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Benefits of a Sandbag with Rifles

This is a little trick I picked up quite a while ago. I always have 2 little “sandbags” with me when I am doing precision rifle work. Doesn’t matter if I am hunting pigs in Texas. Deer in the Midwest. Or shooting 1000 yards from one ridge to the next with a “tactical” rifle. These two sandbags are present. It’s …

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Unexpected Visitor — Black Bear

While confirming some dope on the way back down from 1000 yards, I had something happen that has never happened before. A 200 pound male Black Bear (Spotter said it was a bull. I have no idea) walked right into my field of view and in front of my 600 yard steel target. Truthfully, for about a millisecond I about …

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Hunting Rifle – Long Range?

First off I guess I need to preface this article with a caveat: Your definition of long range vs the next guy could be too completely different distances. This is especially true for hunters who live west of The Mississippi vs East Coast. This past fall, a friend and myself headed out West for some Mule Deer. Here he is, …

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Vang Comp Safety on Mossberg 500

So, the other day I’m in the armory discussing business with Marky and, “checking out” my Russian sniper rifle. While I’m gathering up things, Marky goes over to the work bench area and grabs a Mossberg for-end and spanner wrench that he borrowed who knows how long ago. While he was digging them out he pulled out a Vang Comp …

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Parker Brothers Shotgun

About a year ago, I happened to come across a old Parker Brothers Shotgun. It was dirty and had years of crud on it, but was in pretty good shape. Now, I’m not an expert on Parker Bros. shotguns. And I know there is a huge following, with some examples going for big bucks. Let’s just say the price was …

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Pig Hunt Bullet Fragment

This is an administrative post for an inside project. Someone wanted to see what a 270wby TTSX bullet looks like after hitting a pig from the hind quarter. This round hit the hipbone. Now for why? Someone in our hunting circles is questioning his choice in TTSX bullets for hunting. Not saying he’s dropping it. Just saying he’s not been …

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Armory Chat 26 – Old Guy Air Guns

By popular demand, here is a close up of the GAMO 640 rifle we use for deprivation around the armory buildings. And a bonus, the very first gun I ever owned. The Red Ryder BB Gun my father gave me when I was 8 years old.     Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Fox Frozen in Danube

These images came out of Europe in the Danube River region. Locals discovered this fox perfectly frozen in ice. Eyes open. Suspended lifelike. I am reminded of a quote Freeze said to be just a few days ago, “When you spend enough time in the woods, you will see some weird shit”. File this under the weird-shit chapter.     …

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Leopard Attacks Jackal Hunting Party

These photos are coming out of South Africa. They are pretty gruesome by big-city standards, but I think interesting. And informative. As it is being reported, a group of hunters was using dogs to hunt Jackals in South Africa when a leopard struck the party, “Leopard shot at Frontier Safaris near Alicedale, Eastern Cape Province, SA. Apparently the owner, Barry …

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Riding The Ranch

One of my favorite past times is reconnaissance. I’m weird like that. I’m a natural patroller. So when we show up to hunt a new ranch, I thoroughly enjoy getting the lay of the land. On foot. Jeep. Or even by air. It’s always enjoyable to go on a “walk-about”. At least for me anyway. These pics are from a …

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Video — Testing New Pig Load SCAR 17

A buddy of mine has a new hunting load developed for our 2017 Texas Pig Hunt. He knew I was benching some rifles testing torque so he wished to come along and share in the cold weather misery. Also…we expect the Texas pig trip will be early enough that we might very well see near freezing temps. So he wanted …

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Getting Your Ass Kicked in 3…2…1

Don’t let the hippies and participation-trophy-crowd deceive you any longer. Getting your ass kicked always, always, always makes you smarter. Fact is, I would stack up a few good ass-kick’ns to any theoretical PhD out there on the must-have education resume. And the reason is simple: A few good whoop’ns sears into your brain the concept of truth and consequences. …

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Freeze Won’t Give Me Any Deer Jerky

Have to admit, 2016 has been a pretty lean hunting year for us. We have hunted Ohio, Indiana and Montana and come up with nothing so far. After this weekend, we will have to switch to archery in hopes of filling the Freezer. So why am I telling you this? I just realized something: Freeze hasn’t given me any deer …

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POTD — Best Pic From Deer Camp 2016

Freeze sent this to me while I was in DC. I suspect on some unconscious level he was rubbing it in. And rightfully so. His SIL (Son-In-Law) took this while some hunters were admiring their lever-action rifles.     Marky www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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POTD — Opening Day Gun Season

Made it a point to hunt Freeze’s property this year. Was hoping to break in the Wild West Co-Pilot with some meat. But alas, the light rain and win kept the deer bedded down today. 7-11am nothing. I’ll try again later in the week.     Marky www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”