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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”

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Ivory Stocked Rifle

I will start off by saying that I like Ivory. I like it as grips for firearms and have carried a ivory gripped pistol professionally in the past. It’s way, way, way more durable than most modern readers would believe. I suspect the modern penchant to view ivory as fragile is attributable to the significant price increases more than actual …

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POTD — M1D Garand Deer Hunting

Interesting photo showed up on the internet this week. The owner of a M1D Garand sniper rifle had his MILSURP out in the Western New York State snow for deer season. If I understand it correctly, he has to download his rifle to 5 rounds to comply with the NY SAFE ACT.   Yeah, let’s hope Trump rolls that crap …

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Pointed Bullets and Tubular Magazines

“Don’t use pointed bullets in tubular magazines!” We’ve all heard that warning. The reason is because the cartridges are in-line, and the point of one bullet rests against the primer of the next. The jostle and rearward force of recoil can cause the point to act as a firing pin and set off the cartridge in front of it. Even …

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Video — Smoker for Deer Camp

Freeze had a great idea for the 2016 hunting season. He wanted a smoker that we could let run while many of us are off in our stands. Well…thanks to Cabelas we have such a solution.   Marky www.tacticaltshirts.com www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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Hams In The Cooler

While down in Texas this spring, we shot some pigs. As many of you are aware, Freeze processes all our meat in house. Here is the sausage hanging in the Freezer before it was quartered and driven to Freeze’s house. BTW…he and some fellow hunters are eating some of this smoked pork today while trying to bring down some deer …

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Safari Seat Hunting

Not really sure what to actually call this, so I am giving it my best attempt. While pig hunting in Texas, I got to do something I have never personally experienced before. Sitting on raised seats on the edge of an open field. In this particular case, we were on the back of a “mule”. But this outfitter also had …

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Trail Breaker At Camp Perry

I haven’t seen one of these types of bikes in 30 years. I didn’t know they still made them! Or perhaps started making them again? But there it was. On Vender’s Row. At Camp Perry. Staring me in the face. Brand. Spanking. New. Let me explain. Back in the day before we had modern dirt bikes, 4 wheelers and side-by-sides, …

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Remington LTR Light Mount

A guy I was hunting with this past spring showed up with a neat and cost effective may to mount a light to his rifle. Instead of buying some high-dollar, heavy, dedicated rig for a hunt he does once a year. He cheaply and effectively stuck a 1913 rail through a sling swivel and mounted his handgun X300 light to …

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A Shotgun That is Almost a Rifle

Fortunately, the number of shotgun only states is falling fast. At least for me. But if you are a “rifle guy” and the rules and regs require hunters to use a shotgun; think about skipping the 12 gauge and going straight to a rifled 20. This H&R 20 gauge loaded with copper-solid sabots is easily a 75-100 yard gun. And …