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  1. I was in cabela's this afternoon and found they had remington r11's and had jacked them up to 1100 to 1250 and a quick search shows these list for 600 to 800. this is ridiculous. I won' t ever buy another gun from them. I will take my biz to dealers who won't rip me off.. Considering turning in my Cabelas card. This hysteria will pass but I have a long memory. I also will email the Presideny of the company. I urge you to do the same. It will be a long time before I buy from them.
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    Natural Gas Garage Heater?

    I have had a hot dawg for the past 10 years with no problems but the best is the reznor. More reliable and quieter. If you are putting this in a newer house be sure to check if you need a regulator. the gas valves on the Mr Heaters were failing and it was because of high natural gas pressure. Put a 11 inch w.c. regulator at least 5 feet away and it will solve some possible future problems. the valve on the heater will reduce it to 7 with no problem. Some newer houses do not have whole house regulators by the meter any more and you must regulate the appliance. At least that is what my son has been told as he is installing a Mr. Heater one in his garage currently. Check with a HVAC pro if any doubts.
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    Huntng GPS?

    I, also, have a rino. My model is the 535hcx which is no longer made and last season was my first with it. Very happy with aquisition speed and the ability to keep a signal under the trees. I also have a rino 110 which is one of the early models and it is much slower and has trouble keeping a signal under the trees. I have downloaded topo maps for it and also have a lakemaster dvd for it. Love the ability to download data from it onto my computer and play with it. The radio is a 5 watt on the gmrs channels and works great to talk to my hunting partners.
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    Air Source Vs. Ground Source Input

    I had to make the same decision a couple of years ago. I had to replace a 30 year old HVAC system. I maintain a mall with 7 ground source heat pumps so I am more than a little familiar with them. When I ran the numbers I went with a air source heat pump for my home. I didn't feel I could make up the infrastructure costs in the time i would be in my home and there is not(at that time) any resale increase due to the geothermal being in the home. I also have control box that allows me to set the temp that the air source kicks on and i use it down to about 20 degrees. At temps below 45 do not expect it to replace your furnace but it does assist. As far as life span to the geo's they originally were 7 years but the new ones come with 10 year warranties and you could reasonably expect a 20 year lifespan or more. All the major brands use Copeland compressors and remember all they really are is a air conditioner that reverses and they should last as long as one of them. You just have to run the numbers and make your own decisions. If I was building new, I would seriously look at geo but air source are constantly getting better. There is at least 1 air source that says it will work in all weather(hallowell?) Hope this helps.
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    Well problems

    I agree with Frank. it is never normal for a submersible well to run out the top(excluding artesians). this means your pump is constantly running and will have a shorter life. It can be a problem at the pitless adaptor, broken pipe underground or similar. Best option is to call your well guy.
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    Bombardier Outlander voltage regulator

    OOOh the dreaded voltage regulator. Had mine go out on my 2005 400 max. You have to get the kit through a dealer. test it by putting a voltmeter across your battery terminals. The regulators can fail high or low. The output should be around 13-14 volts. If your voltage regulator is up front then you have to move it to the back. My 2005 has it in the back but I am not sure about yours. The repair involves a new regulator(200bucks) and a new wiring pigtail (99 bucks) and about 15 minutes of your time or so. Hopefully, these kits have solved the problem. Good Luck
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    Yellowstone or ???

