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Hello,:D
Just joined about 2 minutes ago.
Seen this forum before.
Currently, stuck in Kaleefornia.Trying to get out.:(
A former cannery mechanic.Specialized in peach pitters.Early forced retirement.:( We were all terminated 10-30-06.Many of us been there almost 25 years.
Yesterday,I bought a new Ruger Vaquero.:) Was on the spot.
I load for 44 mag,454 Casull,45 Colt and 45-70.Smokeless and BP/sub powders.
My 45 Colts: Uberti 1873 Cattleman,45 Colt Ruger BH,and soon-to-be here Vaquero.
44 mags: RedHawk,Winchester 94AE "Trapper".
45-70: An NEF HandiRifle, and an original 1884 Springfield Trapdoor.
And assorted others.
Hope to go hunting this year.I'll just have to wait and see.
Thank you.
 

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45 Colt welcome aboard, you will find our family very friendly with always a very warm house to come to.
 

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Welcome from KY! Hope you succeed in getting out of the People's Republic of California!
 

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welcome, glad to have ya with us.
 

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Hello to All,
Thank you.
See many are from the mid-West.
That's good.
I wasn't born here.Was transplanted in the mid 50's,from Missouri.
Don't care if ya call me a "hillbilly".
Several people has invited us to move to Arizona.Met some nice people in Tombstone.
Made our 3rd or 4th trip.Remembered the 1st time,was in the late 50's.
Have some people looking for us a home and employment.We both like it around Tucson area.
Would like to go ghost town hunting.And the usual, prospecting.
It will be nice to go to the range.Been too long.So many things got in the way.
Had 12 week course at college for electrician.Compressing about 1 year.
Some of this was "old hat".Been in electronics for 40 years, with 18-20 years of TV repair.
We were the guinea pigs for this course.Graduated May 3,2007.This was our re-training.
Sorta funny: HAD to take computer training.Did learn something, even after being in computers for over 22 years.Build and troubleshoot them.
Been with guns for some 40 years.Took a correspondence course for gunsmith.Certificate,no FFL.
Reloading since the early 70's.
The RUGERS !
My first 44 mag, was the SBH.Smoothed it out.It was accurate ! Still kicking my self for selling it.Was great at 100 yards.
The next one, was a RedHawk.This one took pressures that went way beyond of what would be considered "normal". If my math is correct, was very close to the operating levels of the 454 Casull. Was shooting 320gr JDJ's. It did hold together. Was stolen about 1995-1996.Not recovered.Heard it is now in the hands of gangs, around Modesto,where I live.
After that,bought a BP Colt Dragoon copy for deer hunting.Didn't get to go hunting.
Sometime later, bought a SRH,44 mag.Grips were too big.Traded it in for a new RH,which I still have.Rarely shoot it.My 44 mag loads from a 7.5",240gr,at 1,685 FPS.Fired these from the Winchester.No pressure problems, no sticky extractions.
Seems like, when I got bit by the 45 Colt bug,those cowboy guns sure ain't wimps ! Before I bought my NMBH,chronographed various loads from my Uberti.Some loads going to over 900 FPS.
This was from a 4 3/4" barrel.No problems with these loads.Fired these last June.
Did some with 2F American Pioneer Powder,2400,Unique, and 2F/3F BP. Nice loads.But, those 40gr of BP with either a 250gr or a 255gr,will let you know, those BP loads have power.
Guess I'm done boring you half to death.
You guys have a good day !
 

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Welcome aboard 45 Colt. Glad you're here. Make yourself at home and enjoy the Board. Wish you the best if finding a good place live and work. Probably any will seem good after living where you do now. :D
 

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Welcome aboard, glad to meet you, hope you enjoy it here, jump right in anytime.
 

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Welcome from Texas. Happen to like the handi-rifles myself!
 

