Washington State, land of the not so free

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by 72Camaro, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. 72Camaro

    72Camaro Well-Known Member

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    Long story short a house I own has its' taxes increased $110/month, and I'm not happy about it.

    I'm a staunch Conservative, Republican by default, church going and gun clutching American.

    I've got 4 daughters, 3 married and one ready for her 3rd year of college on an ROTC scholarship in nursing, 2 granddaughters, been married for nearly 30 years and all my kids are an asset to the community and none have every been on unemployment.

    I'm a superintendent for an acoustical ceiling company with co-owners that are gun grabbers but when they are worried about anything going haywire with anyone of question they ask to make sure I'm carrying, which is nearly as often as I breath. Had lots of shooting time when I was a kid but didn't own any guns since then until Obama got in office now I have an arsenal.

    I drag race when I have the time and money which has been once this year. It is a '72 split bumper Camaro with a big block and runs mid 10's. One of my son-in-law races an S-10 at nearly 10 flat and my other buddies when racing run low 9's in a '67 Chevelle and a custom '76 Chevy Luv.

    I hunt birds in Washington, ground squirrels and badgers in Idaho where one of my daughter and son-in-law lives.

    I looked hard for a Marlin 60 but never found one at the right price but bought a Marlin 795 and eventually gave it to may daughter. I eventually bought a Savage 93BTVS with Accutrigger that I enjoy immensly. Looked at a Marlin 917 but the combo for the Savage was more than I could pass up for the price. I'm trying to convince my son-in-laws to hunt with a .17hmr with me since their 22cals just don't have the same reach and I know they would like it. They've shot mine and are amazed at the accuracy and distance for shooting the ground squirrels.

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    You can see a couple of the ground squirrels (Whistle Pigs in Idaho) on the ground. These are actually large ones.
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  2. 28Shooter

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    Welcome Camaro! 1972 - when cars were still made of iron, steel, and chrome, in the United States, and it wasn't a question whether it came with an eight but rather what size eight did you get! I do so miss those days. Also, here in the east, we call groundhogs whistle pigs and they're a good bit larger than what you've got on the ground there.
     

  3. wjjones

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    Welcome to the Forum!. You got a name mines Walter.
     
  4. axxe55

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    welcome to the Marlin Forum and glad you decided to join. again welcome.
     
  5. Hyphenated

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    Welcome aboard. Sounds like you lead a full life. I'm glad you found time to join us.
     
  6. 72Camaro

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    Mine is Shawn. On a Camaro forum many, many years ago, I didn't know what the Username meant so on that forum it is 'Shawn'. On one of the other forums they call me '72C even though my username is the same as it is here.

    I wish I had more time for racing but it is way cheaper to hunt and go to the range. Race gas can add up running 1/2 mile per gallon on race fuel and the entrance fee costs almost as much as a hunting license, for one day. But I do love to race. But I also love to hunt and shoot. I'm actually terrible with a shotgun but have had some luck to make it so I still go out all I can and still bring home an occaisional bird, goose or duck. Pheasant are still a bit of a mystery. But I'm pretty good with a rifle or handgun and it doesn't seem to matter what it is.

    The '72 Camaro was my pride and joy, and I guess still is for play things, it was built in my buddy's shop and has too many custom things on it to list. I made the back half and roll bar and customized the front suspension. I prefer building them to finishing them, like the interior finishes. Some day maybe I'll post some of my other builds if anyone else is into cars, '70 Camaro, '67 Chevelle and a '79 Z28 that was strikingly clean and near stock except where I upgraded. Those cars are long gone but each has a story.

    Thanks for the welcome.
     
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  7. greyhawk50

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    Welcome 72Camaro. Glad that you could join us.
    I really like the looks of your 93 Savage. I own a Savage 93G with the Accu-Trigger in 22 mag..
    The Savage 93BTVS is a sweet rifle. It's a little more money than I spent for mine but, never the less, very attractive.
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  8. axxe55

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    again welcome. Shawn, i have an older M93 in 17HMR. great little rifles. very accurate. costs a little more to shoot than 22lr or 22 mag, but IMO, worth it!
     
