Wednesday, August 31, 2016

So Long, Little Girls


Our little foster Schips have gone to their new home, in a land far, far away; a squirrelless land.  But there are rabbits.  Schips have a reputation of being good rabbit dogs, too.  Too good.  They catch them instead of pushing them in a circle for the hunters. Here we see Barbie spotting a squirrel, and then following it as it goes to another tree.  Missy is interested, and if we had shot out a few for the girls they would be unstoppable.  They are settling into their new digs, and they have another Schip and two Akitas for companions.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

September Mr. Completely e-Postal Match Is Up At....

....the Mr. Completely blog!  Mike is hosting September, and he has returned to the target that started his matches in 2005.


The target has twenty flies, and you get to shoot twenty times.  Mr. C points out that this is a difficult target and everyone should expect a low score.  Click Here to go to his contest, read the rules, and download the target.  Tomorrow is the end of August, so I will be compiling the August e-postal scores.  Send them in  this week and see if you can beat me!

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Light Foundation



Ruger is offering a 1973 (First year of transfer bar New Models) Super Blackhawk in .44 Magnum.  This fine revolver will sell mid-day August 31, 2016.  Click Here or on the photo to place your bid.  100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to benefit the Light Foundation.  $1083.99

Monday, August 29, 2016

Tuesday Torque: Take Your Dramamine!

This Blakeslee sideshaft engine is more than a century old, and is extremely rare.  It was retired during the nineteen-sixties, and is now being shown by the grandkids of the man who saved it.  I just wish they would scotch those wheels.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Not My Victrola: Vaughn DeLeath on Edison

National Epidemic

As cops back away from enforcement, honest citizens are forced into taking care of business themselves.  It's important to note that criminals take it personally, and will seek revenge when their victims call police.  The criminals will enforce their will so people will accept being their victims.



Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Thrill Is Gone....

...Well almost.  I still look, but the nature of farm junk piles has changed.  I pity future collectors.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bessemer 8 HP Vertical On Display At Pinckneyville

This one is too good to hold until next Tuesday.  Gary Bahre brought the Bessemer to the American Thresherman Show for all the World to see last week.  I think it is safe to say that it was the only  8 HP Vertical Bessemer being shown in the country, because there aren't very many of these around.  As far as we have been able to tell there are three others in existence, and this one is the most complete.  Very Nice Restoration, Gary!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Light Foundation


Ruger is offering a .308 M77 Mk II this week that was made in 1994 for the engineering manager at Ruger's Newport, NH factory.  This is a very fine, New In Box rifle, and you will want to read all about it HERE, and place the winning bid.  This fine rifle will sell mid-day, Wednesday, August 24, 2016. 100% of the proceeds of this sale will go to benefit the Light Foundation. $1001.09

Monday, August 22, 2016

Bird's Head Vaquero Progress



Fixed-sight guns are a bit different to shoot than ones with fully adjustable sights. I have grown accustomed to making a load that I want, and then adjusting the sights to that load.  The Vaquero got some minor surgery.  I shortened the front sight a bit to raise the point of impact, and I have widened the rear sight to the right with a diamond hone.  It needs a bit more, but it is very close, and I am calling it good enough.  Last week I made some loads with 200 grain cast bullets and a charge of Blue Dot that was a warm .44 Special load.  It shot just a bit lower than I wanted, so I made some more loads with 240 grain cast bullets, and experimented with a couple different amounts of Herco.  This is the one I have settled on.  It is a slightly warm .44 Special load, right in the power range I want for packing around the farm; not for big game hunting.  That's a one inch square, shot with the front sight just a bit above the frame.  The three on the left are with the front sight centered, and the three on the right are with the front sight slightly off center in the groove.  This is at ten yards, with my elbows on the shooting bench.  .44s are good.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Makes Me Think Of Biscuits For Breakfast

Here is a mighty fine stone bur mill making flour at Pinckneyville.  Taking pictures was difficult; it is a popular display.


Back To The Old Grind!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Is This Heaven?

Well, it's Pinckneyville, and it is pretty close for a couple weekends a year.

 There were something like 29 Rumely Oil Pull tractors there for the Rumely Expo.  The big 30-60 Oil Pulls really thunder.



I suddenly realized that I was surrounded by 30-60  Aultman Taylors!  I thought I should build a shrine, and then realized I was standing in one.

