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Ruger Luger and MoreJuly 11th, 2013 at 8:41:57 am
Coyotes howling at night has a way of motivating a guy to proceed with his gun purchases. I like to keep it local with most things I buy, especially guns, at a place that has a gunsmith. So I headed not too far away for a shop that's been around. Not surprisingly, there is also a shortage of .22 guns these days. Wouldn't you know it! I am the type of guy to wait out shortages instead of adding to the problem, but my sense of urgency didn't come from thinking Obama was a-coming-for-my-babies. Oh well, I'm sure you couldn't possibly pay more than you have to now. Being careful to buy local means paying more too, usually, although I did get the shop to come down on the price, a package deal on two weapons plus some extras. I suspect I paid $100 or so more than someone who would shop it hard and time it right. This guy offers service, though, did come down on the price, and I wanted it now, so I'm not complaining.

It was unclear when I might be able to get a Marlin 60 or 10/22 Ruger [see Face's Firearm thread], there is just a huge demand now. The dealer did have what is basically a bolt-action version of the Marlin 60, and had what I and some others like to call the Ruger Luger. Magically, some ammo appeared too! Honestly, I've always been able to dig bolt action, so that was no sacrifice. And holy cow I have lusted after that Ruger Luger since time immemorial, there was no way I was passing up this used one in good condition [wikipedia says the particular model was last made in 2005]

So I bought a Marlin XT-22TR

and a Ruger MK II, which has an interesting history


[per wikipedia] Sturm, Ruger & Company was founded by William B. Ruger and Alexander McCormick Sturm in 1949 in a small rented machine shop in Southport, Connecticut ... When it came to designing their first auto pistol, Ruger decided to incorporate the looks of the German 9mm Luger and the American Colt Woodsman into their first commercially produced .22 caliber pistol ... which became so successful that it launched the entire company.

Hunting Blog IIJune 26th, 2013 at 8:17:56 am
Exploring some areas near my house and saw a coyote today. It let me walk right up on him, so that worried me a bit ... was this critter healthy? I slowly backed up to hunt for something to use as a club, at least; it did see this movement and took off in "yikes!" fashion. Sometimes even the most wary just don't see you; a 'yote probably depends on scent a lot, and this one didnt pick up mine.


I guess rabies shots aren't as bad as they used to be. Nonetheless, I just don't like being unarmed in the woods. I'm not going to be toting around a big shotgun all the time, though, nor a muzzleloading rifle ... wouldnt want someone to think I was hunting out of season, never mind the weight of it all.

Gee, a .22 pistol or rifle would be just perfect, eh? Not an option at the moment.

What's wrong with this picture?

PS: BTW the attitude of Virginia's game and fish [DGIF] is, please shoot them on sight.

June 28th, 2013 at 5:34:38 pm
Yes, now I have heard it, "what sweet music they make"

Coyotes though. Similar, not the same. More whiney, sort of. Very creepy, we've got a pack!

June 28th, 2013 at 5:35:18 pm
They started up last night about 10 PM.
June 29th, 2013 at 1:10:50 pm
I still ain't never seen one, in the woods or otherwise. Weird than you got so close, even if it didn't sniff you out, it's still got ears.

I hate their cries. Had some at Pop's back when I was living there, sounded like a baby screaming
July 19th, 2013 at 6:20:06 am
Here are some comments by a 35 year old 118 pound female and her un-armed encounters with bobcats, wild horses and grizzlies.
Her namesake, the original blonde coyote, a deaf dog-coyote mixture in New Mexico was recently put down.

I crossed paths with this guy on the Yosemite Falls trail in January. After a cold night camping in the snow, we got up early for a hike and were the first on the trail. When I stopped to take off a layer, I saw a tuft of fur not twenty feet off the path. A bobcat! He was taking a nap. I took a couple of quick shots and at the snap of the lens, he opened his blue grey eyes and looked right at me. Then he went back to sleep.

Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North America, so high that in winter the water turns to snow on the way down, sifting into a giant pile of powder on the frozen river. By the time we stomped up through knee-deep snow all the way to the thigh-deep summit and slid our way back down again, the cat’s nap was over and he was long gone, a few strands of housecat hair marking his place.

Hopefully I’ll see a desert bobcat out here one of these days. I hear they’re smaller than their mountain relatives. As they say, paths that cross will cross again…

Previous posts on other close animal encounters: Wilding Horses & The Grizz
July 19th, 2013 at 6:37:36 am
August 6th, 2013 at 5:35:42 pm
just saw this. Cool!

Very rare to actually *see* a bobcat in my various necks of the woods, however, they are definitely there!
August 17th, 2013 at 7:38:56 am
>just saw this. Cool.
Ah good. I wasn't sure how a hunter and gun aficiado would react to the adventures of a 118 pound female who confronts her wildlife armed only with a camera and steady nerves.
Often an animals sense of smell will be over-powered just as ours can be. That is when there may be trouble because the animal has been deprived of the warning he would otherwise have had and may be forced into an attack.

