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I acquired a right handed, Mark V glossy blue barreled receiver and need a stock. I prefer a wood stock, but for a good price I will buy a composite stock. The barrel is the #2 contour. The factory trigger is included. Please send me your recommendations for where to get a stock.
Thank you.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Poaching 2018 style
« on: December 22, 2018, 08:16:39 AM »
Abundant rainfall in SW Kansas at the right time enabled the farm ponds and small creeks to have a good deal of water. Add that to the very good crops in the field and lush grasses all meant poachers this season have had a hard time even FINDING deer.
I know animal sleeping and eating areas change with the environment. The positive changes meant the deer are much more spread out. No longer are they within a mile of a few ponds and good bedding areas.
I am eager to hear from a game warden friend of mine about the good and bad things he saw during hunting season. Several years ago my son reported a poached buck to him. If it was the same one we saw around my parents pasture, then it was the largest buck we saw in that area in 10 years, and someone took it out of season.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Spotting scope
« on: December 16, 2018, 06:50:04 PM »
I’m seeking your recommendations based on what you have or have used for a reasonably priced, angled style spotting scope with 50-60 maximum magnification. I have no allegiance to a certain manufacturer.
A hunting buddy and I are exploring the real possibilities of establishing a guide service so the scope would have true field work but will also be used on the 100-400 yard range: back and forth to the targets gets old, right?

The 2018 rifle season in Kansas began as many other seasons, except for the fact I had a 5th grader with me. Aside from explaining to him why we’re doing this or what to look for in certain places, it was much like hunting with an experienced buddy  ----- even though there was no experience in his case.

Since Wednesday morning I seem to have been in chess match of sorts regarding where the deer would be and where I might intercept them.

Someone told me to follow the does because they’ll bring in the bucks.  That rang true as I was in an area near The Runway where I’ve seen so many big deer. I saw two does from about half a mile away and moved to where I thought they were headed around The Runway. Eventually, I got into place and didn’t see the does. After about 10 minutes, I moved to the other side of a small pond so I could see what was coming from the other side of the area. About two minutes later this old cruiser got up from his bedding area to the west and was walking right to me. This is the same buck we saw on Wed morning. Wide-racked, a pot belly, an easy, slow gait, and he stopped 175 yards in front of me. The 150gn Swift Scirocco from pre-WWII Czech 7mm Weatherby did its job.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / The Next Generation of Hunters
« on: November 29, 2018, 05:34:12 AM »
Yesterday I took one of my students hunting with me on the opening day of Kansas' rifle season. We made a stalk on some does that scooted away when we were about 300 yards away-----in other words, much too far for my hunting buddy. We walked back to the a good spot and sat there. I told him the deer typically come through the area that I call The Runway. About 10 minutes later more does appeared, then three young bucks, and finally the biggest 8-point White tail I'd seen in the last two years. We were in the process of moving closer to the three younger bucks when the big one appeared. It made an odd course change and was looping toward us. At about 120 yards the buck was in a very good shooting presentation. My young student couldn't get his rifle into a good enough position and sight picture. He didn't shoot. It took a lot for him NOT to pull the trigger. There will be more deer. It was only the first day of the season. We'll be back. I don't consider this a lost opportunity. Good luck to my fellow hunters.

Optics / Unused scope for sale
« on: May 08, 2018, 06:44:09 AM »
For sale: Never mounted 2014 (I believe) Cabela’s Euro Optic made by Meopta. 3-9x42mm duplex reticle, exceptional 200 yard clarity @ 45 minutes after sundown on a small 10-point buck rack and a black and white diagonally stripped target.
Asking $280. I will pay shipping.
Cabela’s had this scope on close out, so add in the military discount and some buyers points and it was a good deal——-my scope needs changed and this scope was not mounted / used.

If interested, please send a PM.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Unused scope for sale
« on: May 07, 2018, 07:46:28 PM »
For sale: Never mounted 2014 (I believe) Cabela’s Euro Optic made by Meopta. 3-9x42mm duplex reticle, exceptional 200 yard clarity @ 45 minutes after sundown on a small 10-point buck rack and a black and white diagonally stripped target.
Asking $280. I will pay shipping.
Cabela’s had this scope on close out, so add in the military discount and some buyers points and it was a good deal——-my scope needs changed and this scope was not mounted / used.

