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Sorry I got on this late guys, but here goes…

My name is Russell Dempsey and I am 27 years old. I live in Geelong, Victoria Australia. I am married (no kids) and work as fitness Instructor/personal trainer at Splashdown fitness centre. I am also studying at the theological college and my aim is to be ordained in 4-5 years.

I am also a weightlifter and was meant to compete in January but contracted hepatitis (which I beat) so now I am competing at the end of this year. I am also heavily involved with martial arts but am focusing on boxing at the moment.

I shoot nearly every weekend and my quarry is rabbits and foxes mainly. I also take my centerfires out and put a few rounds through them to keep my eye in.

For the future I am planning a hunt in the Northern Territory for Water Buffalo (with a few pigs etc.. thrown in) and to hunt Cape Buffalo in Africa. My parent in laws are missionaries in Tanzania so we have accommodation and I have to just finish all the other details.

My 2 favourite calibres are .303 British and .458 win mag and these are the two rifles that will be accompanying me to NT and Africa.

I am always available if anyone wants help on anything so feel free to buzz me.

Take care guys and god bless.

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Hello all, fairly new to this forum, allow me to introduce myself.  Been a gun nut all my life, but Mom and Dad were city folks who feared guns and irresponsible kids, so I was allowed only archery stuff as a kid.  Once I moved out and started a 7 year career in radio, I started buying guns, a lot of 22's in the early days, and I still love them.  After the radio gig got old, I got into the police biz, and stayed with it thru 14 years and three departments, the last one soured me on it.  Political correctness was the order of the day, and I was a long way from it, so I left.  Since then I have worked in the print industry and am currently carrying a handgun in the interest of corporate security.  It ain't glamorous, but neither am I, and in the bass-ackward midwest, where CCW's are non-existant, it allows me to carry in the inner city, where I work.  I'm also known to (always) have some kind of bullet launcher with me at home, as I live in the middle of several thousand acres of farmland.  Right now I live with future ex-wife #3 and her uncle, and have a picnic table in the back yard to shoot off of, lately my interests have ranged into leverguns, and I currently own four, three of them Marlins. I own one homely OLD shotgun that will likely outlive me and my kids, several handguns, and a few strays of one persuasion or another.  Along my travels, I have also accumulated two ex-wives, four kids, and one absolute jewel of a woman, whom I currently reside with.  She wasn't a shooter when I met her, but she's coming along nicely!  The Marlin 357 I got her for Christmas may have something to do with it, she shoots it far better than she has any right to, except that I taught her, and so can therefore take some credit.  The kids are also shooters, my youngest daughter (17) dotes on my Remington 22 rifle and my Browning Buckmark, and my youngest (11) son is a lot like me, if it goes bang he likes it.  He likes 22's and the Mini-14, but is lobbying hard for me to upgrade to an AR-15 or something similar.  We'll see. 

Not sure if I fit into the Old Fart catagory based on age, but my better half assured me I do, so that's settled.  She, by the way, is exactly half my age this year, and so coincidentally, I am twice her age, and almost as smart as I think I am.  She, however, remains skeptical.

I'm not a gunsmith but I am an avid tinkerer, and plan on tearing my Marlins down soon for a bit of polishing and smoothing.  I have been reloading for 20+ years, mostly for pistol and revolver, and my ugly Lee Turret press has over 105,000 rounds to its credit, and still works like a charm.  I like experimenting with new powders and loads, but I'm no longer a velocity freak, accuracy and consistency have become my mantra.  The only problem with that, is that my eyesight is abysmal compared to 20 years ago, and after buying 6 guns last year, most of this year's budget is going for scopes and mounts, plus the usual bullets, powder and primers.

I am proud of some things, less proud of others, but when I figure out how to post pictures, you folks will be subjected to my kids, my guns, and my kids shooting my guns.  Suffer through it, I personally think they (kids AND guns) are enjoyable to look at.

Not much else to tell, I'm an avowed conservative and one-issue voter, and I'll bet you can figure out which one.  I'm also highly opinionated, crotchety, and don't suffer fools silently.  As my Dad used to say, "I may not ALWAYS be right, but by God, I am NEVER wrong!"  He's been gone five years now, and I miss him every day.  Mom still hangs around, 78 this year, and both her parents lived past 95, so I plan on keeping her around for a bit longer.  God forbid I go before her, she'd never forgive me.  No parent should ever have to bury their own child, at any age. 