The operator forgot to turn on the gas to the carburetor when he primed up, so we got lucky and got to watch him start twice.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Weekend Steam: Veneer Mill At Pinckneyville

Golly, I shot this video at Pinckneyville in 2009.  Seems like yesterday.  I wish I had shot more of this, but the crowd was thick around this old beast and I had a hard time getting this much.  This will be one of the machines on display through the weekend, and it will probably have a steamer belted up to it.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Shirts Right Off Their Backs

Susan and I love the Carmi Rifle Club.  It is a great bunch of people, and the fellowship at Pistol League is rare in our modern, fast-paced world.  Tonight guns were being shared with new shooters and those who are shopping for something new.  One of the new members brought these books for me because he had seen this blog, and knew that I liked steam.  Wow!  Thank You, Mr. L!


 The sun is setting earlier every day now, and we left at 8:15.  It was T-Totally dark except for a little light at the horizon by 8:30.  Fall is coming.  Pattie is happy as a lark after shooting three rounds, and doing several clean runs. I think she will sleep well tonight.  Activities and fellowship do Pattie a world of good.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


I drive by this old Ford at least a few times per week.  Why hasn't someone given it a good home?

Downed Power Line Survival Strategies

I had always heard to use little hops with your feet together to get out of the hot zone.  Just don't separate your feet very far if you have to escape this situation.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Light Foundation


Well, it's bargain time again this week!  Ruger is offering a P85 Decocker 9mm Pistol made in 1990, and it is New In Box.  These fine pistols never attract the collector prices that other Rugers bring, so this is an excellent opportunity for plain folks to do a good deed and to get a fine pistol for home or the car.  CLICK HERE to place your bid, and this P85 will sell mid-day, August 17, 2016.  100% of the proceeds of this sale will go to benefit the Light Foundation. $592

Pinckneyville Steam and Gas Show, Coming Right Up!

The annual American Thresherman Show begins Thursday, August 18, and goes through Sunday.  The weather forecast is not good.  They are calling for 80% chances of T-storms on both Saturday and Sunday, so Thursday and Friday look like the best days to be there.  The rains we have had are slowing down the setup, but exhibitors should start rolling in on Wednesday.  I always figure on going in spite of the forecast because the weathermen tend to exaggerate what's coming after a stormy spell.  Check your road map and get some cash for your pocket and be ready to go.


Be Right Back: Mike Rowe

Slide over to 1:40.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Tuesday Torque: Atkinson Cycle

We saw an Atkinson Cycle engine on display at the Henry Ford Museum many years ago, and I think we have seen a model running at an engine show.  Here is a video that shows how it works.  The piston makes four strokes for each revolution of the flywheel.  The Atkinson Cycle is used in the Honda hybrid cars, and this type of engine is weak on torque at low speed, but very efficient when running at operating speed.


Here's one running...

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Crackin' Corn

I ran across an unexpected question last week.  Younger generations don't know what is meant by "Jimmy Crack Corn," and there has been plenty of speculation about it on the internet.  I also ran across some interesting cultural sensitivity that was much earlier than you would expect.  The answer to cracking corn is obvious to historically minded rural folks, and to those who are well read.  Corn was, and is a staple item that is used for animal feed, human food, and for making whiskey.  Pigs, horses, and cows can eat shelled corn, but chickens need cracked corn, and humans need corn ground into meal.  Corn was also used to make whiskey for income, trade, and personal consumption, and malted corn had to be cracked in order to make mash for whiskey production.  Here is  a brief passage from Fred Gipson's book, Old Yeller, which was published in 1959, and is about Texas in the post-Civil War era.
"we had plenty of grass, wood, and water. We had wild game for the
killing, fertile ground for growing bread corn"  That's from page 1, and bread in most of the South still means cornbread.  

So, what does Jimmy Crack Corn really mean?  The person telling the story is a house slave, tending to Master's needs.  Master dies, and now the story teller is cracking corn; so that tells me he is no longer in the big house, but is out on the farm doing other work, including cracking corn for the household, the chickens, and maybe for a distilling operation.  It was probably better work than being in the house where a slave was under constant scrutiny.  Anyhow, here is Burl Ives performing this song in 1964.


Now, what is interesting about this live performance is that he refers to the master as Master. In vinyl recordings from the 1950's Mr. Ives uses the word Boss throughout,and in the 1946 movie, Smoky, he also sings Boss instead of Master. It's all very interesting, and I wish we could hear the conversations about how this song was to be recorded for posterity in 1946. This was before Truman integrated the armed forces, but the process had been started, with recruits being introduced to the idea in 1945.  "Getting Along" started way before Rodney King made his famous plea for everyone to behave as ladies and gentlemen, and it seems in the last few years the entire process has just gone completely to pieces.

