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Optics / Zeiss CONQUEST V6 3-18x50
« on: Yesterday at 07:44:44 PM »
I don't have a Zeiss in my collection but I do have some of the best, (Swarovski, Schmidt & Bender, Leupold, etc.) I'm just wondering if anyone has a Zeiss and maybe even the one in the subject and how they like it. I can get it at Optics Planet for 1849.99. I want to put it on my Tikka T3x 22-250 for varmint hunting.

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Rifles / Barrett M82A1 50 BMG - Range Report
« on: Yesterday at 02:07:51 PM »

Took the 50 out to the range today and ran 10 rounds through it. Barrett has really improved this rifle since the last time I shot one over in the sand box. Recoil is dramatically reduced with the big arrow style muzzle brake. I was shooting some Federal 650g rounds and it took 3 rounds to break the rifle in. During first three rounds the rifle jumped around quite a bit but after that it settled right down and was relatively pleasant to shoot.

I shot prone on my mat and it blew a lot of dust up at first but once I was down to bed rock it wasn't too bad.. LOL.. I was shooting at Home Depot buckets 50 yards out and drilled them without moving them so yeah, it's big and fast.

My hats off to Barrett for continuing to improve their products rather than sucking on government contracts and doing little for the guys that depend on these rifles. Had Beretta done the same they wouldn't have lost their contract to Sig.

My neighbor had his drone and took video that I'll post later.

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Handguns / S&W 686
« on: March 11, 2019, 01:41:28 PM »

Went into town and picked up the new 686. I didn't have time to shoot it today but with the weather report beginning to look up, I'm sure I'll get it out before the weekend.


The trigger on this gun is very nice. Even in DA it is very smooth and crisp. This is the 686 Performance Center Plus model 11760. It has the 5" barrel and 7 round chamber that uses moon clips. Super fast to load with the clips but not so fast to load the clips themselves. Not all 686's use moon clips in fact, I think this may be the only one.


The chamber release is extended and might act as a thumb rest. I'll see when I shoot it. If that works then it will make the transition from rest to cocking very fast.



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Rifles / Varmint/Yote Eradicator - Tikka T3x Light Stainless 22-250
« on: March 09, 2019, 04:11:59 PM »

Got the Tikka all setup with the ATN X-Sight 4K Pro Series Day/Night vision scope and the ADE Advanced Optics Hunter Bipod. The bipod is 13" and extends to 23" which is where I needed it to be when sitting or when shooting off my quad. I have no clue who actually makes the bipod, I found it on Amazon. It seems to be pretty well constructed.


What felt like Spring arriving this morning was just a teaser. It quickly started to deteriorate just as I was getting ready to load up and head out to the range. I guess we have a few more day's of rain before the next opportunity arrives.

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Strange but true
« on: March 09, 2019, 10:38:39 AM »
I was lying in bed when a strange warmth came over me. I opened one eye and a bright light was shining through the blinds. I looked at the clock and it was 7 am, even stranger since I'm normally up by 5 am. Suddenly I felt scared so I jumped out of bed and grabbed my Governor out of the night stand. I carefully opened the blinds and there it was, something I had not seen in so long that I doubted I would ever see it again.. The Sun in all it's glory and grandeur was coming up over the ridge! There was not a cloud in the sky to block it's rays. I put the Governor back in the drawer and let out a hoot... "Spring is here!!!!" 

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Hope this works...



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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Weatherby YouTube Channel
« on: March 08, 2019, 05:43:11 PM »

I was looking to see if Weatherby's June 13th grand opening announcement was on YouTube. It was not but there are several great videos on there. They're not new so most of the long time members here have probably seen them. The Channel is Weatherby Inc.


Here's a video that I watched today and thought was pretty good.



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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Politics and Religion
« on: March 08, 2019, 01:38:27 PM »
As I was participating in a political thread a few minutes ago, I suddenly realized that I had broken my golden rule about never discussing politics or religion in a public forum that had nothing to do with politics or religion. I don't care what the rest of you discuss but if it comes to politics or religion, please excuse me from the conversations from now on. 

