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 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 16 May 2017 - 05:04 PM
I've been testing out the new Winchester 17WSM - 15 grain Lead-Free ammunition in various rifles to check accuracy for a two-part video that will be published over the next two weekends. I pulled out my Savage B.MAG HBSS (Heavy Barrel Stainless Steel - 1:9") with the Boyd's stock and shot some targets at 100 yards. Now, both my B.MAGs have had decent accuracy, but nothing to be really excited about, until now.
This is one of four, 5-shot groups that I shot at 100 yards with the Savage B.MAG HBSS and the new 15 grain lead-free ammo. After shooting these groups, I proceeded to kill 2-3 dozen ground squirrels at various yardage, but most being out at 150 - 170 yards. Btw, the other 3 groups are almost identical to this one.
I always take one of these, just in case somebody wants to be a naysayer and say I cover up shots:
Lastly, the rifle/ammo/yardage info, along with the "0.5" Between Lines", is pre-printed on the paper so I don't make a mess of writing on test targets.
Needless to say, I was very excited with these results.
Posted by FOSSIL on 02 February 2017 - 05:59 PM
Hopefully, by starting this thread, I have stimulated an interest with hunters who have never chased the Ground Grizzly. A lot of pluses ; great time of the year, some guys are stretching their barrels out to 800 yards or more, additional time in the field. Never a complaint about weather. It's me and who I am. A 60+ years passionate chuck hunter.
Doing videos has pitfalls, bit it sure is fun. After two years I get a sense of accomplishment. I aim to get better and get a better aim.
I am satisfied with my equipment. The little single shot .204 H&R has performed well. Surpassing my expectations. There are much better tack drivers out there, but with my limitations, this single shot works just fine. My camera work has shown improvement. This year I hope to put videos out that tell a story.
I am blessed with my Bride of 50 years. Hunting from March thru October for groundhogs, I spend close to 80 late afternoons in the field, trying to outwit, the Back Pasture Grizzly. My retirement 11 years ago made this possible. The friendships I have developed with the Dairy Farmers is special. Something that you can not put a value on.
This next clip does not have any 300 yard or longer shots, but it is a mix, with the average exceeding 200 yards. The long ones (for me) will be in my next clip, then I begin to gear up for March in South Central Pennsylvania. Almost 8 months of hunting and the furthest farm is 8 minutes from our house.
Posted by Aspencreek on 28 August 2016 - 09:06 AM
I once saw a rabbit get blown in 2 by a steelie (like the ones from pinball machines.) When I was a teen I was over at my buddy's house one day and he was showing me a few steel balls he found that fit down the barrel of his 12ga shotgun. He said he was going to open up a shotshell and make his own "slug" gun. I seem to remember saying something along the lines of "that is a poor idea and sounds extremely unsafe and I wholeheartedly recommend doing no such thing." Although what he might have heard was "SWEET! DO IT!" Anyway, week or two later we were out cottontail hunting and had taken a few with our usual cheapo bird shot loads and then he points to one sitting about 20 yards away on a slight rise. It was more on his side so I say take it and when he does the rabbit get blown back like I'd never seen. Kind of like what you'd think would happen if shooting one with a full choke from 6 inches away. When we got to it, it was essentially completely gutted and in two pieces. Both of us were shaking our heads and saying what the heck happened when he goes .... "The steelie! I forgot that I made a shell with one and threw it in my bag. Didn't even realize I had loaded the gun with it." In all honesty he's lucky it didn't blow his gun up, and I don't think he ever did that again, but it was cool the one time I saw it used!
Posted by Red on 10 June 2016 - 11:47 AM
They asked Ivanka Trump what she thinks of how her dad treats women.
They don't ask Chelsea Clinton what she thinks of how her dad treats women.
Posted by Rudy on 14 December 2015 - 12:33 PM
Nice video Mike! Funny but oh so true!
I bet if someone TP'd Hillary's home she would push for a TP ban in America! Wouldn't that stink.
Posted by dangerranger on 19 June 2015 - 03:55 PM
We have all heard of White Privilege, Well this is Liberal Privilege! It works like this. I can say anything I want and any one who disputes it is a Racist, Bigot, or a Homophobe. And if you try and dispute that in any way its used as more pruf that you are! And the news media is more than happy to use it to there own best interests! DR
Posted by RMLamp on 10 June 2015 - 02:27 PM
Posted by Red on 02 March 2015 - 06:04 AM
It's the large metro areas that are ruining the state of CA. They dictate the legislation for the rest of the state. Most of the state is red and all of the metro areas have been hijacked to blue. Sadly, it's a fact.
Same here in IL only without the fine weather and spectacular scenery. Chicago is the armpit of the state, perhaps the entire mid-west.
Posted by ziesel on 16 November 2014 - 10:11 AM
Must be a pain to operat the camera and rifle at the same time, though nice shooting!
Here´s one of my favorite channels, maybe you´ll like it: