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Old January 02, 2018, 12:15   #1
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End of year buys

Alright big spenders time to fess up on your year end big scores.

About the only thing I bought gun related was some ammunition but non gun related I bought a Everlast 255 EXT tig welder now I just have to teach myself the craft. I hope I didn't make a mistake buying a Asian made tig welder it did have quite a few good reviews plus some American made welders are assembled with foreign pieces parts. Plus it was the time of year the IRS wants to take your money.

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Old January 02, 2018, 16:54   #2
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Got 671 rds of M855 ball on chargers in the ammo can for $150 yesterday. And an hour later got 160 rounds of PPU 303 brit ball ammo for $75. I'm tickled pink when ammo can be had that cheap !.
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Old January 02, 2018, 19:37   #3
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I've been looking for a decent low power variable at a clearance price. Not much luck so far.
A couple months ago I did snag a Weaver Super Slam 2-10x42 on a closeout. Kinda' wish I bought a couple.
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Old January 02, 2018, 20:44   #4
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Pistol and rifle complete lowers from PSA, a couple bolts, and some mags in gun related purchases. I non-gun, got my son a $250-300 tech suit for $145. THAT was the best deal of the bunch, even it it cost more than any of the other stuff...
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Old January 03, 2018, 07:32   #5
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I picked up a 1990 F-150 Larado Super cab with short bed and 37K lbs original miles, truck originated out of Texas. Also paid to have the bed Line-X'd, and flushed all the fluids (didn't need it, but I had no service history... CYA). This will be my daily driver, while the '85 Chevy C10 sits cozy in the garage waiting for an LS transplant in the spring.

Also finally picked up some Ratas build tools to replace the set that were never returned to me by another FALfiles member who is long gone. Paid full price for used, but couldn't find them anywhere else for the time being.

Bought some more Hirt from Sportsmans's Guide.
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Old January 03, 2018, 09:46   #6
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This will be my daily driver, while the '85 Chevy C10 sits cozy in the garage waiting for an LS transplant in the spring.

Bought some more Hirt from Sportsmans's Guide.
You're changing the "Locking Shoulder" on your Chevy?

This is the FALfiles after all.

They must use different snow clearing stuff in Michigan, in Maine '85 Chevy's have succumbed to the salt brine and been ground up in the rust bucket recycler long ago unless stored for the winter.

OP, kept looking at all the hundreds of ads of spectacular close out buys, but nothing peaked my interest enough to plunk my money down.
I may have reached the saturation point.
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Old January 03, 2018, 10:48   #7
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You're changing the "Locking Shoulder" on your Chevy?

This is the FALfiles after all.

They must use different snow clearing stuff in Michigan, in Maine '85 Chevy's have succumbed to the salt brine and been ground up in the rust bucket recycler long ago unless stored for the winter.

OP, kept looking at all the hundreds of ads of spectacular close out buys, but nothing peaked my interest enough to plunk my money down.
I may have reached the saturation point.
Michigan salts the crap out of their roads. The roads are also terrible here. I wouldn't buy anything local unless an exception. The '85 was a one owner truck, retired GM employee who passed. This truck definitely never saw snow, body and undercarriage is flawless other than crappy 1980s factory paint. It was properly Zeibarted as well. Truck currently has 59K miles on it. All the power options work including dual tanks. The current drivetrain is getting replaced with a 2006 1/2 Truck 6.0 LS with Corvette LS6 cam w/ upgraded lifters/springs and HD rebuilt 4R60 tranny. The drivetrain is ready to drop in, plug and play, pulled from another build.

I found the truck on Craigslist, of all places! Here is a pick, worked great for our last family move.



The New Year's buy 1990 Ford F-150. The doors and panels are properly Zeibarted and undercarriage oil coated. Line-X in the bed. Drivetrain bone stock, other than upgraded A/C system. It will stay that way... "TRUCK!" Gas mileage sucks, but beats the hell out of a car payment and new car insurance (wife drives the new breeder-mobile battle cruiser).


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Old January 03, 2018, 11:10   #8
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I scored four Noveske barrels all new in original packaging, about three dozen of the new Enhanced magazines, a few triggers and a couple of scopes was all for AR 15. Now for 10/22's found a Shilen air gauged barrel in factory taper (going to build a box stock appearance "sleeper" in laminated Ruger factory stock painted to hide lamination and flip people out when shooting sub MOA groups at 100 yards with "Walmart" rifle), also found a Kidd and a Volquartzen barrel along with several stocks from thumbhole to the Star Wars looking competition variation.

Piled up a bunch of Kidd, Volquartzen, Power Custom, Wolff and other brand fire control parts plus lightweight titanium bolt handles and extractors. Top that off with recoil and other springs of many values plus shims by the dozens, extended mag releases firing pins, etc will be building at least three or four custom 10/22's and three or four parts rifles with mostly stock barrels and stocks but upgraded internals with barrels cut and crowned to 16.25".

Still have piles of AR parts from end of 2015 and 2016 so didn't need much. The Noveske barrels though should motivate me to get done as know they will be minute of a knats @$$. Have over two dozen barrels and four dozen lowers plus parts to finish all the barrels minus a few handguards. 2018 should be a big year for building.
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Old January 03, 2018, 12:43   #9
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I realized that I failed to purchase a firearm in 2017, so I rolled the dice on a JRA BM-59. Should arrive today.
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I'll do the truck first although it wasn't end of year, I bought it several months ago. I'm also in the rust belt of northern IN and won't buy a used vehicle from this area so when it's time to buy I generally look around Dallas(with several from CA/OR as well). Found this 2003 Chevy 2500HD 4X4 just outside of Dallas while hurricane Harvey was working its way through Houston. Figured if I was going to buy a used truck from Texas NOW was the time. Once Harvey did its thing and people started recovering I predicted there would be no used trucks available until the flood salvage units started trickling in,....and I didn't want one of those.



Anyway, found this one in decent shape(200k, 6l gasser)for $3900. Flew down, Uber'd 50 miles to the dealer, drove it 900 trouble-free miles home. Gas and a single motel stop along the way added up to $500 total to get it home. Same truck up here(along with all the rust)would be $8k+ and finding a utility bed with an extended cab 3/4 with 4wd proved to be almost impossible. Either extended cab OR 4wd was easy,......but that combination almost doesn't exist in a 10+yr old tool truck. I looked at a thousand trucks and that combo was maybe 1 in 100, probably less. I remember one in MA and one in MT,....maybe another somewhere. I looked HARD for several months.

Gun related end of year(AR specific)I ended up with 5 PSA rifle kits, all the same Magpul furniture 16". Only meant to buy three(1+2)but evidently fat-fingered something and ended up with 1+4. Also bought 4K rounds of AE 5.56mm, half 62gr and half 55gr. PSA has some good prices with free shipping and .05/rd rebates. Ends up delivered at .25 per. The 2k 55gr also throws in twenty 30rd PMags for $5 each.

And for the last two months I've been buying binary triggers. Generally get two at a time to ease the pain, but realistically I consider them to be 'free'. I've sold both a RDIAS and a registered M16 so even with a drawer full of $450
triggers and a pile of AR kits I'm $40k to the good.
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Old January 03, 2018, 17:27   #11
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Remington RM380 pocket pistol, made right here in Huntsville, AL. $149.99 after $100 Remington cash rebate at my LGS.
PSA had them for $99 after rebate but were out of stock.
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Have purchased seven additional binary triggers since Vegas event. Found a company that made me a deal on bulk purchase and got them for $292 each on stock they had in house before Franklin raised their price. Had several already so they are stacked deep. Plan to leave a few in original packaging just in case. Have two more SBR style builds to do that will get them bringing me up to nine in rifles and five put back. Hope wife never figures out how much they cost though she likes them in her 5.7◊28's. 50 round mag with binary trigger and no recoil she can get some rounds down range in a hurry and on target.
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Old January 03, 2018, 18:08   #13
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I bought myself a few Christmas and birthday gifts.
1. Winchester 1886 in 45-70 (Miroku)
2. Norinco AK with thumb hole stock. Couldn't pass it up at $300
3. A hard to find Albert King CD
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Old January 03, 2018, 19:37   #14
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About 1,200 linear feet of PBU panel to recover my 64 foot long Quonset hut.
It's about 4/5 complete as of today. Would have been completed but the owner (me) undercalculated the number of panels needed...

