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Rifles / Re: Rechambering
« on: June 09, 2023, 11:05:08 AM »
In the late '70s I had my .30-06 re-chambered to .30 Gibbs and a new .25-06 barreled action rebhambered to .257 Ackley.  The .30 Gibbs with 180 gr Partitions was my favorite elk rifle (along with a couple of Shiras moose, a Mountain goat and an Alaskan Caribou) for over 20 years.  About 15 years ago I replaced it with a .300 Weatherby.

The .257 Ackley is still my go to deer and antelope rifle, and it also put 3 Bighorn rams, a Dall ram, a Mountain Caribou, and my 2nd best 6x6 bull elk in my freezer and on my wall.

31 elk in the pasture across the road and below my house.  I counted 15 there yesterday afternoon when I got home.  I haven't seen an elk in that field since last October.  Here they are one day last summer...

Fifty some degrees yesterday and a lot of snow melting.

Woke up this morning to fog and 2" of new snow making everything white again, and again, and again...

Yesterday morning I woke up to sunshine, most of the snow had finally melted from my yard, and a half dozen or more little yellow crocus flowers were starting to bloom.

So I thought it would be a good day to go out to the range.

When I came home from the range yesterday evening there were 5 whitetail deer in my back yard, and all of the newly bloomed crocus flowers were gone.  Damn deer!  I may have to eat one this fall.

Rifles / Re: Weatherby Mark V Apex
« on: April 20, 2023, 10:11:32 AM »
Nice,but that "pistol grip" will create problems in Canada.  :)
From what Iíve been reading right now a slingshot will creat problems in Canada.
Years ago when I lived in northern Montana, one of the guys that I worked with was fishing across the line into Canada.  He was checked by a Mountie and his fishing was OK, but when the Mountie saw that my friend had a slingshot he said "You can't have that, it's a bloody catapult!"  ;D

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Sunday tickle
« on: April 17, 2023, 09:53:48 AM »
 ;D ;D ;D

Pretty Impressive Buff. What do you do to stay in Sheep Shape ?
This winter I've been shoveling A LOT of snow! ;D

I don't think that I will ever be in the Sheep Shape that I was in back in the '80s

Two years ago I was diagnosed with prostrate cancer and with the medications to, among other things, reduce my testosterone level and 9 weeks of 5 radiation treatments a week, I got a little puny.  But now the cancer is gone, my testosterone level is back up in the normal range, and I'm back to my 3 day a week weight lifting routine.

This summer I'll be playing (and walking) at least 3-18 hole rounds of golf every week.  My GF is a walk-a-holic so when we're together we usually go on hour or so walks almost every day.

The hill behind my house rises about 300 feet, is too steep to dirve a 4WD up, and makes a good pre hunt, every day workout to climb.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Spring?
« on: April 02, 2023, 10:06:34 AM »
I've been telling everyone...it ain't over yet.  We almost always get a "spring dumper" that drops 6-12" of snow, but then melts off after ~ 72 hours. 

I had a feeling this was coming...
It doesn't melt off in Wyoming, it just blows away... ;D

I'm just hoping that we don't get another 3' dump on Easter.  Right now the piles of snow that I've shoveled off my front and back decks are over 4' high, and the snow berms on the sides of my driveway are too high for my plow to push more snow over them.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Dog
« on: April 02, 2023, 09:57:37 AM »
Predicting her is always a challenge! One thing for sure,she will lay her life down to protect me.  ;D
Nothing better than the love of a good dog :)
^^^^^ This, 1000% ^^^^^

I watched the same show.  I have my TV set to record all of the TIA series.  One of my favorites.

In the beginning of the show, when he was checking the zero of his rifle, I thought he said it was a .416  Rigby.

... I am just so impressed with this guy at his age getting out there and making it happen...
I'm 77 and he and I look to be about the same age.  The mountains seem higher and steeper than they did 40 years ago so I guess that I've slowed down a bit, but I still put in every year for sheep, moose, and goat permits.  And each time I apply I wonder if I can still do a DIY, solo hunt for these animals like I did 40 years ago.

Six years ago I did do a Dagestan Tur hunt in Azerbaijan and those mountains seemed steeper than the mountains of any sheep or goat hunts that I've done.  Also, two years ago I finally shot my Alaskan Brown Bear, and I''m booked for a moose hunt this fall in Alberta. 

What's that old saying that "Where there is a will, there is a way".

Rifles / Re: 300 Weatherby Mag Scope?
« on: March 27, 2023, 12:55:47 PM »
...do you load for these? I will need to start loading for this and the 257... I load a lot of 45 but been awhile since I reloaded rifle...
I started reloading in 1967 when I bought my first centerfire rifle, a .30-06.  I reload for (I think) 12 rifle and 6 pistol cartridges, and 4 shotgun gauges.  Many of my rifles, including my .300 Wby, .375 RUM, and 7mm RM, have never had a factory round fired through them.

I started this reloading room in 1978 with just the Honey Bair single stage 12 ga press and the RCBS Rockchucker press for the 3 pistols and 3 rifles that I had back then.  I'm still adding to it...

Rifles / Re: 300 Weatherby Mag Scope?
« on: March 26, 2023, 08:17:34 AM »
After 40 years of wanting one, in 2009 I finally bought my first Weatherby, a Vanguard chambered in .300 Wby.

It was blued, in a factory "off the shelf" wood stock.  The stock was a little too short for me and I wanted fancier wood, so I re-stocked it in AA Fancy Claro walnut from Richards.  I pillar and glass bedded the action, floated the barrel, and hand checkered it in my favorite wrap a round, 5 panel pattern, and switched the trigger to a Timney.

And before I fired the first shot through it, I had a KDF muzzle brake installed on it.  I later added a recoil reducer in it's butt stock.

The first scope that I put on it was a Leupold VX 3i 4.5-14x40, B&C reticle.  A few years ago I switched it's scope to a Leupold VX 3i 4.5-14x40, CDS Windplex reticle, and side focus.  I liked that CDS system so well that I have changed the scopes on four of my other rifles to Leupold CDS scopes.

My first hunt with it was for Exotics in Texas, then for a couple of Montana elk, a hunt in New Zealand, then three hunts in Africa, and a hunt for a Dagestan Tur in Azerbaijan.  I think the that the next blood that it will draw will be an Alberta moose this coming September.

I have been able to work up sub moa 3-shot groups with a variety of bullets:  168 gr Nosler HPBT Match bullets for practice, 168 gr Barnes TSX, 168 gr TTSX, and I have finally settled on 180 gr TTSX bullets and had Leupold make a turret for that load.

And a close-up of my grip checkering.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Clocks
« on: March 13, 2023, 11:43:36 AM »
Since I retired 16 years ago, everyday is Saturday and I get up when I feel like it, or when my dog needs to go outside. ;D

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Knives
« on: March 10, 2023, 10:51:15 AM »
Just curious as what you would use a knife that big for.  Clearing brush?  Splitting firewood?

Now we need to get all the old line bullet makers to bring some of their old machines on line. Just simple cup and core bullets would help fill the vacuum in todays market. Not everybody needs the latest whiz-bang super long range controlled expansion bullet. There is a huge market for simple, reasonably inexpensive bullets just to shoot targets, tin cans etc.
The simple, reasonably inexpensive bullets also work just fine for a lot of hunting.

Over the years I've shot dozens of deer, elk, and antelope with simple Sierra, Hornady, and other cup and core bullets, and deer, buffalo, and bears with plain old lead bullets.

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