  9. 72Camaro

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    I love my .17hmr but have found that it is very important to buy a box of ammo and try it, and if it is accurate buy as many boxes as you can afford withthe same lot number. I bought a bunch of Winchester that had a rebate and have regretted it, a terrible lot. That being said someone with a different lot number put his shots in less than 1/2" at 100yds. I've been told that the ballistic bullets are all made by Hornady and ammo made by CCI with the same gun powder, no matter what it states for the brand of bullet. That being said I have different brands that shoot up to 1" off from each other at 100yds. Find that good batch without a bunch of flyers, sight in and enjoy. I usually have the best luck with Hornady brand.
     
  10. duster066

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    Welcome fellow Washington State resident. I can dig your issues with racing. Circle track has been my passion, and I will honestly say nothing has made me happier than racing cars. You are lucky though. This is my best ever built to SCCA rules intended to road race. It took me nine years to complete and is much better than it looks having every trick I ever learned in it. I can't afford to race it at all. I modded it "back" enough to get it on the streets, but am so depressed about it I haven't even registered it this year. I have returned to guns and hunting to keep me sane and to ease the withdrawal pains.

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  11. 72Camaro

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    Spanaway Speedway use to be around here but it is now houses, and at the time me and the kids would go as often as possible to watch the circle track. One of my guys that works for me was really big into it before the divorce. Are you looking for another car? He has talked about getting rid of it for a few years and has it set up for circle track but I don't know enough to tell for which category.

    I'm with you on the cost of racing and the passion for it. I've only gone one time this year and I don't think I'll be able to go again from other commitments until September and money.
     
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  12. duster066

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    Na I'm not looking for another...unless it's a mini-stock and cheap. My oldest has been talking about doing a mini for Monroe. For now I can drive my Duster on the street although I have to be very careful with pump gas. I get away with it if the outside temp is below about 75 degrees, and then of course I have to baby it. There is a station nearby with E85, but that requires a 700 buck carb, and then what happens if he stops selling it.:( I know ethanol is not a good choice for our energy needs, but as a racer I'm selfish and wish that stuff was everywhere.
     
  13. 72Camaro

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    I use to have another Camaro that I ran on the street with a very nasty small block 406ci and I had to run 2/3 premium and 1/3 race gas to run on the street to keep from pinging, I know what you mean. Lots of fun with a 4 speed, competition clutch and way too much gearing. It was my first car I painted and changed body panels such as a quarter panel and rear panels. It was a 20 footer, but I learned a lot.

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  14. SHOOTER13

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    Welcome to the Marlin Firearms Forum 72Camaro !!

    Here's my very 1st new car...a 1979 Camaro Z28...picked up from the dealer Friday, July 13th, 1979...had that car for 25 years !! ( how's that for lucky !? )

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  15. FOUR4D4

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    Welcome aboard I have a 2011 Camaro
     
  16. 72Camaro

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    I finished and sold a '79Z and made good money on it, it was bought as a $500 carcass. A long story but it was a 5 year build and I did the painting and mechanics on it including fixing and putting AC on it as well as redoing all the interior. A friend of mine laid on the stripes. You have updated the air vents, front emblem and the rear wheel spoiler to a newer model, huh? They didn't have them for '79. '80 bought in '79?

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  17. 72Camaro

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    Cool. A buddy let me drive his 5th gen one for a quick jaunt. Nice car.
     
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    A 20 footer eh? lol This baby is a 100 footer and at least 80 mph. It's basically a street stock and was intended to have the crap kicked out of it. Little effort was put into the paint and body. It's like the Millennium Falcon, it's got it where it counts.;)
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  20. 72Camaro

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    Race cars of any type are cool in my book.