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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Weatherby stock sale
« on: April 01, 2020, 10:06:38 AM »
Weatherby is having a rifle stock sale. Now is a great time if you need a a Sporter or composite stock.


I saw today that Montana Rifle Co is undergoing a reorganization. I might not get all this right but I though the news release stated they need investors and to replace its own machinery. I thought was a decent rifle company but never shot one.

The are several pistols and rifles I’m interested in buying at an auction this Saturday. I wondered what would Roger think of the items. He knew a lot about a lot of firearms. I miss his stories and his great advice. Rest In Peace my friend.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / The 27 Nosler
« on: February 21, 2020, 01:27:12 PM »
Nosler has rolled out their own .277 caliber cartridge, and it is no surprise it is based on the 404 Jeffrey, just like their other cartridges. What is also no surprise is that their .27 cal is sort of late in the game in the sense that if a .277 cartridge was a popular / strong selling one, it would have been out much sooner.
I think Nolser has re-invented the 270 Weatherby. Ballistic performances on paper are terribly close to each other.
In the 1940s, the 270 Win sales were strong. That is not the case today. However, lets on confuse sales with the performance of a cartridge. Several times I've mentioned the hunter I met who lived and hunted on Kodiak Island for 20 years and his go-to load was a 270 Win with 150 grain Nosler Partitions. I'm sure he had all the confidence in the world with his rifle.

This Southgate Weatherby is a 270 Wby on a Mauser action. The rifle “as is” goes on auction at the end of the month. What do you guys think it is worth? The serial number is 240.

I don’t remember who told me first, it might have been Roger Horn, but Nikon is OUT of the rifle scope game.


Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Winchester Deer Season XP ammo
« on: December 18, 2019, 07:59:54 AM »
I usually don't endorse factory ammo because I have used so very little of it. One of my sons has taken four White tail deer over the past five seasons using Winchester Deer Season XP ammo (150 grain bullets) with his 308 Winchester. Aside from sighting it in before the season, he rarely uses the rifle. One box of ammo has lasted five years. Every deer he hit was a dead-right-there shot. The does he took on Sunday had great exit wounds, even though tracking was not an issue.

I won't lump him into the category of the dime store hunter who grabs a box of ammo, sits in a deer stand on opening day and bags a big one with little effort. We hunted a lot on the weekends of the Kansas deer season for rifle hunting. It was cold, windy, and icy when he took the first doe on Sunday. Of course the elements of marksmanship and stalking were involved in making it all come together. I'll never discount the importance of either. I'm now a believer in that ammo.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Dan Weatherby’s knives
« on: October 11, 2019, 06:20:24 PM »
Holy smokes. These knives and the process they go through is inspiring. I have made a few knives with my talented son (now a high school wood and metal shop teacher) and what Dan is making is nothing short of true pieces of lasting value.

You can see the eight minute video on his work on dweatherbyforge.com and I think you will like what you see.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Hammer Bullets
« on: October 07, 2019, 05:51:55 PM »
Any Nation members have hunting experience with Hammer Bullets? A buddy told me about them this weekend. He’s taking the 236gn Hammers on an elk hunt with his new Weathermark 338-378 Wby.


Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Eagles as predators
« on: April 18, 2019, 07:48:16 AM »
The story about the Golden eagle got me thinking.

If you've seen birds of prey taking out animals larger than a cottontail rabbit, please respond with YES and tell what the animal was that turned into a meal for the bird.

I've seen lots of flying hawks and owls with ground squirrels, mice, and some snakes, but nothing that I could tell was larger than a rabbit. Now and then I'll see a bird swoop down into a grassy area and grab something. I'm curious.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / When racks grow
« on: April 03, 2019, 06:32:28 PM »
Dec 2017 two of my sons took bucks 14 hours apart in virtually the same field. A few days ago the white tail came back from the taxidermy shop. Now, it appears to be a larger rack. We haven’t had the rack officially scored.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / New (to me) recoil oad
« on: March 30, 2019, 05:59:38 PM »
Today I had to verify the scope on my 300 Roy. I used a new, slip on recoil pad made by Tourbon. It made a big difference. The pad shell has removable smaller pads for spacing adjustments. I left all the pads in thinking the most reduction is best.
I had a slip on pad made by Pacmyer. While it reduced the felt recoil, it was also much more flexible and sometimes moved from where I wanted it on my shoulder.
The pads are in medium and small sizes on Amazon.com. The small pad fits nicely on the Mark V stock.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Alliant Powder RL-26
« on: March 05, 2019, 07:57:36 PM »
OK Nation if you’re a powder dog and are almost on the constant hunt for good powder, consider buying a pound of RL-26 for your slow burning needs. The powder is close to H-1000 in the burning  speed world, to the point I’ve found them to be almost interchangeable.

H-1000 is great in my 257 Roy, but RL-26 at near max density is awesome in my 7mm Weatherby and 300 Weatherby. (Of course we know Roy Weatherby designed his signature cartridges to go fast——that’s why they’re best at max or near max loads.) Speed and consistent accuracy together.......love it.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / New Mark V range debut
« on: February 03, 2019, 04:02:50 PM »
With loads worked up for a different rifle, the new Mark V got off to a great start. I wasn’t surprised H4831 and RL19 showed promise. RL26 was about the same. All loads were with 180 grain Interlocks. Other bullets will be tested. I pulled the third shot with RL19. Oh well.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / First Mark V
« on: January 28, 2019, 06:51:18 PM »
Finally a Mark V.
Many thanks to 224 King for a superb stock to go with a barreled receiver and bottom metal from Weatherby. The Customer Support at Weatherby was helpful and fast to get me needed parts to put his gorgeous rifle together. For a company in the middle of moving, it still shines.

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