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Old 12-15-2011, 19:03   #141
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Again, what flavors are yall getting?!?

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I am ordering a tin of pilot crackers, couple rasp. crumble and some more chili mac.


Actually IMO one of the better deals on this sale is the PP Taco Mix TVP. High calorie/protein content and mixed in with some other MH meal or with rice etc...not that bad.
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Old 12-15-2011, 19:06   #142
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I got the spaghetti and meat sauce and eggs and bacon. That chicken and rice looks like a good value as well though.
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Old 12-16-2011, 00:48   #143
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Assuming it's the same as the stuff in the pouches, I prefer the Beef Stroganoff, along with the Rice And Chicken. All I ordered this time was Pilot Crackers, but I'm considering another order after the Christmas shopping is done.

I was thinking about getting some Mac And Cheese, to go with my hoard of Spam...
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:06   #144
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Awesome, maybe I'll try some...

I did watch a bunch of vids and did some math. For quick, SHORT TERM, SHTF meals these seem pretty good...in cans (due to 30 year shelf life). However, you can buy exponentially more grain, mylar bags/buckets, and a few mills...plus other flavoring and preparation materials for the same it would cost to feed someone for a month or so with these meals.

One problem I had after trying ONE MRE is it gave me the runs for a day or two after eating. Had it been a true SHTF where liquids may have been scarce I probably would have been dehydrated and possibly dead. Not the results I'm hoping for with these...lets keep our fingers crossed.

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Old 12-16-2011, 06:55   #145
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Awesome, maybe I'll try some...

I did watch a bunch of vids and did some math. For quick, SHORT TERM, SHTF meals these seem pretty good...in cans (due to 30 year shelf life). However, you can buy exponentially more grain, mylar bags/buckets, and a few mills...plus other flavoring and preparation materials for the same it would cost to feed someone for a month or so with these meals.

One problem I had after trying ONE MRE is it gave me the runs for a day or two after eating. Had it been a true SHTF where liquids may have been scarce I probably would have been dehydrated and possibly dead. Not the results I'm hoping for with these...lets keep our fingers crossed.

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We have been over this before. Low price is not the appeal to freeze dried foods. The appeal is;

1. Very little preparation (just add water)
2. 30 year shelf life
3. Diet diversity
4. Light weight

It's great for times when you have limited fuel/time to prepare a meal that you will actually want to eat. I used it while hiking the AT and I can tell you it's light weight, easy to reconstitute and tastes like a gourmet meal after a hard day.

Sure you can buy a bunch of wheat/oats etc and a mill for less money per volume...what are you going to do with it? With no other preparation, try adding just warm water to your wheat berries and eating it, sure it can be done but cooking time is exponetially longer and you will not enjoy the flavor/texture I promise.

To your last point, Mountain House is not an MRE - not even close. Any experience you had with an MRE does not apply here.

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Old 12-16-2011, 22:52   #146
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Awesome, maybe I'll try some...

I did watch a bunch of vids and did some math. For quick, SHORT TERM, SHTF meals these seem pretty good...in cans (due to 30 year shelf life). However, you can buy exponentially more grain, mylar bags/buckets, and a few mills...plus other flavoring and preparation materials for the same it would cost to feed someone for a month or so with these meals.

One problem I had after trying ONE MRE is it gave me the runs for a day or two after eating. Had it been a true SHTF where liquids may have been scarce I probably would have been dehydrated and possibly dead. Not the results I'm hoping for with these...lets keep our fingers crossed.

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I'd recommend finding a local sporting goods/camping store that carries the pouches of Mountain House foods and buying/trying a few. Even some Walmarts carry a limited selection of MH pouch meals in their camping department. Pick out a few, and have one for lunch on some weekend day, so if it doesn't agree with you, you have time to get over it. I've never had that problem specifically with MH foods, but as I get older, ANY radical departure from my normal diet is usually greeted with tummy rumblings (or worse). I think this is one of the reasons that many "new prepper" resources preach a larger-than-normal supply of normal foods as an important building block in food storage planning; fewer problems with adapting to strange foods or textures that you (or your family) are not used to dealing with.

And my experience with MREs (in the military) was exactly the opposite of yours. After a few days of MREs, most folks are passing concrete blocks, if they're passing anything at all...
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Old 12-17-2011, 10:33   #147
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I hope everyone took advantage of some of the great deals that come up at the supermarket in the runnup to TG:

I saw:

-bulk sugar
-canned cranberries
-canned gravy
-nuts
-flour and baking needs,

…etc, all on sale at times for ridiculously low prices.

I bake with canned cranberries weekly (Cran walnut bran muffins, good for keeping cholesterol in check) and during the year they go for 1.50-2.00 /can.

4 for 3$ (.75c a can) I bought a couple of cases.

