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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Next Weekend Hunt
« on: November 10, 2018, 06:18:40 PM »
I posted quite some time ago, at least a year or more, about an old college teammate of mine coming down for his first ever hunt. Due to life happening it just never materialized, until now. He is flying in from California next Thursday evening and we hope to be in the blind by Friday afternoon.

He has successfully taken his hunter safety course and been to his local outdoor shop to outfit himself with a little bit of gear. Iíll be providing all the knives, optics, guns, and ammo necessary.

I always enjoy taking first time or very new hunters into the woods. Itís been awhile since Iíve done it and I find myself looking forward to this hunt more than any in a long time. Hopefully Iíll update this post next Monday or so with some success pics.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Video: Custom Vanguard HUSH
« on: November 10, 2018, 10:42:06 AM »
Ran across this video messing around watching Weatherby stuff on YouTube. Itís about 7-8 mins long, in the middle it does show Adam Weatherby smack a bull elk at 525 yards.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Opening Weekend Success
« on: November 04, 2018, 05:35:02 PM »
Opening weekend was a success. Took this moderate 9 on opening morning. Was using my .257 Weathermark topped with a Vortex Viper 4x16x50 HS. Not the biggest antlers, actually passed on a younger 8 that would score better, but this was one of, if not the most, mature bucks I had on cameras.  May consider the 8 latter in the year once I know for sure the rut is over and heís had another year to spread his genetics if I get another shot at him.

As for the shot,  it was 170 yards out the window of the blind I was sitting in. It felt like a good one when I pulled the trigger, but I saw the buck run hard with zero signs of a hit. I convinced myself I missed and sat there the whole morning pretty bummed out about it. My dad came walking up around 10:30 AM and asked what happened? I relayed the whole deal and told him I felt like I missed. He said nah, I think you hit it. Told him I wished he was right but I didnít think so.... we headed down to where I shot to do the ethical thing and check and make sure he wasnít hit.

We looked for a while and as I was about to walk off to really widen my search I heard Dad say ďhereís your deerĒ he had made it no more than 30 yards and piled up in the middle of a bush stone dead. I had hit maybe 3-4 inches back from where I was aiming but still double lunged him. He never dropped a single drop of blood. When I opened him up his insides were obliterated. The 110 grain Accubond destroyed him. Both the enterance and exit wound were tiny though. Not exactly what Iím used to with this bullet and gun combo, but I didnít exactly hit where i normally do either...

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Her Car Wonít Start.... 😀
« on: October 28, 2018, 01:01:19 PM »
 My dad sent this to me this morning... thought Iíd share.

I always like to have a lightweight ďpocketĒ or at least pretty small set of binos around. I like ones that are easily stored in the truck door or console but also of decent quality to take on long active field days.

I am currently running a set of Nikon 10x25 (see pic below) that has served me well but probably nearing the end of their usefulness. I could probably have them cleaned/fixed but I also wouldnít mind a bit of an upgrade in the glass department here, as I find myself using these binos for more and more in the field hunting as opposed to strictly from the truck these days.

Would like to keep the price under $200-225 or so. (Nikons Iím using now cost about $75 if I remember correctly) But I wonít let a few bucks keep me from making a great purchase, and it definitely wonít hurt my feelings to spend way less that two bills either... These are not/will not be my ďmainĒ hunting binos, I have a couple of set of 10x42 and 32s  I use for that.

Any thoughts/recommendations?

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Game Cam Pics
« on: October 01, 2018, 02:20:13 PM »
Another round of pics... (SD card #1) Some buck pics and one pic of a pretty busy afternoon around the corn. All times shown on this cam are actually an hour slow.

Whitetail Deer / Howís It Going So Far?
« on: September 27, 2018, 08:02:04 PM »
My bow season opens (along with some other members on here) this Saturday. Aanyone already had some success? Letís see some pics!

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Firebird 65 Exploding Targets
« on: September 25, 2018, 04:43:54 PM »
Was at a local gun/outdoor shop this evening to get a 10 round clip for my 6.5 creedmoor because the 20 rounder I have is pesky to use in a stand at times. While there I ran across these.

 They had an advertisement playing above the display that was more detailed than the one I found on YouTube. They looked cool so I ended up snagging two packs of 10. Hope they work as advertised!

