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#161254 Sonny gun's Hornet

Posted by Z-MAX on 18 January 2019 - 10:54 AM

My father's name was Forrest. Everyone called him Sonny gun as he was a gun fanatic. He taught me gun safety, shooting and reloading at a young age. We spent many hours over the years in his gun room talking about rifles and loads.

Let's fast forward many years later having moved 2 and half hours away for work. Now in this area I start seeing groundhogs.. lots of um. So I decided I needed a groundhog rifle. I go to the local gun shop and spy a row of Savage model 40 .22 hornets . Bought one. And my groundhog murdering career began. Visiting home I showed the rifle to my Dad. He fell in love. Back to the gun shop and got him one.

Now hade never seen a groundhog growing up by his house. But We took the rifles to South Dakota on 2 trips and shot a pile of prairie dogs with them. One day he called me to tell me that much to his surprise he seen a groundhog in the back yard. Grabbed his Hornet and missed him. He had never killed a groundhog so he bummed out. I told him not to worry I'd bring him to down to my place and get him one. but he pasted away before we could make that happen.

The following spring my mother called and said there was a groundhog living under the shed.the only rifle we didn't sell out of his collection was the Hornet. it sits next to mine in my safe. 2 and half hours later I was sitting in the yard were my dad and I used to sit, drink a beer and talk rifles. and here is my Dad's Hornet and I'd like to think the groundhog that he missedIMG_20180812_141445-1152x648.jpg
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#161718 204 Ruger blue Dot load

Posted by Capitol on 08 March 2019 - 11:16 PM

I luv the .204 Ruger. I like to load my 204 rounds hot!


At this time of year I begin to reload.



and after some time spent this happens



My hard work reloading is shown in this video with spectacular results that I enjoy. Give this video a minute it gets going :-) We are both shooting 204's








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#153611 My boys did good yesterday with their .17hmr and .22Lr

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.



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#163156 6 Month mark.

Posted by MikeNC on 16 December 2019 - 11:38 AM

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#162436 Pathetically true!

Posted by MikeNC on 30 May 2019 - 05:22 AM

When the "Renewable and Alternatives" can do this, come talk to me about such energy to actually run a US economy and provide basic life necessities... 

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#162427 Montana Gopher Shoot

Posted by Wino on 29 May 2019 - 05:58 PM

This post is a few weeks late. Been busy none stop for the last 3 weeks. My twin brother and I went to a friends ranch with a few other guy the 2nd weekend of May. We went to hunt gophers. These gopher are just another type of ground squirrel. The ranch located on the Canadian border in Cut Bank Montana. Well the first full day we woke up to snow and 31 degree temps.


My brother wasn't prepared for that so we drove into town to get him some good boots to keep his feet warm. On the drive, while still on the ranch I didn't expect to see any gophers up due to the weather so I was surprised when my brother pointed one out. I stop the car and got my Savage 12fv in .223 out. Load a single 45 grain JHP and took aim over the hood of the rental car.


My brother picked up his camera with the long telephoto and we both aim at the gopher. I told him go and he started shooting  pictures with his 7 frames per second motor drive. Once I heard the camera going I squeezed the trigger.  Well you can see the results below. Best shot ever! 





After that we went to town. Got his boots and came back to the ranch. I was so cold the 3 days we were there that we just hunted from the car as we drove thruogh the fields most of the time.


Not full speed shooting but it was fun enough.  We used my savage and our friends Franklin .17wsm. This was the first time my twin has ever done anything like this. He had a blast. 



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#162255 My babies,

Posted by DittoHead on 02 May 2019 - 08:16 PM

... but they look, wave and laugh at you as you pass them by!!! :screamcamo:



When I was in the Navy, I was on a submarine at Pearl Harbor. The base was lousy with doves and mynah birds, but the birds were off limits and they seemed to know it. One day my roommate and I were going to the enlisted club for lunch and we walk past a couple of doves that don't even try to walk away from us, let alone fly. Randy hacks up a loogie and spits on the back of a dove. I start laughing and said "why did you do that?" Randy said "I weigh 200 pounds, the bird weighs six ounces. It should fear me." :ph34r:

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#161322 I Dropped by Anschutz Today

Posted by Eric Mayer on 24 January 2019 - 09:18 PM

The reaction when Anschutz North America shows you something in the works, that's SO amazing!! 😯

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#161242 6 Month mark.

