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Old 02 February 2007, 13:44   #1
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Remember a lot of the most succesfull engines are based on very old designs. I think some of the big Volvo and Mercury inboards date back to the 50s or 60s. Prob the best marine diesel ever were the Gardners and they are still plodding along very nicely - they will outlast most of the modern stuff.

Same with guns - many of the designs are truly ancient. Of course a Glock or a Sig is a great gun but are they REALLY that much better than a Browning Hi Power that was designed in 1907? The Browning 50cal dates back to the 1920s - maybe even earlier.

Many things these days aren't quite as advanced as people would like to think!!!
I have to generaly agree with you Codders. Wish I had not sold my Hi-power a few months ago. I also sold my 50BMG single shot target rifle and have a " ton" of reloading stuff left including once fired cases, projectile and a "lot" of 5010 powder. probably enough to reload 1000 rounds. Anyone interested? Plan to move house soon so a lot of stuff has to go. Also have a custom bull barrel 300Win. Mag. on an Enfield P14 action ( bench rifle). comes with brass, dies, target grade projectiles, and turret press.
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Hmmm I dont think Parcel Force transport Guns and powder if it did get to your house I suspect you would find a line of police vans behind.

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Same with guns - many of the designs are truly ancient. Of course a Glock or a Sig is a great gun but are they REALLY that much better than a Browning Hi Power that was designed in 1907? The Browning 50cal dates back to the 1920s - maybe even earlier.

Yes they are similar designs but try hitting a target with the browning, then switch to the Glock .... theres your improvement then. Constant refinement yields ever smaller improvements until a radical change of concept is made.

I'd like to see a big improvemnt in the use of biodiesel. The thought of growing our own fuel would make a hec of a difference to the world, in particular the Middle East.
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Yes they are similar designs but try hitting a target with the browning, then switch to the Glock .... theres your improvement then. Constant refinement yields ever smaller improvements until a radical change of concept is made.

I'd like to see a big improvemnt in the use of biodiesel. The thought of growing our own fuel would make a hec of a difference to the world, in particular the Middle East.
That is more down to manufacturing tolerances than design. The problems with tight tolerances in the field are the slightest bit opf grit jams things. Hence the success of the AK47!!! For example the most accurate sniping rifles are still bolt action designs - ie Lee Enfield.

If only things were so simple - biodiesel is an environmental disaster waiting to happen. There just is not enough used oil to go around. To satisfy the Greens demand for this fuel need VAST areas of land to grow the crops needed. Indonesia for example are growing loads of palms to try to meet the Europe/USA demand - the problem is they are cutting down the rainforest to do it!!!

Same is happening with Bioethanol in South America - already the local population are starting to starve as the crops are all being sent to make biofuels for the USA.

And WHY? So that people can feel good and say they are carbon neutral and care about the planet!!!

The ONLY big source of power that will save the planet is nuclear. They should never burn gas/oil to generate electricity - it's bonkers.
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Same is happening with Bioethanol in South America - already the local population are starting to starve as the crops are all being sent to make biofuels for the USA.
I wonder how much of that goes into *their* fuels? Brazil runs primarily E85, I believe.

But, I admit you have a point. I'd place the blame on the farmers, though; they're the ones selling the stuff to us. Greed does weird things to everyone.

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The ONLY big source of power that will save the planet is nuclear. They should never burn gas/oil to generate electricity - it's bonkers.

Agree 1000% codders. Your tub going nuclear?? That would be fantastic..
The IC engine has past its shelf-life- I predict that a fuel cell type ecomically viable vehicle will be available soon... based on the wide spread use of fusion generated electricity.

I would specifically favour off peak tariffs

Agree on the ak47- even though the design dates back to the bosch in 1942-the design in fact did not need great tolerances. I would rather have a ak47 (or 74) than an m16/sa80/HK ect ect ) as I would rather kill first than be killed by a gun that would not work 100%!!!!!.

The UK government could save themselves a fortune by buying kalisnikovs, RPG 7's. mig 29's ect.

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The UK government could save themselves a fortune by buying kalisnikovs, RPG 7's. mig 29's ect.
sure the armed forces would be over the moon knowing that blair had saved a few quid by buying that lot.
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I do not favour fuel cells either. The IC engine has had over 100yrs of development. Why not run it on hydrogen gas? Only water comes out!!! As to where do we get the hydrogen you use the waste electricity at night from the nuke power stations - simple!!!
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Thank you for your input! but what is the link again between guns and fuel and the Yamaha 350 HP ?
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Thank you for your input! but what is the link again between guns and fuel and the Yamaha 350 HP ?
Simple - the engine runs on fuel and you need guns to make sure you keep getting that fuel......
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