Well, the grouse are definitely winning. I haven’t even seen one this season, so I guess I’ll hunt deer. My muzzle-loading season starts in a week. I don’t even need to check that equipment because it’s so reliable.
Yesterday, two of us went out and fired several rifles. One .308 Winchester just would not shoot properly. It barely made groups on paper at 100 yards. Two others grouped really well. We tested rifles and ammunition in 308 and 7mm Remington Magnum. That 7mm is a tack-driver. The first group with 175 RN reduced loads at 130 yards was a little triangle about 0.5 inch centre to centre. That load is designed to be used within 200 yards so there’s no problem hitting deer close. Some 150 grain full-power spitzers grouped a little worse but were still good enough for easy 350 yard kills. I made a few more rounds of each today. The 7mm Rem Mag will be the go to rifle on a new hunting property with some wide openings. The 308 with 165 BTSP full-power loads will be the backup… I’ll probably use a Mauser either in 8X57 or .30-’06. Those always work and have iron sights, the way real men hunt unless using sharp sticks.
Today a trip was planned to scout the new property including GPS surveys, ranging and sighting in at extended ranges. The new place is far from the city (not even cell-phone reception…) and is near where I hunted grouse very profitably back in the 1980s. There will be some big bucks there and at this time of the year some pine mushrooms.
Life goes on with some of us planning the killing of others… I already have official permission to hunt bucks. Too bad I had to pay a licensing fee. That’s omitted for us old guys for grouse…
UPDATE Deer were seen grazing in the middle of the day on the new property. Looks promising. Lots of edges and open spaces, perfect for 7mm Rem Mag.