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    Today, 11:23 AM
    northmn replied to a thread Scopes and Mounts in Factory Rifles
    I forgot about the older scopes with the off center crosshairs if the mount was not installed as straight as it should be. Those old scopes still got us by very well. Sometimes, if one can get one, they complement rifles of the period like the old...
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    Yesterday, 08:48 AM
    That is true but have you tried to use the iron sights on those rifles? They had the drop for a scope and were a bear to line up with iron sights. I saw some I could hardly get down on to see the sights. Some were not too bad. Better to get a...
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    Yesterday, 08:43 AM
    Bismuth shot requires a bit of tin to give it malleability as well as form. The early Bismuth shot looked pretty rough and was uneven and not round. I have some newer stuff that has more tin in it. Bismuth is also somewhat brittle and the bottom...
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    11-16-2018, 01:05 PM
    northmn replied to a thread Scopes and Mounts in Factory Rifles
    There were some top German scopes that were claimed to have the best optics, then Japan started to come in. A Tasco scope I had had very poor optics but the top models were good. The German scopes that were top of the line were also expensive. I...
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    11-16-2018, 11:20 AM
    If you look at the rifle, I had a cheap Tasco Red Dot mounted at that time. I was still hunting and leaning up against an oak when that buck came out running through the brush. It was coming right at me, I wonder if it did not think I might have...
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    11-16-2018, 11:12 AM
    northmn replied to a thread Scopes and Mounts in Factory Rifles
    Totally agree with all that is said there. I remember when variable scopes were a novelty. We used 2 1/2 powers for the brush in Northern MN, Westerners used 4 powers or may 6 powered scopes and varmint hunters of ten went 6 power but used others...
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    11-16-2018, 10:52 AM
    northmn replied to a thread Axis Boyds Stock in Factory Rifles
    I found a few years ago that the sled is about the handiest piece of deer hunting equipment I can take with me. That doe was a large one and heavy. I had to kind of roll her into it. She managed to jump the fence to get off the field and then...
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    11-15-2018, 09:27 AM
    I agree on that. Basically my deer hunting is a walk from my tractor to the stand. I don't carry the rifle all that much. Getting too old for still hunting anymore but liked the lever carbines for that kind of work. DEP
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    11-15-2018, 09:24 AM
    northmn replied to a thread Scopes and Mounts in Factory Rifles
    I have read that cast bullets will not wear out a barrel for thousands of rounds. A scope has to fit me on a hunting rifle. Been in more than one discussion on scout scopes vs a well adjusted standard scope. I want that scope to be there when...
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    11-15-2018, 09:13 AM
    northmn replied to a thread Axis Boyds Stock in Factory Rifles
    A picture of the stock. Only one I have taken so far. Deer season has been difficult this year. They have been reporting last week as the coldest for November in recorded history. DEP
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    11-14-2018, 02:43 PM
    I bought a Savage Axis which you can get with a scope for about $300. It shoots well and I have just taken two deer with it. Bought a Boyd's stock for it recently for about $165 with postage. Now it even looks nice. That is an option. Buy the...
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    11-14-2018, 11:04 AM
    If yours is like my 357 Rossi the stock is a bit short and you have the curved steel buttplate. 44-40 equivalent loads like it was designed for would probably be pretty manageable. I would not care for the full bore either. My Rossi has been a...
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    11-14-2018, 08:39 AM
    northmn replied to a thread Scopes and Mounts in Factory Rifles
    That old fixed power scope is reminiscent of those seen on the old buffalo rifles.:p I suspect that the Ruger #1 may have been made for irons. Switching from the recoil pad to the butt plate made a world of difference on the 2X7 I had mounted. ...
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    11-13-2018, 10:47 AM
    We get into personal issues here. Each to his own, but I consider the "light weight" rifles to be impractical. They can shoot great off a bench and carry well but I have had problems with them out in the field as they do not settle down well for...
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    11-13-2018, 10:40 AM
    northmn replied to a thread Scopes and Mounts in Factory Rifles
    I have the same gripe and just had to remove the recoil pad from my new Boyd's stock and put on an old butt plate that does not quite fit because I have a short scope like mentioned. I even used the Picatinny rails to get more extension, but the...
