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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / 2nd day of Muzzleloaders season
« on: December 09, 2018, 09:27:17 AM »
Had basketball yesterday. Got today and got ot two days and back on rotation for four days.
Got th TC and round ball out. .54 caliber by the way and 100 grains of powder.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Having a good year
« on: December 01, 2018, 05:27:25 PM »
I knocked another one down today. Unfortunately it was a button buck. It was with another deer and was larger so I figured it was a doe. The shot around 160 yards and she took two steps and rolled down a hill and then maybe 50 yards. I am guessing if it was not for the hill she really wouldnít gone near the distance after the shot. My buddy shot one also today. It was nice we had success because we usually just watch birds when we hunt.
I was using my 6.5-300 with 140 grain Aframes and my buddy was using 85 grain Barnes in his .243. I like the aftermath of the the Aframes over the SPís in the same 140 grain. Left a quarter size exit hole. Those SPís left a very,very large hole. Part of that was my fault for hitting that deer high. Glad I rechecked my zero after that deer. I was over 3Ēhigh. That may of been alright if I knew that was hitting that high.
Score this year:1 buck with crossbow
                       1 doe with 6.5 Creedmoor 140 grain Corelokt
                       1 doe with 6.5-300 140 grain SP
                       1 button buck with 6.5-300 and 140 grain Swift Aframe
                       1 missed doe with crossbow,jumped the string is my guess

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / 140 grain spís in 6.5-300
« on: November 26, 2018, 03:46:59 PM »
Shot a little doe with mine today using the 140 grain SPís. Deer didnít move but darn near blew her in half. Hit her little high. But dang. Need to get the Aframes sighted in and see if that creates a smaller hole.

  Indianaís gun season starts this weekend. Like always I am ready for it. I will only be going after does. We are only allowed one buck in Indiana.
  I will most likely be using my Accumark in 6.5-300 but at some point I will be trying my 6.5 Creedmoor out.
  I dropped my .450 off to a buddy from work so his son could use it. So far four people have killed deer with it including me.
Hope everyone has good luck this year or will have some soon.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Butchered 1st deer of the year
« on: November 12, 2018, 04:26:45 PM »
Wife and I worked on my buck I killed a few days ago.
We straight grounded, mixed with pork grind, Italian meatballs, Italian Brats, regular brats,made a meatloaf and froze a meatloaf, backstraps,roast and I have summer sausage (jalapeŮo) in the oven now.
We made the most out of this deer.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Purchased a 6.5 Creedmoor
« on: November 06, 2018, 03:11:26 PM »
Went to Academy and bought the rifle,scope and three boxes of 129 grain Interlocks from Hornady. The price was right so I bought it.
The rifle is a TC Compass with a Nikon 4-12 on top.
I also bought two boxes of 140 grain Corlokts.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Shot at a doe
« on: October 31, 2018, 06:53:19 PM »
That is about it. Had a real good rest, range her and squeezed the trigger. That was at 3:30. Decided not to go after her cause I had lots of time left.
The oldest boy and I went after dark to look for her. Couldnít find my bolt and couldnít find any blood at all.
I felt really good about the shot. I have no idea what went wrong. This is a low low feeling.

Wife and I will be leaving late tomorrow evening for Texas. Hoped to get into some hogs but that kind of fell through.
We will heading down south of San Antonio and then over to Rockport to fish for the day. We are going down to visit with an old friend that I met on a forum and we went hunting a few times together.
For my wifeís sake I hope we donít hit the whiskey to hard. We can be a handful after too many.
My wife hasnít been down there on any of the times I have gone so this is her first. I REALLY hope she likes Texas.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / First day out
« on: October 05, 2018, 02:34:10 PM »
Skipped morning for evening hunt. Almost shot a coyote. Warm and cloudy.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / 19 years today
« on: October 02, 2018, 01:06:50 PM »
My wife said ďI doĒ to me on this date 19 years ago. Many hard times but glad she stuck it out.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Youth season
« on: September 30, 2018, 07:40:18 AM »
My youngest daughter went out this morning. Her phone alarm went off on the way to the woods, after I told her to make sure the sound was turned off.
We had a few deer huffing at us from the start.
She had a buck in front of her coming out of the corn but it was a hard shot so she passed. I told her I would rather that she only shoots if she is 100%.
He walked back into the corn and neve came back out. We had a couple deer down wind of us that started hollering at us. Then she had to go to the restroom so the hunt was ended.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Put the blind out today
« on: September 03, 2018, 04:25:01 PM »
Did some digging and brush removal. I usually put my blind on a hillside so that was where most of the digging went on. Had some tall stuff outside the blind too.
I also moved my tripod. Nothing major there. Moved it about 40 or so yards back so we could see on either side of a ravine.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Shot the .375 Ruger today
« on: July 24, 2018, 01:13:03 PM »
My ammo came in so I had to take a shot in the backyard. Recoils was not as bad I thought it would be. Its not one that you want to shoot several rounds from the bench but with a good grip and weight forward it wonít kill you.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / .375 Ruger
« on: July 11, 2018, 06:54:20 AM »
After talking to one or two people over the last few years about buying a .375 H&H I decided to buy a .375 Ruger instead.
I was turned on too another model after I was pointed in this direction. I went with the least expensive route.
I should say that I never plan to hunt Africa because I will not be able to ever have the time off work that would allow me to go and the cost also hampers it.
I will never hunt Brown/Grizzly bears either. I donít have that kind of money.
So you ask why would I want one. Well, because I want one. Thatís all it is.
I can hunt pigs and even use it for deer if I choose too. I can pull it out occasionally and let someone who has never shot one pull the trigger a couple times.
I plan on buying a few boxes of ammo and dies. I eventually will prolly put something like a 2-7x scope on it. It comes with rifled sights which will be alright. More than anything it will be one of my ďfun gunsĒ.

Archery / New strings came in today
« on: July 09, 2018, 02:39:59 PM »
I ordered two strings for my Excalibur from a guy out of Virginia. 8 pt custom strings.
Look pretty nice. I think he does strings for other than Excalibur crossbows so if anyone needs strings that wonít break the bank in colors of your choice he might be a good option for you.
His email is 8ptcustomstrings.com and his name is Mike Collins.

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