Thursday, February 28, 2008
I thought to myself, she doesn't know a coyote track from a rabbit track. I got to the back fence and found fresh rabbit tracks up and down the fence row. But then I noticed another set of tracks about 5 feet out from the fence. Seeing this I had to cross the fence and investigate. Sure enough it was a set of coyote tracks, not fresh this morning, but they were made in the last couple of days. That means I will be back out trying to nail one. I haven't tried to night hunt without a full moon, but with Mike's new Barska scope, I might try it hopefully one night this week.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
We finally got back out on the ice today. We hooked up with our good friend Chuck Parr, who brought his son out for his first ice fishing experience. It is nice to see guys bringing their kids out and giving them the chance to experience the outdoors.
We headed out to our local duck hunting lake, Lake Ponemah. Not knowing where to fish, since we have never ice fished this lake before, I tried spots that I had some success at this summer. WRONG! We hit two different spots with no luck, but we did have over 12" of solid ice. We spent about 2 hours on the ice and not even one bite between five people. After moving once we tried a spot we had success at this summer near a small inlet channel. It wasn't 15 minutes till a local gentleman came out to talk with us. He informed us that the fish had moved to the west and northwest end of the lake. He said that, the fish move during the winter to the far end of the lake. No one ever has any success near the area we were at. We stood around and talked for about 1/2 hour or so. It was nice to talk to another fisherman and hunter about the outdoors. If more people would take the time to share information like this the woods and water would be a better place. We get so hung up at times about our spot, and not sharing information with others. I guess we are afraid that we might give up our secret spot! I understand that everyone has their secret spot, but it never hurts to give some general info to help out others, so they can enjoy the sport also.
Chuck's boy had a good time and my kids had a good time, that is all that counts. No fish sticks for us today.
Well this week we took my Marlin 925 Bolt Action .22 Magnum to Williams Gun Sight ,which is one of our local gun dealers, to sight in the new Bushnell scope. We first had to re-mount the scope, because we decided to try to put it on ourselves and it was not perfectly parallel to the rifle barrel. That was a pain in the rear! Then when we took the bolt out to boresight it, it was to tight to put it back in! I dont know how we managed to get it out, so we had to take off the rear sight and re-mount the scope again. After about 5 minutes of work, Kevin (their gunsmith) boresighted it for me (the coolest way I have ever seen it done before, will post more on this later). After getting that out of our path, we fired three rounds at the 25 yard target, made a couple of adjustments and got it dead on, then we moved up to the 50 yard target, two more shots and an adjustment, also dead on. At the 100 yard range, one shot and we have it dead on, it only took us six shots to sight in the new scope. This rifle will make a good varmint hunter out of me and a good marksman too, the Banner has impressed me with how clear the vision is. The only thing I don't like that much is, that it rides up to close to the bolt, but over all it's a good buy!!! Thanks to Bob Rich from The Bob Rich Shooting Journal for all the information you gave me about this Bad Boy!!!
By: Little Mike
Friday, February 15, 2008
By: Little Mike
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
I sighted in Michael's 10/22 for him at the range. It wasn't too bad to get it ready. We started on the 12 1/2 yard range or pistol line. Click on the target to see larger picture. On the first target you can see our first two shots were on the paper at the lower left. We had to start somewhere. Then we went 2 1/2 complet rounds up and 1 1/2 rounds right, that put us 2 clicks left and 3 clicks low. We then went up 2 1/2 rounds up and 1 round right, that put us dead on vertically, and 2 clicks right. Our next adjustment was 1 complete round left, that put us dead on at 12 1/2 yards, only 5 shots to get there!
The above target was for 25 yards. First shot was 7 clicks high, and 1 click left. We went down 3/4 of a round and right about 1/4 round. That put us right on top of the bull, I went over 5 clicks which put us basically in the same spot only dead center horizontally. I then moved down 5 clicks which dropped it down to 1 click below the bull. This seemed to drop too much so I shot again and it drifted right about 1 click. We then cleaned the rifle and moved it back up 5 clicks. That last shot put us back on top of the bull. Thinking that it was close enough, we moved on to the 50 yard range.
The above target was at the 50 yard range. The first shot was 1/2 click low and 1 click left. I made a 2 click right adjustment and let Michael take over. He put the first two through the bull. Then he started to experiment with the different reticle patterns. Only 13 rounds to hit the bull at 50 yards, not bad!
The above target was used for the different patterns to see if they shot differently. I used the cross hair pattern to do the basic sight in. Michael wanted to switch to the small red dot and tried to shoot the bottom left target. As you can see the 5 shot group was about 3 clicks high and one click left. He then switched back to the cross hair pattern and shot the bottom right target and put 3 shots in the inner black ring, one just on the edge of the same ring and one flyer. I never shot it with the small dot, so I don't know if it was him or the pattern that made the difference. I do know that I like to use the cross hair pattern to draw my eye to the center of the target.
Once we got sighted in the boys began to plink away, with good sucess. Later in the day about after about 100 rounds into it, Jake had a misfire!!! I cleared the action and inspected the round. The firing pin DID hit the primer rim, but it didn't fire. I then took two pliers and pulled the bullet out of the case and dumped the powder out onto the snow. There was a clear impression made on the primer rim. This is the first time I have experienced this and I guess it does happen every so often. You just need to be careful when pulling the bullet out to disable the round.