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Posted: April 27 2018 at 10:10am | IP Logged Quote M700

IF I get drawn for mule deer & antelope in Wyoming, I'll stay the course with my Rem 700's in 30-06 & 25-06 going. Nothing new in the way of loads, the 165 gr Ballistic Tip for the .30 cal and the 115 gr Ballistic Tip for the 25 cal rifle. I do have a new 6x Leupold with long range "dots" mounted on the 30-06 this year. Used it on my mule deer hunt with the 25-06 last fall and it worked great. Nice scope! Very clear and bright.








Here in Washington I hope to be successful on deer with my bow!


Have to admit that I'd like to get out with the 30-30 as well. Perhaps while predator calling for bear here in Washington.

How 'bout you?
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Our spring turkey season is on right now, but I just had too much going on to get out and scout out the turkeys this spring and I do not like going out and hunting blind so I will not be going this year. I have a Winchester 1300 National Wild Turkey Federation shotgun that I like to use. It has flatblack finish, 3" chamber and a 22" vent rib barrel. Works great on turkey and worked great on pheasants as well. Next year I hope to make it happen. My Son got him a turkey last weekend using his 1300 Win. with a 28" vent rib. He used factory Win. 3" 1 7/8 oz. #5 copper plated shot. I normally just use my heavy 2 3/4" 1 3/8 oz. #6 shot pushed by either Longshot or HS-7 for both turkey as well as pheasants.

This fall I plan on using my Ten Point cross bow again on Missouri archery deer using 22" carbon arrows with 150gr. Excalibur three blade heads. During firearms deer season in Missouri I will probably take both my 94 Win. .44 mag. with Lyman 429215 220gr. cast as well as my 19" 6.5 Jap. Bishop full-stocked carbine chambered in 6.5x257 Rob. mounted with an old El Paso 2 1/2 power Weaver. Will use 160gr. Hornady Carcano soft points. All three work well in the close timber where we set up our deer camp.

Oh, I will also be packing either my old Flat top Blackhawk 6 1/2" .44 mag. with Lyman 429421 250gr. cast or my old New Service 5 1/2" .45 Colt. with Lyman 454424 260gr. cast for backup or close shots.

Sorry that I don't have any nice pictures to toss out like Guy has there. I guess I will have to figure out an easy way to do pictures.



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Posted: April 27 2018 at 11:11am | IP Logged Quote M700

Ham - easiest way for me to post the photos is to have a free account at IMGUR. It replaced photobucket for me when photobucket wanted something like $400/year to do what IMGUR does for free.

Then I can just copy and paste each photo's code, right here onto the forum. Simple & works like a champ!

I love seeing everyone's photos along with reading the info they post. The photos just add a lot to it for me.

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Posted: April 27 2018 at 1:52pm | IP Logged Quote getsmart

Remington 700BDL .30-06 for deer and antelope. 165gr Gameking just under 2700fps.
300 Weatherby precision rifle for longrange antelope. 210grain Matchking at 2900fps


My daughter shoots a 260 Remington Model 10 savage. 120gr Barnes TSX.

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Posted: April 27 2018 at 3:13pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

I've used the 6.5x55 Swedish Mauser the last 3 years. Think I may take the Remington 760 30-06 with an old Weaver K6W this year.
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Posted: April 27 2018 at 3:31pm | IP Logged Quote hoghunter

I'm currently heavily into eastern ground hog hunting.

Currently using a Weatherby Super Varmint Master, 223 Rem, with 55 grain Nosler BTs. This rifle has a 26" no. 5 contour with an excellent trigger. Most accurate out of the box factory rifle I've ever owned, 1/4 moa with custom hand loads. This is my sit and snooze rifle when I set up on a treeline and do not intend to do much walking.

When I walk around and stalk I'm currently using a Rem Model 7, 223 Rem, which has been rebarreled with a No. 2 contour 20" Douglas match barrel. Using 50 grain Nosler BT's with this rifle, 1/2 moa. This rifle has the old style Rem trigger which is excellent.

So far taken 17 ghogs this season. Last night got one at 196 yards with the Model 7 on the stalk.

Predator hunting last winter use a 243 Browning X bolt with 85 grain Sierra BTHP's. Great bullet, good rifle. Got three yotes at over 150 yards.

Also experimented with a 308 Tikka for deep woods gun loaded with 125 Nosler BT, loaded down to 2600 f/s. Took a nice yote at about 90 yards.

Deer hunting was a bust this year for year me. Took the 308 Rem Model 700 loaded with 150 grain Sierra Pro Hunters but no buck.
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Posted: April 27 2018 at 4:21pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

Debating between several rifles.
25-06 REM CDL, WBY 30-06, Ruger #3 45-70.
Now, I sure would like to take something with my Winchester
38-55
uploading images
or my 405 TR Winchester that I have never shot......


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Posted: April 27 2018 at 6:07pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Snares, flares, and teddy bears..
Figure to trap one in a huge snare.
If not, scare one into a heart attack with a flare.
Or pop up the stuffed toy and they die laughing.
We all know I can't shoot for diddly squat!

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Posted: April 27 2018 at 6:37pm | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

With the exception of doe hunting in the
river bottom weapons restricted zones
which I have very specific setups for,
usually what gun I use for a hunt is
determined the day I head out depending on
conditions at the time, who if anyone I'm
hunting with and what they are bringing
and what tags are available, etc . . .

