Friday, August 29, 2014

Are Dixie Brand paper plates safe to use in a microwave?


I began to question this when I realized that there must be some sort of coating applied to the plates, bowls and cups that prevents liquids for soaking into the paper. The first type of coating that came to mind was a resin (plastic) coating and there are a lot of plastics out there that have "BPA" in them. So I went on line for contact information to question Dixie about "BPA" and their products. Their website has an "FAQ" section that answered that question. See below for their answers.

Why did I want to know about BPA's in Dixie products?
I use a fair amount of paper plates, bowls and cups especially for breakfast. I've been making my own Egg McMuffin's or Sausage McMuffin's with home made English Muffins and home made sausage using a microwave.

  • First I split the muffin and put it in the toaster.
  • Then in a small paper bowl I mix one egg (scramble) and microwave it for 50 seconds. Comes out the perfect diameter to fit the muffin.
  • I pre-form my home made sausage into 1/10th of a pound patties about the diameter of the muffin and place one patty on a 7 inch paper plate then microwave it for 50 seconds.
  • Assemble with a slice of cheese and presto a sausage McMuffin in the time it takes to toast a muffin! And no dishes to wash! :-)

Dixie comments:

Dixie® 'FAQ'.
Not sure whether our cups are microwave safe or what size is best for single-serve coffee brewers? Is your answer not here? Feel free to contact the Dixie team! Check out the Dixie Paper Products FAQ page to read answers to some of the most common questions we receive.

Are your plastic products BPA (bisphenol A) and phthalate free?
Dixie® products are not manufactured with BPA or phthalates.

Can I use Dixie PerfecTouch® hot cups in the microwave?
The hot cups can be used safely in a microwave for reheating liquids. Microwave oven performance characteristics vary, so please consult the instruction manual for your microwave to determine appropriate reheating conditions.

Can I use Dixie® plates and bowls in the microwave?
The plates and bowls can be used safely in a microwave for reheating liquids and food. Microwave oven performance characteristics vary, so please consult the instruction manual for your microwave to determine appropriate reheating conditions.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014

308 vs 30-06, What’s the Real Difference?

When a gun buyer is trying to make up his or her mind between these two rifle cartridges it seems like a never ending discussion that goes on about which of these two cartridges they should pick. Well below are some simple facts to help you choose between them.

I would guess that most hunters simply think the larger physical size of the 30-06 must produce a harder hitting bullet. Well that’s sort of true. Truth is the 30-06 will push the 180 and 200 grain bullets slightly faster than the 308 thus the 30-06 hits harder. However, with 165 grain and lighter bullets the 308 pushes them slightly faster than the 30-06 thus the 308 hits harder.

So what is really bottom line here? The answer is ‘bullet speed’. Simple physics says the faster a bullet travels (FPS) the more ft/lbs of energy it carries with it.

The Lab Notes below are copied from the Speer Reloading Manual #13 and should shed some qualified data on this matter.

“Speer Lab Notes:
We’ve had many callers ask why the 308 velocities shown are equal to or better than some of the 30-06 velocities shown a few pages ahead. They ask if there’s a mistake. No, its’ real, and there are two reasons.

First, a compact case with a higher pressure limit give the 308 an edge with bullets up to 150 grains. Things are about equal with the 165 grain bullets, but the bigger 30-06 case’s ability to hold a lot of slow-burning powder gives it the upper hand with heavier bullets.

The second reason is the sporting rifles we used to record final velocities. Both have 22” barrels and were bought at the same time. The 30-06 sporter posted velocities about 50-100 fps behind the 24” pressure barrel. That’s normal. On the other hand, the 308 sporter was consistently equal to or slightly faster than the pressure barrel. Like we’ve said several times, all sporters are different! See “Why Ballisticians Get Gray” in the Handgun section.”

