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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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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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July 18, 2020 Update: This week I finished editing the video about the leaf spring target test, and I finally finished my knife-making experiment as well as editing the video about it.  Basically the idea was to see if I could make a knife with an aluminum handle cast directly onto the tang of the blade.  It worked, although the quality of the casting left some room for improvement.  Anyway, these two videos have now been added to my upload queue.  My work on "Illustrated Expeditionary Journals of an Idahoan" continues: this week I wrote about the first 30% or so of the rough draft of my account of exploring the waterfalls of Wildhorse Creek.  Anyway, this weekend I think I will upload the video I made about testing the ballistic resilience of steel-toed boots.
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July 10, 2020 Update: This week I went on an expedition to North Fork Lake and completed the rough draft of my account of the expedition.  I also finished editing the videos I made about eating lambs quarter and wild mustard, as well as my paraphrase of the 37th psalm.  Then I started on a project to make some more steel targets.  A few years ago, I was obliged to replace the rear suspension on my Ford Ranger, which consists of a pair of leaf-spring assemblies.  The individual leaves of the springs are about 3/8" thick and a little under 3 inches wide.  They have been sitting in my salvage pile for a while, but this week I measured the hardness of one of the leaves and found it to be about 500 BHN, which is almost identical to AR500 steel.  That gave me the idea to try making targets out of them.  I made one sample target and tried shooting it with a variety of calibers up to 223.  Overall, it performed almost as well as AR500 would have.  Thus, it looks like junkyard leaf springs may be a viable low-cost alternative to AR500 plates for general purpose steel targets.  I filmed the testing, although I haven't edited the video yet.  Anyway, this weekend I plan to upload a video I made about the 350 Legend.
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July 4, 2020 Update: This week I finished typing up the rough draft of the account of my expedition to Nez Perce Lake.  My plan is to go on as many outdoor expeditions as possible between now and the end of July and get the rough drafts typed, after which I will finish the editing and make the videos about them later in the year.  Additionally, I filmed a couple videos about my experiences foraging for wild edible plants: one on wild mustard and one on lambs quarter.  However, I still need to edit the raw footage.  Between outdoor expeditions, a couple of mundane home-improvement projects, and normal work, I'm going to be pretty busy the next few months, but I have a bunch of ideas for experimental bullet designs and reactive steel targets that I want to try out in the not-too-distant future, so hopefully videos about my bullet and target experiments are on the horizon as well.  This weekend I think I will upload the video I made about shooting an AR500 plate with a 7mm magnum.  In the mean time, Happy Independence Day!
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June 26, 2020 Update: So far, I have typed gone on two outdoor expeditions with the DSLR camera, one to Lower Cedar Creek, and the other to Horseshoe Cave, and have typed up rough drafts of the journal accounts that will accompany the pictures.  However, as the next month or so will likely provide the best overall weather for exploring, I will probably focus on getting out as much as possible, collect photographs, and leave the text in rough-draft form until later in the year, and then hopefully start publishing books and videos about my summer excursions sometime this Fall.  I also made some progress on my CNC router project this week.  This weekend I think I will upload my revolver mud-testing video.
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June 20, 2020 Update: I feel like this was a pretty productive week: I finally got some good video of the Champion at the range and edited all the footage to make a complete video about the project.  I also made another quick video testing the ballistic strength of steel-toe workbooks  (I had recently replaced my work boots, so this was an opportunity to see if the old ones would stop a bullet).  I was a little surprised that the steel toe actually stoped a 9mm, but 44 magnum blew a big hole in it.  Also, I finally got ahold of a working SD card reader for my DIY CNC mini-router, and made some progress on programming the micro-controller.  Then, yesterday I took a DSLR camera up Lower Cedar Creek to get some photographs for a new project.  My plan is to start writing up my outdoor expeditions and publishing them as illustrated books, as well as making videos about them; I will probably try to film an announcement video explaining this idea in more detail.  I am hoping to make several expeditions and get a lot of photographs in the next few weeks to facilitate that project, since we are now getting into the prime season of the year for exploring the out-of-doors.  Anyway, this weekend I think I will upload a video I filmed a while ago presenting a review of my Armalite.