I try to be the guy who fills the gap by
what I bring which sometimes can cause
some friction.

A friends friend once brought a mini-14
that looked unkempt and dirty to me with a
10-round single magazine of some basic
mil-surp 5.56 ammo plus a partial box of
cheap 223 ammo and annonced he had a black
bear tag. I walked over and picked out my
45-70 lever gun and proceeded to start
pushing some very heavy WFN hard cast
stopping loads into it's loading gate.

Several people in the group started
getting funny looks on their face and even
snicker a little under their breath
figuring out exactly what I was up too,
and those who didn't get it then wanted an
explanation about what the inside joke was
and it went a little down hill from there.

Other situations that are less critical,
for example if everyone else is bringing
high powered long range scoped bolt guns,
I'll pick my open sights quick handling
SKS semi-auto loaded with big round nosed
heavy hitters. Picked up a nice buck that
way that suddenly made a dash through a
cooly that no-one else could manage to
line up in their scopes much less get off
more then one shot on as it weaved and
zig-zagged through the rocks and brush in
that narrow winding drainage cooly.

On the other hand going hunting with a
party that went the other way all packing
"brush guns" open or red dot sights,
levers and semi-autos plus one pump gun.
I went the other way and brought my 6.5x55
Swede precision long range single shot
bolt gun with one of my best scopes, took
down a 300+lb sow at just under 500-yards
shooting across a lake to an open patch on
the opposite bank, granted not a shot that
you often get in tight wooded brushy
country, but I was the only one who could
take it.

Hunting alone, I often go for a
challenging or unusual option. Like the
antelope I took using a cast bullet load
from a Mosin sniper setup including
vintage WWII era Soviet scope. Or going
after deer with a big bore revolver in an
area where it's not a weapons restricted
zones and I could make it a lot easier on
myself just using a good old ought-6.

In the weapons restricted zones once I've
already filled enough other tags to cover
necessary meat supply in the freezer I
usually continue my personal challenge of
hunting deer with my customized 410-bore
guns and ammo that make it possible to
successfully hunt and cleanly take down
deer with the smallest of the centerfire
shotguns.

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Posted: April 27 2018 at 7:03pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I probably won't decide for a while. I'll probably go back to one of the Savage 99s, haven't used one in a while. Might use the .38-55 I've been messing with off and on. The two rifles I've been shooting the most lately are a sporterized small ring Mauser in 7x57 and a Santa Barbara commercial Mauser in .30-06 I bought planning to have it converted to .35 Whelen, but now think I may not

A consideration this year is that I may use a small boat I have to get into my best tree stand spot. Where it is makes it very tough to recover one, and I thought I'd given myself a heart attack trying to get two does out of there a couple of years ago. I can put a little row boat I have in maybe 3/4 mile from it and row up to about 40 yards of my stand. Getting a deer out would be much easier on the water, but if I go rowing in the dark and all the risks that implies, I'm sure not taking a nice rifle and it will be inside of some kind of floating case. If that's the case, I'm leaning towards one of my shotguns and round ball loads, or a sporterized Oviedo Mauser in 8x57 I've been playing with. Ranges will be close, either one will work. Whatever I use, it'll be with cast again.

If I can put meat in the freezer early, I think I'm going to check out some WIHA land west of Salina I've never been out to. They limit the number of tags I can get in this area, so that will solve that problem, but I'll be hunting unfamiliar ground.

I plan to spend more time squirrel hunting and want to give water fowling a try this year too.

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Posted: April 27 2018 at 7:17pm | IP Logged Quote M700

I like the idea of a boat. First did that with a friend while still in high school about a gazillion years ago. His dad had a nice, quiet boat that took us across a lake well away from other hunters. That was a real good thing!

Guy
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Where I hunt, corps of engineers land that is managed by the state and also farmed, not sure exactly how it works, but is illegal to bring a vehicle in. Any vehicle, four wheelers included. Talked with a game warden out there a year or so back and asked out of curiosity, even brining a pack animal in would be illegal. It's feet or by water.

Now if the lake is as low then as it is now, I'll do like I did one year and just wheel it out on my cart on what is usually the bottom of the lake. Hard packed, flat and free of vegetation. Made the job a lot easier, but impossible when the lake is at a normal level.

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Posted: April 28 2018 at 7:45am | IP Logged Quote M700

Ya, I've hunted in "wilderness areas" a number of times. No vehicles allowed. Kinda nice!

Guy
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A bow.
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A trebuchet?

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Posted: April 30 2018 at 12:39pm | IP Logged Quote Tom W.

If I go I'll take my Ruger #1B in 30-06 A.I. and a Ruger SRH in .44 mag.

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The cross bow has done the heavy lifting for me the past three years for buck hunting. I love hunting in November, so the archery thing is good, but I really dislike that damn crossbow, quite the abomination. I might just accept the fact that I'm seriously risking not getting a good buck and do other things during archery season this year. I'd have more fun chasing fox squirrels with my .22 Hornet than deer with the crossbow.

In it's defense, it's gotten me two pretty decent bucks in two years and a small one the year before that, so it's success rate has been pretty good.

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Posted: April 30 2018 at 4:29pm | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

Old Ranger wrote:
A trebuchet?


Got to see the video on that!

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Seriously, if I go out to hunt deer this year, I'll
likely use a M92 357 levergun or the 4" S&W M28 I have on
layaway. Hope to have it paid out by September. That way
I'll have a couple months for testing loads and training
with it before season opening.

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