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Too hot to shoot yesterday morning

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Tallbald, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. Tallbald

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    A friend and I go to the range a couple times or more a month. Outdoors and down deep in a holler outside Bowling Green. Arrived at 0900 hoping to beat the heat of the day, which later on did reach 101 heat index. No breeze stirring and just us and the insects on the groomed range under the tin roofed shelter.
    We were shooting black powder which fascinates us both. Slow and contemplative. I took out my Pietta Remington wannabe copy (brass frame beautiful $100 second hand purchase several years ago) and in dismay watched as the gun's blued surfaces became immediately covered in condensation so heavy the barrel markings were illegible.
    Friend fired off several cylinders from his Ruger Old Army and I decided to start with my Optima V2 pistol. Within less than 30 minutes he and I both were wearing soaking wet sweaty shirts and I was dripping on the bench while sweat poured into my eyes. We both decided simultaneously that we would call it a morning.
    Oh well. Such is July in Kentucky. Bob we will try again next week(?) Don.
     
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  2. Ephraim Kibbey

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    Here in Cincinnati, yesterday's dew point was 79. 82 is Cincinnati's highest ever recorded dew point from July 17, 1943. Our AC went out and we are waiting on a very slow part. Maybe I will go to the indoor range today - they have AC!!!
     
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  3. whughett

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    Northern Rhode Island wasn't much better, Monday was a scorcher, between the humidity and the Gypsy months flying around some of the fun was diminished. An ice coffee at Dunkin solved the problem. Typical New England, Wednesday was a whole lot better.

    As an aside, I have fond memories of Kentuck, Lexington to be exact, 80 mile south of Cincinnati, where I lived and home to a young lady who I tried mightily to impress, unsuccessfully. Not to mention Covington and Newport. Wide open towns in the late 50's.
     
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  4. PainlessWolf

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    Good morning! It's 55 degrees here at 9:15am in the southern Rockies. 74 is supposed to be the high today in the valley. Humidity is something that happens in the shower around here but we do have our share of sweat dripping days. Green lawns are vanishingly scarce in this high alpine desert climate and the shootin' weather is fine, just watch the sparks.
    regards all and Happy Friday!
     
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  5. rockyboy

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    Hello from 10 a C. No way I'm going out in this stuff!
     
  6. Patocazador

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    I generally load down from my usual loads in the summer since the heat raises pressures in the gun/cartridge. What is a maximum good-shooting load in the fall or winter can be dangerous in temps close to 100.
     
  7. loose noose

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    Went out this morning bright and early 0700 and the temp was already 95 and the humidity with the monsoon was right at 35%, note I had to test a couple of BP arms I had just repaired so it was a necessity. got back at 0800 and the temps were already up to over 100. Went and cleaned the guns, took a shower and said to heck with it.
     
  8. whughett

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    Hot and dry ,I can live with that,hot and wet that's misery.
     
  9. loose noose

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    BTW it got up to 118 today and has been as high as 125, believe me the old smoke poles get to the point where they will shoot around corners, further we got 1/2" of rain on Sunday so that dry, turned to humidity quite quickly. I was born in N/E Wisconsin so I do know humidity, and I was able to handle it pretty well until I got up in age, then even that hot dry climate started to melt my fine linen patches.
     
  10. whughett

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    When I'm inclined to complain about the heat I harken back to winter pre-retirement days when I had to knock the ice off a telephone pole as I climbed it and then hang there on a 10 degree day in a light ocean breeze trying to attach a new cable or terminal. I could never put enough clothes on it seems. Its why we winter in Florida.
     
  11. 792mauser

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    Was °110 today at Rio Salado range.
    Not to bad for me at 100yds with sweat in my eyes, a sketchy breeze from the west and patches that wanted to dry out as I wet them.
    I'm pretty sure that shooting my rifles was cooling em down more than leaving em out to cool.
     

