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Rifles / Re: Newest purchase
« on: March 01, 2024, 08:06:56 PM »
That rifle looks like it was built for tough weather conditions, which suits me fine. Is that a Bell & Carlson stock. That scope looks like a winner too. I had a great Meopta scope that I sold to Terminator.

The article doesnít state if the huge loss was mostly with fawns, does or bucks. Who can shed more light on the losses?
No matter what, an easy Spring and Summer, low numbers of predators and plenty to eat will all be huge factors in herd building / recovery.

Yes they will. A coyote attacked a jogger in Colorado some years ago. I laugh a little because Colorado takes such a passive stance on predator control.

You donít hear about these incidents in WyomingÖjust sayiní.  :)


I don't know exactly why new models of lever action rifles are so much more expensive (aside from inflation in the neighborhood of 17%). Be it stainless steel or blue metal, the rifle has real limitations and as long as you're not trying to make it do what the bullet won't accomplish then you've probably got a good gun on / in your hands. There has been one time in the last 20 years that a lever action rifle would have been fine for the area and terrain I was hunting. The rest of it has been wide open places with little to no concealment.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: 280 Remington
« on: February 04, 2024, 03:24:59 PM »
JWDynamics: the Hornady 154 SSTs are great with H-4831, Superformance and RL-19. Just about any of the slow burning powders are well suited for the 150-168gn range of bullets. The 150 grain Sierra Game King, Nosler Partition and Accubond Long Range, Hornady ELD-X and Swift Scirocco II all grouped like youíd wants hunting loads to be. I was consistently hitting a steel disc at 600 yards with my hunting loads and some clicks up on the scope.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: 280 Remington
« on: February 04, 2024, 11:10:52 AM »
The buck in my profile pic was taken with a 280 Rem. Iíve had that rifle since 2012 and it likes everything Iíve fed it from 139 - 175 grain bullets. It likes 150 and 154 grain bullets the best. That 1909 receiver is highly sought after so youíve really hit the jackpot.

Several years ago a friend leased all his hunting land to a guy in the area for the same price as the landowners daughters in-state tuition for a semester. This was when the deer hunting was still good. The leased hunting land was prime stuff----I'm sure he could have gotten more money if he would have tried much. Two years ago the same owner leased a lot of land to Alabama foresters who just happened to be at the local gas station when we were there and the Alabamians asked us to go with them since we knew where the birds would be. Of course we did. It was a great time.

I will do not hold any ill feeling toward out-of-state hunters. The vast majority are following all the ordinary customs and the laws just like the in-state folks. The few (and I do mean few) who poison the pot for the next year leave a bad mark but lets be honest, local guys or the village idiot doing the same thing is NOT a surprise.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Just Got The Email
« on: January 30, 2024, 05:38:25 PM »
Iíve been hand loading 150gn Sciroccos in my 7mm Weatherby for almost six years. RL-26 does very well for me with a 24Ē barrel. H-1000 is another good powder. Their burning speeds on paper are close.

Practically every rifle maker now has a chassis / skeletal sock version in their lineup with some or all carbon fiber. More carbon fiber wrapped barrels are out there on production lines. Wood stocked rifles are getting less common and I donít see that as a trendy thing. I see it as the way it will be onward.

Centerfire picks:
Any of the fast .224 cal will smack down coyotes and go for a larger caliber if you want. I think it is is too small for deer but that is my choice. I like my yucky old Savage 340 in 222 Rem for coyote hunting.
The .243 cal  / 6mm all the way to the big .30 cal will do the job for deer and antelope. Hunt with your favorite rifle and be happy. Iím particularly happy with a Vanguard Sporter in 300 Weatherby and a S2 in 257 Weatherby but slower bullets from other rifle do very well also. You pick. I think my oldest grandson is going to start deer hunting with a rifle chambered in 243 Winchester or 6.5 Creedmoor.
Iíve never hunted elk. If / when I do it will likely be with my 300 Wby or a top-notch Rem 700 in 30-06 Springfield. Iíve got a 375 H&H for Africa if I go there.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Denim dilemma
« on: January 26, 2024, 02:08:52 PM »
Carhartt is the my answer to the wokeness of Levi's. You can get Carhartt Seconds for about 1/3 to 1/2 the price of the regular clothing, hats, etc.
Check back the next day if your desired color / size is not in stock.


Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: 338
« on: January 23, 2024, 08:06:55 PM »
The 338 RPM is probably the closest youíll get to 338 Win Mag performance if thatís what youíre looking to replicate. I have a Winchester Model 70 in 338 Win that is the wood and steel version of a mule kick. I think a large part of it is the stock design and fit. I know if my technique isnít right, the recoil will let me know, but when Iím right the rifle produces 1Ē groups.
Iím sure a modern stock and recoil pad, perhaps even a muzzle brake all get the 338 RPM to a whole different level of shootability than that 338 Win I have.

Factory ammunition support to a new (or an old) cartridge cannot be overlooked. Hornadyís support for the Creedmoor and PRC cartridges is a perfect example. Since Weatherby is making their own ammo for their new RPMs and their ďoldĒ named cartridges there is constant factory backing as well. I know there are other ammo makers offering Weatherby cartridge ammo but it isnít widespread.

By the way, I donít remember seeing 284 Win ammo on the shelf. Luckily there are hordes of bullet choices in .284 cal and that is probably why the 284 Win could hang on without current rifle or ammo production.

Topic detour: About 10 years ago I was considering a 35 Whelen and a 9.3x62mm Mauser. The bullet weight choices for the Whelen were less than for the Mauser. I went with the Mauser and think I made the right pick. I never considered factory ammo, only the weight choices.

I donít know of a non-custom rifle maker in North American regularly producing a 284 Winchester in their lineup. As one that had a poor first opening with Winchester 50+ years ago due to making it for  non-bolt action rifles, it didnít catch on very well. It sorta stunk but the cartridge has merits anyway.

I would love to see a 284 Win in a standard Vanguard or a light weight version of it brought back by Weatherby, especially with a 20Ē and 24Ē barrel.

The closest to a 284 Win with current Vanguards is the 270 Win and 7mm-08 Remóó-unless a 7mm RPM is in development. Thoughts???

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Blizzard
« on: January 08, 2024, 07:14:23 PM »
White Out hit SW Kansas about 3:00. KDOT closed the roads in 19 counties in this part of the state. No school tomorrow. Surprise. Wind gusts hit 62mph, so stay home and be safe.

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