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#1 Post by Duncan » Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:26 pm

...both red states, I suppose.
I'm a retired aerospace bureaucrat married to a retired RN; now involved in raising a dozen chickens, four goats and various veggies in southern Idaho. I was an active Libertarian Party member for many years, but sometimes would register Republican because that way I got to vote in the primary which is -- in most cases -- the general election in Arizona.

I do enjoy firearms, cooking, reading and writing poetry, picking and singing bluegrass music, and -- to a lesser extent -- talking politics. One of the things I don't like very much is our Cockroach-in-Chief, but then, that's not very surprising, is it?

My wife is pretty apolitical, and probably thinks that "dogmatic" is a self-loading pistol used by K-9 police officers.

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#2 Post by lurker » Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:49 pm

:welcome:
you may be asked to explain the "libertarian" bit but first, what do you shoot? pictures of your guns will buy you a lot of tolerance here. did i say we like pictures? yes, we do!
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#3 Post by senorgrand » Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:37 pm

pics of shootin' irons are always welcome!
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#4 Post by Bisbee » Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:05 pm

:welcome: from SE AZ!
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#5 Post by Duncan » Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:09 pm

lurker wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:49 pm
:welcome:
you may be asked to explain the "libertarian" bit but first, what do you shoot? pictures of your guns will buy you a lot of tolerance here. did i say we like pictures? yes, we do!
I'm surprised I have to "buy" tolerance here whether by providing pictures or other approach; nonetheless, permit me to guide you https://duncankunz.smugmug.com/Guy-stuf ... /i-DZ2Ztvr.
The first of 12 photos are most of my present collection of long guns. None are fancy; each has a particular job to do. From the top of the photo, they are:
  • Mossberg Model 500 slide-action shotgun in 12 gauge
  • DPMS Oracle AR-15-style carbine in 5.56 NATO caliber with BUIS, red-dot sight and Geissele 2-stage trigger
  • Mossberg bolt-action rifle in .30-'06 spgfld
  • Ruger 10-22 autoloading carbine in .22LR with 4X scope and Kidd trigger
  • Modern replica of St. Louis Hawken percussion-cap breechloader in .50 cal
The other pictures are of an earlier build where I tried to spend more money on mostly silly toys than the original carbine cost. The good news was that I was able to get my money out of it when I finally got rid of it, for which Allah the Merciful and Compassionate be praised.

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#6 Post by Duncan » Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:16 pm

Bisbee wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:05 pm
:welcome: from SE AZ!
I spent forty years in Mesa (halfway up the state and at the opposite end of the political spectrum) before moving to southern Idaho this time last year. No more 120-degree days! No more traffic jams! No more oven mitts on the steering wheel!

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#7 Post by K9s » Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:05 pm

Duncan wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:09 pm
lurker wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:49 pm
:welcome:
you may be asked to explain the "libertarian" bit but first, what do you shoot? pictures of your guns will buy you a lot of tolerance here. did i say we like pictures? yes, we do!
I'm surprised I have to "buy" tolerance here whether by providing pictures or other approach; nonetheless, permit me to guide you https://duncankunz.smugmug.com/Guy-stuf ... /i-DZ2Ztvr.
The first of 12 photos are most of my present collection of long guns. None are fancy; each has a particular job to do. From the top of the photo, they are:
  • Mossberg Model 500 slide-action shotgun in 12 gauge
  • DPMS Oracle AR-15-style carbine in 5.56 NATO caliber with BUIS, red-dot sight and Geissele 2-stage trigger
  • Mossberg bolt-action rifle in .30-'06 spgfld
  • Ruger 10-22 autoloading carbine in .22LR with 4X scope and Kidd trigger
  • Modern replica of St. Louis Hawken percussion-cap breechloader in .50 cal
The other pictures are of an earlier build where I tried to spend more money on mostly silly toys than the original carbine cost. The good news was that I was able to get my money out of it when I finally got rid of it, for which Allah the Merciful and Compassionate be praised.
Welcome!

I have a 10/22 but haven't added anything to it. How's that Kidd trigger? Worth it to consider adding one?

Don't take it personally. Probably just wanted to make sure you were here for the gun club part, too. Shooting targets is fun.
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#8 Post by max129 » Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:12 pm

Hey :welcome: from the Free State of Nevada.

