Spent a few hours glassing up squeaks for my boys yesterday. Not a lot to see but the few we saw.....died.
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Posted by Wino on 17 January 2017 - 02:32 PM
Spent a few hours glassing up squeaks for my boys yesterday. Not a lot to see but the few we saw.....died.
Posted by MikeNC on 10 February 2018 - 08:09 AM
Posted by Aspencreek on 20 October 2017 - 10:21 AM
Had a chance to get out a couple days ago to do some grouse hunting. Not sure about other states, but Idaho lets you hunt forest grouse with rifles or pistols, and I wanted to give that a try. So I took along my little pack-rifle to give it a good test. It is a Chiappa Little Badger folding stock single-shot in 17 HMR. I've used it a couple times on ground squirrels when I had a scope on it, but I decided to pull that off and put on a reflex red-dot sight instead. That makes it much lighter and it fits perfectly in a daypack. Also much more accurate for me than a pistol while not taking up much more space or weight. Had a great day and was able to get into some birds. I saw around 8 or 9 grouse, and managed to get 3. Was using the CCI FMJ ammo and it puts them right down while leaving virtually all the meat intact if you miss the head-shot. The rifle performed great and it is a surprisingly good rifle with a very light, nice trigger. And it is certainly easier to lug up and down the ravines than my 8 lb shotgun. Best of all, I cooked up a meal for the family and everyone agreed grouse tastes much better than sage rat!
Posted by MikeNC on 03 August 2017 - 04:02 AM
Posted by Rudy on 02 August 2017 - 12:18 PM
The Dow just passed 22,000 today and my retirement plan is doing great!
I think I'll celebrate by buying a new rifle.
Thanks Uncle Trump!!
Posted by Wino on 30 December 2016 - 07:38 PM
I got my oldest a savage 93r17 17hmr for xmas. We went to sight it in a few days later. I had just finished sighting it in and handed it to him when a big fat ground squirrel decides that it was a good time to come out and sun himself. I ranged him for my son. Just shy of 150 yards. I was about to tell him to just hold right on it when his gun goes of and I see the squeak start to do the funky chicken. Head shot!. That was probably the shortest time to draw blood on any gun I've ever owned.
Posted by MikeNC on 23 November 2016 - 05:15 PM
For the few that may not recognize the guy in the video below... Yep, this is our sane and level headed Eric. I have so much to be thankful for, past and present. Among the long list is this forum and all of you. I can jot down some lines and read some of your adventures. The forum is a port in the storm and I thank Eric for putting it together and all of you for making it happen. Happy Thanksgiving..!!
Posted by alleyyooper on 27 August 2016 - 06:10 AM
Some years ago I packed in a climbing tree stand to an area I had scouted for deer hunting. No sooner had I got up the tree I choose than those dam squirrels started making a ruckus at the base of the tree. I decided I would shoot one and that would put an end to all that racket. I took the shot and hit the one squirrel dead center right behind the head, arrow sticking nearly straight up with nearly half in the ground. Squirrel refused to die or lay still. It started running around and around that arrow but failed to work it's self free or the arrow loose from the ground. Finally deciding I would get no piece I worked my way down the tree, grabbed a short hunk of stout tree limb I went to the squirrel and clubed it a mighty stroke behind the head. Squirrel instantly layed still, so I took it to a tree close by that had a low V branch I would be able to find in the dark as I left and placed the squirrel there.
Back up the tree I went with my stand and had about 10 minutes of silence. That crazy squirrel was standing in that V yelling bloody murder. Finally I could not handle it any longer I decided I would club that squirrel again and this time take his head off with my buck.
Appeared that the one foot of the squirrel was stuck in that V, but he kept dodging that club for what seemed half the afternoon. Finally I got a good blow in as my brother came walking up asking if I were having a boxing match with a bear of some thing. Said I had made enough noise to scare any deer with in 100 miles away. My answer to him was to hold up the squirrel and ask what he had to show for the afternoons hunt.
Took me a really long time to live down the great squirrel killer badge I had hung on me over that hunt.
Posted by daSmith on 24 August 2016 - 02:20 PM
My first hunting trip ever, was about 12 or 13 years old, hunting dove with my uncles and cousins that have done this many times. Again, my first. Blue jeans and a plain white t-shirt. Nobody wanted to be near me. My Uncle has about 35+ acre blueberry farm and they had put feed out to attract deer and dove in an open field. The dove were all sitting on a power line to the north of the property so one uncle and cousin positioned themselves near that area, another uncle and cousin near the south end of the property, and me and my unlucky cousin were somewhere in the middle. He made me take my white shirt off and bury it in the dirt. Guess my white skin was better than a dirty shirt.