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June 12, 2020 Update: This week I made a little progress on the knife making experiment I started last week and some substantial progress on the novel sighting system that I am working on.  Lord willing and weather permitting, I hope to start filming some tests of the sighting system next week.  However, I'm also thinking that the second half of June and the first half of July will probably be the best time to get out and explore the backcountry this summer, so for the next month or so I may elect to shift my focus from shop work to outdoor exploration.  Earlier this year, I picked up a better camera for taking still photos, so I'm looking forward to trying it out on some of Idaho's spectacular scenery.
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June 5, 2020 Update: Well, between administrative work relating to the muzzleloader business, reinforcing the greenhouse to try and prevent the wind from tearing it to pieces, and some other minor home improvement projects, I feel like I didn't get a lot done on video-worthy projects this week.  I still want to get some more shooting footage with the Champion, and then I need to edit the raw video.  However, I'm also almost out of 50 AE ammo, so I should probably order some dies and components so that I can load some up.  Thus, it might be a little while before I get the full Champion video done.  I did get started on a knife-making side-project this week, which I intend to make a video about, and I spent just a little bit of time working on my next novel.  Anyhow, this weekend I think I will upload a video I made a while back about my process for making flat springs.
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May 29, 2020 Update: Well, this week I finally was able to fix the overheating problem with my truck.  It turns out the radiator was mostly clogged up, all except the top three channels, which had good flow and made it look like it was working properly even though it wasn't cooling the coolant appreciably.  Anyway, I was glad to get that repair out of the way.  I am almost finished with the Champion.  When I proof-tested it remotely, the barrel held up just fine, but the recoil caused the breech latch to bounce open, allowing the breech to partially open on firing.  I replaced the latch spring with a much stiffer spring, and that seems to have solved the problem with the latch bouncing open under recoil, but it also made the latch rather difficult to open, so I am planning to make an enlarged thumb pad for the latch so that I can push it open more easily.  Hopefully I can finish that next week.  I have recorded a lot of video footage from the Champion project, but I haven't started editing it yet.  After the Champion, I have a couple of different projects that I plan to work on.  On the one hand, there is a sighting system that I want to build a proof-of-concept for, and on the other hand I still need to finish building my CNC router.  Anyway, this weekend I think I will upload a video I made last fall about a prototype "cavalry carbine" muzzleloader.
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May 22, 2020 Update: Despite a tenacious and elusive overheating problem with my truck that I am still working on correcting, and working on cost analysis and packaging design for muzzleloaders, I actually made good progress on the Champion project this week.  I still have a few parts left to machine and a few final welds to make, and of course the stock to make, but it is exciting to see the Champion starting to take shape.  I could conceivably finish it as early as next week, depending on how much time I am able to devote to it.  Anyway, this weekend I think I will upload a video I made about some of my DIY steel targets.

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May 15, 2020 Update: Well, my truck is still in the shop, but I had to order in some parts that I couldn't get locally, and while I'm waiting for them to come in I finally got started machining parts for the Champion, and actually made some good progress on it.  I also filmed another video with some additional discussion of the Standard Pattern muzzleloader design project, and I started filming a "Forgotten Weapons" style video about the history of the development project and all the different muzzleloader prototypes I made for it.  However, this weekend I plan to upload an educational video I made about ricochets.
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May 8, 2020 Update: Well, automotive work took up more of my time than I would have liked this week, and I'm still working on my truck to some extent, but I did manage to pick up some argon and finish the final weld on that batch of muzzleloaders.  I also edited the videos about revolver mud-testing and the receiver powder-coating demonstration, so those have been added to my upload queue.  I didn't quite find time to start making parts for the Champion, but I have high hopes of starting next week.  This weekend I expect I will upload a video I made a while back comparing the accuracy of one of my "standard pattern" muzzleloaders to a "Knight" inline muzzleloader.
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May 1, 2020 Update: This was a fairly productive week: I would have finished the first small batch of muzzleloaders for Atomic Rifling & Creative Operations LLC, except that I ran out of argon shielding gas halfway through literally the last weld.  Then I powder-coated a lower receiver using my WD-40 method, with reasonably good results, and I finally got around to doing my revolver mud tests.  Of course, I filmed both these endeavors, although I haven't gotten around to editing the  raw video yet.  Next week I need to replace the coolant pump on my truck, but as long as my automotive repairs go reasonably smoothly and don't snowball into a bigger project, I hope to start machining parts for the Champion next week.  Anyway, this weekend I expect to upload a video about my follow-up experiment to the oval choke: an experimental cruciform choke.
