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  2. Samuel Hoggson

    Soft primer strike Ruger .308

    My brother lost a very nice 10 pt behind Dad's because of deep primer seating. Click - and gone. Rifle was another tang safety 77. Ammo made up years before by me. Decrimped RA '06 brass. Was sold on the idea that consistent "feel" was what mattered. Didn't use a primer depth gauge back then, just made sure primers were not proud. Felt pretty lousy about it.
  3. tut

    Why are new shotguns so damn expensive???

    Pretty simple. Just follow Al's advise and always buy used. In the double gun world (which is where my interests reside) there are some really nice guns out there that are surprisingly inexpensive that have stood the test of time well and can be had for anywhere from 600 to 1200 dollars all day long if one looks around. The more modern ones are the Browning Citori, SKB, Winchester 101 and a pile of Berettas in the O/U field. Small bores cost a bit more. All those guns have a pretty decent reputation and for a field guy they will out last your needs most likely. Tumbling into the SXS world there are perhaps a bit less cheap guns out there and perhaps they will cost a bit more. The SKB 100-200 Series are pretty much tank like and have held up well and are still cheap. Charles Daly 500 (made by Miroku) are also well built and cheap. Browning kicks it up a bit with their BSS models but those can still be found relatively cheap on the used gun market. Course I left out all the classic sxs's (Parker, Ithaca, Fox) that if found in 12 gauge can be ultra cheap and better made then anything else. Course what often comes with that is short chambers and too much drop to shoot well. Bottom line is one doesn't have to spend much money to get a pretty nice used hunting gun for sure. They are out there and cost a lot less then one of the new fancy Weber stainless steel gas Grills or a Green Egg for that matter. I mean lets get real, would you rather hunt with a nice gun or BBQ on your deck and look at your ugly neighbors washing their cars. Used guns and charcoal baby, that's where its at.
  4. tut

    Why are new shotguns so damn expensive???

    Met Greg for the first time at Rock Island this past summer. He was all smiles as was the other UJers with him. Life has lots of twists and turns in it much like a bobsled run. As long as you can stay on the course it usually ends up being a good run at the bottom. PS. Greg shot that course well that day as I recall, even though we were shooting in basically a swamp.
  5. I labeled that one so I could find it on the hard drive as "Sophieintensepoint". If they are there, there is no doubt in the point intensity. If she isn't sure its usually pretty obvious. Tail flagging a bit and looking at me when I come in. Pretty easy to read a dog after a while, but they can sometimes be fooled and you can sometimes be fooled.
  6. WPG Gizmo

    Snow is coming

    Well WINTER is here while north of us have had snow this year we are getting our first significant snow fall later tonight into tomorrow. Up to 8 inches in southern NH with a coating of ice before it is over. People called me crazy when I said that we would have snow for Thanksgiving who's crazy now ๐Ÿค‘ Let it snow let it snow let it snow
  7. Biggggybmf

    Question for the Setter and Pointer folks

    Just when i thought this topic was really going to get good, looks like it got edited :(. Saw some real truth about to transpire. Freedom of speech i guess only goes so far, and isn't what it use to be. Even lost my shout out and recognition. times are changing
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  9. I have two pointer bitches, within two weeks of the same age. One will be a damn fine bird dog. The other, who knows, time may tell. Too many factors to say for certain. One can't help but love them all the same.
  10. Swampy 16

    Why are new shotguns so damn expensive???

    Thatโ€™s awesome Greg, and that M12 is by far your most precious gun. Iโ€™m sure itโ€™ll be the last to go. Good luck with your new lady.
  11. Swampy 16

    Dickinson Estate -- French Grey

    FWIW worth, I had purchased a new Dickinson from Cabelas and had pretty major issues with it. Dickinson was great and replaced it. The replacement had pretty major issues. Cabelas actually refunded me my money. Just wanted to get that out there. I know most guys love theirs, theyโ€™re a great looking gun with excellent balance. I really wanted mine to work out but two in a row? I got out of it thank goodness.
  12. Jere

    Anyone make a flusher into a pointer?

