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Don't know anything about the Meopta range finding Bino's,   although I have looked thru quite a few Meopta scopes and they are very nice , but  I decided on Zeiss, Vortex, Leupold and others for some  applications because of the way I see things,  I'm not totally sold on any particular brand of optics,  more so today than in years past because of the longer ranges we sometime shoot, It's  a trade off  for me cost vs better long range turrets vs weight, etc.    I  have to decide for myself if I like the glass or not,  everyone see's things a little differently especially colors and contrasts, not with standing optical clarity and sharpness.  I just bought a pair of Vortex fury 10x42  HD 5000 AB (applied ballistics)    for me at least visually they are extremely clear and crisp and I don't have very good eye sight.   I can range trees easily well over 2000 + yds , elk same distance, but I also use a tripod when ranging these  longer distances or very solid rest.  1000 yds is a piece of cake just very fast off hand on scan.   The biggest problem I had looking at these longer range Bino range finders was shooting angles uphill & down hill  since I'm old school the Applied Ballistics program installed in my Vortex is of secondary consideration because of limitations built into some of these newer Bino range finders, some state in their instructions/overviews Ethical shooting ranges and limit  corrected angle yardages,   specifically shooting up hill / down hill angles at extended distances and correcting yardages the bullet drops as per gravity.  There are ways around this Ethical shooting range garbage,  just go line of sight  and I go back to the old school method of Cosine values and use a cheat sheet  Now there are very very expensive Range finding Bino's out there military grade and how  much money do you want to spend 5 figures on some of these super grade range finders.  The problem is not the drop it's the wind the Vortex are compatable with Kestral and Garmin foretrex 701.  Eventually I might get the Garmin I want simple not complicated, simple usually means faster  and not multi tasking which is not a good thing when old Mr. Elk is not exactly waiting around to get shot.  The Vortex will do anything I need to do and the best part is they are guaranteed for life even if I accidently break it.  First thing I did went I got them in was walk over to my son's house sit them on a welding table and knocked them onto a tire and rim laying on the floor  and then bounced to the concrete floor, not a scratch, couldn't believe it.   I have other friends that have the new Leica Geovids and they are very nice, just more money.  Might look at Vectronix consumer grade bino range finders and then look at their military grade bino range finder, and there are other super grades out there.  Where the better quality bino range finders really shine if you are into long range huntings or just long range shooting is the ballistics programs installed in these upper end models ,  once you figure them out they are fast,  and you are going to be using some type of optics anyway the bino version eliminates one step of the process.  There are scope & range finder brands that will pair the two together just not at the longer ranges I need.  All these options that are coming out today.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Barnes 127LRX
« on: May 15, 2021, 08:40:00 PM »
I was down at Sportsmans Warehouse buying some Patch Out and looking at a small selection of Weatherby ammo I didn't see where it was made either.  Now  I'm getting curious of where it's made, not that it really makes a whole lot of difference I guess when you like something you like to know more about it.   

Nice rifle !    I think the bronze is kind of growing on me . 

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Vaxine
« on: May 14, 2021, 09:40:37 PM »
Did I miss something ?

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Barnes 127LRX
« on: May 12, 2021, 07:10:13 PM »
That's actually a good question, anybody out their in Weatherbyland  might want to chime in what does the factory box of 6.5x300 Weatherby Barnes 127 LRX say on the box ?  If it says Made In Sweden or  Norma  you have one part of the puzzle.   Without knowing for sure if I were to guess it would  probably be a Norma Blended powder and may or may not be available to the public that would be the question,  I don't know.  I haven't kept up with the 6.5x300 might e-mail Weatherby and get an answer from the source.  Do you re-load and have Barnes 127's available to you ?

I think I'll go look for some at the local store and see how it work. normally I use JB paste with Kroil and double check with KG 12  it  is work.    thanks.

We live at 6400 ft elev and my son's Honda Rancher Quad  the carb needed re-jetting when hunting higher elevations,  I think it was originally jetted for much lower altitudes  when we bought it new.   Worked OK at 6400 ft but  starting at around 8000 ft it didn't like it at all spit and sputtered,   so I re-jetted it down one step on the main and adjusted the needle and that pretty much cured the problem at least at altitude. I don't know how your carb is set up but I think I would buy some jets just in case  maybe a spare  gasket and spare needle & E clip,    you are hauling this bike a long ways to Idaho why take a chance for a few bucks in parts.   Probably need a can of fix a flat, a spare inner tube and a few plugs & glue , small compressor,,  just to be on the safe side,  we've spun quad tires off the rims,  poked a lot of holes in quad tires,  one friend with us had to have his wife cousin re-jet his new to him Artic Cat side by side in camp @ 9000 ft it didn't like the altitude and as dead in the water until they ran into town and luckily found some jets., it did work out at the loss of one full day. 

