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Waterfowl / South Louisiana
« on: February 21, 2021, 11:17:20 AM »
Some friends and I are planning a trip to Venice, La., this coming season. Just wondering if anyone had or is hunting the area and maybe recommend a guide?


Rifles / .224 Valkyrie
« on: May 29, 2018, 04:56:46 AM »
I wonder if Weatherby will add this caliber to the Vanguard line? It seems to be getting a lot of interest and there are few bolt guns available. It might be a good time to get ahead of the pack and make some money. I would buy one today!

Equipment / Bore Tech Eliminator
« on: March 20, 2017, 08:50:12 AM »
Can this be used to clean a bore after every shot while breaking in a barrel? Mfg recommends an ammonia based solvent.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Rifle for Trump
« on: November 09, 2016, 04:33:24 PM »
So, what are the chances of Weatherby presenting a custom rifle to our new President? When was the last one presented? Was it Ronald Reagan that got the last one?

That would be so cool!!

Accessories / Vanguard Chassis
« on: March 03, 2016, 03:55:50 AM »
I've been pondering the idea of purchasing a Ruger RPR if the price is right (someone quoted me $900 yesterday) and came across the new Vanguard Chassie system. I want either a .243 or a 6.5. Neither one is offered in this configuration; only .223 and .308. It would be nice if this system was available as an aftermarket drop-in accessory for both LA and SA Vanguards at a reasonable price. I priced the complete system (MDT) and you may as well purchase the Ruger. And you are limited to MDT mags too. So, could someone tell me again why did Wby make this model?  >:( Very frustrating.

Optics / Leupold Scope has lost it's brightness
« on: December 29, 2015, 05:05:45 PM »
I have a 4.5X14X50 VXIII (1 inch tube) that is over 20 years old. I've noticed recently that it just isn't as bright as some of the other scopes I own that are half the replacement cost. Should I send it back to Leupold? I wonder if they will refurbish it to the original condition or upgrade it (new coatings, etc.)? There is nothing wrong with the scope as far as holding zero. It has no moisture issues, just not very bright at sunset. Sort of like looking through one of those cheap Banner scopes we used to put on our .22's when we were kids.  ;D  I can get a new comparable Nikon for just about what I paid brand new for the Leupold 20 years ago.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Footpounds of Energy Limit
« on: October 15, 2015, 06:32:33 AM »
I've always limited my rifle/ammo and effective hunting range based on a minimum of 1,000 foot pounds of energy at that specific range. I remember reading that years ago in several rifle and hunting books and periodicals. I was checking zero on my 257 Bee yesterday (sweet gun, <1 MOA) using 100 Grain BT's and based on my ballistic tables the energy beyond 500 yards drops below 1,000 foot pounds at a velocity of 1311 fps. So, my opinion is that this particular rifle/bullet combination has an effective deer hunting range of 500 yards. I have shot a few deer at that distance (only when I felt very comfortable with the shot) and all have been DRT with the rifle/bullet performing flawlessly (through and through shots, no bullet recovered). So, is there anyone out there as anal as I or is this reasoning of a 1,000 ftpd minimum threshold even worth considering as some form of baseline in regard to accurate and ethical shooting distance?

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Which one are you?
« on: October 06, 2015, 06:44:54 AM »

I'm definitely the "snack master"  ;D

Bass Pro has S2's on sale for $499. Now what caliber? I want a SA. I'm thinking 7mm-08 over the .308? Better LR performance and I already have the dies. Besides, I always thought that the .308 was kind of a poop round. But I have 500 rounds of 308 LC match! Maybe a .243? Decisions, decisions...

I already have a 6.5, 257, and '06. Yes, I am insane. What about it?  >:(

Optics / Scope Lever
« on: July 25, 2015, 11:18:38 AM »
Kind of a nifty scope lever!


Optics / Burris XTR II
« on: July 20, 2015, 12:22:23 PM »
Anyone have any experience with the Burris XTR II 4X20X50?

Rifles / 6.5 X 55 Swede
« on: May 25, 2015, 08:10:30 PM »
On another forum someone mentioned that Weatherby was putting out the Swede in Europe. Is that true?

Rifles / 1,000 yard steel target question
« on: May 22, 2015, 08:51:37 PM »
I've been shooting a 12 inch plate at 500 yards enough to get comfortable so I'm planning on going further out. Steel is not cheap so I'm just curious to know the average size of your target at 1,000 yards. I know there will be some that shoot bottle caps at a mile, but for us Earthlings who are to old to walk 2,000 yards round trip to check a hole in a piece of cardboard what would be a decent size steel target. 2'X2', 3'X3'...???  ;D

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / ISIS HIT LIST
« on: May 08, 2015, 05:15:42 AM »

Farmington, NM! ????

And I would love to be sitting in a lawn chair with a few cold beers and watch them try to hit Minot, ND. Ha!

Rifles / .223 to 5.56 NATO
« on: May 04, 2015, 05:02:50 PM »
A buddy of mine and I were sitting on his deck this past weekend having a few adult beverages and like always the conversation drifted from hunting, to fishing, to tackle and then to firearms. One of the neighbors stopped by and was all excited about his CZ 527 Carbine in .223 Remington AND 5.56 NATO. He had picked it up used at a local pawn shop. Well, that got me thinking. I thought about the S2 that is chambered in .223 Rem only. I didn't want to say anything but sure enough the guy brought it up. He was looking at an S2 but went with the CZ since 5.56 ammo is about half the price of .223 and it would make a great plinker as well. So, after a few more "adult beverages", we discussed the possibilty of having an S2 rechambered for 5.56. With the No. 2 barrel and the addition of an aftermarket 10 round magazine it would make a great SHTF rifle. And you could always shoot .223's at varmints if you wanted. I know that .223/5.56 bolt guns are as hard to find as hens teeth. They are always "out of stock" or "back ordered". I'm going to check with my gunsmith as soon as I take some aspirin and a little nap. Must be allergies or something?;D

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