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I aspire to create videos that collectively immortalize the enduring pioneer spirit of rural Idaho by providing a snapshot of the life that I lead here.
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January 15, 2020 Update: The weather was not very conducive to filming outside this week, so I didn't get around to making videos about my 125-grain 45 ACP load experiments.  I did make some progress on Project Ghost-Eagle.  Lately, I've also been feeling the need for a dedicated website for the Idahoan Show, to provide a centralized location for information on where to find my episodes, supplemental information, links to the books I've published, etc, so I spent a lot of time this week studying tutorials in HTML coding.  Hopefully within the next few weeks, I'll learn enough HTML and CSS to build a high-quality website.  I did record narration for the first of my "Illustrated Expeditionary Journals" videos, but I still need to compile the narration with the pictures into a complete slide-show video.  Anyway, this weekend I expect to upload a video I made about another experimental shotgun slug that I thought would work but didn't.
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January 9, 2021 Update: This week I officially started "Project Ghost-Eagle," the goal of which is to design a semi-automatic pistol chambered for .50 action express.  I am still in the very early stages of design, but I have had an idea for this design turning over in my head for a while now, so it is good to finally start putting it down on paper (or the digital equivalent).  I also spent some time this week scoping out the feasibility of hand loading .45 ACP shells with 125-grain bullets, either using a very short "button" bullet, or using a saboted .38 caliber projectile.  I'm not sure yet if either approach will work well enough to be useful for practical purposes, but I think both will probably work well enough to make an entertaining video about the experiment, so I hope to start filming that video next week.  This weekend, though, I plan to upload a video about the "universal R&D bullet mold" concept that I came up with a while ago.
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December 26, 2020 Update: This week I conducted an experiment in which I attempted to quantify the practical  accuracy of a number of different types of firearms.  Naturally, I recorded video of the test, although I haven't gotten around to editing the video yet.  I also experimented some with 3D printing magazines for .350 Legend.  I was able to come up with a design that worked, but these plastic magazines proved quite fragile; I repeatedly had problems with the feed lips breaking, so I don't think this will be a good long term solution to the .350 magazine problem.  At long last, I finished the rough draft of my allegorical western novel.  Of course, it will have to go through several rounds of editing before I can get it ready for publication, but completing the rough draft is still a major milestone in the publication of a book.  Finally, this week I edited down some video that I took of some dynamic shooting drills that I had set up earlier this fall.  I think I may post that video this weekend.
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December 18, 2020 Update: Some time ago, I uploaded a video about my method for making flat springs out of high-carbon steel strapping material.  This week, I experimented with making a zigzag flat spring from a scrap of steel strapping that could be used as a replacement for an AR15 magazine spring.  My homemade spring took up a little more space in the magazine than the original wire spring, reducing the capacity slightly, but the magazine functioned well with the homemade spring, and I have finished editing the video about the experiment.  That was probably the highlight of my week.  However, I also spent some time working on the draft of my allegorical western novel.  This weekend, though, I think I will upload a video I made a while back about a trick for easily loading double-stack, single-feed magazines without any special tools.
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December 12, 2020 Update: This week, at long last, I finished my CNC mini-router!  The spindle motor is a little under-powered, and the machine is not as rigid as I would have hoped, so its actual usefulness is going to be rather limited, but it actually works!  Really, the point of this project was mostly just to see if I could build a CNC machine from scratch, so in that regard it was a success.  I also managed to edit the video about the CNC router today, so that accounted for most of what I did this week.  This weekend, though, I think I will upload a video I made a while back about an interesting shotgun slug that I attempted to make.
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December 4, 2020 Update: I spent most of this week working on my CNC mini-router project, and I think I'm getting close to finishing it.  This weekend I expect I will upload a video I made about some initial feasibility scoping with regards to building an electrically-ignited muzzleloader.  It turns out black powder is surprisingly difficult to ignite by means of an electrical arc.
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November 28, 2020 Update: This week I was able to film and edit the video about my "Idahoan Long Rifle" bullpup muzzleloader.  I also finished editing the video about my solar dehydrator and made a comedy video in which I attempted to develop a biological taxonomy for classifying cyber trolls.  Next week, I hope to shift my attention to finishing up my CNC mini-router.  This weekend, though, I think I will upload the video announcement about the publication of the UTAH design.
