Don, this is my first bolt action handgun. I have a modification kit in hand that will give me outside control of the bolt stop. It was a pain in the butt to have to remove the bolt to unload. I'll get it installed before spring.
I hunt Roe Deer in the hills near Florence and Siena from 100 mt to 800.
From 100 to 300 I use :
Rifle Weatherby Sauer in 224 Weatherby Magnum
Riflescope Swarovsky 3-9-x 42
Bullet Sierra 63 grs at 1050/ms
from 300 to 800 I use
Rifle Sako TRG 42 in 338 Lapua Magnum
Riflescope Zeiss 6-24 x 56 Mil.Dot.
Powder N165 92 Grs.
Bullet Sierra 250 grs HPBT Matchking.
I'm an old Penna. boy and after college at Penn State and my degree in Wildlife, I moved to Montana and received my degree in forestry.
So, I am familiar with the hunting in Penna and in the western states. Do your self a favor and visit Len's site. If you want to see what real long range hunting and shooting is, you owe it to yourself to go there and get to know those guys.
I was particularly intrigued by the mastery of this particular gun maker named Kirby Allen, or fifty- driver. This gentlemen, and others that frequent this fine website shoot and kill animals out to and beyond a half mile-and farther.
If you go to this site and read about and see the great custom guns and calibers this young man,(young at least by my standards)builds- you will come away with the same sense of wonderment and amazement I did.
These are not frivolous people. They are dead serious about their sport and have the rifles and ammunition to prove it.
I have shot and killed elk here in Montana at 500 yds with my handloaded 7MM Magnum. That last shot was one of necessity not choice because i had hit the young bull at 375-400 yds and only shot farther to put him down.
I fully realized that I was over the limit for my particular rifle.
I later corresponded with Kirby and asked about the building of such a masterpiece that he created, in my case the 7MM Allan Mag.
He was very courteous and got right back to me. But, I being a disabled/retired forest biologist simply could not afford one. Not that they are not worth every penny he charges. I am convinced they are.
So, If I have piqued anyones interest in both the site and the good, knowledgeable people there, well that is a good thing, is it not?
Good luck and good hunting..
Leep; Formerly of central Penna, now of Southwest Montana...
Hunting can be slow and frustrating if Mother Nature throws a warm hunting season at you. But things can take a drastic turn for the better with the onset of a cold snap. Whether you get snow or just a good, prolonged cold front, the hunting can improve on a dime. But cold whether can also make certain parts of the hunt more tedious. Here are some things to keep in mind when your prayers for cold weather finally pay off.
You can see a your quarry's breath when it is cold outside...