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Some friends and I are heading to Maine for Eiders and later on to the Outer Banks of NC for a mix of divers and puddlers. In the meantime I'll be hunting in my backyard for deer and if I happen to see a bear he may be added to the pot as well. So far this week my old retriever and I have been putting my Orion through the ringer shooting doves.  Good times!  ;D

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Annapolis
« on: June 29, 2018, 06:43:08 PM »
Some of my friends and I went to Maryland a few years back to goose hunt and we were on pins and needles the whole time. One of my friends was a retired LEO and the other was a DA for a relatively large metropolitan area but not in Maryland. As far as we knew none of us could legally carry in that worthless state. We even worried about our shotguns and ammo! We had a decent hunt (but not great) and afterwards we were extremely happy to get the hell out of there and make it back to NC and SC ("free America"). So when I heard about this shooting I could have cared less. As far as I'm concerned they can all kill each other. No big loss.

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Annapolis
« on: June 28, 2018, 03:15:35 PM »
It's Maryland. I've been thereand it is not a place where personal freedom and liberty are a high priority. Meh...

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Reloading / Re: What dies are you using for your Weatherby?
« on: June 13, 2018, 05:21:56 AM »
I'm using a combination of Redding and Lee.  I sent Lee a case/bullet combo for my 257 Accumark and they built me a custom die. Not sure if it works but it makes me feel good.  :) It will shoot 100 grain Nosler BT's in a ragged cloverleaf if this old man can hold it together.  :o

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Shotguns / Re: Anyone use the SA459 for coyote?
« on: June 08, 2018, 03:07:31 AM »
I'm new to the game of coyote hunting but with the dense vegetation and woodlands here in eastern NC a shotgun might be the ticket. I've had no success calling at night. I know a few guys that hunt them but if they can scratch out a half dozen or so a year they consider it a success. They call them in at night and use rifles. You rarely ever see a coyote here in the daytime. And when you do they look like they are late for an appointment. Most of the coyote taken here is by leg-hold live trapping. Unless they have changed the laws recently they were being sold to fox pens anywhere from $75 to $100 apiece.

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Rifles / Re: Vanguard lovers besides me
« on: May 29, 2018, 12:18:46 PM »
I have 4 Vanguards (I think?). Let's see. .223, .257, 6.5, 30-06. Oh, and one Howa in 6.5. I would like a .243 but i want to shoot the heavier Berger bullets (100 grain plus) and the twist is all wrong.  :-\

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One of my shooting buddies gave me some "heat" tape that he uses on all of his barrels. It has the temperature listed from 86 to 140 degrees F (30-60 C ). I shot a consecutive 5 round group  through my Vanguard 6.5 CM and the outside temp registered 113 degrees F. Ambient temp was 85 degrees. I figure that if I can keep the exterior temp of the barrel below 120 degrees  I'm ok. At least I hope so!

http://barrelcool.com/product/barrel-temperature-strips/


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Rifles / .224 Valkyrie
« on: May 29, 2018, 03:56:46 AM »
I wonder if Weatherby will add this caliber to the Vanguard line? It seems to be getting a lot of interest and there are few bolt guns available. It might be a good time to get ahead of the pack and make some money. I would buy one today!

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Savage lawsuits
« on: December 14, 2017, 04:38:36 AM »
I have one of the Savage MZ's (not the SS version) that uses smokeless and it performs flawlessly. The main difference is that smokeless powder is measured by weight and blackpowder by volume. For the idiots out there that don't know the difference this rifle can quickly become a WMD.  :o

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: 6.5 creedmoor
« on: December 04, 2017, 10:50:05 PM »
Rate the 3 you have for accuracy Downeast.

The old M70 with the Krieger barrel. Thanks to some load data from Eric it will shoot 1/4" groups at 100 yards when they old man has a good day. ;) The Howa #6 heavy barrel and the Weatherby Vanguard S2 surprisingly shoot about the same. I shot this group at 500 yards with the Vanguard one day with factory Hornady Match ammo. This was with the rifle straight out of the box with a 10X SWFA SS scope.

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: 6.5 creedmoor
« on: December 03, 2017, 04:34:05 AM »
I own 3 6.5 Creeds. One in a Vanguard, one HOWA heavy barrel, and a M70 with a Krieger barrel. The 6.5 Creed was originally designed as a LR competition round and not as a hunting round. That came later. High BC bullets are the key. I have killed whitetails with all three of these rifles out to several hundred yards but I find the 6.5 CM more fun to plink steel at 1,000 yards than as a hunting round. It's fairly inexpensive to load, low recoil, and is extremely accurate. I do a lot of target shooting (hunting season is relatively short and a dozen or so rounds of just about any caliber is all I need to fill the freezer) so it fills a nice niche for me. I actually looked at the 6.5-300 for a short period of time but luckily my brain kicked back in and I came to my senses. I understand that it is a fabulous hunting round, but I just couldn't justify the cost of handloading it. Besides, I doubt the barrel would stand up to our local neighborhood FU class (don't ask ;D) competition shooting (lots of rounds downrange in a relatively short time) but the 6.5 CM does fine. I don't own a 243/6mm at the present time but if I decide to go that route I will probably go with the 6 mm Creedmoor. Off the shelf twist rates are great for heavier bullets, something that your standard .243 cannot deal with. The 6 CM is already beating the 6.5 CM in some competitions.

So, if you want a tack driver that is easy and relatively cheap to load for and is really fun to shoot I would recommend the 6.5 CM. It will do in a pinch on deer too, but for deer hunting I generally pick up my .257 Bee.  8)

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Protests
« on: September 26, 2017, 01:19:21 PM »
The only spectator sport I enjoy watching is women's volleyball and women's gymnastics. But I guess some guys prefer watching other guys....   ::)

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I started reloading around 1980 with a single stage Lee press. I still have it. I bought one of their 3 hole turret presses about 25 years ago. I gave that one to my neighbors recently who wanted to start reloading. He is pumping out pretty decent ammo with it every day. I replaced the 3 holer with the 4 holer on sale for around $125.00. I load everything from 243 to 338 Lapua (including several Wby calibers) and Lee has never let me down. Neither have Lee dies. I own a bunch of dies from RCBS, Redding, and Hornady. I've had a few problems with them over the years but the Lee dies have always worked and put out some pretty fine ammo too.

Regardless of what you purchase if you do decide to get a "kit" go ahead and purchase a decent electronic scale seperately. It will make handloading a lot more enjoyable.   :)

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Handguns / Re: Hollywood's Movie Star/The 45 Colt 1911 an impostor?
« on: June 27, 2017, 03:49:14 AM »
Thanks Danno. That was a very interesting read.  ;)

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10 second flight time. Not saying that the guy wasn't a great shot but this was pure luck. The recipient of his skill had to have been sitting in a chair sipping camel pee tea or something? He sure wasn't walking around. Ten seconds is a long time to be perfectly still. I'm waiting on them to repeat it.  ;D

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