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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Velvet Spike Hunt Video
« on: January 19, 2019, 04:48:58 PM »
Used the night vision scope for a daytime doe/spike hunt. Took a spike still in velvet Friday afternoon. Was using the Vanguard .308 20Ē barrel and Nosler Accubond 150 grain ammo. Shot was approx 180 yards. Noticed when I was gutting him that he had an abnormal amount of fat for a deer his age and size.

The video isnít the clearest since Iím using a night vision scope at 4:45 in the afternoon but I think it worked surprisingly well for the situation. My view from the scope during the shot was actually a decent amount clearer than the video. Donít think Iíd hesitate to use the setup again for a daytime hunt.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / New Ravin Crossbows
« on: January 11, 2019, 12:27:54 PM »
Well, Ravin threw a bit of a wrinkle in my plans. I had spoken to an employee there several months ago and was told there would be no newer models coming out in 2019. That seems to not be the case, as they have introduced the r26 and r29. There seems to be hardly any info out on the new ones yet. I was not going to be pulling the trigger on the purchase extremely quickly anyway though, so I'll give it some time and let some real world reviews roll in. The one big difference I see, besides the more compact design, is they seem to have done away with the "sniper" package with the upgraded Vortex Strike Eagle scope and yard by yard jack plate dial system.   

I'm interested to see what people think about these new ones since, besides the tremendous performance of the bows, a major reason I was drawn to them were their tremendously compact design to begin with, as they could be much more easily hunted with out of my existing deer stands than other, bulkier crossbows (like the one I have now).


We do the traditional Turkey and Dressing and all the sides on Thanksgiving and then again for Christmas Eve when all the Family gathers still at my Grandmotherís house. On Christmas Day a lot of the family and a decent amount of family friends get together again at either my parents house or our house. Everybody is kinda ready for a different type of meal by then. We kinda rotate between Italian and Mexican (Tex-Mex) and this year is Mexican.

Iíve spent the better part of the day driving around town and picking up food. 4 dozen tamales and over 60 enchiladas, plus a lot of tortillas, guacamole, and salsa. Rice and refried beans of course, and we will have homemade queso too.

Anybody else ever go the non traditional route? Regardless, I hope everyone is having a blessed holiday with family and friends, a few presents of course, and some thankful prayer!

If I were to buy my buddy a rifle and he lives in CA, how is the best way to go about it... should I buy from a CA shop and just have him go in there, do the transfer, no matter what? Could I buy form an online shop and put the rifle under his name where I have it shipped to.. so he could do the NICS transfer....?? I readily admit my ignorance... I have NO clue how CA gun laws work. This would be for my college teammate buddy who went hunting/got his first deer this year.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Props to Vortex Customer Service
« on: December 18, 2018, 05:39:50 PM »
Started having issues with my Vortex Viper HS around the beginning of deer season. Seemed to be ďfogging upĒ during dawn and dusk. Finally confirmed it wasnít a one time issue and got around to sending the scope in to Vortex last week.

Exactly one week later a brand new scope has arrived at my door, only cost to me was shipping it to them. They paid to overnight it to me. They found it had body damage and needed to be replaced. I guess it was torqued down too tightly a few years ago and it finally showed the effect of it. They also communicated with me throughout the week to let me know where we were in the process.

I know installing a scope isnít all that difficult but I usually have a shop do it for me since they have all the proper tools and levels. I had this one done by a new smith in town when I got the rifle who has since closed his doors. I had two interactions with the guy and this makes both of them poor. I guess I know why he went out of business.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Night Pig Success!
« on: December 16, 2018, 03:48:52 PM »
Well, this one didnít get up and run off. The shot was a little farther back than Iíd like but I was still confident it would be lethal. Youíll notice a decent amount of shuffling around in the video. My battery was running low for the scope and I was trying to retrieve my backup battery from my pack. I then realized Iíd appearantly forgot to pack it. Due to this I decided to go ahead and take the shot I had instead of waiting for a head/neck one because I was worried the scope was gonna go dead on me pretty quick...

Deer and pigs weíre moving heavily on Friday afternoon and night on the tail end of the weather system we had move through. The rest of the weekend, not so much. I did see a few deer right at dawn/dusk the rest of the weekend but no more pigs. Saw a pretty nice 8 point Friday afternoon but decided to pass on him due to not wanting my buck hunting to be over for the year. A lot of years I see bucks on the very last weekend of the year that I havenít seen on camera or in person before that. Wanted to have a buck tag in my pocket just incase.

We must think of the children!!

This is a video from Wisconsin where a turkey I guess had finally had enough of constantly being slowed down by school crossings...

(Video link below)  I sat after dark this last weekend waiting on a pig. It didnít take long for one to show up. Iíve shot multiple pigs at this same point of aim and never lost one until the last two. Iím wondering if the 18Ē barrel on my 6.5 Creedmoor is just not delivering enough speed/energy to shut the lights off like my 24-26Ē magnum deer rifles...

I looked for this pig that night and again for around 45min-1hr the next day. I obviously knew exactly where the pig was standing when I shot and I never could find even a drop of blood. I would have searched longer but without any blood trail I pretty much exhausted all my search area on my own property.

I think I will be putting a second ďanchorĒ round in them for a while. Ammo was the Hornady 143grn ELD-X.

You will have to fight through me doing some fidgeting/scanning for the first minute or so of the video, I finally zero in for the shot not too long after that.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Weatherby Ammo Sale at MidwayUSA
« on: November 24, 2018, 04:22:09 PM »
Certain Weatherby ammo is discounted pretty decently right now at Midway. And they have free shipping on orders over $49, all you have to do is click on ďapply code.Ē

I just picked up a couple of boxes of 80grn .240 TTSX and between the free shipping and ammo discount saved over $50 on what that would usually cost me. I did a little looking and it seems most, if not all, WBY cals have some deals right now. I know 100 grn TTSX for .257 is discounted $18-20 for sure.

Probably not a big deal for you handloaders but might help the factory load guys like myself!

If you canít find the free shipping application, just manually enter CYBERFS49 at checkout.


Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Random Thought/Question?
« on: November 23, 2018, 03:29:44 PM »
Pretty sure like myself, a lot of people around here grab a rifle chambered in a WBY caliber more often than not. But...If by some unthinkable tragedy, Weatherby chamberings were never created, weíll still assume Weatherby rifles still were, what would be your favorite caliber(s) for hunting?

Right now, one of my .257bees gets the lionís share of my field time, but if it just did not exist, I think it would be my .270WSM. Although Iím sure I would probably own a 25-06 and and nice 270Win if it werenít for the .257 Weatherby.

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?

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