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snake284snake284 Senior MemberPosts: 22,394 Senior Member
I only have 12 days left before I fly to the Philippines and deer season here starts on November 2nd, and I won't be home until Oct. 28th, so I figured I'd better get all preparations out of the way so I wouldn't be in a hurry when I get home, as I will only have five days. I know I'll be jet lagged and won't feel like doing much for a few days, so I decided to make sure I have what guns I want to use sighted in before I leave. I took my 9.3x62 Ruger 77 , my 7 Rem. Mag. Savage 110, and my .Yugo Mauser sporter .257 AI. I already have my .270, my 30-06 and my 250 Savage ready.
I had already gotten my 9.3 sighted in but it fell off the shooting stands and hit the concrete at the range. I only had three rounds left and didn't get it where I wanted it. So I loaded up a bunch of bullets and got it back right on the money.
The .257 AI I had swapped to a lower set of rings, so I needed to shoot it in. Besides I wanted to fireform some brass.
The scope on the 7 mag was loose and turning in the mounts when I dropped it one day. Not a hard drop but it fell over on the scope when I opened the safe one day. So I tightened it up and shot it in also. I think I just forgot to tighten it good when I mounted the scope. Then it moved when I dropped it.
Anyway, I shot about 15 rounds through the 9.3 and got it where I wanted it. This time I rememebered to bring along the PAST recoil shield. This made the task pleasent. Before, it pounded me into submission.
I also shot about 15 rounds through the 7 mag, getting it dead on. It really shoots good and with the PAST Recoil Shield, it's a cat.
The .257 AI i didn't need the PAST Shield for. It's a natural pussycat. I got all three ready for opening day, and now I just need to go out and spray Hornet spray in the blind, fill the feeders, and install new batteries. Then I'll be set for opening day.
I'll do some more reloading, mainly for the .257, now that I have plenty of fireformed brass ready. I'm anxious because there's a couple of very nice bucks out there I saw last year. Also, I want to get the deer out of the way. The county our lease is in has an early doe season that lasts through the third weekend of the season. Then you have to have a special permit to shoot does. So I'll try and get all the deer killing out of the way before then except the spike. I usually see those later in the season anyway. Then I'll start shooting hogs and yotes also.
Daddy, what's an enabler?
Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.

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  • RazorbackerRazorbacker Senior Member Posts: 4,646 Senior Member
    I hear ya Snake. Our rifle season opens the 2nd Saturday in Nov. I've got most things I need to hand load but just won't have time to get my berm/backstop finished to try to sight anything in. I had to remount my wife's 7mm 08 but I've got some giant trees I can use in a pinch and I'll check my '06 but it hasn't needed adjustment in many years. Same with my ML. But bow season open's this Saturday. I've had my feeder and trail cam up for a while now and my stand is hung. I'm ready. I've tried to stay out of our North end which is very heavily wooded in mature hardwoods. But this morning I got a wild hair just before first light and slipped out for some stealth scouting. The Red oaks are dropping acorns like candy and the White Oaks are dropping culls already. I knew when those acorns started falling it would draw deer like a magnet. But i was saving it for either ML or rifle season. But I found a very heavily used trail so I waited till mid day and slipped back in with a feeder, some withered apples and a trail cam.
    The trail is so distinctive I can follow it easily from the downwind side. Eventually I'll hang a stand somewhere and try to put my wife on a nice one. She's never killed a deer.

    It's been a long hot Summer but the season is finally upon us!

    Have a safe trip buddy, I've seen a few news articles of cranky Muslims over there, so keep your head down and your eye on your six.
    Teach your children to love guns, they'll never be able to afford drugs
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,111 Senior Member
    Have a safe trip Mike.

    I guess that 'getting ready' for deer hunting is superfluous over here seeing as how everyday is deer season............:rotflmao:

    ( My pack is always 'packed' and all I need to do is decide which rifle and which ammo to take..............)
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • SlanteyedshootistSlanteyedshootist Senior Member Posts: 3,947 Senior Member
    Rub it in why dontcha?
    The answer to 1984 is 1776
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,713 Senior Member
    Don't drink the water and eat those half rotten eggs, boy.
    Shut up-----KAREN; OK Cynthia
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,111 Senior Member
    Rub it in why dontcha?