Gotta go, time to cook some obscenely good dinner, likely the best reason my honey keeps me around.  It's been enjoyable learning more about you all, and you can expect to hear from me if there's a question I remember the answer to, or something I feel strongly about.  And if my responses stir you to respond directly, feel free.  I ain't proud, but not much bashful, neither!

Papajohn (aka PJ)  

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote macca Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2004 at 19:29
Welcome PJ and I think you will probably fit in well.I think the bulk of BSB's are straight talkers and shooters hopefully..Have a good one macca
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Hey There Ya'all

   Frist off welcome to all the new folks,I just gotta say one thing about all ya new feller's. Ya'all sound like very interestin'  folks,so come on and post some. Sounds to me like the knowlege on this board is growing in leaps and bounds and we would really like your input.

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macca and tikkabuck said it very well! good to have all of you guys here, and we hope to hear from you!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote fish Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 February 2004 at 07:09

well, well, well, look at all those old farts.

me, too. born in 1951 in victoria, texas (how do you like that, ranch dog?). raised in tennessee; graduated in 1969 from sewanee military academy; 1974 from tennessee technological university. been in alabama since 1974 as a newspaperman.

you can tell from my signature where my heart interests lie. head interests are family, messing on outdoors forums like this one, hunting (mostly deer; some squirrel), shooting, occasionally photography.

grown daughter in grad school in denver (it's her penny, not mine). one boy about to graduate high school. another in the 10th grade. oldest likes to hunt; youngest LOVES it. both like to shoot. daughter likes to hunt with her ol' pappy when she has time.

too debt poor right now to own much in the way of firearms. project right now is finishing a nice walnut stock for my sporterized swedish m96 (professionally done, by the way, by someone else on an unmatching rifle). next project after that is saving the money for a good piece of glass for the swede. i really can do a better-than-passable job of bedding and other simple gunsmithish type things.

good to see folks like kingpin are still here. t-sunk invited me back after noticing my original fish280 handle on 24hr.  

  

 

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FISHHIEMER!!!!!!!!!! Just how have you been?? I was thinking about you the other day, I was thinking...........well, we won't get into that.....LOL Good to see you...............Kingpin

I'll wrap you up for that "old fart" crack.......LOL I am glad you're still in the land of the living

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it is so nice to be wanted
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After being on here a couple of years I guess I might as well add my .02 worth.

Born in SW wisconsin in the Ocooch mountains in 1954. Raised on a farm 4 miles from the Mississippi River. Stated hunting as soon as I could hold a gun. Haven't missed a Wisconsin Deer opener since 1966. I work for a large Dairy Cooperative and again live in SW wisconsin after a nine year sabbatical into the great western state of Iowa. It is west of the Mississippi you know. If it moves in the woods I've hunted it. But shooting is really my thing. Shoot trap, Sporting Clays (which I stink at) and BR .22. Reload shotshells and rifle and my smokepole on occassion. Stated muzzleloader hunting in the early 70s. Long before it was popular. Married with two kids, Daughter lives at home and attends college to be a psychologist. Son is serving as a Seabee in USN 40th Battalion. I'm just a little guy about 6'4'' and 265  lbs. I say little because I just lost about 50 pounds this year in an effort to control newly diagnosed Diabetes. I used to post on here a lot but I confess that now I'm a bit more of a lurker. RD

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fish: how is the wife doing? didnt you say something that she was going threw rought times awhile back. if so hope she is doing better.
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hey mm:

mrs. fish came through cancer just fine. been cancer free - and chemo free - more than a year now.

hallelujah!

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I'm glad it went as planned.  My father-in-law passed away just before Christmas, one year and a month after diagnosis.  That makes the 3rd relative I've lost to that plague, wonderful to hear somebody got the upper hand for a change.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote fish Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 February 2004 at 02:25

so sorry to hear that about your wife's dad.

as for missus fish's fight, well, she would say, it is He who has the upper hand in our house.

even during the worst times, during the throes of utter torture caused by the chemo and the worst of depressions, kate always would say it'll be ok, whatever happens, because she knows how the story ends.

