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    Tomorrow is meat grinding day with the in-laws, we have about 60 lbs of venison that we'll mix with either beef fat or bacon for burger meat, or pork for sausage. Depending on percentages we'll probably end up with 72-75 lbs of ground product for ourselves and at least that for the in-laws. Trying a couple new sausage mixes this year so fingers crossed they turn out well.

    Other than that I'm working on brass prep, getting close to actually loading but I want as many like branded cases as possible ready so when I start picking loads I'll have the same type cases ready to go. The weather looks chilly over the next week with highs near freezing and lows in the teens, I don't want to risk freezing my chronograph so there won't be any shooting until we catch a thaw anyway.


    We have our league match Sunday, thankfully there's heat for that endeavour.


    What's up on your end?

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    Nothing this weekend. Just taking a break from actual hunting/shooting/fishing . Making a list of projects and parts to order. Getting some "Coke" grips for the 357from Altamont. Sending the bolt from my Rem 7-08 to LRI for high helical fluting(patternA). Not in the mood to pay for high polish jeweling when it will just get rubbed back off. Got some screws needing blue loctite. Might send my 44 into Fords for a reblue. I go back and forth. Thinking about rebluing the 511-x myself. (Cold blue)Everything fishing is ready to go. I mix my burger as I prepare it as I have mine processed now so no work to be done there.

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    • #3
      When you get that bolt back be sure to post up some pics and your thoughts on how it went.

      My in-laws use a bunch of seasonings and freeze pre-pressed patties for convenience. They feel the spices loose some flavor over time after being frozen so they do batches as they get low. The 1/2 hp grinder of theirs goes through meat fast, with 6-7 of us manning a station it doesn’t take long from set up to clean up for the amount of grind that gets done.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by fitch270 View Post
        When you get that bolt back be sure to post up some pics and your thoughts on how it went.

        My in-laws use a bunch of seasonings and freeze pre-pressed patties for convenience. They feel the spices loose some flavor over time after being frozen so they do batches as they get low. The 1/2 hp grinder of theirs goes through meat fast, with 6-7 of us manning a station it doesn’t take long from set up to clean up for the amount of grind that gets done.
        If you got enough people that actually sounds like a fun time. Beats playing Yahtzee over and over, at least I think so. I will post bolt pics and prices/experience when I get it done. Good luck at your rimfire match. You need to beat the kid as you are representing all us older fellas. Focus Fitch Focus. Kidding of course. Fun and competition don't have to be exclusive. Hoping every time you all post personal bests. Stay safe.

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        • #5
          Always loved grinding meat.
          Especially after Jack C. taught me how to season sausage.
          Cube up the meat, season it and grind and fry a little to check seasoning.
          THAT'S the part I like! LOL!
          I took my old #22 meat grinder and motorized it with a half horse motor. Heavy as heck but works like a champ!

          In the past, I always used pork when grinding venison.
          For health reasons these days, I always use beef fat.
          For just hamburger, I don't add any fat.
          For sausage (breakfast or link) I go for a 60/40 venison/beef ratio. A little less fat is a good thang! LOL!

          Pork looks cleaner, has little taste and accepts spices very well.
          Beef is yellowish in color, throws a bit of taste itself and takes a little more spice for a good flavor.
          Beef fat also makes the end product cook up darker with a heavier texture than pork.

          Back to Jack C.
          I had already botched one batch of sausage when Jack offered more if I would help him slaughter his hog.
          The day of the slaughter, the pig is down and bleeding out when I asked Jack if he had a sausage recipe.
          "Yep!", he said smiling. "Right here!" and tapped his temple with a gnarled forefinger!
          I'm thinking another batch of messed up sausage!
          When I first tested the sausage, I thought, "This is good!"
          By the time Jack got through playing with the spices, it would make you want to slap Jimmy Dean!
          Good stuff, Maynard!
          I finally asked, "Where did you learn to make sausage?"
          At one time, he worked in the "sausage room" of the Armor plant in Fort Worth, TX!!!!
          Yes sir! The man could make sausage!

          Jack later told me during the sausage making marathon, he had served in the Navy in WWII and was in the "Turkey Shoot" as a gunner on a ship.
          He told me a kamikaze hit his ship, but didn't explode.
          "I've been a carpenter for many years! That kamikaze pilot was dead in his seat, seven feet from me. He had a bright colored scarf around his neck. I was reaching for it to cut a piece off when an officer shoved a .45 in my face and told me, 'Don't even think about it! You might set that bomb off!'"

          Jack was quite a character!
          Last edited by FirstBubba; 01-09-2021, 11:15 AM.

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          • #6
            Hunted public land yesterday morning, didn't see any deer. When I got out of the Xterra, it was raining and 39 degF. I donned a camo poncho, waterproof wide-brim orange hat, got the game cart, loaded the backpack, adding the pop-up blind. It was a 1/2 mile walk in via old logging roads to a small saddle that is a travel corridor. It stopped raining at sunrise.

            20210108_0746 blind.jpg

            Going again this afternoon with the 6.5 Creedmoor. Buck only, at least three on a side.

