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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 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 29 May 2017 - 01:00 PM
Posted this on Varminter's social media this morning:
This Memorial day, please remember why we live free. Over the course of this nation's history, men and women gave their lives to protect what we enjoy.
Think about that. How humbling is it to know that complete strangers fought and died to defend this great Republic and our freedoms? We all say that we would lay down our lives to protect family and friends, but these fine Americans actually did this for us.
Please, remember them today and everyday. Stand up for the freedoms that others unselfishly gave their lives for.
Posted by alleyyooper on 02 May 2017 - 03:54 AM
A how old question was asked on another forum I belong to. There were several answers from younger 20's and 30's people, some persons who have reached the age they can get a senior discount and many places for the asking. One older suggested the younger people should put a rocking chair on their porch and learn to take it easy.
Not me the oldest who replied with their age. I said!
Older than my teeth my daddy used to tell every one who asked his age.
I am 70 and 5 months old. Ain't got time to be a setting in a rocking chair on a porch. There's fire wood to gather and split, lawns to mow, snow to blow, tractors to work on and make pretty. Deer, Squirrels, Whistle pigs and coyotes to hunt.
Also time to gather the ramps, fiddle heads, shroons of all kinds. Soon will be time to gather berries form Elder to black berries, don't for get the Autumn Olive berries either. I noticed a huge patch of wild straw berries in bloom Friday. Time to do a bit of fishing, but don't make it a job.
I collect the fall nut drop also so I have some thing to do in the winter besides melting all my bees wax and put into saleable blocks. Is also when I do all my reloading and fly tying. Is also hunting time for most huntable critters.
Don't got no time to be butt polishing any rocking chair.
Move it or loose it sonny boys and girls.
Posted by Aspencreek on 07 November 2016 - 11:01 AM
I've been checked a number of times here in Idaho and most times it was simple and the wardens were fairly polite (although I always feel like I'm being caught doing something wrong no matter that I'm not). But not too many years ago I ran into one who didn't know the regs as good as I did. Was pheasant hunting opening day with a buddy at a public land area that was very popular and busy. We each had a bird or two and as we were heading out we ran across a warden waiting in the little parking lot for hunters leaving. He asked to see our pheasant permits and licenses and we turned those over. The rules at the time stated that as soon as you bagged a bird you were to mark on the permit the specific hunt area number and EITHER notch out OR fill in with ink one of the triangle things on the side of the permit. We had done that with a sharpie rather than cut out the notch, but the agent said it had to be notched/cut-out and what we had done was illegal. He threatened that he could confiscate our birds and guns, but said he would let us off with a warning - but not before he did a perp walk with us and made us line up in front of our rigs for photos so he could keep tabs on us. Then we got a 15 minute lecture about poaching and law-breakers. This was all done with other hunters milling around the parking lot, so needless to say it was embarrassing and unpleasant. I even explained before the perp walk that I was sure the regs said ink was fine for the notching, but I didn't have a copy in hand and he said I was wrong, even though I had been checked by other guys in that area before with no issues.
After getting home I found my copy of the regs, found the line where it specifically stated cut or inked was fine and then called the main office to lodge a complaint against that warden. I doubt anything was really done to him, but he did later call me and apologized for the mistake, but it's one of those things that just pisses me off still if I think about it. He should have known the rules backwards and forwards if he's going to be checking/enforcing rules and trying to intentionally shame hunters like he was. Also, my buddy was a very new hunter and what little bit of interest he had in getting into it more kind of got squashed with that idiocy and he hasn't been out again that I know of.
Posted by Aspencreek on 24 May 2016 - 11:58 AM
You gotta love beginner's luck! I've never been coyote hunting and have only ever shot one before. That was a month ago and was one that just happened to trot too close before seeing me when I was walking in to a varmint spot. But it's something I've been wanting to try out so I did go buy a Foxpro call a few weeks ago.
So yesterday I went out scouting a new area for varmint shooting with my CZ 527 .17 Hornet and decided to take along the Foxpro just in case. Got to a likely looking varmint spot and thought I'd set up my first ever real stand to test the thing out. I've had it out once before a week ago to see what it sounded like outdoors, but that was in a spot I'd been shooting already so I wouldn't really count it as a true stand. Set up in a big bowl area with some rock outcroppings and put the foxpro about 30 yards to the right of me. I settled in to some larger rocks where I was sort of hidden but not completely - wasn't even in camo, just earth tone clothes.
Turned on the caller and wasn't really sure what sound to try so started up with a female coyote whimper. Almost immediately I heard a faint coyote bark that sounded like it was way off to the left, but it responded so quick I wasn't sure if I was hearing things or maybe it was the caller echoing around the canyon. Let it run for about 8 minutes and hadn't seen anything (didn't really expect to honestly) and then switched over to a dying crow sound. There were a few crows flying around the area so it seemed like it was a good sound to try. Not 2 minutes later I look over to my left and there is a skylined coyote head at 200 yards. He was standing on a little rock cliff which was about the only spot that he could have come that close without me seeing him first. He was looking in my direction which was now right between the coyote and the call. With my heart about pumping out of my chest I very slowly got myself turned enough where I could line up a shot, and thankfully he then took a step or two closer and had turned just enough that I had a really good front quartering shot. Pulled the trigger and he immediately dropped but was down just out of sight, so I grab my gun and started sprinting towards him and a bit uphill to try to get a view and be ready for a followup if needed. I maybe got a third of the way there and I see him run off the cliff and behind some rocks. Got over there and found him piled up dead not making it very far. I'm thinking maybe I should now sell the caller and quit because it's hard to imagine I'll do that well again! J/K, what a rush!
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 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 MikeNC on 28 November 2014 - 12:41 PM