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Looks like another Nation member is a believer in BTE. There are a lot of other Nation members who swear by this stuff as the best way to get rid of copper build up.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Almost Fatal Hog Story
« on: December 07, 2018, 12:12:52 PM »
An otherwise well-behaved farm pet or tame animal suddenly becoming mad is something I've heard a lot about. Cattle can be docile, then aggressive. It is always a bit tense when the herd of angus cows and a few young bulls approach me in the pasture when I'm shooting. They think they're going to get feed. 

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Recoil table by Chuck Hawks
« on: December 06, 2018, 01:41:22 PM »
I've never heard of different power burn rates directly changing how recoil is felt.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Recoil table by Chuck Hawks
« on: December 06, 2018, 11:18:42 AM »
For me, the easiest way to lessen the effect of recoil is by switching to a real reoil pad. A few Rugers and older Weatherby's had simple rubber strips that were a stock protector with no recoil reduction capability. The slip-on pads designed for heavy shotgun loads are champs for rifles. They'll require an adjustment for your scope due to the increased lenght of pull but it works well for me.

If you don't like a certain rifle due to its recoil, get a better pad.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: 75th anniversary?
« on: December 05, 2018, 01:28:17 PM »
It would be no surprise if the 75th Anniversary of Weatherby is in conjuntion with the launching a new Weatherby chambering, such as a 7mm-300 or 7mm-378 Weatherby Magnum, or even a line of custom-only rifles with various stock designs, barrel contour and lenght, and finishes......but what do I know.

Musicman: Unfortuntately, disputes just like the one you described on "who hit the deer first" are still going on. The WIHA (Walk  In Hunting Area) is open to anyone with hunting equipment legal for that time of the season. One guy moving through a WIHA while another is on the outskirts waiting for the deer to be pushed is something I've seen and in two forms. The first one is you are not hunting with the guy pushing through. The other is you've set up with a good shooting position as the deer pass through the funnel in / out of the area.  Both have risks and we cannot control the movement of the deer, desipte things like road signs indicating Deer Crossing. (The lady who called into the radio talk show claiming the deer know what the signs are is a true example of uninformed and full of herself.)
Generally, I avoid an area if there are other hunters there, despite wearing blaze orange like I'm suppose to. I'm afraid my opinion of out of state, out of area hunters on WIHA isn't too high.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: bore brush or no bore brush
« on: December 03, 2018, 06:59:58 PM »
A nylon brush wrapped with a patch and dipped in Hopes #9 bore cleaner is a great mop for a bore. For removing heavy material let the Hopes soak in for about 10 minutes,then brush it out with nylon dipped in Hoppes. You wonít get a false positive for copper removal from the bore with a nylon brush.

The 2018 rifle season in Kansas began as many other seasons, except for the fact I had a 5th grader with me. Aside from explaining to him why weíre doing this or what to look for in certain places, it was much like hunting with an experienced buddy  ----- even though there was no experience in his case.

Since Wednesday morning I seem to have been in chess match of sorts regarding where the deer would be and where I might intercept them.

Someone told me to follow the does because theyíll bring in the bucks.  That rang true as I was in an area near The Runway where Iíve seen so many big deer. I saw two does from about half a mile away and moved to where I thought they were headed around The Runway. Eventually, I got into place and didnít see the does. After about 10 minutes, I moved to the other side of a small pond so I could see what was coming from the other side of the area. About two minutes later this old cruiser got up from his bedding area to the west and was walking right to me. This is the same buck we saw on Wed morning. Wide-racked, a pot belly, an easy, slow gait, and he stopped 175 yards in front of me. The 150gn Swift Scirocco from pre-WWII Czech 7mm Weatherby did its job.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Not a Monster...
« on: December 03, 2018, 07:09:42 AM »
That is a good lookin' buck. Good work.

I use Google Earth a lot in conjunction with the landowners map and local scouting in the late summer / early fall. Locations of farm ponds, irrigated fields, creeks, and milo or alfalfa fields all play into where the deer can be found. Plentiful rains the last spring through the summer filled dozens of ponds allowing a wide distribution of game animals. Maps are no substitute for actual scouting. I have thought of using a drone to scout hard to reach areas. The landowners map is great to have to try and coordinate hunting adjacent, privately owned land.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: George H Bush Death
« on: December 02, 2018, 07:40:43 AM »
Sad news, President Bush was a great man, and I'm glad to say that I'm proud to have served during his presidency. Rest in peace!


We were hunting Saturday morning where we saw the big buck and four does on Wednesday. Nothing was happening within half a mile of us. We walked a lot and tried a stalk on some does and eager bucks but the skittish does kept moving.
We returned to our overwatch position on a semi bare hillside and waited. After a while, there was still nothing again so we decided to leave. I told him to always scan an area before you leave it. The words were still hanging in the air as a young buck appeared from an odd place. A shot was taken but no connection. Luckily, it was a total miss and we didnít have a wounded buck.
Later, we checked the scope on a 100:yard range. Sure enough, his scope one was off óó high and left at 100 yards. He has a real 100 yard zero now.
Itís hunting. Itís not an easy, guaranteed delivery like on-line shopping.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Aggressive Coyote
« on: November 30, 2018, 05:16:13 AM »
Several years ago the governor of Texas shot a coyote that got too close to him as the governor was jogging. Gotta be aware of what's out there with teeth and claws, folks.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / The Next Generation of Hunters
« on: November 29, 2018, 05:34:12 AM »
Yesterday I took one of my students hunting with me on the opening day of Kansas' rifle season. We made a stalk on some does that scooted away when we were about 300 yards away-----in other words, much too far for my hunting buddy. We walked back to the a good spot and sat there. I told him the deer typically come through the area that I call The Runway. About 10 minutes later more does appeared, then three young bucks, and finally the biggest 8-point White tail I'd seen in the last two years. We were in the process of moving closer to the three younger bucks when the big one appeared. It made an odd course change and was looping toward us. At about 120 yards the buck was in a very good shooting presentation. My young student couldn't get his rifle into a good enough position and sight picture. He didn't shoot. It took a lot for him NOT to pull the trigger. There will be more deer. It was only the first day of the season. We'll be back. I don't consider this a lost opportunity. Good luck to my fellow hunters.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Random Thought/Question?
« on: November 23, 2018, 07:36:22 PM »
In no certain order it would be a 280 Rem, a 6.5 Creedmoor, and the hammer 9.6x62mm Mauser for big stuff.

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