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October 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm #7883
Looks like I’m sucking the hind teat with you two guys. Congrats to both of you.I haven’t seen a deer yet. Had the .270 out yesterday but saw nothing on top of the mountain. Maybe tomorrow. Hey skwirl, save some deer sausage for my next trip up to see you in God’s country.
Quick story….last mon., my grandson dropped a glove from his tree stand, after retrieval back in his stand he smelled a terrible odor. Apparently on his way to the stand at oh dark thirty, he stepped in bear sh-t, which got on the steps on his way up the tree, and on his hands when he climbed down for the glove. Glad he had water and paper towels in his pack. Dam bears.
Drinks on the snake.
POW/MIA LEST WE FORGETOctober 26, 2013 at 7:52 pm #7915
Good news….BDD. My youngest son nailed a nice plump doe this AM with the CVA Optima Pro. I can smell the tenderloins sizzling on the Bar-B. My grandson and I saw NADA again. Have to wait until Buck season to hear the .270 bark. So one down so far this year.
OLD #7/ginger for me and a round for the bar.
POW/MIA LEST WE FORGETOctober 27, 2013 at 8:52 am #7959
Congratulations to you successful hunters. I got out a couple of hours for squirrels on the opener, then went to help pick corn. Bagged one, missed one. Tons of them out running around but wouldn’t sit still long enough for a shot with the 22. A deer ran across the road in front of me as I was driving out. Since then, Dad has seen several in the picked corn fields at night. Looking good for rifle season.
I picked up the new muzzleloader last Friday at Mahoning Valley Milling in Punxsutawney. You could tell there was a deer season about to open, the place was full of Amish men eyeing up the BP stuff. I went to a local gunshop yesterday to pick up stuff to make it go BOOM! Now all I have to do is find time to get to the range.
Set em’ Cindy, I’m still drowning my sorrows at the lousy performance that PSU produced against Ohio State last night.
DaleOctober 28, 2013 at 11:15 pm #8043
My football teams lost but I got my 1st elk out west, rounds are on me this time.
Now does anyone know a good taxidermist in western Lancaster county? Should be super easy job, just 2 antlers, the ivories and the bullet that was recovered on a plaque.October 30, 2013 at 11:04 am #8161
Congrats on the Elk SC. Tell us about the hunt. Rifle or bow, guided or on your own? I’m hoping to bag one here in good old Pa. yea….I know, fat chance, but I can still hope. As for a taxidermist, maybe dk (Dale) could help you out, I think he used to live in that general area. I can recommend an excellent taxidermist here in lower Schuykill Co. a few miles above Pine Grove. He has done over a dozen mounts for us, and is known state wide.
Oh, and don’t feel bad, BOTH my teams(Penn State and Eagles) lost last week, and looked terrible.
Now, more good news…got the call last night around 4PM. BBD! My oldest son nailed a huge 7pt we had on camera just about all summer, but vanished in late Sept until last night. Grunted him in twice before he headed up wind for a smell and came to close. He double lunged him at 25yds, went about 50 yds and fell over. I went up the mountain to help with the recovery, got home around 9PM last night. Both my legs cramped up off and on all night long, from the climb and the drag. Kept me awake most of the night. This getting old really SUX!
So, Cindy-san, I’ll have an OLD#7/ginger, and drinks for the bar are on the snake.
Oh, dk, what powder/bullets did you select for the new smoke pole?
POW/MIA LEST WE FORGETNovember 1, 2013 at 8:02 pm #8310
I had Hornady 240 gr XTP’s on hand (I reload the 44 Mag) so I got Harvester sabots, a pound of 4F black for the pan and a pound of Pyrodex RS for the barrel. I scooted out of work early on Tuesday and went to the range. Got it loaded up with 70 grains, primed it, aimed and pulled the trigger. Flash and nothing. CRAP! Wait a bit, then start to look for the problem, I knew I hadn’t cleaned the touchhole. Turns out that when I put it all back together the night before, I didn’t index the breechplug right and the touchhole was on the BOTTOM of the barrel instead of next to the pan. OOPS!
I tore it all apart (powder everywhere, what a mess) and put it back together the right way. Took 5 shots after that, all went flash BOOM just like it was supposed to. My first shot (all off a rest at 50 yds) was about 5 inches low. So I increased the powder charge to 80 grains and shot 3 more. The first was higher than the 70 grain load, the next two hit the 2 inch bullseye. For my last shot, I tried a 240 cast SWC, it hit 4 inches right and about 2 inches low. Not great results but I’ll take them considering I haven’t shot BP in 30 years.
As to a Lancaster taxidermist, I’ll check (email) with some guys I used to work with in Lancaster but it’ll be a few days before I get any replies.
Set em up, think I’ll have some bourbon tonight
DaleNovember 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm #8418
Well at least it went bang each time. My loose 2f BP was 90 grains with the flintlocks, then went to 100 grains when 777 came out. For the in-lines we use 150 grains of 777. I love the pellets and use the in all the smoke poles.