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / One More Week!
« on: September 20, 2018, 04:01:56 PM »
Got the old Xbow out today to do a little back yard shooting. One more week till bow opener, canít wait! Gonna try and to a little deer/pig combo hunting next weekend, deer in the day, pigs for a little while at night. I believe my location for the pigs should be far enough away from my xbow spot that I shouldnít have to worry about them interfering with each other.

Group below is my last 3 shots of the day where I run a 50 yard sprint in between each shot. While itís not an exact replica of the adrenaline by any stretch, itís the closest thing Iíve heard of to simulate the excitement of a deer stepping out in bow range... Once I sit down I give myself a maximum of 3-5 secs to line up the shot and fire.

How much longer do you have till your first (or next) hunt?

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / New (to me) Weatherby
« on: September 13, 2018, 02:58:58 PM »
 A while back I posted about wanting to get a Weatherby in 300 WSM.  I wanted it to ďreplaceĒ a rifle I had in that caliber that holds a lot of sentimental value to me. After looking for a year or two, I finally pulled the trigger.

 I got this gun on gun broker from a small shop in Minnesota. After talking with the owner for a little bit he told me it belonged a guy who sells quite a bit of high-end rifles with him. Basically he gets tired of one and buys another, and so forth. He was not terribly knowledgeable about Weatherbyís, but told me the previous owner stated it was a custom Vanguard, and he did not know too much after that.

 I decided it was a decent deal and got it. From what I can gather, it is a series one Vanguard, but other than that I am not sure. Has anyone ran across a series 1 with this particular stock or a fluted barrel like this?

 The thing that has me down right puzzled, however, is the bolt/bolt throw. It is not a smooth 90 degree throw like a Vanguard, but rather a little stiffer, acting and feeling more like a Mark V...

Anyone have any idea what I have here?

Ran across this on YouTube the other day. Custom break on a rifle chambered in 300 WBY. For yíall who have a 300bee with a break, does this seem comparable to what youíre running?

Always fascinated with other peopleís situations on this. Always a little jealous of the guys out chasing elk and velvet mulies when itís still oppressively hot around my neck of the woods and the same goes for yíall who are still hunting the whitetail rut after my season is fully closed.

I consider myself extremely lucky with how long my ďhunting seasonĒ runs. It kicks off with dove in September, archery deer in October, general (rifle) deer in November-mid January. Ducks, pheasant, and quail mixed in there as well if I happen to be going on one of those hunts that particular year. Then itís a few months off and turkey season kicks off somewhere around April 1. (Iím sure I left some things out but thatís generally whatís on the menu for me) Throw in the fact I can get after the piggies year round and I really have a hard time complaining. Iíd be lying if I said I donít find myself a little jealous of you fellas who live and hunt in western big game country though....

Anyways, just wondered how it shook out for everybody else.

Based on my recent experiences with the Hornady 129grn 6.5 Creedmoor American Whitetail (and let me stress, this is me personally, with an 18Ē barrel) not exactly dropping them on the spot, I decided to switch up my cartridge.

 Went with the Hornady 143grn ELD-X... I know some have had poor performance with this round in the 6.5 CM AR platform. I have had nothing but outstanding results from it so far in my Savage MSR 10. And as far as it goes, Iíd pay no attention to the odd YouTube videos you see about the lack of accuracy from these guns. Iíve got sub-moa out of mine in two different rounds now. (Pic of 3 shot group once it was dialed in at 100 yards with IR scope in middle of the afternoon)

My long winded question is... how does this bullet perform on game at any ranges you have used it at?

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Weatherbys on Gunbroker
« on: July 20, 2018, 04:49:16 PM »
I just discovered this recently, figured Iíd post here in case it might help anybody else out. Ever so often, and now is one of those times, a bunch of WBYs, multiple cals and makes and models, get listed under the ďother .204Ē option.

 I am still on the lookout for a 270bee to accompany my lightweight Vortex Razor scope I got and discovered this while browsing around in there. Couldnít figure out why there was such a lack a new 270s being listed for such a long time. Realized there were a lot being listed, just under that search tab.

Hope that helps somebody out!

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Some More Game Cam Pics
« on: July 16, 2018, 01:47:30 PM »
Finally some antler development. Hopefully they keep growing! (SD Card 1 of 3)

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