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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: 240 in a vanguard
« on: February 27, 2024, 07:54:10 AM »
Thanks for the nice words, everyone. It was certainly nice to spend a weekend bonding with my son, away from the daily grind of work, school, sports, homework, electronics, etc...just life in general.

100% agree with this, even though my kids are younger. Thanks for sharing the story and pics!

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Off to get Tanned
« on: February 25, 2024, 02:35:49 PM »
Sorry to butt in on this one,   skinning depends on what you want to do with it ?   e.g.  head mount, shoulder mount,  full mount, rug.  if you are going to sell coyote, fox, bobcat, and a few other animals  hide  TUBE them which means you don't field dress them in the normal sense.  If you don't know how to Cape leave it to the Taxidermist. Cutting around the head, eyes, nose, lips, ears, even tails can be screwed up and are best left to someone that's done a few.   Most of the local Taxidermist & hard core trophy hunters I know use a simple small fixed blade shaping knife,  it's various names are Bird Beak knife,  Peeling knife, Shaping knife ,  and are made by Victorinox 5.3103  ,  Wusthof 4033E,  Henkels makes them also,  Koch at one time made them that's what we have, usually around 2 1/4"  to 2 1/2" blade. The belly fur on Coyotes and Bobcats can be the most prized so you don't cut thru it if you are going to sell it.  Anyway if you are making a mount  just follow the standard procedures for field dressing and just cut enough in the groin to belly to get the gut's out and let the taxidermist do the rest,  really the same for a rug and leave the tail attached, don't even try to skin the paws leave that to the experts.  If you are going to make a shoulder or head mount field dress the old school way and don't split the rib cage only cut maybe up the bottom of the rib cage and skin around the whole animal and PEEL / Carefully pull and cut & skin up to the base of the skull  working your way around TUBING around the chest & front legs if you can / sometimes you may have to cut inside the front legs in a V shape  the main thing is to leave enough uncut hide to make your shoulder mount when in doubt go down to your Taxidermist and have him show you where he wants you to cut,  once you have the hide down far enough on the head cut the head off and put the head and intact hide on ice and cooled down if needed, again ask your Taxidermist how he want it delivered.  one of my son's elk we had to buy 200 pounds of ice to cool the elk down.    Arizona has laws where importing /bringing your wild game kill into the state more so for animals that may get Chronic Wasting Disease that have to be processed and packaged before entering the State,  and the Head mount skinned, skull plate  fleshed of all meat before entry,  that's kind of a brief version you would have to read the AZ regs for the complete version.  I'm kind of 50/50 on the gutless method of field dressing,  if you do it right you won't lose a lot of meat on the other hand we pick them clean the old school way and try not to leave any usable meat for the Ravens.  Even my Taxidermy friends all have large Gantry Cranes at their shops  an elk can stretch out 12 ft or more when lifted,  and all they use to skin these big animals is a small Bird Beak Shaping Peeling knife plus they are very good for Caping the head that and a good flat blade screw driver to pry the hide around the antlers/horns.

That is interesting and informative... thanks for the response. When I was a teenager, I shot a bobcat and not knowing any better, I field dressed and skinned the cat with a pocket knife. I let the skin dry in a shed and tacked it up on the shed wall. I never did anything else with it. Over time, it kinda self-disintegrated. Probably 10 years later, it ended up in the trash. For all the coyotes and bobcats I've since taken, not a one has made it to the taxidermist for any kind of display/preservation.

I certainly don't fancy myself as great with a knife so I guess I would defer to my taxidermist what he would prefer.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Off to get Tanned
« on: February 21, 2024, 12:59:11 PM »
Good looking hide! I shot one back in later December and thought about getting a rug made but decided against it. Question for you... do you field dress coyotes and/or skin them yourself?

Got the email this morning.Rifle designed by Weatherby and Remi Warren.It's in the Ultra LW class too.

I had to look it up on their site. For what its worth, I have no idea who Remi Warren is and what Live Wild means.

As for the rifle, looks like a Mark V variant called Live Wild?


Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Monday
« on: February 12, 2024, 01:21:49 PM »
That's funny!

5 years ago, I had put a minor down-payment on a plains game hunt in south Africa. I was going with some extended family members and really looking forward to it. Then our lives changed for the better when we found out my wife was pregnant with my son. Because the due date was close-ish to the safari, I had to back out and forfeit my down-payment. Since then, we've had one more. So with a 4 1/2 year old and an 18 month old, I don't see Africa on the radar for probably at least another decade, but I do plan on making it there one day.

I'm pretty content hunting deer, pigs, turkey and varmits at my lease but I would really like to do some other North American hunts like others have mentioned. I think mule deer, elk, coues, and pronghorn would be fun. I'm open to bear hunts too. The animal that I want to go after the most though, is a mountain lion. I've taken 4 bobcats here in Texas in my hunting years and would be gracious to take another few... but man a mountain lion would be amazing. I've poked around at different outfits and locations mostly throughout the rocky mountain range. My only struggle is using dogs to tree the cats versus calling and/or baiting them.

@PARA45, I think I remember reading about a lion hunt you did in Africa a few years back. Was that you or someone else one here? That was a really neat story you shared and made me think that would be fun too one day. A DG hunt of any kind would be amazing but there's something about the big cats that is special.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: 280 Remington
« on: February 06, 2024, 06:02:30 PM »
Oscar send her to texas we will bling her up and fondle accordingly! lol

LOL! Agreed

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: 280 Remington
« on: February 06, 2024, 07:31:22 AM »
Expect to see it next season pictured with a dead animal!  8) 8)

That would be great! Hopefully it works out.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: 280 Remington
« on: February 04, 2024, 02:06:17 PM »
oh I like that!