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    11-12-2018, 11:21 AM
    I am going to be 69 pretty soon. I have gone through the 45-70 and big rifle thing and decided I do not need them. Tried a 243 for a couple of yeas and it is an enjoyable low recoil rifle to shoot. Now have a 6.5 Creedmoor and think it will be my...
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    11-12-2018, 11:12 AM
    This came up in the thread on TC rifles and could make for an interesting discussion. Being retired now I have also come to find scope sights to be more necessary for older eyes and scopes themselves are pretty nice even with the best eyes. ...
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    11-12-2018, 10:59 AM
    What to pay for scopes is another discussion, but I have found that the less expensive ones have improved like the rifles. I have a couple of older ones with optics that leave a lot to be desire. Some of the newer less expensive ones are much...
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    11-11-2018, 10:33 AM
    northmn replied to a thread Big Bore Regret..? in Leverguns
    I had a 45-70 CB rifle with a 26" barrel. It was too darn light weight and miserable to shoot even at BP levels. Now have a Marlin DB in 38-55 and even with hotter loads and with the bullets that come out of the mold at 287 grains it is much more...
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    11-10-2018, 04:29 PM
    northmn replied to a thread Axis Boyds Stock in Factory Rifles
    Took care of my problems also. Been cold out but I replaced the plastic stock with my Boyds. No more walking upwards. Never even lost the zero changing stocks. Don't know if a person should? Will take pictures but as stated its been pretty cold...
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    11-09-2018, 10:52 AM
    I have a Savage Axis that has a scope that costs just a little less than the rifle and just got a Boyd's stock that costs a little more than half of the rifle's price. I have heard the claim that the scope should cost as much or more than the...
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    11-09-2018, 10:47 AM
    northmn replied to a thread Axis Boyds Stock in Factory Rifles
    Don't disagree with that one bit. Last 10 or 12 deer that I can remember have been 1 shot 1 deer. Got a permit doe with the plastic stock at 100 yards and it hit where I was aiming. Sighting in is a PITA with a rifle that does what this one does,...
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    11-06-2018, 07:44 PM
    They don't just say that in Germany. I have too much fun shooting my collection of rifles but at one time I had a Remington 270 that was my deer rifle. It accounted for a lot of deer and I shot it well. No that I am retired I keep thinking that...
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    11-06-2018, 07:39 PM
    northmn replied to a thread Axis Boyds Stock in Factory Rifles
    Got notified that my stock has been sent via Fed Exp. May get to use it yet. For a magazine to unlatch due to the recoil of a 223 implies it is somewhat touchy. Good luck. DEP
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    11-06-2018, 10:31 AM
    I hunted for years with an old ADL in 270. I saw an ad for a left handed bolt rifle and ordered it. Paid $165 for it and had a choice of 270, 30-06 or 7mm Mag. Sold it a few years ago as I found the 270 too much of a good thing for my hunting,...
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    11-06-2018, 10:24 AM
    northmn replied to a thread Axis Boyds Stock in Factory Rifles
    My axis did not come with a scope. It is a 6.5 Creedmoor and they sell for the same price as the scoped ones. Doesn't bother me too much as I had a 2X7 Leopold/Redfield I put on it and bought a set of Picatinny rails and rings for it. I do like...
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    11-05-2018, 07:41 AM
    northmn replied to a thread 6.5 Creedmore - NOT in Factory Rifles
    That's why I tried the 243. It was fun to shoot and I think if one stayed to soft tissue it was fine for deer. Originally it was a varmint rifle that could use heavy enough bullets for deer hunting. Some started making it into light weight...
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    11-04-2018, 08:24 PM
    northmn replied to a thread 6.5 Creedmore - NOT in Factory Rifles
    I was going to start a thread saying 6.5 Creedmoor Not Bad. Don't have the pictures yet and will not get a good one as I had one heck of a day with things going wrong. I was climbing down from a stand and the sling came undone and the rifle took a...
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    11-02-2018, 04:33 PM
    northmn replied to a thread New maker Rossi '92 in Leverguns
    They are also famous for throwing the brass in the next county like mine does. Front sight was too short on mine also and I had to file down the rear sight. D&T it for a Williams Receiver sight and that worked even better. DEP
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
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