Curmudgeon

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Curmudgeon last won the day on June 21 2015

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  1. No I didn't chrono them. I didn't even use a bench rest - just rested it on a plastic saw horse.. If I can hold a 2" group at 100 yards, that is really good. I'm really happy. I've shot only 1 deer over 80 yards in 45 years - out of 60+ animals.
  2. This promotion showed up in my inbox. BTW - I bought some of the Winchester copper ammo at $22.83 at Walmart. I put a few rounds through at 50 yards. It held a 1" group. I usually use Barnes or Federal Trophy Copper. It will be interesting to learn how this stuff works on a deer.
  3. Black powder is a much slower burn. You don't get the fragmentation. That doesn't mean there wasn't a problem. There is little base line data. If you really want to learn, you can find a lot of detailed info in the link below.
  4. I just read this thread. I'm not going to try argue against the outlandish claims. You guys are going to keep doing what you are doing. Ignore the panel discussion. The good thing is, if half of hunters switch to copper, half as many eagles and kids will consume lead. If they can't find copper this year, maybe they will bury their gut pile, or order ammo special through a dealer, or buy it next year. Six years ago when I started on this forum - because someone alerted me to a non-lead ammo discussion here - there were only a handful of us on this site using copper. Most were using it because of improved performance. These days, when these discussions come up, a significant number are using it for both improved performance and environmental reason. Now that the price is pretty much the same as lead, I'm having trouble finding a real controversy? If it is available, and costs the same, who wouldn't use a safer product? Here are some thoughts. On availability - A young woman who I mentored has become a serious hunter. She just bought a new Weatherby Camilla in .243. She is coming out tomorrow to sight it in. I went to Walmart and a Mom and Pop shop yesterday looking for copper ammo. Walmart had Winchester .243 Copper Extreme Point 85 grain at $22.83 a box. I bought some. They also had .270 copper 13o grain at the same $22.83 price and 300 Win Mag copper 150 grain at $26.44. Their ammo case was half empty. The Mom and Pop shop had lots of ammo but little copper. That is normal. They get it for me on request. However, the price was 50% higher than Walmart. The had the same .243 copper I bought for less than $23 was almost $35. On burying gut piles - good idea but who carries a shovel? Anything you can do to minimize visibility from the air is helpful. I do believe that ravens and eagles are starting to associate rifle shots with dinner time. Two years ago I had an eagle circling right overhead as I field dressed a deer. I've also seen ravens around when shots are fired. People concerned with wildlife do not care what bullets you use at the range or for self defense. Dragging HSUS into this discussion is like comparing looters to peaceful protestors - an entirely different thing. HSUS clearly wants to end sport hunting while many advocates of non-lead are hunters. How do you reconcile that?
  5. I was in the Oneonta Wal-Mart today and looked in the ammo case. Winchester. 270 and 30-06 cartridges with solid copper bullets for $22.83 a box. Their stock of everything was low. I asked about copper in other calibers. I was assured they were coming. Last I knew, Wal-Mart did not sell lead-free ammo. Now they do and it's the best price I've seen anywhere.
  6. Wow Rattler. No wonder I'm finding better things to do than spending time here. Have you nothing better to do? It's another winter day. I'll go do some inside work.
  7. It is well known that facts have a liberal bias. That's why you can't trust fact checking sites, Wikipedia either.
  8. Mike, What's the earliest you find morels around here. I never seem to catch the first flush?
  9. Virtually every source cited by Rattler is bias, sometimes to the extreme. In the case of The Daily Caller, they also have problems with facts. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/daily-caller/ Read everything with some scepticism.
  10. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1180611 Apparently, rats dependent on food from restaurants are struggling.
  11. The main differences between Rattler and Curmudgeon is availability of time. Rattler's has a remarkable amount to devote to fnding information to back up his world view, and for endless arguing. Curmudgeon's life is the same as always. The virus changes nothing except for seeing the grandkids. I've been social distancing since before most of you were born. I'm barely able to manage the demands on my time. 5 or 10 minutes a day on huntingny.com is a luxury. If I can share something of value or bring someone a smile, those minutes are a success. Another success is disrupting the echo chamber. It's sometimes more of a feedback loop but whatever. Be well
  12. I'm not watching Rattler's propaganda. I offer this from Wikipedia. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misinformation_related_to_the_2019–20_coronavirus_pandemic Scroll down to the government section. Mediabiasfactcheck.com considers Wikipedia to be among the "least biased" sources of information. Trump is an unreliable narrator. Believing him is like believing Humbert Humbert. And, who would believe Humbert?
  13. The people I spoke to said to inoculate when temps are reaching 40F regularly. I have no prior experience so followed their instructions. Everyone seems to agree the logs should be cut when dormant and stored in the shade for a couple of weeks.
  14. The sawdust spawn I used was soft and damp, not the dowels.
  15. I read French news because one of my kids lives there. Of note this morning, sex workers looking for government relief. https://www.thelocal.fr/20200406/sex-workers-in-france-seek-emergency-fund-for-lost-income