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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Mark V Hunter?
« on: August 20, 2022, 11:13:21 AM »
I saw a few Mark V Hunter rifles on the rack at Sportsman’s Warehouse. I didn’t handle one as I was in a bit of a hurry, but they look interesting.

Has anyone handled one or have any feedback?

I received my custom rifle from Hill Country Rifles yesterday.  It isn't a Weatherby, but in my defense...I do own several Weatherby rifles and my last purchase was a Weatherby Backcountry in a 6.5 RPM.

This rifle is chambered in a 27 Nosler (I already had a 28 Nosler rifle).  The Cerakote is Tungsten Grey, Defiance action and rail, Benchmark barrel fluted #3, McMillan stock, Huskemaw 5-20 scope, and Nightforce alloy rings.

I specifically wanted to keep this rifle at ~ 8.5 lbs. scoped, which was a challenge with the relatively heavy Huskemaw scope.  That is the reason for the fluted barrel, McMillan Edge stock, and alloy rings.  It does balance really well, however.  I have heavier rifles and I have lighter rifles; I was seeking the optimal hunting weight rifle.

HCR got around 3200 fps from Nosler 150 grain Accubond factory ammunition and 1/2" groups at 100 yards.

This rifle was specified as a hunting rifle that is capable of a longer shot...if necessary.  That was my reasoning behind the rifle weight and caliber.  I am not a long-range hunter, but I've taken a few shots around 400-500 yards (successfully).  I don't really have to take any shots longer than that where I go hunting.

This rifle turned out better than I imagined.  Hill Country Rifles did a tremendous job...no doubt.  This will be my "go to" for a while!

Thoughts?  What things do you like or what would you have done differently?  I like to hear feedback from everyone and we all have different ideas of the "perfect rifle".

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / AR-Style Shotguns
« on: April 23, 2022, 04:24:32 PM »
I've been looking at AR-Style shotguns for a while and decided to try out a Citadel Boss 25 shotgun.  I have been tinkering with it for the last couple of weeks and am fairly impressed with it.  I still need to finish breaking it in, but so far...I really like it.  I have only tried the supplied 5-round magazines and 3" magnum shells so far.  The magazines are a bit of a pain to load, so I ordered the magazine loading tool. 

I wasn't overly impressed with the supplied iron sights, so I got some better quality ones with a larger aperture (it's a shotgun after all).  I'm also looking at an EOTech holographic sight for it...I think that will provide more than enough of a sight picture for a self-defense shotgun.

These things were absolute junk about 10 years ago, but I see the quality improving.  Not sure they've evolved quite to the level of quality we're seeing in most of the AR-15s on the market, but getting there. 

There aren't many firearms I feel confident about having if a grizzly bear was coming towards me, but I think loaded with 5 rounds of 00 buckshot...I think it would finish him.  Again...more shooting and testing to do, but going well so far.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Successful Canadian Geese Hunt
« on: February 27, 2022, 11:05:55 AM »
As the waterfowl season was winding down in Wyoming earlier this month, some friends and I went on a weekend Canadian goose hunt in eastern Wyoming.  I always wanted to try a 10 gauge, so I purchased a Browning Gold Light 10-gauge last year and was eager to try it out.  We had an awesome time and limited out on both days...TONS of geese! 

I was thoroughly impressed with the 10 gauge out of the pit...it hits noticeably harder than 12 gauge 3-1/2" magnums.  I had a couple of long shots on geese going away and that is where the 10 gauge really shines.

Like everyone else here, I really enjoy big game hunting, but I love waterfowl hunting because I get to shoot more than once ( :D) and wing shooting is just so much fun!

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Hill Country Rifles - 27 Nosler
« on: December 04, 2021, 07:08:52 PM »
I have heard a lot about Hill Country Rifles and decided to give them a try. I wanted something that can reach out there a little ways, but not be too heavy.

This 27 Nosler should come in at around 8.5 lbs. with a Huskemaw 5-20x50mm scope mounted. They have a 6 month lead time, so I should receive it in the very early days of next summer.

Thus far, they have been very nice and easy to work with.  Now I just have to pray for 2022 limited quota tags…

I found this rifle doing some kind of internet search and purchased it.  It took me by surprise as I haven't seen this rifle on Weatherby's website.  This is a Backcountry Midnight Edition in a 6.5 RPM.  Essentially, the only difference is the stock color (same AG Composites) and cerakote color (Midnight Bronze)...and it has a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad rather than the "Hex" recoil pad.

I'll readily admit...I didn't "get" this cartridge when it first came out.  I have a Remington 700 chambered in a .264 Winchester Magnum, so I didn't see the point in getting a Mark V Backcountry 6.5 RPM.  I have since caught on to Weatherby's vision - it is a lightweight mountain rifle and the cartridge has plenty of punch.  It is really a package deal - lightweight rifle and capable cartridge.