Oh, and 5 Anderson stripped lowers at $29.95 each from Primary Arms in Houston TX.
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Remington RM380 pocket pistol, made right here in Huntsville, AL. $149.99 after $100 Remington cash rebate at my LGS.
PSA had them for $99 after rebate but were out of stock.
have you shot the pistol? would you buy one again?
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Built a bench rest rifle on a savage target action. 28" bull barrel from criterion chambered in 6mm benchrest.
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Michigan salts the crap out of their roads. The roads are also terrible here. I wouldn't buy anything local unless an exception. The '85 was a one owner truck, retired GM employee who passed. This truck definitely never saw snow, body and undercarriage is flawless other than crappy 1980s factory paint. It was properly Zeibarted as well. Truck currently has 59K miles on it. All the power options work including dual tanks. The current drivetrain is getting replaced with a 2006 1/2 Truck 6.0 LS with Corvette LS6 cam w/ upgraded lifters/springs and HD rebuilt 4R60 tranny. The drivetrain is ready to drop in, plug and play, pulled from another build.

I found the truck on Craigslist, of all places! Here is a pick, worked great for our last family move.



The New Year's buy 1990 Ford F-150. The doors and panels are properly Zeibarted and undercarriage oil coated. Line-X in the bed. Drivetrain bone stock, other than upgraded A/C system. It will stay that way... "TRUCK!" Gas mileage sucks, but beats the hell out of a car payment and new car insurance (wife drives the new breeder-mobile battle cruiser).
Nice trucks! That Chevy is sweet. I still miss my '70 Chevy C 20.
Nothing fancy, just five on the floor with a 300 cu inch six cyl and a single barrel carb. The tires were mounted on split rims that needed to be blown up in a cage. One garage neglected my advice and wiped out the windshield of new Caddy in for snow tires. Ouch! No harm done to my split ring however.

MACV, got one of these myself, "1. Winchester 1886 in 45-70 (Miroku)". My rifle is an earlier version and marked "Browning 1886".
Good shooting rifle, but a bit heavy especially if fully loaded.
I only load a couple two or three, there being no Grizz in my woods.
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have you shot the pistol? would you buy one again?
I haven't shot it yet. I am going to get another one today. Reviews are good (Hickok45 has one posted) and it feels good in my hand. I'm not sure why some on the internet complain about the trigger. Its fine to me for a DAO.
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I'm not sure why some on the internet complain about the trigger. Its fine to me for a DAO.

I think that type of pistol has a long trigger reset, you need to fire one, to see if its not to your liking
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Nice trucks! That Chevy is sweet. I still miss my '70 Chevy C 20.
Nothing fancy, just five on the floor with a 300 cu inch six cyl and a single barrel carb. The tires were mounted on split rims that needed to be blown up in a cage. One garage neglected my advice and wiped out the windshield of new Caddy in for snow tires. Ouch! No harm done to my split ring however.

MACV, got one of these myself, "1. Winchester 1886 in 45-70 (Miroku)". My rifle is an earlier version and marked "Browning 1886".
Good shooting rifle, but a bit heavy especially if fully loaded.
I only load a couple two or three, there being no Grizz in my woods.
Yep I love those lever guns. Miroku builds some nice ones. I picked up a Browning 1895 a few years ago. Almost too pretty to take into the woods.
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