    I beg to differ, it actually does apply to what you originally posted - But we'll just have to agree to disagree on that point as I'm not spending anymore time on this. FWIW it seems we actually agree on most aspects of pointing dog behavior on birds. Carry on. Jere
  13. Big Al

    Lots of bucks this AM

    The idea of deer hunting in Rhode Island seems somewhat strange to me. Congrats, nice buck.
  14. I've seen a few videos of guys on the ice in MN and a couple really dumb ones in SD. I'm not one to risk going out too early. I like at least 5 or 6 inches. I did 3 inches at one time but not anymore. I know I'm too prepared this year. For sure we will have a long warm spell. Tim
  15. AFTERNOON WHITETAILS I caught these two Whitetails out grazing along the edge habitat in the light of late afternoon.Mike ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
  16. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ I should just post the whole sequence...a little how-to video...๐Ÿ˜‚ Yah John, we'd love to have ya' out! I think you would enjoy it! Plenty of crusty dirt, powdery dirt, dusty dust, dirty dust, blowing dust and good food...seasoned with dust. Shot some stills too - even worse good photo weather:
  17. HOODED MERGANSER TRIO I wish I could have gotten a closer shot of these three drake Hooded Mergansers but I had about 100 Canada Geese betwixt myself and them.Mike ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
  18. MOURNING IN THE STUBBLE A Mourning Dove I found feeding in the corn stubble this afternoon.Mike ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
  19. I learned a long time ago when I lived to duck hunt and trained labs not to bother scanning the sky while sitting in my blinds. You just watch the dog he will hear the birds coming before you can see them
  20. Don Steese

    Woodstove TV 2018

    These things are inefficient but they sure make one feel cozy. It's what I miss the most about our hunting cabin.
  21. Tjasper

    Recoil, how much is too much?

    scottspec...I jump shoot tanks here in AZ and quail hunt between them too. We might be hunting the same stuff. About 1/3 as many quail around this year, but at least some water in the tanks.
  22. Still tough to watch... Great video of a great trial.
  23. dgfavor

    2018 Chukar/Hun thread.

    Seems to be spotty...some good places...some not so good this year. Equal opportunity today...one longtail, one stub, one brown, one white: After successfully thrashing around the chukar hills without bodily injury over the weekend I tried to kill myself today in pretty flat country. Was walking out at pretty good clip to get a little aerobic benefit from my wanderings. Kinda chilly, had my hands in my vest pocket, gun slinged over my head across my back. I was clipping along, daydreaming about who knows what, tripped over a lava rock outcropping with full committment, 220lbs. of forward momentum. I accelerated at 9.8m/s2 until I pile drived my face into the ground and drove my right knee onto what felt like the sharpest available lava rock. Luckily I smashed my face into the frozen rock hard earth instead of the frozen rock hard rock. In the nano second of striking earth, just after my body suddenly decelerated to 0.0m/s2, my gun followed up pistol whipping into the back of my noggin in an accelerated slingshot fashion from the whip of the sling. Heard wicked cracking sound...thought I broke my stock but it's OK...tell me if I've already posted this story today...
  24. Tjasper

    Browning X-Bolt Hunter Model

    I have one in .308 left hand model. I really like it. I don't think Browning makes any bad guns myself. I didn't put mine in a vise to sight it in, just a sandbag with my hand under the forearm. I don't think the mechanical accuracy of any modern quality rifle is bad.

    Skeleton buttplates

    For more challenging hunting, like goose or ducks- with heavy 3 in guns like the Fox HE or LC Smith Long Range, pads may help. I have a couple of padded Foxes and a skeleton BP original Parker. If they are made to be hunted with, it won't hurt them. Honest wear builds character. Also have a pre-64 M-70 in a custom stock that has Niedner -style fully checked 1930s-style steel BP. It also has a skeleton pistol grip cap that is checked wood inside the skeletal steel. It still gets hunted right regular. Highly figured walnut with fancy butt plates and extra engraving on graded Foxes, Smiths and Parkers really help when turkey hunting. The birds want to see the fancy gun up close, so then you can show them it really does shoot good. Geese, ducks and turkey constitute "bird" hunting. "There are no atheists in fox holes, and also none in the open door of a C-130 -with paras ready to make a night combat jump. "
  26. I bought an auger and gear before last season. So of course we had hardly any ice. I tried firing up the auger last week (I rebuilt the carb when I bought it) and it didn't want to fire up. So I'm guessing we'll have good ice this year since I'm not prepared for it. ๐Ÿ˜ง My stomach is grumbling thinking about fried largemouth though.
  27. Good stuff! The music really made Perkins flushing attempt dramatic!! Lol It's the worst time of year for me...I'm always so bummed I can't make your trial!
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