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About airedale

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    Elite NY Hunter
  • Birthday 11/30/1948

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    Central NY
  • Interests
    Retired now, have a small hobby farm, raise a few chickens and have a small herd of Irish Dexter cattle. I enjoy all of the outdoor sports although as I get older I do not get out much as I once did. I like hunting small game best and I am especially fond of hunting with dogs. Always a firearms buff doing minor mods and smithing to individualize my firearms to my taste and loading custom ammo to fire in them. I also like the shooting sports from competition to just informal plinking and target shooting which is what I do most these days.

    I also run the Traditional Working Airedale Message board,

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    central ny
  • Hunting Gun
    I have several that I like a lot but if I had to pin it down to one it would be my Ruger 77 220 Swift
  • Bow
    Vintage Oneida Eagle Aeroforce, Vintage Bear Cub recurve, Vintage Bear Alaskan compound, Vintage Bear Super Kodiak recurve bought in the 60s also a vintage Browning Explorer 1 compound bow.
    Read about it on a craigslist ad

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  1. airedale

    It's My Fish!!!

  2. airedale


    I watched a fellow hunt a Bison a couple of weeks ago on one of those outdoor-hunting channels, I can not remember where his hunt was but the country was open and the Bison were wild and spooky. He had a hard time getting within a couple of hundred yards of the herd as there was too many eyes and they were always spotted and the herd moved off and kept it's distance. From what was shown on that hunt he would not have had a successful kill with a crossbow, he would not have been able to get in range. He finally got a shot at a trophy Bull at about 250 yards with a scoped rifle and made it good. If I had the luck of drawing a hunt for wild Bison it would give me the excuse to buy a Sharps single shot Buffalo rifle in 45-70 and that is what I would be using. Al
  3. airedale

    Woodland poetry

    Had the whole poem scenario play out pretty much one time when sitting on a Deer hunt, the difference was the Porky was not in the tree I was under but a big Balsam a few yards away. Heard some scratching and looked up to see a big Porky shimming down this Balsam, when he gets to the ground he backs up to the tree and takes a big crap and then climbs back up the tree to his perch. Al
  4. airedale

    Bucket List Rifle Acquired

    While the loaded ammo is easy to find I was kind of surprised that my go to sources for reloading supplies do not have the 250 Savage brass in stock, and could not find any at the gun show either. In fact I had a heck of a time finding anyone that stocks it. Had to work at it and finally found Cabelas had some of the Remington brass in stock with free shipping so I am set there and all set with dies as I found a good used set on ebay. Knew the day would come some day so I have been saving this old box of vintage Winchester Silvertips I picked up many years ago for a song at a yard sale and put away so I at least of something to make a bang with.
  5. I am a big fan of the Savage 99 lever action rifles, I have an older Utica model in 30-30 that was my Dads and special to me because he worked there before going into the Navy during the War. Personally I have always wanted straight stocked 99A model in 250-3000 and I keep kicking myself for not buying one when they were being manufactured. Anyhow I hit the Syracuse gun both in the Spring and in the Fall always keeping an eye out for a 99A in good condition at a decent price and today I hit pay dirt. I found one in great condition barely used for a price I could live with so I took the plunge. Been a long time since I have been this pumped over a firearm, scanning the internet vendors for dies, brass, scope bases and bullets. Al
  6. airedale

    I hate this time of year....

    I love Spring, Summer and most of the Fall's days especially when it is warm, I can take the heat. Keep the snow and cold along with the shoveling and plowing, I will take the warm and hit the road. Both photos are taken in the same place, I will take the weather in the bottom one any day!
  7. airedale

    Klee's Cleanse Anyone?

    Some probably remember an infomercial on TV of a wacko named Klee selling a colon cleanse. I got an email from a friend of mine that saw and sent me a first hand review going around on the internet of some guy that tried it. While not funny for the victim taking that crap (PUN INTENDED) his description of it's effects was too funny, I about pissed my pants reading it LOL!!! Al ========================================================================================
  8. airedale

