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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Range Day
« on: August 12, 2017, 10:46:35 AM »
Took 3 of my WBY rifles to the range yesterday after I slipped out of work about an hour early. One was my 270 WSM Sub-Moa that I have recently replaced the scope on from a Nikon Prostaff 5 to a Nikon Monarch 7, as I've posted about on here.  Today I was able to actually get pics of my groupings. The rifle is definitely still holding up it's end of the bargain.
 First pic is from the 270 WSM from 100 yards. Second is of the Bee's that went with me.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / My Pig Mount is Done
« on: August 08, 2017, 06:39:54 PM »
The taxidermist called this afternoon to tell me my pig mount was done. He beat his original timeline by about a month. I Probably won't be able to make it down for a few weeks to pick it up but he sent me this picture.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Ordered A New Scope Today
« on: July 28, 2017, 12:36:10 PM »
Received the Natchez catalog a few days ago and they are running some pretty decent deals on scopes and some other things right now. They were running the Nikon Monarch 7 4x16x50 for $579 and I decided to pull the trigger. Now I just have to decide if its going on a current rifle or if I'm going to be forced to buy another gun so this scope isn't lonely.  :)  :)

Right now, I'm thinking about replacing the prostaff 5 on my 270 WSM with it.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Once In A Lifetime Tags
« on: July 13, 2017, 08:23:24 PM »
Heard on Randy Newburg's podcast today that Adam Weatherby drew a Bighorn sheep tag (in Oregon if I remember correctly).  If that's the case, congratulations Adam!!

Sure this has been asked on here before many times but I'll ask again, What "once in a lifetime tag" would you most like to draw? I would probably have to go with the Bighorn my self. I know the Missouri Breaks region in Montana supposedly holds the big ones, but due to the singular nature of that type of hunt, and being from Texas, I think it would be really cool to somehow draw the TX Bighorn tag.

Went to my "home"  range today to shoot my new shotgun, had that thing for a few weeks now and it was driving me crazy that I've been so busy I couldn't get out to shoot. I stopped by the rifle range before making my way to the sporting clay course. I wanted to shoot the breeze with my buddy who runs the rifle part. He informs me they have opened up a new 1000 yard range. New being anything from 300, all the way to 1000 yards. But to be able to shoot on this range you must qualify at 200 yards, which was previously the farthest yardage available.

 The qualification is to shoot a five shot group MOA  at 200 yards.. no mulligans, no if's, ands, or buts. I did not want to try and qualify that day as. I would not have time after shooting the sporting clay course and how long it would take my barrel to cool between shots in 96  degree heat.

 After thinking about the rules he laid out for a little bit it got me to thinking, how many regular shooters out at our place could use the practice at least 300 yards, and probably 400, but cannot shoot well enough (their hunting rifle, 5 shots MOA)to qualify? And also afford something that could?

 I broached the subject with  him about this  and got an answer of, more or less, yes  "these are the rules that were decided on."  He is a great guy and by no means in charge so I did not push it any farther, we just talked and I congratulated him on his new upcoming job. (He is going back into law enforcement)

Honestly I can see a little of both sides, and even though (and I am in no way ashamed to admit) there is a good chance I don't qualify for that on my first try (or 3)...I know I'll get it. I also know I personally hunt with a fella or two who would have a dang hard time grouping their old hunting rifle 5 shots MOA at 200 yards but I have absolutely ZERO qualms with them taking the shot when an opportunity presents itself 320 yards down the hill.

So, my tremendously long winded question is this, where do you fall on having that kind of qualifier at 200 yards to be allowed access to 300 yards if nothing else? And I suppose I should add, I'm coming at this question purely from a hunting/hunting rifle perspective.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Free Shipping at MidwayUSA
« on: June 07, 2017, 03:53:07 PM »
Not the best deal ever, but maybe handy for someone thinking of ordering something anyway... it's good till midnight central time.

Kinda random here but wondering. I have a Synthetic Browning 300 WSM that is on "loan" to one of my really good hunting buddies. He has fallen in love with the dang thing and seems to kill everything he aims it at. Don't think I really have the heart to ask for it back. I really did enjoy the caliber for whatever reason though. Thinking about maybe getting another one.

I ask cause I'm prettty sure I've heard people refer to a Vanguard in 300 WSM, but I've never seen one in person or for sale online.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Thought This Was Funny
« on: June 02, 2017, 03:59:06 PM »
Saw this today, thought some may get a chuckle

Well, after 17 years for me and who knows how many rounds through it before I owned it (bought it off off a competitive clay shooter) my Browning Gold Sporting Clay Edition 12 gauge has finally seen its final days as my go to shotgun. Now I am in the market for another "main" shotgun. I was just wondering what all you guys shot/recommend? At the moment I am leaning toward a Beretta of some sort, possibly A300 or 400. Also leaning towards something in a camo pattern.

 Back in the day I worked at a 5 stand, trap and skeet, and clay course and shot quite a bit there. That is where I met the guy who sold me the gun. I Also did a lot of dove hunting. These days I go shoot a course and 5 stand a couple of days a year and get in 4-5 dove hunts. I may go on 1-2 duck hunts if the opportunity arises and I know we have a sand hill crane hunt in the works as well, but I don't really want to base the purchase off of what may be a one-off type hunt. Any thoughts appreciated!   

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Got It Done
« on: May 16, 2017, 12:43:06 PM »
A long time back, at least 10 years or so, I got it in my head that I wanted to take a large white pig with spots, preferably with good cutters. For some reason I became really enamored with that particular animal. I thought it would make a really cool mount. When I first got the idea in my head, I really did not care where I took the animal and figured with the abundance of pigs in TX, it really should not be that hard to accomplish. At the time, I had just started hunting the lease I have currently. As time went by, and without realizing it too much, my goal shifted to wanting to get that particular pig on my particular place. Between now and then I have killed several solid black pigs that would otherwise fit the bill and just a few small, cutter lacking spotted white pigs on the lease. For whatever reason, 95% of all the pigs we had were solid black, it seemed they also knew of my plans and selectively bred in my area accordingly.

Fast forward to 2 weekends ago. I was down at my place doing a little off season work and decided to sit in a stand that evening with a spotlight. I had seen a pig that seemed to possibly meet my criteria on camera in one area, but always so far away that even zooming in on the picture I really could not make much out. I climbed up in the stand with still about 2 hours of daylight left figuring, why not? about an hour later this guy stepped out in a tree line about 90 yards in front of me and stood broadside. One decent shot from the Vanguard .270WSM and he was dead in his tracks. I drug him to a place where I take care of animals with a chain behind my truck. I don't know how much he weighed but it was way more than I was getting into the bed of my truck by myself. After gutting him, I still could not lift it in there and thought I could hoist him up in a tree and back under him. Just my luck, the ratchet strap I had down there for that reason broke. Knowing that the only stores to carry such things within a 40 mile drive was closed, I broke out the small saw a carry in my kit and cut him in half. Below it a picture of the front half of the pig.

While he definitely does not have the biggest cutters in the world I was still really excited to take him. Filling such a particular goal I had set and been after for so long was satisfying. Dropped him off at the local taxidermist the next morning.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Spring Turkey Opening Day
« on: March 31, 2017, 04:05:20 PM »
Tomorrow is the Spring turkey opener for a lot of TX, I'll be out bright and early. Anybody else hitting the turkey woods soon? 🌳🦃🌳🌳🦃

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