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    Savage 99 Project

    This is turning into one of those “off-the-wall” projects, but I’m having fun with it so will share it here as I watch the snow come down in buckets outside (and sip on a light whiskey as I feel sorry for the Easter Bunny for having to go out on a night like this). Of all the rifles I’ve ever...
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    243 Win, 6mm Creedmoor, or ???

    I just ordered a 6mm bore barrel to drop onto a Savage 99 to use for whitetail, wolves, coyotes, and varmints. I went with a heavy contour (Sendero profile) carbon fiber barrel to retain the light weight and handling of the 99 while dramatically increasing barrel stiffness (and hopefully...
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    Savage 99 -- Raised Cheek Piece

    One of the things on my list of "to do" items now for a while has been to find a raised cheek piece to install on my Savage 99 to raise the comb to a height where my eye naturally lines up with the scope. I couldn't find a leather one that looked/functioned like I wanted it to, and all the...
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    Grizzly Hunts in the Lower 48

    Here's an interesting development.... http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/mar/22/idaho-moves-ahead-with-possible-grizzly-bear-hunti/ http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/environment/article210861274.html Never expected to see the day (in my lifetime) where a hunter could legally take a...
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    Leica ER5 Scopes available and on sale

    If anyone's in the market, it looks like scopes from Leica's ER-5 line are just now becoming available. Euro-Optics appears to have some of the 50 and 56-mm objective models on hand and for a great sale price. (Unfortunately for me, their 24, 32, and 42 mm objective models haven't hit the...
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    Savage 99 Project

    I found and bought a second Savage 99 this summer (.308 featherweight, rotary mag) for a project rifle. I really like the 99's for hunting in the brush and thick timber (which represents 90% of my hunting now) and they are my favorite rifle to carry and shoulder, so this rifle will probably get...
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    Your "most used" rifles???

    Out of curiosity, what 3, 4 or 5 rifles out of your arsenal do you find yourself shooting the most, and how long have you had those rifles? I just picked up a late 50's Savage 99F in .308 (to replace its twin that my 11 year old daughter has laid claim to) and realized (with addition of this...
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    Bushnell SMRS 1-6.5x24 w/ BTR-2

    Anybody have much experience with this scope?  I'm pondering the SFP // capped turret version of this to sit atop my brush gun, but have never had the opportunity to look thru one.  Does the reticle stand out fairly well and show up when in dense cover, even when not illuminated?  Thoughts on...
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    A Little Mountain Goat Fun

    It's my "slow" time of year here for me, so I'm taking some time to sort thru pics from last year. Found some I thought were pretty cool from my hunting season, so thought I'd throw them up here to share. (As a backstory, I drew a mountain goat tag in the northernmost unit of Idaho this past...
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    North Idaho Mountain Goat hunt prep

    Went out the last two mornings and did some scouting for my mountain goat tag. I've knocked around the area (northeast of Priest Lake, just south of the Canadian border) all my life, but never hunted it much nor looked at it seriously for hunting. Cool country -- steep and deep. (As I was...
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    Spotting scope for a mountain goat hunt

    I managed to draw on a Mountain Goat hunt for northern Idaho this coming fall. I've never hunted for sheep or goats before, but believe I'm pretty well equipped with the exception of a spotting scope. I know little about spotters, but suspect this is going to be all about compromises (a desire...
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    My 9.3x62... and a mountain goat hunt to break it in...

    A couple months ago I posted about converting my Dad's Mauser actioned 30-06 into a 9.3x62 that I would carry as my go to hunting rifle in lieu of a .375 H&H (http://forum.nosler.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=32150&hilit=9.3x62&start=25). I took that plunge and sold the .375 H&H, followed the...
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    Spring Elk

    My work keeps me out on the back roads of northern Idaho on a regular basis. This time of year is always fun because the elk are all congregating in the lowlands as the snow disappears, and this year is no different. (As a casual observation, looks like it was a nice winter for elk as I...
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    Maven B3 8x30 Binoculars

    I've been shopping for a pair of hunting binoculars for a while now, wanting to find something that's not too big and bulky, is an asset in dim light, and doesn't break the bank. I've been waffling back and forth between the idea of a good pair of 8x30'ish and 8x40'ish binos, knowing I'm a lot...
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    The best turkey you're likely to ever eat

    I'm not a turkey fan, and never have been. Since picking up a ceramic grill a couple years ago however, I've been trying different things and ran across a phenomenal way to do a turkey. I've fixed it twice this way (once on a ceramic grill, and once on a Traeger pellet grill) and both times...
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    Meopta Meostar R2???

    Does anyone here own (or spent much time using) one of Meopta's new Meostar R2s? Looking for a good scope to use in heavy timber, so low light capabilities are important. Primary features I'm interested in are mag range low end around 2, objective no larger than 40 mm, water shedding coatings...
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    Unsettling frame of mind

    I find myself in an uncomfortable position today. I woke up this morning CONVINCED I should sell one of my rifles in order to fund a new scope. I've got a perfectly good Sako .375 H&H that I love -- very accurate and it shoulders for me better than any other rifle I own. Unfortunately, last...
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    Multi-purpose bullet trap

    Added a little to my shooting setup yesterday -- put together a relatively large bullet trap to serve for target work off my shooting bench as well as hang 4 different sized steels for offhand practice. Found a good sized chunk of AR500 for the back stop and hanging steels, so pieced everything...
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    For you 35 Whelan Aficionados...

    Ran across an older Ruger M77 in a 35 Whelan for sale on another site I frequent, and immediately thought of those of you here that have the 35 Whelan sickness. Ad says very little use, and the pix look like it. Anyone needing to feed their addiction can check it out at...
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    Young moose

    Ran across this scene between our place and town. This young moose was curious as heck about the house. It took me 5+ minutes to dig out the camera, and the moose spent the entire time checking out windows, looking at the door, etc... Wasn't the least bit interested in me sitting in the rig...
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