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November 21, 2020 Update: Well, with a storm system coming through this week, so far I haven't been able to film the video about the bullpup muzzle loader, although I'm still holding out hope I might be able to do that today.  However, I did make some progress on my writing projects--both on the allegory and on the improvised ammo study.  Anyway, a while back I had filmed my attempt to run a course of steel targets using odds and ends of old ammo that I had lying around in my reverse-cycle shotgun.  It was a fun way to clean out my 12-ga ammo bin, although in hind sight the video may not be as exciting as it was doing it in person.  However, for what little it is worth I think I will upload that video this weekend.
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November 14, 2020 Update:This week I finished building my experimental bullpup muzzleloader.  Now I just need to film a video about it, so that will be a priority next week if the weather cooperates.  This week I also published my original design sketches and testing notes from the UTAH project in the form of a short book:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NF1PTJ4/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_lTdSFbMBR5Q00
This book had been in final editing for a while now, so this was a good week for finishing things.  This weekend I think I will upload a short video about how I knurl metal surfaces on the mill using a fly-cutter.
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November 7, 2020 Update: This week I made a lot of progress on my bullpup muzzleloader project.  However, it looks like I may have to modify or redesign the fire control mechanism.  In the past, my trigger mechanisms have usually been excessively stiff, so I tried to design this one for a lighter trigger pull, and I may have gone too far the other way.  On full-cock, I'd guess the trigger pull is about an ounce, and if you put it on half-cock and pull the trigger it will slip out of half-cock.  I'm also having issues with light strikes on the percussion cap.  However, it is fun seeing it come together, even though I clearly have some bugs to work out of the design.  On a completely different note, I think this weekend I will upload the video about my glass-filled PETG filament idea.
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October 30, 2020 Update: This week my focus was again on writing projects.  I am slowly making progress both on my story about ammunition self-sufficiency and also on another novel.  I am also working on final editing of the first volume of my "Illustrated Expeditionary Journals of an Idahoan."  However, I also filmed a couple of videos about my perspective on gun safety and selecting a defensive firearm, and I am almost caught up on video editing.  Finally, I did make a couple of parts for my bullpup muzzleloader prototype, so that project is still progressing, albeit slowly.
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October 23, 2020 Update: This week I spent most of my time working on my book about ammunition self-sufficiency.  I also managed to film a short video about magazine loading techniques, although I haven't gotten around to editing the footage yet.  However, at long last, this weekend I plan to upload my video about the modular digital sighting system and the future of gun sights.
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October 16, 2020 Update: This week I spent a lot of time working on the audio recording of my western novel.  However, I also found time to start machining parts for my experimental bullpup muzzleloader.  This weekend I think I will upload a video I made about a knife-making project that I attempted a while ago.
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Oct 9, 2020 Update: This week my focus has been mostly on editing books and developing ammunition.  I finished the initial round of editing on the first of my "Illustrated Expeditionary Journals of an Idahoan," which recounts a trip up Lower Cedar Creek.  I have also decided to publish my original notes and machining sketches on the UTAH pistol, and I got those through the initial compilation and first round of editing as well.  Now I am waiting on proof copies of each of those books to facilitate further editing.  In the ammunition department, this week I succeeded in making my first swaged bullets.  Specifically, I made a swaging die for my reloading press that will allow me to convert 200-grain 44 caliber flat-point powder-coated cast lead bullets into 200-grain 45 caliber hollow-point powder-coated swaged lead bullets.  At least I think I have succeeded, based on the appearance and dimensions of the bullets.  I have not yet tried loading them into cases or test-firing them, so perhaps my assessment of success is premature.  I did conduct some more testing on prospective sub-sonic loads for .350 Legend, but I am having trouble finding a powder charge that will work well with the 260-grain lead bullets.  For example, a 13-grain charge of Blue Dot doesn't generate enough pressure to cycle the action, but a 15-grain charge of Blue Dot generates enough pressure to cause catastrophic rupture of the cartridge case, and still doesn't cycle the action.  A 14-grain charge of 2400 almost works, but the bolt doesn't cycle quite far enough back to pick up the next round from the magazine, and if I increase the charge to 14.5 grains, the cases start to show bulging and other signs of over-pressure, and the bolt still doesn't cycle far enough to feed the next round.  Anyway, that continues to be an area of active research.  However, I am hoping to get my load development finished up soon and shift my attention to machining parts for my experimental bullpup muzzleloader.  In any case, this weekend I think I will upload a video I made about testing a steel target that I made from a scrap of old leaf spring.
