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Squirrel Hunting / Re: Finally Got Out!
« Last post by MOSPARKY on February 07, 2019, 09:54:17 PM »
Glad you finally got out. Good thing the HMR wouldn't chamber. Things could have gone sideways in a big way. JA can use that coon in the camp stew. At least then we will some idea of whats in it.
Squirrel Hunting / Finally Got Out!
« Last post by Big58cal on February 07, 2019, 01:48:54 PM »
With the warm weather we had this past weekend, the boy and I were finally able to get out and snipe some squirrels.  O0   The bad thing about this time of year is that without any cover of any type, you're usually looking at some pretty long shots.  Nothing the .17 HMR can't handle though.  ;)

I shot at one Saturday morning and thought I'd hit it by the way it acted.  Got up there to the tree and looked around a pretty good area and couldn't find the squirrel, any blood, nothing.  OK, chalk that one up to a miss.  :'(

Walked down the hill a piece and after about half an hour of sitting I had just gotten up to go to another spot when I saw one coming down my side of a tree.  He stopped, I put the crosshairs on his head and squeezed it off.  Saw my bullet peel bark about 4" to the right of his head.  :o   Jacked another in as the squirrel went back up the tree.  He finally stopped in the crotch of a limb.  I got the crosshairs on his head and then applied some "Kentucky Windage", moving the crosshairs about 4" to the left.  At that shot, the squirrel fell.  O0
Knowing that the scope was off, I went ahead and left the woods.  I stopped down at the creek and cleaned the squirrel when I was coming out.  Normally, this wouldn't have been an issue, but standing in freezing cold running water, even with rubber boots, your feet get a little chilly!  Got back to the truck and the boy had it started up and was sitting in it getting warm.  I had heard him shoot 4 times in pretty rapid succession with his S&W M&P 15-22 earlier that morning, so I figured he had at least 1.  Yep, only 1.   ;D   After sitting in the truck to let my toes warm up, we went back to the creek to clean his.  Now it was his turn to stand in the water.  After he got done he said, "Now I need to go to the truck and warm my toes up."  ;D

A few hours later I got on the bench to realign the scope.  The first shot didn't sound or feel right when it went off.  I tried to put another in, but the cartridge wouldn't go in.  Tried a couple of times with different cartridges before I finally pulled the bolt out and tried to look through the barrel.  I pointed it up to the sky but couldn't see any kind of light through it.  Went down and looked at the target and there wasn't a hole in it.  The only thing I could figure is that I had a dud round that probably didn't have any powder in it.  When the primer went off, it had just enough power to unseat the bullet but that was it.  Of course, I didn't have a .17 cal cleaning rod with me, my nephew didn't have one, and my brother wasn't there.  My rifle was effectively out of commission for the weekend.   :tickedoff
Sunday morning my nephew let me borrow his .17 HMR.  :)   While my nephew and the boy hiked up to the top of the knob between us and the WMA property, I went back across the road but to a different spot that doesn't really get hunted.  I could hear some squirrels in the leaves, so I took a seat and set up the bipod.  There were several little hollows that came together right there so I could see a pretty good ways, so I just sat and waited.  Finally 1 squirrel showed himself about 50 yds away.  1 shot, 1 dead squirrel.  The next one stopped on a limb to cut a nut about 75 yds away.  That one took a dirt nap with the next shot.   O0   I saw another a little over 100 yds away that kept going back and forth on log.  That little S.O.B. would stop long enough for me to get the crosshairs on him and start tightening up on the trigger, and then take off again.  I did that 4-5 times on that little bastage, never getting a shot off!  :tickedoff   My nephew's .17 still has the factory trigger in it, which breaks at 5-6 lbs.  I've got an after-market trigger in mine, with it breaking at about 2 lbs.  If I'd have had my rifle, that would have been a dead squirrel!  I ended up seeing 5 total but only got the 2.  Still not too bad of an outing.Got back and neither of the boys had gotten any squirrels.  No one really traps down there anymore, so there's an overabundance of coons.  Because of it, I've got a standing KILL ORDER on any coons.  O0   When they were up on top of the ridge they saw a big one going up a tree.  Between the 2 of them they put three .22 bullet in it.  He died of lead poisoning.  ;D   That was a big freaking coon, at least 20 lbs.!   :o

After we got back up here, I dropped the .17 cal cleaning rod down the barrel of my rife and gave the rod a good smack on the handle with a hammer.  The bullet popped right out.  I've put literally hundreds of rounds through that gun, with none causing any issues.  All have been the Hornady V-Max Ballistic Tip.  This was the first bad one that I've run into.  To make sure it doesn't happen again though (especially with this box), I'm going to get out my grain scale and weigh each round to make sure they've got powder in them.  ;)
Just Jawin At Camp / Instant Ice dang
« Last post by D45/70 on February 06, 2019, 02:51:51 PM »
Ever open a water bottle right at freezing and watch it freeze in your hand?
That in it's self is cool, sorry for the pun...not.