Nice bike you are going to like getting back in places that takes minutes vs hours.  We had Honda trail 90's at one time and loved them, wish we sill had em.  Some of the guy's we know have the old 1986 & 87 Honda Fat Cat TR200 basically a 2 wheel ATC them little fat tires just grind , you can lift them over small logs across the trail,  not a bad way to hunt and yes you need a rack if for no other reason to carry small items.  We actually still have a small Tote Goat sitting in the Barn. 

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Bear attack
« on: May 08, 2021, 08:24:05 PM »
Speaking of Mtn Lions,  my son just got back from a day trip Turkey hunting and a little shed hunting at one of our honey holes.   Seen a couple of Toms nothing he could get a shot at but he did kick up 3 Mtn Lions @  approx 100 yds  30-30 distance.   Ma Ma Lion  and 2 large Juvenile Lions he figured maybe 80 pounds  give or take about ready to be  kicked out of the nest.  That's not that unusual to see larger juveniles if you are out in the sticks enough.   

You are right shooting  with a revolver shoot double action it's a close in gun.  I think she will be just fine with those choices as long as the gun fits her,   I started on a revolver and you are right  revolvers are harder to master shooting fast.  Just the feel of the gun I can tell right away if I like it or not assuming I might very well buy new grips.  For an all day carry gun lightweight is really nice, on my Sig P-365 the flat 10 round magazine height my hand is slightly hanging over but it doesn't print with most of my clothes, as compared to my 12 rounders.  What ever feels good to her that's for sure,  she's shooting a small  model 60  J-frame she will take to semi auto without much problem, good for her.   Some of the older Smith & Wesson double action single action semi-autos have pretty nice  DA/SA triggers 

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: 6.5 Creed
« on: May 07, 2021, 06:26:33 PM »
RL17 is about as good as it gets and my goto powder in the 6.5 Creedmoor with bullets from 129 gr to 143 gr even a 130 gr Barnes TSX Hp shoots light out when  using them to hunt AZ Kaibab & Strip area (Condor territory).    I can push a Hdy 129 interlock in excess of 3000 fps with no signs of over pressure,  Hdy 143 eldx 2850 + fps ,  a little warm but safe, all in a Wby Vanguard S2, accuracy 3 shots  1/2" @ 100 yds after testing and a very clean barrel.   H-4350 and IMR- 4350 are both good powders and wouldn't have a problem using either one.   I have since backed off the loads to  2950 & around the high 2700's  just to be on the safe side accuracy held.   Superformace will work I'm not the biggest fan of ball powders  in some rifles (they are ok) I just don't seem to get the best accuracy overall in some rifles whereas stick powders seem to me to be a little more forgiving accuracy wise.   There are some ball powder/caliber/bullet combo's that are my goto loads it just depends.  I was looking for absolute highest velocities with decent accuracy.   There are a bunch of powders out there that will probably work just fine, one thing I do with most Weatherby's ,   Vanguards included is glass bedd and free float the barrel, and it's not a knock on Weatherby I'm just anal about nothing touching  the barrel from about 3" fore ward of the action. 

My area in AZ you see open carry in Walmart and other stores never really a problem although I do keep an eye on them.  State residents that are 21 an over and can legally own a fire arm can carry concealed in my State no training required.   We do have CCW's also if you want to carry out of State when allowed this also serves currently as out background check for buying firearms.   Personally I don't see a big deal in any of this I would rather have some one out there with a gun that half ass knows how to use it when some maniac decides to cut loose. 

