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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)

 Did some pig hunting last night. I sat in my new stand that I  put up not too long ago. This is the first animal shot out of there. As you can tell in the video I was having all kinds of trouble at first getting the scope to pick the pig up. The video actually turned out way better than what I was seeing in real time.  What I was seeing was mostly a black screen.

 I realize my problem about a minute and a half and the video. I was letting the corner of the stand block most of the infrared light from being shined out. All of the banging around you hear is me trying to reposition myself fifty different ways to get a good shot off.  The scopeís microphone is really really good. I didnít sound near that loud to my naked ear. Also, I did not hear the squeals the scope picks up either.

As far as the actual shot, Iím not real sure what happened. Shot felt good, video seems to confirm the crosshairs were where I wanted them...  The bad thing about it was I had to eject my clip from the gun and basically turn it into a single shot rifle to get in a good position to take the shot. So when he jumps up to run all I can do is watch. I searched for sometime but did not recover the pig. There seems to be some good trail cam picks go around too. Iíll try and post those when I get around to going through them.

Heard this question recently. I honestly canít figure out what my answer would be. The hypothetical  went something like this:

If you were hunting/conservation king for a day, and could promulgate one new rule or change how one thing is done or thought about, what would it be?

You could create a new law, strike down or change an existing one, or somehow magically change attitudes of the general population...

My knee-jerk reaction was... oh, this is easy, Iíd make the general population see hunting in the same positive way I do.... but then I realized that might not be a good use of this magic power at all. Perhaps I could set some law in stone that would forever protect wildlife, maybe I could create a situation that would enshrine the North American view of conservation regardless of popular opinion... and besides, Iím sure there are many sportsmen/women out there with a more righteous idea about hunting than what Iíve carved out... I should definitely ensconce their ideas over my own if I were to go that route. Then I realized there are almost certainly 100 ideas better than anything Iím even thinking about...

So, what say you, if you were bestowed this great power?

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Booked a Javelina Hunt
« on: July 04, 2018, 10:57:50 AM »
On the recommendation of Cbloom, I have booked a javelina hunt for my dad and myself this upcoming winter with West Texas Hunt Org. Never been javelina hunting before, so I am excited (does feel odd to be gong to hunt an animal Iíve never even seen though).

I went with their option of having an entire ranch all to ourselves. A caretaker will meet us in town and we will follow him to the ranch. Once there, he will give us a quick run down of where he has been seeing game and after that itís 2 1/2 days DIY. The ranch we are hunting is supposed to have a decent desert nig horn and Aoudad population on the back half. Assuming this hunt goes well, I will look into an Aoudad hunt.

Thatís the spirit...

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Range Day
« on: June 29, 2018, 07:47:25 PM »
Been prioritizing my free time towards pig hunting lately. And glad to have done so. No hunting this weekend however, so I found some time to slip off to my favorite range. Something about a good range day that is uniquely soothing.

 I know Iíve probably asked this before, (but maybe not) and if so I can not remember where... but how high do you .257 bee shooters sight in your rifle?

 Shoot and See target is from my Weathermark .257.... blue target is from the Savage MSR with night vision scope.

257 shot at 151 yards, Savage at only 50.... hard to make out daytime paper with an inferred night vision scope... still, if it was all I had, absolutely do not think Iíd have any qualms about putting one in the boiler room at up to 140sh or so with the Sightmark Photon RT. My older XT model I would not say that about. Itís daytime limit, for me, is 65-95 yards depending on the shadows.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Euro Mount Boar
« on: June 23, 2018, 03:50:50 PM »
Here is the European mount for the boar I shot back in May. Unfortunately one of his tusks broke but I think it turned out pretty well. Not near as cool as the mounts BB posted from his hunt sometime back over in the ďOther Big GameĒ section. (If you havenít seen it, you should click over there and give them a look)

I think it should look nice next to the boar I have shoulder mounted. Now if I could just get a whitetail worthy of a trip to the taxidermy this fall....

Here's another round of pics for the cameras. This first cam is on its last legs and I need to replace it next time down. It is an older Browning cam and has been going strong for about 4+ years. It has withstood a BEATING. I'm very impressed with the Browning cams and their "bang for the buck." A lot of times when I put up a new cam it's because I realized I needed one for whatever reason on that particular trip. That leaves me buying whatever I can find at the local feed store. But when I know ahead of time I want one, I always check to see if I can find a deal on the Browning's.

Here is the start of some antler growth and evening dinner.

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