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Brave lady.  We need more class acts like you 'round here to keep us bottom-dwellers in line.  If tash is gonna go out recruitin' like a mad man, maybeso he can target fellers like Big Papa, WheelchairBandit, SSE, FVA, Delbert and some of those guys with wit an' a lil' common decency. 
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I suppose it's about time I Introduced myself. I was born in Chicago Illinois in1947, mum australian dad american. I've lived in australia most of my life, but was called back from aussie as I was a US citizen . I served in Viet Nam until I was wounded and evacuated. in 1965. My dad had died so we all went back to Australia, best move I ever made.  I wanted to be a forester, but I achieved my dream somewhat,as I have worked in forestry now for over 30 years The last 13 years has been as a forest ranger, so I'm out in the bush everyday. I don't want to get promoted as you end up in the office. I've posted about an incredible forest fire I went through, and I like hunting deer. In april I'm headed off on my annual red deer hunt, and after that I'm after Sambar, they are number one down here. I'm back packing to get one this year, maybe. I'll be 57 in april but everyone thinks I'm in my 40's, the outdoor life sticks to ya. I made up my mind when I was very young that I would never end up in an office with all the rubbish that goes on in there. Anyhow I'm happy with my life of rangering and getting paid for it and thinking about or going hunting. Another thing yanks never lose thir accent, but my workmates are from the bush and I'm one of them. I like hunting this forum because you fellas are kindred.
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  Welcome to the site.it's a good place to hang out,lots of good folks and lots of knowelge.
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yeah, mac, what t-buck said. funny, though, how your american accent does not come through the post.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote macawber Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 February 2004 at 19:51

Thank you all,

                    notice on one thread you like dog's Fish, I can't be without them. I lost two dog's last year, one in a bushfire the other was found dead, a lab only 6 years old, and my favourite. I didn't get an autopsy to expensive , but I figured he had lung damage from the fire. After the fire he was never the same dog. A dog who was a happy dog didn't look happy. It concerned me but I thought the fire scared him only. Well I have a Drahthaar and a yellow lab. Both good dog's, but they don't replace the other dog's I've had. I hope I can contribute to this forum, with something of interest.

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A good hello to you folks here from a south Texas city boy turned country many moons ago.  Born in San Antonio, Texas in November, 1942. I suppose that makes me one of the 'older' generation but thats OK as I feel I am young at heart.  Graduated HS in 1960 and did one year of gunsmithing education at Trinidad State Junior College, Trinidad Colorado.  One of the best years of my life as I saw everything from a .17 Javelina to a .458 WinMag built that year.  Spent lots of time on the Colorado prairie hunting 'pasture poodles' and Spotted Prairie rattlesnakes (Crotalus Viridis).  Spent time working as a bookkeeper and then almost 20 years with American Airlines as an Airport Passenger Services Agent.  Decided to take an early out when they were trying to get rid of some of us older personnel to do some freelance nature photography.  Did odd jobs as a substitute teacher at the local middle-school, did rough carpentry work during the time I was laid off from the airline, worked one summer near Jackson, WY on a "guest" ranch as a maintenance man. In 1969 traveled to Deerlodge, MT to visit the minister that had married my ex-wife & I and fell in love with the country and the folks I had the opportunity to meet.  Hope to get back to Montana one of these days as soon as I start drawing the SS check.  My dad passed on in November of 1996 and I quit my job to come back to Hondo to take care of my mom who passed on in July of 2003.  Coming back in 1996 I looked for a job that would allow me to take care of mom and work also but nothing came of it. So in 1998, I opened a one-man shop specializing in repair/modifications of bolt & lever guns and expanded the services to include new barrels on bolt guns and wildcat and Ackley Improved cartridges.  My favorite caliber is the 6.5 and recently have taken an interest in .323 and .338 calibers and with a friend and fellow experimenter developed a .338 wildcat based on the ol' 8mm Mauser.  Hopefully, his rifle will be in Alaska for the caribou hunt this year.  Just about finished and I am starting the load testing as weather and time permits.  My house & property are up for sale as I plan to relocate to my cousin's ranch in SW Llano county and move myself and the shop there to continue my riflesmithing there until I get too frail and/or old to do good work.  About covers it for now...Look forward to hopefully be a contributing member here.  Thanks for listening.....Ol' John

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Hondo, that's three of us in South Texas, we're catching up!
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