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Design Used for Backyard Deer Hunting Blog

San Saba Clouds 5 was used as a background for my radio show card and San Saba 3 for the banner of my Backyard Deer Hunting blog. These images are available for purchase.

 I receive up to  five inquiries a week in asking what theme and/or design program I use for  Backyard Deer Hunting and  my other blogs and how often do I post.

Clouds San Saba 3

 There is nothing magic here.  For my blogs I use a simple WordPress blog format (Journalist,  as I remember)  to which I add my own photos as  banners and then set in photos/videos, or both, along with assorted widgets as appear appropriate. This allows me maximum flexibility in design to make full use of whatever materials I have to  illustrate the point that I want to make in that particular post.

 I hate templates. I purposefully mix up my photos in size and position on the page. I stick with black and white type fonts as the best for the journalistic style of writing that I do. If you are a more “free-form” person and it appears to suit the topic, then go with colors and non-typical fonts. 

 The more you try to be  “standard,” the less appealing your blog will generally be. Mix it up, have fun, be creative and go for it. If you have fun producing it, chances are your users will have fun reading and viewing it.   You are working in a media that must not only  inform, it should also entertain to gather a returning audience.

  High quality writing and photos are generally a must, but you can cut yourself some slack with the videos. These are the modern equivalent of the hand-written note – a little ragged around the edges, not quite perfect sound, a bit off centered is all acceptable as a  personal product produced by the “real you” for your viewers.

  As to posting, I post my blogs when I have something to say.  Backyard Deer Hunting is my most popular blog, and it gets updated most often.  Hovey’s Outdoor Adventures Radio Show Blog is posted the week before each new episode airs. The others, I work in when I have time. Some bloggers build followings with daily posts, and this method works for them. I don’t want to be quite that tied down. Almost, with occasional exceptions, I produce all of the potographic materials and written content. I did have an intern write the index of the first 150 p0sts, but that was the only blog that I did not produce. Although I may quote others on my blogs, I do not have guest bloggers, and want none.

If you wish to post something of mine on your blog, you may, provided that 1., you tell me about it, and 2., you provide a link back to my blog for your readers.  

 One thing that many bloggers do not recognize is that this is a flexible media. If you want to add to, correct, change or alter a blog entry to provide new information you can at any time. When a blog entry comes up following a Google search, the user does not particularly care when the entry was written. He only cares that he has been provided with good information.

  I sell high-resolution copies of my images to bloggers for their one-time use for $50.  If you feel like some of the San Saba series is just what you need then send me an order and your telephone number to W will talk about what you need, and after payment is received, I will send you a high-resolution image via File Mail.

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New 2011 Firearms Guide DVD Has 50,000 Guns

This new Firearms Guide is easy to use source for gun information largely gathered from factory catalogues.

  As a writer who has been producing materials for gun publications since the 1970s, I have often needed gun schematics and other details on firearms. This has resulted in my accumulating a library full of  books, catalogues and magazines. The new Firearms Guide   from Impressum Media, Inc., contains a DVD with an enormous amount of easily accessible information that is largely catalogue-derived,  which has some immediate advantages.

  This was illustrated when I needed to order a gun part.  I have been shooting a 7-part video series on  percussion revolvers while developing  effective deer and hog hunting loads with black-powder substitute powders and bullets. One of the guns I shot was the somewhat uncommon Ruger Old Army, which had to be detailed stripped and cleaned after each shooting event.  On one occasion, the mainspring stop went “sprong” and bounced off somewhere not to be seen to this day. (To see the revolver series you can start with Part 1 at .)

  I decided that this would be a practical test of the Firearms Guide,  and I requested a review copy from Company President Chris Mijic.  It arrived, and,  sure enough, a schematic for Ruger’s Old Army was there, even though this model has been discontinued. I was able to obtain the factory part number, order a replacement and get the gun back up and shooting. Schematics are not present for every gun, but over 1,500 are included.  