Flour, now running in the area of 2-3$ per 5lb bag?

$1 each on special.

Canned gravy, running .50c a can.

Sugar gets cheaper.

In total, you can really stock up..I havent even touched what else was there, all the stuff I saw that are conventional pantry items.

The runnup to Christmas is also good for this. So make your lists but also be prepared to pitch them for all the on-the spot goodies you see. Lots of bulk items at a fraction of what they cost the rest of the year. Pay attention to aisle-enders, and palletloads stacked in the clearings.

Calculate your annual usage and acquire it!
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:56   #148
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Dick's Sporting Goods is selling the Marlin 795 .22lr semi-auto for $125 until 12/24. There's a Marlin $25 rebate so final price is $100 before tax.
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Old 12-21-2011, 13:54   #149
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Dick's Sporting Goods is selling the Marlin 795 .22lr semi-auto for $125 until 12/24. There's a Marlin $25 rebate so final price is $100 before tax.
I bought a pair of these a few years ago when they ran that special. Awesome deal IMHO!

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Old 12-22-2011, 12:35   #150
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rwrjr - Both a 'thank you' and 'darn it' on the 795 deal. Don't need one (don't even need another .22 rifle in general), but I'd never been to the new Dick's in conway ar, and was near there yesterday test-driving a vehicle anyway; so I stopped in. I've considered a 795 as another spare .22 since marlin discontinued the 7000, which is just a 795 with a target barrel & no sights. Ended up picking one of them up while I was there yesterday since it has identical controls and will even share magazines with the 7000 that I like so much.

Thanks again (I've really got to stop checking this thread... )
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:50   #151
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rwrjr - Both a 'thank you' and 'darn it' on the 795 deal. Don't need one (don't even need another .22 rifle in general), but I'd never been to the new Dick's in conway ar, and was near there yesterday test-driving a vehicle anyway; so I stopped in. I've considered a 795 as another spare .22 since marlin discontinued the 7000, which is just a 795 with a target barrel & no sights. Ended up picking one of them up while I was there yesterday since it has identical controls and will even share magazines with the 7000 that I like so much.

Thanks again (I've really got to stop checking this thread... )
Yes, this thread has cost me a few dollars too.

I bought 3 of these 795s, would have bought 4 if they had another one. I convinced my wife and two cousins to do an Appleseed this spring so I figured that I would outfit us all with 795s. I took one of them shooting for the first time yesterday and it's small and light. It will be perfect for my wife and my cousins (both women).

Now I just need to get some tech sights and slings on them and we'll be ready for Appleseed.
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Old 12-23-2011, 20:01   #152
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Anybody got an idea on a good all weather lighter for my Maxpedition EDC? I ordered the following lighter from Cabelas and it was the size of a roll of quarters! It's going back:

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabel...h-All+Products

Looking for a smaller all weather lighter, but a mini-bic may be the one to carry as long as I check it periodically...
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Old 12-23-2011, 20:09   #153
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Anybody got an idea on a good all weather lighter for my Maxpedition EDC? I ordered the following lighter from Cabelas and it was the size of a roll of quarters! It's going back:

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabel...h-All+Products

Looking for a smaller all weather lighter, but a mini-bic may be the one to carry as long as I check it periodically...
SOTO has two models you should check out.
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SOTO has two models you should check out.
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http://www.cabelas.com/product/Brunt...h-All+Products

Not sure how this brand compares but seems to be the same/similar thing...on sale.

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Yes, this thread has cost me a few dollars too.

I bought 3 of these 795s, would have bought 4 if they had another one. I convinced my wife and two cousins to do an Appleseed this spring so I figured that I would outfit us all with 795s. I took one of them shooting for the first time yesterday and it's small and light. It will be perfect for my wife and my cousins (both women).

Now I just need to get some tech sights and slings on them and we'll be ready for Appleseed.
I bought a 795 last spring for $105 after rebate. Been trying to talk my brother into an Appleseed and finally got him to shoot my 795 while we were deer hunting in November. He calls me up a week or so ago and says he went out and bought 2- 795s. One for his wife and one for his daughter so they can shoot Appleseed as well. I set him up with slings and swivels and he bought Simmons 22 mag 4x scopes for them.

The 795 is a best buy right now. It is also pretty versatile at a stash away rifle. Here's a review www.nylonrifles.com and my attempt at making into a survival rifle. Look at all three parts.
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http://www.cabelas.com/product/Brunt...h-All+Products

Not sure how this brand compares but seems to be the same/similar thing...on sale.

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The Soto design had benefits at altitude and cold weather, also higher BTU (I think).
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magnum shotshells

on sale now at Wallmart......15 round packs, Remington 3 inch magnum shotshells....5.95 i think...... this is real eotw zombie whackin ammo!!!! I just bought 200 bucks worth......
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