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  1. That is 1 event that I miss from my childhood. I would head down to the slag piles and hunt the brush for bunnies... Limited everytime.
  2. Legacy - Just want you to be aware that the plastic on those is a bit harder and have been known to crack if you use the charger as a sabot starter. The cold seems to really do a number on them and I have personally cracked 3 before. Great charger carrier and you can even get away with a horn just in case Just keep your sabot starter with you....
  3. Federal Coppers worked the best out of mine, Remington accu-tips were a very close 2nd but I opted to get 2 sleeves of the federals... 2 3/4 were way more consistent than the 3 inch.
  4. Thanks for the confirmation Gator..... My text reads 24 pt non typical and live weight 244... That would have had me shaking in the treestand this year if it came across the orchard...
  5. Guys, last night I got a text with a picture from a very reliable friend that another HUGE buck was taken out by a truck in the Brockport area. Has anyone else heard of this yet? I am not one to continue to spreading false facts, but someone did pick it up and bring it back to their barn. Not sure if this is the person who hit it but I am not seeing a police carcass tag which is why I am questioning. The pics show that it really took some damage (I would hate to see the truck too).
  6. It does. Remington 700 action (pre 1980 and fixed for safety issue) with everything else a custom build with a Timney trigger from Robert Hart. I am getting touching holes all the way out to 200 with the Speer Softpoint boat tails 120 Gn. I can get 2900+ from a max load of H4831 with 50 grains, but my most accurate is 44.0 gn of IMR4350, which is pushing 2800-2825 fps. More than enough speed and the farthest any deer has gone was 6 steps. I have played around with a bunch of bullets and so far the only ones that I have not tried were the all copper ones. My biggest pain a few years ago was that the bullets that I have been using were basically separating. Then I got my hands on some Speer hot-cores. No more separation, then I used those up and had to go back to the soft points because that was all I had. Then I stumbled into the Hornady Interlocks at either 115 or 117 gn and those were just as accurate as the Hot Cores with a small modification to my powder charge. Now the question will be do they stay together.... I have a few boxes of Swift A-frames that I like the performance on, but I am thinking that they are not going to open and deliver the shock that I want, and the Speer Big games are not as accurate as I would like out to 300 -350 yards. I do have shots out that far since I am in a box and hunting apple orchards on a bench from an elevated position so longer shots out to 350 are common. Anything farther than that, I won't take. Not because I won't be accurate, but I want that animal to expire fast. I owe it to the animal and to myself to make the cleanest most accurate shot I possibly can.
  7. Federal Copper Premiums worked the best out of my 220.
  8. The only downfall that I can come up with is that I rarely use the 220 anymore since the county I hunt in went to rifle. Now the only hard choice I have is the 7mm08 vs 257 Roberts Ackley Improved 40 deg....
  9. I have the 220 with the leupold muzzleloader scope on mine and I love it. The reason for the choice was 1 standardizing on 1 scope/1 brand/1 model and the durability. If 1 ever fails I can move the other over. My muzzleloader is the CVA Optima. All of my other rifles have an older Zeiss Conquest on them. The same model and size for all... I like to have consistency.
  10. I have to agree with DJ 17 on his comments. There are a ton of options out there, but the things to look at are 1. What am I looking to harvest with this rifle 2. can I do it effectively without destroying the meat or wounding the animal thus making it suffer, 3. If I get this caliber, can I find ammunition for it, and 4 Can I carry it without wanting to use it as a walking stick because the damn thing is too heavy/light? I use a 257 Roberts Ackley Improved 40 Degree. Little to no recoil, the gun is built on a Rem 700 Action with a custom Hart Barrel and stock to fit me. I'd put it up against anything out there out to 400 yards. I have the luxury of being able to reload all my bullets so this is dialed in. Downfall - all ammo is reloaded so I can't just walk in and pick up a box for a true wildcat round. If there had to be 1 caliber for all N.A. Game, I'd go with a 30-06 only due to the fact that you can load 200/220 gn or greater for moose and bear, or dial it back to 165 gn and decrease your powder charge for whitetail, Coues and Mule deer.... 270 is another great option here as well, but I think that you might have a slightly more reload options with the 30-06....
  11. Normal activity.... My neighbor had his chrome bumper being attacked on 4 different occasions last spring. While doing a bit of shed hunting on a farm I walked out to find my gator being molested by 2 jakes a few years ago.....
  12. Jim, Based on the looks of the flies you seem to have started to perfect the art of the fly for trolling. I will give you 1 suggestion that has taken it up another level for me. When you tie the flash on to the tube (let's say that you are doing so right handed) so the flash is being tied in on the right side and laying flat towards the left.... If you use less flash and tie it in backwards with the tie in point or thread on the left side of the tube and the ends of the flash to the right you will actually get a bigger profile in the water and have to use less flash to achieve the same idea. Basically using the material to almost fold over itself in the water (same idea as a skirt on a buzz bait) Your pics seem to show very good color and flash combos but at the same time you can achieve this with a larger profile in the water and even less fouling if you "tie it all in backwards. Give it a shot and see if you see any improvements.
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  14. Thanks Kevin.... I would agree that duck numbers based on my direct viewing has gone down. As for the goose drop, I am really questioning the numbers that they are using to define the populations of resident vs non-resident geese. I guess I will spend more time fishing rather than duck hunting... The issue also seems to be the inverse of what goes on weather related... Drought years because I am on established ponds, I see more ducks but when we have wet years I seem to see less and less. Is there any info that you have seen released related to duck numbers dropping to having the egg clutches being drowned by too much rain by chance?
  15. Kevin, Do you have a link to this article? I am very interested in this since I was looking at my journals and the only time in the last 23 years of Duck hunting that I hit a limit for every one (usually 1-3) guys was 2 years ago. This year on Opening morning I ended up with 2 ringnecks (missed the 3rd one) and that was all that came in but I can only add on 12-14 more that I saw in the air on Saturday. Sunday was a bit better but 0 ducks came in, and I saw 40+ in the air over the farm ponds in Orleans County. As for geese, I can shoot my limit every day in the regular season if I wanted but this year I got 3 opening day and vowed never to even call to another group unless someone wanted one. Yesterday alone I counted 300+ that came in and landed on the ponds.... I was just chalking it up to the geese were pushing the ducks out, but if there is no ducks and just geese that could be interesting. I am really interested in seeing how they estimate or count. At one point there were 82 geese on the pond and then another 3 groups circling the ponds looking for a place to land. It will be that way until they freeze up but I would rather the birds be ducks than Canadas.....
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