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  .338 Win Mag
Posted by: Grizzly Dave - 08-08-2018, 10:35 PM - Forum: Weapons FAQ - Replies (3)

After I returned from African and had harvested my Kudu, Gemsbok, Springbok and Impala all with a .30-06 I decided all the game I would take in future I could also do with a .30-06 and my Kimber in .300 Win. Mag. was the first to go, then my .338 Win. Mag. in SS Tikka T3. I didn't plan on heading to the Stikine/ Spatsizi plateaus again so a .30-06 would likely do me fine, no Grizzlies or polar bears in my future and I certainly can't afford Africa in the near future....a rich sugar-momma not withstanding of course.
My big fat mouth got me in trouble again.
A bunch of mechanics at work were telling hunting stories and stupidly, I mentioned the Stikine and the moose we took out of there as well as Caribou and Goats etc.
Bad move Grizzly Dave...now they want me to go along with them and show them the area.
At the very same time there was a letter to the editor in a gunrag stating that the man's family had bought some property in Colorado so they could elk hunt. He said the over 200 elk they had taken from that area with rifles from 243-300RUM. He said they all died if hit in the boiler room but it was a matter of how far you had to track the wounded elk...with one exception the .338 Win. Mag. which he stated resulted in the elk taking a step or two then down as if poleaxed.
I recalled the mooses (Plural) I had shot with a .338 and the mountain goat and all were dead with one shot in place except one moose  went 50 feet after a frontal shot and the goat did the quick one step over the edge of the cliff. I also recalled the time I was hunting the McKay River near Quesnel British Columbia with a .270 Featherweight Winchester, just like Jack O'Connor..... and came across fresh Grizzly pie in a willow thicket  which kicked in the pucker factor of only having a .270.

HMMMMMM sez I, me thinks mayhap I acted in haste in limiting my magnum capabilities.

Looking around I could only find a .338 in a Savage 116 Weather Warrior and after a bit of research...all positive, I traded a rifle and some cash for a brand new Savage with a Weaver scope as a package deal. I swapped the Weaver onto my .270 and put the 3X9 Leupould from the .270 onto the .338. After all O'Conner did use Weavers on his .270s if you follow the pattern of my manic thoughts.
Next Monday or Tuesday I will be at the range before it gets too hot and see if I can sight them both in ...or at least the .338.
Some folks say a .30-06 can do it all and they are right. Grancel Fitz did it before WWII. ... but it's those rare occasions when not every thing is going as planned that it could possibly let you down. Elmer Keith designed the .338 win. Mag. for a specific reason and that was to drop big and / or dangerous game and it works.
I have had six Grizzly encounters in one day and it certainly demands all of your senses especially the sow with two yearling cubs at 52 yards. That took some fast talking. Confused ..backed up by a .338 if needed.
So on September 26th I head for the Stikine/Spatsizi area again and like Sean Connery I must never say never again. Rolleyes

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  what Revolver (s ) do you conceal carry?
Posted by: Scottman - 08-08-2018, 10:13 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (24)

Where do you carry it/them? what model? whats your build and dress like? Can you operate it with mitts?


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  A matter of interest on knives.
Posted by: Limey Pete - 08-03-2018, 07:53 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (11)

I was browsing a knife stall last night here in Thailand, and saw a Bear Gryles folding scout knife.
The original knife is made in Portland Oregon and is a Gerber knife, which retails about $22, plus $8 p-packing on eBay.
On this stall, the Chinese copy was $8, and it looked a good copy.
There is a video of a comparison of the two knives.
The Chinese copy is not as good, but nearly as good.
I have checked and these copies can be ordered by the 50, for $7 apiece.
Of course I object to the Chinese taking a western knife and copying it, however, if the Chinese can make this knife so cheap, why can the West not?
I object that the West cannot make this knife a lot cheaper. They should do, but maybe in Portland they have some extra taxes, and labor charges that put the price up. But mostly, I think it is simply greed that drives up prices in the West.
Anyone have a Bear Gryles folding scout knife, and if so – any good?

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  Ahoy the camp!
Posted by: txmoonwolf - 07-31-2018, 04:47 AM - Forum: Welcome To The Hoodlums - Replies (6)

Howdy all, Txmoonwolf here, sometime known as Mattexian, and I usually sign off as Matt in Texas.  

I'd have sworn I posted an intro when I first joined long ago, before going dormant as other things took priority, but apparently not, so I may have set a record for lurking.  Wink

I'm 46, married again, no kids, three dogs, lotsa cats.  Just survived treatment for a relapse of stage 2 Hodgkins lymphoma, still recovering under doctor's orders before I can return to work at the end of August.  Recovering BoyScout, now doing GoodTurns fortnightly.  Served one term in the Texas State Guard a decade ago.  I may not get to run deep into the woods like I used to (I live at the southern end of the Big Thicket, in SE TX), tho I live in a woody enough part of town to practice some skills in my backyard.

