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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

    From The DEC

    I have had plenty of bullets fail my tests but it is not from disintegration, the jacket will peel away and separate from the core and while there may be a few pieces of lead here and there I have seen nothing like what is pictured above unless it was a dedicated varmint bullet which is made to explode. Al
  2. airedale

    From The DEC

    I have always been one of those people that have to see things for myself and bullet performance has been one of those things. Years ago when developing handloads I made all kinds of bullet traps to see how my bullet choices for my handloads performed, penetration expansion and how they held together was what I was looking to examine. Boards, Clay, Branches, Dowels, Soaked Newspapers and Magazines, Water Jugs, Sand along with other goofy concoctions I devised. I shot hundreds of bullets and other than thin jacket explosive "Varmint" bullets traveling at extremely high velocity, I never saw any big game bullets of any make no matter what medium they were fired into disintegrate into tiny pieces as pictured above. There is no doubt in my mind that that photo is bullshit anti lead-traditional ammo propaganda plain and simple.
  3. airedale

    I bought a tractor

    Another consideration is the Flail mower, they do a great job on light brush and grass-weeds, a favorite for maintaining orchards as they mow between the rows of trees pulverizing everything. They are made for different duties, heavy duty for constant use is what one sees the road and highway departments use along side the roads, medium duty for occasional use on brush weeds and grass, a light duty would be for just grass. I bought a medium duty 6 footer a couple of years ago and I love it, I have the hammer blades and it will pulverize small trees-branches and brush, they are closer to the back of the tractor making for easier maneuvering, the leave a much smoother cut and they do not send rocks flying like missiles like a brush hog. Nice used ones turn up on Craigslist every now and then. Plenty of you tube videos on all these mowers showing them in action. Al
  4. airedale

    New Hikers From Walmart.

    A couple of years ago I had some gift cards for Bass Pro, looked at one of their flyers while at the store and spotted an ad for what they claimed as the most comfortable boot they sell. A military style copy of a lightweight boot regular priced around $100 on sale for $69. I buy boots like I buy knives and swallowed the bait. To make a long story short these boots are as comfortable as anything I have ever owned, they are extremely light and wear more like a sneaker with very good support. They are water resistant not waterproof so I do not use them in very wet conditions where I would be in standing water. I have been wearing them just about every day when doing the chores here on the farm and they have held up well so far. I have a lot of high end boots and they have nothing over these Redheads when it comes to comfort.
  5. airedale


    The Winchester Model 70 Featherweight is about as good as it gets when it comes to a bolt action hunting rifle. Al
  6. airedale

    Life expectancy

    "Que sera sera-whatever will be will be", other than trying to live a somewhat healthy lifestyle we all have an expiration date and there is not much we can do about it, something I do not dwell on. My philosophy is to live life and do things the way I always have (grudgingly a somewhat slower) for as long as I can. Al
  7. airedale

    7x57 mauser

    Pygmy is right, there should be some decent factory loads available these days for the old Mauser but because the 7mm Mauser is such an old cartridge with many rifles being over 100 years in age the ammo manufacturers go on the side of safety and do not load offerings that are up to the true potential this shell can be in a modern firearm. This cartridge is a good example where careful handloads can maximize old timers like the 7mm Mauser and bring them up to snuff, it should be able to at least equal or slightly outperform the popular 7mm-08. The Hornady 139 gr bullet weight is a good balanced choice for the Mauser case capacity, there are other 140 gr bullets that have good reviews that will also perform well. Al
  8. airedale

    7x57 mauser

    Congratulations, A classic old cartridge with a track record that stands the test of time, on medium game it is tough to beat. I do not have any actual experience with the 7mm Mauser but have quite a bit with other 7mm cartridges namely the 280 Remington which is slightly more powerful, the 284 Winchester and the 7mm Rem mag, my wife has a 7mm-08. A bunch of Deer and several Moose were no problem for the 280. There is a wealth of handloading info available and with the right bullets fired out of that Winchester Featherweight you can hunt just about anything in North America with proper shot placement. Al
  9. airedale

    How many Hunt alone ?

    My preferred method of hunting Deer and Squirrels is still hunting so almost all of the time when after those two species I am by myself. I do enjoy getting together with family and friends at Deer camp once in awhile mostly for the food concoctions, tale tales, ball busting and comradery. Coon, Rabbit, Bird and Waterfowl hunting can be a lot of fun and productive sharing the experience with trusted hunting partners. Al
  10. airedale

    New pup

    Mountain Feists are a favorite breed for hunting Squirrels. A top Squirrel dog is hard to come by and it takes special traits which are acquired through good breeding to be proficient. Squirrel dogs hunt with all three senses eyes, ears and nose and they also must have the trait to tree. "Full Cry" magazine has a lot of info on Feists and Squirrel hunting. Al
  11. airedale

    Couple Of New Blades

    As Robert Palmer would have said, "Might as well face it I'm addicted to knives" the newest addition is a Davy Crockett made by Dickson, a double edged Damascus that was harder than hell to sharpen. A good mate for my 32 cal Crockett Squirrel rifle. Al
  12. Any time I hear her name the first thing that comes to mind is the WWF wrestler the Ugandan Giant "Kamala"
  13. airedale

    What magazines do you get?

    American Rifleman, Predator Xtreme, Fur Fish and Game, American Cooner, Full Cry, NY Outdoor News.
  14. airedale

    Mcdonald's Fillet-O-Fish

    Don't have to tell them to hold the cheese up here, all you are getting is what appears to be a tiny photo of cheese on your bun LOL!
  15. airedale

    Mcdonald's Fillet-O-Fish

    So the wife and I stop at a Mcdonalds to get a bite to eat, rarely do I ever buy their food but it was late and we wanted to get something quick and not have to cook supper. I love fish so I decide to get a couple of their Fillet-O-Fish sandwiches one of the few things on their menu I like as they put a slice of cheese on that sandwich giving it a unique taste. Well we get home and sit down to eat, I open both of my sandwiches to scrape off some of the excess tartar sauce and there on the inside of the bun was a yellow colored two inch square that looked to be put on by a printer it was so thin, it was supposed to be the slice of cheese. Talk about cheaping out! Good God add a damned quarter to the price and make the sandwich right!, I will not be going back anytime soon!