    Depending on what you want to do, there are many good spots in Montana that are not associated with a national park. If it just camping and enjoying scenery just pick a couple of spots in western third and you will find state and federal campgrounds in most. Yellowstone only really takes a couple of days to go thru and Glacier is about the same. Other things to do and see are the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Virginia City. Helena has many historic sights and the Montana History Museum has tours of the city. wyoming,the Black Hills, Idaho are all similar. You don't have to go to the crowded spots to enjoy the west. Let me know what you are interested in and I can give you even more ideas. I grew up in Montana and have been through a good chunk of the west on vacations.
  8. Congrats- I grew up in Helena and still have family all over the state. As far as fishing, it just depends on the kind of fishing you want to do. 1 streams and creeks surround the town and can be fished effectively on foot with worms or flies depending on how how you want. If you haven't fly fished before I suggest you start by drifting worms as this will teach you how to drift a fly. Towards Townsend/Toston are Dry Creek, Deep Creek and Sixteen on one side of the Missouri, and Crow Creek on the other. Towards Great Falls is wolf creek. Towards Boulder there is prickly pear and others. Towards Missoula there is the Little Blacfoot, Spotted Dog and Dog creek amongst many. You will catch Brookies from 4 to 10 inches with occassional rainbows up to 12. 2. Rivers- the Missouri river is the dominant river and can be fished from shore or drifted depending on how and where. Contains Rainbows, Browns and other larger trout species. 3. Lakes- the Missouri is dammed in several places resulting in Canyon Ferry Lake(trout, perch and walleye), Hauser, and Holter all being good fishing. Mountain Lakes such as Park Lake are accessible by vehicle. Back Country lakes such as Edith, Hidden and others by Townsend are reachable on horseback or foot for cutthroats. Hope this helps- you should really enjoy all the opportunities. BTW- Shellies Cafe on Prospect has great home cooked food.
  9. The park is full of bison and likely you will have to stop on the road at one point to let them pass. Elk are plentiful especially by Mammoth, Sheep are unlikely unless you are in the back country, You can see goats on the road between the park and Cooke City. Coyotes and wolves are distributed throughout the park, Moose are common by Tom Thumb and in the Hayden Valley area. Antelope are not common in the park but very common in flats and prairie throughout Montana and Wyoming. Bears, both black and Griz are unusual. The park makes a concerted effort to keep bears and humans seperate. Make it a point to stop and see the Museum in Cody. Fantastic place. Have fun.
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    Generators

    For this you will have to figure out the load you have. Your furnace is propane but the blower is obviously electric and probably draws says 7 amps at 120 volts for a 840 watt load. Your well pump will draw say 7 amps at 240 volts for a 1680 watt load. The total for the two would then be 2220 watts. Add a few 100 watt light bulbs and say a the television load and it adds up quickly. Then they advise doubling that load to size your generator. You could get by with a 6000 watt sustained power with 8000 surge generator. Propane powered ones tend to be somewhat more expensive. They often are tri-fueled and can run LP, natural gas and gas. Northern Tool carries a large variety and there are standby ones that are mounted on a pad permanently. Your transfer switch is extra. You can backfeed thru a heavy duty outlet(such as a welding outlet) in a pinch but you MUST, flip the main breaker before even hooking generator up and unhook the generator before flipping it back on. They can be a life saver. Have used mine several times due to weather related interruptions. Also, don't run it in the garage. Roll or drag it outside. They make so much noise you will want it out there anyway.
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    propane range cooktop for permanent

    Look on HSO-Classifieds for used ones or any RV joint has them. Could order online by searching for rv cooktop.
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    RE:Rough Service Bulbs?

    You can take them out. These are bulbs designed with a thicker filament and more supports to the filament for use in trouble lights and outdoor situations. Makes no difference if you want to use CFL's.
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    Anyone fish Table Rock or Bull Shoals in Missouri?

    Fished Table Rock quite a few years ago in late March or Early April when we went to Branson over Easter and stayed at a resort on the lake. According to the resort and verified by my results it is not a good time to fish bass. Couldn't find crappies either in the two times I was out. However, the trout in the River were hot at that time. Hope, this helps some
  14. read the reviews of the new Beretta 400. they sure seem to like it and handles all shells from light 2 3/4 to 3 1/2 and good recoil management.
  15. Haven't ever chained up a wheeler but sure have chained up many a pickup. Have you tried putting a tensioner on the chains. This is a rubber band with hooks that goes on the outside of the tire to tighten the chains up after install. You have to have these on a chain or it will come off. They are sold seperately. Our procedure was to lay the chains out,drive the truck on, connect chains as tight as possible by hand and then put tensioners on. Never had a problem.
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