Here’s a quick post showing how we converted a Remington 7600/7400 long action magazine for use in a Savage 110/111 (long action). The 10 round metal Remington magazines can be found at outlets like Cheaper Than Dirt at about half the cost of a factory 4 round magazine. This can save you quite a bit of money since the OEM Savage 4 round magazines cost anywhere from $40-$50!
Here are the tools that I used:
.060″ diamond burr
1/2″ sanding drum
.090″ drill bit
Tap or small center punch
Small sharp scribe
Small flat screwdriver
Needle nose pliers
small ball-peen hammer
(If you have access to a milling machine this project would be a breeze)
Locate the magazine catch slots on your Savage magazine
Measure carefully and scribe their location onto the Remington magazine, center-punch and drill .090″ holes at the extreme corners of the mag catch slots.
Remove the metal between the holes with the Dremel .060″ diamond burr. Do both sides.
Slightly bend the tab out with the flat screwdriver and finish the bend with the needle nose pliers, compare to your Savage factory mag.
Remove the excess feed lips from the Remington mag with the Dremel sanding drum, duplicating the profile of the Savage mag. Be sure not to damage the follower.
To make things easier, you can hold the follower out of your way by depressing it into the magazine and inserting a small screwdriver through the large slot in the side of the mag.
Wipe off any visible dust and shavings and test fit the magazine in your rifle.
You will probably need to angle the top of the magazine box inward to get the magazine to insert completely and the button catch to snap into place.
Use the ball-peen hammer and tap the top/sides softly until they match the Savage mag profile and can be seated completely into the rifle.
Once it’s finished, deburr everything and clean the magazine out well.
Cycle the action with cartridges in the magazine to be sure you don’t have any feed issues. Use touch-up bluing to protect the exposed metal.
This project took about an hour to complete.
I was recently emailed a PDF file from legacyfoodstorage.com. It’s a 12 page guide to basic food storage. If anyone is interested in receiving it let me know by email: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send it to you in a reply. Be sure to ask for the Legacy Food Guide.
Darren at WaterBuck Pumps sent us an announcement about a water pumping video contest that they are sponsoring. Just to have some fun, they’re having a video contest to see if anyone can pump more gallons of water in 1 minute using their hand pump than their local grandmother can pump using a WaterBuck Pump. More information is available on their website http://waterbuckpump.com/video-contest/ Troy Reid of The Do It Yourself World on YouTube will host the contest, which will also be announced Monday night 6/10/13 on a talk show with Troy. Troy’s YouTube channel is http://www.youtube.com/user/techman2015 Monday night for a live chat and talk show at 9 pm EST at: http://www.aroundthecabin.com/campfire
Darren says “We anticipate attracting a lot of attention with the contest because it is so unique. We also will have a People’s Choice award to whoever submits the most clever or humorous promotional video for the WaterBuck. That way, the contest will not be limited to those who will try to beat Grandma.”
A Kansas Community college has just been given a $491,000 FEMA grant to design and construct a “community” safe room intended to be a community tornado shelter. Where does the average guy go to get grant money like that?
Here’s a good basic read on Understanding Gold. Most of these guides are written by folks that want to sell you something. This is a good read for someone just wanting the basics.
The US media is really dropping the ball these days. It seems like the real US news has to be found on the UK sites. Here’s another article worth reading: US markets had gone up too far too fast
Here are a few more “must-have” PDFs for your preparedness library:
Viruses are still on the radar this week. The H7N9 influenza virus appears to be subsiding. No new cases have been announced and China is ending their emergency responses. The virus has killed 38 out of 132 infected.
The new Saudi Arabian coronavirus has been given the name of MERS-CoV- Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome. The virus has killed 26 out of the 49 infected. Reports indicate that many people that should have contracted the virus were spared which has researchers stumped at the moment. A detailed article can read HERE.
FEMA officially announced it’s cellular emergency alert program. More info can be found at the Ready.gov website.
New Yorkers depending on the 911 Emergency System may find themselves without any help on the way. The new $2 billion dollar 911 system that was put online this week has been crashing regularly and is plagued with problems.
The national Ham Radio Field Day is coming June 22-23rd. This is a great way for newcomers to learn about ham radio and an excellent opportunity to test your gear. Odds are there will be something going on in your area. Check the ARRL website: http://www.arrl.org/field-day
Folks may want to think twice before entering someone else’s house through the doggie door: Gunshot wound to the chest killed home invasion suspect
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Work has been so busy that I haven’t had much time to put any updates here on the blog. We had a successful hog hunt last week and a great time was had by everyone in our group. We arrived at camp just about the time the tornado touched down at Moore. It was pretty hectic in the area to say the least. I made several attempts to monitor the Emergency Weather Ham networks during that day but wasn’t able to receive a thing. To make matters worse, nobody had a cell signal so we couldn’t monitor the radar. The rest of that night brought waves of heavy rain preceded by short hailstorms. There were still heavy rains the next morning but we were bound and determined to fill our freezers with pork so the hunt began as soon as there was enough daylight to see where we were walking. Below are photos of the two sows I harvested (WARNING: GRAPHIC)
Both were taken with my Remington 7600 Carbine, .30-06 loaded with 150 grain Power Points. That rifle and it’s open sights proved to be the perfect choice for the heavy rains and thick brush that we encountered. And yes, that’s a shotgun sling that you see on there. The rifle spent a good amount of time on my shoulder during this trip and the shotgun sling was the only one that I had brought along that had any padding!
