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Forum Blog / It is time for a forum software update
December 06, 2021, 09:57:55 AM
When I created this forum almost 12 years ago, I chose Simple Machine Forums (SMF) software. SMF had the functionality we needed and had tons of plug-ins to extend its functionality. The main problem with SMF was that installing some plug-ins could break the forum because they were making changes to the forum's software code. We have done two major software updates to the forum, both to software forks of SMF. We went that route because the forks fixed the plug-ins design issue in SMF, SMF development was slow, and the software forks introduced better functionality. Currently we are using ElkArte, but development of ElkArte has slowed down quite a bit. Fortunately, SMF is now on par with ElkArte in terms of features and functionality, and we are still at a point where I can migrate the forum back to SMF. The mods and I have done some testing of the migration process and only found one major problem.
The migration needs to happen in stages; first we move from ElkArte to SMF 2.0. That process works perfectly but SMF 2.0 lacks some of the features that we are used to.  SMF 2.1 RC4 has the functionality we want, but it also introduces a different encryption mechanism for our passwords. That means the following:
  • ElkArte user passwords will work after migrating to SMF 2.0.
  • When users log to SMF 2.0, their passwords become compatible with SMF 2.1 RC4.
  • After upgrading from SMS 2.0 to SMF 2.1 RC4, any user that did not login to SMF 2.0 first, will have to reset their forum password. That is a problem that I have not been able to avoid.
The plan is as follows:
  • Migrate forum from ElkArte to SMF 2.0.
  • Recreate the forum portal page.
  • Install SMF plug-ins that are equivalent to the ones we are now running on ElkArte.
  • Leave the forum running SMF 2.0 for about two weeks to give people a change to log in and get their passwords migrated to the new SMF encryption.
  • Upgrade SMF 2.0 to SMF 2.1 RC4.
The migration process will start in January 2022. I will keep you updated with the dates and times the forum will be updated.
Quite a few new members have issues posting on the forum for the first time.  This because in order to prevent bots and other idiots from bombarding the forum with SPAM, we require verification of the first 5 posts.  After your 5th post, the verification stops automatically.  In order for the verification to work, you can't have any popup blockers enabled or you will never see window asking for verification.  We know this is inconvenient, but it has helped us tremendously in preventing the forum from getting spammed. 
Forum Blog / Minor changes coming up
March 29, 2019, 11:43:45 AM
We are moving some boards around.  In the last 9 years we have grown way beyond the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge, and we feel it is time to make the site more "Creedmoor generic."  
General Discussion / Ruger Mark IV Recall
June 08, 2017, 10:52:01 AM

This is scary.  I need to check my 22/45 and send it in if necessary.
Our military just dropped a MOAB (mother of all bombs) in Afghanistan to kill Taliban and ISIS cockroaches hiding in tunnels.  To quote Gene Hackman, "By all means sir.  Drop that fucker, ...twice."
The attachment has the tested load data that Alliant has developed for the Creedmoor.  As is the case with Alliant load data for most metallic cartridges, these loads are the max loads and need to be reduced by 10% for starting charges.
I worked a load for my RPR.  It loves 42.0 gr of H4350.  Today for the first time I tried my .308 suppressor on the RPR.  I was expecting the POI to change (and it went down), but I was not expecting the bullets to be all over the place.  Do you work up loads for both suppressed and not suppressed shooting?
Please take a minute and email your legislators. It actually takes less than a minute.

The 6.5 Creedmoor: What's the Big Deal?

by Richard Mann - Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Forum Blog / Politics, religion, race, etc.
July 18, 2016, 10:55:41 AM
For the most part this is a self-moderating forum.  The purpose of this forum is to exchange information related to the 6.5 Creedmoor metallic cartridge.  Please keep politics, religion, race, etc. in other forums designated for those subjects.  If you feel that a post is inappropriate or offensive, please report it.  Aussie65 or I will take care of it.  I hate censorship but I also hate BS, so please keep it clean.
Forum Blog / 6.5 Creedmoor Merchandise Store
June 21, 2016, 08:58:49 AM
As most of you know, our forum logo, shirts, etc. come from Aussie65.  He keeps getting emails about how to get stuff from him. Here is the link to the website where you can buy 6.5 Creedmoor merchandise:
Forum Blog / Personal Messages Limit
February 16, 2016, 08:48:57 AM
If you are not a donator, your inbox will fill up after 75 messages and nobody will be able to send you more PMs.  If you are a donator, you get to store unlimited PMs on this site.
Forum Blog / Donators should not see ads
February 14, 2016, 06:20:21 PM
First, thank you very much to the forum donators.  Donators will not see ads in the forum.  I just fixed that for most of you, but there are a few where the email address used in PayPal does not match your email address in the forum.  If you donated and are still seeing ads, PM me your name, email address used in PayPal, and approximate date of donation.  I will take care of it.
Forum Blog / Forum Now Open To Guest Users
April 15, 2015, 12:08:33 PM
Effective today most of the boards will be visible and searchable by guests, but the Trading Post will remain hidden.  Guest users won't be able to post on any of the boards and will be required verification when performing searches.  As always, it is suggested that you register for full access.
General Discussion / Got A New Toy...
June 19, 2014, 12:30:34 PM
and it is not a rifle, it is a mini mill.  Something new to learn and play with.  I already finished a few 80% AR-15 lower receivers, not sure what will be next.  Suggestions?[media id=222 type=full align=center]
General Discussion / Will Feinstein Ever Stop?
March 26, 2014, 04:03:32 PM
She is back at it.  Hornady created a website to automatically write to your state senators.  Click here to write to your senators, it only takes a minute. 

Her lengthy list of prohibitive demands is outlined below.
  • "Prohibit importation of all semi-automatic rifles that can accept, or be readily converted to accept, a large capacity ammunition magazine of more than 10 rounds, regardless of the military pedigree of the firearm or the configuration of the firearm's magazine well;
  • Prohibit semi-automatic rifles with fixed magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds;
  • Prohibit the importation of the frame or receiver of any prohibited rifle, regardless of whether it is incorporated into a fully manufactured firearm.
  • Prohibit the practice of importing assault rifles in parts and then constructing the rifles once they are in the United States by adding the requisite number of American-made parts;
  • Prohibit the use of a "thumbhole" stock as a means to avoid classification of a rifle as an assault rifle; and
  • Prohibit the importation of assault pistols, in addition to assault rifles."
The ban would target attributes like "thumbhole stocks" and "semi-automatic rifles with fixed magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds" which would prohibit tube-fed .22 rimfire rifles.
Additionally, rifles and "assault pistols" capable of accommodating detachable magazines with a capacity in excess of 10 rounds would be banned "regardless of the military pedigree of the firearm or the configuration of the firearm's magazine well."

She must be stopped. Please join us in an email campaign to all senators, voicing support against this attack on our 2nd Amendment rights.
Reloading / I Got Busy Today
February 28, 2014, 08:44:50 PM
One hundred rounds reloaded.
[media id=17 type=preview align=center caption="140gr AMAX"]

Getting ammo ready while @RifleworX works on my Savage barreled action.
Forum Blog / How can I make a donation to help the forum?
February 28, 2014, 02:43:40 PM
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I think I got the new software configured correctly to allow everyone to post pictures here on the forum.  I posted instructions here.  I will leave this feature open for a while to see how much space and bandwidth is used.  If the cost becomes prohibitive, I might have to close this in the future.  For now, please give it a shot and let me know if you have any issues.