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Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) Yesterday, 05:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 196
Posted By Balcones_Walker
If you're open to kydex PJ Holster makes one, you...

If you're open to kydex PJ Holster makes one, you just have to specify it's for the Browning mini. I have one and have been happy with it.
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) Yesterday, 04:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 475
Posted By Balcones_Walker
I like the Colt action, the four clicks just feel...

I like the Colt action, the four clicks just feel right. I have a little old 1960s Scout that is fun to carry around. Rugers are great too, especially for heavy cartridges. The super blackhawk is a...
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 07-06-2020, 12:59 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,299
Posted By Balcones_Walker
We agree on that for sure. Either an AK or an AR...

We agree on that for sure. Either an AK or an AR is fine for close range work. There's a movement to try and shoehorn them into long range accuracy machines though, and having seen many perform in...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-05-2020, 10:22 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,596
Posted By Balcones_Walker
When I was growing up we knew the difference as...

When I was growing up we knew the difference as cormorants were found in salt water, anhingas in fresh water
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 07-02-2020, 11:24 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,299
Posted By Balcones_Walker
A high quality AK shooting high quality 7.62x39...

A high quality AK shooting high quality 7.62x39 will outshoot an average quality AR shooting cheap 6.5 Grendel, every single day. Neither one is my favorite hunting platform, but the bandwagon effect...
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 06-19-2020, 04:23 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,908
Posted By Balcones_Walker
I've come around lately to the arguments for the...

I've come around lately to the arguments for the AR-15 for home defense, primarily for capacity and reliability. Too many jams in the Benelli to trust it with my life, and 30 rounds of capacity is...
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 06-18-2020, 12:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,722
Posted By Balcones_Walker
The gun of choice if you are hunting Batman, I...

The gun of choice if you are hunting Batman, I understand.
Forum: Around the Campfire 06-18-2020, 10:12 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,470
Posted By Balcones_Walker
If you're hauling stuff every weekend and want...

If you're hauling stuff every weekend and want good mileage at 80, well, duh a Tacoma isn't the ideal truck. It'll haul heavy stuff and go 80 while doing it, but it'll be chugging.
Forum: Around the Campfire 06-15-2020, 10:57 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 4,086
Posted By Balcones_Walker
Many people don't realize 7.62x39 is roughly as...

Many people don't realize 7.62x39 is roughly as popular worldwide as 5.56 or .308, cheaper than .308 to shoot, and better for hunting than 5.56. It's several orders of magnitude more popular than...
Forum: Around the Campfire 06-13-2020, 08:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 831
Posted By Balcones_Walker
Yep, I have an 8x8 with a slab and coolbot, total...

Yep, I have an 8x8 with a slab and coolbot, total was around $1400 for everything. You could do it even cheaper if you wanted to.
Forum: Around the Campfire 06-02-2020, 09:12 AM
Replies: 6,603
Views: 540,921
Posted By Balcones_Walker
The trouble with Wyoming: ...

The trouble with Wyoming:
https://www.themeateater.com/conservation/policy-and-legislation/americas-worst-hunting-law-access-denied-in-wyoming-wilderness-areas
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-26-2020, 09:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 665
Posted By Balcones_Walker
I have a ghost as well, never had an issue with...

I have a ghost as well, never had an issue with my mounts moving (?), they're bolted into a telephone pole post.
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 05-21-2020, 11:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,230
Posted By Balcones_Walker
Great creativity on the cartridge, and a nice...

Great creativity on the cartridge, and a nice looking rifle. If you don't have Quickload already I recommend it for working up these less standard loadings.

One thing I wondered about was the...
Forum: Recipes 05-21-2020, 10:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 827
Posted By Balcones_Walker
A roast like a top or bottom round? I don't...

A roast like a top or bottom round? I don't normally do slow-shredded with those cuts, I usually make them into sausage (except the eye of round).

For that shredded taco meat style venison I do...
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-19-2020, 09:11 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,082
Posted By Balcones_Walker
I'm trying to figure out how you knock yourself...

I'm trying to figure out how you knock yourself in the head with a T-post driver.

I've rattled my hands numb before with it, but never my head.
Forum: Current Events - Politics and Such 05-17-2020, 09:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,774
Posted By Balcones_Walker
We went ahead and got sheep and longhorns with...

We went ahead and got sheep and longhorns with the extra time on our hands.. They've been great, I'm glad we did it. It was a steep learning curve, but day to day they're domesticated animals and not...
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-14-2020, 10:30 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,843
Posted By Balcones_Walker
Actually, they say it's a myth that hogs have a...