A friend of mine has the same rifle (the Backcountry...not Midnight Edition) and he recently got his 6-pt bull elk with the 127 grain Barnes LRX ammunition at around 360 yards.  We both decided that this isn't a "long range" rifle per se...it is a bit too light for that purpose.  That said, I think it is every bit a 500 yard, light, hunting rifle for just about all North American big game. 

I'm leaning towards a Leupold VX3HD 4.5-14x40mm scope in Talley lightweight alloy 1-piece bases/rings to keep the whole setup fairly light.   

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / A Remington 700 .25-06 Project
« on: October 27, 2021, 07:40:46 PM »
I have a used Remington 700 BDL that was re-chambered in a .25-06 Ackley Improved.  The barrel throat was pretty shot out, so I decided to get it back to a regular .25-06. 

I ordered a Krieger 26" barrel, 1-9" twist for slightly heavier bullets.  I thought as long as I was re-chambering/re-barreling, I might as well get a new stock.  I looked around and decided to go with a Cooper aftermarket stock for a Remington 700 in French walnut (see attached photo).  I also purchased Sunny Hill steel bottom metal.

This won't be a lightweight rifle, but should capture that classic blued steel and walnut look.  I figured I would do something in wood since some folks were giving me a hard time about focusing on composite stocked rifles... ;)

I should be receiving my Mark V Backcountry in a 6.5 RPM in the next few weeks.

With the prevailing idea with this rifle being a lightweight, all- purpose mountain rifle, I kinda hate to mount some howitzer size scope on it defeating the purpose.

I’m thinking the outer limits of any shot should be within 500 yards. I am looking at a Leupold VX3HD 4.5-14 x 40mm (1” tube), which would seem to offer a good balance of power and weight.

What scopes (manufacturer and power range) are people using on these lightweight Backcountry rifles?

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Think before you shoot
« on: October 04, 2021, 09:24:20 AM »
These guys deserve the Darwin Award. I can get the lack of understanding that it was a recreational trail to a point, but shooting elk on an island in the middle of the Snake River WITHOUT A BOAT!!!!


I bet that was a long, quiet drive back to Minnesota reflecting on the collective stupidity of the group.

Weatherby released a new 2.0 version of the Backcountry Ti with a carbon fiber barrel, new stock design, a skeleton bolt handle, and a few more tweaks.



This has absolutely no foundation in need...a complete want through and through.  I am thinking about a little project involving the purchase of a used Nosler Liberty rifle in one of the Nosler cartridges and have it re-barreled/re-chambered to a 27 Nosler. 

I don't really want to spend "big" money on this project, but this would just involve a new barrel.  Additionally, I don't need it this year, but I could get it completed in 2022.

Does anyone have any experience with the Nosler Model 48?  They seem like a decent rifle...not light...but fairly decent.  I have a 270 Weatherby Magnum, but it has a 24" barrel and this 27 Nosler would have a 26" barrel and would have a tighter twist to try some of these heavier bullets coming out for the .270.

Any feedback?  This would just be a tinkering project for the next year or so...

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / 6.5 RPM and/or 27 Nosler?
« on: August 06, 2021, 09:28:44 PM »
I’m tossing around purchasing a 27 Nosler (actually…rebarreling a 26 Nosler) or a custom 6.5 RPM. I own a 270 Weatherby, a 28 Nosler, a 264 Winchester Mag, and a 6.5-300 Weatherby Mag.

I realize I am splitting hairs here…which would you go with?

The 27 Nosler will be heavier than the custom 6.5 RPM.

Your thoughts?

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Browning Gold 10 Gauge
« on: July 15, 2021, 10:02:08 PM »
Well…I ordered it in February…OF 2020…but it finally arrived!!!

I have always wanted a 10 gauge for goose hunting and I’m pretty excited to work with this shotgun to use for my guided/outfitted goose hunt in February.

With a 26” barrel, it balances well. It is necessarily heavier than my Winchester SX4, but that is probably a good thing.

I’ll see how beastly this thing is out of the goose pit!

Meopta has a new pair of range-finding binoculars coming out in the next few months.  There are a couple of reviews online, but not much yet.  They run ~ $1500 and the reviews are decent for anything 1000 yards and under...which is where I spend most of my time shooting anyway.

Does anyone have any experience with Meopta products?  I don't own any and honestly...I've never looked through their scopes or binoculars.

Any thoughts or feedback?  They are a little heavier than "regular" binoculars - about 32.6 ozs.  That is about 4-5 ounces heavier than non-range finding binoculars.

I lapped the rings, got everything leveled, and got my scope mounted.  I like the look...kind of unique, which is what I'm looking for these days.  Providing the weather cooperates this weekend, I'll get it sighted in and barrel broken in.

I'll make the next one a rifle with a nice wood stock... ;)

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