            Tomorrow I'm catching up on outside work here at home and in the evening going to the bar for some karaoke. I plan to sing:

            (1) CCR Run Through The Jungle w/ Lyrics - YouTube

            (1) Losing My Religion~R.E.M.~Lyrics - YouTube

            (1) Santana&Everlast-Put your lights on lyrics - YouTube

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            • #7
              I had it close, 73 lbs. total. Batch of burger with 10% beef fat, burger with 20% bacon, two small batches of sweet Italian sausage with 25% pork and a final batch of plain grind with 25% pork added.

              78E8F2CE-3940-4E74-8812-2E71315ACEB6.jpeg


              I wasn’t sure the cooler handles were going to hold carrying it down to the basement.😜


              The sausage was from two different store bought mixes, if we like one more than the other we’ll do more of it next year. The in laws have a few homemade recipes but you have to keep a bunch of different spices on hand, for us it’s just easier to go prepackaged.


              PigHunter; Best of luck, I think you may be last man standing this year.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by fitch270 View Post
                PigHunter; Best of luck, I think you may be last man standing this year.
                Thanks! Sitting on a hillside right now, behind a tree and brush, waiting until dark for a buck or pig to wander along.

                That meat looks great!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by PigHunter View Post

                  Thanks! Sitting on a hillside right now, behind a tree and brush, waiting until dark for a buck or pig to wander along.

                  That meat looks great!
                  Good luck to you PH, hope you go out with a BANG!

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                  • #10
                    PH,
                    Used to be able to sing.
                    Haven't for decades, well there was this one time in 2003.........Maiden concert, I was hammered and didn't give a flip.
                    Shocked those w me, that I would sing in public (they had no idea) and......... that I did it well.

                    Anyway, my kids have never heard me,until a couple months ago in the Jeep, playing some Type O Negative.
                    Same reaction.

                    LOL

                    My oldest does Karaoke. Will belt it out and dance in front of hundreds. Doesn't phase her. But then she's cute and does a good job.
                    Youngest is decent too. Middle.........nope. Middle kid takes after their mom LOL, the others....me.

                    I have thought about going to a vocal coach and working my way back, expand range a bit.

                    Just for my own enjoyment.

                    Lower end stuff, like VNV nation and Type O Negative.



                    Nothing technical, but mellow and not IMHO as g hey as REM

                    Last edited by CD2; 01-09-2021, 07:40 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Deer season over, yanking cams tomorrow after a coyote sit.

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                      • #12
                        Spent yesterday replacing light fixtures in kitchen, dining room, living room, and 1 of the bedrooms. Glad I had 2 people helping. Now the wife is talking about the floors. She needs a wintertime hobby.( that has good resale value)

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                        • #13
                          Happy wife, happy life!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by dewman View Post

                            Good luck to you PH, hope you go out with a BANG!
                            Thanks Dewman. It was not to be yesterday... didn't see game. My mistake was in hunting open woods. I was in another travel corridor where I've killed several deer and a couple of pigs but that was always on a morning hunt. Perhaps having that 6.5 CM in my hands affected the choice. That WMA is now closed to deer hunting with a firearm. So, I've got to use archery if I want to go there for the remaining month of the season. Fortunately I know a few of places where deer may travel through with close shots. Should have been at one yesterday.

                            The camo is in the washer and I'll start prepping for next weekend's hunt. I could still use a firearm in the swamp but that property gets a lot of pressure and is now a lower probably of success. National Forest land near the WMA has pigs and is another option for hunting with a firearm. But I'll most likely go back to my favorite WMA with the crossbow.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by CD2 View Post
                              PH,
                              Used to be able to sing.
                              Haven't for decades, well there was this one time in 2003.........Maiden concert, I was hammered and didn't give a flip.
                              Shocked those w me, that I would sing in public (they had no idea) and......... that I did it well.

                              Anyway, my kids have never heard me,until a couple months ago in the Jeep, playing some Type O Negative.
                              Same reaction.

                              LOL

                              My oldest does Karaoke. Will belt it out and dance in front of hundreds. Doesn't phase her. But then she's cute and does a good job.
                              Youngest is decent too. Middle.........nope. Middle kid takes after their mom LOL, the others....me.

                              I have thought about going to a vocal coach and working my way back, expand range a bit.

                              Just for my own enjoyment.

                              Lower end stuff, like VNV nation and Type O Negative.

                              Nothing technical, but mellow and not IMHO as g hey as REM
                              That's the first time I've listened to Type O Negative. Thanks for posting the link. The lyrics remind me of something my late step-son would have written. That was his style when he was lead singer in a band. He had a sad, dark side and was probably a fan of their music.

                              The VNV Nation song is very introspective and would make great driving music or background to sitting in the dark drinking alone.

                              You are right about R.E.M. being on the g hey side of the spectrum. PigHuntress likes it and I do a fair rendering, but it's an easy song. We try to not repeat any songs at the bar, at least until we've done 50 to 60 each. 'Losing My Religion' doesn't strain my voice and will be a good middle song between the other two I'm planning.

                              Perhaps you should go to a vocal coach. Like anything else, you'll probably get better with more practice and it's great to have feedback. PigHuntress and I sing at home a couple times each week in prep and we're not shy about advice. It's amazing how much that helps. Dang, you have given me the notion and it may cost me some money.

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