   Looking through the DVD, I was impressed with the high quality of the illustrations, the amount of information contained about the firearms and the fact that sporting and military rifles, shotguns and pistols were listed – even my favorite muzzleloading replicas. Those who are shopping for firearms will also be gratified to see that prices are included.

This is a typical image and description of the guns shown in the DVD. Images may be enlarged on the computer screen to allow the information to be easily read.
 Because most of these are catalogue  images they are of outstanding quality. Even browsing through the Firearms Guide will give any “Gun Nut” hours of satisfaction. To get even more information about the guide and place an order order click on the following image:

I could not resist giving you one more beautiful photo from the guide. 

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Radio host Wm. Hovey Smith offers a free business teleseminar on Aug. 18, 2011.
  With the stock market jumping hundreds of points a day, everyone’s job in varying degrees of uncertainty and unemployment commonly above 8 percent and increasing, there has never been a clearer message that EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN PERSONAL FINANCIAL WELL BEING BY HAVING THEIR OWN  BUSINESSES. 


 The concept of being in a secure job for even a moderate portion of one’s lifetime is non-existent or rapidly slipping away for many. Long gone is any expectation of a factory job that might last a lifetime. Those mostly went away to the Far East a generation ago. Even a person who is successful can expect to change career paths multiple times during a 50-year working life.

  A realistic plan if you are young is to first formulate a business about about  age 16 while in High School, grow that business into early maturity during the college years, fully flesh it out while working for someone else  and finally break it out as a mature business when you are in your mid-30s. IF YOU ARE BETWEEN 16 AND 96, YOU CAN POTENTIALLY BE YOUR OWN BOSS AND RUN A SUCCESSFUL  BUSINESS .  Something like this can work regardless of where you are in  life.

  None of this is guaranteed. This will not be an easy or simple process for most people. However, this is something that has been done by many in the hunting-fishing-outdoor world that I work in and write about. In my August 15 radio show, “Hovey’s Outdoor Adventures,” I tell how Bill Jordan started a multifaceted outdoor business selling T-shirts out of a cardboard box at the SHOT Show and grew this into a multi-million dollar business that  includes a video production section, licensing section, design section and product sales.

 There are many others who have done the same. Some of these original concepts were very simple. What it took to make their inventors successful was drive, proper planning and the will to stick with their vision through some very lean financial times and other unforeseeable difficulties. These are the differences between businesses that are just so-so, and those that are really successful.

  Most new start-up businesses fail. There are many reasons for this. Some are market forces that move against the business that the owner can do nothing about. Sometimes natural events, earthquakes and floods, can do it. A truism is that WITH EVERY ECONOMIC OR NATURAL DISASTER THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR SOMEONE TO PROFIT.  The successful business man, or woman, will look for these opportunities and grasp them as they arrive.

 It is also very likely in the U.S. today that  THE MOST UNDERRATED ASSET THAT MOST PEOPLE POSSESS IS KNOWLEDGE. This knowledge has cash value. The trick is discovering a business model that will enable you to capitalize on your personal knowledge and strengths by forming a successful business model and acting on it. KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT ACTION WILL NOT PRODUCE PROFIT.

 Already in just a few paragraphs I have outlined both a product-based and a knowledge-based business. There are also opportunities in the creative arts, in retail sales and in a concept that I will call bundling where different products are gathered and sold together. EVERY ONE OF US IS DIFFERENTLY GIFTED AND DIFFERENTLY CHALLENGED.  A successful business person is able to recognize his abilities and strengths and shore-up his weak points with new knowledge, a partner or more education.

 Provided that at least a rough business concept has been shaped out early, the path towards obtaining  useful business knowledge is much clearer  and less expensive, than the usual shotgun approach offered by a college business degree.  These COLLEGE DEGREES HAVE VALUE IF YOU CAN GET THEM, BUT ARE NOT A REQUIRMENT FOR SUCCESS. This knowledge can often be obtained on-line, from mentors, partners or even contracting out services to accounting firms, lawyers, writers and others as you need them. IT IS TOO MUCH TO EXPECT ANY ONE PERSON TO KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT MODERN BUSINESS PRACTICES.

