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Old 04-01-2013, 04:40 AM   #511
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Calories per volume and weight rule. Balanced nutrition is important too. I do not subscribe to the "buy what you eat, eat what you buy" concept for extended timeframe preparation.
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Can you elaborate on this at all? I know that there are Coast Guard survival lifeboat rations that have vitamins, calories and, while being efficient, small and lightweight, taste like sheet rock. Changing the diet of a family during times of high stress could lower morale and cause even more problems than you already have piling up. I'm no authority or dietician, but would like some thoughts on which is better.

I was always under the impression that if you just stocked more of the stuff you eat every day, you just keep it rotating and as fresh as possible. Obviously, there are things you need to prep that that won't work with: Water, bread, fresh fruits and vegetables come to mind. Wheat berries and a hand grinder/mill are one of the things that you store to make your own baked goods, but keeping everything as "normal" as possible, like meals, would seem to be smart. Matt or anyone having a comment please join in!
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I'll trade ya TekGreg -- 'fess up on exaggerating the size of that breaker bar and "axe" and I'll 'splain food Lucy.

PS: most ships' emergency lifeboat rations are actually pretty damn good tasting -- the ones I have and recommend are basically square lemon-vanilla cookies. One could grow very fat and happy nibbling on them with coffee. Short term only though -- they are not nutritionally balanced.

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TekGreg, those Estwing hatchets are the best!! They have been making them the same for 50 years.

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Estwing, still all made in USA, Rockford, IL

Saw these in Farm and Fleet yesterday.

http://www.farmandfleet.com/products/774565-estwing-double-bit-axe-leather-grip.html

http://www.farmandfleet.com/products/774566-estwing-tomahawk-leather-grip.html

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I'll trade ya TekGreg -- 'fess up on exaggerating the size of that breaker bar and "axe" and I'll 'splain food Lucy.
LOL! No exaggeration - not that I'm above it -but they sell three sizes made by DeWalt: 24", 36" and 42". My Home Depot was sold out of the 42" model, so I "settled." This thing will still dismantle a wall in under 15 minutes. :-)
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PS: most ships' emergency lifeboat rations are actually pretty damn good tasting -- the ones I have and recommend are basically square lemon-vanilla cookies. One could grow very fat and happy nibbling on them with coffee. Short term only though -- they are not nutritionally balanced.
These sound like a great temporary source of food. Do you happen to have an online source for these, Matt? I found a food source that sounded like it might not only be compact and balanced, but also taste good. It is located at: www.katesrealfood.com
I have not tried them yet and have no affiliation with the company, but they had a good write-up in a recent magazine article.
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Not buying that's a 3' bar no matter what. You got the 2'. I'm tellin' ya...



Tek, I have no time right now or much going forward but a quick recomendation for balanced, compact, cheap meal replacements are 400 calorie protein meal replacement bars by MetRx -- "Big 100's" I think they're called. They are a little sweet to my taste but they are balanced carbs, proteins and fats. Add a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement. Thrive.

The Ships Rations are short term carbs and some fats -- I can't even remember which I've got but they are compact indestructible calories without salt to speak of. Good for a BOB in the car. VERY expensive to ship compared to their relatively low price -- they really are big cake-sized cookies after all, and heavy. You buy them in bricks of calories, i.e. 2,400, 3,600... Buy quantity with a friend. Are they from California? "Help" -- is that the name?

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Bought a 10/22 (like I needed another 22). Made a peep sight sight and a fiber-optic front sight for it today.

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Bought a 10/22 (like I needed another 22). Made a peep sight sight and a fiber-optic front sight for it today.
I have an older Ruger 10/22, but would love to get one of the new breakdown models. Only 20" long when disassembled - great for backpack.
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