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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Great Christmas Deals
« on: Yesterday at 06:50:03 PM »
We've been fogged in for a week now so I decided to go to Reno to see if it was any better. No fog, just clouds and the sun would peek through on occasions. It was better than nothing. I had 225.00 in reward cards for Scheels so I stopped in and got some reloading supplies and a Ruger Single Six for 499.00 since it was the last one and the display model. They price match too but I didn't need to. They also had a big sale on 22LR and 22LRM so I stocked up.

Scheels is sort of a Bass Pro/Cabelas on steroids with twice the employees and most are very knowledgeable. I've always wanted a Single Six, I have a Super Black Hawk 44 mag and like it. Now that life has thrown me a little curve I think I'll be spending a lot of time plinking at the range and this will be perfect for that.

I also picked up a Vortex Viper HS 2.5-10 x 44 for the 45-70. Great price on that also at 399.00 for the Plex Reticle. The Dead Hold BDC reticle is 100.00 more. I don't really think I need it for a carbine with a 16-1/2" barrel.

There's better prices at different places and online but I like Scheels and the people there so I'll pay a little more just for that. You can google them if you want, they sell online also.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Anybody want to buy a nice boat?
« on: December 07, 2018, 07:27:14 PM »
Seems my little friend mr. cancer can't make up it's mind where it want's to land next so they're keeping my on Chemo as a precaution. I bought the boat thinking this stuff was in my past. I have a real hard time looking at it knowing I don't have the energy to use it so I made the tough but right decision.

I'm selling my beautiful 2017 North River SeaHawk. I paid over 90,000.00 for the boat just a little more than a year ago. The boat is well equipped, like new and both boat and trailer titles are in hand.


1 Yamaha F250 (main with less than 20 hours on it)
2 Yamaha F9.9 (kicker with approx. 25 hours on it)
3 MinnKota Ultera 24v 80lb bow mount trolling motor.

Ray Marine Axiom (12")
Ray Marine integrated VHF

2 Starting batteries on a Perko Switch
2 Group 31 Gels up front for trolling motor on a Victron Monitor with blue tooth.

Fresh water wash down system.
Hydraulic ride front capts chairs.
Hydraulic SeaStar steering.

Dual Scotty 2116 Downriggers

All required safety equipment goes with the boat and I'll throw in a couple of down rigger rods and a net. Pyramid lake permit is good until June 2019. I'll reg the boat for Nevada 2019 just so it won't lapse. The trailer is good for a couple of more years (3 year tags).

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Murder Dogs
« on: December 05, 2018, 05:59:37 PM »
We got 6" of snow last night and a couple of feet up in the hills. As I suspected, the yotes are down and behind my house. The highway is too close for me to get a clear shot and they seem to know it. They're running in a pack of about a dozen and I'm sure they'll be cruising the neighborhood all night. The upside is that I can easily track them in the fresh snow so I'll be out on the quad with the .257 in the morning. I don't have a trappers license so they'll lie where they die.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Ammunition
« on: December 02, 2018, 05:46:25 PM »

Lady Interviewer: Do you shoot often?

Man: Yes.

Lady Interviewer: How much do you shoot at the target range?

Man: Around 3 boxes of ammo give or take.

Lady Interviewer: How much does a box cost?

Man: Roughly $30.00 at a sporting goods store

Lady Interviewer: And how long have you been target shooting?

Man: 35 years.

Lady Interviewer: You are shooting about four times a month at a cost of about $150.00, so that's $600 each month and you're spending about $7,200 per year, right?

Man: Correct.

Lady Interviewer: If in 1 year you spend $7,200 on ammo, not accounting for inflation, 35 years puts your spending roughly $252,000; correct?

Man: Correct.

Lady Interviewer: Did it ever occur to you that if you never shot guns for the past 35 years you'd have enough money for a brand new Ferrari?

Man: Do you shoot?

Lady Interviewer: No.

Man: So, where's your Ferrari?

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Quote of the Day
« on: November 29, 2018, 12:27:12 PM »
No idea who said this but thought I'd share: "Guns are a lot like parachutes; if you need one and don't have one, you will probably NEVER need one again!"

Ammo / Winchester Super X 150g Power Point .308
« on: November 27, 2018, 12:55:50 PM »
My .308 Vanguard S2 does not like this ammunition. Nope, nada, not even a little. LOL.. These are spitzer bullets that I bought on sale a while back. They are all over the map on paper. I can't tell you that they are not good just that my rifle doesn't like them.

My Vanguard does like the 150g Remington Core-Lokt which is also a spitzer and actually groups quite well. What the Winchester's do well is blow stuff up. Our little desert range does tend to get cluttered by jerks who think the desert is a good place to dump their garbage. Right now it's pumpkins and there were plenty. The Winchesters exploded them at 50-100 yards while the Core-Lokt's tended to be more through and through with what appeared to be a reasonable amount of expansion. It was a knitting needle hole going in and a quarter sized hole on the backside.

So, if you see a great deal on the Winchester Power Points and want to use them for hunting I'd suggest going out and shooting some soft organics with them just to get an idea of what they might do to your game. Notice I said "might", that's because I can't tell you for sure that these will act the same on game as they do on organics but it's been my experience that gords (squash) act a lot like game in the way they cause a bullet to expand.

Reloading / 6.5-300 Reloading Data
« on: November 24, 2018, 03:21:56 PM »
I stumbled across this today.. Good info..


Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / 45-70
« on: November 20, 2018, 06:19:47 AM »
This may be taboo on the Weatherby site but since they don't make one maybe we can discuss it?
I'm wanting one (need is secondary). Henry and Marlin seem to have what I might be wanting. Any thoughts on either. Sort of leaning towards the Marlin and I want to stick with a lever gun.

The best discount (40%) is on Vortex rifle scopes. You need to first find the scope you want so you have the product number and then call 1-877-568-5432 to get the discount and place the order.

The original plan was to use a Hogue fully bedded stock and I did that. The rifle shot sub moa but I felt I could do better so after gaining a little more knowledge I realized that the Hogue stock was really better suited for the H-Bar barrel that is acceptable as a free-float. Weatherby, on the original select stock and others uses a pressure point which they feel improves accuracy but I hate everything about that plastic stock so I decided to do a Boyd's At-One and then custom fit it to the action and barrel.

The tang on the Vanguard action is thick and inlet into the stock so bedding the recoil lug is kind of moot point if you think about it. What was necessary was to bed the first 1" to 1-1/2" of the barrel after the receiver and then add in the tension point after that. I'm going to let you folks in on a little secret, I used an epoxy putty that I get at West Marine here's the link to it  https://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-marine--epoxy-stick--3761483?recordNum=11. What I do first is to use modeling clay to get an idea of how much epoxy I'm going to need. I remove that and form it into a ball and then I make a ball of the epoxy about the same size. The consistency of both is about the same so when the trigger guard screws are tightened to 35 inch lbs they will fill the area without going overboard and leaving a lot of cleanup work. The trick to bedding is to not get carried away and try to do it all at once. Get the barrel bedded then when that is cured remove the barrel from the stock, do your clean up and then bed the recoil lug if needed. When that's done, if it's needed bed the receiver. When you're bedding the barrel and or recoil lug, make sure you put the rear trigger guard screw in first and loosely then firmly tap the but of the rifle on the bench or floor. That will fully seat the action to the rear where you want it to be.
This epoxy will stick to anything so for a release agent, I use Kiwi liquid shoe polish on the parts of the rifle that i do not want it to adhere to. I put it on just seconds before I set the action/barrel in place so it is still wet.

I've attached a couple of pictures so you can see the bedding after it is setup. This stuff cures in 30 minutes so your open time is short. Make sure you have all your stuff ready and do a dry run so you have the process dialed in before you do the actual bedding.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Suppressors
« on: November 12, 2018, 11:02:05 AM »
Doing some research on suppressors, does anyone here use them? I've read the technical articles and I know how NFA works so I'm looking more for someone that may have used them and what their thoughts are about them.

The new 300 came in this morning so I went and picked it up over in blue town (reno). Yes, I was carrying and so was my buddy. The stock is another 1/4 sawn walnut stock and matches my 257 and 6.5-300. My North America hunting calibers are now complete. I don't hunt Grizzly's.

Anyway, I've been following the Bergara B14 reviews and decided I really should have a range gun that I can shoot a lot and not worry about hurting. I picked up the B14 HMR which is basically a chassis rifle with a stock moulded around it. It has the heavy barrel that's threaded 5/24. The rifle is chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. One of the reason for going with the Bergara and not a Vanguard is because Sportsman's Warehouse didn't have one and this was an impulse buy.

Rifles / Mark V Deluxe 6.5-300 a day at the range
« on: November 06, 2018, 03:39:39 PM »
Got out to the range today to shoot the new 6.5-300. I was pleasantly surprised to find it to be a really nice to shoot rifle. Cold barrel accuracy was actually pretty good. I did one shot, clean then just shot it and it did very well. I had a new Vortex PST II scope on it so it took a while to get it all dialed in but in the end, after 25 rounds it shot consistently well at 100 yards.

I did not take the Lab Radar out with me today but I did get to experience the energy. I had my target setup about 20 feet away from a solid granite boulder and I blew off a sizeable chunk that threw up a huge dust cloud.

I am very happy with this rifle. I commented to my buddy that I have a lot of rifles that I like but for some reason I love these Weatherby's more than any of them. That's two (.257 and 6.5-300) that more than surpass my expectations. The new 300 WM is on it's way and the bar is high but I don't expect it will let me down.

Most of you know about my shot out 257 that I saved by putting a used 300 barrel on it. That barrel is bent.. 3 scopes and three sets of bases and rings and all max out elevation up and the bore is still about 8" low at 50 yards with my SiteLite laser. I pulled the barrel and checked it and the runout is bad enough that I didn't need to put the dial gauge on it to know it was bent.

I'm feeling pretty stupid for thinking I could buy a gun at a gun show and just keep throwing money at it until it was perfect. Talk about going down the rabbit hole. I hate being OCD....!!!!

Can I fix the barrel? Maybe. Am I going to? No, I'm ready to admit failure and its time to just walk away. I just ordered a brand new Mark V Deluxe in 300 WM.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / TIme Change
« on: November 04, 2018, 08:58:24 AM »
So I set my alarm for 12am and when it went off, I set the clock back an hour. An hour later that damn alarm went off again so I set it back again, (though maybe I screwed up). Well the third time it went off, I knew it wasn't me because I wrote down that I had already set it back. At this point I know the clock is messed up so I set it back again and an hour later the damn alarm went off again. By this time, I'd had enough so I unplugged it, fired up the computer and ordered a new clock from Amazon.

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