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  • September 10, 2008

    Picture of the Day-1

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    Nm_bull
    Here's Ben Maki's New Mexico bull he killed a few days ago with his bow. After a week of humping through the mountains he called this elk to within arms' reach.

    Send your photos and stories to thegunshots@yahoo.com.

    —John Snow

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  • September 9, 2008

    Barack Obama On Guns…Again-17

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    If his goal is to reassure gun owners that he isn’t interested in quashing our Second Amendment rights, I don’t think this statement is going to help much:

    “Even if I want to take them away, I don’t have the votes in Congress,’’ Obama said. “This can’t be the reason not to vote for me.”

    Seems like pretty cold comfort to think that what’s preventing President Obama from snagging our guns is a lack of votes in the Democratic House and Democratic Senate led by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

    As an aside, I like the comment from this person to the post:

    “Of course he won’t. It would be kind of hard to since we’re all ‘clinging’ to them.”

    Got that right.

    —John Snow

    Update: The NRA-ILA takes Joe Biden to the woodshed for his anti-gun record.

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  • September 8, 2008

    Game On-3

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    I’ve been feeling like a kid who’s been told he has to stay inside and finish his homework while watching his friends through his kitchen window play outside in the front yard. Reports have been coming in from various quarters about the start of hunting season. Here in the office a number of guys have been thinning the local resident Canada goose population, while others have already logged some time in their tree stands, fighting off the mosquitoes in hopes of arrowing an unsuspecting and, at this early point in the season, uneducated buck.

    My friend Ben Maki just returned from New Mexico having successfully arrowed a terrific bull elk he called within six paces. “All my pins were in his kill zone,” Maki told me on the phone. “I just drew back and let him have it.”

    The elk didn’t even realize he was hit. He trotted off about 25 yards and stopped when Ben hit him with a cow call. “He just stood there for a few seconds and then flopped over.”

    Well, my turn is coming up. I’m heading to western Colorado in a few days to hunt mule deer in the rough, high rimrock country around Grand Junction. To say I’m excited would be an understatement. My rifle is zeroed in and my bags are half packed.

    What have you got on tap? Send your field reports and photos to thegunshots@yahoo.com and make your buddies jealous.

    —John Snow

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  • September 5, 2008

    Cold Clean Zero-2

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    Coldcleanzero1_2
    Fouling is a funny thing in a rifle. A little can be good and too much can ruin your day. Having none at all throws things off too.

    I like to shoot my rifles with clean—very clean—barrels. But I know that that rifle won’t be doing its best until it has been shot a bit. The precise number of shots varies from rifle to rifle and that’s a topic for another day.

    But here’s a good demonstration of how the first shot from a cold, clean barrel will hit to a different point of aim. As you can see, after the first shot with both Sakos and with the Weatherby the groups tightened up significantly and hit to the same point of impact.

    Coldcleanzero2_2
    The most notable shift after the first shot was with the Sako A7, which put its first shot a good two inches below the subsequent 0.8725-inch group. But in all cases, following the first shot the rifles gave me nice sub-MOA three shots groups after that first fouler went down range.

    —John Snow

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  • September 5, 2008

    Drug Busting Black Bear-0

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    Bearstare1
    This is from the AP. Best line: 'Our county is so
    tough on drugs that even the wildlife are getting in on the action.''

    PANGUITCH, Utah (AP) -- One Utah community is cheering a special bear -- but don't call him Smokey.

    Investigators say a large black bear raided a clandestine marijuana growing operation so often that it chased the grower away.

    ''This
    bear is definitely law-enforcement minded,'' said Garfield County
    Sheriff Danny Perkins. ''If I can find this bear I'm going to deputize
    him.''

    Deputies found food containers ripped apart and strewn
    everywhere, cans with bear teeth marks, claw marks and bear prints
    across the Garfield County camp on Tuesday.

    Perkins said the operation on Boulder Mountain included 4,000 ''starter'' sacks of pot and 888 young plants.

    ''This
    particular bear apparently was not going to give up and basically
    chased these marijuana farmers away,'' Perkins said. ''Our county is so
    tough on drugs that even the wildlife are getting in on the action.''

    Gotta love it.

    —John Snow

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  • September 3, 2008

    Amazing Arizona Bull Elk-3

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    Am_elk_5
    Stud. Toad. Gagger. This is the stuff elk hunting dreams are made of. If you haven’t already, go check out the story behind Clark Guy’s amazing bull that he shot a few days ago on a governor’s tag in Arizona.

    Being the gun nut that I am, I was interested to know what he used to kill this gorgeous bull. Here’s what Guy said:

    Rifle: Remington 700 Classic with synthetic stock

    Caliber: 300 Winchester Magnum

    Bullet: 180-grain Nosler Partition hand loaded to 3,100 fps

    Scope: Zeiss 3.5-10 

    A classic elk rig for sure and an incredible hunt.

    —John Snow

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  • September 3, 2008

    Guns To Drool Over-0

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    Love historic guns? Have an extra few thousand dollars kicking around? You’ll have a primo opportunity to indulge the former and relieve yourself of the later starting September 6 when the Rock Island Auction Company kicks off its firearms auction.

    Among the gems up for sale is the very first “One of One Thousand” Winchester Model 1876 produced. It is expected to go for at least $250,000. A fancy gold-plated, factory engraved Henry lever-action should command a similar price tag.

    You can view some of the goodies here.

    —John Snow

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  • September 2, 2008

    Field Dressing A Moose-1

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    I'm not sure it completely qualifies someone for the vice presidency of the United States, but Fred Thompson just noted, while singing the praises of Sarah Palin, that she is certainly the only person on either ticket who knows how to "properly field dress a moose."

    No doubt.

    —John Snow

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  • September 2, 2008

    Presidential Candidates And Gun Rights-0

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    Looking for a quick recap of where the candidates for president and vice president stand on the topic of gun rights?

    This page here gives a synopsis (including links to Outdoor Life’s exclusive interview with John McCain) on the issues.

    —John Snow

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