    Forgot to add: ............and decide whether or not to stick a suppressor on the end of the barrel...............or how many deer to take. :tooth:
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,394 Senior Member
    Alec, Tracey, Ned, and Craig, First of all for Ned, I don't eat Balut unless I'm drunk and I quit drinking almost 3 years ago, and so I doubt I will eat any. I hope I can get in on a lechon cookout and I'll eat plenty of adobo and rice. Well hell rice, we have rice for every meal. However, i won't eat rice unless it's freshly cooked. i won't eat it after it sits in the pan all day. It's too cheap for that. One thing I love is Filipino BBQ chicken with a nice shredded green mango or green papaya salad. You know what I'm talking about Craig. I also love fried Talong (What we here know as Asian Eggplant).
    As for deer, I dont have much time but I would love to fly from there to NZ and try out some of your fallow deer and red stag. And I really want to shoot some of those big ducks you have there. It's not too far from Manila to NZ. Maybe next time.
    As for drinking the water, it's safe in the cities. But the locals in the villages have shallow wells and everybody has a septic tank. So you know how that goes. Sickest I ever been with diarhria I drank shallow well water at my MILs house. I stayed in the Banyo for days and ate a ton of immodium getting through that.
    You can actually hunt a species of dangerous game on the island of Mindoro, not to be confused with Mindanao, in the south of the Philippines. I've never been to Mindoro, but I've flown over it a hundred times. It's the island just south of Luzon and just north of Panay. Panay is across the channel from Negros where my wife is from. They have buffalo similar to what they hunt in Austrailia on Mindoro. I have been to Mindanao and its' the second biggest island in the Philippines.

    Alec, when you're as deaf as me, you want to hear that Bang! No suppression Please!
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,111 Senior Member
    snake284 wrote: »

    Alec, when you're as deaf as me, you want to hear that Bang! No suppression Please!

    That's the problem right there Mike...........if I don't put a suppressor on and preserve what is left of my hearing I will be as deaf as you. :wink:
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,394 Senior Member
    Wear those plugs Alec and put muffs on over that. I was only joking. The high decibel noise of firearms has helped do my hearing in. I also had a strong regimen of Micin Antibiotics back in the 80s and that's when I began losing my hearing. Micins are known to do that. I also worked around Large loud locomotive engines in marine service and around gas turbines at Union Carbide. Then my mother is about deaf as was her mother and her sister. So on top of all that abuse I went through I also come by it naturally.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • SlanteyedshootistSlanteyedshootist Senior Member Posts: 3,947 Senior Member
    What?
    The answer to 1984 is 1776
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,394 Senior Member
    What?

    Ey? No I don't want to buy any light bulbs, I don't care what Watt they are......:jester:
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,394 Senior Member
    Only 5 more days until departure. I'm almost packed, but I have some issues with my deer feeders. I put in new batteries and it didn't work. But when I got the timer home last night I found that one wire was the wrong color. We'll take it back out this afternoon and swap wires around and I would bet that it works. My small feeder had fallen over in the wind and broken some bolts. I'm not going to worry about it right now. I only need the main one working for now. I can put it up later. I think I know what the problem was with the timer. Then I'll be set up for deer season and can concentrate solely on getting ready to leave Monday.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • SlanteyedshootistSlanteyedshootist Senior Member Posts: 3,947 Senior Member
    Shoulda hired some Asian deer feeders. They work for pennies a day, don't complain if left out in the rain, can survive on rice and fish heads and fit nicely and quietly in the closet when deer season is over. You can also use them to plant and harvest rice.

    Have a great trip bruddah.
    The answer to 1984 is 1776
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,394 Senior Member
    Shoulda hired some Asian deer feeders. They work for pennies a day, don't complain if left out in the rain, can survive on rice and fish heads and fit nicely and quietly in the closet when deer season is over. You can also use them to plant and harvest rice.

    Have a great trip bruddah.
    Yeah Bro, last time I was in that part of the world I saw a lot of "Female" Asian Dears, LOL!!! Now Those would be interesting to bring back. Of course I would have to get clearance from the boss, who is also a "NICE" Female Asian Dear, and if these would be as good at feeding the animals as my wife, then my deer feeding techniques would definitely change for the better, LOL!!!
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,394 Senior Member
    To further explain the above statement, my wife is like a Filipino Ellie May Clampette. I think she can actually talk to and communicate with animals, LOL!!! When she tells them something to do, it seems like they understand her command and do what she says, kinda like me, LOL!!!
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
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