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April 24, 2020 Update: This week I finished filming and editing two videos that I have been working on for a while now: one detailing how I finish the metal and make a stock for a standard pattern muzzleloader, and one exploring the practicality of the .350 Legend cartridge.  I also finished what I hope to be the final round of editing on the Western novel that I've been working on.  I submitted the manuscript to the printer and they are going to send me a couple copies for evaluation, which should arrive in mid-May.  If everything looks good on the evaluation copies, then I should be able to make both the paperback and the ebook available on Amazon shortly after that.  I am still working on the first small batch of muzzleloaders that Atomic Rifling & Creative Operations plans to put up for sale, and expect to get at least a couple more videos out of that project.  However, as soon as time permits I want to start working on building the Champion (my break-action .50 AE carbine).  This weekend, though, I expect I will upload a video about the oval-choke barrel I made for the GEFRRSn.
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April 18, 2020 Update: This week I filmed the process of making a stock for a standard-pattern muzzleloader and finishing the metal, although I still need to edit and narrate the video.  I also worked some on digging out the recessed garden plot and did some scoping calculations pertaining to a couple types of reactive steel targets that I want to make.  This weekend I expect I will upload a video I made in response to some recurring comments on my muzzleloader overload testing video.
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April 11, 2020 Update: We had beautiful spring weather most of the week this week, and consequently I spent most of the week outside helping my wife prepare for gardening season.  In particular, I built a "green-to"  (literally a lean-to on the south end of the house, with clear plastic sheeting covering a simple wooden frame, to serve as an improvised greenhouse), made a few raised garden beds (some out of lumber, others by cutting one side-wall off of a tractor tire and filling it with dirt), and started digging a recessed garden plot (basically the same design as my shooting trench, but the idea here being to have a garden patch in the bottom that is shielded from the wind).  Someday I will probably make a video about gardening in Idaho, but I'll probably wait a few years until we can discuss how these endeavors actually worked out.  Aside from gardening activities, I did just a little more work on the .350 legend, and I continued working on proofreading my western.  Anyway, this weekend I plan to upload the video about making a 12-gage barrel out of EMT conduit.
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April 3, 2020 Update: I finished the machining sketches for the Champion design and I am in the process of buying materials for the project.  Work continues on troubleshooting the Legend.  I had been loading rounds for it with copper-plated projectiles, but I found that copper powder was venting through the gas system and building up in the BCG until it wouldn't cycle correctly.  Thus, I am going to experiment with some different projectiles.  I also spent some time this week working on the final round of proofreading for the Western novel that I intend to publish.  Anyway, this weekend I plan to upload a video I made summarizing the results of my armor testing to date (or most of them; there is already one additional relevant test that I did after making the summary video, that being the 7-mag vs the AR500 plate.)
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March 27, 2020 Update: This week I made some good progress on the machining sketches for the Champion.  I have completed eleven sketches so far, and I only have two or three more left to make.  I also recorded some more footage for a video I hope to make eventually that covers the whole process of making a standard-pattern muzzleloader, and I finished editing the video of my Armalite review.  Finally, I spent some time this week working with my 350 Legend carbine.  I was able to pick up a couple magazines for it and I have the case-forming process pretty-well figured out, but I'm still working through some intermittent feeding problems.  Once I get it running a little more reliably, I plan to make a video about the whole process.  Thus, for the immediate future I expect to be dividing my time between working on the Champion design, troubleshooting the Legend, and making videos about the standard pattern muzzleloader.  At some point I also want to powder-coat a lower that is still in the white using my WD-40 process, and make a video about it, and sometime this spring I hope to do a mud-testing video on a revolver.  Anyway, this weekend I think I will upload the video about the DIY EDM machine that I built a while back.
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March 20, 20202 Update: This week I worked on filming a video about how the standard-pattern muzzleloader is made, and did some more experimenting with 350 Legend.  Magazines have proved somewhat problematic: the Legend cartridge will not stack correctly in a standard 5.56 magazine, and as far as I can tell, nobody makes a standard-capacity magazine for the Legend--they are all low-capacity ones, mostly 5- and 10-round.  The closest I could find to a regular magazine was a 20-rounder, so I ordered a pair of them to try out.  In the mean time, I also tried modifying a polymer 5.56 magazine, first by grinding off the ribs toward the front of the magazine, and then by adding shims at the back.  By this method, I was able to get 350 legend cartridges to stack almost correctly, but the magazine still wouldn't feed them reliably.  In the course of forming 350 Legend cases from spent .223 brass, I found that while some .223 cases can be neck-expanded as-is, many will split if the mouth of the case is not annealed first.  However, if the shoulder of the case is annealed, it will crumple during the neck expansion process, resulting in an un-usable case.  Thus, I developed a method of consistently annealing the case mouth without annealing the shoulder: first I fill a plastic cartridge tray with water, and then with empty cases, so a batch of cases is held upright, with about the bottom third of the cartridge submerged in water.  Then I run the flame of an oxyacetylene torch over the cases until just the mouth of each case starts to glow red.  So far, my case-forming success rate on cases thus treated has been 100%, compared to about 50% for un-treated cases, and 0% for fully annealed cases.  Anyway, this weekend I plan to upload another armor-testing video.
