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  1. MAD Punty

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    I did a search to see if there was a similar thread already, but I didn't see one. Some things are not worthy of a thread all their own, so why not have a single place to post all those little quick tips that we have learned in one place?

    I have a couple..some of which I posted elsewhere, but they are good, simple tips that maybe a lot of people would find useful...

    1. In my repair and maintenance kit, I keep a mineral oil soaked bandana in a medicine bottle. This is handy for wiping my sharps, and preventing them from rusting, without worrying about anything leaking in my kit. I have had it in there for 3 years now, never dries out, never leaked;
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    2. Batting gloves are a great alternative to Mechanics gloves or bulky work gloves...they are sturdy, grippy, and do not interfere with fine motor skills. They are my go to gloves for the woods. This pair is in it;s second year, and no holes yet.
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    3. 15 ML bottles fit perfectly into shotgun shell holders, to make your own spice kit.
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    4. 40MM grenade pouches are abundant, inexpensive, and not very useful for much because they have a large opening at the top, and a small one at the bottom. But, if you have any kind of Molle panel or organizer, they can be very useful. Here, you can see I have used them to hold my knife, my pipe, and my hatchet. I cut the cover off of them except for the pipe pouch. You can find these grenade pouches for roughly $1 apiece.
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    5. I started using a leather welder's apron this year in my kit. It has turned out to be far more useful than I ever dreamed...I use it to sit on, to kneel on, as a clean place to set my stuff or work, as a pot holder, as an apron when I am whittling or carving, to keep wood chips off of me and to protect my legs in case of accident, and a variety of other things. It has turned out to be one of my most often used pieces of kit. I got the 24 x 24 inch for under $20. I've even rolled it up and used it as a makeshift pillow in my hammock, with the strap around the bottom to hold it in place. Money well spent.
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    Those are my tips.
     
  2. PAcanis

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    Nice tips :dblthumb:
     
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    I like the puck in a tin thing you have going there. Protects it and keeps the grit off everything else, very inventive!
     
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    The white inner strands of paracord work for thread if you’re in a pinch. I keep some along with a needle inside an emptied bic pen, which rides on a sheath in the ferro rod holder. Works great for ripped or torn clothing when it gets snagged on a branch or scrapes against a rock.

    If you live where there’s ticks, treat your clothes and bags with permethrin. It’ll prevent them from settling down.
     
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    When working outdoors in the winter and you have to take your gloves off. I put them under my coat . Keeps them thawed out. And probably warms them up.
     
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    I would imagine that it helps prevent loss also.
     
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    Don't use semi rotted wood for a fire reflector.
     
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    When I'm making coffee, lunch, etc., I lay all my condiments, utensils out on a bandana. It keeps things clean, and all in one place.
     
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    That is a nice photo.
     
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    Yes. There's a lot going on there to take in.
     
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    Plus, his "tip" about the bandana is perfectly portrayed.
     
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    What isn't portrayed is he could have those gloves stuffed in his coat. :18:
     
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    LOL!
     
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    If planning an adventure involving quite a bit of hiking, a little “manscaping” can help avoid chafing and irritation around your man area. This is especially true in the south during the hot/humid days. Doc.
     
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    Bite me, Batgirl.:4:
    I'll have you know, those are my " work" gloves. I had my wool fingerless gloves on. So, THERE:14:
     
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    Ah... no wonder you weren't wearing them.
    They are WORK gloves ;)

    :18:
     
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    To keep sharps from rusting (and your kisser moist and supple)...

    Cut off 1/4 - 1/3 of a green Scotchbrite sponge/scouring thingy, melt some coconut oil and soak it thoroughly, let it cool, and put it in a baggy or whatever. The green scourer is great for cleaning metal, and the oil protects it. Plus it doesn't contaminate the tool if you use it for food or water.

    Coconut oil is solid up to 76 degrees, so in cooler areas, like mine, this works well without creating a mess. It might not be as good for warmer situations.

    (If I remember correctly I got the idea from @NWPrimate.)
     
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    The recent generations of shoe and boot laces don't stay tied. I treat them with bowstring wax or my homemade blackpowder patch lube; beeswax and olive oil.
     
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    Ya got that right:dblthumb:
     
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    I'll sometimes comb some fur off the dog to supplement my birds nest.
     
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    Take a plastic straw, insert pills, and burn the ends closed to take daily medication doses on the trail. Also good for 1st aid kit storage. Just write the med name on the straw in sharpie.

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    When I have a shore lunch I use the skin as a plate for the fillet to keep it from resting directly on the ground. Before it is cooked of course.
     
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    When we buy meat, we save the plastic trays. They are easy to clean, weigh nothing. We eat off of them. Have some in my gun room to hold small parts while working on guns. Throw a couple in your pack,
     
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    Don’t wear socks while sleeping, even if it’s cold out. Moist socks are no fun, but even dry ones hinder circulation slightly, making for cold feet.

    -Snake Doc 415
     
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    clean knitted wool(my personal designated sleeping socks) in cold weather for this old man

    the knitted wool doesn't bind (at least the ones i have been using)
     
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    Good tip. I’ve also seen down socks/boots for sleeping in. No compression and very warm. Maybe my tip should be “don’t sleep in TIGHT/FITTED socks”.

    -Snake Doc 415
     
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    If you find a single glove on the trail. Maybe it just fell out from underneath somebody’s coat, but maybe it was used for something else. Tip here. Never pick up a single glove that you find out in the bushcraft !
     
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    When i am out hunting and carrying a rifle.I use an inexpensive carabiner clip to hold the sling on my rifle to my backpack sling. It can be closed if I am just waking or left open by just hooking the sling. This leaves my hands free. Instead of having to hold my rifle sling up. As I get older and have to climb a hill or climb over fallen trees and brush having my hands free is nice.
    I also have a few of those new rubber coated ties that have a plyable or flexible core. Great for tying things on. Also use the larger ones for tying things on to ATVs n snogos.
     
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    And, don't bend over to pick it up. Michael Jackson might be hiding behind a tree.:18:
     
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    I always have a small tin screw top bottle full of olive oil in my kit bag. It was called “sweet oil” in the 19th century. I can cook with it, use it on my lips or hands to prevent chapping, and I also use it to prevent rust on my sharps. Very useful and takes up almost no space.
     
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