Quick Update: Sacramento – There’s no place like home.

So it’s been a long, long while since I actually posted something here.  Since it’s been a while… let me give a quick update.

I’ve been stationed in San Antonio for nearly 3 years now and, in my experience, this city is just okay but others my beg to differ. Don’t get me wrong though; the cost of living here is very affordable, the town is military friendly, and… that’s basically all I can think of at the moment. I recently came back from a quick trip to Sacramento, California. Being a person that was born and raised in this city, it was good to be back.

One thing to note about being back home was the noticing how much more diverse Sacramento is compared to San Antonio. The Alamo City population is predominantly Hispanic/Latino. Being back home in a diverse city had its perks; GREAT FOOD!

When I landed at SMF, my family picked me up and we went straight to our favorite Chinese Restaurant called Tea Garden. When my wife and I use to live back in Sacramento, this was the “go to” place for Chinese Food. Why? Because their Sweet and Sour Pork kicks ass! During this visit, I ordered from the lunch menu
which typical comes with a soup (either egg drop or hot & sour), an entree, and a side of steamed rice, fried rice, or chow mien. I ordered the #8 which comes with an Egg Roll, Sweet & Sour Pork, Mongolian Beef, and Pork Fried Rice. I also opted for the egg drop soup. Man, Just looking at the picture while typing this is making me hungry.

Sweet and Sour Pork, Mongolian Beef, and Pork Fried Rice

Sweet and Sour Pork, Mongolian Beef, and Pork Fried Rice

In addition to the Chinese Food, I got to try a particular dish that has seem to have become a new fad back in Sacramento – Poke (pronounced “Poke-Eh”). For those of you that don’t know what Poke is… its basically a Hawaiian dish that has raw fish (salmon or tuna), seasoned with an assortment of spices, and tossed with a such as soy sauce. I’ve had Poke before but it was in Hawaii.

My best friend took me to this restaurant that just opened up called Hokee Poke. This particular restaurant reminds me of a Chipotle… but Asian Style. First, you pick size: regular or large. Regular has 3 scoops of protein and Large has 5 scoops of protein. Keep in mind though.. these scoops are small. I’d say about less than a fourth of a cup. Second, you pick your base which is either white rice, brown rice, a salad, or wonton chips. Third, you pick your protein which can either be Ahi Tuna, Salmon, Tofu, Shrimp, etc. Fourth, You pick your sauce. If I can remember correctly, they had 4 sauces: Original Shoyu (Soy Sauce), Creamy Miso, Ono Spicy, and Smokee Sesame. I had a sample of the Ono Spicy sauce and it was pretty spicy. I opted for the Creamy Miso. Lastly, You pick your add-ons. This ranged from Edameme, Onions, Avocado, Green Onions, etc.

20151018_172044Mine consisted of the following (if I can remember correctly, lol):

  • White Rice
  • 3 Scoops of Ahi Tuna
  • 2 Scoops of Salmon
  • Creamy Miso
  • Ginger
  • Wakame (seaweed)
  • Edameme
  • Furikake

How’d it taste? It was good. Being someone who has been spoiled by freshly made Poke from Food Land on Oahu, I was a bit biased. All in all, the ingredients tasted fresh and prices was fairly decent. I’d encourage anyone who lives in the area to try this place out.

A quick look: Hornady’s 308 Win 150 gr InterLock SP American Whitetail

A few weeks ago, I was at Bass Pro with my wife in search of some match grade factory 308 ammo. They did not have any match grade ammo in stock. I did come across the Hornady 150 gr American Whitetail ammo. I decided to purchase a box and give it a try; the box of 20 ran me $22.99 plus tax. After a few more weeks, I finally took them to the range to test them out (along with some of my reloads) through my Remington 700 SPS Tactical. This specific round is advertised as a hunting round so it is by no means a match grade round. I was curious to see how this ammo would perform so I ran a few tests on it.

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I took 4 shots through my Chrony Alpha Master and got the following results:

  • 2821 fps
  • 2819 fps
  • 2833 fps
  • 2835 fps

The chronograph was set up 15 feet away from the muzzle. Given these numbers, the average was 2827 fps with a standard deviation of 8.12. Interestingly enough, the advertised velocity is 2820 coming out of a 24 inch barrel. Either my chrono was improperly set up (sunlight directly on the diffusers) or these rounds were loaded quite hot. The accuracy on these rounds were right at about 1 MOA at 100 yards. I am pretty sure that this ammunition can group better than I can shot but I was able to achieve 1 MOA.

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The recoil on these were quite normal for a 308. These rounds performed quite well. However, I would like to retest them through my chronograph since it seemed somewhat strange that I was getting the advertised velocities through a 20 inch barrel. Overall, the accuracy on these rounds were great for a hunting round at 100 yards. Beyond 100 yards, I’m not sure how these rounds would perform but I would guess that they would perform well. Would I purchase this round again? Sure, I would.

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One final note is on the primers. When looking at the primers on the casings, I did notice that they varied in color. Some looked as if they were Winchester Primers while other looked like they were CCI primers. They were also crimped into the case. I wonder if the variation in primers could have played a role in the accuracy of the round? But then again, it could’ve been me.