Retiring Old Mama
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|Guns and Gunning, Captain Paul A. Curtis. Penn Publishing Co. 1934.|
"Remember, I said in the beginning that my ideal battery must be limited to a few guns to meet satisfactorily many needs. When one's battery assumes the proportions of a collection, he perforce becomes a slave to its care and it ceases to be ideal."
|Steve with his small working battery.|
|F. C. Scott sidelock, 1903 Mannlicher Schoenauer and S&W .44 Mag.|
He (Frederick, called "Frank") was in business from 1904 to 1918 (some say 19). I think he made fewer than a thousand guns. The wood is really nice which doesn't show well-- may eventually refinish. LOP 14 1/2 or a little less to checkered butt; barrels 70 cm (continental--??), chokes 1/4 & F. balance on hinge pin. Slightly more pitch up than BL and slightly shorter, and weighs 6 1/2 instead of 6 1/4 so it took a little practice to mount as well but I find if I hold it on the barrel ahead of the forearm it points very well. I will probably disable the ejectors (remove springs?) because they are no use to me. I think it was all tightened up when re-proofed (for pigeon level loads -- 1 1/4 oz-- which I will NOT shoot). I think I will never get closer to a London gun. People who loved the AyA can see how superior it is even if they know nothing about guns (and it weighs exactly the same).The Scott is a perfect upland game gun (good for NM quail) and will serve for the occasional duck.
|F. C. Scott ad from 1910.|
|Four cow elk silhouetted on the skyline. [photo: copyright Mike Dunn 2006]|
|First Steelhead - caught on the swing.|
|Dolly Varden - a new species for me.|
|G with a nice Dolly.|
|Second steelhead on the swing - same day. Sparsely tied purple and black Intruder.|
|Caribou rack over the entrance to the kitchen at Little Bird Bistro.|
|Daily chalk board specials.|
|G came directly from work and still had his flight uniform on.|
|Gerry fishing on the North Platte upstream from the raft.|
|Gerry with a nice North Platte rainbow.|
|Wind River cutthroat - over 18"|
|Gerry sighting-in for elk season 9/29/10|
Ask 3 people what you need to mount a scope and you'll get at least 3 answers. This is my take on it; others may disagree.
Dunk the scope in hot water and see if any bubbles come up. If not, it's waterproof. Sigh with relief.
If you buy a decent quality gun and decent quality mounts, they probably will be aligned, so you won't need a lapping rod. Alignment rods are sort of fun, but align them both ways, point to point and butt to butt. A torque wrench is nice (I bought a Weaver one on sale), but if you just turn the scope screws tight with no more than thumb and finger, you don't really need one. If you do decide you can't live w/o one, do find out what torque the manufacturer of that mount recommends.
I don't own a collimator, as most of my rifles are bolt actions (and I'm cheap). My procedure is to center the reticule (very imp if a used scope; new Leupolds are typically centered*). If you cut V notches in a cardboard carton, place the rifle in them, and remove the bolt, you can boresight the target. Adjust the elevation and windage until the crosshairs are on target. Test fire. Holding the rifle steady and aiming at the bullseye again, move crosshairs until they are on the bullet hole. Test fire again. You should be close to point of aim. Tweak until you're happy. This will work with a No. 1: just be sure to have the rifle high enough that you can drop the lever to see through the bore. I often start at 50 yards to get on paper, then move to 100.
*Centering: Turn a knob all the way until it stops. Now turn it back all the way, counting the number of clicks. Take half that number and turn it back; it's centered. Now do the same for the other knob.
As you're hunting, not trying for a benchrest record, there's no particular reason to try various brands of ammo. Sight in the Federals and use them. If you can get a 1.5" group at 100 yards, you should be fine. Start with a clean dry barrel. Some barrels throw the first shot from a clean barrel, then group nicely; if you have one of those, hunt with a fouled barrel. Keep a journal each time you test or shoot for practice: temp., wind, ammo, group sizes, etc.
And remember, this is supposed to be fun.
"Nobody who loves traditional blood sport wants it's long literary line totally obfuscated by faux-gonzo, Wang-dang Nugents and gear-hawking carny barkers of cartoonish hunting shows. Steve Bodio brings his formidable powers as both reader and writer to the cause, gifting us with a guide to the greats as varied, as magical, and yes, as essential as the works he champions." -- Malcolm Brooks, author of Painted HorsesWhen a pre-print arrived in my inbox I printed a copy and could not put it down. I quickly ordered a couple of the rarest titles that I did not already own, figuring prices for some of these out of print books are going to go sky high. In an unscientific survey I just checked to verify my theory and it seems to me that prices on some titles are definitely up. I claim it's because Steve's book is now out. In a shrewd moment I thought of cornering the market on Plummer's Tales of a Rat Hunting Man, which wouldn't have been all that hard at the time - now it is impossible. One copy is now listed at $673.76. Prices on a few of the titles in the hundred have been out of sight for a long time -- I'm thinking of Jack O'Connor's Hunting in the Southwest which I looked for again after reading Steve's description.
|Leopard spotted brown.|
|BBWD tied on a size 20 Dai-Riki #135 hook - black flashback.|
|An eighteen incher.|
|Looking down into Little Hole on my way out at about five-thirty.|
|A wild brown that took a BWO imitation.|
|Biggest fish of the day.|
|Rock Worms - tied on a DaiRiki 135 #16 with Danville 70 denier red thread wrapped over two strands of UTC micro orange stretch tubing, and coated with Sally Hansen Hard as Nails..|
|A nice rainbow caught in the Wind River canyon.|
|Looking upstream - I am bringing in a nice fish.|
|A smaller rainbow in beautiful form.|
|Back covers of recent issues of The Drake, Fly Rod and Reel and Flyfish Journal..|
|A nice rainbow that took the green leach pattern.|
|A nice rainbow in Jeff took with the leech.|
|This was one that was working best.|