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  1. Boreas Ponds Discussion

    The Nature Conservancy is a non-profit group that buys up lands (throughout the US) to transition them to public use/ownership. I'm sure they have a large endowment set up, which is dependent on wealthy donors. I agree its sad to see some of the old camps get torn down, but then again, many of these lands were entirely off limits to the public prior to state ownership. The public gets more lands to enjoy once these lands are acquired by the state. I do wish the APA (Adirondack Park Agency) would be a little bit more selective with keeping certain historical structures and roads in place. Any transfer of land to the NY state usually ushers in a huge debate over how to classify the land (which is not something I'd necessarily blame on The Nature Conservancy or the APA).
  2. New Hunter Intro

    Welcome! Where are you trying to hunt? For western NY, you really need to learn the lay of the lands to figure out where public land hunting is viable. Some areas are half decent, many areas get a lot of pressure. Bow season typically, though not always, sees less hunting pressure than gun season on state lands. You could also look into getting into a lease on farm country. For caliber selection, I agree with @Buckmaster7600. A .308 is a very good, and widely available, jack-of-all trades cartridge. If you were to be consistently hunting the bigger end of the big game spectrum, a solid argument could be made for other cartridges. But for typical northeast hunting, a. 308 rifle is a solid, well-rounded option. Plenty of used options on gunbroker too which I wouldn't shy away from (good barrel life + minimal shooting from most owners). I'm out of the Rochester area too. I'm only 2-3 years into hunting as well, but I still consider myself new. If you ever want to meet up to talk shop, send me a PM. I don't run into a lot of fellow hunters in Rochester...most everyone around here seems to think that steaks and burgers magically appear out of thin air. Edit: Just saw the update on your purchase. Good choice and good deal! I have a Savage Model 11 Lightweight myself. The Model 11's are good hunting rifles.
  3. AR10 308 - would you be satisfied?

    I've shot plenty of AR type rifles, so I definitely have a "clue." Some of the better ones can hit sub-MOA performance. Others can't. Same applies for bolt guns. The difference is that it is a lot easier, and cheaper, to consistently wring sub-MOA performance out of a bolt gun.
  4. Bear Calling in the Northern Zone

    Yeah the bear up there seem hard to come by. I have no problem finding them out of season (driving, hiking, camping). But when the fall rolls around, they become ghosts. I've tried identifying travel corridors and food sources, but I find those can change somewhat from year to year, and you could spend days sitting out in an area and not see a single thing. That's why the calling tactic has my interest. The trick is to find an area where I can sit and have a good 360 view of all the approaches; the bear tend to move quietly and the last thing I want is for one to creep up behind me with a curious interest. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who consistently bear hunts up there. The success rate in the Northern Zone isn't that high according to the DEC. For that kind of terrain in other states, baiting and hounding seem to be the preferred methods for hunting bear (the reasons for that become increasingly clear to me as I spend more time hunting up in the big woods). I'd like to know if anyone here has regular success up there, and if so what their tactics are.
  5. AR10 308 - would you be satisfied?

    I agree with the above. Your groups don't look to be sub MOA, but anything within the 1"-2" realm @ 100 yards is decent enough for a semi-auto rifle. I'm sure there are semi-auto's that can provide even more accuracy, for a much higher price point. If the nth degree accuracy is really what you're after (Sub MOA to .5 MOA) your money will be better spent on a bolt gun. Also, ammo plays a huge role in all of this. What load were you shooting? I can see quite a variation in my groups (.308 FN SPR) depending upon the ammo I'm using.
  6. Loooong range shooting help.

    Also, if you really want to get into the thick of Long Range shooting, go check out Curt Drewel at Long Gun Training: Long Gun Training. Former USMC Scout Sniper. He teaches courses to civilians and LEO's. His courses cost a bit, but they are well worth it considering the instruction you are getting. I've taken 2 of his courses. They are on par with military-type courses, better in some regards, and the man himself is very approachable and always willing to share his knowledge with newcomers.
  7. Loooong range shooting help.

    Nice-looking rifle. I have no idea if your math is right as it depends on the load, barrel twist and even preferences of a particular rifle. You can estimate the elevation adjustment needed to get yourself on target at various ranges (which you seemed to have done). Find the exact load you want to shoot, read the manufacturers' estimated DOPE (data off previous engagement) and/or use a ballistic program to get an estimation of the adjustment needed for various ranges. From experience I've gained, you will actually need to do some shooting at those ranges in order to actually validate and confirm that DOPE. In many cases, the actual turret adjustment needed to hit a target at a given range will vary somewhat form the manufacturer's recommendations. Load, elevation, temperature, wind, elevation, twist rate, and the rifle's own quirks (to name a few variables) will all have some influence on a bullet's ballistics. The best thing you can do is get out to a range and do some shooting...
  8. Pistol cartridge for Black Bear

    I believe so, but the downloaded variant of .357 Magnum (.38 special) seems so much more common and cheaper to deal with.
  9. Pistol cartridge for Black Bear

    .44 Mag just seems like an overkill for my uses. I'll mostly be dealing with deer, maybe the occasional black bear. Plus heavier platforms, more expensive ammo, can't down-load and practice with a cheaper round like I can with .357 Mag.
  10. Pistol cartridge for Black Bear

    I am of a similar mindset. The magnum cartridges seem much more flexible; it's easier to find dedicated hunting loads. Whereas the traditional self-defense cartridges seem more focused on, well, self-defense....not that you can't find any hunting loads. Will do.
  11. Pistol cartridge for Black Bear

    It still comes in at 34-35oz, only 3-4oz less than the all steel framed 5" 686. There might be a little bit more felt recoil, but not much. It's a balancing act between having a portable weapon and having enough mass to tame the recoil.
  12. Pistol cartridge for Black Bear

    I don't think that magazine restriction applies to the TRR8 as it is a revolver, not an auto-loading firearm, and its barrel is less than 8".
  13. Pistol cartridge for Black Bear

    After a lot of consideration, I'm leaning this way too. 10mm seems to offer slightly heavier bullet options, but .357 offers loads with somewhat higher energy figures and as well the bullets, though a little bit smaller in diameter and lighter in weight, offer somewhat better sectional density. I really like some of the newer 10mm platforms that are coming onto the market. The new 1911 offerings in particular have caught my eye. But: -10mm is somewhat more expensive and not as common. -I've heard of reliability issues with some 10mm platforms (especially with the hotter hunting loads). -10mm platforms, at least the newer ones, seem more expensive compared .357 revolvers, perhaps excluding the Glock which I have absolutely zero interest in. I've heavily considered a semi-light .357 platform like the S&W TRR8: 8 shot capacity, scandium frame to help keep the weight down, decent ergonomics and sights. I think it's based on the S&W 327 platform, but with a longer 5" barrel. Anyone have experience with that revolver? I think 10mm and .357 offer performance capabilities that are roughly in the same ballpark; either one should get the job done. I just think the logistics and flexibility of a traditional .357 revolver make more sense for my intended uses.
  14. Bear Calling in the Northern Zone

    I've read that. Thanks.
  15. Bear Calling in the Northern Zone

    Also, just to clarify my original post: Does anyone here actually use calls when hunting bear in the Northen Zone? I'd be interested in tagging along or meeting up just to observe another hunter's setup. Finding bear, during the season, in the ADK's is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.