If interested, please send me a PM.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Small wildcat cartridge
« on: May 03, 2018, 11:40:09 AM »
This might be the smallest wildcat cartridge I've seen. It is a 14-221 Walker. It fires a 15 grain bullet. This bullet goes to a hundred or so fragments upon entering a coyote or a doe, according to the builder / owner. As you can imagine, it does poorly in a crosswind.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / 7mm Weatherby
« on: March 31, 2018, 07:04:33 PM »
It's only been 30 months in the making. This 7mm Weatherby Magnum is a sweet handling 9lb middle weight.

The saga continues: The morning after the mulie buck fell, my boys were at it again. They went back to the same place, a true Honey Hole, and as they drove into the field they saw a herd of white tails in the distance. The fog might have helped conceal the silver-colored pickup as it came toward the deer. The boys stalked in a bit, then got into a good shooting position in the same field where they got the mule deer the previous evening. With one shot from another rifle with a 308 Win, this buck took a fast trip to the ground. It was 200 yards from where the mulie buck fell.
To get two, 10-point deer the same season in virtually the same place is hard to imagine. The Honey Hole is on private ground and the owner is sure to get jerky from this adventure.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Simple rifles work well
« on: December 03, 2017, 02:59:59 AM »
I will never deny the long-range accuracy of a 300 Weatherby. Mine is my favorite rifle and I see no real chance of that changing.
My son has a fairly heavy 308 Win that has served him very well when it comes to hunting on the High Plains. The handloads he uses are scary accurate but he shoots a lot so he knows what is going to happen with bullet drop and the effects of wind and mirage. He took this mulie buck yesterday with his 308 Win in the same large pasture where we have taken eight deer (mulie and white tail) in the past six years. The reputation for that pasture as being a "honey hole" has grown. As far as I know, there was neither a wind or a mirage factor but he still dropped it from 350 yards.
I only wish I was there with him for it.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Unusual and unexpected II
« on: November 27, 2017, 01:31:22 AM »
It seems like some Sellier and Bellot factory ammo was overcharged. When it was used in this Savage rifle the results were bad but no one was hurt. The bolt can't be opened. I will let the Nation know if anything more comes from this.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Return of the 284 Win
« on: November 26, 2017, 05:59:05 AM »
With the long-range craze we're in, I will not be surprised to see the return of the 284 Win in a production rifle by a few of the big manufacturers. We know the 284 Win originally came out with a semi-auto rifle and commercially the cartridge was a basic flop. High BC factor bullets in .284 caliber are plentiful and the long-range craze isn't going anywhere, in my opinion.

The 45-70 Govt has had a resurgence of sorts due to new ammo with soft-tipped, pointed bullets and I see no reason why the 284 Win cannot come back. I know the SAMMI specifications for max pressure for the 284 Win would not likely be re-done. However, there is M-1 Garand-specific ammo (that is not the same as ordinary 30-06 Springfield loads) and 45-70 Govt loads are specific for newer rifles, such as the 1895 Marlins or the Ruger #1s. The Trapdoor Springfields aren't capable of the pressures the modern rifles can take.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Elk hunt cartridge
« on: April 19, 2017, 05:21:33 PM »
If you're hunting elk, what is your first cartridge choice? I've never hunted elk. I think I could do it well with my 300 Weatherby and a Swift A-Frame bullet but I would appreciate knowing what cartridge the experienced ones use.

I think its time for a serious discussion on a 7mm-300 Weatherby Magnum. The reception of the hunting world has been very good for the 6.5-300 Weatherby. I was not surprised by that since it goes faster than the competition and is on the famous Mark V action. Has Weatherby ever built a rifle that wasn't accurate?
Everything a super .264 caliber cartridge does can be done with a big 7mm cartridge capable of putting out a heavier bullet. I think the discussion or decision is centered on these items: ballistic performance overcoming the compeition and sales that make the line profitable. The bean counters and decision makers will never ignore a profit.

What is the standardized, factory-produced competition in the 7mm magnum world---big. With the 7mm Dakota, 7mm RUM, 7mm Rem, 7mm WSM, 7mm STW, 28 Nosler (plus whatever I've forgotten) and Weatherby's own cartridge lurking in there in the 7mm Weatherby Magnum, the field is vast. The 7 STW and 7mm Weatherby are nearly the same performance. The RUM and Nosler cartridges are big, but do they benefit from the freebore the Weatherby's enjoy? I don't know how the stack up.


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