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Optics / Leupold Scopes Recommendation?
« on: March 13, 2018, 07:41:37 AM »
I'm looking for a new scope for my Ruger M77 in 270 WIN. I'd decided on a VX-2, but it seems Leupold doesn't make those anymore. Does anyone have experience with the Rifleman series or VX-3i? If I'm not mistaken, those are the closest to the VX-2 in quality/price.

Other Big Game / Georgia Public Land Pig Hunt
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:51:41 PM »
I went out to hunt the WMA today that I posted about previously. We had the whole thing to ourselves and put some good time in walking the hills. The first pig we saw was a lone boar. The wind was at our backs, as we were circling back to the truck, the pig smelled us and took off like a bat out of hell.
The next pigs we saw were in a sounder of at least 15. We had the high ground and were somewhere between 80-100 yds away; the pigs had no clue they were being watched. Although we wanted to shoot the biggest in the group, none of the pigs would stand still very long and the windows for getting a shot at that distance were small. Finally we both got lined up on pigs and my buddy started the countdown. "1-2-*bang*"
We fired simultaneously and 2 pigs hit the dirt. I used a Ruger M77 in 270 WIN firing handloaded 130 grain Partitions. My buddy used a Remington 700 in 308 WIN firing a 168 grain SST load from Hornady.  The rest of the sounder hightailed it out of the draw they were in and quickly disappeared into the woods.
Overall it was a great day in the woods. Beautiful weather, good company exploring well maintained public land. I imagine we'll make another trip in the near future.

So, the magazine spring on my Accumark broke, who knows when, and who knows how. I noticed it a couple weeks ago when I took the rifle out to the range for the first time in months. I sent an email service request via the Weatherby website, but after a week I had not heard back. At the recommendation of a few Nation members, I gave Weatherby a call. I spoke with Teresa (I think) and she got me squared away with a new spring at no cost. Within a few days, I got an email from Rusty in reply to my original request. Today, the spring arrived and now my rifle is good as new.

I have no clue how or why the spring broke, but Weatherby didn't ask any of those questions. Once they learned I'd had the rifle less than 1 year, they were more than happy to send me the part free of charge.

I know I'm not the only one to have experiences like this, even though having an issue with the rifles are rare. Good customer service is a great way to keep me as a repeat customer. Once I save enough pennies, I'll place my order for a Mark V Deluxe in 257 WBY!

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Help with Georgia Hunting Laws
« on: January 19, 2018, 08:27:21 AM »
If there are any Nation Members who hunt public land in Georgia, I could use some help; I haven't had much luck finding answers on official websites.

There's a WMA not to far from where I live that allows hunting of big game. The main fish & game site says you can hunt pigs there, but I don't see it when I click details for the specific WMA (Hannahatchee Creek). Does anyone know if I can hunt wild pigs there? Year round? With a rifle?

Also, is there a special license/tag/permit for hunting public land, or do I just need the state license I already have?

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Service Request Timeline
« on: January 07, 2018, 07:40:32 PM »
So I put in a service request a few days ago for my Accumark. Somehow, I really have no clue, the spring in the the internal magazine broke. I didn't see a replacement for it on Weatherby's site, or I would have bought it then and there; it's a simple fix once I have a new spring.

Anyway, I still haven't heard from Weatherby. Any of you who have dealt with the service department, about how long should I wait before trying to reach them again? This is my first service request, so I don't know if I'm just being impatient or I should have at least got an automatic reply email by now.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / GO ARMY!!!
« on: December 09, 2017, 03:57:55 PM »
Singing Second two years in a row is made so much sweeter by taking the Commander-in-Chief Trophy back to our Rockbound Highland Home!

Beat navy!!

Laws in Texas say you can't hunt until you're 9 years old. That ought to give me plenty of time to save up for my son's first deer rifle.

After 25 hours of labor, my wife gave birth (natural & no pain meds) to a beautiful, healthy boy. Santiago weighed 7 lbs 9 oz at 21 inches long.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Any Bow Hunters?
« on: October 10, 2017, 06:43:34 PM »
My wife is taking me shopping for a compound bow. This will be my first bow, and I honestly don't know much of anything about them. Budget is somewhere around $400. Any sugestions? Will be used primarily for whitetail and pigs.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Weatherby 2018 Catalog
« on: October 01, 2017, 06:17:30 AM »
Maybe I'm the last one to see it, but Weatherby's 2018 Catalog is on their website.


I bought my wife the Vanguard Camilla last year and she loves it. I showed her the Mark V Camilla and she liked it until she saw the price. Lol. I don't think she has Weatherby fever just yet.