Please pass the cornbread, and get Back To The Old Grind!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Dialing In Non-Adjustable Guns

In this brief video we take a look at a Ruger Shopkeeper, and do a little comparison with the Birdshead Vaquero.  I have taken a bit off the front sight to raise the point of impact, and I am working on load combinations.  The load today is 9 grains of Blue Dot behind a 200 grain cast bullet, which is not a magnum load.  It shoots very close to the proper elevation.  I can go to a 240 grain cast bullet and speed it up a bit and that should work, too.  I have been gradually working out the rear sight groove to the right, a thousandth at a time, and it is having the proper effect.

The little Bearcat also shoots left a bit, so I will eventually be taking a diamond hone to that gun.  Mini-Mags shoot a little bit low at 50 feet, so minor surgery will need to be done on the front sight.


Not My Victrola: A Little Kiss Each Morning, Rudy Vallee, 1930

Friday, August 12, 2016

Weekend Steam: Portersville Steam Show Spring Gas-Up

It's mostly gas, but there is a steamer at 2:20, so it's legal.  Be sure to note the International freezer ad and the linotype machine.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Have You Ever Seen These Bullets?

McCook's Mr. Bill is a prolific YouTuber, and I get to watching him some nights instead of thinking of something to put here.  Well, it's time for bed and I've been watching Mr. Bill again instead of blogging.   Mr. Bill's dad was a World War II vet, and he brought back a few of these bullets.  I had never seen these, and I thought that flechettes were not used in WWII.  If you listen to Mr. Bill you will learn something new every day.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Jeep Heap


I don't know anything about this pile of rust, but the folks who have it are working on other cars, so it probably will be made into usable parts, at least.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Light Foundation


Ruger's offering this week is a Single-Six Convertible in .32 H&R Magnum and .32-20, manufactured for Buckeye Sports Supply in 1989.  This is another one of those special guns that is no longer being made, and don't you love that buckeye leaf rollmarked into the top strap?  This fine revolver will sell mid-day, Wednesday, August 10, 2016.  Click Here or on the picture to read the full description and to place your bid. 100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to benefit the Light Foundation.  $1375

Monday, August 8, 2016

Contender .22 LR Chapter Two

We took a little break after yard work on Sunday and did a little shooting out behind the barn.  I was surprised by the way Velocitors grouped out of this barrel.  I will have to lay in more of those.  This video is edited for length.  I did crop out much of the time between shots so viewers don't get too bored watching me shoot.


Tuesday Torque: How Slow Can You Go?

Wayne Grenning posted this 20 HP IHC. That's incredible!


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Flint Corn; Something We Need To Try

An old hand at a distillery told me many years ago that whiskey just isn't the same since farmers went over to dent corn.  We have grown Indian Corn in our garden a few times, but we never ground it into meal.  We probably ought to do that again, and try it out for taste.  Mother Earth News published this video, so these ladies may be authentic hippies.



Back To The Old Grind!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Not My Victrola: Inspired By The Olympics

We had the Olympics on during supper tonight and my demented mind went straight to this song while guys were doing amazing things on gym equipment.


Thursday, August 4, 2016

We're Not This Crazy,...

...because we have cats, too, for balance in our lives.


The two little foster Schips, Missy and Barbie have interested parties talking to Midwest Schipperke Rescue, so they will be moving on soon.  We will really miss them when they move to their new home.

The Monsters Have Been Busy: The Religion Of Peace

The last thirty days. It's all bad, but the worst in my mind at least is that burning victims to death is now quite common.  I am sure we will be seeing impalements make a comeback soon.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

"The Piccolo Player Don't Know That Song!"

What's a bandleader to do when the piccolo player has gone awol?  My brother Ben knew just what to do.  He's been  playing the tuba since the sixth grade, so this isn't his first time on the Stars and Stripes Forever.  Uploaded to YouTube by JazzManJoe100.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Light Foundation



Ruger is offering another .44 Magnum Carbine this week.  It is a 25th Anniversary model, marking the end of production of the .44 Carbine.  It will sell mid-day, Wednesday, August 3, 2016.  100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to benefit the Light Foundation. Click Here to place your bid.

$1607

Interview With Valinda Rowe of Illinois Carry

Valinda and Mike Rowe continue in their work to protect and promote the rights of Illinois citizens. (Click)

Monday, August 1, 2016

Tuesday Torque: Look Ma, Not Crankshaft!

This noisy little critter doesn't have any reciprocating parts, so it produces no torque, only thrust.  It's amazing to watch as it goes 'round and 'round.  Note that there is  a pole in the center for the operator to hang onto.


At What Range Can You Reliably Kill A Squirrel?

Squirrel season began in Illinois today, so it's a good time to check out your squirrel gun, and see if it is properly zeroed, and how well you can shoot it.


Colleges Are Destroying America

If you don't have time, at least move the slider to 14 minutes and start listening.  Kevin over at Smallest Minority posted this, and it needs to be spread far and wide.