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I recently moved to the Belton/Killeen, Tx area, then got sent on a little trip. While on my work trip, I've been looking online for an outdoor rifle range to use when I get back. I'd like to shoot out to 500 yds or further. Especially since I've got a West Texas auodad hunt coming up. Is there anyone in that area that knows of a good range? I'd be willing to drive up to 2 hours if need be.

Whitetail Deer / No luck, but a good time
« on: November 20, 2018, 10:52:45 AM »
My father took my wife out hunting this morning. I'm away with work, so I won't get to hunt deer this year. They had a good time chatting and enjoying creation. They saw a couple bucks (land owner isn't allowing us to kill bucks this year) and a coyote that luckily squeaked by. I'm happy to see my wife and family spending time together. You hear, all to often, of folks who dread time with the in-laws. Maybe she'll go again before the season is up and have a chance to put her Weatherby to work.

Custom Shop / Proof Research Carbon Barrels
« on: September 20, 2018, 01:21:02 PM »
This one is for the rumor mill until someone at Weatherby sees it.

I know Weatherby has a Mark V offering with a proof barrrl now. I was thinking about getting my Accumark rebarreled. Will the custom shop soon offer rebarreling with the Proof barrels?

I've loved Quarter Bores since I took my first deer with my uncle's 25-06. But it seemed like they were always lacking in premium bullets for long range shooting. 257 WBY is a great cartridge with so much potential, but is hampered by relatively low BC bullets. Until now!


I've only just heard of these guys, but I like what I see so far. If anyone has a 257 WBY they've been wanting to shoot a little further, these bullets just may be the ticket.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Women and Money
« on: May 21, 2018, 07:40:22 PM »
Decided to start a new topic rather than hijack another.

My wife has this terrible habit of spending almost all of our money on stupid stuff. I say our loosely, because she doesn't have an income producing job. Don't get me wrong, she does a great job taking care of the house and looking after our 6 month old son. But literally every month she spends almost all of the money on stupid stuff, and there's none left for me to buy new guns, gun parts, guided hunting trips, etc. Somehow she's convinced herself that rent, food, electricity, gasoline and the like are worth giving up all the things I think we need.

I really do love her, so I don't want to hurt her. But this has to stop sometime! Any of you long time married folks in the Nation have advice on how to deal with this?

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Effective Game Killing
« on: April 03, 2018, 08:11:59 PM »
There is a lot of talk about ballistic coefficients and all sorts of things in the hunting community. Everyone loves to talk about external ballistics (what the bullet does in the air). In my opinion, a hunter should be primarily concerned with terminal ballistics (what the bullet does when it hits the target). Even the military has a tough time discussing this topic in an intelligent manner. I had a chance to listen to one of the key decision makers for the Army's small arms development team and was unimpressed....

The article in this link ( https://www.ballisticstudies.com/Knowledgebase/Effective+Game+Killing.html ) gives a very thorough breakdown of what happens when your projectile finds it's mark. I typically offer this as mandatory reading before I take a new hunter out for the first time. Without meaning to insult anyone's intelligence, I post it here for an open discussion.

Cliff Notes of the article:
There are 4 ways a bullet will kill an animal.
1.      Blood loss.
2.      Damage to the nervous system. 
3.      Destruction of vital tissue and organs.
4.      Septicemia or asphyxiation.

While kenetic energy (KE=1/2*m*V^2) is good, if the bullet does not transfer that energy, or hit something really important, the animal will die slowly.

All the parts have arrived at the gunsmith for my semi-custom Remingtion 700 25-06 REM. The base rifle is a 700 SPS Stainless. I'll replace the trigger with a Timney, and replace the factory stock with a Bell & Carlson Medalist, Weatherby Style of course. The smith will glass bed the stock and make sure the barrel is free floating. He's also going to blue print the action. Then I'll ship it off to have all the metalwork Cerakoted flat black. (If you live near San Antonio and need some smith work done, this guy is a family friend, and US Army Vet.) I plan to mount a Vortex Diamondback 4-12x40 with Talley lightweight rings.

I know Remington just filed for bankruptcy and I think it's a shame someone ran that business into the ground. Quailty control was one of their key issues, which is part of the reason why I'm replacing or tinkering with dang near every part of the rifle. If the barrel is a dud, it'll get replaced too. All that said, the Remington 700 truely is an American classic, and I think every bolt action rifle enthusist ought to have at least one. Plus I love the 25-06, so when I was in the market for another, I figured I may as well house it in a Remington rifle.

I'm thinking I'll load 110 grain Accubonds for the rifle. With all the accuracy work done, I want a bullet with a "high" BC too. Not that I plan to hunt to any extreme distances for it. The intended purpose of the rifle is a medium game (whitetail & pigs mostly) rifle that is (dang near) weather proof and scratch proof. I got tired of having to stress about thoroughly cleaning my Ruger M77 if I got caught out in a storm, or sweat up a storm in the Texas/Georgia heat. Most game I shoot is (well) within 100 yds. For any of you with a quarter bore, how do the Accubonds do up close? If I can't get the terminal performance I'd like, then I'll go with a 115 grain Partition and just sacrifice a little on the BC.

Any way, long post, but I'm excited about this build. Plus all the recent posts about gun builds made me want to share mine too. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product, and will post pictures when I have it in hand, and when I have a finished load worked up.

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.

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