Actually, they say it's a myth that hogs have a significant impact on turkey populations. Raccoons are their worst predator, but the biggest impact on turkey populations year to year is weather.
...
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-13-2020, 02:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 561
Posted By Balcones_Walker
They are much more difficult to manage than the...

They are much more difficult to manage than the All Seasons stand and fill. I like them for livestock; ASFs are better for dropping in the bush in my opinion. You can't slide them, and they don't as...
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-11-2020, 03:40 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,762
Posted By Balcones_Walker
Wyoming's got a law now where ranchers can...

Wyoming's got a law now where ranchers can process their own beef and sell cuts - not shares - directly. They seem to have taken the lead on us here.
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-05-2020, 10:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,361
Posted By Balcones_Walker
Thanks all, sounds like we are on the right track...

Thanks all, sounds like we are on the right track and it helps to hear how others have done it. This is one moment I wish I had a bigger tractor, but the trollies and winches should do just fine.
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-05-2020, 10:29 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 5,849
Posted By Balcones_Walker
We bought 10 sheep and 2 steers when this thing...

We bought 10 sheep and 2 steers when this thing got going mainly to get the experience with them while we'd be home during the day... but it just might work out in our favor before we're through.
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-04-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,361
Posted By Balcones_Walker
For the quartering though, how'd you get it to...

For the quartering though, how'd you get it to the saw? I'm assuming you were using a commercial meat saw, instead of a band saw / sawzall? The part I'm trying to engineer with the gantry/comealongs...
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-04-2020, 10:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,361
Posted By Balcones_Walker
How did you handle the logistics of moving the...

How did you handle the logistics of moving the carcass around, for instance getting the primals up to the meat saw table? I'm looking at a heavy gantry crane with a couple of comealongs to maneuver...
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-04-2020, 09:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,361
Posted By Balcones_Walker
Anybody ever try processing themselves?

Anybody ever try processing themselves?
Forum: Around the Campfire 05-02-2020, 04:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 282
Posted By Balcones_Walker
I have the same requirement, but was planning to...

I have the same requirement, but was planning to just use a culvert pipe and caliche fill
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 04-30-2020, 09:10 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,577
Posted By Balcones_Walker
Waiting for the Pulsar Thermion xq38 here too

Waiting for the Pulsar Thermion xq38 here too
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 04-27-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 971
Posted By Balcones_Walker
The military used fixed 10x scopes for a long,...

The military used fixed 10x scopes for a long, long time. It has happened more often that I've looked through a scope that was set on one extreme or another and had to adjust, than I missed out on a...
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 04-24-2020, 11:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 645
Posted By Balcones_Walker
Why not just use better ammo in the 7.62x39? It's...

Why not just use better ammo in the 7.62x39? It's the best of both worlds. Grendel is the Honda Ridgeline of cartridges but people really seem to like it.
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 04-21-2020, 09:05 AM
Replies: 374
Views: 23,494
Posted By Balcones_Walker
Thanks, Jason. Have you heard anything about the...

Thanks, Jason. Have you heard anything about the Thermion XQ38s? Are they still on track for this summer?
Forum: Around the Campfire 04-14-2020, 03:46 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,918
Posted By Balcones_Walker
I think some of y'all are crazy or lacking...

I think some of y'all are crazy or lacking creativity - you can pull some massive stumps with 25hp. Dig a pool, pull trailers around all day, brush hog 50 acres, and forklift 800lbs easily.

There...
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 04-13-2020, 03:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,179
Posted By Balcones_Walker
Thermal if you need to scan an open area for...

Thermal if you need to scan an open area for animals; there's just no substitute. It's uncanny.

If you're in a static position watching a feeder at 100 yds though, a $500 Sightmark will get almost...
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 04-10-2020, 10:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 912
Posted By Balcones_Walker
Here's a controversial opinion, I had a 1990s 7mm...

Here's a controversial opinion, I had a 1990s 7mm WBY that was actually a MK-V and I dusted it off a couple of years ago and I just couldn't find anything I liked about it. The trigger was...
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 04-10-2020, 09:10 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,974
Posted By Balcones_Walker
The 270 is more than adequate for any mule deer....

The 270 is more than adequate for any mule deer. If you want a step up, anything less than a 300WM is too close in my opinion - especially if you don't already have something larger - so I'd go with...
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 04-10-2020, 09:06 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,778
Posted By Balcones_Walker
I shoot 6mm Creed most of the time, which is...