  BUSINESSES CAN BE STARTED WITH A LIMITED KNOWLEDGE BASE THAT IS SUPPLEMENTED AS NEEDED. To wait until you have the blessings of a college degree to start a business is to waste years while your business could be making money and starting you on the way to being a successful CEO.

 FREE RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE.  For example, I have 21 videos on YouTube that take a person through all the steps of conceiving of an outdoor-based business (That is the ocean I swim in,  so that is what I write about.), taking it through its growth stages and even how to dispose of it when you die. On AUGUST 18 AT 5:00 AM, I WILL HAVE AN HOUR-LONG TELESEMINAR ON “STARTING YOUR OWN OUTDOOR BUSINESS.”  Although I will use outdoor-related business as examples, this information will be applicable to any business.


TO SIGN UP FOR THIS FREE EVENT, SEND YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS TO ME AT: and I will reply with the telephone numbers for the teleseminar. This will work with any telephone. You may also send me one question that I will answer on the air. I will take the first questions received first and answer as many as time permits. There will also be a period available for on air questions that will be answered live during the teleconference.

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500 ft./lb. Muzzle Energies Confirmed for Two C&B Revolvers

Cabela's Buffalo revolver made by Pietta was one of two tested that could achieve 500 ft. lbs. of muzzle energy.

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Mid-Summer, 2011, testing of stainless steel Ruger Old Army and Cabela’s stainless Buffalo percussion revolvers confirmed energy figures of over 500 ft./lbs. at 10 yards with loads of Hodgdon’s Triple Seven FFFg powder. These figures exceeded previously posted results because fresh Triple Seven powder was used (See below for results obtained with older powder.), newly cast 240-grain  Kaido’s C&B Revolver Hunter bullets along with Remington size 10 percussion caps.  The result was caused by the use of heavier or/fresher loads of powder and a slightly larger diameter bullet which resulted from better casting techniques using the same molds.

The stainless steel Pietta Buffalo revolver, which is imported from Italy by Cabela’s, has a 12-inch barrel and adjustable sights. Cabela’s also sells brass-framed and non-adjustable sights versions based on the Remington 1858 design. These maximum-level percussion revolver hunting loads are not recommended for brass-framed revolvers.

With a load of 32 gr. by volume (26.1 gr. by weight) of Hodgdon’s Triple Seven, the 240 grain  Kaido bullet produced a velocity of 995 fps. and a 10-yard energy of 527.31 ft./lbs.  Unlike previous tests, bullet creep which tied up the cylinder did not occur during the 5-shot cylinder discharge. Rings of lead were cut from the bullets as they were loaded indicating that they were in good friction contact with the chamber walls. As in previous testing, 50-yard accuracy with this load was very poor with shots scattered over the paper in about a 1-foot pattern. Although this bullet shoots well in other guns, the slow-twists barrel in the Pietta obtains markedly better accuracy with round balls. (See note from bullet designer appended to the bottom of this post.)

Ruger Old Army.

Through the 7 1/2-inch barrel of the Stainless Steel version of the Old Army, a 40 grain load of Triple Seven was used with Remington’s no. 10 caps. This load produced an average velocity of 1041 fps, averaging 6 shots. This produced 10-yard energy figures of 578 ft./lbs. and markedly better 50-yard accuracy than the Pietta, even with the few shots that were fired before the target blew down. The first two shots hit within an inch of each other. This was more luck than skill, and more shooting would have expanded the group.  I had more that the usual problems with the fired Remington caps tying up the cylinder. Bullet creep occurred on the sixth shot when the bullet was far-enough out of the end of the cylinder to jam against the barrel and prevent the chamber from rotating into firing position. While velocities and energies did increase slightly with the increase from 35 to 40 grains of Hodgdon’s Triple Seven, I liked the easier to load 35-grain charge which gave similar energy figures with this powder.