A few weekend ago my boy and his buddy went to the river for one last goose hunt.

As per normal they put out in the total darkness of a moonless sky and headed up the river with a boat full of decoys and a ton of ammo.

As there going the boy thought the boat was unusually un responsive.

He had on his LED light bars to help see any floating ice or  rocks.

Nothing looked unusual.

after around an hour they where hardly moving agents the current and the tiller was very hard to turn.

They put in at there destination and jumped out to set the decoys.

He got to looking and the boat is surrounded by feet of slush.

and the motor drive was about ingulfed with slush.

Crazy .

As they moved through the water it was turning in to ice and they had to have added hundreds of pound of slush to the boat.

He said when they put out the decoys the decoy and line would build ice and drag the decoys down stream.

Shortly after sun up it all went away.


Do you think if they had gone farther it would have sunk them?

I don't think so ice floats but I'll bet it would have stalled there foreword motion and they would have drifter back down stream unable to steer.

Just Jawin At Camp / Re: OK B*tches, I'm Back!!
« Last post by Big58cal on January 29, 2019, 10:56:18 AM »
Yeah, I figured the knife work was at a crawl this time of year.  You're about ready to go into hibernation until spring, aren't you John?  ;D   What's the temp up there now, something like -30 F?  That makes me cold just thinking about it!We're supposed to get down into the negative single digits tonight and tomorrow, but then it's going to warm up.  They were showing 50 as the high for Sunday.  O0   Think I'll try to get out and take an armed walk in the woods this weekend and see what wants to commit suicide.  ;)
Just Jawin At Camp / Re: Waterbug one more step
« Last post by John Andrews on January 29, 2019, 05:15:18 AM »
 O0 Wow, D! That's a lot of added floatation! Your Waterbug sure looks good!
Just Jawin At Camp / Re: Waterbug one more step
« Last post by D45/70 on January 28, 2019, 03:36:28 PM »
Dang my ass got to heavy, I added a little extra flotation.

Finished the pod project.

Firearms / Re: More what if's 6mmrem to 6mm-06
« Last post by John Andrews on January 14, 2019, 04:44:50 AM »
  O0 You really know your stuff pertaining to what you suggest, D. To be honest, most of what you said is far over my head.

I parked my heavy rifles in the corner and now hunt with my lighter carry rifles. Maybe you are at the same point in life, too.
Firearms / More what if's 6mmrem to 6mm-06
« Last post by D45/70 on January 13, 2019, 05:53:00 PM »
Still messing with the boat but had some time to look at the computer...
In the back of my mind is the thoughts of re powering my beloved 6mm rem.

It still works outstanding but "What if" I shoot out the barrel and need to get a new one, I am in love with a 6mm .


What If I go with ( I know I have brought this up a million times) a 6mm/06 AI.

 I think a 26" barrel is a must but one in a sportier  taper and only 3 pounds not the 6 pounder I have now.

I have been looking some a 4 groove or 5r in 8 or 9 twist stainless steel maybe.

I looks like about $350 .

The faster twist would not work for my 55gr Nosler but the 80gr Barnes would be perfect.  The faster twist would in able me to go up to like a 107 ELD . I have seen some info claiming over 4000 fps with 100 gr plus, wow. I also found 6mm/06 head stamped brass for about the same price ,when I can find it, as my 6mm rem brass.

What if?


AND yes I do know the barrel life is shortened a lot.
Just Jawin At Camp / Re: OK B*tches, I'm Back!!
« Last post by John Andrews on January 11, 2019, 04:46:26 AM »
 O0 It looks like you are doing pretty good for deer except for that elusive doe, BC. She is living on borrowed time.

I get out on weekends to bust squirrels.

My shop is in layaway for the winter because of no heat in the shop. I tried using Kerosun heaters in there but they almost snuffed me.  :buck2 When Spring gets here I am running 220V to the shop.
Just Jawin At Camp / Re: OK B*tches, I'm Back!!
« Last post by Big58cal on January 10, 2019, 10:28:42 AM »
Been slacking and haven't been on in a while.  :'(   Been busy hunting and going through deer camera pictures.  We had some decent deer down at the farm early, but they disappeared for the main part of the season.  The pre-rut and rut saw quite a few come back as well as a host of new ones.  My nephew got an 8pt in Sept. with his bow, I got a 10pt in mid Oct. with the crossbow, and the boy got an 8pt in Nov. with a rifle.  All were decent deer but nothing really special.  Been trying to get a doe for my cousin for summer sausage for a while now, but all we keep seeing are bucks!   :tickedoff   The good thing is that it looks like we'll have some decent ones next year.  The bad thing is that the season is about over.   :'(   Only a couple more weeks left.  Squirrel season goes to Feb. 28th though.   O0
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