The dove would start to fly over the property, just a couple at first, then a few more, and then more. They would fly over the open field that had the feed then back to the power line. Plan was when the guys on the south end determined there were enough dove flying over, they would begin to shoot, then us in the middle would try to hit a few, then the guys to the north would finish off what was left trying to seek refuge on the power line on the other property. Worked pretty well, got 20-30ish dove rather quickly.
Heading back to the truck to head home, my uncle saw a dove chancing it to get get some grub. He said "Oop, one more" and popped the dove in the tail feathers with his old bolt action 20 gauge. The bird looked like he was trying to helicopter straight down. I said i would go get him, grabbed my single shot 16 (guess they didn't trust me with anything that would hold more than one shot) loaded my one round and went to get the bird. Being the young lad i was i couldn't tell if the bird was still alive, so i poked him in what was left of his tail feathers with the shotgun barrel. The bird jump up and started flying straight away from me. I drew on him with my single 16 and nailed him in the rear end. He tumbled in the air a bit then crashed in the grass.
Now my older cousin, who thinks he is the biggest southern redneck, saw all this and thought it was awesome and wanted to see what was left of the bird. So now he and i are walking to where it crashed, i loaded another 16 shell and got ready. We get to the bird at the same time, again i can't tell if it is alive so i poke it in what fewer tail feathers he has left......and again he jumps up and starts to fly straight and level away from us.
Slow Motion time.
I see my cousins barrel coming up just a hair faster than mine. I hear his shot just a spit second before i fire mine. Boom..Boom!!!! Then i see the birds ASS, Poof, Poof. He couldn't have been more than 10 feet in front of us getting hammered with a 12 and 16 gauge shotguns. Needless to say, it was a little easier plucking the few remanding feathers off of him, and the breast meat was untouched.
Posted by MarinePMI on 03 January 2015 - 04:55 AM
Personally, I think we are seeing a natural correction; the free market, correcting itself so-to-speak.
The recent drought in supplies and the fear brought on by liberal government has spurred an buying frenzy that has been unprecedented. As a result, many of the big companies have tried to gobble up the smaller ones (very similar to Carnegie's approach to competition). As we all know, the market is slowing down and companies (large ones specifically) have a tendency to react more slowly. Bigger company=>more bureaucracy=>slower reaction time.
Now, can anyone say that they're surprised at Cerberus having issues? I mean, have you seen the crap Remington has been putting out lately? Crooked sight mount holes, barrels screwed in off center, trigger recall from hell. It's sad.
Now here's the rub. We're part of the problem. Everyone wants a rifle that is accurate (at least MOA if not 1/2MOA), functions well and can stand up to some abuse...all for around $600. That's it folks. Companies are driving to meet a cost point that the public sees as affordable, and cutting QC and durability along the way. This is causing people to hold back, or regard that particular company's products as junk, furthering the spiral down of bad or slowing sales.
I think Savage are the only ones raising prices (domestically), and folks are starting to get upset about it. With the falling value of the Euro, we are all seeing a resurgence in sales of european rifles over "American" brands. Have you guys seen Tikkas lately? There's a hell of lot of gun for the money in the T-3's.
Now in comparison, 5 years ago a pound of ground beef was like $1.30 a pound. Now it's well over $3.00 a pound. A 3lb pot roast is now close to $16.00, whereas 5 years ago that was a $4 cut of meat. Inflation has occurred in consumables, but pay and other "luxury" items have not caught up. With the falling oil prices, maybe they never will, and cost of consumables may fall; but I wouldn't bank on it.
Another comparison. In 1996 I bought a new Remington 700 Varminter Symthentic for $680. $680! I can go on Gunbroker today, and buy a new Remington HB SPS in .308 for $580!!! You think quality and cost have been cut?
Then there is the AR party that everyone dove into, and the hang over now, as people wake up the next day and realized they paid $1500 for something that is actually a $800 chunk of cast aluminum and stamped sheet metal parts. I think you're going to start seeing these little mom & pop AR shops going out of business soon as well. Everyone jumped on the bandwagon for a piece of the pie, and now the pie is all gone.
While some of the companies have gotten greedy (and certainly some of them will fail), we the American shooters have gotten greedy as well.
One thing is for sure; we're all going to pay for it (one way or the other).
Posted by Red on 02 January 2015 - 12:50 PM
My rule is, that when I get a new addition an old favorite goes to one of my kids or nephews to keep the shooting interest alive and well. They are happy and ask to go hunting with me. Another hunter is always a good thing.
you wouldn't be looking to adopt would you?
