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Sparkitoff



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PostSubject: Back from the May Meat Hunt....   Back from the May Meat Hunt.... Empty2019-05-26, 20:55

Last Saturday I received this Flintlock .54 caliber rifle in the mail. It was a barrel, lock and trigger group that was sent off to be finished and placed in a stock. It came out nicely and I went to the range with my standard .54 load: 80 grains Goex FFFg, .018 pillow tick patch cut at muzzle lubed with 7:1 Water/Ballistol, .530 ball.  To my surprise the rifle hit at 1 O'clock on the top of the bulleye at 50-yards and held less than 2" groups. I made a minor sight adjustment to move it left and shoot at 12 O'clock.  At 100-yards the one group I shot was 3". This years traditional meat hunt was at a large ranch owned by oil and gas company - 10,100 acres. The part I hunted was about 600 of that. Walking slowly and sitting on water-holes and food plots was productive. The winds were strong and intermittent and the temperatures reached 88 degrees. My Thermo-Cell was the one piece of modern technology that was absolutely necessary to keep the mosquitoes from carrying my off. In spite of the wind the "skeeters" were pretty relentless one afternoon. I saw javelina, hog, axis deer and whitetail deer on the first day. The next day I saw some red deer, blackbuck, oryx and one lone Ibex. After a lunch of chicken strips and three berry pie I was heading across a cow pasture to some thick brush. I noticed a lone bull - the bovine kind - by a tree. At the base of the tree was a little red spot. The binoculars showed the red spot to be a nice female meat animal. I set to stalking tree by tree, bush by bush. Suddenly, two horses came into view behind the deer and cow blocking me from shooting the direction I was approaching. I kept on until I was about 30-yards. The wind was helping but the bull saw movement and began to walk behind the tree row and past me. The deer came to her feet, stretched and began to tag along behind the bull. Not wanting to lose the wind, I backtracked to stay in front of them. At the end of the tree-line I shouldered the flintlock and waited. When the bull cleared I pulled back the cock. The loud click stopped the bull and the deer and they both looked hard in my direction. After a half minute the bull found no threat and began to walk on. The deer hesitate much longer but eventually stepped out in the clear at about 65-yards. I quickly put the blade of the front sight on her ribs and pressed the set trigger. A half breath was released and I put pressure on the front trigger. Boom - smoke. The smoke lingered for a second and blocked my view but a wind gust cleared it . The deer was hopping on her back legs in what otherwise might have been a humorous scene. After about 4 or 5 hops she did a back flip and lie still. I reloaded from my pouch that Willfish4fud made with the easy to use tubes holding powder, a ball and a piece of patch material. I used a short started that Stoney1 (Two Feathers) made and the reload was quick, easy and organized. Upon approach of the fallen animal I could see the exit side of body was heavily coated with blood and a large piece of lung tissue was outside the animal. There was no need for the reload so I stuck a pipe cleaner in the touch-hole and used half-cock to make the rifle safer. A friend heard the shot and came with a stick. We tied her to the stick and carried her back to camp where she was cleaned and broken down for the cooler. 

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Willfish4fud



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Age : 56
Location : South
Registration date : 2019-02-21

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PostSubject: Re: Back from the May Meat Hunt....   Back from the May Meat Hunt.... Empty2019-05-26, 22:31

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Age : 63
Location : Massachusetts
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PostSubject: Re: Back from the May Meat Hunt....   Back from the May Meat Hunt.... Empty2019-05-27, 16:08

cheersBack from the May Meat Hunt.... J9c3zpy cheers
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Age : 62
Location : Wyoming
Registration date : 2019-02-18

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PostSubject: Re: Back from the May Meat Hunt....   Back from the May Meat Hunt.... Empty2019-05-28, 03:18

I can feel the briquettes getting hot already.
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Dry Powder



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Age : 85
Location : East of Orlando and West of Daytona Beach
Registration date : 2019-01-27

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PostSubject: Re: Back from the May Meat Hunt....   Back from the May Meat Hunt.... Empty2019-05-28, 06:22

Enjoyed your account of the hunt.   Congrats on that.

 Your spot on about the Themo -cell and skeeters.  That thing is a life saver hunting in Florida.
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LongRifle



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Age : 40
Location : Larimer County, Colorado
Registration date : 2019-04-23

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PostSubject: Re: Back from the May Meat Hunt....   Back from the May Meat Hunt.... Empty2019-05-28, 08:25

Congrats on your hunt!
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Location : Portland Texas
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PostSubject: Re: Back from the May Meat Hunt....   Back from the May Meat Hunt.... Empty2019-05-28, 09:27

I always carry 2 Therma Cells here in South Texas sometimes 1 is not enough. They are definitely life savers from the hoards of mosquitoes down here.

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PostSubject: Re: Back from the May Meat Hunt....   Back from the May Meat Hunt.... Empty2019-05-28, 19:32

@mark1945 wrote:
I always carry 2 Therma Cells here in South Texas sometimes 1 is not enough. They are definitely life savers from the hoards of mosquitoes down here.
When I hit the single-track trails with my mountain bike in the summer, I need to spray myself down with bug repellant or suffer the annoyance.  Do the Therma Cells work on other flying insects like gnats  Question
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Location : Gloucester (Woods Cross Roads) Va.
Registration date : 2015-05-27

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PostSubject: Re: Back from the May Meat Hunt....   Back from the May Meat Hunt.... Empty2019-05-28, 19:59

Yes. It keeps the "no-see-ums" away. Bugs can swarm you and a couple of minutes after lighting it and they are all gone. It is a life saver during spring turkey season in my parts.

Glenn
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Age : 75
Location : NEW ENGLAND.
Registration date : 2019-03-30

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PostSubject: Re: Back from the May Meat Hunt....   Back from the May Meat Hunt.... Empty2019-05-30, 07:08

nothing beats a ROE BUCK STEAK on the grill!!
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PostSubject: Re: Back from the May Meat Hunt....   Back from the May Meat Hunt.... Empty2019-06-16, 06:35

Great write-up!

Enjoy the eating!
Ron

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PostSubject: Re: Back from the May Meat Hunt....   Back from the May Meat Hunt.... Empty2019-06-16, 14:11

Your report was fun reading.  I like that rifle, it's like nothing I can recall seeing before; and that's my kind of gun.
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