New molds for the Kaido bullet are now being made to throw a 255 grain bullet that will have the strong flat-point design common to Keith-style revolver bullets. These promise to be better killers on game than the typical round-nosed revolver bullets fired in either percussion revolvers or in .45-caliber cartridge revolvers such as the Colt 1873 Peacemakers used by Cowboy Action Shooters. Both the 240 and 255 grain-weight bullets are within the 200-300 grain range of bullet weights commonly loaded in the .45 L.C. To receive sample bullets and place orders for the molds, contact Kaido Ojamaa at

 A 7-part video series, “The Modern Percussion Revolver,” is now available on YouTube and Part 6 shows both the Ruger and Pietta pistols in action. This may be seen at: .

Notes on the original test results with these pistols and bullets is given below:

Hunting Load Development

Black Powder Revolvers


Pietta. Cabela’s Stainless “Buffalo” with 12-in barrel and adjustable sights made by Pietta. These loads are not recommended for the brass-framed version of this pistol.

Bullet   Weight  Powder  Charge gr.  L. vol. H. Vol. Av.vol. ME  

         Grains.         Vol/Wt.     fps.    fps.    fps.    ft./lbs


.454 RB.  141*   Trip-7**40/30.7     1037    1123    1074   361

.454 RB.  141*   Trip-7**42.5/33.0   1092    1294    1139   406

.454 RB   141*   FFFg       35/36.5         847       876      864    234

Buffalo   180    Trip-7**42.5/33.0      981    1087     1031    425

Kaido***  240    Trip-7**32/26.1      832    1020       952/995     483/527

Kaido***  240    Trip-7**30/22.6      801     867         823    361

Kaido***  240    FFFg       25/28           609     666         638    217

Ruger Old Army Stainless with 7 ½-inch barrel and adjustable sights.

.457 RB.  145*   Trip-7**40/30.7      916    1008     963   299

.457 RB.  145*   Trip-7    35/28       1000    1011    1004   325

.457 RB.  145*   Trip-7     35/?  Hodgdon  data         987   314

.457 RB.  145*   Pyro.P  40/31.3      977    1061    1019   334

Buffalo   180    Pyro.P    40/31.3     1127    1176     1156   534

Lee Real  250    Pyro.P  30/23            NA      NA         866   416

Lee Reel  250    Trip-7  30/22.6      894        912        904   454

Kaido***  240    Trip-7  35/28         961        999        987   519

Kaido         240   Trip-7   40/              981        1035      996   527 Rem. caps

* A felt lubricated Wonder Wad was used under the round balls. When velocities increased to the point where these wads were destroyed accuracy suffered.

** This was a 3-4 year-old old jar of Triple Seven that had apparently somewhat deteriorated in Georgia’s hot, humid atmosphere. With fresher powder the velocities increased a significant amount. In the Ruger Old Army, 35 grains of the fresh powder produced higher velocities/energies than 40 grains of the older powder. If your Triple Seven has lumps or cakes up in your container, it may not produce best results.

*** This was the first shooting of “Kadio’s C&B Revolver Hunter” which is designed to be a universal bullet for percussion and cartridge revolvers that will provide longer-range performance. This first lot of bullets was both lighter weight, 240 vs. 255 grains, than designed and slightly undersized. The heavier, larger bullets would be expected to give better performance in the Ruger Old Army.     

 A video was shot over the three days that the guns were being tested and cut to give an eight-minute overview.  Many products used in the video were furnished by the manufacturers. It  may be seen at: .

  This was received from Kaido Ojamaa following the post. Greg Nelson helped work up the details of the original design.

