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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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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Scorcher
« on: June 17, 2017, 08:48:41 AM »
But it's a "dry" heat.  ;D

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HaHa!  ;D

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Wife brought home a big box of toilet paper and the rolls didn't have the cardboard "rolls". It was "rolless" toilet paper!  :o

So, you better start hoarding rolls. They may not be around much longer.

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Gun trade
« on: June 05, 2017, 04:09:26 AM »
That's a tough one. I like my Winchesters as much as I like my Vanguards! I would have a gunsmith take a look at the trigger first. 

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Elevated deer stands
« on: June 04, 2017, 11:22:32 AM »
Ours is 16' high and 8' X 8'. Basically two stories enclosed. Nothing fancy though. A few chairs and a table upstairs, and a simple bar and stove downstairs.  8) We haven't hunted deer in years. We just sit back, sip a little single malt, maybe some cheese and crackers, and choot'em through the windows! LOL!

I need to take some pics sometime and post them.

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Custom Shop / Re: Scope recommendations for CFP Mark V 22-250
« on: June 02, 2017, 03:54:05 AM »
I've replaced all of my bases with rails. I had an old 1" scope with the Talley ring/base on a Vanguard tghat I wanted to replace with a 30 mm scope. I ended up having to take it to my gunsmith to remove the Talley trash. Seems that in their ultimate wisdom they decided to drill a hole directly down the center of the bases and use the smallest heads on their screws. I got 3 of the 4 screws out but the last one stripped (very soft metal in those screws) and there was no way to get it out of that center hole. He had to grind the mount off! I took the parts to the range and passed it around. Quite a few of the guys thanked me for the heads up. I switch scopes quite often (upgrades mostly) so I find that a good rail makes life so much easier. Looking back it was my fault. As soon as I saw that deep hole in that base I should have thrown it out or sent it back. Live and learn.

As far as the scopes, I also recommend Burris for the money.

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What eford said.  ;)

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Hurricane Season
« on: June 01, 2017, 06:56:05 PM »
Matthew hit us pretty hard last fall. There are still roads and bridges closed and under repair or replacement. 

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