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My wife Coni and I were fortunate to have parents who loved hunting and the great outdoors. They shared those precious experiences and passed that love along to us. When our two daughters Chandra and Jessica came along, we did our best to continue this family heritage.
Forget about watching movies, television or playing X-Box games. Those indoor pastimes are poor, poor substitutes for looking for game at first light, climbing mountain slopes or sleeping under the stars. When you talk about spending “quality time” with your children, you can’t beat the closeness that comes from hunting and camping together. Memories of these experiences will be cherished forever and retold at family gatherings years later.
We taught our daughters early to shoot and hunt. Both are safe and proficient marksmen, and they enjoy hunting as well as Coni and I do. They cut their teeth on rabbits and prairie dogs, then progressed to hunting ducks and pheasants. Both Jessica and Chandra successfully stalked their first pronghorn long before they were old enough to drive.
Chandra Brooks Patey
As our family grows, this valuable heritage is passed along to new generations. Grandchildren Taylor and Tanner (“Roundy”) are experienced hunters and shooters. Like their proud parents and grandparents, they also know their way around horses. As our other grandchildren reach hunting age, they will share in the same tradition.
Jessica, Taylor & Tanner
I feel sorry for youths who don’t have family hunting and camping trips to look forward to. I worry about youngsters who never know the joy of learning to shoot and making tin cans dance with a .22. Teaching your children, grandchildren, nephews or nieces the basics of marksmanship-along with the “do’s” and “don’ts” of safe gun handling-is a rewarding experience for everyone involved.
I can’t imagine raising children without the one-on-one interaction, sharing, and honest-to-goodness time spent together hunting and camping involves. I know of no other activity that brings families closer together. I know the Brooks family is far richer because of the hunting heritage we continue to share.
It’s spring! It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that warmer weather is finally on the way.
I’m looking forward to getting out and shooting some prairie dogs. I hope all of you also have some shooting planned, along with many other activities warm weather allows us to do.
I recently received an interesting report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. I’d like to share what was in this report with our Club-X members.
- Firearm-related fatalities in the U.S. have consistently decreased since record-keeping began in 1902. This decrease has been dramatic in the last 10 years.
- Over the last eight years, the number of unintentional firearms-related fatalities for children (14 years of age and under) has decreased by 67 percent.
- Accidental firearm-related fatalities are substantially lower compared to the number of accidental deaths caused by other injury types.
- Hunting is one of the safest forms of recreation in the United States.
- Firearms are involved in fewer than 2 percent of accidental fatalities among children (14 years of age and under).
- In the past 12 years, firearm-related accidents in the home have dropped by more than 55 percent.
- Firearms are involved in fewer than 1 percent (0.7 percent) of all accidental fatalities in the United States.
Over the last decade, the rate of firearm-related injuries per 100,000 people has declined by 60 percent (from 0.5 percent in 1994 to 0.2 percent in 2004).
These statistics were reported in The National Safety Council’s 2005-2006 Injury Facts, as well as other reliable sources. Injury Facts is an annual statistical report on unintentional injuries and their characteristics. This summary highlights trends only for unintentional firearms-related fatalities on an annual basis. To learn more about these statistics and other interesting facts, contact the NSSF at 203-426-1320 or visit the organization’s website at www.nssf.org.
Hunters are wonderful people who care about the sport and the people in it.
The dedication hunters have is apparent to me when I go to fundraisers. For instance, in one night the Utah Sportsman’s for Fish and Wildlife organization raised 3.1 million dollars for wildlife. That’s right: 3.1 million dollars!
I feel privileged to be involved with hunting and the outdoors, and delight in donating my time and money to such a valuable resource. I hope all of you appreciate what we have here in the United States, and how lucky we are to having the hunting opportunities that we do.
My suggestion is, don’t ever take hunting for granted. Be aware that there is always someone out there who wants to take it away from you and me, and they will do everything in their power to try to make this happen. Please be generous with your time and money to help preserve and protect your hunting privileges. I can guarantee your donations will reap big dividends. I have seen first-hand what getting involved can achieve.
Thanks for reading Coni’s Corner. Please feel free to pass this information along to you family and friends.
It’s spring again! Many folks are busting out those rifles hidden in the closet since last year and preparing them for varmint hunting. I’d like to offer a few tips to ready your firearms for the coming varmint season.
First, a good cleaning and oiling of the firearm is in order. Hopefully spiders or other insects haven’t laid their eggs in your barrel. Be sure to run an oiled patch down the bore to remove these or other surprises. If there’s an obstruction in the bore, firing the rifle can easily bulge the barrel-or even split it open! We won’t go into some of the other bad things that can happen. Always a good idea, cleaning the bore is a “must” if the rifle hasn’t been used in some time.