Odiousgambit's Hunting BlogApril 28th, 2013 at 7:36:57 am
Face has inspired me to post about my hunting.

Since I don't expect any comments [much] I think a weblog will be the way to go, it sort of says "no comments necessary" and also sticks around better.

Yesterday got another Tom for this spring. This may seem unremarkable to non-hunters, but there are plenty of dedicated hunters who seldom shoot turkeys. I can go for years without shooting one - although it might be rare to go a year without being on a hunt that *someone* got one. There would be some hunters who brag it's no big deal - and there are a few who kill a lot of turkeys - but for the most part "don't believe it." The longtime writer for the Washington Post who writes about hunting and fishing, at least for years, just had stories about going for turkeys and never getting one. Finally found his name, Angus Phillips - perhaps by now he has bagged one.

Not so much of a story this time. The lonely old fellow started gobbling at daybreak and was "ready to rock". Observing a bit of caution, he nevertheless bit for the calls he heard and came right up an old trail to within range. We got treated to some very nice displays - if you've never seen the puffing up and tail-spreading in the Tom's display, you've missed something. Especially under the circumstances. At times a guy wonders if the bird will hear his heart beating and take off!

First picture: My hunting buddies listen after calling. This was later when we wanted to see if one of them could get one as well. No such luck. Bragging rights definitely come with getting more than one. Now, If you don't feel a twinge of "wish I was there" looking at that picture, you just aren't an outdoorsman.

The lucky hunter with his bird. The idea is to fan the tail out and show the beard. Forgot the latter bit but it is a cell phone pic and they are a little deficient for detail anyway I think.

The plucked bird is not quite ready for the pot after about an hour of plucking this morning. Another plucking session before we give it to the cook.

BTW they don't open the season till the breeding is done and hens are on the nest. By this time the males are pretty much surplus and you could probably harvest them all and it wouldn't affect the population.

It remains to be seen how I handle this blog. I might get into some 'essay' type stuff or not.

April 30th, 2013 at 6:13:23 pm
If we could get Nareed to not be so squeamish, we could between the three of us put on a purdy good show. You do the land, I’ll do the sea, and she could tell us all how to cook em up real good =) Too bad I think she’d dive headfirst into Windows 8 before touching one of my fish…

Good luck with blog. I’ll be sure to follow intently.

And I don’t mean to be “one of those guys” (I can’t help it), but remind the old timer that boom sticks don’t have drop safeties (gun against the tree). Even if you’re only a few hundred yards away from the truck, a turkey load to the ankle is sure to put a hitch in yer giddyup ; )
May 1st, 2013 at 1:48:47 am
>she could tell us all how to cook em up real good

just for the record, you better get the right recipes for wild game. Huge blunder to use a normal recipe, the meat is too lean. For wild turkey, the best we've found involves braising [water in covered pan] and larding [salt pork pinned on top]. And we treat the LL Bean cookbook like the Bible. [still available at least on ebay]

>remind the old timer that boom sticks don’t have drop safeties (gun against the tree). Even if you’re only a few hundred yards away from the truck, a turkey load to the ankle is sure to put a hitch in yer giddyup ; )

I'm not slow to pounce on unsafe practices I see, but I let this one go and am guilty myself constantly. The right tree catches the endsight in the bark, which is not to say the practice is totally safe. Your assumption he didnt unload his gun is correct of course; opening the action on my pump would do, maybe you will have me doing that. BTW I do bark at people who lean guns against vehicles.

I keep an eye on the way other hunters mind where that muzzle is pointing, that's A#1 with me.
May 1st, 2013 at 2:01:20 am
PS: the LL Bean cookbook relates how wild turkey tastes. Paraphrasing, " you already know. It tastes like turkey! but even *more* so." In other words, a somewhat more intense turkey flavor and not to worry, the best turkey you ever ate!
May 1st, 2013 at 1:07:13 pm
LOL again, I don't mean to be the nitpicky heavy. I've also done the tree thing, also loaded, also with action closed. Just catch the rib and bead sight in a rough barked tree and you're good to take a leak or whatever you need. It's just that ever since becoming an SD carrier and having a child, I kind of went to the extreme concerning safety. Since some less practiced folks might be tuning in, I'd thought I'd bring it up.

Truth be told, any of the old timers I roll with would've given me a whack with their hat for telling them to do anything. "I been carrying this thing and piss-leaning since 1948, and..." blah-blah-tongue lashing-blah for the next 20 minutes lol.

And not to slight the father of gun safety Mr Jeff Cooper, but I've always disagreed with his "Golden Rule" of never putting finger to trigger until attaining target in sights. It's a very good one, but "Golden"? Not in my book. Guns go off without trigger manipulation. They're tools, they malfunction. My Golden Rule is never cover something you don't want dead / destroyed. Follow that one rule, and you'll never make a big mistake.

Props to no car leaning. Nothing ever leans properly against a car =)
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