Dear Hovey,
This thought came to mind. When I was at the end of the planning stage for my new bullet design. Greg Nelson put emphasis on his tests with the 2007 Uberti Forged Framed Remington. The tests Greg undertook with the LEE 452-255 Grain RF Bullet(The Father of my Bullet) in a cartridge conversion cylinder are amazing. The results were very accurate groups even at 100 Yards. It is obvious that Piettia has diverted too much from the Original Remington’s and Colts of 150+ years ago. From Rifling pattern and rate of twist, to Bullet Loading Port dimensions to Grip Size, Sights, Chamber  and Cylinder Dimensions, placement of Cylinder Pins, Proper Case Hardening of Cylinder/Arbor Pins, Nipple or “Cone” Flash Hole sizing and on and on. That is a shame and further to my amazement it seems the original Revolvers were better made than most replicas of today. That is an Irony and  Shame. So much for 20th and 21 Century Technology( We can put people in Outer Space, on the Moon have Airplanes, cell phones yet cannot make the Replicas of old Percussion Revolvers as good as they were sold 150+ years ago! The Piettia Deluxe Model is the closest to the Original Remington and well as the Uberti 2007 Model Forged Framed Remington. One confirmed test result we see from your well thought out , planned and executed tests, is that the Piettia 1/30 Rifling was clearly thought out and made for the Round Lead Ball as a projectile. The Uberti 1/18 Rifling is closer to to original Progressive rifling or Gain twist rifling, which was designed for Conical Bullets and Not Round balls. The Paterson revolver was the Only original Percussion revolver to my knowledge to be designed to use a round ball. As such and per the test results of Greg Nelson I urge you Sir, to obtain an 8 Inch Uberti 2007 Model Forged Framed 1858 Remington NMA Revolver. If you can also to obtain Uberti Dragoon revolvers like the Whitneyville and 3rd Model Dragoons to test with my Bullets. I believe that these Uberti revolvers will shoot much better with my VKV BG 456 Bullets than the Piettia and possibly better than the Ruger Old Army. I do believe you will see dramatic result improvement in a Uberti 1858 Remington with it’s 1/18 Twist Rifling than the 1/30 inch twist of the Piettia.
Thank You for all your Hard Dedicated Work,

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How To Start Your Own Business Teleseminar Aug. 18 at 5:00 AM Eastern


Free Teleseminar for Outdoor Business Start Ups

5:00 AM, August 18, 2011


Financing is a vital resource for starting a business and getting through the down-periods of the business cycle.

Sandersville, GA. The world of outdoor activities is an exciting business opportunity for many men and women. The challenge is to take this desire, formulate a plan and successfully execute that plan to make it into an income-generating business in these difficult economic times.

Wm. Hovey Smith, the author of 15 books, blogger, playwright, videographer and radio host, will conduct a free teleseminar at 5:00 A.M. Eastern time on August 18, 2011, on ”Starting an Outdoor Business.” This unusual time was selected so that those who have jobs or families can join in before the day’s usual activities prevent them from participating.  

This will be a one hour call-in event. Those who wish to start their lives into a new direction can send an E-mail to, and  the call-in number will be provided. They can also submit one question which Smith will attempt to answer during the event (as many as time permits), and there will also be a chance for questions during it. A written report will be available for a small fee following the teleseminar that will also give participants access to a private channel YouTube video of the seminar that they can share with others.  

Outdoor-based businesses may have many aspects. They might be introducing a new product, re-packaging existing products, retail sales, public relations, writing, videography, producing artworks, real estate or combine several elements into a unique business model suited to an individual’s needs, interests and desires. 

All of us are differently gifted and challenged. The trick is using what skills we have to best advantage, identifying and acquiring the skills that we do not have and turning these into a successful money-making business that can fulfill our needs. 

These are the topics that this seminar will address. Join one of the most innovative thinkers in the outdoor business world in learning how to start your own successful business by sending your contact information to and signing up for this exciting event. Registration closes at midnight Pacific Time on  August 16.


                           Starting an Outdoor Business: 20 Tips for Success

 A YouTube version of this is also available at: if you have any problems viewing it below. After I recorded the video, I added a bonus 21st tip to the written materials.

Tip 1. Starting Your Outdoor Business

              1. Control own destiny

              2. Income

              3. Financial Security

              4. Social Interactions

              5. Learning

              6. Meet Life Goals

              7. Leave a Legacy

Tip 2. Live Your Passion: Convert your hobby into your business.

