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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Prayers For Blackbear and Family
« on: February 15, 2018, 01:40:33 PM »
Blackbear, just wanted to say prayers are still being sent. While there is nothing that can be said to make yourís and your familyís situation magically better, I do know prayer is a powerful thing. I know it is a powerful thing to know others pray for your wellness as well. I would have sent this as a DM but I also know there are others on here who are praying too, and bet they chime in. Thank you for the wisdom and grace you have shared with the Nation during a time I canít begin to comprehend.

In the process of putting a rig together and this will be one of it's purposes. Been eyeing the Vortex Razor HD LH 3x15x42 for a while and Cabela's has it (plus a lot of other scopes) on sale for a pretty decent discount right now, so I pulled the trigger on it last night. I had gift cards I had received as X-mas/birthday presents and figured this was a good use. If you are in the market for some new glass, or just wouldn't mind picking up something for the future at a good price, i recommend checking out the sales they have going on. But, now on to the rifle it will sit on.

I want this gun to be a light(er) gun for easier carry on some mountain hunts I hope to be doing in the next couple of years but I also know it will be used a lot in a TX deer blind/ river bluffs as well. I've been pretty set on a MKV Ultralight in .270WBY for a little bit now, and do not really plan on changing my mind unless something comes along that is just too good to pass up in between now and when I run across what I decide is a good deal on one. I know this has probably been talked about 20 times on here before, but I was just wondering what everyone uses ( or would like to use) for this type of application...  Hopefully it will accompany me on a mule deer hunt and black bear hunt within the next few years as well...

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Probably Wouldnít Hunt These...
« on: February 06, 2018, 07:25:19 PM »
Up for a little snow skiing in Northern NM. There are mule deer hanging out around the cabin that are basically pets. All the guests that stay at this place and the owners themselves feed them year round. Found some old corn kernels in the back of my truck from deer season. Been told there is a nice buck or two as well, hopefully I can get a pic or 2 them the next few days.

Last picture is of a herd of elk I passed on the way up. Only bull in the bunch I could spot was a small rag horn.

I was milling around a local gun shop yesterday while I waited on the gunsmith and handled a few of there smaller, lightweight .22lr pistols they had out. Never had a .22 pistol before but I thought it might be something fun to mess around with at the range.

I handled a S&W, Ruger, and a Walther. All were below $500. Anyway, It just got me to thinking it might be something fun to have around that would be cheap(ish) to buy and cheap to shoot. Any opinions on .22 pistols out there?

Any of yíall currently hunting pigs with a .308, and if so what ammo/weight bullet are using? In both of my rifles I mainly use for pig hunting right now I run Nosler Accubonds. Probably gonna give those a go in this new gun as well, see if it likes them, but was interested in what other people are using.

My main criteria is bang/flop kills so I donít have to track them in the dark. I tend to take high shoulder/neck shots for this.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / About to get another Vanguard
« on: January 19, 2018, 06:31:01 PM »
Well, I know Iíve said my next gun will a 270bee, but I was recently given a night vision scope and want to get this thing up and running before what I consider ďpig seasonĒ kicks off. Been looking at Gun Broker today, pretty sure Iím thinking a standard .270win or .308win. Maybe a 6.5creed. Probably gonna pull the trigger either tonight or tomorrow, but Iíll take any last minute thoughts/suggestions if ya got em.

Looking at these right now..




Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Pics From My Pheasant(?) Hunt..
« on: December 28, 2017, 08:41:09 PM »
Well, this has turned out to be one of the odder hunts I have been on in quite some time... hopefully Iíll post the whole story in the near future.. but for now, here is a few pics of the scenery of the TX Panhandle from what was supposed to be a Kansas pheasant hunt  8) 8) hey though, a day in the field beats a day not in the field any day of the week  :) :)

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Last Buck Hunt of the Year?
« on: December 15, 2017, 06:53:33 AM »
Off to the lease this morning. Going to hunt this afternoon through Sunday morning. This may be my last buck hunt of the year since Iíve committed to a pheasant hunt in Kansas shortly after Christmas. Even if I donít get it done this time, I still have doe/spike season to try...

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / High Fashion in the Woods?
« on: December 13, 2017, 07:10:22 PM »
A good hat can make or break the day.

To start off, I know this is going to be a long post, so sorry about that. For those who make it to the end, any  thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

To start with, I had the z3 Swaro on my 257 Lazerguard but wanted to switch it over to the 240 wilderness b/c of how light the scope is. At the time of switching it over it was shooting great on the Lazerguard.

To start off with, I purchased Leupold rings and bases from cabelas. While there I was going to have the guy I normally work with mount and bore sight it for me. I know some have reservations about using cabelas for such things but Iíve had this same guy do lots of scopes for me, never any issue. Trouble is, when itís time to get it done I find out heís on vacation. I get a bit apprehensive, but Iím assured this other guy also knows what heís doing. (Also had him mount and bore sight another scope on the Lazerguard, which has subsequently shot great).