I pulled a real boner the first year I hunted with the flintlock. After I fired at a Doe and missed, I accidently stuffed a ball down the barrel before the powder charge, and I didn’t have a bullet pulled with me. Fact is , I didn’t own one. Had to come home and call all the local gun shops to find one. Kind of ruined my day.
Got a call from my oldest son about 11 AM yesterday. He was in NY and was still in his tree stand and said about an hour earlier, he just missed the biggest racked buck he ever saw in the woods. He was sick. He said it was cold, snowing and very windy when the buck showed up. He shot just over his back at 20 yds. Which surprises me because he is deadly out to 40 yds with his bow. The deer was so big, he’s driving back up tonight to hunt for him tomorrow, I told him I’d spring for a hotel room if he decides to stay for a few days. His buddy had to come home last night, or he would have stayed over last night. Hope I have some good news the next time I drop in.
OLD#7/ ginger for me and a round for the bar. Go Penn St and the Eagles.
POW/MIA LEST WE FORGETNovember 6, 2013 at 8:19 pm #8605
I got to the range today, fired 2, 3 shot groups using the 240 XTP’s. I had 5 land in a group about 3 inches wide and 1 inch high, the 6th was 3 inches low (flyer? flinch?) Then I fired a 3 shot group with the 240 cast SWC’s that is about 1.5 inches. I’ve got photos, just need to get them uploaded so I can post them. I’m pretty pleased, although I will admit all the shooting was at 50 yds off the rest and a bag. Daniel Boone I’m not but when you factor in my 52 year old eyes and iron sights, I’m doing something right.
I heard from 2 buddies in Lancaster, one said the guy he used for a moose mount and goat mount has moved to British Columbia. Guess he’s out. The other guy offered this:
Don’t get a whole lot of stuff mounted but, I’ve used the following people. Trop Gun Shop (they moved, not sure if they still have their taxidermy part), but they typically do great work (and know how to charge for it).
Monchak’s, 1193 Mt Gretna Rd, Elizabethtown, PA 17022, Phone:(717) 367-3054 – smaller guy, used him once, did an okay job, I would definitely go look at what he has done before using him, he is better with certain animals (from what I’ve heard).November 13, 2013 at 4:52 pm #8956
Couple of pics from my last range trip with the muzzleloader:
@#$%^! website. Can’t seem to post pics from photobucket.
I’ll try again later, right now it’s supper time.
DaleNovember 14, 2013 at 5:14 pm #9001
12 clicks left and 6 clicks up and you should be good to go ( top target).
Still no BBD in NY. My son has been up there since last sun. Said he saw the big buck twice so far this week, both times too far a bow shot. He has the Model 7, 7mm-08 along for the rifle opener coming up. I think it opens this sun?? I’m hoping he scores. Then I’ll try and figure out how to post pics on this #%$@#$% site.
I can go for an OLD#7/ginger and a round for the empty bar. ’cept for Cindy-san
POW/MIA LEST WE FORGETNovember 17, 2013 at 8:47 am #9116
As you know, I ain’t been on in quite a while. The site sucked and is what caused me to leave and now it’s 10 times worse in my opinion. I think the new LOGO is repulsive too.
Other than that, at least my two friends Skwirl and Snakeshooter have still hung around.
Happy huntin’ and happy holidays to allNovember 24, 2013 at 8:22 pm #9424
Finally the site is working. Slowwwww, but working. TG
Yeh, Gully, we are both still here, like my neighbor says, ” true tick and tin”. How you be my friend? Getting ready for rifle season I hope. Since I missed all of last year and bow season this year, I’m biting the bit. The boys have 2 in the freezer so far this year, I’m hoping for at least one more.
No BBD in NY. My son said he never saw the big guy again since tues. He hunted him dark ’til dark for 7 days. Passed on a small basket 8pt on two separate days and a few ladies. His hunting bud drove up Fri night and took the 8pt on sat. Now if that was me… I’d be playing “ear tag” with the 8pt. or one of the ladies. I’m a meat guy, not a bone guy. But hey, that’s what real friends do for each other. It’s still not over, he’s talking about going back up this week for a day or two.
Time for an OLD#7 and a round for the empty bar.
POW/MIA LEST WE FORGETDecember 1, 2013 at 7:20 am #9754
Luck to all. I’ve got to take my son back to college and then head for the stomping grounds.
DaleDecember 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm #9965
Third one in the freezer! My grandson Taylor, nailed a large doe on Monday morning. One and done again for the Mod. 7, 7mm-08, 140 grn Ballistic Tip. That’s his 4th “one shot kill” in a row. I’m a proud pop. I had no such luck. Around 7:15 AM six deer came streaking up from the valley about 120yds from me, they were on a mission. Couldn’t put horns on any of them through the binos, but counted six tails waving at me. Did not see any more all day.
Drinks on the snake.
POW/MIA LEST WE FORGETDecember 6, 2013 at 1:27 pm #10048
Hey Snake ……I was by the camp first day of bear season and saw a couple of vehicles ……..hope yer luck improves I haven’t seen a horn all year to shoot at……..congrats to the boys and grand kids ,they definitely learned from the best…….
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