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October 3, 2020 Update: This week I made three new bullet moulds, or rather sets of interchangeable cavities for my "universal" bullet mould.  One set was for a relatively mundane 350-grain .50-caliber bullet for use in muzzleloaders and for loading .50 AE shells.  The second was an ultra-heavy .356" diameter slug for a sub-sonic .350 Legend load.  Initially, I made the mould to cast 350-grain bullets, but it turns out that a 350-grain .356" diameter bullet is so long that it cannot be loaded into a .350 Legend case without bulging the case to the point where it won't chamber.  Thus, I ended up cutting back the length of the mold to the point where the bullets were usable, at which point it is casting about a 260-grain bullet.  I test-fired a few loads with the 260-grain bullets, but I have not identified the ideal powder charge yet.  The loads I started off with used a relatively conservative charge and did not generate enough gas pressure to cycle the action.  The third bullet mold was for casting a revolutionary new type of shotgun slug that ended up performing very poorly.  Anyway, this weekend I expect I will upload another video about putting the finishing touches on a muzzleloader--this time the 'paracord tacticool' model.
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September 26, 2020 Update: I had a remarkably productive week this week: I completed six new videos.  Of course, some of these were projects I had been working on off-and-on for a while, but this week everything sort of came together and I was able to finish up a bunch of them.  Of the six, one was another psalter video, one explains an idea I had for a new type of filament for 3D printing, one is sort of a tongue-in-cheek commentary on video monetization which I plan to title, "How NOT to make money on YouTube," one is a demonstration of a technique for easy knurling of flat surfaces using a fly cutter in a milling machine, one presents a concept I developed for a new shotgun slug and chronologues my failed attempts to produce it, and one is about my latest attempt at making bullet molds, which finally worked reasonably well.  I designed this mold to have a "replaceable cavity" which makes it easy to try out new bullet designs.  In the near future, I hope to make use of this feature and experiment with a couple of different bullet designs, which will probably result in additional videos.  Additionally, this week I made some dies to make homemade gas checks for hand-cast bullets, and I found that adding gas checks to cast bullets before I powder-coated them largely fixed the accuracy problem with my cast-bullet handholds for .350 Legend: without gas checks these loads were shooting about a 60-minute group, but with gas-checks they shoot about an 8-minute group.  Anyway, this weekend I will probably upload one of the videos I made about putting the finishing touches on a muzzleloader.
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September 18, 2020 Update: This week I spent most of my available time working on rather mundane home improvement projects: building a wind-proof enclosure for our garbage cans, putting up some more shelves in a storage shed, and making another little work table.  However, I made a lot of progress on these projects this week, and so hopefully next week I can finish wrapping them up and dive back into some more interesting machining work.  Specifically, I want to try making another bullet mold and then start building my next experimental muzzleloader.  This weekend, I think I will upload the video about my homemade "Champion" break-action.
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September 12, 2020 Update: This week I finished the machining drawings for my next experimental muzzleloader and I also made a lot of new steel targets, mostly out of scrap leaf springs.  The new targets should be useful for some testing that I hope to do later this fall.  Anyway, this weekend I'm thinking maybe I will upload the video I made about eating wild mustard.
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September 5, 2020 Update: Well, between the check-engine light illuminating on my wife's car and the battery and alternator both going out on my truck, I spent most of my discretionary time this week trying to get our vehicles operational again.  Just this morning I finally got around to doing some more testing with my cast-bullet load for .350 Legend.  Unfortunately, the horrendously poor accuracy persists.  I suspect it is a barrel leading issue, although I have not definitively proven that to be the case.  I think the next step will be to experiment with gas checks and/or homemade jackets, but in order to do that I will first have to make some dies so that I can make the gas checks and/or jackets.  While I'm at it I may experiment some with bullet swaging as well.  I am also planning a second round of testing with my leaf-spring steel target concept.  So, between all this, the  books I'm working on, and the new muzzleloader concept I'm starting to work on, I certainly have plenty to keep me busy.