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  12. big-ugly

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    Going to be near 100 all week here again for the 2nd week in a row.. Plenty of Humidity in Southeast Ne... Wednesday is going to come with a heat index of 110. Nothing new, it is mid July in Nebraska... The corn is loving it, and the people are hating it.
     
  13. whughett

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    On those hot sultry nights one can almost see the corn grow.
     
  14. big-ugly

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    Quite literally. I usually work from 12-9:30, so I can see the difference in the corn on the way to work from when I leave at 11, and when I return home around 10:30. It's amazing how much corn can grow over just 1 day. Although right now everything is tasseled out. No more getting taller, just filling out the ears.
     
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  15. Ephraim Kibbey

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    Big-ugly - I just noticed your "Brandon aka 'Mongo'."
    My CB handle, back in the late '70's, was likewise "Mongo."
    RIP the great Alex Karras!
     
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  16. 4v50 Gary

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    Bowling Green KY can be miserably hot. I was there in June but we had A.C. classrooms at WKU.

    Here in SO CO it rained heavy yesterday and I took my three students out to qualify.
     
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  17. midland man

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    could you guys just imagine how our ancestors dealt with the Oklahoma heat back then when there was no electricity and you only had shade if you were traveling thru!
     
  18. 1KPerDay

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    Rifle pistol match here yesterday. Most uncomfortable I've been in a while.
     

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  19. robhof

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    Now that's just cruel!! Was in South Dakota one summer a few yrs back, mornings were in the low 50's but did warm up to the high 70's by noon, still with low humidity was great prairie dog shooting weather.
     
  20. RPZ

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    Heat index this time of year in Texas is well over 100. I do not like indoor ranges, and hence I do very little - if any - shooting in the summer here. I get far more cabin fever here in a week than I had in a winter in Alaska years ago.
     
  21. MCgunner

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    Nope, don't take long to work up a sweat in this heat, but Texas is ALWAYS hot in July/August. One acclimates. Heck, we had no AC when I was a kid, just an attic fan with the windows open.

    I do appreciate the AC, though. :D I load up 3 cylinders for the 58 Remmy, then walk out back and shoot 'em, go back inside to reload. :D Not out in the heat that long that way.
     
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  22. big-ugly

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    Texas heat is a different kind of heat though. It doesn't seem nearly as bad as anywhere with humidity. We vacationed to Port Aransas (awesome place, will go back before I die) and all through TX it was hot, but it didn't bother me a bit. I was quite comfortable in blue jeans the entire trip. Back home it would have been too miserable outside to do anything.
     
  23. MCgunner

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    I grew up 15 miles from the Gulf of Mexico south of Houston near Freeport. I live 100 miles west of Houston, currently. I don't know where this place is in Texas you speak of with low humidity, Big Bend? :rofl: Open the door here and you have to swim out. :D
     
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  24. big-ugly

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    Come to Nebraska this time of year and you will understand what I mean. It was hot, no doubt, but it wasn't an unbearable sweat drenching heat like we have here.
     
  25. MCgunner

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    If you say so. But, we have more'n enough humidity here, thanks. What time of year were you in Aransas? In winter, it can be quite pleasant. The north wind tends to blow the humidity out, at least until the wind turns around. I've never seen mosquitoes any worse than Aransas NWR. I went there to bow hunt once in late September. Lordy, I had to tie a bandana over my mouth to keep from breathing the things. They seemed to eat deep woods off. And, before anyone says anything, this was in 1974, before the Thermacell was invented. :D

    Summer is hot and humid here. Heat indexes run over 100 most days even though the temp might be 92. When the heat index hits 108, they issue warnings. The temp doesn't have to be 108, just the index. It hits that here with the temps in the mid to upper 90s.

    When I was a kid, we had no AC as I've mentioned. We ran an attic fan and left the window next to the bed open. In the morning, the sheets would be soaking wet from the humidity. In August afternoons, I can remember being miserable hot, getting on my bicycle and riding down the road just to get some breeze. It was marvelous when I finally got a motorcycle. :D
     

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