Check for loose screws, and tighten if necessary. I suggest tightening the front lug screw first, to 50 inch-pounds of pressure. Then tighten the rear lug screw(s) to 30 inch pounds. Over-tightening can warp the action and produce poor accuracy.
Check the scope and carefully clean the lenses with cleaning materials specifically designed for the job. I store my guns together in a gun safe, and the rifles used last spring often find their way to the back of the safe. In the process, they may jostle against other rifles along the way. If this accidentally happens, the scope may be jarred enough to affect its zero.
It’s a good idea to retest the rifle for accuracy before you end up afield with a rifle that doesn’t shoot where you aim it. Be sure to use the same rest you intend to use in the field. Your rifle will impact differently if you switch to a different rest. The old wives’ tale that the bullet leaves the barrel before the rifle has a chance to recoil is false.
If there’s a chance you might be hunting in the rain, consider using a piece of tape to prevent water from entering the muzzle. Firing a rifle with even a small amount of water in the bore can bulge your barrel. Any type of tape will work, but clear Scotch tape may not stick well if subjected to rain for any length of time. I prefer either good-quality masking tape or black electrician’s tape. Fold a small 3-inch-long strip over the muzzle, then wrap another 3-inch piece around the barrel to hold the first strip in place. I’ve found the tape does not hurt accuracy.
I hope these tips I’ve learned over the years prove helpful. When you’re ready to go varmint hunting, be sure to take a friend or a young one along and introduce him or her to the sport. Hopefully, these same skills will be passed along to their children later on.
Peter Pi, Sr.
Breaking the Elk Jinx
My last elk was taken in Cody, Wyoming in 1980. After 25 continuous years of trying to get another elk, I finally broke the jinx on November 3rd, 2005.
I was hunting the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains near Gunnison, Colorado when I spotted a large bull working his way up a deep draw at about 8,000 feet. I ranged him with my Leica 8x rangefinder-450 yards.
I was across the draw from him, so I tried to get a little closer. Sensing something wrong, he turned and started trotting uphill. He was in thick scrub oak, so I didn’t have a decent shot until he neared the top of the rise. The rangefinder said he was now 313 yards away.
My Lex Webernick Custom Light Weight Strata rifle was loaded with .300 Weatherby Magnum Cor-Bon DPX ammo firing Barnes 180-grain Triple-Shock bullets at 3200 feet per second. The rifle’s 4.5x14mm Leupold scope was sighted to place the bullet 3 inches high at 100 yards, allowing me to hold dead-on at 300 yards. A Steady-Stix bipod was used to support the rifle.
As the bull stopped and posed broadside, I squeezed off a shot that struck right behind the left shoulder. Although the bull was over 300 yards away, I heard the “smack” as the bullet struck home. The bull staggered, then turned and fell as he tried to run. He was down before I could work the bolt for another shot. As I approached the bull with his massive antlers, I felt weak in the knees. My 25-year jinx had ended, and I had a bull of a lifetime. The SCI green score was 340.
The Barnes Triple-Shock entered right behind the left shoulder, took out both lungs, broke the right shoulder and finally exited. The exit hole was huge, creating massive blood loss. I was extremely pleased with the performance of the Triple-Shock bullet and the Cor-Bon DPX ammo. Now I know why I waited more than 20 years to market a premium line of rifle ammo. I was waiting for the ultimate big game bullet: the Barnes Triple-Shock.-Peter R. Pi Sr., President/CEO Dakota Ammo, Inc.; Glaser, LLC;
Dall sheep are found in the mountains of Alaska and northwest Canada.
Dall sheep have dish-shaped hooves with roughened pads that cling to cliff edges and broken ledges.
Dall sheep are high strung and may abandon parts of their range if repeatedly disturbed
In summer the sheep eat a wide variety of plants. In winter the diet is limited to frozen grass and lichens.
The male Dall sheep (ram) weighs about 175-225 lbs. The female (ewe) weighs slightly less at an average of 130 lbs.
Both sexes grow horns throughout their lives. The female’s horns are less curved and smaller. By age 7 or 8 the male’s horns will have made a full curl. The age of Dall sheep can be calculated from the number of growth rings on their horns.
The Dall sheep’s hair is well suited for cold climates. In winter it consists of long hollow guard hairs covering a fine wool undercoat. By summer the long overcoat has been shed.
