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  • #47540
    Whirlibird
    Whirlibird
    Survivalist
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    Little thought, don’t look like a bum.

    In today’s society, the homeless and bums get zero respect for privacy, property and well anything. One way of thinking is “no great loss”.

    At a time where some look at the bums as targets, as easy victims, as little more than animals whose property may as well be taken, this is not a look one wants to cultivate. Post-SHTF, this could become even more dangerous.

    There’s a line between blending in, being the grey man, and being part of the problem, a leech on society, right or wrong.

    Go ‘grey’ middle aged man, go grey.

    #47542
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    Realist
    Prepper
    member2

    Hi,
    Hey for a great small case which is water proof I you can never go wrong with a 30 or 50 caliber ammo can. They are easy stack, have a handle and are water tight. I have a bunch of them and are invaluable. I even saw them being sold at Costco over the weekend. However I bought mine for $2.50 and they have since gone up in cost probably because everyone it thinking the same thing. When it comes to holding ammo I like them because you can not put too much in them saving your back.

    Prepped the garden boxes this week. We have about 600 square feed to boxes and will be putting in another another 400 feet. These are all lined with aviary cloth which is a welded metal to keep out the gophers.

    Since it is dry if this lasts much longer I will be turning over the field to start preparing it. My plan is to have about 1 and 1/2 acre of really good land prepped just in case. I have access to wood chips and other nice organic material. I will be plowing this material in and then rototilling it later on to mix things up. I will be covering it with new material each year and hopefully this will result in some great planting soil.

    Been doing a bunch of reloading and bought a new single stage press for my rifle brass loading. This will allow me to have two side by side set up with sizeing and seating dies for one caliber.

    #47544
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    MountainBiker
    Survivalist
    member10

    Having a big garden site prepped is a great idea even if you don’t use it. The initial turning over of sod and breaking it is a lot of work, especially if it had to be done manually post-SHTF. Best to do when it can be done in a mechanized manner.

    #47546
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    namelus
    Survivalist
    member7

    enviromulched 90 more acres and broadcast new pasture on it for spring got quotes on a new gravity water system from last years new water rights.

    #47547
    Malgus
    Malgus
    Survivalist
    member8

    Malgus, how large is that box?

    Wet & warm is usually manageable. Cold is manageable to a point if you are dressed for it. Cold & wet can kill you faster than most realize. As hypothermia sets in your ability to think clearly is compromised, plus of course you lose dexterity and muscle control. Keeping your feet and hands dry in the cold is the most important thing.

    Let me go measure it…

    Okay, it’s 9L x 6W x 5T – about the size of a smallish loaf of bread. It has some hokey compass inset in the top, but I don’t trust it so I put a Cammenga button compass inside. It’s gasketed, so it’s pretty sealed off from the elements (though in fairness, I did not submerge it to test that).

    Ever since Suunto quit making good button compasses (compii?), there has been a paucity of good ones on the market. Cammenga came out with a line of tritium-lighted tiny compasses recently, and they make good stuff.

    The wicked flee when none pursueth..." - Proverbs 28:1

    #47548
    Malgus
    Malgus
    Survivalist
    member8

    Hi,
    Hey for a great small case which is water proof I you can never go wrong with a 30 or 50 caliber ammo can. They are easy stack, have a handle and are water tight. I have a bunch of them and are invaluable. I even saw them being sold at Costco over the weekend. However I bought mine for $2.50 and they have since gone up in cost probably because everyone it thinking the same thing. When it comes to holding ammo I like them because you can not put too much in them saving your back.

    Prepped the garden boxes this week. We have about 600 square feed to boxes and will be putting in another another 400 feet. These are all lined with aviary cloth which is a welded metal to keep out the gophers.

    Since it is dry if this lasts much longer I will be turning over the field to start preparing it. My plan is to have about 1 and 1/2 acre of really good land prepped just in case. I have access to wood chips and other nice organic material. I will be plowing this material in and then rototilling it later on to mix things up. I will be covering it with new material each year and hopefully this will result in some great planting soil.

    Been doing a bunch of reloading and bought a new single stage press for my rifle brass loading. This will allow me to have two side by side set up with sizeing and seating dies for one caliber.

    Realist,

    There is a place some miles from here that deals in prepper/doomer stuff. Ammo cans as well. All sizes, all the way up to the big 20MM ones.

    What I noticed is that they were selling “new” .50 cal ammo cans for the same as the used ones that had been marked by the military. When I asked where they got “new” cans and why they the same price as the used ones, they said “They’re made in China”… :(

    The only cans I trust are the ones that have military stencil paint on them identifying their contents, and dirt/sand inside. Those I know are genuine. Hose them out, let dry, shoot them flat OD green and re-stencil them with my own markings. (1-inch high brass stencil sets can be found on Feebay or through MSC…).

    To preserve the rubber gasket on your ammo cans, treat it the same as your car door gaskets – squirt it with a little silicone and wipe dry.

    Loaderbot thumbs up on the food/field preps and reloading preps.

