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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

    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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    BPCR - Black Powder Cartridge Reloading - tips invited

    I reviewed the lat two years of headlines in the muzzleloader section. If they just beat this to death 25 months ago I am sorry I missed it. I have only done it once and it was a lot of fun. I figure if you are gonna do it you might as well load up 50 or 100 of them and have at it all at...
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    Oh, the Cushman street range has hours now?

    I was dramatically inconvenienced this morning at 0630 to find the gate to the Cushman Street range was locked. Has this been going on a while? It used to be open 24/7 except closed 08-10 on either Tuesday or Wednesday for cleaning...
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    What makes a good cold weather evaluation for a powder?

    Please discuss, and follow the side trails, I would like to get this right the first time. What I have is A) a chronograph only rated down to +20dF B) a Redhawk in 45 Colt, and C) hangfires and squibs with H-110 between +30dF and 0dF. I noticed last year that I too have trouble lighting H-110...
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    Cold weather lube for cast bullets?

    Not planning to shoot much 45Colt over the winter, but I plan to have it with me if I go looking for anything small and fuzzy with my .223. I already have three test loads cooling in the tool box in my truck bed, none of them using H-110. How cold can I go with my usual summertime lubes? I am...
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    If you could wish a paddle into existence...

    what features would you want that you can't seem to find in stores? I am about to make one of my own, I want one tool that I can use both to pole off gravel bars and use to paddle in deeper water. I am planning on a fairly standard length, I think I'll start with the Ottertail type blade...
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    Has anyone fooled with a Ruger "Alaskan"?

    I am looking to upgrade my summertime CCW from a S&W snubbie in .38 +P. I am thinking there is hope to fit one IWB/appendiceal carry. At least as accurate as a snubbie .38? Never mind that I could shift the .454 cylinder into my 4" redhawk and have a dedicated .45LC snubbie ;-), I am just...

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