least two trips are necessary!Sometimes, I don't shoot because I know that by the time I get everything to the bench, I gotta put it all back up and it just ain't worth the trouble. In those cases, I just shoot, grumble about the problem and go back inside!Bubba

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from reired waycar rider wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Dave , Don't know about you, but, I always take a large standard tripod for my spotting scope. sets right in front of me with the scope on it---saves space o n the shooting bench. also have my cell phone close at hand---just in case-- put it on vibrate, that way it won't bother any else. at our range , we built our firing line large enough so we can back our pick-ups right up to the shooting bench and leave them there---its really a handy thing if you have the room for it. out here in the high plains we never have more than 5 or 6 shooters on the 300 yard range at onetime any way.

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from sarg wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Be careful of the Pic's of Elisha, they can affect the shooter as well as the comp...

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from sarg wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Sounds like someone needs more than one "range bag".. I don't see taking ammo for guns i don't take. I would only carry ammo for what I do plan on shooting.I don't believe I would take .22 ammo If I'm shooting muzzleloaders that day. Some times a small can of gun oil is nice to have..

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Sorry, computer again. The above 2 posts are me.

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

BTW last week a guy next to me left his rifle on a rifle rest and the wind blew it off onto the concrete floor. It was a new Savage bolt gun. He was sick after that and left.

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

The shooting benches at our club are made of concrete. I always carry an old Army poncho liner to cover the table and a sandbag to rest the gunbutt on when loading a muzzleloader.

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from Rj wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

I always bring lens cleaning cloths, dry and the moist ones in the packet, dirty glasses don't help my old eyes. And band-aids. The screw drive/wrench kit is a plus. One more thing, duck tape. NOT FOR MY REVOLVER OR RIFLE, but for sand bags.

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from Trae B. wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Cant argue with the bug spray.

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

I figure Dave actually has a FATHEAD of Elisha that he unrolls and attaches to the rangehouse wall so as to distract his competition.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Dave you need some teenagers as my bag always contains at least 500 .22's... sandbags, foam earplugs, generic targets and don't forget thumb tacks! Throw in boxes and boxes of 20 and 12 gauge shotgun shells along with at least 250 .30 caliber carbines and two boxes of cartridges to match whatever other center fire rifles I happen to bring.The Trius 1 Step clay pigeon thrower and two cases of blue rocks don't fit in the bag but always make the trip.

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from Jim in Mo. wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

Dave,I also carry a small set of jewelers screwdrivers. Can't adjust my Ruger MkII sights without them and you'd be surprised at guys coming over to borrow one for something or other.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

DAVE,THIS AIN'T NO SH*T. I have used Ultracoatings, Inc. Ultraborecoat in 3 of my rifles now and the results are excellent. Now I can load and shoot my muzzleloaders almost indefinitely without having to clean between shots. I was able to easily load my flintlock longrifle with tight fitting patched round balls even after 12 shots with no cleaning. That was with 20 gr of FFG and 60 gr of Pyrodex. In the past I had to clean after every shot. The 2506 cleans up with just a patch dipped in solvent and a couple dry patches. I keep thinking the other shoe is going to drop but so far the only drawback is the stuff stains anything if you don't wipe it up right away. So you can't be sloppy with the application. Anyhow if you would check Ultraborecoat out and give me your IMHO I would appreciate it. I am about to put this stuff in my most prized Shiloh Sharps and would like to hear from you before I do the deed. It's true that Bill and Doug over at U.I. are my friends. After the molycoat bullet thing I was very skeptical but Bill got me to try it. To me you are a disinterested expert 3d party and I would appreciate your honest opinion.

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

I would add an extra battery for the Chronogragh to that list. My trip to the range was mostly wasted last week because of a battery that went dead. Seems like the wind always blows in KS. Even on a calm day all I have to do to make a breeze kick up is go to the range to test reloads.

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from Will Becker wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

My trouble is I always manage to forget at least one thing.

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from KJ wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

I always carry a spare picture of Elisha in my range bag in case some poor bastard forgets his.

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from tom wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

And it's all in a Filson Bag right :)

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from SD Bob wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

I agree, you forgot Elisha! I suggest a picture of her carrying your bag! Dang! Did I just draw the line with an innocent comment that can be read many ways?

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from wgp wrote 5 years 49 weeks ago

You forgot pictures of Elisha Cuthbert.

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