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Posted: December 23 2017 at 3:29pm | IP Logged Quote M700

With beautiful clear skies and a temp that ranged from 19 - 25 degrees, it seemed like a perfect day to go shoot rifles!

I really dislike the "scope shuffle" but I had loaned my wonderful 6x (42mm) to a new hunter for the season. Today was the day the 30-30, 30-06 and 25-06 were all to get sighted-in again!

I really didn't shoot the 30-30 much. Just a couple of shots at 25 yards. It's ok there and a couple weeks ago I verified it in the field as just a little high and left at 100. So, I'll fine tune the Williams sight some other day.


After a few shots to get on paper, I went prone with the 30-06 and 25-06, shooting them at 100, 200 and 300 yards. In retrospect, I need to drop the elevation a bit on the 25-06, she's shooting pretty high at 200 yards. Too much. But otherwise all is well.


And I'm really pleased with how the BFG's are doing in the snow!


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Posted: December 23 2017 at 6:45pm | IP Logged Quote hoghunter

I shoot year around also, practicing and hunting ghogs in
the summer and practicing and hunting predator / deer in
the winter.

I found the Armor All gloves terrific for shooting in
cold weather. They fit snug and do not inhibit shooting
allow good trigger control. Buy one size smaller than
your normal fit.

Used in combo with a hand warmer (kind the football
players use) with a "HOT HANDS" pack inside I can spend a
couple of hours on the range without any discomfort.

Beats sitting in the house in the winter watching reruns
of Gunsmoke which I seen 25 times.
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Posted: December 24 2017 at 9:10am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Well, I'm glad you had fun! Down here in armadillo
country, we get that much snow on the ground nobody goes
outside! We think we've done wrong and start making
sacrifices to bring back the Heat! Haha haha!
And are you sure you're not part super-sized Eskimo and
not telling us? Haha!

Glad you had fun though.

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Posted: December 24 2017 at 9:22am | IP Logged Quote M700

Wade - if I stayed indoors when it was coolish or a bit snowy out... I'd go nuts! Anytime from October - April a fellow can pretty much expect snow, at least in the hills up above town.

Have actually been snowed on here in Washington, every month of the year. The summer snows of course were way up high in the Cascades. On an August backpacking trip, my 14 year old son said to me, whining just a bit "It's SUMMER! It's not supposed to snow!" He was right of course, but there was white stuff coming down on us as we hiked. Made camp early that day.

Fortunately I've always enjoyed the snow. Even like shoveling snow. Hiking on snowshoes, using cross-country skis, hunting in the snow... Love it all! No bugs, no mud. Good stuff! Except since I've gotten older, my danged fingers seem to get real cold pretty easily. I've gone back to mittens to solve that problem. Often wear a thin pair of wool liner-gloves, under the big wool mittens. That seems to help, and I can just pull off the mittens in a hurry when I need to do something like load a rifle or use a trigger.

I do like the snow. You're right.

Merry Christmas All!

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Posted: December 24 2017 at 9:24am | IP Logged Quote M700

Just checked, 12 degrees here in town, 7 in nearby Waterville, but they're a couple thousand feet higher than we are here in Wenatchee, Washington.

Right crisp out there this morning. Dog didn't take too long outside this morning!
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Posted: December 24 2017 at 10:15am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

You have inspired me. I think that I will brave the 51
degree weather, the overcast sky, and two to three mile
an hour wind. Oh, I know it's a sacrifice, but it's
something that I will try to do because you have inspired
me! Haha haha
I will be sure to wear a good coat! Ya wouldn't want me
to freeze to death now would ya? Now where's that big
G.I. parka and massive insulated gloves?

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Posted: December 24 2017 at 10:22am | IP Logged Quote M700

That's the spirit, you Winter Warrior!

Go Army!

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Posted: December 24 2017 at 7:33pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

Yea, snow here and slick roads. Won't go shooting in this cold(17 degrees) even colder up in the mountains I'm sure.
Bad thing today was I had to take the better half to the emergency room at 05:00. Swollen feet and real bad back pain.
After they checked her out, seems she cracked another vertebra....    

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Posted: December 25 2017 at 12:10am | IP Logged Quote M700

STCM(SW) wrote:
Bad thing today was I had to take the better half to the emergency room at 05:00. Swollen feet and real bad back pain.
After they checked her out, seems she cracked another vertebra....    


Well doggone it. Time for a Christmas prayer for her. Consider it done.

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Posted: December 25 2017 at 6:58am | IP Logged Quote Buffalogun

MC, give her our best!

Not that cold here, but supposed to be about 35 in the morning!