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Hello to All,
Thank you again. :D
When we returned to Cali,seems like they (in Sac)want to turn this state into a socialist country.I-80,I-40 and other major interstates,
you have "Ag Check Stations". You're asked where you are comming from.I haven't seen one yet in Nevada,or Arizona.In these 2 states,I've felt freer than here.
When we got on Mitchell Road,off Hwy 99,told my G/F, that I'll have to get used to Modesto all over again.
One guy on GrayBeard Outdoors,said it:"You can't hardly go anywhere,
without paying first." Yes, you can't hardly go anywhere, without paying to park.
(Camping along the North Yuba River,that's supposed to be maintained by the USDA,is subcontracted to a company.Yes, they can issue violations parking.Yet, this is being paid for, by our tax money.It's all over here.
Did find a way into Yosemite N.P.No pay to get in.:D Used a forestry road at Cherry Lake.A few yards past the dam, and you're in.
Had my Uberti 45.Didn't tell the ranger !! Was very likeable guy I might add.)
Was a PM to me.He was from Oklahoma.Was shocked at the home prices.
I can't afford any property,much less a home here.I think it's too artificially high.
Billboards advertizing "In the low $300,000's.So affordable.".IF it is, then they can pay for me living there.
But,yes, to call it "Mexifornia",yeah.We're just crawling with those
"south-of-the-border" critters.
Been reading about border incidents at ranchrescue.com.A lot is dated now.Still,what has happened is scary.Don't know how long it will be,before a full blown war will start.
Our fearless pencil pushers in DC, are too P.C.Like with Muslims, they are afraid of "offending" others, while us,non-P.C.'s are threatened with being prosecuted.This same basic P.C. stuff is all over.I just don't look for the situation to improve anytime soon.
"Press 1 for English". A few years ago, English was voted as "state law".Like these other idiot laws,it's not being enforced.
I do have some good Mexican mechanic friends.They too, are not very happy with the swarm that's comming in.They do believe that others should have to stand in line,like they did.English,yes they've learned.We've worked together for several years.Some were a joy to work with.Made work more enjoyable.A couple of them, would serenade
with Mexican songs.Got good voices.
Well, got to get some more done today.New stove comming in.
Will see you all later.
 

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Hi TnTut,
Thank you.
Sorry I haven't replied sooner.
See ya later.
 

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45 Colt nothing wrong with those hillbillys I am one myself pal I live here in texas and use to live where you lived. Best thing I ever did was leave that state. Glad to have ya with us and if any of us can help ya well that's what we are good at helpin.
 

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Like you and some others that I haven't replied to, thank you.
I appologise for not doing an individual "thank you".
I'm still trying to push for a real estate course.
Like the electrician course,my taxes I paid in,paid for my schooling at the college here.Quite expensive:$3,700.00 for each of us.
With what I did learn,am using this for an electrical expansion,here at the house.In a few days (been hot here)should finish the job.And have power out to the big shed.
A project I've been planning for a few years.Got the time to do now.
As you all heard about the "slump" in Commiefornia.
I don't expect this to last much longer.Just a feeling.
When it will end,good guess.
At least,it's not cannery or winery related.
Just want to retire much more comfortable.
The cannery retirement,is a joke.
The Vaquero I bought, consider it a birthday and graduation present.
Had to hardly anything to it.Throats are good,a little smoothing,
feels good.Shot so-so.Should be better as time goes by with it.
Same for the BlackHawk.Made some more seasoning rounds.(45 Colt)
The BlackHawk, does need some "breaking in".I had to open the throats
to .452".
Now, the RedHawk,7.5", is another story ! Not many rounds through it.
28 yards,270gr GD's, was grouping excellent.(44 mag)
The 454 Casull, was a little behind the RedHawk.The 454 is a F.A.
Next trip,I'll have to see where that 1884 Springfield Trapdoor is hitting.It's an original.Those 45-70's,I like them.
Nuff tugging on your ear.
Y'all hang in there !
See ya !
 

