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mayor al

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Re:Firearm lovers. Thu, 01/2/14 10:51 AM (permalink)
Bill, and friends,
It was quite a day. Standing room only with I would guess about 400 or more in attendance at the peak of the day.. Guys who brought wife and kids tend to fade fast , as do the younger guys who seem to have an issue with 'attention span'..Prices were all over the place , some high, some normal, and some real bargains.
I got some of each !!  Photo report coming soon, It is snowing now and we will wait to unload the truck after this squall passes.
It  was a good day, Uncle Groucho (Karl and I and another friend had a long but fun day !  Got home about 10PM with a load of new stuff.
 
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    Re:Firearm lovers. Thu, 01/2/14 8:20 PM (permalink)
    I will wait for Al to post his pictures before i comment on his purchases. It was another good trip up to Indy , we had a cold morning ride with full sun , I felt great , no New Years Day hangover or anything. The conversation was about guns and we had our smart phones on and and checking bids when I heard Al mention a shotgun with a long heavy barrel, I repeated the length back to him and he said yup thats what I said , now I will just wait for the pictures to be posted and listen to your responses.
    Not only does Al have his own Lazy Boy recliner , this time they roped off a special parking spot for him to park his truck. The family that runs the auction really cares about customer service , they all go out of their way to make sure you are happy while there.
     
      mayor al

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      Re:Firearm lovers. Fri, 01/3/14 4:48 PM (permalink)
      My living room looks like an armory at this point.
       
      Top of my list was a second Taurus 945 45acp pistol to match the one I already have. They make a beautiful pair and I am looking forward to doing a John Candy Cop Routine (Remember the Blues Brothers 2000 scenes)..Anyway Here are my two favorite handguns.


      We brought home 25 guns, counting the one Uncle Groucho bought but left in the truck when we got home. Several 1911 45's of various makes... A beautiful Browning HiPower... two new Henry 22 short barreled carbines, a fine Stevens Silver receiver 20 ga O/U.... three 357 revolvers including a new Taurus Tracker... and a new Ruger SBH 44 mag 7.5", A Rossi 410 hammer coach shotgun to match my 20 ga of the same type... and some other stuff...
      But the biggest item is a Winchester model 37A with a custom 60" yeah SIXTY INCH barrel, Looks like a flagpole with a scope on it.  Photo coming.  Got a second one with a 36" Goose barrel.
      Here is the auction descriptor of the big gun..click on the photos to enlarge them...
      https://www.proxibid.com/...7A-Still-board-Shotgun
      It will take the weekend to get this all organized.  
       
      A table full of handguns 


      AN unusual Long (4") barrel mini 22/22mag revolver from North American Arms

       
      And a photo of the Winchester 37A with a 60 inch barrel. This gun is a big prize winner at the rural Indiana Turkey Shoot Contests ( remember Gary Cooper in Sgt. York ??) We'll see if it earns it's keep.

       
      More to follow.
       
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        Re:Firearm lovers. Fri, 01/3/14 6:39 PM (permalink)
        What's the choke on your card shooter?
         
          mayor al

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          Re:Firearm lovers. Fri, 01/3/14 7:39 PM (permalink)
          MH   We got two guns...a 36" and the 60", there is no indicator as to choke details anywhere...
           
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            Re:Firearm lovers. Fri, 01/3/14 7:53 PM (permalink)
            mayor al


            MH   We got two guns...a 36" and the 60", there is no indicator as to choke details anywhere...

            If you're planning to participate in money card shoots you ought to get the choke measured so you'll have a better idea of what ammunition to use. The one thing that's a certainty when it comes to money shoots is that there'll be some people who've spent plenty of bucks on their chokes and shells. Oh, and there'll be a lot of cheating, too.
             
              mayor al

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              Re:Firearm lovers. Sat, 01/4/14 3:24 AM (permalink)
              MH  I am sort of the agent backing my neighbor who is a skilled shooter. I am nowhere near 'steady' enough for competition shooting...he is. So I get a cut of the prizes, if any.
               
              I had never heard of these special long barreled guns until this auction showed me what they are, and the neighbor talked me into backing his participation in the contests.
               
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                Re:Firearm lovers. Sat, 01/4/14 10:08 AM (permalink)
                A while back there was a gunsmith in the Dayton area that specialized in making those long barrels for the turkey shoot bunch. He did mostly single shots like the Model 37, he may have built that one. A friend had a 55" on a Model 12. It looked disgusting - but I like Model 12's. Seemed like sacrilege to do that to a fine shotgun.
                 
