KY Muzzleloader Season Come and Gone

I only write this to mark the passing of KY’s Early Muzzleloader Season. It’s over; that is about all you need to know. All in all, it was not as lousy as it could have been. It was not the hottest, although we had temperatures in the mid-80’s. It was windy, but it was not as bad as some years. We heard a few shots. Everyone got out safe. It was pretty. If you’re going to bitch about it Shaman, why even go out? That’s a good question. I can tell you there are good reasons, especially now. For starters, … Continue reading

Smokepole Season Shake Down

This past weekend, I got my Hawken checked out for deer season. Not much had changed from the previous year. However, I had a wee bit of Hodgdon Triple-7 left over from 2013.  The previous week, I had used it in my .54 Hawken and found that it had gotten much hotter than previous years.  I suspect that having so little in the bottom of the 1 lb jug caused it to happen.   I brought a 3/4 full jug from 2006 and it performed perfectly. The other problem I encountered was a bad case of hard balls.  Muzzleloader bullets for … Continue reading

Shortest Recovery?

From the 24HourCampfire: jr1968 Offline Member   Loc: Bolivar,NY I know each White tail is different. Under 200 yard shot trough the lungs, what cal. and bullet grain has been the shortest recovery? Just wondering. Thanks, jr1968.   Dear jr1968: One of the nice things about whitetails is that they are not hard to kill. As a result, you can throw just about anything at them, and they’ll die. It also means that folks have a tendency to witness their first DRT/Bang Flop/Laser Beam/Pole Ax event and announce they’ve found the ultimate deer chambering. For the one-day-a-year average schmo, it’s … Continue reading

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