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Howdy 45 Colt. Glad to have you with us and enjoy reading your writings. When you joined up, I was on a road trip out to visit the wife's folks in Bakersfield. She has several family members from the Salinas area that worked for the 'cannerys', some with the carrot packers, others with garlic around Gilroy and one with the spice plant, think it was Shillings? Anyway, I lived there in SoCal from '68 thru '86, when I packed up and came back home to Louisiana. Can't say I regretted moving although I did enjoy my trips out to the Imperial Valley desert and Chocolate Mountains looking for gold mines and generally exploring. Would spend a week at a time with my little Baja bug running all offroad. Probably the best time of my life. Made many trips up into the upper desert around Lone Pine and Inyo, Bishop area. Liked that too for the trout fishing and camping. Got stuck up in Glacier National Park due to a late storm that dropped several feet of snow and washed the bridges out further down the mountain. Was over a week before they got us stragglers out by helicopter and 4 wheel drive NG trucks. Now it's just pictures and memories but they were really fun times. I still have a best friend who was LE that retired to Twain Harte, not far from Modesto up in the mountains. He has a great little place overlooking a canyon with lots of trees and fresh air.
Yeah, I was amazed at the ratio of Mexican to anglos since my last vist three years ago. And we ran through one of those check stations coming into CA. Actually there were two on I-10, one for Ag and the other Border Patrol. It was like coming into a different country, felt like I needed a passport. I had to make sure the 45acp 1991 Colt was tucked way back under the seat as paranoia set in that I was going to be jumped by the federalies and hauled off to jail for my concealed firearm hidden under the seat. While it's a pretty place in areas, especially along the Pacific Coast Highway, I was happy to be on the road back home after ten days.
On guns - you have a fine crop in your stable. While I am short on the long guns, my wish list includes something with a lever in 45colt. I also am a big fan of that cartridge and still have my first SA which is a 45 NMBH. I got onto the .357 wagon for awhile so have more of them than anything else, but will need to add at least another 45, hopefully in stainless, sometime soon.
Keep up the good work, and luck to you on your pending move. - jimbo
 

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Hi Jimbo,
Thank you.Didn't think I'd had a captivating writing style.
Always nice to hear from the "Southern Boys".
Guess Missouri was considered Confederate,back then.
My relatives in the 1800's,up near KC-St Joe area, were friends and what I was told,ran around with Jesse and Frank James.And many fought on the Confederate side.
Back in 1989,I was returning from Florida.Sorta a complicated story.
Short,nutshell version:couldn't stand my cousin.Drunk all day long, everyday.....
I stopped at an AMOCO,just off I-10.One employee can out,and we chatted for awhile. What was so great about our chat, was his accent.Had a French/Cajun twang.I could have stayed all day long !
Was a refreshing change.Heard too much Spanish from this state.
And,I stopped before this for a driving break,just over from the Panhandle-Florida.Thought I'd listen to the radio.
That one DJ, was almost bouncing off the walls ! Was Cajun music.
Had some that I really liked instantly.Sure beats that rap-crap junk.
And that "gangsta" crap.
Met a lot of nice people along I-10.
You never know,much less me,might find our meetin place.
If Atlas Pacific should call,I'd work for them.Highly unlikely.
I still can work on those 50's designed pitters.
A few years ago, a new one was designed,and can pit peaches about
twice as fast as the old ones can.
Many canneries are biting the dust.So,Atlas isn't hiring right now.
I do know many of the mechanics, and 2 high-ups in the company here.
Oh well....
Decided not to return to any cannery or work at any winery.
I feel, there's better work.Not exactly safer,but better.
There's pluses and minuses, and risks in every profession.Nothing is totally safe,or totally risk free.It's just something we have to accept.
Well,I'll see if my pard has posted.
Glad to hear from ya !
See ya !
 

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.45 Colt Hi Richard Welcome I finally got on too look foreward to chatting with you. Frank
 
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