The Dall Sheep has excellent eyesight and hearing for predator detection.
Craig Flinders took this dall sheep with a
.338/378 Wby and a 225 grain X bullet.
Easy Rabbit Stew
1 frozen dressed rabbit
1 large onion, cut-up
1 small green pepper, cut-up
1-2 stalks celery, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Salt and pepper
1/2 tsp. oregano
1 tbsp. dried parsley
1-2 carrots, cut-up
3 tbsp. catsup or tomato paste
Cayenne pepper to taste
1 cup liquid (white wine, cider, tomato sauce, or water)
1. 1/2 cup vinegar, 2 tbsp. salt, 2 cloves garlic–
minced, and cold water to cover.
2. 1 cup dry vermouth, 1 bay leaf–
crumbled, and 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice.
Defrost rabbit meat overnight in one of the marinades above. Brown rabbit with vegetables in hot skillet for 5-10 minutes. Place rabbit and other ingredients in crock pot. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours. Serves 4-6.
Question: Why aren’t bullets pointed on both ends?-Thanks, Michael Lawyer.
Answer: Hi Michael,
I’ve tried shooting bullets loaded backwards (base-first), and they actually do okay. However, they typically don’t deliver accuracy as good as when they’re flying point-first. Spin-stabilized projectiles (bullets) are more stable-and therefore more accurate-when most of the weight is placed toward the rear of the bullet.
Comment: Dear Mr. Herring
Thanks again for sending the XBT loading info for the .30-06. Just wanted to pass along this comment: I couldn’t print either set of data you sent until it was suggested I first save it to disk, then open and print it. Presto-it printed perfectly the first time. This might be a suggestion for others who are not too computer literate.
Looking forward to working up some accurate loads and using them October 7 -opening day of moose season in Quebec.-Joe Meggyesy
Question: I would like your expert opinion on whether or not downhill-or uphill-shots really do require compensation for drop or rise? A sniper told me this is really just a myth. Also, I’ve been told by other manufacturers that altitude has no affect on bullet drop, but I beg to differ. What are your opinions on these subjects?
- Daniel Brodine
Answer: Hi Daniel
Yes, shooting at an angle has considerable consequences when it comes to the trajectory of your bullet. Altitude also plays a role.
Lets take a look at some figures that will give you an idea how important these factors are.
For a .30-06 firing a 168-grain Triple-Shock X-Bullet from a 24-inch barrel at a muzzle velocity of 2,900 feet per second (fps), with a 200-yard zero, our ballistics program shows the following.
Level Path at
45 Degree Angle at Sea Level
Level Path at
As you can see, the shooting angle has a more dramatic effect than altitude, but both are very important at long ranges. The holdover necessary to compensate for shooting at a 45-degree angle is the same for both uphill and downhill shots.
We Aim to please, reloading is a great hobby, enjoy it.
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Congratulations Ted Yadlosky!
Ted Yadlosky is the winner for the month of April.
He won the Contico Hard Gun Case.
My name is Ted Yadlosky, and I am 57 years old. I have been hunting since I was 16. In those days it was mostly rabbits and squirrels. I didn’t drive yet, so hunting deer was out of the question. Most people I knew grew up with a .30-30 or a .30-06 rifle. I, on the other hand, received an 8mm Mauser as my first rifle.
In 1970 I had the chance to go to Pennsylvania to hunt deer. There weren’t a lot of choices in factory ammo back then. I didn’t care for the 170-grain factory loads, which seemed like they were under-powered. Everyone who knew anything about the 8mm said you had to reload to bring it up to par with the .30-06. So I started reloading for the 8mm.
When Barnes Bullets introduced a 180-grain 8mm X-Bullet, I knew that they were on to something. I had my 8mm military rifle sporterized by changing the trigger, free floating the barrel and adding a Monte Carlo stock. With Barnes X-Bullets, it shoots perfectly
The deer in the picture was shot in New Jersey, where shotguns only are allowed for hunting deer. He was shot at a measured 166 yards and weighed 156 pounds.
Extremely compact (shirt-pocket size) extended runtime LED flashlight for backpacking and general use, similar to our E1L but a slightly longer, more powerful, longer-runtime two-battery version. Uses a virtually indestructible power-regulated light-emitting diode (LED) to produce a smooth pre-focused beam with twice the light of a big 2-D cell flashlight. Small size, high output, extended runtime, and 10-year battery shelf life also make it perfect for camping and disaster preparedness kits, and an excellent everyday-carry light.
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Max Output: 30 lumens
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3 hours high output, then 3 hours useful output
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