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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: George H Bush Death
« on: December 09, 2018, 09:05:59 AM »
I thought that ALL of the events for his funeral and such were very well done.  Did y'all see the video clip of Bob Dole paying his respects at the Capital.  He was wheeled in, in a wheelchair.  He sat solemnly by the casket for awhile, and then struggled to a standing position, and saluted.  It was an incredible moment.  Had I been there, I would have been tempted to applaud the efforts of Mr. Dole.  But I guess that would have been out of place.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: 1791
« on: December 09, 2018, 08:56:59 AM »
Three of my little Grandsons are Life Members.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: 77 years ago
« on: December 09, 2018, 08:54:06 AM »
I know/knew of one Pearl Harbor Survivor in our small town.  I do not know if he was aboard a ship, or was land based.  A pleasant fellow, completely normal.  Involved in stuff in town and such.  One day a number of years ago, he offed himself.  The word was that he harbored a bunch of guilt, from surviving the attack, and losing so many of his buddies.  I have heard of a lot of survivors feeling this way.  So sad.  Well actually tragic; he was truly a hero, as all Vets are.  We all can hardly imagine what ALL of those people, even the woman nurses, went through on that horrible morning.  Incredible circumstances brings out the incredible character and valor, of good people.  And we witnessed this on 9/11 as well.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Almost Fatal Hog Story
« on: December 07, 2018, 04:46:37 PM »
Since y'all mentioned "riding" pigs, I remember other kids doing that.  But I had the fear of "Grandpa's words" in my mind for years.  Consequently, I have never been on the back of a pig.  Perhaps the sows could be trusted if they did not have piglets around.  Wasn't there a scene in the Hannibal Lecter sequel, where they fed someone to a herd of pigs.  I think that pigs should be sent to Iraq, and used as a "training aid" to get the rag-heads to start to act better.  Supposedly Black Jack Pershing used pigs as a training aid in the Philippines during the Insurrection.  Snopes said that that story was not true, but I think that Snopes was just trying to be politically correct, and not upset anyone.  The story of his then young Lieutenant named George Patton. driving into headquarters with three dead banditos strapped to the hood of his Dodge Touring Sedan was witnessed by too many people for it to be debunked.  That was when Pershing was chasing after Pancho Villa in Mexico.  That incident was the unofficial first use of a motor vehicle in a skirmish, by the U.S. Army.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Almost Fatal Hog Story
« on: December 06, 2018, 09:22:49 PM »
My Maternal Grandfather put the fear of pigs in me at an early age.  He had raised pigs for slaughter all his life.  That's how a poor farmer like him was able to feed my Mother and her eight siblings.  Anyway, when I was four or five and starting to wander from his farmhouse, he FORBID me to even think about going close to his hog pen.  It was an old still sturdy wooden rail fenced area, that had a couple of pigs in it.  "If you get in that pen, they will eat you up, clothes and all, and we won't even know what happened to you."  Even my older teen-aged cousins were forbidden to go down there, let alone sit on the rail fence to watch them, for the possibility of falling in the pen.  Grandpa spoke almost with the authority of God, so we heeded his warnings.  Anyway, a lady friend of mine had some cousins move into our rural area a couple of years ago from Houston; city people.  I may have met them once.  Their new rural place had a couple acres of land, and they soon acquired a few animals, including a "darling" little orphaned piglet.  Not one of those Chinese miniature pigs, but a plain old pig.  That became the pet of the teenage female cousin.  He is now a full grown boar with tusks.  When I heard that the young gal was still going in the pen with him and petting him and stuff, I told my lady friend, that that was a disaster waiting to happen.  I do not know if you believe this or not, but I think that ALL males of any animal species, know when there is a female of any animal species, that is "in heat."  I think that it is simple biology, having witnessed it countless times with my male dogs and human females I have had around.  Well, the disaster happened yesterday.  The teenage gal went in the pen to feed the boar, and he went after her.  She was lucky she got out of the pen alive.  He stuck a tusk in her calf, and severed an artery.  Her Mother had nursing experience and contained the bleeding till the medics got there.  The way I understood it, they "stapled" the artery shut, and got her to the ER, where everything was fixed up.  She has a bunch of stitches, but is fine.  I assume that the pig met his demise when the Father got home, if he knew how to shoot it.  I have heard similar stories of people having "pet" deer and "pet" coons, that end up tearing things up.  I do not "fear" animals, but I have a big amount of respect for them.  If they are over fifty pounds, I give them their space, and I am always on guard.  If they are a "mamma" with little ones, no matter the size, I give them their space.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Recoil table by Chuck Hawks
« on: December 06, 2018, 04:55:16 PM »
I have a .30-06 short barreled "Scout" rifle on a Mauser action, that is very light.  My Son named it "Old Ugly" because of it's rather vicious and sharp recoil.  And I once had a really cool German styled 8x57, extremely light-weight rifle, also on a 98 action, with a VERY narrow butt-stock.  All I had on hand at the time to shoot in it, was war surplus 196 gr. FMJ "Machine gun" ammo, which I read later, was loaded to higher pressures.  That rifle too, was brutal on the shoulder.  I sold it because of that, but wish I had it back, to put in a better stock.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: 75th anniversary?
« on: December 06, 2018, 04:42:39 PM »
eford and badsection make good points.  I think that a Mark V AND Vanguard Deluxe version should be offered.  I am in the very small minority of people that like odd cartridges; I think that offering something in the .220 Weatherby Rocket, 224 Varmintmaster, both with fast twist barrels, or the .375 Weatherby would be neat, but that would not sell many rifles.  I already have a .375 Weatherby, although not in a Weatherby action.  MM