For a side by side comparison using Speer Reloading ‘Maximum Load” Data:
(data is Speer’s maximum FPS Muzzle Velocity showing grains and type of powder used and Sierra Ballistic software for energy calculations)

150 Grain Bullet:
308 with 150 grain soft point spitzer boat tails
49.0 grs. Re15 = 2919 fps muzzle velocity
Muzzle Energy = 2837.4      200 Yard Energy = 2005.0   400 Yard Energy = 1377.4

30-06 with 150 grain soft point spitzer boat tails
58.0 grs. H380 = 2847 fps muzzle velocity
Muzzle Energy = 2699.2      200 Yard Energy = 1900.3   400 Yard Energy = 1299.6

165 Grain Bullet:
308 with 165 grain soft point spitzer boat tails
47.0 grs. Re15 = 2812 fps muzzle velocity
Muzzle Energy = 2896.6      200 Yard Energy = 2112.4   400 Yard Energy = 1504.9

30-06 with 165 grain soft point spitzer boat tails
57.0 grs. 760 = 2803 fps muzzle velocity
Muzzle Energy = 2878.0      200 Yard Energy = 2098.0   400 Yard Energy = 1493.8

200 Grain Bullet:
308 with 200 grain soft point spitzer
42.0 grs. Re15 = 2416 fps muzzle velocity
Muzzle Energy = 2591.7      200 Yard Energy = 1996.0   400 Yard Energy = 1513.9

30-06 with 200 grain soft point spitzer
57.0 grs. H4350 = 2554 fps muzzle velocity
Muzzle Energy = 2896.3      200 Yard Energy = 2245.3   400 Yard Energy =1714.4

As you can see the 308 and 30-06 are very, very close to each other using the 150 and 165 gain bullets however the advantage goes to the 30-06 with the 200 grain bullet and the additional energy produced at 200 plus yards.

For the target shooter/reloader the 308 will save about 18% on powder.

For the hunter they will save a little more money buying a box of 308 vs a box of 30-06 ammo.

If the rifle barrel is stamped '7.62 NATO' the 308 can then use NATO cartridge that is normally available in 500 and 1000 round bulk quantities at good savings. Even if not stamped NATO call the gun manufacturer and ask them if it's safe to use NATO ammo in your gun. The 30-06 is also available as a Military cartridge but does not seem to be as popular in the 500 and 1000 round bulk quantity purchases.

My preference is and I own the 308. My choice of a hunting bullet is the 150 grain soft point spitzer boat tails so using that bullet weight the choice between the 308 and 30-06 is so close it really doesn’t matter which caliber you would choose. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Internet Retailers I Use

Just in case someone wants to buy some of the same or wants to know more detailed information about the storage containers, storage materials and bulk foods we use, I maintain a list of those links in a separate posting. That post can be found in the right hand column under "Topics"  click on link "_Internet Retailers I Use (1)". I use all of these suppliers and have very good experiences with them all.

Recently I had a request about where do I buy my ammo from? I'm surprised I haven't added this long ago. So below "Ammunition Sources" has now been added to that list of retailers.

Ammunition Sources:
Below is a list of where I buy my ammunition. All of them sell by the case (1000 rounds) and most of them also by the box (20 rounds). I have stocked up on all my ammo using these people because they have a large selection in stock, their prices are always low, sometimes it goes on special sale and some have shipping included in the price of a case. But most of all I have never had an issue with any of them. I receive exactly what I ordered and get it fast! (List is in no particular order)

Lucky Gunner


AIM Surplus


Cheaper Than Dirt

The Sportsmans Guide

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Ferguson, Missouri Riots

I'm pretty sure by now you have heard about the Ferguson, Missouri mob riots with destruction of private property, looting and fire bombing acts.

The leaders of the black population here, and it's a very large percentage of the population, have announced they will hold sympathy demonstrations in my town tonight! I'm not looking forward to this tonight and plan to stay home, out of the way and hope for the best.

This event tonight will be a test run to see the protesters movements and gathering places. From this I can make future prepper plans for if need be safely evacuating myself and avoiding the dangerous areas.

I do not expect any protesters in my area of town 'but', I am as ready as can be. We'll see how it goes. Let you know tomorrow.

UPDATE, It's now 2:30am Monday 8-18-14
All is calm and normal here. I am pleasantly surprised that not one incident has been reported in my town this weekend. Cooler heads prevailed and the news media acted like a responsible business by not inflaming the issue. As of right now it doesn't look good in Ferguson. Let's all hope this ends today.