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  • jhjimbo
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    I don't shoot mine more that 3 rounds without cooling it in a rack with the action open - convection. Only takes a few minutes while I shoot another rifle.

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  • WA Mtnhunter
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    Originally posted by DakotaMan View Post

    WAM, It was a retirement gift from one of my favorite bosses and a surprise I will always cherish. The rifle is the worst shooting rifle I own by a large margin (my second worst rifle shoots 0.25 MOA); and has failed to fire (FTF) on multiple occasions. Please remember that this is a 5.5 pound rifle with a tiny featherweight barrel that bends in a breeze.

    I have fixed those FTF problems and am wary of others on that rifle. I have precisely bedded the barrel out near the fore end to achieve 0.7 MOA 5-shot precision so it is usable for short range hunting (say, out to 250 yards or so).

    As I said back when WAM made that offer, I came very close to throwing it in a lake when it failed to fire on two consecutive lengthy antelope stalks. I will still own it when I die though because of the sentimental value. WAM, as I recall, you only offered to take it, not to buy it for market value. To me, your offer was a lot like throwing it in a lake but a little better because you are a F&S compadre and I know you like Weatherbys.
    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I did offer to take it off your hands, but would have never dreamed of taking it without fair compensation ! Same thing about my Weatherby lightweight 6-lug .30-06. Deadly accurate with the right ammo until you heat up the wispy barrel. Never had FTF or extract issues. It was a 30th Anniversary gift from my wife, so it’s a keeper.

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  • DakotaMan
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    Originally posted by WA Mtnhunter View Post
    I offered to take that poor shooting Mark V lightweight of Dakotaman’s hands when he first whined about its lack of accuracy. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    WAM, It was a retirement gift from one of my favorite bosses and a surprise I will always cherish. The rifle is the worst shooting rifle I own by a large margin (my second worst rifle shoots 0.25 MOA); and has failed to fire (FTF) on multiple occasions. Please remember that this is a 5.5 pound rifle with a tiny featherweight barrel that bends in a breeze.

    I have fixed those FTF problems and am wary of others on that rifle. I have precisely bedded the barrel out near the fore end to achieve 0.7 MOA 5-shot precision so it is usable for short range hunting (say, out to 250 yards or so).

    As I said back when WAM made that offer, I came very close to throwing it in a lake when it failed to fire on two consecutive lengthy antelope stalks. I will still own it when I die though because of the sentimental value. WAM, as I recall, you only offered to take it, not to buy it for market value. To me, your offer was a lot like throwing it in a lake but a little better because you are a F&S compadre and I know you like Weatherbys.
    Last edited by DakotaMan; 10-02-2021, 11:59 AM.

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  • fitch270
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    Hence the question. Seemed contradictory was all.

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  • rock rat
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    Fitch, safety elk doesn't count. That's little more than road hunting.

    Normally I hike 3 or 4 or more miles just to get to where I'm going to hunt, and often enough I stop to brew up a cup of coffee once I get there. Yup, I bring that tiny gas stove and a coffee pot, not sure how that all adds up to the pounds carried.

    I used to carry the bipod everywhere but after it being too low to see over the sage a couple times I stopped carrying it. I cop a rest off a tree or steady up off taking a knee and shoot within a couple hundred yards.

    It's easy to put on miles out west. I know people who hike 5 miles in the dark just to be at the right place when the sun comes up. Elk aren't like deer, they aren't evenly spaced out across the landscape. They are at specific places at one time of the day or another, and sometimes they are at one N facing stand of doug fir above water, and other times they are at another favorite laying up chewing their cud place, going from one spot to another wears out the soles of the boots.

    Elk themselves move too. Fast. When they are just walking. You see a herd grazing in one direction, like eating and moving at the same time and it can be work to get in front of them. There's a reason success rates on elk are so much lower than mule deer. You have to know where the critters probably ought to be, and go there.

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  • FirstBubba
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    Originally posted by PigHunter

    Ain't scared of chit in my woods. Very slight possibility I'd run into a big pig, black bear, or alligator. If so, I'll kill the chit out of them. Got bit by a poisonous snake in May and in the last 18 months have probably had COVID three times. But I am scared of an angry PigHuntress ... that woman is dangerous, just saying.
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  • FirstBubba
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    Originally posted by Ernie View Post
    Always forward for me
    And for me too.
    You push forward slightly when you're shooting. Keeps legs from collapsing.
    Bipods facing rearward folded up, REALLY get tangled up.

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  • Ernie
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    Always forward for me

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  • jhjimbo
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    Originally posted by Ernie View Post
    The Harris bi-pod with the notched legs, and the swivel feature works awesome for the money.
    For a rifle hunter the medium is the all around best.
    For pure bench the BR version with the same notched legs and swivel feature.
    There are better bi-pods and you can spend a lot more money, but the Harris will do you right for the money. Be careful of cheap knock offs. Many of them end up having issues-I would suggest buy once/cry once.
    do you fold the legs forward or rearward ?

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  • FirstBubba
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    Originally posted by Ernie View Post
    The Harris bi-pod with the notched legs, and the swivel feature works awesome for the money.
    For a rifle hunter the medium is the all around best.
    For pure bench the BR version with the same notched legs and swivel feature.
    There are better bi-pods and you can spend a lot more money, but the Harris will do you right for the money. Be careful of cheap knock offs. Many of them end up having issues-I would suggest buy once/cry once.
    10-4 on the Harris bipod. Unfortunately, I don't have one.
    Building AR's lately it's been a "what you can get your hands on" affair.
    I've used UTG bipods...and you're right Ernie. Issues...but mine work...for the most part.
    As long as they aren't collapsing during use, I can pretty much deal with minor deployment/retraction issues.

    pighunter, I understand what you're saying about less to get hung up on brush, but also remember, you aren't facing charging Cape buff or elephants either.

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  • Ernie
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    The Harris bi-pod with the notched legs, and the swivel feature works awesome for the money.
    For a rifle hunter the medium is the all around best.
    For pure bench the BR version with the same notched legs and swivel feature.
    There are better bi-pods and you can spend a lot more money, but the Harris will do you right for the money. Be careful of cheap knock offs. Many of them end up having issues-I would suggest buy once/cry once.

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  • Milldawg
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    Keep up the posts no time to hunt this year either.

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  • Ernie
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    You are not.
    When you have a constant state of touching as with your 700, you are keeping your barrel harmonics the same...That doesn't surprise me.
    I am talking about when you change your barrel harmonics it can effect POI.

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  • jhjimbo
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    Not to be a contarian, but I have a Rem 700, '70's vintage 30-06 that shot like a dream with the original wood stock pressing right up against the left side of the barrel. It shot so good, MOA I decided to leave it alone.

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  • Ernie
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    Originally posted by PigHunter

    Thanks for the tip about the bipod. I've been shooting mine off sandbags but will use a bipod when confirming sight-in for this coming season. I've only got 38 rounds of factory loaded 143gr ELD-X before switching to handloads.
    If you are on a smooth bench where the legs won't catch, you may not notice it so much, but in the dirt it is easier to do it.. Or just put your hand on the barrel and the forend and tweek it and see how much movement there is. Maybe they have improved them.

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