And you don't have to buy love or acceptance with photos - we are all just gun porn junkies here.

I am a well known Fudd, so your Mossberg .30-'06 is the most beautiful of the lineup to me :-)

The Hawken is beautiful, but I am more of a modern cartridge fan.
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#9 Post by Duncan » Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:39 pm

K9s wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:05 pm

Welcome!

I have a 10/22 but haven't added anything to it. How's that Kidd trigger? Worth it to consider adding one?
It's pretty expensive (~250 USD) but does wonders for the accuracy. I have it set at one pound + 1 pound for each stage for a total of two pounds which breaks like glass; compare that to the ~6-pound pull on a stock 10-22! If you're looking for a great small-game hunting rifle or just a plinker, I can't say enough about it. (Actually, I have two 10-22's; the one in the picture is a take-down which does not have the Kidd; my other is a heavier barrel one with the trigger.
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Don't take it personally. Probably just wanted to make sure you were here for the gun club part, too. Shooting targets is fun.
Certainly no offense taken!

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#10 Post by Duncan » Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:49 pm

max129 wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:12 pm
Hey :welcome: from the Free State of Nevada.

And you don't have to buy love or acceptance with photos - we are all just gun porn junkies here.

I am a well known Fudd, so your Mossberg .30-'06 is the most beautiful of the lineup to me :-)
Strange story about the rifle. My then-girlfriend was left-eyed and the only rifle she could find at a gun show was a Ruger Mod 77 in .30-'06. I wanted to keep the logistical tail as small as possible, so I got the only other half-way decent .30-'06 for a rightie. Interestingly enough, it was stamped "Western Auto" which dates back to when major arms manufacturers would build guns for chain stores like Sears, Western Auto, etc. It took me a year of poking around to find it was actually a Mossberg. The only critters I've taken with it are Mulies, and I use a 150-grain JHP bullet. If I were to go for elk, I would probably use a heavier bullet.
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The Hawken is beautiful, but I am more of a modern cartridge fan.
I actually bought it as a hanger, but some time later, one of my friends told me to go out and buy some Pyrodex (black powder without the smoke) and play with it. That season I signed up for a special muzzleloader draw and went hunting with it. Final score that year: Bambi 1, Duncan 0. Now it's back on the wall where it belongs LOL!

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#11 Post by lurker » Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:39 pm

you don't have to buy anything here. nor do you have to give a rat's a$$ what i say. i'm just another member. we just had another self-proclaimed libertarian (from AZ, now that i think on it) who took 3 or 4 weeks to get himself banned. told me outright in PM he came here to recruit for the libertarian party. he thought it would be easy. there's a misconception among some that liberals who favor the second amendment are actually closeted libertarians. not.

but like i said before, :welcome: how long you stay here is largely up to you. nice guns, thanks.
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#12 Post by MaxwellG » Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:46 pm

:welcome: From the Cheese-loving state of Wisconsin.
and for that Ruger 10/22 you have there...very nice.
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#13 Post by K9s » Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:01 pm

Duncan wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:39 pm
K9s wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:05 pm

Welcome!

I have a 10/22 but haven't added anything to it. How's that Kidd trigger? Worth it to consider adding one?
It's pretty expensive (~250 USD) but does wonders for the accuracy. I have it set at one pound + 1 pound for each stage for a total of two pounds which breaks like glass; compare that to the ~6-pound pull on a stock 10-22! If you're looking for a great small-game hunting rifle or just a plinker, I can't say enough about it. (Actually, I have two 10-22's; the one in the picture is a take-down which does not have the Kidd; my other is a heavier barrel one with the trigger.
I like the 10/22, too. I am used to shooting revolvers, so the stock trigger doesn't seem so bad. :lol:

Maybe that's why I fell in love with shooting the 1911?
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#14 Post by Duncan » Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:32 pm

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you don't have to buy anything here. nor do you have to give a rat's a$$ what i say. i'm just another member. we just had another self-proclaimed libertarian (from AZ, now that i think on it) who took 3 or 4 weeks to get himself banned. told me outright in PM he came here to recruit for the libertarian party. he thought it would be easy. there's a misconception among some that liberals who favor the second amendment are actually closeted libertarians. not.
True dat. I'm not interested in converting folks; I went through that in the 1980's when I held statewide office in the LP. Now I just want to hang out.