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March 13, 2020 Update:  This week, my CNC router project remained on hold as I am still waiting for the SD card reader that I ordered.  However, I finished my DIY case trimmer and made a video about it this week.  I also conducted an experiment to see if 7mm magnum would penetrate 3/8" AR500 steel.  Interestingly enough, out of four rounds, three splattered on the plate with no visible damage and one punched a clean hole right through it.  Naturally, I made a video about the test, so that has been added to my upload queue as well.  Anyway, this weekend I expect to upload another armor testing video, probably the one about tire rubber.
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March 6, 2020 Update: I spent the first half of this week working on the benchtop CNC router that I'm building.  With the exception of the Z-axis, most of the mechanical hardware is in place now, so the next step is programming the microcontroller and interfacing it with an SD card reader  so I have a way to load G-code files once the router is complete.  The card reader I ordered hasn't arrived yet, so mid-week I shifted my focus to machining parts for a case trimmer that I'm building.  
The case trimmer is nothing particularly revolutionary--I just needed a case trimmer and figured I could save about $50 by building my own instead of buying one, plus most of the reviews I've seen about popular case trimmers complain about cutters wearing out quickly, making me think that a lot of them probably make their cutters from plain high-carbon steel.  This way, I can make one that accepts carbide-tipped cutting bits.  
Finally, I did an experiment this week with powder coating: the shake-and-bake method works fine for small components, but it's hard to coat anything larger without an electrostatic spray gun that I don't have.  Thus, I wanted to see if I could find a work-around.  I tried mixing the powder-coating powder with various liquids to make a "paint" that I could brush onto a part and then bake to cure, but that didn't work at all.  Water wouldn't even mix with the powder.  Mixing it with denatured alcohol seemed to trigger a polymerization reaction that turned the powder into a solid putty that wouldn't stick to anything.  WD-40 worked in the sense that it would mix with the powder to make a paint-like substance, but when I brushed it on a clean scrap of aluminum and baked it, the result was very poor coverage and even the globs of coating that did cure would flake off at the slightest provocation.  However, I found that if I simply wiped a scrap of aluminum with a cloth dampened in WD-40, leaving only a very thin film of oil on the surface of the part, and then rolled the part in powder, shook off the excess, and baked it, the result was a uniform, adherent coating.  Thus, while I didn't film this initial experiment, I intend to make a video about the method that actually worked.
In any case, this weekend I plan to upload a video I made a while ago about a DIY electrical current regulator.
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February 28, 2020 Update: This week I finished putting together an educational video about the physics of ricochets and spent quite a bit of time working on my CNC wood router project.   I had already welded up most of the structural frame, and this week I focussed on the mechanical part of the X-axis linear drive system, which is now pretty much complete.  The next step will be to build a supporting base or housing that will facilitate attachment of the necessary electronics, after which I will be able to start installing the electronic part of the control system.  As I am working on  the first batch of muzzleloaders for ARCO LLC, I'm also recording some video footage of most of the production operations, so I should be able to put together a video about that process eventually as well.  I still have several armor testing videos in my upload queue, so I expect I will upload another one of them this weekend.
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February 22, 2020 Update:  The highlight of this week was making, testing, and filming some experimental shotgun slugs based on the concept of the 7.92x41mm CETME cartridge: a long, aerodynamic aluminum core with a heavy copper rifling band to provide good stability.  Machining the aluminum cores individually on a manual lathe proved to be a little tedious, and that limited the number of slugs I was able to make for testing, but overall they performed pretty well.  Maybe someday I can build a CNC lathe to make production of repetitive parts like this easier.  I did make a little bit of progress on building my CNC router this week.  Anyway, this weekend I think I will upload another armor testing video, since I still have several in my upload queue. 

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