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Frustrated!!

Big smile Wives just don't seen to understand these thing, do they? lol

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Nope

No, they usually don't. Wait until she sees the Rem Model 600 in .308 I bought off one of my hunting buddies last year. I left it out there because I didn't have the room to bring it back. This year I'm only taking one gun out so I can bring two back. Yes Yes It's a Mohawk so it's not the purdy one. I may trim down the stock some. The forend is a little too big for my liking. Nice shooter, though.

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NH Hunter wrote:
Wait until she sees the Rem Model 600 in .308 I bought off one of my hunting buddies last year. I left it out there because I didn't have the room to bring it back. quote]

Think Think Stick to that story. She may just believe you and not think you were hiding it from her!! Thumbs up neener!

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NH Hunter:
The little short Mohawk could pass as a "ladies rifle". You know, something you really bought for her and was keeping it as a surprise Thumbs up

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Why didn't I think of that! Actually, she's not interested in hunting. I have two young boys coming up, though. It's for them. Had them both out in the backyard Saturday shooting the Red Ryder. They need practice!

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A good father doesn't buy something for one child and not the other. You got to get looking around for one more rifle Thumbs up

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I know

Already looking. Anybody got a left-handed youth rifle in .243, .270, 7mm-08, 6.5 Rem? I'm not kidding. Mr. Cool!

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Frustrated!!

I love my .338 but have only shot it with a muzzle break. When shooting at the range i have ear muffs on so no problems with increaded noise.
I have had this gun 10 years and feel confident and comfortable. I will shoot it twice a week a couple of shots at a time. It helps to have a 100 yard range off of your deck. lol
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Tim

It's about 15-20 minutes to the club range. Not a bad drive but by the time I get home from work, it's pitch dark. Cry I used the brake for the first year but the blast when shooting under a roof is pretty bad. I wore muffs AND plugs. You can still feel the uncomfortable punch to your sinuses. I took the brake off and it's not nearly so annoying. With the brake it will definitely clear the range and you'll soon have the whole place to yourself. Thumbs up I was able to drive off three blackpowder guys w/o the break on Sunday. Evil! I also didn't like the effect the brake had on my ears in a hunting situation. I shot a mule deer buck a few years back and my ears rang for three days. That was really the clincher for me.

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the end

And here's "the rest of the story" (in my best Paul Harvey voice).

Lesson 1: Never underestimate the importance of a clean barrel.

I cleaned the barrel with Hoppe's Copper Solvent....four nights in a row and let it soak until the next night. Each night there was an ugly green stain on the old sock I put the gun on, muzzle down. Cleaned and scrubbed and mopped and brushed....four nights in a row. It looked clean after the first night but it really wasn't.

After a thorough cleaning, I went back to the range (three hours before my plane took off for my hunting trip). One fouling shot with an oddball round I had left from an old box. The next three shots grouped at just under 1.25". Two were touching each other. One minor scope adjustment and voila, two inches high at 100 yds.

Lesson 2: You can't get .338 Win ammo just anywhere. I checked several large sporting goods stores. Some didn't even carry .338. Wal-Mart in Rifle, CO had one box of Federal w/210g Partitions. I AM NOT SWITCHING AMMO AGAIN! I tried four shops around Meeker, CO...no dice. Sold out or didn't carry what I was shooting (225g TBBC). It was a non-issue anyway......I didn't fire a shot all season. Some close encounters in the dark timber.......I really needed a big knife instead. The .338 will be cleaned (really well) and put to bed until summer. I'm not waiting until fall to get all my ducks in a row again. I'll stock up on ammo early, too. Time to think about deer rifles ....and maybe get the 700 MLS out again. My hunting buddy is up for a blackpowder elk hunt next year.

Thanks to everyone for the tips and advice.

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