I shoot 6mm Creed most of the time, which is effectively identical to 243... but I'd go with 6.5CM for what you're looking for.
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-30-2020, 05:09 PM
Replies: 215
Views: 7,029
Posted By Balcones_Walker
Got two this week with smelly cheese and Dukes ...

Got two this week with smelly cheese and Dukes

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Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 03-27-2020, 10:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 258
Posted By Balcones_Walker
So when he works on AKs does he switch welders......

So when he works on AKs does he switch welders... to MIG?
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-26-2020, 08:55 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,362
Posted By Balcones_Walker
I had the same problem on my 2015 - the AC and...

I had the same problem on my 2015 - the AC and several other problems hit right at 80,000 miles. I traded it in for a Toyota and have been very happy.
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-20-2020, 08:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 191
Posted By Balcones_Walker
Homestead sheep experts?

We thought it wouldn't be until next year, but with the latest turn of events we have no reason not to to accelerate our plans and get a few sheep for our 10 acre homestead. I searched back on TBH...
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 03-19-2020, 04:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,126
Posted By Balcones_Walker
Yeah, having the Lapua ready in 6 Creedmoor is...

Yeah, having the Lapua ready in 6 Creedmoor is such an advantage for the day-to-day reloader who is hunting with it.
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 03-17-2020, 02:16 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,126
Posted By Balcones_Walker
6mm creed, high performance, feeds well, and you...

6mm creed, high performance, feeds well, and you can buy brass for it.
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 03-10-2020, 03:04 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,714
Posted By Balcones_Walker
.22LR. It is effectively silent, and varmints get...

.22LR. It is effectively silent, and varmints get super mad when you put one through both lungs.
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-02-2020, 01:04 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,296
Posted By Balcones_Walker
Thanks for all the replies, that gives me some...

Thanks for all the replies, that gives me some perspective. I'm going to give him a chance to get it together before I consider calling him out in public. This may end up being an expensive lesson...
Forum: Around the Campfire 03-02-2020, 10:57 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,296
Posted By Balcones_Walker
Contractor took deposit and ghosted - next steps?

I have a contractor that came out and estimated a building I need built; we drew up a brief 1-page contract, and I paid him a deposit. Now, 45 days later, he hasn't shown up since. I text and call,...
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 02-28-2020, 10:57 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,203
Posted By Balcones_Walker
Echoing the others, Larue is best bang for the...

Echoing the others, Larue is best bang for the buck; geissele is a little smoother overall but
usually isn’t worth it in an AR
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 02-28-2020, 10:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 620
Posted By Balcones_Walker
the 243 is almost a ballistic twin of the 6mm...

the 243 is almost a ballistic twin of the 6mm creedmoor, which is just a necked down 6.5 creedmoor. The 6.5 hits harder and has slightly more recoil, but not so much a youth shooter would be...
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 02-28-2020, 10:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 798
Posted By Balcones_Walker
I carried a 16.1” for a couple of years as my...

I carried a 16.1” for a couple of years as my main blind gun, and it did great. Remember, all these guys who treat Grendel as a matter of religion, a 16” creed still blows it out of the water -...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-28-2020, 09:48 AM
Replies: 500
Views: 14,946
Posted By Balcones_Walker
I don't partake, but if you aren't hurting...

I don't partake, but if you aren't hurting anybody, it's none of my business. I didn't get that busybody gene, and I definitely didn't get that "let's legislate morality" gene.
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-26-2020, 04:16 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,350
Posted By Balcones_Walker
Strip to your skivvies and cover yourself (not...

Strip to your skivvies and cover yourself (not the pig) with DEET. You'll be alright.
Forum: The Other Side of the Ranch (Firearms) 02-26-2020, 02:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,070
Posted By Balcones_Walker
A 6.5 Creedmoor in Ruger American Predator...

A 6.5 Creedmoor in Ruger American Predator (topped with a Leupold VX5HD) is just so dominant for the $1200-and-under bracket. Get the Magpul stock and youtube a quick spring replacement for the...
Forum: Around the Campfire 02-25-2020, 09:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,071
Posted By Balcones_Walker
I haven't had any problems pulling 3500 lbs on a...

I haven't had any problems pulling 3500 lbs on a trailer at highway speeds over long distances. No complaints about Tacoma's towing for hauling tractors, tanks and feed around.
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