Biggie Smalls “Our Words – Our Thoughts”

Yeah, this album is dedicated to all the teachers that told me I’d never amount to nothin’

The Notorious B.I.G.
The Notorious B.I.G. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cause I went from negative to positive and it’s all… good….

NOTORIOUS B.I.G. ” JUICY”

 A comment from a previous post sparked lyrics long since forgotten. A young man in my class beggin to play Biggie Smalls and Eminem as a form of poetry and then he promised he would explicate rap. My first time hearing rap music and yes, I was skeptical.  Now Biggie is reaching out the grave smacking me for forgetting. Yesterday, I was in a foul mood. Up all night listenin to the neighbors dog yap “2am, 3am, 4am, 5am listening to my stupid neighbor’s dog!” I think is how I expiated on Facebook. My friends all clicked “like” they knew! Then came an old old friend and said “2am, 3am, 4am, 5am listening to my wonderful neighbor’s great dog!” – and I went from a negative to a positive and it was all good. I am always saying “we are what we think”. I avoid this neighbor’s negative talk and sometimes (and that is a stretch) I try to think good thoughts for him.  I am so blessed to live in Montana, on an incredible ranch with the beautiful Little Bighorn river flowing by my front door and a well stocked lake in my backyard. My horses are out back and I can hunt dove and pheasant every day. 19 square miles of 4wheelin, hunting, hiking, camping…ya get the picture? why get frustrated with my neighbor? Thanks Biggie for reaching out!

Now I bet ya never thought ya would see NOTORIOUS B.I.G. in my Blog…

Remington 870

Choate +2 Extension for my 20 gauge Remington 870!

I am working on this as a review for Remington 870 ( http://www.rem870.com/ )

Tash shootin the 870!
Tash shootin the 870!

I live on a ranch in remote Montana 19 square miles of bliss, snakes, Indians, wolves, and wild dogs. Sure I see the occasional mountain lion but what scares me most are wild dogs. I was walking my lab and Corgi one morning and came around a bend right into 8 dogs in a pack. I fired into the middle and they ran but having that Choate +2 gave me peace of mind! My 870 is a constant on the ranch!

One of my “online buddies” was selling Remington 870 Tacticals through his shop here in Montana. He wanted $650 for a 12 gauge Tactical from the factory. I bulked and said I can buy one at Walmart and build it for less! He went into a rage about Walmart and how Remington makes “special” extra cheap guns just for Walmart and how he knew this because he knew someone on the inside! I smiled and just figured Walmart buys in bulk.

Okay now to show how stupid I am! I am in Walmart and looking at shotguns with the wife and she sees a “cool looking” Remington 870 Limited Edition in 20 gauge Camo! I have to admit it was $270 bucks and I thought “why not”. How often does the wife see a cool shotgun (she also saw a pink Glock in Big R that we did not bring home – a man has to draw the line and I draw it at pink – well unless it is a 45ACP) I digress.

We bring the 870 – 20 gauge home and shoot many different loads through her. She bucks harder than my 12 gauge with 00 buck! The wife is disillusioned and I am thinking cool now to find a short barrel and a magazine extension!

I buy the Remington 870 Shotgun Guide because I have no clue on what I am looking for and devour the entire book! The guide is awesome – Vitaly you rock in a comprehensive manner! – but we all know that or we would not be writing! I figure it will be easy to find a barrel and a +2 Extension! Oh, I am so stupid and so wrong! Try finding anything in 20 gauge tactical.

First and foremost – buy a 12 gauge 870! Period! Your life will be so much easier!

20 Gauge 870
20 Gauge 870

That being said, I found a nice 18.5” barrel on Gunbroker and ordered a Choate +2 extension despite the negative reviews! (read – I really could not find anything else) The Choate is really a great addition to my tactical build. It is inexpensive and the follower does not work in latter day 870’s but just use the follower from Remington and all good. The spring is long and has tons of push! Now I know many do not like the spring – but I load up and leave it loaded and have not had a problem! I have cycled and shot between 200 – 300 rounds without a problem! The quality and build are good and if I can put the whole thing together with only The Remington 870 Guide to teach me – anyone can!

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Boldness – Goethe

“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”

Goethe

Today in pictures – from mud to dinner! Custer Battlefield, Custer Trading Post, Garryowen Museum 

If you come on up to Crow Agency – there is really only one place to eat – Custer Trading Post!

The beginning of mu going to the pass!
The beginning of snow going to the pass! (and mud)

Great Views looking west to Lodge Grass
Great Views looking west to Lodge Grass

The pass snowed in still!
The pass snowed in still!
Mojo wantin a Buffalo Burger!
Mojo wantin a Buffalo Burger!
Favorite Custer Battlefield Diner!
Favorite Custer Battlefield Diner!
Waylon dishing up great food!
Waylon dishing up great food!
and finally Custer Battlefield!
and finally Custer Battlefield!