Sunday, December 17, 2017

Well behaved people rarely...

There is a bumper sticker that reads something like "Well behaved people rarely make history."

That statement is balderdash.

Nearly all history is made by people who "behave":  People who go to work and give their employers a full day's work.  People who invest themselves in raising good children.  People who take care of aging parents.  Folks who obey traffic laws (mostly), pay the taxes they are legally obliged to pay, maintain their dwellings.

A more accurate bumper sticker is "Poorly behaved people are often recorded by history."

If notoriety is your goal, then by all means be ill-behaved.

Saturday, December 16, 2017


In Eaton Rapids we usually just hang it from the rear view mirror.

In 1949 only socialism could save China. In 1989 only China could save socialism. In 2009 only China could save capitalism. In 2018 only socialism can save the United States.

Half of all twins are unplanned.

Only ten of the 300,000,000 sperm released by the male partner ever make it to the egg.  Like the male partner, sperm also refuse to stop and ask for directions.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Broken alarm clocks

After twenty years of faithful service Mrs ERJ's alarm clock finally broke.

She wanted to get up early this morning and asked me to wake her at a certain time.

Being a big fan of Sleeping Beauty, I knew just what to do.

I was a little surprised when she tapped me three times on the forehead after I kissed her.  I think she wore the clock out hitting the "snooze" button.  Mrs ERJ can be a sound sleeper.

Fake News Friday: Plant Breeders

Fake News Friday: You too can be a benchrest shooter

I visited Family Shooters Corral today and Russ Nelson told me Uncle Buck's sure fire way to "tune in" rifles so they are capable of shooting 1" groups.

The most important thing is to buy a box of premium ammo.  All snarkiness aside, you cannot go wrong with Federal Premium Vital-Shock loaded with Sierra Game Kings or Nosler Ballistic Tips in a weight that is appropriate for the game.

Then, set up at the fifty yard target.  Most people grossly overestimate range so it is reasonable to test your rifle at fifty yards for what you will judge to be one hundred yard shots in the field.

Then, fire all twenty cartridges at the target.

It is very important to take your time so your barrel can cool off between shots.  As incredible as it seems, it is not excessive to take an entire three minutes to shoot twenty times.

Then circle the three shots that are in the tightest group.  That is the three-shot group size.  Viola!  A one inch group.  Now that was not so hard, was it?

Don't despair if the group size initially appears to be larger than one inch.  Count the number of holes in the target.  If you count the holes in the target shown above you will see that there are only sixteen holes.  That obviously means that four of the bullets went through the same hole that was made by an earlier bullet.

The gun, ammunition, and most importantly The Shooter is clearly capable of half-inch, three shot groups!

You too can become a master marksman by simply hanging out at your local shooting range and by asking guys like Russ Nelson "How does Uncle Buck do it?"

Editor's Note:


I did go to Family Shooter Corral yesterday and shot honest 2.5", three shot groups at 100 yards. I had horizontal stringing which suggests that I have a lot of trigger work to do.  The load was nothing exotic.  .308 Winchester, 41 grains of IMR 4895 and Hornady 165 grain boat-tailed softpoints.  The load is a full 10% below maximum and shoots as gently as a 75 year old man flatulating.

I had the scope on 4X as that where I will most likely set it when hunting.  Magnification is a trade-off between speed and precision.  My preference is to hit with less precision rather than missing with higher precision...but that is just me.

I intend to upgrade to a Nikon Prostaff or a Vortex scope after I win the lottery.  $200 can buy a lot of scope now days and $40 will buy a set of Warne Maxima rings.

For a Tactical rifle, hunting rings and bases are not strong enough. The standard twist in type rings are fine for a rifle that will only be used a couple times a year but not for a rifle that will be dragged through hell. For this reason I chose WARNE MAXIMA rings and bases ($57.00 for the whole set). These use torx type fasteners and are tough as nails. These are the only civilian rings and bases I will recommend. They have served me well and are very exact in initial zero. The screws for the bases are torqued to 25 inch pounds and the rings to 13 inch pounds. This is rock solid with steel-to-steel contact at all points.  Source

Ballistics software suggests impact velocities over 2000 fps at 200 yards which should be plenty to make the bullets expand on targets coyote sized and larger.

For the technical types, both plots have a standard deviation of 4" which suggests that 90% of the shots should fall within a circle with a 13" diameter and 70% of the shots will fall within an 8" circle.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Moping around today

We got some news this week that we did not want to hear.

My brother has been fighting cancer for the last 9 months and recently had some imaging done.  The imaging was not favorable.

It was a punch in the gut because everything seemed to be going so well.  He, his wife and his three daughters (ages 18, 20 and 23) are regrouping.

Prayers requested
I am requesting prayers on his behalf and on behalf of his immediate family.

If it helps to have a name then you can think of him as "Firefighter".  God will be able to figure it out from there.

If it helps to have some Bible verses to help focus then Matt 6:25-34 or Luke 12:4-9 might be a good starting place.

If you are not a problem.  All prayers are welcome although human sacrifice is discouraged by the management.

You might be out of the practice of praying but that is more than OK.  It is the wheel that has been idle the longest that makes the loudest squawk.  I am sure Firefighter will be tickled if you give it the old college try.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Still snowing

I had a 1973 Chevy Impala that was almost a dead ringer for this vehicle. 350 V8 and a two barrel carb.

I sold it to my brother in 1987.  Good times.

Yup, it snows in Michigan.  Get over it.