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August 28, 2020 Update: I was out horseback riding last weekend and my horse tripped taking a right turn and smashed my foot between her body and the ground.  I'm ok, but my foot was bruised rather badly and was pretty sore for a few days, so I've been staying off my feet most of this week to let it heal.  I made some progress on a couple of novels that I am working on in parallel.  One is sort of an allegorical western fantasy (yeah, it's kind of a genre conundrum) and the other is a hypothetical look at ammunition self-sufficiency.  I also made some progress on preparing machining drawings for another muzzleloader design that I want to build.  And, speaking of genre conundrums, I stumbled across a musical presentation of Tolkien's poem "Far Over the Misty Mountains" on YouTube and decided it would be fun to re-write it in the context of the gold-rush days of the old west. I went ahead and made a video where I sang it to the same tune as Tolkien's poem was presented, so that has been added to my upload queue, although in truth, these words might work better with more of a country-western melody than a medieval chant.  Anyway, with my muzzleloaders now available on Dollarhide Mercantile, this weekend I plan to upload an overview video that I made about my muzzleloaders, and then next weekend I'll probably upload the "Forgotten Weapons" style video that I did about them.
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This week I finished editing my outdoor expeditions announcement/preview video and the muzzleloader packaging test video.  I will probably upload the packaging test this weekend.  Other than that, I spent most of the week working on some experimental bullet moulds, one of which I finished this morning, only to have it self-destruct this afternoon (it's a long story, I'll explain further in the video that I'm making about it). 
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August 15, 2020 Update: I have finished the rough drafts of my "Illustrated Expeditionary Journals," at least of the outdoor expeditions that I have been able to mount so far this summer.  Moreover, with the fire danger as high as it is right now, I think I am going to take a break from backcountry exploring and focus on some of my machining projects for a while.  To that end, this week I have begun another attempt at making a bullet mould.  I am using a different design, so hopefully it casts better bullets than the last one.  Speaking of cast bullets, I am still tinkering with the cast-bullet load for .350 Legend.  At present, it functions but the accuracy is horrible (like a 30+ inch group at just 50 yards) so I am working on diagnosing the problem, with barrel leading currently being the leading suspect.  Meanwhile, finishing the CNC mini-router is still high on my to-do list even though I didn't get around to working on it much this week.
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Aug 8, 2020 Update: I'm still working on rough drafts of my backcountry expeditions.  I also built some more target stands for my range this week, and I filmed a video about testing the packaging design for my beta-pattern muzzleloaders, although I haven't edited the raw video yet.  I am still testing my cast-bullet load for .350 Legend, but I hope to finalize that in the next week or so.  After that, I may make another attempt at making a homemade bullet mould.  I finally have the parts that I need in order to finish my CNC mini-router; I just need to find the time to finish building it, and after that I have plans of picking up a cheap 3D printer so I can experiment with it and see if it really provides any useful capabilities for making mechanically functional components.  Alas, it seems to be hard to find enough time for all of my projects.  Anyway, this weekend I think I will upload the video I made about masks.
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August 1, 2020 Update: Between a side job I picked up and doing some work on my truck I was pretty busy this week, but I am still making progress on the rough draft of my expedition to photograph the waterfalls of Wildhorse Creek, and I also started working on development of a cast-bullet .350 Legend load.  I'm not really done with the development yet, but at this point 18 grains of 2400 behind a 124 grain powder coated projectile cast from Lyman #2 is looking very promising.  Speaking of powder coating, this weekend I think I will upload a video I made a while back on the WD-40 method of powder coating.
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July 25, 2020 Update: This week I finished the rough draft of the account of my excursion up to the Fishpole Lakes, and I spent a lot of time tinkering with my DIY CNC mini-router and debugging the control code.  Now I'm waiting on a few more components that I ordered before I can finish it, but at this point it will correctly read linear interpolation commands off the SD card and move accordingly.  I also filmed a somewhat tongue-in-cheek but hopefully still informative video about making a  "mask".  However, this weekend I think I will upload the video I made about eating wild lambsquarter.

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