Posted by DittoHead on 17 January 2019 - 01:39 PM

Heard on Rush Limbaugh today that Pelosi requested President Trump provide a military aircraft to take her and her entourage on an eight-day international boondoggle that included Europe and Afghanistan. Trump denied the request, telling Pelosi that she should be negotiating with him instead of flying around the world while the government is shut down and 800,000 people are sidelined. If she wants to go, she can fly commercial.


No president except Trump has the stones to tell the Speaker of the House to go pound sand and fly commercial.



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#161186 Bobcat with the B-Mag

Posted by Wino on 13 January 2019 - 10:02 PM

I headed out to this Sunday to get a little hunting in. The plan was to call predators but I really just wanted to get outside and stretch my legs as my new job has me traveling all over the place and keeping me busy. 20 minutes into my first stand I see a large bird swooping into hit my decoy. I was just about to pop a round off so it wouldn't steal my decoy. That happened 2 years ago on Palomar Mt. But I thought I'd watch and see what happened first. This wasn't a hawk. It was a big owl and he flew right over my decoy to smack the crap out of my foxpro. I guess this shows the difference between a hawk that hunts with his vision and an owl that hunts with his ears. He held  it in his talons for a long time trying to figure out what is was. I had to finally get up and walk over there to scare him off it. Collected my gear and made a move. 2nd stand. 1 minute and 30 seconds into Snowshoe Hare HP a big bobcat came charging in and attacked my mojo critter decoy. It had the spinning furball in his mouth when I pulled the trigger. Headshot with a 20gr .17WSM. It was DRT. It was a big female. A lot bigger than the last one I got.








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#159773 Couple Hogs Followed by a Couple Coyotes

Posted by Double Naught Spy on 26 June 2018 - 07:57 PM

Went hunting down in Bosque County, Texas with my buddy, Ben.  We had been doing hog control on the property and helping protect a field of oats since April.  The oats are now harvested and so we have a feeder set up to help concentrate some of the hogs until we get kicked out come deer season.  We managed to drop a couple hogs and then nothing for 3 hours and so we moved to the harvest field to look for more hogs, but we ended up with coyotes.  You can skip the first 2:10 of the video to get to the coyote portion.


With the first coyote, we had walked out into the open to peer back down a vegetated fence line to look where hogs often enter the field and was surprised by a coyote that came out in front of us.  I only had my spotting scope (my rifle back behind vegetation where we had been hidden), but Ben had his rifle.  As there was a bright moon and the coyote appeared to have spotted us, we just stood still and tried to lip squeak him to his doom.  He seemed interested, but circled around us and kept his distance.  Ben made a fine shot on the coyote at 220 yards.


A bit later, he spied another coyote and I got to be the shooter.  We lipsqueaked her to a safe location and dropped her with a shot at 160 yards.  The shot was a bit far back and she was finished with a second shot...


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#158948 So I was thinking

Posted by Glen on 04 April 2018 - 10:21 AM

Hey Mike(NC),,


HERES YER SIGN!!!!!!!!!!



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#158538 So I was thinking

Posted by Glen on 04 March 2018 - 05:07 AM

4 x 16!! That's 2 sheets of plywood end to end!! If your neighbors don't know how you are an A$$hole by now they certainly will once I hang that sign across your front porch!! :lol: :lol:

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#158208 New Tikka T1x in 22 and 17HMR

Posted by Eric Mayer on 05 February 2018 - 05:18 PM

So nice, at a great price!  We should have one in for a hunt and range report in about two months:  http://www.varminter...2018-shot-show/




Eric  B)

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#157084 Pack-Rifle Forest Grouse

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!










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#156078 6 Month mark.

Posted by MikeNC on 03 August 2017 - 04:02 AM


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#152902 Happy Thanksgiving To All....

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..!!



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#151878 Funny Hunting Stories

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.



:tonguecamo:   Al

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#151844 Funny Hunting Stories

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.  :suspiciouscamo:


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.  :freakedcamo:

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#137508 Ground Squirrel Hunt Part 2 (video)

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.


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