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    This weekend the orchard gets pruned and treated with TreeKote – the tree and bug people down at the county extension say that I really don’t need to coat over the pruned bits with it, but I’ve had good luck with it for many years… And since we’re now on Year 5 for the orchard, we should start seeing some return on our investment – trees should be matured enough to start producing…

    And yeah, we have to till as well. Increasing the garden by a factor of 3… we had such good success with potatoes last year, we’re expanding. Thinking about ducks to help knock back the bug problem – potato bugs will strip that garden in short order, but I don’t much like spraying…

    Be well. Peace.

    The wicked flee when none pursueth..." - Proverbs 28:1

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    #47551
    Malgus
    Malgus
    Survivalist
    member8

    Whirl,

    Thank you for your advice.

    Peace.

    The wicked flee when none pursueth..." - Proverbs 28:1

    #47552
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    74
    Survivalist
    rnews

    Malgus,
    The thing about your story that is most note worthy to me, is the lack of forsight and preparedness exhibited by the Sergeant Major not providing some form of shelter or relief. It sucks to have stupid people in charge of anything.

    #47555
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    L Tecolote
    Survivalist
    member8

    These are small(ish) “Dry boxes” that are air and water tight and latch tightly shut. They’re not complicated – dull green color with lashing points where paracord can be tied off – about the size of a loaf of bread.

    Malgus, I’d like to know where I can get some of those boxes.

    Cry, "Treason!"

    #47560
    Malgus
    Malgus
    Survivalist
    member8

    These are small(ish) “Dry boxes” that are air and water tight and latch tightly shut. They’re not complicated – dull green color with lashing points where paracord can be tied off – about the size of a loaf of bread.

    Malgus, I’d like to know where I can get some of those boxes.

    Erm.. hang on. I think I got that place’s website saved off somewhere. It’s about an hour away from us, so I usually just stop by when I’m in Lexington (it’s south of Lexington a few miles, but I remember them saying something about most of their business is mail order…)…

    Here’s their website: http://www.lexingtoncontainercompany.com/index.html

    I’ll include a picture of the dry box. Remember, I have not submerged this box to test how “waterproof” it is… But, it is a nice box, sturdy, has three latches and attachment points… don’t recall price, but it was around 10-15 bucks per box. I think.

    Apparently, more than one size is made – it is called the “Survivor” Dry Box, but I don’t think the place in Lexington carries the smaller ones – just the larger ones.

    Here…

    Edit – other places carry them as well, though I do not recall seeing them. Cheaper Than Dirt. Midway. Etc… They also come in blaze orange…

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    #47566
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    L Tecolote
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    member8

    Thanks, Malgus!

    Cry, "Treason!"

    #47580
    Malgus
    Malgus
    Survivalist
    member8

    Thanks, Malgus!

    Got yer back!

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    #47583
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    Realist
    Prepper
    member2

    Malgus.
    All my 50 cal cans are over 25 years old so I am not worried. Interesting about China making the new ones, I will have to check next time I see them. One thing people can check for all types of military cans are the local scrap and salvage places. We have one in our area which sells various types of cans at more reasonable prices. Thanks for the tip on the silicone for the seals, I’ll have to check mine. Another good box are the aluminum ones only if they have a seal. Most of these were used for medical use and by being aluminum won’t rust.

    #47584
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    74
    Survivalist
    rnews

    Malgus,
    If you don’t have them already, light weight (cheap) trash bags make great emergency rain gear. The cheap ones can be folded and compressed into a fairly small size. The heavy duty contractor bags are much more durable, of course more weight and size come with the extra strength.

    #47593
    Malgus
    Malgus
    Survivalist
    member8

    Malgus,
    If you don’t have them already, light weight (cheap) trash bags make great emergency rain gear. The cheap ones can be folded and compressed into a fairly small size. The heavy duty contractor bags are much more durable, of course more weight and size come with the extra strength.

    Malgus.
    All my 50 cal cans are over 25 years old so I am not worried. Interesting about China making the new ones, I will have to check next time I see them. One thing people can check for all types of military cans are the local scrap and salvage places. We have one in our area which sells various types of cans at more reasonable prices. Thanks for the tip on the silicone for the seals, I’ll have to check mine. Another good box are the aluminum ones only if they have a seal. Most of these were used for medical use and by being aluminum won’t rust.

    @ 74,

    Thanks for the tip – me and trash bags go way back.

    One of the things we learned to do – by copying others – was to wander over to the mess tent and filch a couple big black contractor trash bags. See, nature has a way of screwing you – mostly when you ain’t lookin’…

    We did a night jump and eventually got around to setting up our digs for the night. Had a GP Med. tent, so we set to putting that up and then hauling all our gear into it. During the night, it decided to rain… of course, us being exhausted, we didn’t hear a thing…

    In the morning, we woke up to a stream running through the center of our tent. And my sleeping bag was thoroughly soaked.

    Solution: trench around the tent, then find the mess tent and steal trash bags. Once your fart sack is dried out, the last thing you do before going to sleep is wiggle a trash bag over the end of your sleeping bag, up as high as it will go. Waterproofing, man… much as I love nature and gurgling streams, I’m not a fan of having one running through my living room. :) It would be a small thing to cut three holes in one to use as rain gear…

    @ Real

    Never came across the aluminum ones – guess that’s too high speed for an old crab like me.

    Will look to see if I can locate any. Peace.

    Mal

    The wicked flee when none pursueth..." - Proverbs 28:1

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