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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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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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February 14, 2020 Update: This week, I spent most of my time working on machining parts for the CNC router that I am building.  However, I also made a few experimental shotgun slugs that I plan to test in the near future, and started investigating the possibility of forming 350-Legend cases out of spent .223 brass.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is relatively easy to expand the neck of a .223 case all the way up to .357 inch diameter.  However, I still need to find out whether the pressure of firing will split the cases or fire-form them to the chamber, and I may need to make myself a better case trimmer, as the necking-up process often produces a rather uneven case mouth.  In any case, this weekend I plan to upload a video about what gear I carry on outdoor expeditions, since that has been requested a few times, most recently in the comments on the video I uploaded about Kane Lake.
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February 7, 2020 Update: This week I created an updated introduction video for my channel, filmed a short video discussing and comparing the features of Patreon and SubscribeStar, and  made an experimental case-neck expander die designed to neck .223 cases up to .357" diameter.  The goal is to see if I can form 350 Legend cases from spent .223 brass, which will be the subject of a future video.  I'm thinking that this weekend I will upload the video I made about my excursion to Kane Lake last summer.
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January 31, 2020 Update:  I spent this week machining and welding together the frame for my CNC router, working on the cover design for my Western novel, and finishing up some muzzleloader testing.  I also started working on an educational video about the physics of ricochets.  This weekend I expect to upload another armor testing video.

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