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#16 DongKong

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Posted 16 December 2015 - 07:44 PM

She is back and placed back together.  

 

This is gonna be one sweet truck gun.  

 

Met the goal weight for sure:

 

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The 4X is a wee bit limiting but not enough to hinder a 350yd shot in my opinion.  Gonna let it ride as is for now.  Doing great on the range this evening.  MOA or better to the 350.

 

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The slimming of the stock is downright awesome.  It's not a Kimber Montana, but for what I paid I'm more than happy:

 

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Function has been flawless and the 10 round mag is pretty fun.  My plan is to finish out winter with the 60gr. V-Max but switch to the 40gr. Nosler or 40gr. some other 40 grainer after dog season.  But I am liking the low-profile scope and overall trim package of the rifle so I think the 1-4X will stay for a while.  Might hacksaw the barrel to 19" or so.  Will wait and see.

 

Time to call some landowners... grin.

 

 

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Posted 17 December 2015 - 04:22 AM

Awesome build, DK!  Everything you desire and nothing less rolled into one rifle is actually better than awesome.



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Posted 17 December 2015 - 05:00 AM

Morning OH,

 

Yeah.  I am happy with this one.  Howa has a winner for sure. 



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Posted 18 December 2015 - 04:51 AM

Morning OH,

 

Yeah.  I am happy with this one.  Howa has a winner for sure. 

Yes, and you should allow some credit for yourself, DK.



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Posted 18 December 2015 - 05:42 AM

Talked to two landowners last night.

 

Sunday is a go.... grin. 



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Posted 19 December 2015 - 04:30 AM

Luck to ya, DK! We await a rifle and hunt report for your spanking new hunting places, DK.



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Posted 19 December 2015 - 06:45 AM

Will do sir!



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Posted 20 December 2015 - 03:41 PM

Well, I had high hopes as we saw a dog as we drove into our area.

 

Lost hope when I put the 10X's on the low flying airplane.  Followed by gunshots.  Followed by plane landing.  Followed by guy picking up a dead dog.  

 

Asked a local rancher about it and apparently it is as common as the sun coming up.

 

Certainly explained my lack of success on five stands...   :biggrincamo:

 

The poor Mini will have to wait a bit more.  Lame.



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Posted 21 December 2015 - 01:36 AM

That sky hunter sure put salt in your coffee, DK. :sadcamo:  Well, at least you was action ready.



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Posted 21 December 2015 - 05:33 AM

Yeah.  I was pretty bummed to be honest.  A weekend without killing is like a weekend without sunshine. 



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Posted 23 December 2015 - 04:36 AM

Yeah.  I was pretty bummed to be honest.  A weekend without killing is like a weekend without sunshine. 

Yeah on that, DK! It has been 3 weeks for me.