Autopsy on a sod house.. from NE

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    Autopsy on a sod house.. from NE

    Shelter... Bushcraft... survival skills...

    Hmmmm.

    Here's a sod house from the late 1800's- early 1900's.

    Without any maintenance to speak of, it has survived reasonably intact for a looong time... and so, they're gonna look at the sod, to see what secrets it holds.

    Might not be a bad idea, in the proper setting for long term shelter. Just saw this in the local online paper.. thought it might be of some interest.

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    Poor old house, being dismembered like that. If it could talk, it would probably tell those researchers to "sod off!"
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    If you want to bake a cake, you gotta crack a few eggs.

    I guess they feel the information gained will somehow benefit us, but I don't really know off hand how.
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    They can tell the health of the soil when it was cut and made into a house. It can be compared to soil today. that could be worthwhile to agriculture.
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    Wonder how thick you'd have to make the walls to stop a rifle? I imagine unpacked earth wouldn't be as effective as a sandbag but then again I have no experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caertaker View Post
    Wonder how thick you'd have to make the walls to stop a rifle? I imagine unpacked earth wouldn't be as effective as a sandbag but then again I have no experience.
    Probably would be easy to stop a rifle, it's the bullet I'd be worried about.

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    Actually I had a dozer make a berm on my farm and I was shocked at how quickly it stopped even 30/06 bullets (just dirt/clay) even @ 25 yards they didn't penetrate like I would have thought (these were hunting loads though not FMJ)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aceoky View Post
    Actually I had a dozer make a berm on my farm and I was shocked at how quickly it stopped even 30/06 bullets (just dirt/clay) even @ 25 yards they didn't penetrate like I would have thought (these were hunting loads though not FMJ)
    I'm guessing packed dirt would be pretty effective against older ammo.
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    Well, it wasn't "old ammo" in fact most was my fresh reloads - point being dirt IME expands "hunting type" rifle rounds pretty fast (it's not tissue after all) I'm talking not over 10" even @ only 25 yards
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    According to old accounts sod houses are pretty much bullet proof! DR
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    If someone wanted to come onto my property and partially dismantle any type of house or structure they would be paying me for the privilege.
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    Ask the younger ones who went to AStan. As said earlier dirt stops bullets very quickly.
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    When I lived in NM I explored several old adobe settlements from late 1800's. The roofs were long gone and there were numerous holes from bullets over the years. NONE penetrated much more than 8"-10" or so. I know that it is not the same as sod but adobe is pretty tough stuff in my book!
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    Stopped arrows pretty good too!
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    Good read. Wonder if the bank would give you a loan on one?

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