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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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  • Hunting Location
    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.
    A link to it on a craigslist ad

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  1. For open sights and my old eyes a ghost ring peep works best for me along with a fine bead fiber optic front, the old eyes don't work as well as they once did but with that combo I can shoot well enough for deer hunting out to 100 yds or so. My main problem is in low light conditions. These days most of my open sight firearms for Deer hunting are my old style sidelock muzzleloaders. Also the 20 mm objectives on low powered scopes have nothing to do with field of view, they in fact most times have a much larger field of view than high powered scopes with large objectives. They do not let in as much light so they are not as bright in dim conditions but they still let in plenty for legal shooting hours so seeing your target and crosshairs is no problem. I am with Buckmaster when it comes to scopes for Deer still hunting and in the woods, I will take compact light weight and field of view for quick handling and ease of carrying. And a low powered scope does not limit your range for most Deer hunting here in NY. Almost all of my woods Deer hunting firearms have low powered scopes with 20 mm objectives and I have never not been able to take the shot because of it. Al
  2. Below is a typical peep-receiver sight, some mount on the side like this one and some will mount on the top of the receiver or barrel replacing the original factory rear sight. A couple of illustrations showing basically how they are used, unscrewing the smaller hole aperture makes for a larger sighting hole which some refer to as a ghost ring resulting in a much larger field of view maker for quicker sight acquisition which is favored for hunting and still with precise accuracy.
  3. Both are two of my all time favorites but I give the edge to the Duke. Al
  4. Most on my small game hunting including Rabbits and Hare when using a shotgun has been with 20 ga and #6 shot which for me has been best for all around. I have to disagree with the fellow's opinion about using Rimfires for hunting when using dogs. When hunting Hare many times I carried just my Colt Woodsman 22 and I killed a lot of Hare with that gun limiting out on numerus occasions. Safety is all about the individual practicing safe gun handling and taking safe shots, I have never even been close to having an incident endangering my Dogs from errant shooting. Al
  5. Go to Ebay and type in a search for reloading equipment used and new, there is plenty of stuff available. The selection and prices will not be as good as they were a few months ago because there are a lot of shooters jumping on the hand loading bandwagon. Al
  6. It is tough to get behind the eight ball when it comes to ammo supply if you are a hand loader. It is not to late to get into hand loading your own ammo. I am an avid shooter and other than rimfire ammo I can count on my fingers the number of boxes of factory centerfire ammo I have purchased in the last 50 years. 99.9% of the ammo I shoot and hunt with has been put up by me and to be honest I believe it to be the equal and in many cases better than the factory stuff. You will never be short if you are a smart shopper and scrounger, you will have good savings to boot. It can come down to even forming your own cases and casting bullets if need be. It can all be done if one gets serious and learns to do it. I have posted here before it does not cost a lot of money to get started, do not be afraid to buy good used equipment and equipment from multiple manufacturers as most reloading equipment is interchangeable and made to work together. Al
  7. Old Bill is taking heed of Thomas Mitchell's quote in the movie Gone With The Wind. Why, land is the only thing in the world worth workin’ for, worth fightin’ for, worth dyin’ for, because it’s the only thing that lasts.” Al
  8. The reality is the powers that be never seem to want folks to be able to defend themselves. Just about every device that can be used for personal defense has some sort of law prohibiting possession. Knives, pepper spray, brass knuckles, a sap or Billy clubs are some examples. Like firearms the criminal elements to not pay much attention to laws having such things that they would gladly use against their victims to carry out their crimes. So unless you are a black belt like our friend Bill or someone like Shaquille O Neal you are to take your mugging, robbery or home invasion like a man or rape in a woman's case and like it. Al
  9. Like Grouse I would be out of NY in a hurry, a place in the Black Hills of South Dakota from April through late Fall and a place somewhere in Texas for the winter, both places would have to be ideal hunting properties with plenty of room for visiting friends and family. Also a nice motorhome to travel between the two places hunting throughout the western states for varmints and birds during those travels. I have made many friends out west through the years being associated with Airedales and other hunting dogs with invites to visit and hunt from many, that big chunk of cash would allow the means to easily do so. As I do today I will donate to places that I feel are important to me like St Jude's children's hospital and the NRA just in much bigger amounts. Al
  10. May your family's strong faith carry you through this most difficult of time. Al
  11. I been around long enough to know that without the NRA gun ownership as we know it today in this country would not exist. No cut and run for me, a lifetime member here and I will stick with and proudly support the NRA till the end. Another check will be sent out them this week. The leadership problem will be taken care of and fixed! Al
  12. I hate diagnosing problems without actually looking at what is going on, that being said if you believe the bolt is too long a simple fix would be a properly fitted washer or you could grind the end of bolt itself the taking off a couple of threads to shorten it up, make sure to polish off any burrs. Al
  13. Good varmint bait stations especially a Deer carcass is very effective in bringing in a variety of varmints. The first thing I do before setting any bait station up is to wrap the bait I am using in a piece large square welded wire fencing and tie the whole works down, this will prevent it from being dismembered into smaller pieces that can be dragged away giving many more days of use and opportunity. In cold weather another good method is the so called bait popsicle, get a large plastic tub, cut up the bait into small enough pieces to pack in to tub and fill with water and let it freeze solid. The varmints have to work hard at getting at the meat and it too can last for many days if the cold weather cooperates. I like placing the bait in a spot that provides several different shooting positions to play the wind and so I can check how it is holding up with binoculars at a good distance keeping scent contamination to a minimum. I would wait for the bait to start being hit before I hunted it, once it does it is like sitting in any other stand, a waiting game and can be utilized both day and night. Al
  14. Coons cans be hunted successfully without a dog, daytime calling is highly effective and in some cases even too easy. A good hand Coon squaller or an electronic caller works well. In a nutshell you want to find denning areas, look for large trees that have big holes in them, big old Beech trees produced well for me, also old abandoned buildings might be a gold mine. Go to youtube and type in daytime coon calling and there will be many videos giving tips on how to go about it. Al