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I doubt anyone really needs this here. I thought I would post it since getting it wrong can be expensive or at the least, frustrating. The correct rings are the Talley Tactical 6 Screw Rings, part number BAT356X. Their height is 1.41" (Extra High). If you want to substitute with another brand DO NOT go by the Extra High designation, call to ensure that they are at least 1.40" high.

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Reloading / Converting your .308 or 6.5 CM Vanguard to use AICS Mags.
« on: March 04, 2019, 03:38:55 PM »

I started this a while back and just got the correct AICS Mag for the Vanguard. I used the PTG bottom metal for Vanguards/Howa 1500. My .308 Vanguard has a Boyd's At-One stock that's fully bedded with pillar posts. I needed to open up the mag box area to fit the new bottom metal but it wasn't extensive.


The mag will not fully seat because at the back of the Vanguard receiver is a tab that keeps the round closer to the front of the standard mag so the bolt doesn't have to reach it's rearmost position in order to pick up the next round. You have to remove that tab in order for the AICS mag to sit flush. Once you have that removed, you may need to shim the bottom metal so that the mag catch works easily and the bolt does not contact the top of the mag.


The correct Mag is the AICS 3901 (5 Round) or AICS 3902 (10 Round). Do not substitute and do not try to use the Magpul's. You'll only end up wasting money even though some say they can be modified to fit.


So why go with the AICS Mag and the PTG Metal.. Well, because it's metal not plastic and if you've bedded and pillar posted your stock you will not be able to torque your screws to 65 inch lbs with the plastic ones because they crush and split out. You can also stretch out the COAL of your rounds and wont have to hand load them one at a time.

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Nevad High Desert Wonders..
« on: March 03, 2019, 02:00:47 PM »
My neighbors were on their way home from church this morning and took this picture of the desert making fog. It will do this when temps swing back and forth. This morning it was 42 and raining and then it dropped down to 30 and snowed then back to 45 and this happened. You think it's the clouds settling down in but it's actually the opposite.

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Several years ago I developed a problem or should I say Karma developed a problem for me. When ever I would catch a trophy fish or kill a trophy buck I would have someone take a picture of me with my trophy and then send them to the taxidermist to be mounted.


Out of nowhere, I started noticing that if I bragged on my hunting/fishing prowess with pictures or mounts, I could not catch a fish or even see a buck for the next two trips out. Why two, I do not know but it happened often enough to make it true in my mind. After trying and trying to figure it out, the only thing in common was the bragging so I stopped just to see if anything would change and it did! I know this really sounds weird but it seems to be true.


I catch hell from my buddies. They all scream, no pictures, it didn't happen and I feel embarrassed trying to explain something that should not happen. So, if I go on a hunt, don't expect pictures of my kills until well after the season is over and I've had a chance to shake the bad JuJu off.


Yeah, it sounds crazy I know.

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / The Governor
« on: February 26, 2019, 01:34:32 PM »
Went to have lunch at my favorite Chinese restaurant and on the way home stopped to see what was new at the liquor/gun store. I wanted to look over a 686 but then I saw the Smith & Wesson "Governor" and thought, wow, that's a weird looking gun, gotta have it.. The gun shoots .45 ACP, 45 LC and 2-3/4" .410. The gun is super light. I got it for 769.00 no great deal but it's local and not a big box so I don't mind paying a little more. The other thing is that in California, you can't buy one because they consider it a shotgun and then call it illegal because the barrel is too short. Every time I come across a gun that you can't buy in California or other states, I try to buy it just because I can.

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Wind
« on: February 25, 2019, 04:41:28 PM »
My neighbor just clocked winds at 82mph! He lost two fence panels and I lost one plus it pulled the lag bolts out of the gate hinges. It's a 14' double swing gate that I patched together once already. The patches held but not the 4" lags. Gonna have some work to do once this storm is done. It's supposed to be like this for the next 48 hours. Here's the funny one. There's been a plastic bag near the top of the honey locust out in front of my house. That son of a gun is still there!

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