Very interesting way of field dressing Serious Hunter! One thing for others to remember though is that not all states allow you to cut up a big game animal before you register it. Some go so far as to to say it must be fully intact, minus the innards. Be sure of your game laws!
I anxiously await your article. I've boned out deer and elk after gutting and skinning (using the laid out hide to keep flesh off the ground). I'd heard of guys boning out without gutting, but never had it described to me - thanks.
A few questions: 1) Can you better describe how you get the tenderloins (sirloins?) out from under the spine with your gutless method? I find it a little difficult to get these out neatly, even with the cavity opened up. 2) Do you/can you get to the flank steaks (?... the ~ 1 - 2 inch thick flesh alongside the belly - good for fajitas when pounded, well marinated and sliced thinly across grain) without gutting?
What does "gauge" mean anyway? As used here gauge means the number of round lead balls the same diameter as the inside of the barrel (aka the bore) that it would take to weigh one pound. It takes 12 lead balls the same diameter as a 12 gauge barrel to weigh a pound. The smaller 20 gauge would require 20 balls of that barrel diameter. The larger bore 12 gauge would require 12 lead balls of the bore diameter to weigh one pound.
In general the number of pellets in a shotgun shell...