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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Opening Morning 10-point
« on: November 10, 2023, 11:22:21 AM »
Thanks! I really dig the way you did the ivories from your elk.
In 1988 my ex-wife had one of my elk ivories made into my wedding ring.  It was a novel idea back then and I really liked it.

Then in 2000-2001 we went through a very nasty (and expensive!) divorce.  I barely came out of it with my house, that I had owned and lived in for 10 years prior to meeting her, and that I had physically doubled it's size myself.

I don't wear that ring anymore.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Opening Morning 10-point
« on: November 09, 2023, 09:22:46 AM »
Great buck and story.  I like the wood on your Whelen.

Novel idea of saving and dating the brass from your kills.  I'm about 50 years and too many animals late to do that, although I did do somethint similar with the ivories of most of the elk that I have shot by writing the number of points (one side) or cow and the year on them...

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Ration that ammo
« on: November 06, 2023, 09:02:13 AM »
As long as we have a democRAT in the White House we will have ammo and component shortages...

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: All You Can Kill Elk Permits
« on: November 03, 2023, 09:44:30 AM »
This is management???

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: First Freeze
« on: November 01, 2023, 08:54:34 AM »
Two weeks ago yesterday, they were predicting snow that night here in SW Montana so I thought I would put my lawn hoses away and disconnect them.  The next morning I woke up to 3-4 inches of snow and my dog's outside water bowl was frozen solid.

The snow continued for two days and the low temps one night was 1* F.  Good thing I disconnected my hoses. :)

I read somewhere that the indians would drive the bison off a cliff. Yea, crazy!
There are many of those buffalo jump cliffs here in SW Montana.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Scope mounts
« on: October 31, 2023, 11:07:17 AM »
My only experience with a .300 Savage was years ago when I was hunting with one of my buddies who was a Forest Service fish boilogist.  He was hunting with his .300 Savage model 99 and I had my .30 Gibbs.  I had killed my bull the previous week so I was just looking for a deer.

We found a spike elk not 150 yards from us and he thought it was too far away for his .300 Savage.  I offered to back him up, but he didn't want me to.  He didn't get his elk that year.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Tires
« on: October 27, 2023, 09:27:19 AM »
I rarely dirve my diesel PU, probably less than 2,000 miles per year.  Last spring I thought that I should have it's tires rotated and balanced, so I took it to the dealer where I bought the tires. 

They would not do the work because they said the tires were over 5 years old and "there is a government regulation" that prohibits them from working on tires that are over 5 years old. TOTAL BS!!! >:(

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Wildlife Art Collectors
« on: October 12, 2023, 11:25:08 AM »
Ever since I was a kid I've enjoyed wildlife pictures and have them on the walls of where I lived.

About 25 years ago I saw a Nancy Glazier print of a Bull and some cow elk.  I thought it looked like one of the most realistic elk paintings that I had ever seen, so I went to a local art shop and bought a copy.  At that time I knew next to nothing about the art world, and the print that I bought was an Artist Proof print number 29.

For several years that art shop had me registered with for first choice for any future Nancy Glazier Artist Proof prints number 29, and I ended up buying 8 of them.  At that time she was living in Gardner, MT, about 70 miles from my home, then she moved to a house a mile or so up the road from me.  I was able to have her sign several of my prints. 

After she left Montana I quit buying her prints and lost my registration.  She had one buffalo print that I regret buying. 

I used to have all of her prints that I had on the walls of my living and trophy rooms, but now they have all been replaced with my taxidermy animals, and I have moved them to the walls of my lower levels.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Saturday
« on: July 01, 2023, 09:52:31 AM »
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

In Montana's special drawings, I got my 35th Unsuccessful notice for Moose, 40th Unsuccessful notice for Bighorn sheep, and my 45th Unsuccessful notice for a Mountain goat tag.  I'm trying for a world record of unsuccessful applications there.

I put in for a different Pronghorn unit this year and those results don't come out until mid-August.

I shot a couple of black bears in the '70s so I don't have any interest on shooting any more of them.

I did buy general Montana Deer and Elk tags, and I'm booked for an Alberta Moose hunt in September, so I should be able to keep my freezers full this year.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Security
« on: June 14, 2023, 09:38:50 AM »
I grew up with phone party lines where we had to first listen if anyone else was on the line before we dialed a call...

Rifles / Re: Rechambering
« on: June 11, 2023, 08:54:46 AM »
Why did you have a 25-06 bbl rechambered to .257 AI. According to the Nosler reloading manual, the 25-06 has a little over 7 gr more powder capacity than the .257 AI? Did you only have a short action available, or did you just want a .257 AI. That last reason is reason enough.
Simple answer is that I had just read P. O. Ackley's books and he had nothing but praise for the .257 AI.

I did that back in the late '70s.  I had an FFL then and I bought a new Mauser Mark X .25-06 barreled action and had Les Bauska in Kalispell do the rechambering.  Looking back, I probably should have just had the .25-06 rechambered to .25-06 AI.  But over the years my .257 AI has been very good to me and I don't have any complaints about it.

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...

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