I recognize a few names from other forums, tho not as many as before.  I guess I don't hang out in as many groups online as I used to, which is probably good; seems like there's so many places now, I wouldn't know where to start.  Let me say that I'm glad this place is still here, and it's repository of knowledge hasn't been lost.

Matt in Tx

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  Introduction (also request for action)
Posted by: freethink - 07-29-2018, 11:33 PM - Forum: Welcome To The Hoodlums - Replies (4)


Thanks for having me on this forum. I am Colin G. a.k.a. freethink. 

Very briefly introducing myself, I grew up in Redding, CA, went to different schools such as St. Joseph's, Grant, Sequoia, Nova, and Shasta High, and I later attended Shasta College before venturing out into the wider world. At some point along that early part of my life I went to the same school (or schools) Karen went to. My memory is now fuzzy on the details. I used to be connected with some of you I think on Facebook but I deactivated my Facebook permanently earlies this year, so I am not on that anymore.

I am planning to retire in Idaho (or maybe a combination of places, to include Idaho, Chile and Costa Rica - not sure of all the details yet). For now I am just working in a financial field and doing my best to get on in life and do well for my family. My LinkedIn is https://www.linkedin.com/in/colingallagher

So that is me in a nutshell I guess. 

I recently started a website (it doesn't have much content up yet as it is barely started), defendingconstitutionalrights.com
Not much to it yet but there will be a lot to announce there in coming months as casework develops.

What else? My parents were recently like a lot of people in Redding CA and surrounding areas, evacuated from their homes due to the fires, we offered to meet them at a safe location to pick them up and take them to our home but for the time being they are deciding to remain in the Shasta College shelter and assist their moderately disabled clients who have nowhere else to go. We don't know yet if their Redding home will be gone or if it will remain standing due to fires. So I guess in followup I will probably start a different thread to discuss this and how best people can help those affected in Redding. In the meanwhile please consider donating to Red Cross at https://www.redcross.org/donate and select the option "Help people recover from home fires" in the drop down selection.

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  120 years of the "American"
Posted by: Scottman - 07-27-2018, 10:42 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - No Replies

Ruger has the modern American pistol and bolt action rifle . . . .. . . picked up a in bad shape to try to fix up (and eventually shoot with black powder) H&R "young American" to go with my H&R "The American" pistol.

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I bet in another 100 years American Sportsmen will be putting food in the pot with some type of firearm called "American" Wink

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  SHTF knife sharpening inquiry?
Posted by: Tn Ridge Rover - 07-27-2018, 12:17 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (1)

OK, it has hit the fan and it will be an extended adventure meaning ya might not make it back home!

Scenario is I have an 01 carbon steel Skookum Bush Tool and a D-2 steel Dozier. Pretend they are both convex grinds as I intend on that grind for both knives.

The carbon steel is easier to sharpen, but the D-2 steel holds an edge much longer! If ya could only take one knife, which would it be?

The blade lengths and blade thicknesses are similar but the SBT is thicker. the Dozier has the longer blade. The Dozier is the "Guide" model.

I can tell ya right now with no experience with the Dozier except holding it in my hand, And just a little  cutting with the SBT on hard cedar limbs. That Dozier and me are falling in love! It just feels so right!   https://agrussell.com/knife/Dozier-Profe...--DK-GUIWS




My question is not really about the knife, but would you choose a carbon steel knife over a D-2 steel knife for SHTF?

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  Do you see used Rossi Circuit Judges for Sale Locally ?
Posted by: Scottman - 07-27-2018, 10:18 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - No Replies

ads , gun shows etc? what's the average price on a used model?


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  Mini-fridge massacre
Posted by: Stormcrow - 07-23-2018, 05:55 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (8)

Not necessarily something I'd recommend, but apparently my bush swords are mini-fridge rated.  Big Grin

Customer pics.

[Image: 29721938178_6f8a966b08_c.jpg]minifridge by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 42687909345_5e02af1d21_c.jpg]minifridge2 by James Helm, on Flickr

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  Donald Trump survival aid.
Posted by: Limey Pete - 07-17-2018, 09:08 AM - Forum: Backpacking and Gear Testing - Replies (12)

I’m not kidding.  
I was impressed to see the vehicle the secret service uses to transport President Trump around, four inch armored glass, run flat tires, explosion proof fuel tank, and a surprising survival aid.
President Trump’s blood and maybe his wife Ivana Trump's blood.
So chaps, you who estimate yourself true survivalists, when you take a day hike up the mountain, or even a walk in the park, carry a pint of your own blood in your day pack.
You know it makes sense.


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