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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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#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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#162098 150 yard rimfire test

Posted by Glen on 12 April 2019 - 06:00 AM

More good info Z.


I still have the nagging feeling of those groundhogs that got away years ago from those 150yd shots with the HMR. I absolutely love that round without recourse & it is my most favoritest for groundhogs. However if I'm out when the pups are then it's like p-dogging for a couple months. But after September they are larger & tougher & require more to kill them efficiently past the 135yds.


I do look forward to your real world findings on this & will continue to follow this topic.


And I do like Red's quote up there. There's more than one reason we call them ground grizzlies. They can be some tough bastids!! B)

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#161943 O'Neals CA. shoot

Posted by SniPeralez on 28 March 2019 - 09:00 PM

S.E.T. had a Good start to the season.

Video: https://photos.image...Candie 2019.mp4








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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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#160702 Quest to 100 coyotes between oct 31 2018- oct 31 2019.

Posted by Jayboonie on 10 November 2018 - 12:07 PM

ahh I love my thermal

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#160344 Away we go

Posted by Red on 22 September 2018 - 12:46 PM

280yds is not a safe distance.



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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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#158269 6 Month mark.

Posted by MikeNC on 10 February 2018 - 08:09 AM


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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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#156073 6 Month mark.

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.  :D


Thanks Uncle Trump!! 

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#153382 New 17hmr for my son.

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. 


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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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#142246 Is A Major Crash in Manufacturers Coming?

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).

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#142214 Possibly Selling Some Rifles - Am I Nuts?

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?

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