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Freeze Uses K31 on Opening Day

Editors note: Freeze is away on his annual trip to deer camp. During this time, he is functionally unreachable. But I did wake up opening day to find these three images on my phone. It appears he chose the K31 for opening day. From best I can tell, he is hunting over The Hay Bales, which means the protectional for …

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First Deer of 2017

Looks like opening day 2017 for Kentucky was successful. My son in law went out and filled both his tags the first morning. He was using a Marlin 1894 Lever action chambered in 44 Magnum. The doe was pretty small but will be great eating and the buck should be pretty tasty as well.   Freeze www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & …

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Thompson Center Hawken

I was walking by my bar the other day and I looked up and noticed a little rust near the Lock on a T/C Hawken rifle hanging on the wall. Since I had to take it down to clean, I decided to take a few pics. Back in 2000 I was surfing some online traders and noticed a guy was …

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A Quality Shotgun Travel Case

In the 1990’s, I was invited to participate in a big shotgun event. Kind of a big deal back then. But being much younger, and less experienced, I didn’t own any sporting weapons. I have recounted the story many times how this shotgun came into my possession: Browning Sporting Clays Lightening II. So I won’t rehash that here. But someone …

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POTD — Elephant Hit By Train

This photo is from 2013 in NE India. News reports are the full grown Tusker was crossing some railroad tracks when it was stuck. Obviously. Since trains don’t go far when they veer off the tracks. Reports are the animal died instantly. Which I am glad to hear. The photograph is interesting. Especially for a westerner who isn’t intimately familiar …

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Squirrel Hunting

This is a photo from last season. Freeze’s SIL went out and bagged a few for dinner that night. If you have never tried squirrel hunting, I really encourage new hunters to give it a go. Its low-cost / low-pressure. And you can either setup somewhere and wait to see what comes by? Or you can use it as an …

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Fly Fishing East Coast

Had a chance in 2016 to try my hand at fly fishing. I had a stunted start, but finished strong as I figured out casting AND bug theory. Yes. That is what I call it, “Bug theory”. Basically you have to look at the water and see what the fish sees. And then try to guess where he would decide …

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Freeze Replaces Scope on Hunting Shotgun

The scope I used on my Hunting shotgun finally went south on me. It was a great scope for many years of deer hunting; but like it or not, scopes do bite the dust. I found myself talking to my son-in-law about picking up a new scope and he reminded me that I gave him a scope years ago to …

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Playing with Camera in Blind

Took these photos last year while pig hunting in Texas. The quality isn’t the best, but that’s not the point. I have seen many people take exquisite photos through rifle scopes. Since the action was dull, I decided to pass the time by seeing what I could do? Is it easy or hard? As you can see, I didn’t do …

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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 …