                <message edited by RKB on Sat, 01/4/14 10:11 AM>
                 
                  Michael Hoffman

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                  Re:Firearm lovers. Sat, 01/4/14 11:50 AM (permalink)
                  mayor al


                  MH  I am sort of the agent backing my neighbor who is a skilled shooter. I am nowhere near 'steady' enough for competition shooting...he is. So I get a cut of the prizes, if any.

                  I had never heard of these special long barreled guns until this auction showed me what they are, and the neighbor talked me into backing his participation in the contests.

                  I've been to a few of these "turkey shoots" around here and been amazed at the variety of specially built shotguns. Good luck.
                   
                    mayor al

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                    Re:Firearm lovers. Tue, 01/7/14 2:38 PM (permalink)
                    OK Here are a few more of the auction additions.
                    First A pair of Ruger Revolvers...
                    A 7.5" Blue Super Blackhawk 44 mag
                    and a 6" SS Security Six (.357 magnum)
                     

                     
                    Then a trio of Taurus handguns, A semi-auto 709 (9mm), A new Tracker .357 mag-ported, and a Senior Citizen in beautiful condition, A Model 66 with 6" barrel.
                     

                     
                    The Browning HiPower, near the top of the list for this auction IMHO.

                     
                    Here are the 1911's etc, minus a couple in boxes (Para Warthog  & RIA 1911 Officers)

                    Left  top to bottom
                    Colt Series 80
                    Springfield SS
                    S&W Pro-E series
                    Colt-Caspian
                    RIGHT SIDE
                    my two Taurus 945's ( 1 new)
                    Browning HiPower
                    S&W 910 (9mm)
                     
                    Here is my neighbor doing a test shooting of the long barrel shotgun. Pretty impressive results with 7.5 lo-brass bird shot !!
                     
                     
                     
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                      Re:Firearm lovers. Tue, 01/7/14 3:03 PM (permalink)
                      Does that cantilevered scope move for firing?
                       
                        mayor al

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                        Re:Firearm lovers. Tue, 01/7/14 3:18 PM (permalink)
                        It is mounted on an 'L' bracket to the stock butt. It can be moved on the bracket or removed entirely.
                         
                          mayor al

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                          Re:Firearm lovers. Wed, 01/8/14 4:22 PM (permalink)
                          Back to the prep for the Buffalo Hunt...  We have zero'd the two scopes, one on the .308 and the other on the .338 win mag. So both rifles are ready.
                          We have 180 gr PSP Remington  ammo for the .308.  The .338 win mag will get 250 gr Nosler or 250 gr Winchester SP. The ballestics on the .338 make it the primary choice for the big critter, and the hog will face the .308. My backup Ruger SBH 44 mag will have it's usual 240 grain SJSP Mag-Tech ammo.
                          The entire bed of my truck  (a short-bed crew cab) will be filled with coolers to bring home the freezer filling protein.
                           
                          Yeah, I am getting antesy !!!  Watched a late night movie last night...Charles Bronson in "THE WHITE BUFFALO"...now to rerun "DANCES WITH WOLVES" a couple of times !!! That will et me in the right attitude !
                           

                           
                            mayor al

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                            Re:Firearm lovers. Wed, 01/15/14 7:49 AM (permalink)
                            Wed. -- Two days til we leave for the "Great Bison Hunt" !
                             
                            The home freezer contents (pork and venison) has been reorganized to make room for the Bison 'Beef'.
                            The truck bed is full of large empty coolers. The handgun and ammo and cleaning kit bag is ready to load aboard as are the cased rifles and most of the personal gear is packed. Snacks and beverages are ready.
                            We leave Friday night at MidNight to arrive at dawn at the ranch. My partner this trip is my friend and neighbor, Charlie. He is a former Marine, and a pretty good deer hunter in his own right. Janet has to work the weekend, so Charlie consented to go with me to provide the support I seem to be needing at getting around, especially out of doors in the winter weather. In return, he will be taking a wild hog for his own freezer.
                               Weather report is for a pretty cold (teens) ride to Missouri, but then Sunny and 42 on Saturday, and Sunny and 52 on Sunday. That will make for decent outdoor time for us.
                            I will put together a trip report  ASAP after I return.  I feel like a kid full of anticipation for this trip.
                             