A lot of people I knew, used to hunt public lands I think in Colorado, and had some luck.  I was told by someone else, to get a guide if you want a better chance, just pay the money.  I have heard two horror stories from back in the sixties, maybe things are better now.  One was, a Father of a friend of mine was hunting in some really hilly but open region, wearing an orange vest, and someone took a shot at him, hitting the ground near where he stood.  So he waved his hands, and the fellow shot again.  At this point he fired his rifle in the air, and started running to get over the top of the hill.  The fellow fired one more shot at him.  I think that the person shooting was just having a sick time, trying to scare someone.  Another older friend of mine was watching a really nice mule deer through his scope at a good distance on a small mountain, when all of a sudden, someone shot at it.  My buddy saw the dirt fly above and behind him.  The buck took off, and ran a a couple hundred yards, and then stopped to look back.  My friend then dropped him in his tracks with his .264 Winchester.  So he begins the task of going to get him.  We he got close, he sees another hunter, the fellow that fired the first shot was already there, and getting ready to start to field dress him.  My friend says, "Hey, I shot that buck."  The other guy says, "I shot him first, so he's mine."  "My friend says, you missed him, I dropped him."  They looked at the buck, and there was only one bullet wound.  The fellow still claimed that he "had the rights to him."  My buddy still had his rifle in his hand, and was a Pacific War combat veteran, and sternly said, "I killed it, and I am taking him off this mountain."  Finally the other guy left, quite mad.  My buddy never hunted on public lands again after that.  I saw the antler set from that buck, it WAS a damn nice mule deer.  Have any of y'all ever heard of that kind of "activity" on public lands  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: 75th anniversary?
« on: December 04, 2018, 07:48:21 PM »
I am with sshefer on getting a little bit of a discount if we already own more than three.  I too had always read that the .257 was Roy's favorite.  But maybe he changed his mind at some point.  They are all wonderful.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Baylee's wish list
« on: December 04, 2018, 07:41:20 PM »
I hope that my eight year old, and my twin four year old Grandsons can meet gals that think like Baylee, in about fifteen years.  MM

W.D.M. Bell used a 6.5x54 Mannlicher for a number of the over a thousand elephants that he killed, although he preferred the 7mm Mauser for "better reliability" on knocking them down.  I think that the 6.5 Creedmoor should kill pigs.  Pigs are just tough beasts.  I have hit them square in the shoulder with a .308, and had them run.  The only times I have dropped them DRT, were with brain or spine shots.  The "physics" of "bullet knockdown power and performance on game animals," does not work on pigs.  MM

I used plugs AND muffs with those big boys.  I even used electronic muffs while hunting.  I had to save what little hearing I had left.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: 45-70
« on: November 30, 2018, 05:39:56 PM »
I too have heard what sschefer said.  You just need to look at them.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Skinning deer
« on: November 30, 2018, 05:35:16 PM »
Blackbear 3.  About dropping the deer off at a processor.  A number of years ago, before my boys were old enough to help with the processing, I was inundated with several "free" bucks, that people had culled, that they did not even want the back-straps from.  It was at a time, where I was really busy, and just did not have the time to process them.  I took them to a local butcher shop that does "Deer Processing."  They did them just the way I asked them too, even made sausage for me with my recipe; everything professionally packaged and labeled.  It sure spoiled me.  Yes, I had to pay, but it SURE was convenient at that time.  I found out that a lot of my acquaintances did that, say on deer that they got on a Sunday evening, and they had to get to their jobs the next morning.  MM

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Quote of the Day
« on: November 30, 2018, 05:24:17 PM »
I may have mentioned this story before.  This happened maybe two years ago, shortly after some Muslims shot up a Synagogue somewhere in Europe.  My older Son, who has a license to carry, and now even has a ballistic plate in his business backpack, was conducting a short seminar at a Synagogue in Houston.  Being respectful of the "premises rules," he asked the fellow in charge of the Synagogue's public affairs, "I have a license to carry a handgun, am I allowed to carry in here."  The fellow looked at him and said, "EVERYONE carries a handgun in here, we welcome you to do so as well."  My Son felt VERY safe, after hearing that.  MM

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