However, if you're one of those unfortunate souls who has been ensnared by satanic Nashville Top 40 ("modern country", I will be glad to talk with you about the light, truth, and salvation of down-home bluegrass pickin' and singin!'

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#15 Post by max129 » Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:38 pm

Duncan said:

it was stamped "Western Auto"
Yes, they sold first rate rifles and shotguns for years under Western Auto, Sears (Ted Williams), Montgomery Wards (Western Fields). I owned a Sears .30-'06 bolt action in Kodiak Alaska. I bought it mail order because the LGS on the Island gouged people for average product. Sears sold a very capable rifle and scope for a great price, and it just showed up in the mail one day. The rifle shot a lot better than I do - and I wish I still had it.

As for being in Idaho - are you more West or East? (Boise or Pocatello roughly?) Idaho has some beautiful country side. The most intense Northern Lights I ever saw in the lower 48 were a snapping cold winter in Eastern Idaho (20 below zero and clear as a bell at night - the sky was like magic.)
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#16 Post by lurker » Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:45 pm

:beer2: bluegrass is good.
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#17 Post by K9s » Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:57 pm

Duncan wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:32 pm
lurker wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:39 pm
you don't have to buy anything here. nor do you have to give a rat's a$$ what i say. i'm just another member. we just had another self-proclaimed libertarian (from AZ, now that i think on it) who took 3 or 4 weeks to get himself banned. told me outright in PM he came here to recruit for the libertarian party. he thought it would be easy. there's a misconception among some that liberals who favor the second amendment are actually closeted libertarians. not.
True dat. I'm not interested in converting folks; I went through that in the 1980's when I held statewide office in the LP. Now I just want to hang out.

However, if you're one of those unfortunate souls who has been ensnared by satanic Nashville Top 40 ("modern country", I will be glad to talk with you about the light, truth, and salvation of down-home bluegrass pickin' and singin!'
Modern country is just an advertising arm of the liquor industry. Amazing, but it happened. No more trucks and lost horses.
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#18 Post by Duncan » Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:38 pm

max129 wrote:
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As for being in Idaho - are you more West or East? (Boise or Pocatello roughly?) Idaho has some beautiful country side. The most intense Northern Lights I ever saw in the lower 48 were a snapping cold winter in Eastern Idaho (20 below zero and clear as a bell at night - the sky was like magic.)
South center Idaho: Just outside of Kimberly, about ten miles east of Twin Falls. We bought a 103-year-old farmhouse on 1-1/2 acres of land just a year ago and are fixing it up into a real homestead. It's still pretty rural, but It won't stay that way. Still, the neighbors have been more than welcoming to a couple of transplanted city folk.

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#19 Post by Hiker » Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:16 pm

Welcome from the great state of Kentucky, the birthplace of Bluegrass Music. Everyone else wants to know what guns you shoot. I want to know what instrument(s) you play?
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#20 Post by Duncan » Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:21 pm

Hiker wrote:
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Welcome from the great state of Kentucky, the birthplace of Bluegrass Music. Everyone else wants to know what guns you shoot. I want to know what instrument(s) you play?
My guitar is, of course, a D-28, built in 1971. My 5-string is a 1968 Stelling Bellflower. I have a made-in-China 3/4 stand-up bass and an inexpensive Fender mando.
I also have an American Tele, but that's not exactly a bluegrass instrument!

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Duncan wrote:
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I will be glad to talk with you about the light, truth, and salvation of down-home bluegrass pickin' and singin!'
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Welcome, by the way. We used to have a Libertarian called Coach. He was fun to have around.
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#22 Post by Mohead » Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:28 am

:welcome: from Alabama.
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#23 Post by highdesert » Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:06 am

:welcome:
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#24 Post by max129 » Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:51 pm

Duncan wrote:

Just outside of Kimberly, about ten miles east of Twin Falls.

There are some pretty spots in South Central. Twin Falls is not a bad little town. And I did have a good friend who farmed potatoes in Burley :-)

100+ year old farmhouse will keep you busy!
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#25 Post by highdesert » Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:37 pm

Idaho is beautiful, a number of years ago I was visiting relatives and we drove up to Hailey and Sun Valley one day and it was snowing, it was Memorial Day Weekend. I also drove north along the Salmon River, magnificent scenery.
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