                              Michael Hoffman

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                              Re:Firearm lovers. Wed, 01/15/14 10:04 AM (permalink)
                              Have a great one Mr. Mayor. Don't forget the tongue. Pickle it and enjoy.
                               
                                mayor al

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                                Re:Firearm lovers. Tue, 01/21/14 7:24 PM (permalink)
                                Home Safe. Successful hunt. Three coolers of meat and one of bone and hide. Head hanging in the Barn for 'aging, then skull-boil. Exhausted. Photo report posted in a day or two. We had a good time. Also got a full Elk hide from another hunter who didn't want his.  Leather tanner is going to be busy.
                                 
                                 
                                 
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                                  Re:Firearm lovers. Tue, 01/21/14 7:29 PM (permalink)
                                  Way to go!
                                   
                                    Sundancer7

                                    Re:Firearm lovers. Tue, 01/21/14 8:35 PM (permalink)
                                    Looking forward to the pics of the hunt.
                                    Paul E. Smith
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                                      mayor al

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                                      Re:Firearm lovers. Wed, 01/22/14 10:49 AM (permalink)
                                      Well, It has taken me longer than normal to 'wake up' after this weekend adventure !  We had a great time, Weather was cold , but sunny so not 'dragging thru the snow' stories to share !
                                       
                                      Left about 1:00 am  Saturday morning, stopped for some biscuits and gravy at a truck stop in Cuba, MO before heading into the ranch at about 7:30 am. Met with our guide, Jason, who we have shared time with on our previous visits, and got all the releases and license papers filled in. Then we relaxed a bit and unpacked, checked the firearms and made final prep for an afternoon hunt.
                                         After a fine lunch of Pulled pork sandwiches and potato salad, we loaded up and headed out to find our Bison. After checking various locations around the perimeter before coming upon a small herd in one of the grassy meadows. It took awhile to single out one bison that met our criteria (3-4 year old bull), but once done it was just a matter of waiting for a clear shot before the herd moved out of range. The final choice of the Ruger GSR 308 with it's long eye-relief scope made the 125 yard shot fairly easy. Hit in the left shoulder-blade and thru the top of the heart dropped the animal in place. He tried to get up a couple of times but could not and died within a minute of being hit. The expended bullet lodged against the inside of the hide on the opposite side of the animal. While my friend, Charlie, went on to pursue his hog hunt, I escorted the ranch worker who picked up my Bison with a bucket loader and hauled it over to the Butchering shed and set to work getting the critter ready for wrapping and freezing.  The staff makes the butchering process look so easy, but after doing a few Deer here at home, I understand how laborious that task can be.
                                       
                                      Near the end of the cutting process on my Bison Charlie and the guide came in with his Hog and they set to work getting it ready also. Then another hunter came in with a large Elk. At first he wanted it 'caped' for a shoulder mount trophy, but then decided to take only the skull and antlers. He gave me the whole hide, which I gladly accepted and brought home with the buffalo hide and head. We will have the two hides tanned and softened to be useable as blankets or throw-robes, and the head we will treat here at home to make a skull "Trail-Marker" type of wall mount.
                                         We relaxed Sunday, watching some football and driving around the ranch checking out the animals in their various groups. There were only 4 other hunters there, so we were not 'crowded ' by others during any of our stay.
                                         Monday morning we checked out, loaded our coolers in the truck and headed for home. it was a fairly simple trip, most of the action took place the first day, with the rest of the weekend spent in meat-prep and relaxing, eating the meals prepped by Doretta, the 'Mom' of most of the staff, who runs the kitchen and house-keeping crew.
                                      Here some Elk act as a picket-line between the road and the Bison, spread up the slode of the valley beyond.

                                       
                                      Most of the Bison are in 'groups', but there are loners here and there. This might have been one of our choices, but he was a bit small...

                                       
                                      More often they were gathered in small herds. We found our Bison in this one, but had to wait for it to get clear of the others before taking a shot.

                                       
                                      The butchering process-


                                       
                                      Working on the Hogs as well-

                                       
                                      Two of our coolers loaded with Bison, ready to come home.