If I read this right she already has a semi auto pistol currently and wants to up grade ?  The Sig p-365 did have a few issues when they  first came out pre date code on the box Feb 2018 and older.  It had that funky recoil spring, some firing pin issues, and something else,  all that has been corrected and for anyone with the first issue guns can have them upgraded from Sig.   I have the upgraded version and absolutely love it.  The Shield is a great gun as are a few others including the Springfield Armory.  Kahr is not a bad gun either I don't care for the trigger but for  belly guns it's not meant to be a target shooter.  Any of these so called micro compacts  in 9mm can have a little bite to them especially loaded with high performance 147 grainers.  You are not going to find a  super lite straight pull back 1911 match grade trigger on any of these new little guns, so we are not comparing them to anything else except similar type pistols.  I'm way more into handguns than rifles.  Just depends on how she is going to carry the gun in a purse, concealed  on her person ,  all day every day carry,  etc.  This is going to dictate to a large part how large and heavy of a gun she may likely be comfortable with and that includes a dozen different types of holsters to SAFELY carry, and how she wants to carry the weapon i.e.  cocked locked ready to rock, thumb safety, no safety striker fired, DAO, or ?.  These little  micro pistols are about as small as feasible for every day concealed carry ,  now you can buy smaller pistols in 380 even 32 cal that are just a step smaller & lighter.  I'm a grip freak if it don't fit my hand and I'm not comfortable with it I won't use it and it will just sit there collecting dust.   I don't care for these ultra abrasive grip texturing for long shooting periods (like sand paper) and makes me not want to shoot it very much and that's not a good thing.  I love the feel of the short barreled Beretta Storm I just don't like the little wings but those are replaceable with narrow ones a little wide in the grip, points great for me.  I would suggest that you and her go down to a good gun range and have her try all sorts of pistols that they have and shoot them.  Can't make up her mind try another place and fire some different models in different calibers.  Be honest how is she going to carry this gun 90 percent of the time and use this as a baseline of what might work for her.  If you can't or won't shoot and be profecient with any concealed weapon it's all but worthless.  Most guns in this class are very short range propositions a matter of feet and have to be brought into action fast without thought.  Personally I
 think and this goes for men also if you are not willing to train, shoot and stay proficient with this gun forget the semi-autos and buy a little Smith & Wesson Air weight revolver in 38 special get a good set of grips because it will get your attention with hot loads ,  start lite loads and work up,  and all you got to do is point and pull, no jams, ultra reliable and most anyone can shoot one at close ranges.  My other half has an old school Beretta model 71 Jaguar in 22 LR ,  hit mans gun so they use to say, one of the best little guns Beretta ever made,   bone reliable, single action semi auto even the little 22 LR will get your attention real quick with the right ammo,   which brings up a point of reliable ammo get a bunch and make sure they feed correctly  go bang every time , and doesn't jam,  maybe CCI mini mag HP's has worked for me.

I buy 3"x 3"  cotton shotgun cleaning patches and trim. Got it down where I need to cut for tight patches. 

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Bear attack
« on: May 06, 2021, 09:38:48 AM »
 Mtn Lion can eat roughly one Deer per week a little more or a little less ,  Nursing Females can kill a Deer every 4 days.   Yes they are secretive  but they ain"t that secretive, we have seen quite a few in different situations mostly we catch them with our eyes while they not looking,  spotting them at distance,  watching them follow Deer herds,  called them in with an old wooden Lohman hand call, spooked one into an old cowboy line shack one year elk scouting,  found them sunning them selves in the middle of an old 2-track road,  found yearling cats playing chasing each other  below us while Coues hunting,  had a young friend almost pounced on while sitting next to a tree archery elk hunting he shot the cat at about 10  ft or so and sliced the scalp hair on it's  head open didn't kill it got dogs out lost the blood trail on hot dry ground the next day.  every now and then you will see one sitting on a rock on the other side of a canyon just watching or napping.  One friend shot a little Female that came to his electronic call killed the cat killed the electronic call and found a dead buck deer a few yds away covered in pine needles she killed earlier, only took a couple minutes for the cat to come in.  Couple other friends lost their Deer to Mtn Lions packing out the head and cape on the first trip out and returned for the rest of the deer meat and my Lion was munching on it.   When we were kids  back in the 60's on the Res we sometimes would go out with the Gov'n trapper/hunter seen  dead cats.  That's just how it was done back then.   I do agree with the video, BUT if you are in Mtn Lion country enough you are most likely going to see  one at some time in your life time.  If you know what to look for little tell tale signs  and travel areas it's not impossible  to get an idea of how they are traveling,  they repeat themselves and go to the same places , go take a crap in the same spots and move pine needles around,  they cover stuff up,  etc.  They will eat most mammals if they have to,  they like fresh meat,  dead rotting carcasses are for Bears not so much for  Mtn Lions.  They don't like aggressive larger dogs not  your little barking lap dog they may have him for a snack.   Had one  few miles away going after a ladies dog and trying to make a nest under her mobile home  ripping open the mobile homes skirting, no one ever did find that one even  dogs lost the scent. There are dry ground dogs and there are dogs that hunt where it's wet or snow (holds the scent longer)  Hot dry ground dogs can do it all until the scent drys out   Just be aware Deer = Mtn Lions out West.   

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