Thought I'd share this ladder with you guys, I learned a lesson this evening. It's one of those lessons I think we all learn over and over again 😂
When something's not giving the desired results change something. With the limited tuning time I have nowadays I kept thinking I just hadn't quite found the tune with either gun. 1500 rounds through the 47L improved, 1100 rounds through the BRA and no big wins and a couple groups in the 1"s and most of my better finishes have come in score not group.
After my last match I came home with the intentions of swapping both barrels. I put the 6 BRA 7.25 twist Brux back on the Panda and was going to put the 3 groove 8 twist Lilja BRA back on the Borden but instead decided to switch powder lots and bullets and keep running the 4 groove 8 twist Lilja.
So the Panda / Brux 6 BRA shot decent with the 106 Roy's maybe a tenth off on powder and a thou or two off on seating. I think it will get back to shooting small with minimal testing.
The Borden / Lilja 4 groove I loaded up with Roy Hunter 103As and a lot of H4895 left over from 2018 in leftover sized brass from last August at the 600 Nationals.
The whole ladder was 2.1" wide x 2.4" tall, pretty sure it's gonna work LOL
Anyway here's the pic, I think I'll go .2 lower to 29.7 and work back up to 30.1 to see where it comes in and see if it repeats.
Took it out a couple days ago and it beat me up so bad I'm over it.
S & W 18" 12ga, weighs little and has a hard plastic butt plate. Shot three 2 3/4" #8s the other day. The 2 from the hip about tore my finger off in the trigger guard. The one I shouldered kicked like a mule.
Bought it pawn shop used 25-30 years ago when I was hauling pigs into east LA to the kill plant, just in case. Hardly any blue left on it then much less now.
Took it all apart and gave it a good cleaning yesterday and it's on to a new home.
When I came home last Friday night from my 3 week hitch up north to hunt my wife asked if we could go cut our own Christmas tree this year and I said sure. From my pics you guys are probably thinking "I don't remember seeing any trees" and you'd be right. Southwest of my SD home 60 miles as the crow flies, 80 by road are what's called The Slim Buttes. Located between Reva & Buffalo SD, the Slim Buttes are a part of the Custer National Forest system. Very rich in history and an amazing break from the endless grasslands the western Dakotas are known for.
So we had a Thanksgiving dinner yesterday evening with the youngest son and his fiance and the middle son. The oldest is now employerd by the USPS and couldn't get time off. Then the youngest and his fiance left for her family in Belle Fourche last night. This morning I hooked up the enclosed trailer with the RZR in it, put an edge on my ax and away we go.
Got to the campground and unloaded the RZR and started cruising the trails and parked it and walked out to the west rim and found a way down to the hills below the cliffs. Started working our way back south towards the highway and picked quite a few trees but needed to see what was over the next little rise. Ironically when we got down off the cliffs onto the lower hills we jumped a very nice whitetail buck with a doe but armed with only an axe and no tag for that unit I watched him fade away into the pines.
We settled on a tree within probably 800 yards of rough terrain from the highway and the pickup was 200 yards from where we carried it to the highway. According to the wife's fitbit watch we covered 3.7 miles by the time we got back to the pickup. Drove back up top and got the RZR then rode it to the tree and loaded up.
Stopped at the battle monument on the way out of the park. Pictures to follow.
First I don't hunt near as much as some people. I used to bird hunt, goose hunt, deer, antelope, prairie dogs etc.
I won't shoot what I won't eat except for varmints and predators so that limits me to deer and antelope.
We have another property where 4 landowners butt against each other and it is flat magic. We've taken many good deer there as well.
The 4 corners can only be accessed by a long 1-3 mile hike depending on the wind and cows. If you try to drive in you blow them out every time.
In these pics I'm hunkered down in a fence row 200 yards east of the 4 corners and this little buck comes straight east down the fence and sees me at 20 yards but doesn't know what I am so makes a quarter circle around me and wanders off north. He has a look over the ridge south of me then wanders back west and starts following a doe headed south who gets to the 4 corners and heads east down my fence line where she has the same reaction and they both make a circle around me.
I had many deer pass to my south and had many still coming my way from the neighbors that I ran out of light on.
Great way to pass an afternoon into evening even if you don't get to pull the trigger.