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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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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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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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