First Shots with the Hawkeye

This had started out as a fun 3-day weekend at the farm.  It turned into a hard slog. However, I did get deer camp mowed and I did get to shoot some of the rifles I treated with Dyna Bore Coat.  I am impressed.  The point of the exercise was to get the new coating baked in by running a several rounds  through the rifles.  All of these rifles, most of them had new scopes on them as well, so we were not quite sure where they were going to shoot. Of the 4, the one I had the greatest … Continue reading

I Felt Like a Mad Scientist

A buddy of mine was a Jungian psychologist. They deal with archetypes and such. She always said that I was a Promethean type– a true hero mentality. I dunno about all that, but she did leave me some good Joseph Campbell tapes when she moved out. The setup for all this is based on my recent purchase of the Ruger Hawkeye.  As part of the deal, I decided to try Dyna Bore Coat. It was a new rifle, so I figured getting it down to the bare metal to apply the coating would not be all that hard. You can … Continue reading

Remembering the Monarch

The other day I was down at camp. There was not a whole lot to do. It was hot. I went in and sat in the recliner next to the air conditioner and tried to take a nap. I looked up and saw the mount of “The Monarch” and started reminiscing. As a coincidence the website stats put the story of that buck’s taking at the top of the chart showing what has been read on the weblog in the past 20 days. I guess after 10 years it is time to go back and revisit that story. I re-read … Continue reading

The Last 30-06 Arrives

Thursday Well, the shaman’s last 30-06 arrived. They called from Hibberd’s in Cleves. The rifle was in. I went over to pick it up. John slid out the box, and then it hit hit me: Exactly when did I do this last? It’s funny, but I could not figure out exactly when was the last time I went to a store and cracked open the box on a factory-new rifle. Was it 10 years ago? 15? I finally had to shove it out of my mind, because John was looking at me wondering why I wasn’t opening the box. I … Continue reading

Why a 30-06?

So shaman, you wait 30 years to buy a rifle. Why is it a 30-06? Oh, that’s an easy one.  First off, think back to 1984 and imagine a young, impressionable 20-something.  I had fallen in with a particularly hard-core cell of the vast right-wing conspiracy.  I was the kid of the group by about 20 years. There were a bunch of other guys, but among the principles were: Big Bob: A retired gun editor, good friends with Bill Ruger, Elmer Keith and the likes. Jerry: A ex-marine armorer with his own gun store. John: A veteran of The Bulge … Continue reading

The shaman and the Last 30-06

But … aint many troubles that a man cain’t fix with seven hundred dollars and his thirty ought six. –Lindy Cooper Wisdom Grandpa’s Wisdom I do not usually spend years making up my mind about a deer rifle.  However, it was 2007 when I first began to contemplate what I have come to call “My Last 30-06.”  Just to set the stage for you, in 2007, I had just bagged the biggest buck of my career. I had two young sons, one had not yet taken his first deer.  The other was approaching 16, and would no longer be hunting … Continue reading

PCR Comes to Ohio

It is my understanding that Pistol Cartridge Rifles will be allowed this coming year for deer hunting in Ohio Here was the first mention I saw of it: ODNR Division of Wildlife announces pistol caliber rifles for deer hunting This is terrific news for Buckeye Deer Hunters. From what I understand, the allowed cartridges will include everything that has been previously legal in a pistol. 357 Mag, 44 Mag, 45 LC and 45-70 will be allowed. I’ll post more as I find it. UPDATE: Here is more straight from ODNR: Ohio Wildlife Council to Consider Proposed Deer Hunting Dates and … Continue reading