The two hogs ended up putting about 200 pounds of meat in the freezer. We had a couple close encounters with the hogs on this property. We brought home a few very humorous stories.
We had all decided that we would make a yearly hog hunt from now on, Lord willing.
It’s been 3 weeks since we planted our grocery store horseradish roots. I think it’s safe to say that they are off to a good start. The plants below have 8″ leaves on them and look to be pretty healthy.
These are in a “quiet” corner of the garden, and we’re hoping that they’ll spread out over time. It’s nice to have a gardening success story once in awhile!
The last topic in this post has to deal with a recent article on CNBC. We’ve been watching the US Dollar as I’m sure that many of you have been. I’ve been told by professionals to watch especially for any news concerning the US Dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency. The article linked below has put a ten year timeline on the elimination of the US Dollar being the reserve currency. They may not be saying anything that other sites haven’t said previously but they do a very good job of explaining the ramifications. Yes…. ten years. This article has caused me to reconsider some of my investment plans for the next few years at least. I highly recommend that you read this and then pass it around to your friends and relatives.
We’re back from our hog hunt! We arrived at camp just about the same time the tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma. Our camp was near Moore and our thoughts and prayers go out for the victims of that monster twister……..
Hong Kong researchers have discovered that the H7N9 virus can be transmitted not only by direct contact but also spreads through the air. The report linked below states that pigs can also carry the virus.
The article linked below is one of many that are commenting on the current condition of the economy. It explains the possibility of a market “tumble” and it’s effects on the US Dollar.
I found this little gem of a report describing a new DoD instructive that allows “US troops to quell “civil disturbances” domestically without any Presidential authorization, greasing the skids for a de facto military coup in America along with the wholesale abolition of Posse Comitatus” Please pass this along to everyone you know.
PDFs for your Preparedness Library:
It looks like our region’s fruit farmers have dodged major frost damage this year. Last year, the Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan area were hit pretty hard by a late spring frost that drove fruit prices through the roof. Prices and availability should be OK this year. Here’s a local article: http://www.fox28.com/story/22239275/2013/05/13/fruit-looks-good-despite-frost
The stupidity of California legislators was spotlighted again this week when the state passed a 10% ammunition tax to pay for child mental health care and provide revenue to California city crime prevention.They’re hoping to steal another $92 million dollars from their residents with this new tax.
There’s still a couple weeks left to save 15% on your order at Surplus Planet. Just type “MAY15SALE” in the promotion box at checkout.
There’s a good article at the Living Ready blog about how Ham Operators got down to business after the Boston Marathon bombing caused cell phone outages.
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Why Hunting in Alabama is Different: Laws & Regulations
Alabama hunting guidelines and laws vary considerably from the laws regulating various other states, and prior to making an application for an Alabama hunting license, you should definitely get familiar with the do’s and don’ts of hunting in the Yellowhammer State.
Safety Courses Are Required
Hunting in Alabama is managed, and prior to being allowed to pursue game, hunting enthusiasts are required to take 10 hour hunter education course specific to Alabama. Luckily, you can take the class online and breeze through it using services like HunterCourse.com. However, you will still need to take at least one field training course in the state to finalize your safety certification.
There are some exceptions to this rule: members of the National Guard, police force and military are exempt from the safety requirement.
Hunting in Alabama Can Be Expensive
Without taking into account your safety class, Alabama hunting is fairly cheap for residents compared to some other states. An all game hunting license costs $24, while a little game license is only $16. I’d suggest paying the extra because you don’t want to miss out on Alabama’s white-tailed deer and turkeys.
Sadly, this discounted rate is no good for non-residents. If you live close to the border, an Alabama hunting license costs $275 for the year. For those hoping to take a nice hunting vacation, a 10 day license runs $170, and a 3 day Alabama hunting license goes for $120. Do you think it would be so expensive if it wasn’t worth it?
Some Legal Facts
It’s really important to keep track of the various state hunting laws. For example, it’s important to keep track of hunting seasons and bagging limits. Utilizing fire and smoke to search is prohibited, as is hunting from a movie vehicle or pursuing wild turkeys with a dog. Connecting a laser sight to a weapon or hunting bow is also not allowed. For the complete list of regulations to watch out for, you should check out the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.