You will find 280 to be a very solid partner for hunting pretty much texas! LOL - I have a ruger 1, shoots 150 grain loaded scirocco's half inch gun all day. Took my biggest whitetail of my life at our family farm a couple of years ago with it, one shot bang flop he gone!

Almost bought the wife one in mark v couple of times, find them from time to time. That's a beautiful rifle, hope she shoots half as good as she looks;

Appreciate it! I think I'm going to dig it too. I've already got 7mm bullets in various sizes and brands. Think I'm going to try some new 162gr Hornadys that I rececently picked up. I agree, a 280 is certainly capable for anything in this state... of course, I've always felt pretty much the same about my 7x57s. :)

I inherited a military 8mm Mauser from a friend of mine. The barrel was trash as it sat in a closet for years. I had it rebarreled into a 280 Remington as my dad had a Mauser in that caliber that my brother inherited. It has a 24" number 3 barrel 1/8.5 twist and reshaped bolt. The stock is from Richards Microfit. Shoots 3/4 inch groups with it's favorite ammo.

That's a good looking rig! I've always been curious about Richards Microfit stocks. That one looks really nice. Did it take much effort to get the finished inletting done? What grade is it?

The buck in my profile pic was taken with a 280 Rem. Iíve had that rifle since 2012 and it likes everything Iíve fed it from 139 - 175 grain bullets. It likes 150 and 154 grain bullets the best. That 1909 receiver is highly sought after so youíve really hit the jackpot.

That's awesome; if these 162s don't shoot as well as I hope, I've got some 150gr Nosler partitions and Sierras too I think. Is the 154gr bullet you're shooting a Hornady?

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / 280 Remington
« on: February 03, 2024, 11:02:17 PM »
I've always been a 7mm fan. I never owned a 280 Rem until this week. I found a really sharp 1909 Argentine Mauser custom rifle. The wood and metal shows very little wear and handling marks. Whoever put this one together did a great job. I've gotta put a scope on it soon and get it on the bench. I'm really looking forward to hunting with it later this year!

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Carl
« on: February 03, 2024, 10:55:38 PM »
First movie I saw him in was Rocky 4. Think I remember him in Predator as well. Of course, he was awesome in Happy Gilmore... RIP. Another one of my childhood mainstays, gone.

Txaggie - I have most of the same calibers you have actually.

I do not have a 340, 378, 224, or 22-250 in a Weatherby, however.

I do have a .30-378, so that is another difference.

I probably enjoy my .270 and 7mm Weatherby the most. If I need a nice, light rifle, the 6.5 RPM is handy.

I'm with you on the 7mm Wby!

How do you like your 30-378? I've always been slightly intrigued but not enough to commit. Do you handload for it?

My list is similar to yours, though not quite as many.

My 240 Weatherby is a custom German Mauser 98K, I've posted pics of it on here in the past. It's probably the prettiest rifle I own. I use it for deer and varmit hunting.

My 257 Weatherby is a Vanguard that I have only shot a coyote with. Its probably my most neglected Weatherby. I think I've only shot maybe half a box of ammo through it.

My 6.5-300 Weatherby is also a Vanguard and has the uniqueness of being the only rifle I currently own with a plastic stock. I do plan on re-stocking it one day but have other projects ahead of that. I've never shot anything other than paper with it (so far). It's only been on a handful of deer hunts.

My 270 Weatherby was my first Mark V. It's a very nice rifle with a pretty piece of wood. I shot a small 10 point with it in 2016. I need to do some more handload development with it.

My 7mm Weatherby is a Mark V that I bought off GunBroker with a plastic stock. I found a replacement stock on eBay several years ago and restocked it. It's probably my most accurate Weatherby rifle and is also my favorite Weatherby cartridge. I've taken it on several deer hunts but not killed anything with it, yet.

My 300 Weatherby is a Vanguard that I bought on close-out at Cabelas for $350 with a plastic stock. I found a replacement stock for it on eBay and refinished it with an oil finish. It turned out pretty nice. I shot a mature 8 point with it in 2018. I think the 300 Weatherby is the most versatile of the Weatherby catridges. I think you could hunt pretty much anything in North America with it.

I don't have any interest in the RPM cartridges right now. I would love a 224 Weatherby, but haven't wanted to pony up the $ for one. I do wish Weatherby would offer a mini Mark V in that chambering in the future. I am intrigued by the 340 Weatherby, as I don't own anything in the .338 caliber lineup right now. I've got a 9.3x62 I'm slow-building for a possible light DG rifle. Not sure if I'll ever get anything bigger... we'll see.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Denim dilemma
« on: January 27, 2024, 03:50:44 PM »
I would rather replace a pair of Wranglers, Dickies, Lee's, Carharts, or Texas Jeans USA once a year "if necessary" than buy Levi's.

Yep that's kinda my thinking as well. I wear Wrangler 13MWZs all the time. When they wear out, they go into my "deer lease" jeans stack. Heck even my FR gear for going into substations is an FR form of Wranglers.

I have a Streamlight TLR or some model (can't recall) mounted on an AR-9 pistol, which also has a red-dot/green-dot reflexive sight on top. It is my primary home defense weapon and stays locked in a safe next to my side of the bed.

The light is blinding so if it is a single intruder, I can blind the crap out of them and hopefully be at an advantage. If it is more than one intruder and they are using pre-planned tactics on me with decent hardware, I'm going to be at a disadvantage... but then again, how many meth-head criminals are coming at me like mercenaries?

You can drive yourself crazy playing the what-if game, especially on the topic of defending yourself, your family, your neighbor, or your property. At the end of the day, I try and come up with the most likely scenarios and base my hypothetical response off those.

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