                                       
                                        Uncle Groucho

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                                        Re:Firearm lovers. Wed, 01/22/14 8:59 PM (permalink)
                                        Good job Al , that meat looks good enough to eat
                                        Im glad you made it home safe , now rest up and start posting pictures.
                                        Karl.
                                         
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                                          Re:Firearm lovers. Thu, 01/23/14 4:55 PM (permalink)
                                          Al it sounds like you had a great trip, thanks for sharing.
                                           
                                            mayor al

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                                            Re:Firearm lovers. Thu, 01/23/14 10:42 PM (permalink)
                                            Mike, Karl, and all my Roadfood friends.
                                              I am glad i was able to complete the Bison Hunt and stock our freezer after our adventure.  I must say that it has taken a lot out of me 'endurance-wise', but I am afraid it has really sapped my energy level.
                                              I will get thru the relatively minor surgery next week and then see if I can regain some of the 'get up and go' that sure is missing right now. Perhaps it is the repeating Zero Degree temps, but I really have the hibernating attitude right now !
                                               We cooked up our first meal of Bison Liver and Onions ...Janet knows how to make Liver into a very nice entree. It was outstanding.  Tonight I have three large pieces of Bison Ribs in the smoker overnight. We will take a look at them about 4am and see if they need 'finishing' in our oven (or not). We brought home several (5 or 6) five-pound bags of chunk/scrap meat that normally would have been ground into burger, but Jan wants to glean as much chunky stew or chili meat as she can from it. It does make great 'slow-cooker chili' thats for sure.
                                               The guys at the ranch labeled each of the vaccum sealed packages as to what it contained..rump roast/ loin chop/cuck/strip steak, etc etc. The liver is sliced, the tongue and heart are whole. We will wait for warmer weather to do the big cut smoking ...It is just too cold for us to keep an eye on the smoker in this weather.
                                             
                                            I will be off-line for a few days next week, but will report again when we have more info on how the Bison turns out.  We did bring home about 325 lbs of useable meat from this critter. Less than I thought I would, but enough to keep us going for awhile.
                                             
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                                              Re:Firearm lovers. Fri, 01/24/14 11:46 AM (permalink)
                                              Mr. Mayor, you just take care of yourself.
                                               
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                                                Re:Firearm lovers. Sat, 01/25/14 10:10 AM (permalink)
                                                Thanks for sharing, and good luck next week.
                                                 
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                                                  Re:Firearm lovers. Sun, 02/2/14 1:41 PM (permalink)
                                                  looks like you had a good time, Mr. Mayor.  hope you are doing better.
                                                   
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                                                    Re:Firearm lovers. Sun, 02/2/14 5:36 PM (permalink)
                                                    Al - I am glad your trip was a success and you had a great time doing it.  The pictures look great and I am sure the meat will be enjoyable every time you have it.
                                                     
                                                    Good luck with the surgery, I will keep you and Janet in my thoughts and prayers.  I know what you mean about the hibernation mode, it has been DAMN cold, and now the damn groundhog predicted a longer winter, can I borry one of your shot guns to get me some ground hog for dinner?
                                                     
                                                     
                                                     
                                                      mayor al

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                                                      Re:Firearm lovers. Tue, 02/4/14 5:07 AM (permalink)
                                                      I have survived and am on the mend, thank you. Just have zero energy and a real lack of concentration for "doing things", right now.
                                                      The Lazies are supposed to wear off over time, but having to hibernate is not helping. We were in one of thos 'pockets' that got another 6" yesterday and Ice expected tonight, Even my snow loving dogs only stay outside long enough to do what they have to do.
                                                      BTW we use Propane for cooking, Hot Water, and our home heat.  Tank was filled recently at $4.99 per gallon, a record high. (bill was over $1100).   Spring can't come quick enough
                                                       
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                                                        Re:Firearm lovers. Tue, 02/4/14 6:50 AM (permalink)
                                                        Glad to hear you're up and about....survival is good! 
                                                         
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                                                          Re:Firearm lovers. Tue, 02/4/14 9:47 AM (permalink)
                                                          You just take your time and mend. We'll wait.
                                                           
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                                                            Re:Firearm lovers. Tue, 02/4/14 10:09 AM (permalink)
                                                            Glad to hear you're on the mend.  It's not helping that we're still in the throes of winter.  Sitting outside in the warm sunshine would be much better!  Ah, well, spring is not far now.  You take care and rest up for the Cincy Chili Crawl!!  
                                                             
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