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    When test driving a short tailed mud motor...

    What should I watch out for or be aware of? I have found a flat bottom john with a a trailer and a short tail that I ~think~ is a pretty good price, but I know beans about evaluating the motor. It runs or not, the boat goes or not, certainly look for black smoke pouring out the exhaust pipe...
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    Looking at lever action carbines

    I am wanting a 45 Colt lever. For the money I have a hard time planning to pay twice as much for something that isn't a Rossi R92. I don't need a 454/45 Puma. I got a Marlin 1895GG in 45-70 for the deep woods, I am looking for a 45Colt as a boat gun, something I can load light for the future...
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    stupid n00b questions about vaquero smithing

    So I have this idea in my head for my next revolver. I can't buy it from a factory, I am going to have to have something modified. What I have is a TALO New Vaquero, 3.75" bbl, 45 Colt, birdshead grips. I am keeping it, but it really hurts to fire more than 12 rounds through it. The...
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    homebuilt surface drive - thinking out loud.

    I have an opportunity to buy a pretty busted up - but very common - Johnson 15hp 2 cycle with a strong powerhead. If I can come up with an adapter tube for the carb, is there any reason I couldn't turn the motor 90 degrees to make it a horizontal output shaft and build a short tail mud motor...
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    Is Mainer still a Copperhead dealer?

    His PM box is full...
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    What parts and tools do you take in your small boat?

    Just curious, it occured to me answering a question offline that many of you would be good folks for me to emulate. So I am asking, "What spare parts and tools do you take with you for your small boat and smallish outboard?"
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    Boat trailer tire change

    I am not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I have been using google more than three days and struck out on this one. So I did think this up myself, but I bet someone somewhere thought of it before. What I needed to do was take both tires of my boat trailer. I tried wheel chocks. I tried...
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    What boat/motor combos do I really need to look at?

    I live in Fairbanks. I got four kids going to UAf, so budget is an issue too. I want a boat/motor combo that can come out of Salchaket slough, go up the Tanana a mile or so to the Chena and carry me, my wife, our camping gear and a field dressed spike/fork doing it. My "dream boat" needs to...
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    Box-o-truth style 12ga testing

    Total shotgun n00b here. I have been reading a TON on the intrawebz. I think I am pretty Ok at telling the wheat from the chaff when I open google, but kinda feeling my way in the dark on this one. What I am after is dependable instant incapacitation out to 20 feet using 12ga for home...
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    About to buy my first shotgun...

    Feel free to tell me what I don't know. I have pretty well settled on a Remington 870, rugged, dependable etc etc. I liked the Mossberg 500 OK, but the 870 shoulders and points better for me; I also prefer the metal bits on the Remington to the plastic bits on the Mossberg. I am thinking a...
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    Collected firewood wisdom

    I found a piece of birch a lot of folks would leave behind as I am getting wood for next winter split and stacked. I zipped or striped it still on the felled tree, impossible to split may not be dry enough to burn in one year, but some day this sucker is going in the stove.
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    Collected firewood wisdom

    Looking for your good ideas too. Relatively new wood burner here, my previous experience in Kentucky and North Carolina counts as heating with wood in Alaska during September and October. I am going to share what I have learned the hard way, but I am really hoping to learn from you. 1. Get at...
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    A new contender on the scene

    My wife went to the Arctic Innovation thing at UAF yesterday. Apparently a dude has built a metal hulled jetski that can carry 800 pounds while drafting 2" water. Will seat three adults if you don't have a cut up moose taking up room. She didn't hear it running, no idea how loud it might be...
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    smokeless powder +cast bullet +lube cookie = pressure issue?

    Just curious, haven't tried it. What I have been doing is fooling with black powder in .45 Colt. Using just smokeless powders, I am accustomed to seeing more and more lead as bullet weight, hardness and velocity increase. I have spent a bunch of time and money gunsmithing that Redhawk of...
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    Hand gun grip instructor near Fairbanks?

    I suspect all roads are going to point to Joe Nava; heard a bunch about him, all of it good. I am struggling with my grip. I have three different factory grips for my Redhawk, in the last six weeks each has gotten a two week trial. What I have observed is when I pick up my Redhawk with a new...

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