              1. Creative Work

              2. Mechanical Skills

              3. Agriculture

              4. Retailing

              5. Trading

              6. Marketing

Tip 3. Evaluate Your Skills

              1. Professional

              2. Training

              3. Self Starter

              4. Tolerance for Long-Term Projects 

              5. Communications

              6. Mechanical

              7. Money

              8. People

              9. Family

Tip 4. Weighing Your Objectives

              1. Income Gain

              2. Income Loss

              3. Supplemental Income

              4. Material Accumulation

              5. Stop-gap Employment

              6. Resume Enhancement 

Tip 5. Market Reach

              1. Local – Often too small a vision

              2. Regional – Better

              3. National – Better Yet

              4. International – Best

Tip 6. Prototyping Your Business Model

              1. Time Required

              2. Physical Plant

              3. Communications

              4. Storage

              5. Transportation

              6. Inventory

              7. Labor

              8. Finances

              9. Many More: Attempt  to foresee as completely as possible every aspect of your expenses and income. Be as realistic as possible. This is the information that you will take to your banker for a loan.  Even if you don’t, you need to accurately know projected costs and income.

Tip 7. Judging the Competition

          1. Local – Who, What, Where, What Price?

          2. Regional                          ”

          3. National                          “

          4. International                “

          5. Internet – Global reach, no store costs. How can I compete?

Tip 8. Fire in the Belly

          1. Time Commitment

          2. Enthusiasm

          3. Stamina

          4. Overcoming Nay-sayers

          5. Associate with Winners

          6. Uncertainty about your commitment is an almost sure guarantee of failure.

Tip 9. Partnering

          1. People with Complementary Skills

          2. Need to Know Their Stuff

          3. Barter Services

          4. Affiliations

          5. Partners May be Worldwide

Tip 10. Gathering Resources (Video not available)

          1. Physical Plant

          2. Equipment

          3. Electronics: Hardware and software.

          4. Personal Comfort

          5. Perishable Items

Tip 11. Training

           1. Independent Study

           2. Community Colleges

           3. On-line

           4. Spouse-Family

           5. Senior Colleges and Universities

           6. Special Courses

           7. Seminars

           8. Business Coaching 

Tip 12. Naming Your Business

          1. Personal – Not the best.

          2. Product  – Name should say something about the products or work being done.

          3. Generic Option – Class of things or services

          4. Poor – Alphabet soup or cute names

           5. Google Searchable

Tip 13. Legal Issues

            1. Registering Your Brand

            2. Copyrighting Products or Getting Patents

            3. Deciding Legals: Incorporating, Partnership, Sole Proprietor, LLC

            4. Lawyer

Tip 14. Financing

          1. Self Financing

          2. Relatives

          3. Bank Loan

          4. Small Business Loan

          5. Venture Capital

          6. Credit Cards: WORST POSSIBLE CHOICE.

Tip 15.  Launching

          1. Pre-launch Buzz

          2. Launch Announcements: Local, Regional, National.

          3. Free Public Relations

          4. Paid Ads

          5. Multiple Media

Tip 16. Evaluation

          1. Bottom Line – Sales vs. Expectations

          2. Analysis – In House or Outside

          3. Adjusting Business Plan

          4. Evaluate Every Three Months



Tip 17. Market Reach

          1. Expanding to Next Level – City, Region, State, National

          2. Social Media – Website, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Other

          3. Service – Information, Teaching, Coaching, Repairs, Management  

Tip 18. Going Global

           1. International Sales

           2. International Marketing

           3. International Partners

           4. Mostly Internet Enabled – Both growth in sales and business resources.

Tip 19. Liquidation

           1. Selling Your Successful Business – All Out or Still In

           2. Perils of Retained Interests

           3. Liquidation of Assets

Tip 20. Restarts: Doing it Again

           1.  Starting a Second New Business

           2. Related Field

           3. Non-Competitive

           4. Do Your Homework. Just because you had one successful business does not mean that your next attempt will succeed.

Tip 21. Passing On Your Business

          1. Partners

          2. Spouse

          3. Children

          4. Family

          5. Non-Profit



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