    Unusual deer mount

    I am assuming the fellow who went through this expense wanted to remember that day taking that nice buck right down to the finest detail, pretty neat if you have the place to put it. Al
  9. Knowing what the gun is and how much it would cost to manufacture one today I think those prices are light. The main thing is what you think and how much you like and want the gun, that is the determining factor of what the gun is worth to you. Al
  10. My two latest collector books place the value in excellent condition at $350 with a plain barrel and $450 with a rib, and $375 with a 25% premium if it has a rib. Al
  11. Remember When? As a youngster I thought it would be great to catch something that would make it in the Genny record book. From The Utica OD's John Pitarresi Louis A. Wehle was, among other things, a brewer. He brewed Genesee Beer. He also was a very dedicated outdoorsman. One day, he put those things together, and the Genesee New York State Fishing Contest was born. I admit that Genesee wasn’t my favorite beer, but I still have a vivid and startlingly wonderful memory of the two ice cold bottles of Jenny that I received in partial payment for several hours of cleaning the gigantic Hobart dishwasher at the Hamilton College commons on a hot spring day more than 40 years ago. No champagne ever tasted better than that, but the good feelings I have about Genesee beer have more to do with the fishing contest the brewery ran from 1946 into the 1990s. Each spring, in grocery stores, bait shops, and taverns across the state, you could findthe pamphlets for the contest. There would be a list of the previous season’s winning fish and anglers in 13 categories. The lures and baits they were caught on were included, along with some fishing tips, a list of state records, a fish identification chart, an entry blank and rules, and, best of all, a map detailing where all the top catches were made. I’d grab that thing, hope that some of the big fish had caught somewhere near my home, and then dream of fishing that spot. Which is something I rarely got a chance to do unless one of those red fish-shaped indicators nosed up to the midpoint of the Niagara River, which was about a half-mile from my house. There were these fish all over the place. The Finger Lakes. Lake Ontario. Oneida Lake. Wiscoy Creek. Chautauqua Lake. Lake Champlain. The Hudson River. I had only a dim awareness of most of those places, and had little hope of ever seeing them. Which maybe made it all the more exciting. The contest was the brainchild of Wehle, who had reorganized the brewery after prohibition. It was a big deal for many years, certainly were I grew up. I recently found one of the old contest brochures, from 1987. The grand prize cash awards were $75, $50 and $25 for the top three fish of each species. Strangely, in the listings for the 1986 winners, there were very few fish from Central New York. There was a northern pike of 15 pounds from the Mohawk River, taken by William Schultz, and a rock bass, also from the river, taken by Joseph Kiuber. Mike Stolarczyk caught a 5-pound, 9-ounce pickerel from the Black River that missed being the grand prize winner by five ounces, and Tami Stolarczyk placed third in rock bass with a 1-pound, 12½-ounce fish, also from the Black River. There might be other local anglers in there – hometowns aren’t listed – and there might have been other fish caught locally, because the indicators don’t always match up with the lists. I must have wished, as a little kid, that I might someday find my way into that list of winners. I know for sure, each year when I first saw that brochure, I got really fired up to fish. That was the real power of the Genesee New York State Fishing Contest, I guess. Getting people excited about getting out and fishing. The contest has been gone a long time, and Louis A. Wehle even longer, but they both did a great job for a long time.
  12. airedale

    Revisiting the 25-06 Remington

    I am a dyed in the wool Leupold fan and user but would like to give some credit and a little more input on the Burris Timberline scope which has become a favorite with me. I have been using them exactly in the way the manufacturer advertises. So far they have been performing terrific on a couple of high end Rimfire rifles as they can be parallax adjusted down to very close ranges normally shot with 22 LR, I have one also mounted on a Ruger Number 1 222 mag, and now on this 25-06 Encore. The combination of features they possess has them pretty much standing alone, a very small physical size in relation to their high variable power, extreme eye relief along with a moderate price and a Burris "Forever" warranty. The question now is how will they hold up? Been using them for just a few years so the jury is still out but so far so good. Al
  13. Like some firearms I have owned and traded off and regretted I committed the same with some automobiles I have owned in the past. The cars are not so easy to replace as firearms but I have made an effort to do so and have purchased 4 of my old classics I once owned and drove. The 68 convertible made me happy just sitting in it. 1958 Ford Thunderbird 1968 yellow Corvette convertible 1969 AMC AMX 1978 Corvette
  14. airedale

    Revisiting the 25-06 Remington

    My best pure 25-06 varmint load, 50.5 grains of 4064 and a 75 grain Sierra HP, laser flat trajectory at 3700 fps, shoots in the same hole out of an accurate rifle. Al
  15. airedale

    Revisiting the 25-06 Remington

    I am very interested in how these Hornady 90 gr GMX bullets perform, as I have them loaded they should be approaching 3400 fps. I never have and still do not care for pure copper bullets especially when fired from a fast stepping cartridge and doing a lot of shooting. They will plate the insides of a barrel and removing it is a genuine pain in the ass. The GMX gilding metal bullet is harder than copper and is reputed to foul no more than a traditional jacketed bullet. Hornady claims it will shoot as accurate and hold together on game as well as copper and if it meets those claims it would be a very good bullet I think. Al