What guns/loads/setups are you using this year? For what species? Is this a new one for you, or an oldie but goodie?
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Mon, 2012-03-12 19:08
Whatcha shooting this year?
Mon, 2012-03-12 19:53#1
I'll be using a muzzleloader
I'll be using a muzzleloader for elk and deer. I have given in to my poor eyesight, and will be going to an inline. The new CVA Mountain Rifle coming out next month. I'll have to go to a scope, and I can't bring myself to put a scope on a sidelock.
My load will be a Thor 250gr with 110 gr of BH 209 powder. Those who aren't familiar with Thor bullets. It's an all copper Barnes made bore size bullet. We all know how good the terminal performance is on the Barnes, so it makes a great bullet that's legal in Colorado.
Mon, 2012-03-12 20:23#2
Let's see, right now I only
Let's see, right now I only have three tags that need to be filled and then on to the draws.
Hunt #1 is going to be in British Colombia for a grizzly and black bear the end of May. For both of them I am planning on my .340 Weatherby shooting a 225 gr Barnes TSX bullet at around 2900-3000 fps. I still need to finish up my loads for this and tweak them a little. So that is two of my 3 tags.
The third tag is actually still up in the air, and is actually for a Utah deer tag. I put in for a ML hunt and if I don't draw that tag then I will get a general season tag on the Thousand Lake Mountain unit. So if I draw my ML tag I'll be using my TC Renegade .54 shooting a 430 gr maxi ball over 100 grains of black powder. If I don't get that tag my general season hunt will be with my 7mm Remington mag shooting a 120 grain Barnes TTSX bullet at 3300 fps, or for nostalgia I'll use my dads old Savage M99 in 300 Savage with 150 grain factory loads. It all depends on what I see over there while I am scoutting the area.
A Utah spike elk hunt is still up in the air depending on other draws. Also if I get lucky and draw my Utah bison hunt that will be with my .340 Weatherby with the 225 grain bullet but I'm not holding my breath on that one.
Then that will bring me to Colorado on my deer tag for the fourth season in unit 44. For that it will be either my .340 Weatherby with the above loads since I'll also have a cow elk tag, or my 7mm mag with 160 grain Sierra boat tails at 3000 fps.
Mon, 2012-03-12 21:26#3
use my 30-378 with 180gr. TSX. I am awaiting my Timney/Weatherby trigger I ordered last week. I was having some sear engagement problems that were not safe!!! I take my 7 ultra with 140 gr TTSX as a backup. From Antelope , Deer and Elk I have the most confidence in that Weatherby. It just shoots darts!!! Finally!!!!
Mon, 2012-03-12 21:45#4
What weapon this year ?
As always I will be using my Remington Sendero 7MM RUM topped with the Burris Black Diamond 4-16x50mm pushing a 139 gr Hornady Interbond with 96.4 gr of H1000 (really, really fast) for both elk and muledeer if I draw my tags.
If I do not draw my elk tag for 1st rifle season I will more than likely be chasing them with my 2010 Bowtech S.W.A.T. at 52 pounds (28 1/2" draw) and 55/75 Gold Tip hunter carbon arrows with Blood Runners on the end.
I have more than enough points to also draw my September rifle season bear tag, but I am uncertain on if I will just put in for a point or draw the tag. If I do decide to draw the tag he will also get the Ultra Mag.
Good luck to all this year !
Tue, 2012-03-13 03:32#5
To start if off I will be
To start if off I will be slinging some Full Metal Jackets out of the ole trusty Hoyt at elk in colorado and antelope in Wyoming.
Then I will switch over to the .270 with handloads for antelope in Wyoming.
Last and not least I will chase elk and deer around with my favorite gun in the safe my .338 WM using my handloads!
Tue, 2012-03-13 08:58#6
elk Ill be using my trusty 7mm rem mag with 180 grain homeloads, for deer it depends on how im feeling that day I love my 7mm but I also LOVE my grandfathers 40+ year old Marlin 30-30 with open sights (great for moving around in the oak brush/pinyons in the NW corner of the state).
Tue, 2012-03-13 13:11#7
For the spring bear hunt I
For the spring bear hunt I will be using my 300 Win Mag with 180g Core Locks, for elk it will be my in-line CVA .50 cal ML pushing a 295g Power Belt with 80g of 777 powder. For deer it will be my old trusty Winchester model 70 .308 with 150g core locks.
Stillhunter, I shot you a PM about those bullets. Have some questions for you if you have the time.
Tue, 2012-03-13 13:21#8
I didn't get it, but I can
I didn't get it, but I can tell you about the bullet. It's a smal operation, and the owner is a great guy. He has the bullets made for him by Barnes. Give him a call, or e-mail and he'll send you a sample of different sizes. You see which one fits your bore the best, and then give him an order. He'll send them out to you, and if you like them you send him a check. If not, just send them back to him.
I find them very accurate, and of course Barnes performance. Actually, they perform better than the CF barnes, because they always expand. Unlike the CF bullets that sometimes they don's if you don't have enough fps.
Check it out.
Tue, 2012-03-13 13:54#10
I just got the PM. You'll be
I just got the PM. You'll be happy with the terminal performance. Typical of a Barnes bullet. They retain all all their weight. Big wound channels, and with enough powder you'll get a pass through.
What's most important is to get a proper fit. Your CVA will probably take the .500 or .501. Make sure the fit is tight enough to stay on the powder charge. Then it will expand when fired. CVA's love Thors. It's the only bullet that i'll use a 250gr bullet for elk, but to be sure you can use the 300gr. With 110 gr of BH 209 it will flatten an elk.