VOLUME 46-----------APRIL 2006
SHOOTIN', HUNTIN', AND RELOADIN'
WITH THE OL' MISSOURI HILLBILLY
April 4, 2006
I think I'm in trouble! Between Hunter Education activities, writing for Outlook Magazine, the Friends of NRA Banquet, and the Big Horn Show, there've been so many things going on lately, I feel like I'm working again.
Occasionally Little Heifer chastises me for too much involvement. That's a bad thing!
One consolation: I can stop doing this stuff any time I want, and my paycheck will still go into the bank account the first of every month! That's a good thing!
Most recently, I attended the annual In-service Training conference for Washington hunter education instructors. I drove to the Yakima, WA site on Friday, March 31st, accompanied by two of our teaching team members.
In addition to attending workshops and seminars as a member of the audience, I teamed with another instructor from Vancouver, WA in presenting two workshops on developing and using Power Point presentations in our classes. We had over 20 participants in each workshop. (For more Hunter Education information, click on the Hunter Education button)
The Ruger trigger replacement story I mentioned in the March newsletter will finally see print in the next issue of Outlook Magazine. There should also be a short piece about, and pictures of, our last two Hunter Education classes. A recent recipe from "Ann's Corner" on our website will also be featured. We were told last night that this issue should go to the printer on April 7th.
Remember, you can now download each issue of Outlook Magazine, in its entirety on their website at www.spokaneoutlook.com.
I spent the better part of three days at the Big Horn Show, hanging out in the building where the 'dock jumping dogs' contests were held. These retrieving/jumping competitions were a very popular attraction, and drew thousands of the show goers to the man made lake in the fairgrounds' llama barn.
A Yellow Lab Taking The Plunge
The entire competition was orchestrated by Outlook Magazine staff and the owners of Mountain West Kennels, a local training and boarding facility. My role was helping man the Outlook booth, promoting our Hunter Education programs and showcasing my instructional reloading program on CD.
Ann and I continue to attend the local Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and NRA banquets. We continue to buy more tickets on gun raffles than we care to admit. We also continue to not win any dang guns!
The recent NRA banquet turned out to be even more expensive than normal. Since winning a gun doesn't seem to be in our repertoire, I took matters deep into our retirement income!
Turned out there was a Winchester Model 1895 in .405 Winchester caliber up for auction that night. Some might recall that this is the rifle and caliber that Teddy Roosevelt called his "medicine gun." Teddy, and son Kermit, carried these rifles on safari in Africa. Among the many species collected with their "medicine guns", were Lion, Rhino, and Cape Buffalo!
This was one stout lever action rifle, as well as a major departure from the standard tubular magazine found on most other lever guns of the time. With its box magazine, this rifle was capable of using cartridges with pointed bullets, thus providing better ballistic performance than the flat or round nose bullets used in those with tubular magazines. The 1895 has been chambered in .30-06 caliber during its lifetime, which testifies to its ability to handle high intensity cartridges.
Heck, if it's good enough for Teddy and Kermit, it oughta' be good enough for me, right? Besides, with recent word of the Winchester factory closing, a Winchester lever action might be worth big bucks someday, right?
Whatever! I found that if you keep nodding your head long enough at an auction, they'll eventually sell you something!
Here's The New Baby
After a thorough cleaning, Rick and I shot the new rifle a couple of weeks ago, and found it goes 'bang' when you pull the trigger. It blows a big hole in a Clorox jug filled with water too! Recoil is not as severe as I expected, but you can definitely tell you're shooting a big gun.
I shot three rounds from the bench rest at 50 yards, and printed a group measuring under 1.5 inches. Considering my older eyes and iron sights have a conflict, and the fact it was cold and windy that day, I found this to be acceptable performance. I'm anxious to really wring out the rifle from the 100 yard bench when the weather warms a bit.
I have a serious need to shoot a bunch of guns and loads that I've been putting off all winter. May have to wait a bit longer though. I'm going in Monday, April 10th, to have another worn body part repaired.
They will do an arthroscopic procedure on my right shoulder to hopefully, relieve some pain and increase range of motion. They say they can't fix the arthritis, but they can take out the loose stuff floating around in there, which should improve the situation.
Fortunately, I shoot from my left shoulder, so I should be back in action sooner than if I were normal. (I ain't sure that sentence sounds right, but I'll leave it anyway)
This month's hillbilly wisdom illustrates the ability of women to always maintain the upper hand when it comes to men:
A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word.
An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of them wanted to concede their position.
As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats, and pigs, the husband asked sarcastically, "Relatives of yours?"
"Yep," the wife replied, "in-laws."
Well, It's time to shut down here, So . . . .
'Til next time, Keep 'em shootin' straight, shoot 'em often, and above all, BE SAFE!!!!!