Eight weeks and Counting

I just watched the countdown timer cross the 8-week mark. It’s now exactly 2 months to the start of Kentucky’s Modern Weapons Season.  I stayed home from the farm overnight. It was going to be hot and muggy and thunderstorms have been moving through since sundown Friday. I’ve been busy down in the shamanic reloading cave all week, replenishing the larder. 25-06:  117 gr Hornady SPBT over H4831sc 30-06:  Lots of 150 and 165 grainers over H4895. 30-30:  170-grain cast lead over H4895 — more green powder coated stuff 308 Win: 165 Grain Hornady SPBT over H4895 357 Mag:  125-grain … Continue reading

A New 100-Yard Target Stand

Back when I was wringing out the new Ruger American Hawkeye in .223 REM, I noticed an interesting phenomenon.  There was a lot of wind, and my groups were getting spread out horizontally a good 4 inches while the vertical difference was less than an inch.  I looked into it, and the horizontal deflection of a 20 MPH wind on that load was indeed 4 inches at 100 yards.  I frequently have gusty winds out at camp when I’m sighting in deer rifles, so I began thinking about a fix.   The nice thing about having a place of your … Continue reading

So you want a new deer rifle for Indiana

Now that Indiana has decided to take the great leap ahead and embraced modern centerfire rifles for deer, the question is going to be what rifle to buy. I have had a lot of thoughts on that very idea over the years. Dig around on this weblog, starting with the suggested readings at the bottom of this article, and you will find the sum of my thoughts.   However, in celebration of the new rules, I am going to give y’all something fresh. If you want the bottom line, just skip down to the last paragraph. Any way you go … Continue reading

Deer Camp 2015 — The Final Ritual

I mentioned to Angus last week as we were on our way out to Campground that it seemed like everything at Deer Camp had become a ritual. Even the most mundane things, when repeated for a decade and a half take on a ceremonial quality. Last weekend was the yearly last trip to camp to close up. We were on our way to the stand at Campground to take down the last of the treestand skirts. Last year, Angus had not attended this rite, but he could see my point. Lily, the Beagle, always does, and always has to scour … Continue reading