Posted by lunarlithic on 15 December 2014 - 11:47 AM
With the so called logic stated in the lawsuit one would be compelled to sue the State and Federal gov'ts. that did background checks on the purchaser. It was obvious that she had a crazy living in the house and his increasingly erratic behavior should have been picked up by our law enforcement agencies (their thinking not mine).
It states that the 5.56/223 is so extremely powerful that it should not be released for civilian use.....where does that leave the 22-250, 243, 25-06, 220 swift, 219 Zipper? In essence, the 223 is a medium to low power caliber for a centerfire rifle. Even the antique 30-30 is an elephant gun in these peoples eyes.
Finally, making a new bumper sticker to counter the, "Black lives matter." Mine reads, "Lives matter, COLOR doesn't, Don't be a racist"
Posted by 4NDone0331 on 29 April 2014 - 07:23 PM
Hi guys, I finally was able to get this video done. I have been having computer problems and lost my video several times. Then when I did finally get it done (on a trial program) it came out so pixelated that it wasnt even usable. I probably spent 15-20 hours just trying to complete this video, which isnt the norm, I just had A LOT of trouble getting this video finished. I did put slow-mo replays of any notable shots this time. I still have a lot of good footage, so you can expect at least 2-3 more parts in the series. The best has yet to come, the videos should get better and better. Anyways I hope you guys enjoy it, let me know what you think.
Posted by Eric Mayer on 08 February 2018 - 06:19 PM
I have not run into any light-strike trigger issues with anything but the Franklin Armory rifles. However, that seems to be resolved by replacing the springs with heavy weight 7.62 springs in most triggers. I don't know enough about the Martini actions to give an opinion, but I'm sure Sean's people know a heck of a lot more than I can try to guess at.
With regards to the Tikka. I certainly hope that they look at doing a 17WSM. From what I was told, they are making their own magazines in-house and with the actions being based off their centerfires, I don't see a reason it cannot handle the added pressures.
I'm going to convert my CZ Model 452 into a single-shot 17WSM (from 5mm rimfire), then shoot the heck out of it for about 6 months. Once I've done so, I'll have the action/bolt inspected by a gunsmith to see if there is any sign of cracks, or damage, from the pressures. If it works, we'll put out our information so others can do so.
In the meantime, I'll keep pressing Tikka to take a look at the 17WSM. If they can keep it at, or near, their current price point, it will solidify the 17WSM for good. Also, can you imagine a SAKO Quad option for the 17WSM??
Posted by Eric Mayer on 13 September 2017 - 12:34 PM
Natchez has a sale going in their optics section that has some really great deals. Click here for the Optics Sale Page.
Here are some of the deals that stand out to me because I use the scopes (the side focus Fullfield E1 is one of my favorite varmint scopes, the one listed below is the front focus):
Posted by Alan on 16 May 2017 - 04:17 AM
I shot this pigeon at about 65 yards or so. The pellet hit the crop first (you can see the seeds), then hit the breast bone dead center. That flattened the pellet a bit as it passed through his innards. You can see the results.
Airgun was a .25 caliber, regulated Marauder with a TSS, shooting 25.4 grain AirArms at 910 FPS (≈46 FPE).
Posted by Red on 09 November 2016 - 02:19 PM
Watching today, the pundits still don't get it. And likely never will. They can't believe their policy views and views for the future of America are not shared universally. They'll blame this outcome on racism, sexism, hayseed voters, etc. but never the hurtful policies and rhetoric of the last 8 years. They still think they are right, they are after all much smarter than the rest of us. And they are insulated from things like Obamacare, crime, and unemployment.
So, when do all those celebrities start leaving the country?
Posted by Red on 08 January 2016 - 05:43 PM
Look I'm amazed at all the "smart" folks on TV, both right and left wing that have an opinion on gun laws, try to sell me their opinion on some news show, and have no damn idea wth they are talking about. Dana Loesch seems to be the best informed of any I've heard.
potus acts like buying a gun on-line is like buying a toaster at Amazon...I can tell you it's not. A lot of them still think fully automatic weapons are readily available for just anyone to buy. They don't even know the difference between semi and full auto...and don't care to learn. Of all these pundits running their traps on TV, how many of them do you think has ever purchased a firearm on the internet? I wonder when was the last time Obama bought a gun? These folks are in charge and have no idea.
They are so busy making up new laws they haven't bothered to read the old ones.
Posted by lunarlithic on 05 April 2015 - 02:06 PM
Only if you attach the obituary...the guns worth the same but the obit is priceless.
Posted by Red on 08 December 2014 - 04:24 AM
Well crap, I have not even been out yet. I'd think they'd be so busy passing out drivers licenses to illegal aliens they wouldn't have time to screw with us.