First time at the range with 240, start off at 50 yards, BARELY on paper. Uh-oh. Down to 25 yards I go. First shot severely low and right. Start trying to dial it in. The windage is cooperating, not so much for the elevation. It is barely moving no matter how much I turn the dial. Realize something is wrong here.

My first thought was something is messed up with either my rings, bases, or mount to the rifle. After some preliminary look over, I decide Iíd rather be be safe than sorry, so I call Talley and tell them the exact rifle and scope combo I have and get them to send me exactly what they recommended. Take this to a local(ish) gun shop for a mount and boresight. He loooks the gun over and over again and states he thinks itís not the rings or bases but the scope. He confirms this by putting it into a vice and not being able to get the windage( was elevation last time) to travel at all. To spare a tiny amount of time here Iíll just say we then got on the phone with Swarovski and they advise the scope it probably torqued down too tight. Loosen it up a bit and bingo! Itís working again, or so I hoped.

Back at the range a few days later, still canít get it on paper at 50 yards. Young fella running the range hears what all I have going on. Says heíd be happy to put the Talleyís on. I let him do it b/c it was a nice gesture. He comes out and tells me he can go ahead and swap them out still but he believes the back base was not tightened down properly and that is probably my problem. I tell him go ahead and continue with the Talleyís just so Iíll know for sure. I did not shoot the gun the rest of the day however, as I noticed it was somewhat hard to turn the power magnification between 9-12 now. 4-8 still turned very freely, like normal.

Take the gun to a reputable gunsmith today. He is of the opinion the young man at the range did a good job and the scope has become damaged somehow.  He put his laser in the barrel and ran out of vertical adjustment before it came close to lining up.... thoughts???

Also, I wrote this somewhat quickly and itís a lot of info, please let me know if anything I wrote doesnít make sense and Iíll try to clarify.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Bragging on WBY Rifles
« on: December 07, 2017, 05:42:44 PM »
I went to the range this afternoon. My main goal was to figure out what in the world is going on with my new 240, not a gun issue, but a scope/mounts/base issue (another story for another day, that one) but I also took along a few other Beeís for various reasons. There were 2 father/son groups on the rifle range when I got there, after about 40 mins or so I broke out the .257 Lazerguard. It wasnít 3 mins of having it out that both of the Dadís were right over by me telling me what a beautiful rifle I had and asking all sorts of questions about it.

Skip ahead about an hour in the day and the young man who recently started working out there is looking at my 240 in pro shop, a couple of younger (early 20ís Iíd say) guys were in there too... both were shooting custom rigs of some sort, one from a shop in College Station TX Iíve never heard of but am going to look into... but I digress... they started commenting on the Vanguard Wilderness and asking what all was custom work and what came stock and how cool it looked.

To each their own, but it seems now more than ever, everybody can find a Weatherby they like, even if they donít know what they are liking at the moment.

Received this email today and thought it was a pretty good deal if anyone happens to be in the market for something comparable. I have a Sig rangefinder and have nothing but positive things to say about both quality and performance. Ad says itís a $200 savings...


Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Weekend Success!
« on: November 18, 2017, 08:21:24 PM »
It seems acorns are insanely bad this year at our place. NOTHING  is coming to feeders, but the rut can be a cure all.... Dad caught this guy chasing a doe in the worst spot possible (getting a shot off wise) from the stand he was hunting. He threw open the door on the stand and made a free hand shot at about 100 yards on this fella. He then made another follow up shot that turned out to probably not be needed... never such thing as too dead though. He was shooting his .300 win Vanguard Deluxe, running 165 Hornadys through.

We will go out again tomorrow morning for a stand sit and then lots of rattling starting about 8:30ish... but already a great hunt, he made a tremendous shot in a year where the deer have all but disappeared dating back to around Oct. 25 or so due to the bumper acorn crop.

Heading down to the lease in the morning with my Dad. Hoping to get out of work early enough to make an afternoon hunt, weíll see. This is the first time Iíve been able to get out since opening weekend. Going to be warm tomorrow but cold front is supposed to be moving in sometime Saturday. Howís the rut looking for the rest of you TX guys?

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Opposite Of Ethical Hunting
« on: November 04, 2017, 01:32:00 PM »
Michiganhunter  shared his story of character in the field and also a personal experience of why it is important to have that, if for no other reason than for yourself (probably the most important reason). He is the type of hunter I feel proud to associate with.

 This I think, would qualify as the polar opposite end of the spectrum. Here is what I was greeted to, 300 yards from my gate, in the ditch, as I left my place today. Almost certainly shot somewhere else and then dumped by my place. Looks like they chainsawed the head off. >:( >:( :'( :'(

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