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Posted: December 25 2017 at 7:26am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Cracked "another" vertebra? A compounded injury? Bless
her heart, she's gotta be hurting something fierce. So
sorry to hear about this.
Nick, I know you're doing everything you can to take care
of your charming bride, but don't forget to look after
yourself as well. You're no good to her if you go down
with something too, so take care of you as well. My very
best to you and a speedy recovery to your wife.

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Posted: January 05 2018 at 12:52pm | IP Logged Quote hdwhit

Okay, I admit it; having been born, raised and lived (almost - I don't count that year in Maryland when I was 3) my entire life south of the Mason-Dixon line (or where it would be had it continued west), I simply don't do any loading once it gets below about 50 degrees. Of course, as I now live in Texas, that means my reloading is only on pause for two to four weeks a year.

I am impressed with anyone that can be handling a rifle in 20 degree weather without gloves whose fingers aren't turning blue. Hope it was a good day at the range.
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Posted: January 06 2018 at 5:32am | IP Logged Quote M700

hdwhit wrote:
Okay, I admit it; having been born, raised and lived (almost - I don't count that year in Maryland when I was 3) my entire life south of the Mason-Dixon line (or where it would be had it continued west), I simply don't do any loading once it gets below about 50 degrees. Of course, as I now live in Texas, that means my reloading is only on pause for two to four weeks a year.

I am impressed with anyone that can be handling a rifle in 20 degree weather without gloves whose fingers aren't turning blue. Hope it was a good day at the range.


Am so fortunate to have an indoor "gun room" where I can handload, tinker with my guns and tie a few flies for fishing. It's just a spare bedroom, that I've taken over. Air conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter, with a pretty decent view out the windows too. I like that.

Ya - the cold seems to bother my hands a lot more than it used to - which is why those old wool mittens are on my shooting mat next to the bolt action rifle. Anymore I tend to keep my hands in the mittens when it's cold, and just pull 'em out when I load or shoot the rifle.

Often I'll wear a thin pair of wool liner gloves while shooting or hunting.

It was a good day at the range, and I will be back again soon. I try to shoot once a week, all year, but... honestly that often turns into twice a month.

Regards, Guy
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I've finally gotten tired enough of trying to get stuff done in a non-climate controlled barn that I'm finally gonna get around to putting up some 2x4 stud walls and a ceiling in my Morton building that I can put a space heater in. Been meaning to get around to it, this year it's gonna happen.

Range is at the house and I set my benchrest up right outside my front door to shoot 100 yards so when hands get cold, go inside for a while. Summer is tough sometimes too, gets as hot here as west Texas just not for as long, but when the sun is on you, it can be pretty miserable.

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Well, we missed the snow. We did get just a dusting around Christmas. Enough to turn the ground white for a couple of days. But after New Years we got down to -1 one night and low single digits several nights thereafter so my shooting has certainly come to a halt here.

My buddy that retired from the Marine Corps lives in Jacksonville, N.C. and they got nearly 5" of snow on top of a bit of ice. Very unusual for them. Winter certainly came on down from the North this year for many areas. The Farmers Almanac was predicting heavy snows and blizzard conditions for the Great Lakes and the N.E. this year and I believe they got it right.

My Son is coming down later today and I believe we will be cranking out some ammo downstairs in my shack. It will be around 70 degrees in there so we should have a great time.

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Shivering in the cold. Sweating in stifling heat. Rusty
dies and tools. High humidity getting into powder
canisters. Yes, the "Banished Reloaders". The ones forced
into the garage, barn, or basement by wives that don't
"allow" loading in the house.
I feel sorry for "The Banished Ones".

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Not banished so much as I just prefer to keep powder and primers and such in a detached building. This is one place where things like the 310 tools and other hand tools are nice. I do occasionally do case sizing or priming operations inside while watching TV or something.

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Grandpa had a great shop, detached from his home. There was a bedroom in it, where Dad lived after WWII for a couple of years.

The shop was home to a big reloading press - I don't remember the make. I learned to load on that when I was in grade school. Grandpa had all sorts of "stuff" in there from his adventurous life, including a sword cane, decoys, lots of gunpowder, brass & bullets... Many tools.

After my grandparents died, Dad put a lock on the shop and rented the old house out. My uncle did take some of the loading gear to his place. One tenant decided to sublet the shop, without permission, and soon it was burned. Everything inside was lost. :(

All I have are some 50 year old memories of that place.
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Sorry to hear that Guy...
Things seem to happen we don't expect sometimes.
My wife keeps asking if I am OK!
She was the one in the ER and hospital, not me....

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My shop is big enough that I can build a pretty good sized room in it and with a small air conditioner and space heater, should be a comfortable man cave. Could be a bad thing, won't be in the house with the wife much, LOL.


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