Rifles / Vanguard Back Country
« on: August 07, 2017, 07:16:18 PM »
Does anyone have one of these rifles? I've been thinking of picking one up to scratch 2 itches. 1, I want an all-weather rifle to carry in the woods and not worry about rian, rust or scratches. And 2, I want a quarterbore. I'm leaning towards 25-06, mainly because I wanted to get a Mark V Deluxe in 257 Wby. The primary game would be Southern whitetail and ferral hogs. Maybe norther whitetail and mule deer at some point.

Anywho, what are yall's thought?

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Where do you shoot?
« on: July 20, 2017, 04:19:25 PM »
My wife and I recently moved and rented a house in Fort Mithchell, AL and I'm looking for good places to shoot. I've shot pistol at Shooters of Columbus, right across the river in Georgia, but don't have a good place for rifle shooting. I've heard of East Alabama Gun Club but don't know if they're any good/worth the price of membership.

When we were in El Paso, Ft Bliss had a range open to the public that had pistol, rifle (out to 1000 yds), trap, skeet and 5 stand. You could shoot any caliber smaller than 50 cal rifles, and bring your own "targets" except tannerite. Honestly I got spoiled there and will greatly miss it.

Let's hear about where yall shoot in your neck of the woods. Is there a membership available or pay as you go? What types of ranges and how far can you shoot? Any crazy rules/restrictions?

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Bad Taxidermy
« on: June 22, 2017, 09:14:02 AM »
Maybe it's just me, but I miss when businesses honored their advertised prices. Killian's Taxidermy in Hempstead, Tx has a website that advertises tanning whitetail hides for $150 each. My wife drove out there from Houston to drop off her two hides from last season in December, we picked them up last week. They charged her $200 per and ruined the hide from her first deer. She shot a big (for Texas) mature doe. They gave us back HALF the hide. The other half was completely missing, it had been cut off. I can only assume they messed up the process and the hair slipped. I was NOT happy, but there was nothing I could do. Even after talking to the owner/manager I was blown off. Needless to say I will never give them my business again.

Ammo / Nosler Partitions
« on: April 08, 2017, 10:14:59 AM »
I've read reviews saying Partitions won't shoot straight. I've read reviews saying they fail to perform properly. This is not one of those reviews.

I load Partitions for a 25-06, 270 and 300 WIN. All three shoot sub-MOA groups at 100 yds. The 300 WIN shoots both 185 and 200 gr Partitions sub-MOA.  The only gun I haven't gotten Partitions to shoot with is my wife's Camilla in 243 WIN; she requested reduced recoil loads and the Partitions simply didn't like the powder that I chose to achieve the desired velocities (I switched to Accubonds and the rifle shot 2 sub 3/4 minute groups, each with a different charge). All groups mentioned here are 5 shot groups, by the way.

As for performance, I've killed a couple pigs with the Partitions so far and loads I worked up have brought down a few white tail. Last weekend I shot a 230 pound boar and had the first Partition I've ever seen not exit. We found the bullet right underneath the far side skin. It was a quartering away shot at approximately 100 yards. The bullet entered behind the near side shoulder, clipped a lung, clipped an artery, went through the backside shoulder and came ro rest against the pig's thick shoulder shield. I used my calipers to measure the cutting diameter and my powder scale to measure weight (there was a small amount of lead left from the front core, but it was lost in transport. For argument's sake, I am estimating the lead weighed .2 grains, although it may have been more). The bullet expanded from .277 to .572 inches and shed weight (also known as energy transfer) from 130 grains to 80 (79.8 plus the assumed .2) which is 61.5% retention, just as advertised. The pig only moved a couple feet, straight down.

Needless to say, I am extremely pleased with the Partition's performance. Big John did something right all those years ago. All the rifles shoot Partitons backed with IMR4350. I have no doubt that I'd find a sub-MOA load in my wife's rifle if I loaded her Partitions with that powder as well. If you hunt in an area where you can still use lead bullets, I highly recommend checking out the Partition.

As some of you know I just got back from a "business trip" across the way. Just got the offical word (blood test) that my wife is pregnant with our first child. We're super excited! Hoping for a boy buth just praying the child will be healthy. Looks like another generation of Weatherby lovers is on the way.

Rifles / New Accumark in 300 WIN
« on: February 23, 2017, 04:05:41 AM »
I was finally able to pick up my new rifle. I had a friend mount the scope, loaded up a few test handloads, grabbed a box of factory ammo and hit the range.

She shot the Hornady Precision Hunter excellent. Easily Sub-MOA. (Sorry. I almost never actually measure groups and forgot to take pictures. But the target had 1x1 squares all over.) Once zeroed, I started testing my handloads. I was shooting 212 gr ELD-X bullets over a light, medium and full charge of H100. Both the medium and full charge shot about a 1 minute group, minus my 1 pulled shot in each 5 round test.

I am more than pleased with this rifle. She's topped with a Vortex Viper HS-T 4-16x44 mounted with Talley's lightwieght mounts. The rifle shoulder's beautifully, the trigger is amazig and she hits what you point her at. What more can you ask for?

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